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CLAT Overview

All about CLAT

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.).

 

Course Stream: Politics / Law / Humanities

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Competition & Benefits

College Accepting Exam Count 37
Courses 175
Total Number of Seats 2577

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Preparation

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.

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

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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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

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