CLAT

CLAT is a 200 mark, 2 hour paper which tests students in 5 areasnamely, English, Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude with negative marking of 0.25. The negative marking is there to discourage guesswork and eliminate flukes by students in order to make it fair for the students who genuinely prepare for the exam. This results in the students who prepare sincerely and answer sensibly scoring higher than the ones who don’t.

CLAT is the entrance exam for most of the National Law Universities established by the government in different cities. These are the epitome of legal education centres in India and run a five-year integrated program where two degrees a basic graduation and an LLB are conferred on the student at the end of the five years.

 

Pattern of Exam

·          200 MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)

·          2 hours

·          One mark for each correct answer

·          There is negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer.

·          Offline Exam (taken on an OMR sheet)

·          Medium of Exam: ENGLISH

·          5 Sections (English, GK, Legal Aptitude, Reasoning, Mathematics)

 

Subjects / Sections

No. of Questions

English/Verbal Ability

40

General Knowledge

50

Logical Reasoning

40

Mathematics

20

Legal Aptitude

50



Syllabus:

English

In this section, the proficiency in English will be tested on the basis of questions related to reading comprehension, para-jumbles, vocabulary, and grammar. In reading comprehension, students are judged on their ability to comprehend the given passage along with the central theme, meaning of certain words used, and the author’s mindset while writing it. The grammar section tests the students’ understanding of grammar rules and their application. The questions are usually asked in different ways including spot the error, fill in the blanks, and improve/correct the sentence. Vocabulary may include some basic words from English as well as foreign words used in English, idioms and phrases, and proverbs. This isn’t a very difficult section and is generally high-scoring

General Knowledge

In this section, candidates are evaluated on the basis of their general awareness including static General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Static GK questions are questions from History, Geography, Civics, etc. while Current GK covers major events in news for the past 1 year including national and international affairs. Around 60% of the paper is from current GK while the rest from static GK.

Mathematics

In this section, the candidate’s knowledge of elementary mathematics, that is, Mathematics taught up to Class X is tested. This section has questions from topics like Number System, Profit and Loss, Ratio and Proportion, Percentage, Geometry, Menstruation, Simple and Compound Interest, Probability. There are a few questions which require calculation and are time consuming. However, most questions are straight forward.

Legal Aptitude:

This section tests the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. The paper consists mainly of questions which are reasoning based and students are not required to possess any prior knowledge of the law. The CLAT committee says that no reasoning based questions will be asked without legal principles being given. But sometimes, in the past papers, Legal GK based questions have also been given. Students who thoroughly prepare from all the usual areas such as Torts, Contracts, Criminal and Constitutional Law should fare well in this section.

Logical Reasoning:

The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as Syllogisms, Logical Sequences, Analogies, Puzzles, Directions, Seating Arrangements, and Blood Relations. The Paper also has a few questions of critical reasoning. This section is mildly difficult, but should boost the marks of students who have prepared well.

 

CLAT 2019 Eligibility

·         There is no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2019.

·         As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination

          (i.e., 10+2 or equivalent examination) , the candidates must have secured:

 

     o   Scored Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP)

                 and other categories, and

     o   Scored Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.

     Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2018 online examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of­­ their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right ­to be considered for admission.

·        The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) 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 break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:

o   Higher marks in the legal aptitude section in the CLAT-2018 exam;

o   Higher age;

o   Computerized draw of lots.


Participating National Law University CLAT 2018

 

National Law University

Location

Intake*

National Law School of India University (NLSIU)

Bangalore

80

National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law (NALSAR)

Hyderabad

108

The National Law Institute University (NLIU)

Bhopal

128

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS)

Kolkata

133

National Law University (NLUJ)

Jodhpur

115

Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU)

Raipur

187

Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)

Gandhinagar

187

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU)

Lucknow

178

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL

Patiala

196

Chankaya National Law University (CNLU)

Patna

140

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS)

Kochi

68

National Law University Odisha (NLUO)

Cuttack

180

National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL)

Ranchi

120

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)

Guwahati

60

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU)

Vishakhapatnam

120

Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS)

Tiruchirappalli

110

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Mumbai

60

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Aurangabad

60

*As per 2019. Includes all categories and special seats.

For further details,
www.clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in