CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is an All India Entrance Test for admission to any of the 14 National Law Universities/Institutes for admission to its 5-year Integrated undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses. These 14 law schools are the following:
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
National Law School of India University, Bangalore. (NLSIU)
National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU)
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences), Kolkata (WBNUJS)
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar(GNLU)
Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
National Law University, Orissa (NLUO)
Hidayatullah National Law university, Raipur (HNLU)
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya national Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
It had been decided by the CLAT Core Committee that the tests be conducted by all the 14 law schools by rotation in order of their establishment, and accordingly the tests are conducted by these institutes in the aforesaid manner every year since 2008.
Eligibility for Undergraduate Law Courses:
The candidate must have completed his 10+2 from a recognised board/university with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate ( 45% for SC/ST/OBC and PWD). Candidates who have completed their 10+_2 and awaiting their results are also eligible to sit for the exam. The candidate should not be more than 20 years (22 years for SC/ST/OBC and PWD) to be able to sit for this exam.
Eligibility for Post Graduate Law Courses :
For admission to post graduate courses, the candidate must have completed his LL.B from a recognised board/university with an aggregate of 55% in graduation (50% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PwD). Candidates awaiting their final year results are also eligible to apply.
Pattern of CLAT Examination:
The test is of 200 marks and for duration of 2 hours. It consists of multiple choice questions covering the following topics – English including comprehension (40 marks), General Knowledge and Current Affairs (50 marks), Numerical Ability (20 marks), Legal Aptitude (50 marks), Logical Reasoning (40 marks).
For post-graduate programmes the marks and duration remains the same. But the paper consists of 100 multiple choice questions of 1 mark each pertaining to subject areas and 10 short questions of 10 marks each.
However the admission to the law schools is subject to clearing CLAT. For more details regarding the entrance test refer to www.clat.ac.in.