COMPLETE GUIDELINES FOR CLAT | ELIGIBILITY, DATE OF EXAM, DURATION, PATTERN

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For all the prospective lawyers out there, today’s article is exclusively for you. This article is specifically based on CLAT-2018. CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. In particular this test is for all the students who have passed class 12th as well as for those who have graduated in the field of law. For instance, students from the 12th background and graduate background need to appear for the exam in order to take admission in undergraduate courses and master courses respectively.
As per information, this test is scheduled for 2 hours. Moreover the validity of score remains applicable for 1 year after the result of test is received by the candidate. Also, the fees of the exam is around 4000 INR. Another key point is that this exam can be reattempted after one year.
Now, CLAT exam is usually conducted by 18 national law universities in India. Furthermore there are 43 more institutions and two private institutes that use this test for the purpose of admission. Moreover the good news regarding this paper is that you can attempt this endlessly. There is no age specific restrictions on attempting this exam.

ELIGIBILITY FOR CLAT EXAM

1. Firstly, Indian citizenship is important for applying for this test. Apart from these, NRI’s are also applicable for this test.
2. Secondly, the students applying for undergraduate courses, need to have at least 45% marks in 12th who belong to general category. In addition to it, there is 5% relaxation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
3. Thirdly, the students applying for master degree i.e. LL.M. need to have at least 55% in LL.B. or B.L. degree. Similar to above criteria, there is 5% relaxation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

COMPONENTS OF CLAT EXAM FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION

There are 5 main components of CLAT exam on which the whole paper is set. These are-
1. General Knowledge
2. Legal Aptitude
3. Logical Reasoning
4. Elementary mathematics
5. English, essentially comprehensions.

Note: 1 marks will be assigned for the correct responses and 0.25 marks will be reduced from the total marks for every wrong attempt.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE TEST-

1. Visit the official website of CLAT for filling up the application form-
http://www.clat.ac.in/
2. Click on the “apply online” tab.
3. Then click on “ click here for new registration” tab.
4. Fill up the form and you will get Registration number and password for further uses.

Note- Application forms for 2018 CLAT has been closed. However applicants can download their admit card on 20th April. Moreover date for printing CLAT application form will be closed on 12th April, 2018.

UNIVERSITIES OFFERING ADMISSION ON THE BASIS OF CLAT-

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
2. Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
3. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, kolkata
4. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
5. National Law University, Jodhpur
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law Universit, Lucknow
9. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
10. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies,Kochi
12. National Law University, Orrisa
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
14. National Law University of Study and Judicial Academy, Assam
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakapatnam
16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

EXAM PATTERN

There is separate exam pattern for the students applying for undergraduate courses & those who are applying for master courses in law.

Exam pattern for Undergraduate courses

1.General Knowledge
2.Legal Aptitude
3.Logical Aptitude
4.Elementary Mathematics
5.English

Subject Areas

Weightage

English including Comprehension 40 marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 marks
Legal Aptitude 50 marks
Logical Reasoning 40 marks
Total No. of Questions 200 marks

Syllabus

Section 1: English including comprehension

In this section, the proficiency in English will be tested on the basis of questions related to comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their understanding of the passage, the central theme, meanings of words used in the passage etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

Section 2: General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

In this section, candidates will evaluated on the basis of their general awareness including static general knowledge. Similar current affairs questions will test a candidate’s knowledge of current affairs. Candidates need to be up-to-date with news and other topics discussed in mainstream media from March 2016 to April 2018.

Section 3: Mathematics

In this section, candidate’s knowledge on elementary Mathematics, that is, Maths taught up to Class X will be tested.

Section 4: Legal Aptitude

In this section, a candidate’s aptitude or interest in law, research aptitude as well as problem solving abilities will be tested.

The official website states: “Questions in this section will be framed with the help of legal propositions and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly”.

Section 5: Logical Reasoning

In this section, a candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links as well as rectify illogical arguments will be evaluated. This section of CLAT 2018 will include logical reasoning questions along the lines of syllogisms, analogies, logical sequences, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

Exam pattern for post graduate courses

1.Jurisprudence
2.Constitutional Law
3.Other law subjects

All the best for the exam!

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