CLAT COMMON LAW ADMISSION TEST
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a nationwide conducted centralised test for admission to the premier National Law Universities (NLU’s) which are 21 in number. Besides the NLU’s, the scores are used by 43 other education institutes and two public sector institutes. The test is conducted by the 21 participating law schools which conduct the exam on a rotation basis, in the order of their establishment. The first test was conducted by the National Law School of India University which conducted CLAT-2008 to the last year CLAT -2018 test conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies.CLAT 2019 shall be conducted by National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO).
The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrated undergraduation programmes in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programmes conducted by these law universities. The two-hour admission test consists of an objective type covering questions on Elementary Mathematics or Numerical Ability, English with Comprehension, General knowledge and Current affairs, Legal Aptitude and Legal Awareness and Logical Reasoning.
All the Law schools in the country, prior to the introduction of the CLAT conducted their own entrance examinations for admission to their law undergraduate and postgraduate programs respectively. However the major drawback of the system of autonomous examination, which required the candidates to appear multiple times for each of the examinations. This often led to missing one or the other examinations as the dates would conflict with each other or with other major examinations such as Engineering, Dental and other Medical Examinations.
The NLU’s are premier law institutions of the country. Total seventeen in number the first batch of the NLU was admitted in the year 1987 National Law School of India University. However, the NLU in Delhi conducts its own entrance examination known as All India Law Entrance Test (AILET which conducts an open competitive examination held on the 1st Sunday of May). With more law schools coming up it became a herculean task for the students to prepare for the individual examination. From time to time this issue to conduct a common entrance exam to reduce the burden of the students to give multiple tests was raised, but given the autonomous status of each law school, there was no nodal agency to coordinate action to this regard.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR CLAT EXAM 2019
The important dates associated with the CLAT 2019 have been announced by NLUO Cuttack has announced CLAT 2019 Exam Dates. The candidates seeking admission into the undergraduate and post-graduate law programmes are advised to keep an eye on the important dates of CLAT 2019 through the official website. Candidates can check the CLAT 2019 Important Dates to be released in online mode.
Keeping a track of the important dates is critical from the perspective of a student appearing for the entrance examination. It not only helps the candidate to avoid missing important events related to CLAT 2019 by keeping a serious track of the important dates of CLAT 2019 but also updates the candidates on application date, admit card, exam date, result, cutoff and counselling. The candidates seeking admissions to undergraduate and post-graduate law programmes offered by 21 National Law Universities including other law schools can check here the calendar of events of CLAT 2019. In case of any change in the CLAT 2019 events or schedule, candidates will be notified immediately on the same. It should be noted that the facts and figures in this article of CLAT 2019 are as per the official notification for the academic year 2019-2020.
ADMISSION PROCESS UNDER CLAT
The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT-2019 is carried out through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Consortium Office. The basis of seats allotment shall be on the basis of RANK, ORDER OF PREFERENCE AND CATEGORY/CATEGORIES by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU. The commencement of the Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2019 results.
ADMIT CARD FOR CLAT EXAM 2019
The candidate can download their respective Admit Card/Hall ticket by logging into his/her account. The exact date on which the hall tickets will be made available will be intimated on the website.
UG Programme OR THE LLB
The five-year integrated program requires the following eligibility:
i)There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2019.
ii)The minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
a)Forty-five per cent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/categories
b)Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
NOTE: TheCandidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2019 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2019 examination. However, the candidates are required to submit an evidence of having successfully pased qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing to do so shall forfeit their right to admission. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
PG Programme under CLAT EXAM
PG Program is a one year program
i)An LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of Fifty five percent (55%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and Fifty percent (50%) of marks or ii)its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
iii)Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2019 are also eligible to apply.
iv)No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2019.
SYLLABUS OF CLAT EXAM 2019
The CLAT for undergraduate admission evaluates the candidate on the basis of Verbal, Mathematical and Reasoning Abilities. The scope of questions under different subjects are:
1.English including comprehension: The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based on :
Comprehension passages and grammar.
i) In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc.
ii) The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2.General Knowledge and Current Affairs: General knowledge will be evaluated on the candidate’s knowledge about current affairs and world events. The questions on current affairs will test the candidate’s on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
3.Mathematics or Numerical Ability: This section will test the candidate’s knowledge of elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/StandardNCERT.Some of the topics covered in the exam are:
iii)Linear and Quadratic Equation
vi)Data Interpretation such as Bar Chart, Pie Chart, Graphical interpretation.
4.Legal Aptitude: This section will test the candidate’s interest in the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. The section comprises of questions on
-Legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.
Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
5.Logical Reasoning: The objective is to test a candidate’s reasoning ability on the following topics:
i)Identification of patterns
ii) Logical links and rectify illogical arguments.
NOTE: It might include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
EXAM PATTERN OF CLAT 2019
Duration of CLAT-2019 Exam02:00 Hours
Multiple-Choice Questions-200 questions of one mark each
SUBJECTS WITH THE CORRESPONDING WEIGHT
i)English including comprehension 40 Marks
ii)General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks
iii)Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
iv)Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
v)Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
NEGATIVE MARKING: Each wrong answer is penalized 0.25 marks.important Instructions
APPLICATION PROCESS OF CLAT EXAM
The candidate can follow the following instructions to apply for the exam:
- The online enrollment for CLAT 2019 will open on 13th January 2019 and close on 31st March 2019.
- The applications can be submitted ONLINE only from clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in website.
- The CLAT 2019 examination will be held on Sunday, the 12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
- The CLAT 2019 examination will be held in OFFLINE mode