CLAT-FAQ

We have compiled a list of the questions we are most commonly asked by the candidates, and published them along with our answers here. We hope this will help to answer some of the question you might have.

What is CLAT?

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by Seventeen National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).

With CLAT can I apply for admission to all National Law Universities in India?

No. With CLAT you can apply only to the fourteen participating National Law Universities i.e. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR), The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS), National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU), Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU), Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL), Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS), National Law University, Orissa (NLUO), National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL) and National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLSJA), NlU Mumbai and NLU Tirchi.

Where can I obtain a CLAT Information Brochure?

CLAT Information Brochure can be purchased from any of the fourteen participating universities or from various State Bank of India branches from across the country. See \’Locate Prospectus distribution center\’ section on the website (www.clatfocustutorials.com) for State Bank of India where from CLAT Information Brochure can be purchased.

What is the cost of CLAT Information Brochure?

CLAT Information Brochure would cost Rs.4000/- and Rs. 4000/- (for SC/ST/PWD).

Do I also need to purchase brochure of participating universities separately?

Information about all participating universities is included in the CLAT Information Brochure.

Is the examination pattern for CLAT 2017 different from the previous editions?

CLAT 2017 has been slightly revamped. Please see CLAT Information Brochure for more information including on the pattern of examination paper and weightage of different subject areas.

What is the minimum eligibility for taking CLAT 2017?

  • For the under-graduate (LL.B) programme – To be eligible to appear for CLAT-2017, a candidate should have passed his/her Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability)*. Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and PWD)*
  • For the post-graduate (LL.M) programme – To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2017 a candidate should have obtained a LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognised University with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC/ST /OBC and PWD)*. There is no age limit for applying for post-graduate programme.* Subject to state reservation at the University concerned.

Where can I find more information regarding courses offered by various National Law Universities?

Information regarding details of intake, reservation, courses offered along with the fee structure and further details can be had from the CLAT Information Brochure 2017, CLAT website and website of concerned University.

Are foreign nationals required to take CLAT 2017 for admission to any of the National Law Universities?

Foreign nationals are not permitted to sit for CLAT-2017. Those desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.However if you are a foreign national and hold either a PIO or OCI card, you would have parity with NRIs in educational fields.

What is domicile?

The domicile certificate would be required to claim an admission under the domicile/state reservation of the respective state law universities. Domicile can be obtained by birth and this may be proved through birth / residential certificate issued by competent authority.Candidates falling under \’Other\’ in domicile category are not required to submit any certificate.
Please see (http://india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=5) for more information.

Would there be any negative marking for CLAT 2017?

Yes. 0.25 Marks are deducted from your score for every wrong answer.

Is there any specific proforma to send request for an application form to CLAT Convenor or just a simple application in writing would suffice?

There is no proforma for the application requesting CLAT Information Brochure 2017. The request can be made on a plain piece of paper.

CLAT Brochure mentions ’Senior Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination’ as a eligibility criteria. What are these qualifying examination?

There are certain educational qualifications/ system which are recognized by Government of India as equivalent to \’Senior Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2)\’.

For the purpose of the category of sons or daughters of defence personnel deployed in UP or defence personnel of UP either retired or killed or disabled in action, does defence personnel include personnel belonging to Paramilitary Forces?

No, paramilitary forces does not fall in the category of Defense Personnel.

General Information

  1. Information regarding details of intake, reservation, courses offered along with the fee structure and further details is available on the CLAT Information Brochure 2017, CLAT-2017 website or website of the concerned University.
  2. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental disability or illness. A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act at the time of admission.
  3. For details relating to the definition of NRI/NRI sponsored candidates and number of seats available for them, kindly see the information provided by different participating Universities.
  4. Some of the Universities (e.g. CNLU, Patna) will admit the NRI candidates directly whereas others will do so through CLAT. Please read the information provided by the participating Universities on the subject in the CLAT Information Brochure or on the CLAT Website.
  5. In the event of insufficient number of candidates appearing from a particular centre, the Convener CLAT-2017 reserves the right to cancel the centre and shift the applicants to another nearest centre.
  6. Foreign nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT-2017. Those desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.
  7. Any candidate who requires a scribe to write the test should intimate in writing to the Convener, CLAT-2017 at the time of submitting their application form and in any case, not less than two months prior to the CLAT-2017 entrance examination, citing reasonable cause and attaching relevant supporting documents.
  8. There shall be a centralised admission process for CLAT-2017 on the basis of merit-cum-preference. All admissions shall be centrally done at Chanakya National Law University, Patna. The information relating to date of admission shall be placed on CLAT website from time to time.

UNDER-GRADUATE PROGRAMME OFFERED BY THE NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES
[Five year integrated B.A./B.Sc.*/B.B.A.^/BSW^^/ B.Com.^^ LL.B (Hons.) Degree Courses]

*Offered by NUJS, NLU Jodhpur and GNLU.
^Offered by GNLU, NLU Jodhpur and NLUO.
^^Offered by GNLU.

Eligibility
Eligibility for Under-Graduate ProgrammesTo be eligible to appear in CLAT-2017, a candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent qualification from a recognised Board with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PWD).** Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.
o The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.
** Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.

Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Under-Graduate ProgrammeTotal Marks200Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each200Duration of examinationTwo HoursSubject areas with weightage:
English including Comprehension- 40 Marks
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs – 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)- 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude – 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning – 40 Marks

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