Know about CLAT


What is CLAT?

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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum- preference’ to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of seven participating NLUs decided that a Common Entrance Test shall be conducted by all the participating Universities on rotational basis in the order of their year of establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Presently there are 19 NLUs participating in CLAT and following the policy of rotation, the Eleventh Common Law Admission Test (CLAT - 2018) is being organised by NUALS, Kochi. The nineteen NLUs offer five-year integrated Under-Graduate Law Programmes leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature.

Participating Institutes in CLAT 2018:

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Here is the list of the participating institutes:

  • NLSIU, Bengaluru
  • NALSAR, Hyderabad
  • NLIU, Bhopal
  • WBNUJS, Kolkata
  • NLU, Jodhpur
  • HNLU, Raipur
  • GNLU, Gandhinagar
  • RMLNLU, Lucknow
  • RGNUL, Punjab
  • CNLU, Patna
  • NUALS, Kochi
  • NLUO, Odisha
  • NUSRL, Ranchi
  • NLUJA, Assam
  • DSNLU, Visakhapatnam
  • TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli
  • MNLU, Mumbai
  • MNLU, Nagpur
  • MNLU, Aurangabad

CLAT 2018 Eligibility: UG Programme

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  • There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2018.
  • As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
    • Forty-five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    • 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:
    • Higher marks in the component /section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2018 exam;
    • Higher age;
    • Computerized draw of lots.

Syllabus – UG Programme

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The areas in the CLAT 2018 include:

  1. English including comprehension: The English section will test the candidate's proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
  2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: The General knowledge will be evaluated on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test the candidate's on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
  3. Mathematics: This section will test the candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught upto 10th Class/Standard.
  4. Legal Aptitude: This section will test the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
  5. 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, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

The pattern CLAT-2018 - UG Programme

Maximum Marks 200
Duration of CLAT-2018 Exam 02:00 Hours
Multiple-Choice Questions 200 questions of one mark each
Subject areas with weight-age:  
1. English including comprehension 40 Marks
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
4. Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
5. Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
Negative Marking 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer

CLAT 2017 cut-offs - a snapshot:

The CLAT core committee will determine CLAT cutoff in the month of June. The cutoff of CLAT will be determined after the CLAT results are announced. The CLAT cutoff 2018 is minimum marks to be scored for securing admissions into the National Law Universities (NLUs). CLAT cutoff is the basis for admissions in participating NLUs. Candidates can check CLAT Cutoff rank and cutoff marks of Common Law Admission Test.

S. No NLU Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Opening Closing Opening Closing Opening Closing
1 Bangalore 1 59 1 62 1 62
2 Hyderabad (NALSAR)  26 130 26 136 26 134
3 Kolkata (WBNUJS)  4 213 4 230 4 230
4 Jodhpur (NLUJ)  37 343 37 364 37 364
5 Bhopal(NLIU)  106 469 106 470 155 384
6 Mumbai (MNLU) 280 478 280 540 280 526
7 Gandhinagar (GNLU) 195 2006 195 2164 195 488
8 Raipur (HNLU)  371 625 329 694 398 640
9 Lucknow (RMLNLU) 329 1129 395 641 436 695
10 Punjab (RGNUL) 119 1264 119 1308 528 933
11 Kochi (NUALS) 258 1397 258 958 258 958
12 Patna (CNLU) 110 939 110 1127 110 1127
13 Cuttack (NLUO) 565 8418 565 1193 565 1196
14 Ranchi (NUSRL) 674 1326 Not Available Not Available 837 1310
15 Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS) 240 1301 240 1350 240 1430
16 Assam (NLUJAA) 710 4783 808 6018 808 6195
17 Visakhapatnam (DSNLU) 610 1220 610 1331 610 1412
18 Nagpur (MNLU) 629 5386 629 1285 629 1369

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Also Read: CLAT 2018 Notification

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