Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted of all the law entrances in India after Class XII. CLAT journey started in 2008 and today more than 40,000 students write the entrance every year to secure a seat in one of the participating National Law University including NLSIU Bangalore-the Harvard of the East. CLAT is conducted every year to select students for 19 National Law Universities in India, other than National Law University-Delhi and HP National Law University-Shimla, which have their own process to select the students.
Important dates of CLAT
- Application Form Availability- 13th January 2019 (Available)
- Last date for form submission- 31st March 2019
- Downloading of Admit Card Starts- 3rd week of April 2019
- Date of CLAT Entrance Exam- 12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
- Answer Key Release- 3rd week of May 2019
- Representation of questions or key- Till 3rd week of May 2019
- Uploading of amended answer key (if required)- 4th week of May 2019
- Result/Merit List Declaration- Last week of May 2019
- First Indicative Seat Allocation Publication- 1st week of June 2019
Date for payment of counseling fee- Till 2nd week of June 2019
Eligibility for CLAT
- Indian National/NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates can apply.
- NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates can apply for those NLUs where such category is admitted.
- Foreign National candidates not need to appear for CLAT exam, they can apply directly to the concerned institutions.
- Upper age Limit- There will be no upper age limit to apply for UG Integrated &PG courses.
Candidate who are appearing in the qualification exam are also eligible.
- For UG Integrated courses-
Pass 10+2 examination from the recognized board. Secured minimum 45% marks (for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories) & 40%marks (for SC/ST categories).
Pass LLB/5 years Integrated LLB(Hons.)/any other equivalent examination. Secured minimum 55% marks (for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories) & 50% marks (for SC/ST categories).
Mode of Application for CLAT
The Eligible candidates can apply through online mode only.
Application Fees for CLAT
Candidates should submit Rs, 4000 as an application fee. For SC/ST category, it is Rs. 3500. The fee is non- Refundable and non- adjustable
General/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) & other Categories- Rs.4000+extra charges
Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)- Rs.3500+extra charges
Mode of Application Fees Payment for CLAT
The applicants can pay the Application fees through digital mode such as net banking, debit card or credit card.
Mode of Exam for CLAT
The examination will be conducted in offline mode. (pen & paper based test).
Hall ticket / Admit card for CLAT
The university will announce the CLAT 2019 admit card only for the candidates, those complete their registrations & make payment. Candidates will download the admit card/hall ticket through online mode by logging into their LOGIN account. The CLAT Hall ticket 2019 will be issued in the third week of April 2019. No Admit card will be provided through offline mode or by post. Candidate should carry the downloaded admit card along with all the requisite documents to the examination hall. Along with admit card, candidates should also bring a valid photo ID proof such as Aadhaar card/Voter ID/Passport/Driving License.
Exam centers for CLAT
The exam will be conducted across India.
Exam Pattern for CLAT
- Exam Pattern- The examination will be held on 12th May 2019.
- Mode-The Examination will be conducted in offline mode.
- Duration- The Exam duration will be two hours.
- Type of Questions- Multiple choice/Objective type questions will be asked in the exam.
- Number of Questions- Total 200 questions (for UG) and 150 questions (for PG) will be asked in the examination.
- Total Marks- The question paper will be of 200 for UG and 150 for PG.
- Negative Marking- For the incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
- Courses For UG- English Including comprehension- 40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs- 50
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)- 20
Legal Aptitude- 50
Logical Reasoning- 40
- Courses for PG- Constitutional Law- 50
Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law,
International Law, IPR etc
Exam Duration for CLAT
The exam duration for CLAT will be 3 hours.
Negative marking for CLAT
Yes negative marking will be there in CLAT exam. for each wrong answer 0.25 mark will be deducated.
Result and counseling for CLAT
The Result will be declared in the last week of May 2019 through online mode. To check the result, candidates have to login with email ID & password. There will be no other mode to check the result. Candidates should download the scorecard for admission purpose.
After the result declaration, the authority will release first indicative seat allocation list on the basis of merit-cum-performance in the first week of June 2019. The authority will organize a centralized counseling for admission to the UG & PG law courses in participating universities. The counseling will be conducted in four rounds. The fee payment & exercising options will be started in the month of June 2019. Candidates have to pay Rs. 50,000 as a counseling fee. It should be adjusted at the time of admission. The allotment of seats will be done on the basis of merit-cum-performance, i.e. CLAT rank, order of performances, category, number of seats, availability of seats etc. Candidates have to report to the allotted NLUs with the balanced admission fee.
Colleges Accepting CLAT score card
- Lovely Professional University, Phagwara
- SASTRA University, Thanjavur
- PES University, Bangalore
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore
- NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
- National Law University, Jodhpur
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
- WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
- Koneru Lakshmaiah Education Foundation, Guntur
- Bennett University, Greater Noida
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal
Counseling & Admission for CLAT
Tips & Tricks for CLAT
The first step for preparation is to know about the paper pattern and syllabus of the exam. For undergraduate courses, students have to prepare 5 subjects namely English Comprehension, Elementary Mathematics, General Knowledge & Current affairs, Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning. Out of all the sections, Legal Aptitude is the most important section. For preparing this section you can refer “Universal Guide to CLAT or A.P. Bhardwaj CLAT guide”. Do read newspapers on regular basis to prepare for current awareness questions. For elementary mathematics prepare syllabus of class 9th & 10th. In English comprehension, there will be 4-5 short passages on which around 20-22 questions will be asked 7-8 questions is based on antonyms & synonyms and rest questions will be on Grammar. For this, you can practice previous year mock test papers. You can also prepare these topics on online tutorials available for CLAT.