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  • CLAT : Eligibility, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

    Updated : 14-Dec-2017
    CLAT : Eligibility, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

    Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted on a rotational basis by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. CLAT 2018 is being was conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS). 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 programmers’ on offer at the 18 NLUs. On the basis of a candidate's score in CLAT exam, he/she can secure admission to fill 632 LLM seats and 2352 LLB seats.

    CLAT Eligibility

    • Aspirants shall be below 20 years of age in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
    • Candidates shall be below 20 years of age in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons category candidates.
    • As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination in respect to 12th class, the candidates must have secured:

    (i) 45 percent marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and

    (ii) forty Percent marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

    • Aspirants who are showing up in the qualifying examination in March/April are additionally qualified for showing up in CLAT online examination. Nonetheless, they might be required to deliver a confirmation of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of affirmation, coming up short and they will lose their entitlement to be considered for confirmation.
    • The result of qualifying examination of 12th class shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
    • In case of equal marks, the breaking of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
    • Higher mark in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT exam.
    • Higher age.
    • Computerized draw of lots

    CLAT Syllabus

    CLAT should be led in online mode where the paper will have two hundred questions from 5 unique subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Degree and scope of questions under various branches of knowledge:

    • English including comprehension: The English section or part will test the candidates' capability in English in light of appreciation entries and linguistic use. In the perception section or part, candidates will be addressed on their understanding of the section and its focal subject, implications of words utilized in that, and so on. The language structure area requires revision of off base syntactic sentences, filling of spaces in sentences with fitting words, and so on.
    • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: The General knowledge will be tried on the general mindfulness including static general knowledge. Inquiries on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and worldwide current affairs.
    • Mathematics: This section or part will test candidate's knowledge on rudimentary science, i.e., math instructed up to tenth Class/standard.
    • Legal Aptitude: This area will test candidate's enthusiasm towards investigation of law, examine inclination and critical thinking capacity. Inquiries may incorporate legitimate suggestions (portrayed in the paper), and an arrangement of actualities to which they said recommendation must be connected. A few recommendations may not be "valid" in the genuine sense, candidates should expect "reality" of these suggestions and answer the inquiries as needs be.
    • Coherent Reasoning: The motivation behind the consistent thinking area is to test the candidate's capacity to recognize designs, intelligent connections and correct nonsensical contentions. It might incorporate an assortment of coherent thinking inquiries, for example, syllogisms, intelligent successions, analogies, and so forth. Be that as it may, visual thinking won't be tried.

    CLAT Exam Pattern

    • Total Marks: two hundred
    • Number of Questions: two hundred
    • Duration: two hours
    • Marking: There is system of negative marking and for every incorrect answer penalty of 1/4th marks is there.


     General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

    • This is considered as a make it or break it range of the passage test as 50 questions originate from this territory and a very much prepared competitor can answer these questions at all conceivable time.
    • Close perception of past CLAT papers demonstrate that there were more questions asked from current undertakings when contrasted with Static GK. In this way, understanding one standard daily paper day by day like The Times of India alongside one month to month magazine like CSR might be enormously useful.

     Legal Aptitude:

    • In my own involvement, lawful fitness is the most fascinating range of concentrate among the understudies. This area likewise involves 50 questions which set aside greater opportunity to reply when contrasted with the GK section. Questions in this section comprise of lawful standards and realities. An understudy should depend on any rule with the exception of the standards given in the inquiry.
    • Questions in this section predominantly originate from the lawful territories of Law of Torts, Law of Contracts and Criminal law and legitimate GK, the arrangements of which may change from year to year.
    • An understudy isn't relied upon to know all these inside and out, yet the reason for this area is to test the understudies' bent.
    • Detailed study, preparing and direction can increment of odds of scoring admirably in this area. To improve the execution in this area, settling and examinations of past papers may demonstrate valuable. Scoring great in this area will likewise be useful in case of a sudden death round on the off chance that equivalent imprints are acquired by at least two competitors.


    • There are forty questions in this section the candidate’s capability in English, in view of perception sections, syntax and vocabulary.
    • Though creating capability in punctuation and vocabulary requires long and managed endeavors, utilizing the compelling techniques for learning and with great direction, adequate expertise can be produced inside a limited ability to focus time.
    • Generally, there is one entry of forty0-450 expressions of 10 denotes that is solicited to test a candidate’s understanding from the section and its focal topic, implications of words utilized and their equivalent words/antonyms and so forth.
    • Reading a daily paper or a decent magazine every day can be extremely helpful. The syntax area incorporates distinguishing linguistic blunders in the sentences, filling in fitting words in a given sentence and so on. One can prepare from book by Wren and Martin to meet the explanation.

    Sensible Reasoning:

    • The forty questions in this area test a competitor's capacity to recognize designs, intelligent connections and redress irrational contentions. This incorporates questions from coherent grouping, derivations or syllogism, analogies, oddball, explanation and presumptions and so forth.
    • Regular rehearse in this area is required; generally an understudy may get got in a dubious issue which may end up being a tedious one.


    • Last yet not the minimum, this section involves 20 questions of basic arithmetic up to tenth standard like rate, benefit and misfortune, straightforward intrigue accumulating funds, normal and blend, time and work, and likelihood and so forth.
    • One should consider this section important, as all understudies are educated these subjects in schools independent of their sheets. In spite of the fact that the quantity of question is less in this area, it can demonstrate exceptionally fundamental in enhancing the general score.

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