Common Law Admission Test is a centralised test for admission to 21 National Law Universities in India. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted of all the law entrances in India after Class XII. Every year more than 55,000 students write the entrance to secure a seat in one of the participating National Law University including NLSIU Bangalore-the Harvard of the East.
Highlights CLAT Exam
Exam Highlights Details
Exam Name CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
CLAT Exam Conducting Body Consortium of National Law Universities
CLAT Exam Level UG and PG
CLAT Exam Frequency Once a year
CLAT Exam Mode Offline
CLAT Exam Duration 120 Minutes
Number of Questions 150
Marking Scheme 0.25 marks for each wrong answer
CLAT Exam Language English
CLAT Exam Purpose Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB,
BSW LLB, LLM courses
CLAT shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. Inference would be key here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge: This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions which were asked earlier. The passages would again be of 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such question can cover static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading Newspaper daily, specifically articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.
Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative Technique or Maths section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.
Legal Reasoning: This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. The passages would be of approximately 450 words each.
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. The questions would be based on passage of 300 words.