What is CLAT?

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the nationwide entrance examination for candidates who want to study and pursue law.

What are the components of CLAT?

CLAT is an exam of 200 marks that consists of 5 components:

  1. English Grammar and Comprehension (40 marks)
  2. Elementary Mathematics (20 marks)
  3. GK and Current Affairs (50 marks)
  4. Logical Reasoning (40 marks)
  5. Legal Aptitude (50 marks)

What is the duration of CLAT exam?

A total time of two hours is provided for CLAT exam.

What are the eligibility criteria for CLAT?

The eligibility criteria for CLAT are:

  1. Applicants of LLB need to be +2 graduates.
  2. Applicants of LLM need to be LLB graduates.
  3. Each candidate need to produce their respective results at the time of admission.
  4. General, OBC and Specially Abled Candidates and others need to secure 45 percent in their Class XII results and 55 percent in LLB results.
  5. SC and ST candidates need to secure 40 percent in their Class XII results and 50 percent in LLB results.

Is there any subject stream specification for CLAT?

Students from all subject streams, be it science, arts or commerce, can opt for CLAT.

How many months does it take to prepare for CLAT?

Depending on the student’s ability to grasp the theories and concepts, it takes about 8 – 16 months to prepare CLAT.

What are the factors students should lay stress on for CLAT prep?

During preparation, students should first analyze the syllabus of the test. Keeping the subjects in mind they should try and identify their individual strengths and weaknesses and prepare accordingly. CLAT bears negative marking of -0.25 for every wrong answer. So, students may refrain from answering those questions the answers of which they are not sure about.

When can I find the application forms of CLAT online?

The applications forms of CLAT can be found in the official website: www.clat.ac.in around November or December.

How can I apply for CLAT Online?

Register in the official website of CLAT: http://www.clat.ac.in/. Login and start filling the form.

From where can I obtain the CLAT admit card online?

All the information and documents for CLAT, including the Admit Card can be downloaded from its official website.

What mandatory documents are required for CLAT application?

The mandatory documents required for CLAT application are:

  1. Scanned passport size photograph.
  2. Scanned copy of candidate’s and parents’ signatures.
  3. Results of +2 graduation or LLB graduation depending on the course for which one is going to sit for CLAT.

Which documents should be taken care of after completing CLAT application?

The documents that one should carry during exam are:

  1. Fee receipt details.
  2. CLAT application form
  3. ID card like Aadhar Card / Voter Identity Card / Driving License etc.

How can I apply for CLAT offline?

Application forms and brochures are available at the designated branches of Indian Bank and the State Bank of India. You can fill the form and post it to the convener along with the demand draft.

What will I do if the computer in the exam hall has some technical problem?

Let the invigilator know about the technical glitch immediately so that you can continue the exam on one of the spare computers which are always available at the exam halls.

Is there any special provision for SAP candidates?

An extra time of 40 minutes is granted to all. SAP (Specially Abled Persons) candidates are provided due assistance according to their needs.

Who conducts CLAT?

CLAT is conducted every year by the group of 18 participating NLUs. Each NLU gets the chance to conduct the test nationwide according to the year of its establishment.

What are NLUs?

NLUs are National Law Universities present across India which offer both undergraduate and post graduate courses. They are based on a five year law course structure that is implemented by the Bar Council of India.

Which are the top 5 amongst the 18 NLUs that conduct CLAT?

The top 5 NLUs amongst the 18 listed ones are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur

What is an allotment list?

The allotment list comes with the online application form itself which the students can fill according to their preferences of colleges they want to study in.

How do students get allotted to specific NLUs after CLAT?

On the basis of the students’ CLAT scores, ranking and the preference list they have filled during the application, a college is allocated to them.

Which NLUs do not participate in CLAT?

The NLUs that does not participate in CLAT but conducts their own admission tests are:

  1. National Law University, Delhi
  2. Himachal Pradesh National Law University

Which other institutes accept CLAT scores apart from the designated NLUs?

Apart from the 18 participating NLUs, there are 43 other legal education institutions along with 2 government institutes accept CLAT scores. This broadens the scope for students to study and pursue law as a career.

What are the other law exams apart from CLAT?

Apart from CLAT, there are other law exams like:

  1. AILET (All India Law Entrance Test) conducted by NLU, Delhi.
  2. LSAT conducted by multiple law colleges across India.
  3. SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) conducted by the Symbiosis International University.
  4. CET IPU (The Common Entrance Test) conducted by Indraprastha University. It’s scores are also accepted by Amity Law School, Noida.
  5. Christ University Law Entrance Exam conducted by Christ Univerity, Bangalore for admissions at School of Law under Christ University.
  6. MH CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test Law) is a state level entrance exam conducted by the Directorate of Higher Education, Maharashtra.
  7. LNAT (The Law National Aptitude Test) is conducted by Pearson VUE under contract to LNAT. It is managed by members of the LNAT Consortium.
  8. A written exam is also conducted by Amity Law School, Noida.
  9. JMI Law Entrance Exam is conducted by the faculty of law at Jamia Milia Islamia.
  10. Banaras Hindu University also conducts their own entrance exams for LLB.

How much time does it take to acquire degree in law?

The traditional format of legal education follows a three year course whereas the National Law Schools provide for five years of B.A. L.L.B (Hons).