CLAT [Common Law Admission Test]

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India LAW entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes in LAW. The 18 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU)

CLAT Eligibility

  1. Candidates should have passed Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC/ST and persons with Disability).
  2. There is no age bar for appearing in CLAT
  3. Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination can also appear provisionally. However, they shall have to produce proof of having passed the qualifying examination before or at the time of admission with detailed mark sheet.
  4. Candidate with compartment/supplementary in any subject in the qualifying examination will not be eligible for admission.

CLAT 2017 Syllabus

CLAT 2017 shall be conducted in online mode where the paper will have 200 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Following are the subject-wise syllabus of the common law admission test

  1. CLAT English Syllabus (including Comprehension): You need to focus over English based comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, you will be questioned on understanding of a passage including its central theme and word-meanings. Some of the questions will also cover questions like correction of the incorrect grammatical sentences, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, etc.
  2. CLAT General Knowledge & Current Affairs Syllabus: This section will test the knowledge of general awareness including static GK. Apart from GK, questions will also cover the recent topics and current affairs broadly featuring between March 2015 and April 2016.
  3. CLAT Mathematics (Numerical Ability) Syllabus: The questions will generally of the numerical ability type of Class 10th standard.
  4. CLAT Legal Aptitude Syllabus: The section will majorly test your interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. The questions will be framed on legal propositions and set of facts satisfying the propositions. The propositions may not be true in real sense and you will have to assume the true proposition based on the set of facts and answer the questions accordingly.
  5. CLAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus: The questions of this section will test your ability to identify the patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. The section will also cover a variety of logical aptitude questions including syllogism, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, the logical reasoning section will not have visual reasoning questions.

CLAT Exam Pattern

  1. Total Marks: 200
  2. Number of Questions: 200
  3. Duration: 2 hours
  4. Marking Scheme: There is system of negative marking and for every incorrect answer 1/4th marks will be deducted.

CLAT 2017 Exam Marking Structure

S.No. Section  Marks 
1 English (including comprehension) 40 marks
2 Elementary Mathematics 20 marks
3 General Knowledge/Current Affairs 50 marks
4 Logical Reasoning 40 marks
5 Legal Reasoning 50 marks