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):
- You can get registered with bar council and practice in courts
- You can pursue LLM and go for net. And become a professor
- You can give civil judge exams right after completing law. No experience required.
- You can give exams for public prosecutor and law officers
- You can opt for corporate law and get easy placement from the campus itself
- You can also associate yourself with law firms and work with them before you go for practice on your own
- 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:
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.
- 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.
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
|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.