The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) on rotation basis for admissions to their undergraduate and post-graduate degree program. The 19 participating NLUs are –
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
- National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
- Hidaytullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
- Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- The Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)
- National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
- DSNLU Vishakhapatnam
- TNNLS Trichurapalli
- MNLU Mumbai
- MNLU Nagpur
- MNLU Aurangabad
Under-graduate Programmes Offered by National Law Universities:
The nineteen NLUs mentioned above offer a number of five-year integrated under-graduate law courses leading to B.A LL.B (Hons.) Degrees. While B.A. LL.B. is offered by most of the universities, B. Sc. LL. B. The course is offered by WBNUJS (Kolkata), NLU (Jodhpur) and GNLU (Gandhinagar). B.B.A. LL.B. is offered by GNLU(Gandhinagar), BLU (Jodhpur) and NLU (Odisha). Whereas B.S.W. LL. B. and B.Com. LL. B (Hons.) Degree Courses are offered by GNLU (Gandhinagar) alone.
Candidates shall be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
Candidates shall be below Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.
As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
(i) Forty-five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
(ii) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each:200
Duration of examination: 2 Hour
|English including Comprehension||40|
|General Knowledge and Current Affairs||50|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20|
Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers.
The different subject areas of the examination are explained as under:
1. English Including Comprehension:
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar.
In the comprehension section, candidates are assessed on their understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section focuses on correction of incorrect grammatical sentence, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs:
In this section, the candidates are assessed on their general awareness including Current affairs and static general knowledge.
This section tests candidate’s ability on elementary mathematics. It is based on mathematics included as syllabus till Class X
4. Legal Aptitude:
This section tests candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability.
Questions asked may comprise of legal propositions/principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/ principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion.
5. Logical Reasoning:
This section tests the candidate’s ability to establish patterns, formulate Venn diagrams and correct illogical arguments. It includes a wide range of logical reasoning questions such as directions, blood relations, syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning is not be tested.