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)/ 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 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.
The 18 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:
Eligibility Criteria for UG Programme in CLAT-
.(i) Candidates shall be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on 1st July 2018 in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
(ii) Candidates shall be below Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July 2018 in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.
PATTERN OF QUESTION PAPERS FOR ADMISSION TO UG COURSE IN CLAT-2018
(a) Maximum Marks : 200
(b) Duration of CLAT-2018Exam : 02:00 Hours
(c) Multiple-Choice Questions : 200 questions of one mark each
(d) Subject areas with weightage:
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
(e) Negative Marking : 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
SYLLABUS FOR ADMISSION TO UG COURSE IN CLAT-2017 Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
1. English including comprehension: The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned 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 tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
3. Mathematics: This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.
4. Legal Aptitude: This section will test candidate’s interest towards 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.