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%
* Subject to reservation at the University concerned.
The MAXIMUM age of the candidate on July 01 of the year of CLAT Entrance Exam should be as follows:
General Candidates: 20 years
SC/ST/ OBC* and Persons with Disability*: 22 years
Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination can also appear provisionally. However, they shall have to produce proof of having passed the qualifying exam before or at the time of counselling with detailed mark sheet.
Note: Candidates with compartment / supplementary in any subject in the qualifying examination are not eligible for admission.
CLAT LLB Pattern:
Total Marks: 200
Total Questions: 200
Negative Marking: 0.25 Mark per wrong answer
Syllabus for CLAT LLB:
- English including Comprehension: 40 Marks
- General Knowledge/Current Affairs: 50 Marks
- Elementary Mathematics: 20 Marks (Numerical ability)
- Legal Aptitude / Awareness: 50 Marks
- Logical Reasoning: 40 Marks
The type of questions will be based on description mentioned on the CLAT Website here
1. English including Comprehension
The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based 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 in of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge/Current Affairs
This section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between May 2010 and May 2011)
This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till the class 10.
4. Logical Reasoning
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the student’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested, as this tends to disadvantage those that are visually impaired.
5. Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness
Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness This section will test students only on “legal aptitude”. Questions will be framed with the help of 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 (e.g. the legal proposition might be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the question accordingly. Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself. For example, if the word patent is used, the meaning of patent (“a legal monopoly granted by the government for certain kinds of inventions”) will also be explained.