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CLAT Overview

All about CLAT

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created for the convenience of the students seeking admission to the various Law Universities in the Country under Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). 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 UG/PG programs, as per the qualifications, reservation, and other conditions laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B. & LL.M.).

Course Stream: Politics / Law / Humanities

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Competition & Benefits

College Accepting Exam Count 38
Courses 178
Total Number of Seats 2577

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Preparation

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy


Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.


Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.


Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabus from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.


Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.


Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.


Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  


Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.


Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Syllabus Summary
No. Of Subjects No. Of Units No. Of Chapters
5 16 122

How To Prepare

Preparation Strategy


Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.


Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.


Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabus from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.


Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.


Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.


Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  


Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.


Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

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CLAT Eligibility Criteria

For UG- The applicant should have cleared the pattern of higher secondary or its equivalent examination (appearing candidates can also apply) from the government recognized board scoring minimum 45% (40% for SC/ST) as prescribed by the participating university.

For PG- The applicant should have cleared the LLB or 5 year integrated LLB degree or its equivalent degree scoring minimum 55% marks (50% for SC/ST) from a recognized university as per prescribed by the participating university.

Other eligibility criteria- The candidates have to be an Indian or NRIS only. The applicants clearing the qualifying examination with supplementary or compartment are also eligible but they need to submit the proof of qualifying examination with prescribed or as applicable. The foreign national applicants can contact the university directly who participating in CLAT for admission provision of a foreign national candidate.

Age -The applicant should have aged below 20 years as on 1st July 2016 (22 years for SC/ST/Disable) as prescribed by the respective statutes of the participating universities. There is no upper age limitation for PG programs.

CLAT 2016 SEATS AND RESERVATION 

The law entrance exam is conducted for admissions to as many as 2190 seats distributed among the participating 16 NLUs.

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.

Scheduled Castes – 15%

Scheduled Tribes – 7.5%

Other Backward Classes – 27%

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Top 5 College Accepting CLAT

NALSAR University of Law

NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

Tamil Nadu National Law School

Tamil Nadu National Law School Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

National Law University

National Law University Jodhpur, Rajasthan

National Law Institute University

National Law Institute University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

News

November 29, 2016 02:15 PM

As per the directives of High Court of Bombay, the Maharashtra government has appointed an advisory committee ...

CLAT 2017 to be Held on May 14

November 03, 2016 05:43 AM

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