Common Law Admission Test is a national level law entrance examination for getting admission in National Law Universities (NLUs) in Undergraduate as well as in Post graduate law programme located across the country. At present there are 20 NLU’s with Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MPDNLU) as a new entrant. Each year, CLAT is conducted by one of the participating NLUs in order of their year of establishment. CLAT 2019 is going to be conduct by National Law University, Orissa. The CLAT exam is usually held on the 2nd Sunday of May every year.
A candidate should have cleared his 10+2 or obtained a equivalent certificate from a recognized board. He should have scored a minimum of 45 percent marks as aggregate. Candidates who have appeared for 10+2 exam can also apply subject to conditions.
Pattern of the paper
CLAT paper comprises 200 questions which are unevenly distributed into 5 subjects namely English, Maths, GK/Current affairs, Logical reasoning and Legal reasoning. There is also negative marking of 0.25 marks i.e. for every four wrong answers 1 marks would be deducted. Therefore, it is very important for law aspirants to carefully attend the paper. The break-up of the questions are as follows :
|English including comprehension||40|
|General Knowledge (GK)/ Current Affairs||50|
|Elementary mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20|
Tie-Breaking for LLB
In case two candidates score equal marks, then the tie is usually broken in this manner:
Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude
Computerized draw of lots
How to prepare each section?
This section will assess the candidate’s proficiency in the language. It comprises both grammar and comprehension. Therefore, to prepare for this subject, the candidates can work on the basics of grammar. Reading a newspaper daily will be a good idea for comprehension and grammar. It is also very important to learn new words every day including their synonyms and antonyms. This tips will help you in understanding the comprehension thoroughly. Lastly it goes without saying that take as many English tests as possibleand develop your own mechanism to solve them.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
In this section, the candidate will be assessed for his knowledge in current affairs and their general awareness. Keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings within the country and around the world. For that purpose, candidates can browse through the latest books, and also visit online websites related to GK/current affairs. Again reading a newspaper regularly is the essential part of your daily routine.
This section will cover elementary Mathematics - Mathematics taught till class X. It carries 20 marks and if you prepare well, you can score full marks. For preparation of this section, it is advised to refer to past question papers and see which topics are being repeated. Prepare them first and then move on to the other topics. Clear your concepts thoroughly. Once you have a clear concept of the topics, it will be easy for you to answer them.
In this section, there will questions which include legal principles that have to be applied in certain given situation. The candidates are required to analyse the situation and then answer accordingly with an apt conclusion based on legal principles. This section assess the candidate’s ability to solve law related problem. If the concepts of the topics are clear then this section becomes easy to score. Therefore, it is very important to refer good books for legal aptitude.
This test assesses the candidate's ability to think logically, identify patterns, spot correct arguments and the like. It will comprise questions from syllogism, analogies, logical sequence, and the alike.
It is not difficult to crack an entrance exam and the same goes for CLAT, all you need is hard work and determination to achieve goals in life. All the best!