The Common Law Admission Test, commonly known as CLAT is the most sought after law entrance examinations in India, and is by far the topmost law entrance examination conducted at a national level. The CLAT tests initiated in the year 2008 and was conducted on a rotational basis by the National Law Universities (NLU’s). The number of applicants for the CLAT Tests has seen a steady rise over time. In the year 2018, a total of 63,000 candidates appeared for the CLAT exams, in which around 59,400 candidates opted for the CLAT UG exams, while the remaining opted for CLAT PG exams. The CLAT exams for 2018 was organized by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) and earlier this year, there was news that the upcoming 2019 CLAT exams will be conducted by the National Legal University of Odisha. However, recently, it was shared that the upcoming 2019 CLAT exams will be conducted by a permanent body which has been formed by the NLU’s with their headquarters as NLSIU Bangalore – The Harvard of the East. With the massive surge in the number of applicants, the CLAT exams 2019 official website has been launched. The CLAT exam is your gateway to 22 renowned National Law Universities of India, other than NLU, Delhi. The CLAT scores are also accepted by other famous institutions such as UPES-Dehradun, Nirma University – Ahmedabad, NMIMS – Mumbai etc. Other acclaimed law universities such as National Law School of India University, NALSAR University of Law, Gujarat National Law University, Chanakya National Law University etc. also accept CLAT scores to admit students into their 5-year LLB programs.
CLAT EligibilityThe core committee of CLAT defines the eligibility criteria for CLAT Under Graduate and CLAT Post Graduate exams. Listed below are the pre-requisites for either
CLAT UG EligibilityStart your CLAT preperation today,as per the revised criteria, there is no upper age limit for appearing in the CLAT 2019 Under Graduate exams. Any applicant who is interested to appear for CLAT 2019 must have cleared 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of 45% marks
CLAT PG Eligibility
Similar to the UG program, there is no upper age limit for appearing in the CLAT 2019 Post Graduate exams. However, to apply for the PG course, applicants must have cleared either of LLB or any other equivalent course with a minimum of 55% marks. The percentage required varies as per the applicant’s category.
CLAT NRI Eligibility
Even NRI’s can apply for CLAT exams under the NRI quota. It is to be noted that the CLAT office doesn’t carry out the admissions, however concerned universities individually carry out the admission process on the basis of the applicant’s CLAT score. As an NRI, the applicant needs to directly contact the concerned university for all procedures related to admission and any other queries. The documents that are required for NRI candidates to appear for CLAT exams are a copy of the student’s valid Indian Passport and Copy of Visas that the student obtained over a period of last twelve months. In addition to these, the applicant will also need to furnish a certificate from the local embassy which certifies that the applicant is an NRI.
The CLAT 2019 exams will be conducted online. The upcoming exam paper will have a total of 200 questions covering 5 subjects, viz. General Knowledge & Current Affairs, General English, Legal Aptitude, Elementary Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning. The entire CLAT exam is of a duration of 2 hours. The marking scheme is pretty straightforward. You get +1 for every correct answer and -0.25 for every incorrect answer. Listed below is what you can expect from each topic –
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
The applicants will be tested on their knowledge of general awareness. This topic consists of a total of 50 questions on national and international current affairs as well as static general knowledge.
This section also comprises of comprehension in addition to General English. A total of 40 questions are included in this section which primarily tests the applicants’ expertise in English. The questions include grammar and comprehension passages. The applicants are to read passages and understand its central theme, then answer questions based on their understanding. On the other hand, the grammar section primarily consists of questions revolving around incorrect grammatical sentences, filling in blanks with the proper form of a given word, and similar basic grammar related questions.
The Legal Aptitude section consists of a total of 50 questions and assess the applicants’ understanding and interest towards the study of law, problem-solving calibre, and research aptitude.
The questions include legal propositions and problems where applicants’ need to apply these propositions.
The elementary mathematics section consists of a total of 20 questions. This is quite an easy section as the applicants’ are asked to answer questions related to basic mathematics. Almost all of the questions are from topics that are taught up to the Class 10th standard.
The logical reasoning section the CLAT exams consists of a total of 40 questions. These questions are aimed at assessing the applicants’ capability to understand and identify logical patterns and then rectify illogical arguments. Questions in this section constitute of topics like coding-decoding, directions, analogies etc.
CLAT Exams: Additional Details
The upcoming 2019 CLAT exams are on May 12th, 2019. The application forms are available on the official website www.clat.ac.in from January 13th till March 31st , 2019. The results for the Merit List will be declared between May 31st – June 30th, 2019. You can visit the official website and register to get a Provisional registration ID and password. Once you fill in the required details, the credentials will be sent over to your registered mobile number and email address. You will also need to scan and upload a few required documents such as your signature and photograph. Then, you can fill in the form, select your preferred NLU, and proceed with the payment. The fee varies based on the applicants’ category. Once you’re successfully registered, you will be able to download the hall ticket starting from 20th April, 2019. We hope that the aforementioned information has provided you with the details that should help you go forward with the upcoming 2019 CLAT exams. We wish you all the best. Feel free to reach out to us in case you have any queries or need any assistance with the upcoming 2019 CLAT exams.
Law Schools participated in CLAT 2018 :
|Name of Law Schools Participated||Location|
|National Law School of India University||Bangalore|
|National Academy of Legal Study & Research University of Law||Hyderabad|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences||Kolkata|
|National Law University||Jodhpur|
|National Law School of India University||Bhopal|
|Hidayatullah National Law University||Raipur|
|Gujarat National Law University||Gandhinagar|
|Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University||Lucknow|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law||Patiala|
|Chanakya National Law University||Patna|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies||Kochi|
|National Law University Odisha||Cuttack|
|National University of Study & Research in Law||Ranchi|
|National Law University & Judicial Academy||Assam|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University||Vishakhapatnam|
|The Tamil Nadu National Law School||Tiruchirappalli|
|Maharashtra National Law University||Tiruchirappalli|
|Maharashtra National Law University||Nagpur|
|Maharashtra National Law University||Aurangabad|