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CLAT Exam: Info That You Shall Need

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Do you have the gift of gab? Are you an excellent communicator? Do you want to be a Lawyer? Are you planning to appear in the most challenging competitive exam i.e., the CLAT exam? Or have you already started preparing for it? Or yet to figure out how to begin with the preparation?

Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT), a national-level examination organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) gives admission to eligible candidates to study law courses in India at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Offering courses at 21 participating national law colleges and a host of other institutions across the country, the entrance test serves as a gateway to a lucrative career in law. Being one of the prestigious law entrance exams, CLAT has recently made some changes to update the test pattern. It no longer tests students’ cramming ability, but instead asks questions related to current events.

Anyhoo… this post shall take you through the many depths that you usually have to visit while figuring out everything about the exam.

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To make it easier for you, we have created a quick guide to everything you need to know about the CLAT exam.

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What is the CLAT exam?

The full form of CLAT is the Common Law Entrance Test. The CLAT exam is a test to enter the national level of admission to 21 reputable national law colleges in India and other private universities. If you pass CLAT, you can apply for admission to the combined LLB and LLM programs for 3/5 years.

It is conducted once a year by the National Law University (NLU) among the 21 members of the CLAT Committee. Some private law firms across the country, as well as the Public Sector Agreements, use CLAT results to gain acceptance and recruitment.

Highlights of CLAT entrance exam

ParticularsHighlights
Name of the ExamCommon-Law Admission Test
Conducting ByThe Consortium of National Law Universities
Accepting Colleges 22 NLUs 61 Private Affiliated Colleges
Time Duration of the exam 2 hours
Examination FrequencyOnce a Year
Examination ModeOffline
CLAT exam eligibility age limit As per the newly revised criterion, no upper age limit is set for the UG or PG Program. 
Programs Offered5-year integrated LLB programs, one-year LLM program
Top Participating NLUsTop Participating NLU as per NIRF 2021 Ranking: Rank 1- NLSIU Bangalore Rank 3- NALSAR, Hyderabad Rank 4- WBNUJS Kolkata

CLAT exam eligibility criteria 

In this section we have collated the info on exam eligibility for UG & PG course.

CLAT exam UG eligibility

Following is the eligibility for the CLAT exam after the 12th

  • The candidate must have completed his or her class 12th from a recognized board or university.
  • The applicant must have obtained at least 45% marks in class 12th in order to appear in the exam.
  • However, for candidates for SC & ST category a 5%-mark rebate is allowed, which means they only need 40% marks in their class 12th.

CLAT exam PG eligibility

Here is the eligibility for the CLAT exam after graduation: 

  • The candidate must have an LLB degree from a recognized University to be eligible to apply for the exam.
  • Those who are General / PWD / NRI / OBC / OCI / POI must obtain at least a 55% mark or equivalent to qualify for the examination. A 5%-mark rebate is granted to those who belong to SC & ST category.
  • Candidates who are in their final year in May 2023 may apply for this examination.

CLAT exam fees

  1. Application fees can be paid online only.
  2. Application Fee for General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI candidates: Rs. 4000/-.
  3. Application Fee for SC / ST / BPL category candidates: Rs. 3500/-.
  4. The previous year’s question papers fee is Rs. 500/- (Exclusive of CLAT 2023 application fee of Rs.4000/- or Rs.3500/- as the case may be.)
  5. Candidates themselves will have to bear the bank transaction fee for the online fee transfer. The actual bank transaction fees will be shown on the payment gateway page after selecting the payment method.
  6. The application fee is non-refundable.

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How to prepare for the CLAT exam? 

The following guidelines can help the aspirants to crack the CLAT 223 exam:

  1. Go through the CLAT exam pattern and syllabus carefully and plan your preparation accordingly.
  2. To excel in the exam, practice a large number of previous years’ CLAT question papers. This will help students understand the difficulty level of the exam and the type of questions that will be asked.
  3. Check your mistakes. Candidates should spend as much time as possible working on their weak points.
  4. Focus on improving your time management skills.
  5. For any topic, consulting two books is more than enough. Candidates should use class notes and handwritten notes in addition to CLAT books.

CLAT exam preparation books

The following books can help the aspirants to crack the CLAT exam:

  1. Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide
  2. Lexis Nexis
  3. Objective Arithmetic
  4. GK Today
  5. India Year Book
  6. Analytical and Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  7. Word Power Made Easy
  8. Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  9. Manorama Year Book
  10. Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  11. Butterworths
  12. Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express)
clat exam syllabus

CLAT exam pattern

CLAT exam is conducted offline. It is an objective-paper format and the total time is two hours. Each correct answer will be awarded one mark and 0.25 marks deducted (negative marking) for an incorrect answer. The test will be done in English only.

CLAT exam – UG Pattern

SubjectsMCQs per sectionNo. of Marks
English Language28-32 28-32 
Current Affairs including General Knowledge35-39 35-39 
Logical Reasoning28-32 28-32
Legal Reasoning35-39 35-39
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 13-17 
Total 150 150

CLAT exam – PG Pattern

SubjectsNo. of MCQsNo. of Marks
Constitutional Law6060
Other Law6060
Total120a120

In Conclusion

So, here you have the tricky essentials of CLAT exam including syllabus, exam pattern, eligibility, etc. We hope you have some clarity about the matter now.

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FAQs

What is CLAT exam for?

CLAT exam is a test to enter the national level of admission to 21 reputable national law colleges in India and other private universities. If you pass CLAT, you can apply for admission to the combined LLB and LLM programs for 3/5 years.

Who are eligible for CLAT exam?

The candidate must have completed his or her class 12th from a recognized board or university to apply for a UG program. However, for a PG program, you must have a LLB degree from a recognized University to be eligible to apply for CLAT exam.

How many times CLAT exam is conducted in a year?

The CLAT exam is held twice a year.

Is the CLAT exam tough?

It depends only on you. If you have strong fundamentals then it is easy to crack the exam just by solving the previous year’s sample papers and mock tests. However, if you want to improve your fundamentals, you will need to study and prepare in depth.

Can I give CLAT exam after 12th?

Yes, you can give CLAT exam after 12th.

How to apply CLAT exam?

Candidates can fill out the application form on the official website – consortiumofnlus.ac.in. CLAT registration fee is Rs. 4000 for general category candidates and Rs. 3500 for SC, ST and BPL candidates.

How to clear the CLAT exam?

A proper study plan, and regular study of each topic can help in CLAT preparation. Make sure you study each topic from the right book and practice previous years’ papers to understand the difficulty level. Also, don’t forget to attempt a series of mock tests regularly to analyze your preparation level.

Who can appear for the CLAT exam?

As mentioned above to appear in the CLAT exam students who want to apply for the UG course must have completed class 12th and those who want to apply for the PG course must have completed a graduate degree.

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