FAQs about CLAT

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.
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2. When did CLAT start?

CLAT exam was started in 2008, before that each law school conducted there own entrance exam. You can read more at About CLAT.

3. Which all Law Schools participate in CLAT?

The following law schools participated in CLAT 2008

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore

2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal

4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

5. National Law University, Jodhpur

6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

CLAT 2009 saw four more law schools joining in:

8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna

11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

4. Who conducts CLAT?

Common Law Admission Test is conducted every year by each of the National Law Schools on rotation in order of their seniority. The NLSIU, Bangalore, the oldest of the National Law Schools conducted the admission test for the academic year 2008-09.

5. What is the Pattern for CLAT?

CLAT consists of 200 objective questions for 200 marks. The pattern of question paper is:

  1. English including Comprehension: 40 Marks
  2. General Knowledge/Current Affairs: 50 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics: 20 Marks (Numerical ability)
  4. Legal Aptitude/Awareness: 50 Marks
  5. Logical Reasoning: 40 Marks

More Details are available at CLAT Syllabus and Pattern.

6. 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%

Age Limit: The maximum age of the candidate as on July 01 of the year of CLAT Exam should be:

General Candidates: 20 years

SC/ST/ OBC* and Persons with Disability*: 22 years

More Details are available at CLAT Eligibility.

7. How to apply for CLAT?

These are three methods for obtaining CLAT application form which are available in January every year:

Off-line:

1) Printed application forms along with the brochure will be available at the designated breaches of the Indian Bank and State Bank of India.

2) Request for applications may be sent to the convener, CLAT along with a demand draft.

3) Applications can also be downloaded from www.clat.ac.in. The downloaded application along with the DD and other enclosures should be sent to the convener, CLAT.

8. How many seats are available in law schools participating in CLAT?

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (80)

2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (80)

3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal (98)

4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (127)

5. National Law University, Jodhpur (100)

6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (151)

7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (165)

8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (160)

9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (120)

10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (130)

11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (80)

9. How should I prepare for CLAT?

Read our article How to Prepare for CLAT. You should read some good books for all related subjects and keep in touch with day to day news to prepare for the CLAT test. Check out our Check out our Sample Papers for CLAT to get an idea about the exams.

10. Where to contact for details about CLAT?

If you have a query about CLAT you may contact the official source:

Email: helpdesk@clat.ac.in

Official Website: www.clat.ac.in


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