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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised test for admission to 17 prominent National Law Universities in India. The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrated undergraduationprogrammes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities.The two-hour admission test consists of objective type covering questions on Elementary Mathematics or Numerical Ability, English with Comprehension, General knowledge and Current affairs , Legal Aptitude and Logical reasoning.The CLAT scores are used by other private law colleges across the country and Public Sector Undertakings for admissions and recruitment respectively.The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted law entrance exam for admissions to as many as 2252 seats in five-year integrated law programmes including BA LLB, B.Com LLB and B.Sc LLB and is conducted every year by a National Law University (NLU) among the 17 member NLUs of the CLAT Committee, by rotation in the order of their establishment.
Only Indian nationals and NRIs can appear in the test. The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.
The eligibility requirements are as follows:
Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates). Students whose results are awaited can also appear in the test.
LL. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC and ST candidates). The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking Admission provided that such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.
This law entrance exam is of two hours duration. The CLAT question paper consists of 200 multiple choice questions. There are five sections in CLAT exam paper wherein students need to answer questions from subjects such as:
Marking Scheme: For every correct answer, aspirants are given one mark and for each wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted from their total score.
CLAT Admission Procedure – The law aspirants will be admitted to the five-year integrated law programmes on the basis of merit-cum-preference of the candidates appearing in CLAT 2016. The candidates will be awarded an All India Rank (AIR) as per their performance in the exam.
The admission procedure follows a centralized counselling process, where seats are allotted to the candidates based on their secured AIR and their preference of NLUs during the counselling choice-locking.
CLAT Exam Syllabus
The online law entrance exam for admissions to five-year integrated law programmes in 17 NLUs comprise questions from five sections namely, English with Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
CLAT Exam Pattern
The coveted law entrance exam was conducted in online mode. The online common law admission test was conducted for two hours duration.
The common law admission test comprised a total of 200 questions carrying 200 marks, wherein each question was of one mark.
The 200 questions were asked from 5 sections including English with Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
|Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each||200|
|Duration of examination||Two Hours|
|Subject areas with 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|
The law exam follows a system of negative marking under which one mark is awarded to every correct answer and for every incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted from the total scored marks.
CLAT Seats And Reservation
The exam committee follows government rules and regulations for reservation criteria. Each NLU offers some seats to the reserved categories and are in accordance of the government regulations.
PREPARATION FOR CLAT
The preparation of CLAT is very exhaustive. Over the years due to the increase in the number of students opting for the exam, the level of competition has increased considerably. Due to the factors of competition and open syllabus, most students prefer to prepare under proper guidance. There are various preparation courses spanning from 2 years preparation to 1 year and even 1.5 months. As much as possible if a student is serious for Law as a career and desirous of joining a Top Law university it is better to do in depth preparation. Long term preparation programs are better as they help to pace oneself to do in depth preparation. Having said that it is not that the intensive course does not have students securing top ranks, it’s just that the academic pressure is considerably more.
One of the main aspects that would help you to prepare for the exam is to develop a habit of maintaining notes related to current affairs. The Static General Knowledge requires relevant material in History, Geography, Economics and General Sciences, and a proper understanding of basic legal concepts and legal reasoning along with basic and advanced concepts of Analytical and critical reasoning. Quantitative aptitudes consisting of Class X level concepts are required. All the mentioned sections should be practiced keeping in mind the time constraints.
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