“It’s easy to make good decisions when there are no bad options” -  Robert Half

Law, as a career option, has gained quite a name for itself in India over the last couple of years since the introduction of the 5 year integrated law programme that awards a dual degree. With as many as 19 National Law Universities and also many other successful private law colleges established in various states over these years, a large section of Indian youth with an intellectual inclination is finding its dream vocation in law. As such, it’s crucial for any law aspirant to make themselves aware of all the options they have available for themselves from this huge pile of exams and colleges.

Let us begin with the list of exams.


(1) All of the following exams are conducted for LLB as well as LLM unless mentioned otherwise.

(2) The dates given in this article pertain to Law Entrance exams in 2018 only.



CLAT or the Common Law Admission Test is the umbrella exam, on the basis of which admissions are granted in all National Law Universities all over India except for NLU Delhi, which has its own separate selection test. In fact the responsibility of the conduction of this exam is borne by these NLUs in rotation. Additionally 43 other law schools are eligible to use the scores obtained by aspirants in CLAT making this the most important and wide ranging law exam of India.


For a detailed discussion of the pattern of this exam please refer to this article.

When to Apply? : Jan 1st-March 31st, 2018

Expected date/month of examination: 13th May, 2018

AILET (All India Law Entrance Test)

This exam is conducted solely for the purpose NLU Delhi admissions.


The pattern is almost same as CLAT but the number of questions (150 questions) and time allotted (one and a half hour) differ. Also, unlike CLAT, it is conducted offline. As CLAT, negative marking is a part of this exam.

When to apply? The 2018 AILET has already been conducted and dates are yet to be declared for 2019 LET. However, going as per the dates last time, the application process for AILET 2019 should begin in October, 2018

Expected date/month of examination: January 2019

LSAT India (Law School Admission Test India)

Conducted in India by Pearson VUE, under the aegis Law School Admission council, USA, many Indian as well as foreign universities recognise LSAT scores.


Aspirants are supposed to answer a total of 92-100 questions over a period of 2 hrs 20 mins. There is NO negative marking. There are a total of 4 sections (Analytical reasoning, 1st Logical Reasoning, 2nd Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension) and each section is timed (35 minutes each). This exam is quite different from the above two exams and it would be a wise idea to go through previous year papers for the same. It is an offline exam.

To understand the pattern better please visit their official site.

When to apply?

It is conducted 4 times a year, hence the different months when application process begin are: May, August/September, November and January.

Expected exam date/month:

June, September/October, December and February

SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test)

This exam is conducted only for the undergraduate course (that is LLB) in institutes of Symbiosis International University. This exam is not held for the purpose of admission into LLM.


The paper consists of the same 5 sections as that of CLAT with each section accounting for 30 questions and 30 marks, so there would be a total of 150 questions. It is an offline exam that spans over a period of 2 and a half hours, which gives you an average of one minute per question. There is NO negative marking.

When to Apply? Anytime between January 9th– April 15th, 2018

Expected Date/month of examination: May 5th, 2018

Delhi University Law Entrance Exam:

This exam, conducted for the renowned Delhi University, is held only in the cities of Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kolkata, Nagpur and Varanasi (the test centres declared for the exam in 2017; 2018 declarations haven’t yet been made).


A total of 100 questions are asked with each right answer awarding +4 marks and each wrong one awarding -1. The paper is divided in 4 sections: English (including RC), General Awareness, Logical reasoning and Legal Aptitude, with no certainty as to how many questions would be asked from each section. This makes this exam a tad unpredictable. This again is an offline exam spanning over a duration of 2 hours.

When to Apply ? The application process should start by 3rd week of April, 2018 ending sometime in May, 2018.

Expected Date/Month of Examination: June, 2018.

Other University Level Examinations:
  • AMU (Aligarh Muslim University) Law Entrance Exam
  • IPU CET for Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  • CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) Law Entrance exam
  • LPU NEST for Lovely Professional University
  • JMI (Jamia Milia Islamia) Law Entrance exam

Application process for most of the above universities starts in January. The way of asking questions in the exam may differ a little but the content would almost be similar to the exams listed in points 1-5. It is a good idea to go through previous year papers of these exams so as to equip yourself better with what to expect.

If you have made up your mind to pursue a career in law then you have many options. Choose well, apply in time, prepare smartly and you should sail smoothly through these turbulent times of college admissions.

May the force be with you.

Neha Meshram

How to prepare for Clat 2018? | Exam Strategy | Fools’ Den

How to prepare for Clat 2018? | CLAT 2018 Strategy | Preparation Guide

Greetings, future lawyers.

Congratulations on choosing law as your career option. Now there is only one more step left between you and your dream law college, and that is taking the CLAT.

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test, as many of you must already be knowing, is an aptitude test intended to evaluate you in terms of your logical and analytical abilities that any law personnel needs to possess in order to effectively interpret and apply the law. The questions are very basic and though it is a law exam, all sections other than “legal aptitude” do not require you to have any deep knowledge of law per se.


Let’s understand the structure of the exam. The paper has five sections in the form of Legal Aptitude, English (including comprehension), Numerical Ability (elementary mathematics), Logical Reasoning and General knowledge. The questions would only be in the form of MCQ’s with each correct answer awarding 1 mark and each wrong answer awarding -0.25. The exam spans over a period of 2 hrs.

TOTAL 200 200



This section exists solely to check how you analyse and apply of any given piece of law. Questions are based on simple logic and basic morality. You are given a hypothetical situation and a legal principle to be kept in mind while analysing the situation, deliberating on which you would have to answer the question. The best way to prepare for this is only by practising as many questions as you can. You would also be asked the meaning of legal maxims in 4-5 questions. For this you may refer to any material available over the internet.

This section is judgement based and carries almost one fourth of total weightage (50 marks) and is also important because in marks obtained here are used as a tie breaker in case of equal overall marks between two candidates. It is also quite scoring.


The trend in this section has been evolving. Lately, more number of questions are asked from current affairs (the dynamic part) than the static part. Hence, as far as CLAT-2018 is concerned one must make themselves aware of the current affairs of at least 5-6 months preceding the date of the examination. (Start with the latest month and then go backwards). Since, negative marking is part of this exam try to mark only the answers which you are fairly certain of. Also practice how to make educated guesses in these kind of questions. Try to mark the answers of this section within 20 seconds as this would afford you more time for other sections where you’d have to solve for the answer.

This is a rather scoring section for people who face difficulties with numerical ability and logical reasoning. Also, questions here take the least amount of time to solve and hence a strong hand on this section would definitely award you an edge over others.


The questions in this section would be of the standard type that are asked in almost every other competitive examination. Make reading a habit and this section should be fairly easy for you. Go through previous year’s question papers and also write a few mock tests. This is the most scoring of all sections as it is easy and takes very little time to attempt.


Questions generally come from the following topics in this section:-

  1. Syllogism
  2. Directions
  3. Blood Relation
  4. Arrangements
  5. Coding Decoding
  6. Vocabulary (meaning of words only)
  7. Time

Practise all of these questions in a timed manner because speed is what we are trying to achieve here. Keep a goal of solving each question (other than those from arrangements) in less than half a min. It is generally a better idea to attempt arrangements towards the end if and when you have some time left as these questions can be a tad bit tricky and time consuming. Find out your strength from amongst these topics and accordingly customize your strategy. Solve those questions which take lesser time first.


This section carries the least amount of weightage (20 marks) and the questions take a while to solve. Hence, unless you have a good speed and command over math it is better to save these questions for the end and come back to them once you’ve already attempted the rest of the paper. But if you are from a math background, solving these questions might just help you get that confidence boost you need. All in all, experiment before the exam through mock tests and find out what works for you and what doesn’t. The questions are rather basic and do not require you to know any advanced mathematics. The following are some of the recurring topics in this section:-

  1. Time, Speed and Distance
  2. Average
  3. Profit and Loss
  4. Work and Time
  5. Boats and Streams
  6. Mixtures and Allegations
  7. Mensuration
  8. Number Series
  9. Percentage


Time must be minded while attempting the paper. Attempts over 170 put you at comfortable spot.

A good reading speed would give you an advantage in this exam as that would help you breeze through English and Legal Aptitude, two sections that carry almost half of the total marks. As far as Logical reasoning and Numerical Ability are concerned remember “practice makes perfect”.

At the end know that one size doesn’t fit all and while these are some of the macro points to be kept in mind while you prepare for the exam, it is immensely important to write as many mock tests as you can to get a fair idea of what works for you and what doesn’t. All of this experimentation should be done before you actually get to write the actual exam.

Keep a level head while taking the exam, believe that your hard work will pay off.




Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019


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 2019 Exam Dates

In this section, we are providing a tentative schedule of CLAT 2019 EXAM DATE. Whenever the official CLAT exam 2019 dates announced we will update it here:

Events Dates (Tentative)
Admission Notification Release 3rd week of December 2018
Application Form Availability 1st January 2019
Last date for form submission 31st March 2019 (11:59 PM)
Downloading of Admit Card Starts 3rd week of April 2019
Date of CLAT Entrance Exam 12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Answer Key Release 3rd week of May 2019
Representation of questions or key Till 3rd week of May 2019
Uploading of amended answer key (if required) 4th week of May 2019
Result/Merit List Declaration Last week of May 2019
First  Indicative Seat Allocation Publication 1st week of June 2019
Date for payment of counseling fee Till 2nd week of June 2019

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.

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

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

CLAT Eligibility:
Candidates should have passed Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability).

There is no age bar for appearing in CLAT

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.

Candidate with compartment/supplementary in any subject in the qualifying examination will not be eligible for admission.

CLAT Under Graduate (UG) 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.

The questions will come from the following sections and the number of marks for each section is given below:

Subjects Number of Questions Marks Allotted per Section
English including Comprehension 40 40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 50
Elementary Mathematic (Numerical Ability) 20 20
Legal Aptitude 50 50
Logical Reasoning 40 40
Total    200 200