Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) UG (CLAT UG - 2017)
How to Prepare
Around 23,000 students wrote CLAT in 2015 and 30,000 students in 2016, the number is expected to grow substantially in coming years. In a sense, the competition in CLAT isn’t as high as most of the entrance examinations like in Engineering and Medical colleges. However, any student aiming for the best law schools in India should have a cstrategy in his/her mind right from the beginning of his/her preparation and should focus highly on practicing from diverse sources. Last but surely not the least, they should keep themselves updated of all current affairs happening around the the World all through his preparation journey.
The trick is to understand that not all subjects are equally important. An efficient preparation of English will also prepare you for Critical Reasoning (this section of CLAT paper was solely comprised of Critical Reasoning type questions), as well as Legal Reasoning, in addition to English. Also, preparation of Mathematics will also prepare you for Analytical Reasoning (Puzzles, coding-decoding etc) as skills require to master both these subjects are largely similar.
The strategy should be to devote the maximum amount of time in mastering subjects with compound effect (i.e. Mathematics and English). Do lot of practice in GK as well. The inclusion of subjects like Static General Knowledge and Legal General Knowledge has generally been criticized, and it is a usual consensus that even more importance must be given to subjects like Logic and Legal Reasoning. Remember that 75 GK (along with Legal GK) questions are there and anyone having command over GK can not only score with ease but also with less time.
Another strategy for quickly improving scores is by solving as many Mocks as possible, and more importantly, giving enough time to yourself for analyzing these Mocks.
Suggested Materials for Preparation for all sections
- Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability: Books from a reputed publisher by any good Author
- GK and English: Pratiyogita Darpan and Competition Success Review.
- Reasoning: Books from Pearson or Arihant publications.
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Common Law Admission Test, popularly known as CLAT is one of the major law entrance examinations in the country. Candidates who perform well in the exam stand a chance to get admission in the major National Law Universities (NLUs) of India. CLAT 2017 was successfully conducted today on 14th May ...Read more
CLAT UG 2017
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created under 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) programme, 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 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG programme (LL.B.).
CLAT UG 2017 Conducting Body
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted by Chanakya National Law University, Patna. CNLU was established under the Chanakya National Law University Act, 2006 (Bihar Act No. 24 of 2006) and included in section 2(f) & 12(B) of the U.G.C. Act, 1956. On August 15th, 2006 came into being Chanakya National Law University at Patna under the able guidance of its Vice - Chancellor/Pro - Chancellor, Prof. Dr. A. Lakshminath, former Dean and Registrar, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. The construction work of the university spread on 18 acres of land at Nyaya Nagar, Mithapur near Mithapur Bus stand, Jakkanpur Police Station, Patna.
CLAT UG Contact Details
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CLAT UG FAQ
1) What does CLAT mean?
CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. It is an entrance exam conducted all over India for admission into various law courses in participating law schools.
2) When is CLAT held every year?
CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May every year.
3) Should I send the print outs of the Application Form to the CLAT office (Chanakya National Law University) by post?
NO, the applicant is not required to send the hard copy of the print out of his/her application to the CLAT office.
However, it is strongly advised that the applicant keeps a hard copy of his /her application for his/her own record and future communication with the CLAT Office, if required.
4) I have filled-up the Application Form successfully but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?
NO CHANGE can be made after the Final Submission of the Application Form. However, if the time is still left for filling up the Online- Application Form, the applicant has to fill a Fresh/New Application Form along with the prescribed fee. In such case the new ID will be generated by the system and the fee paid for the previously filled Application form will not be refunded. Make Note that the last application form shall be treated as Final.
5) Can I upload the passport photograph and digital copy of my signature shot with mobile phone camera?
The photograph and digital copy of signature may be shot with mobile phone camera, but the size of photograph and digital signature is required in prescribed/specific size/format.
6) How will I receive my admit card?
The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from the CLAT website from 20th April, 2017 onwards. Please Note that the Admit Card will not be sent via e-mail or by post or by any other means to the candidate. They must carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, Aadhar Card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.
7) If I received Blank/Zero Registration Number after submission of Application Form then what I should do?
It means that the Application Form has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply a fresh.
8) What details should I retain after completion of successful submission of my Application Form?
The candidate must retain the:
- Hard copy of the Filled-in form.
- Fee receipt Detail.
- Auto-generated ID and Password.
9) Can a candidate apply for CLAT offline?
NO, a candidate can only apply through the On-line mode.
10) How will I recover my lost password through which I had registered myself and had submitted online Application for CLAT?
You are required to click on the ‘forgot password’ button and follow the directions to ‘recover/reset your password’.
11) How will I recover my login ID?
Please note that your e-mail ID is your login ID.
12) What is the procedure to make the payment online?
The candidate will be able to make the payment using his/her Net-Banking Account/Debit /Credit Cards or other Payment options available on the payment gateway of the CLAT online application form. The charges may vary depending on the payment option.
13) Is there any special arrangement for Specially Abled Persons [SAP]?
Yes. The candidate can opt for either to arrange his/her own SCRIBE or to make request to the CLAT Office to provide the SCRIBE for the candidate. In case of first option the candidates has to download the SCRIBE declaration form which is available on CLAT Website at the time of filling-in application form.
14) Which kind of disable persons can take admission through CLAT ?
A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness.
15) Is there any provision of extra time for the Persons with Disabilities appearing in CLAT ?
Yes, Candidates with disabilities appearing in the CLAT shall be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.
16) Am I eligible for CLAT?
To be eligible for taking Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), a candidate should have passed Higher Secondary School / Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination. The minimum required percentage is:
General Candidates: 50% marks in aggregate
SC/ST/ OBC* and Persons with Disability*: 45%.
17) Is it possible to alter the sequence of answering the sections?
No. Sections are taken in the order that they appear in the test book. Candidates are allowed to work only on the section being timed by the invigilators, at any given point of time. Candidates are not permitted to go back to an earlier section or go forward to a later section, even if they finish before the section time is called.
18) In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time completion, can he go to the previous or next section(s) to complete?
No, in CLAT—India, candidates are not allowed to work on any section other than the one being timed by the invigilators. In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time gets over, he/she is not allowed to attempt any other section — previous or next. The balance time cannot be used on any other section.
19) What is the age wise eligibility to appear for CLAT?
Candidate should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2016 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates).
20) Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc.?
Yes, Examination Centre will provide. But no electronic devices are allowed in Examination Hall/Room.
21) How can I get previous years question papers?
The Previous year’s Question Papers can be downloaded from CLAT website on the payment of Rs. 400/-through online mode only(which is not included in the CLAT-2017 fee of Rs.4,000/-). No hard copy will be provided by the CLAT office.
22) What is the syllabus of CLAT ?
CLAT syllabus includes important topics from each of the offered five sections– English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning.
23) Can a student apply to any other Law School / University using CLAT Score?
Yes, students can also apply to a number of other colleges using the CLAT score. Some of the top Law Schools /
- Universities which accept CLAT Scores are listed below.
- Institute of Law, Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
- University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
- School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
24) Is there any minimum cut-off score in CLAT Exam prescribed for admission?
NO. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Candidature of every candidate shall be considered in their respective category, in order of merit.
25) Which are the Law Colleges one can apply through CLAT?
Through CLAT, students can apply to the following 15 National Law Universities:
- National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
- NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
- The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
- National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
- Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala
- Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
- The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
- National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
- National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
- National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam, Guwahati
- Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
26) What is the procedure of allotment of Law Universities for admission?
During the online submission of application form, the candidates will be required to fill up all the 18 available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preferences. Seats shall be allotted on merit-cum-choice basis.
27) Can the candidate change his/her choices of National Law Universities subsequently?
NO, Choice once indicated and submitted shall be treated as final. However, in case of submitting multiple application forms the last submitted form will be treated as final.
28) Is there any seat available for NRI/NRI sponsored /Foreign National candidates?
Yes. In some of the participating Law Universities seats are available for NRIs/NRI sponsored/Foreign National. Candidates are advised to refer to CLAT website for e-brochure and to visit the website of the respective NLUs.
29) Is there any provision of Transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT ?
NO, CLAT Rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.
30) What is the Counselling fee?
Counselling fee is the payment (Rs.50, 000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counselling fee is not a separate fee, it is the adjustable advance paid to the CLAT office which subsequently gets adjusted at the time of admission from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.
31) Can I get my counselling fee refunded in case I don’t want to take admission?
lease Note that:-
- There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 21st June, 2017.
- The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June, 2017, will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-.
32) 3Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the Law Universities?
YES. Some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLUs Brochure available on their website and also on CLAT website.
33) Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT-2017for the women candidates?
YES. Some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for the female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLU’s Brochure available on CLAT website in this regard.
34) Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation?
- NO. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective NLUs Brochure available on CLAT website to know about the University wise specific reservations.
- Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. Reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned State Government from time to time.
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