Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted of all the law entrances in India after Class XII. Candidates need to clear CLAT in order to secure admission in BA LLB (Hons), BSc LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BSW LLB (Hons), BCom LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes on offer at the NLUs.

CLAT entrance examination is conducted for admission 19 coveted national law schools the following National law universities (NLUs) consider CLAT scores for admission to their under graduate program.

Opportunities after CLAT:

There are a lot of opportunities for a law graduate from national law universities (CLAT):

  1. You can get registered with bar council and practice in courts
  2. You can pursue LLM and go for net. And become a professor
  3. You can give civil judge exams right after completing law. No experience required.
  4. You can give exams for public prosecutor and law officers
  5. You can opt for corporate law and get easy placement from the campus itself
  6. You can also associate yourself with law firms and work with them before you go for practice on your own
  7. Also giving CLAT for LLM entrance after you have completed LLB makes you eligible for certain job openings which give you jobs based on your CLAT score. Eg. ONGC


Only Indian nationals and NRIs can appear in the test. The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

Under-Graduate Courses

Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates). Students whose results are awaited can also appear in the test.

There is also an age restriction of twenty years for Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates and 22 years for SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.

Post-Graduate Courses

  1. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC and ST candidates). The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking Admission provided that such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.

Exam Pattern

Duration: The duration of the examination will be two hours.

Number of Questions: 200 questions will be asked in the examination.

Type of Questions: The questions will be of objective type (multiple choice questions).

Language: The question paper will be asked in English language only.

Total Marks: The question paper will be of 200 marks.

Marking Scheme: Each question will carry one mark.

Negative Marking: There will be negative marking process. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

There are five sections in CLAT exam paper wherein students need to answer questions from subjects such as:

  • English including Comprehension
  • General Knowledge and current Affairs
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning



Number of questions

Allotted marks

1. Legal Aptitude 50 50
2. Logical Reasoning 40 40
3. English including Comprehension 40 40
4. General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 50
5. Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability 20 20

Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, aspirants are given one mark and for each wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted from their total score.


18 law schools are participating in CLAT, ordered by establishment date.

Name of the Institution Location CLAT Cutoff
(based on 2017 data)
National Law School of India University Bangalore 59
Nalsar University of Law Hyderabad 130
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata 213
National Law Institute University Bhopal 351
National Law University, Jodhpur Jodhpur 343
Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur 574
Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar 453
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow 627
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala 801
Chanakya National Law University Patna 909
National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi 826
National Law University, Orissa Cuttack 1023
National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi 1051
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam Guwahati 1124
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Visakhapatnam 1180
Tamil Nadu National Law School Tiruchirappalli 1151
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai Mumbai 478
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur Nagpur 1126