2019 is upon us, and so are the entrance exams of various fields. If you are aspiring to pursue law, then all your focus should be on the Common Law Admission Test or CLAT, the centralized law entrance exam conducted by the National Law University (NLU). Taken by more than 50k students, CLAT acts as an opportunity for students to enter the premier law schools in the country. The offline exam helps you in seeking admission to 3 year/ 5-year Integrated LLB and LLM Programs in 19 NLUs and other private schools
To help you understand CLAT 2019 better, here are the details you need to know.
CLAT exam dates
CLAT will be conducted on 26th May 2019. It was earlier scheduled on 12th May, but the date was postponed due to the upcoming elections. The last day to submit the application form has been extended to 15th April. Here is the entire schedule:
- Last date for form submission – 15th April 2019
- Downloading of Admit Card – 3rd week of April 2019
- Date of CLAT Entrance Exam – 26th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
- Answer Key Release – 3rd week of May 2019
- 2019 Result/Merit List Declaration – Last week of May 2019
- Indicative Seat Allocation Publication – 1st week of June 2019
- Date for payment of counselling fee – Till 2nd week of June 2019
CLAT application form
- The application form is available only through online mode.
- A candidate can fill only one application
- You have to upload your scanned photograph (Dimensions: 200×230 pixels & Size: 20KB to 50KB), Signature (Dimensions: 140×60 pixels & Size: 10KB to 20KB) and other required certificates. Images exceeding the dimension will not be accepted. Use paint to reduce the image size.
- Once submitted, the application form cannot be edited.
- The application fee for general and other categories is Rs 4000, and for SC/ST is Rs 3500.
- The payment can be done through credit card/ debit card/ net banking/ pay wallet/ RuPay, etc. The fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
- There is no age limit.
- Candidates need to successfully clear their 10+2 exam with a minimum
- 45% for general and other categories.
- 40% for SC/ST categories.
- Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination for CLAT 2019 have to show evidence of passing the exam or else they won’t be permitted.
- There is no age limit.
- Candidates must have secured an LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum
- 55% for general and other categories
- 50% for SC/ST categories.
CLAT paper pattern
- The exam will be conducted in offline mode.
- The exam duration will be 2 hours.
- There will be a total of 200 questions for UG and 150 questions for PG.
- There will be objective type questions.
- The paper will be of 200 marks for both UG and PG.
- One mark will be allotted for every correct response.
- 25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect response.
The CLAT exam consists of 5 sections – verbal ability, general knowledge and current affairs, legal aptitude, logical reasoning, and mathematics.
Let’s take a detailed look at each of them.
- Verbal ability– Verbal ability will consist of comprehension and grammar. To answer questions like what is the meaning of the passage and choose the synonyms of the words therein, you have to read the passage carefully. The grammar section will consist of questions like correct the sentence, spot the error, etc.
- General knowledge and current affairs– General knowledge will be based on national and international issues, as well as other Static GK.
To prepare for current affairs, be updated with all the major events in the past two years.
- Legal aptitude– The legal aptitude questions will test your knowledge in law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability.
- Mathematics– You will only have to brush up your mathematics syllabus till 10th standard to clear this section.
- Logical reasoning– In this section, you will be asked questions based on the concepts of syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. Visual reasoning is part of the exam.
There you have it, a complete overview of CLAT. All the best with your preparations!