CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) Exam Details

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CLAT, short form of Common Law Admission Test is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation of 14 National Law schools/Universities for admission to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programs (LL.B & LL.M). The National Law University, Jodhpur is the organizing university for CLAT.

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Eligibility for Under-Graduate:

The eligibility for appearing CLAT exam for under-graduate program (LL.B), a candidate should have obtained Higher Secondary School/ Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent from a recognized board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% marks for SC/ST). Candidate who has appeared in 10+2 examination and waiting for their result are also eligible to appear for this exam. The age limit should not more than 20 years, (age should not more than 22 in case of SC/ST).

Eligibility for Post-Graduate:

To be eligible for appearing CLAT exam for the Post-Graduate program (LL.M), a candidate should have obtained a LL.B/B.L degree from a recognized university with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% marks in case of SC/ST). Candidate who has appeared in the qualifying degree and are waiting for their result are also eligible to appear for this test.

How to apply:

To apply for CLAT exam there are two modes. One can apply online or through offline.

To apply online, the candidate has to register his candidature by fulfilling the personal details and email id by visiting the website ( ). On successful registration, the candidate will receive an activation link in the email id which needs to be clicked to activate registration. After registering for the online application, the online application should be filled by filling the required information. After uploading the photo and signature, the candidate will have to pay the payment online through net-banking, credit care or debit card. On successful payment of required fees, the candidate will receive message intimating that the payment has been made successfully and the application is submitted.

By applying offline, the OMR applications forms and Information brochures for CLAT can be purchased on payment of the required fees. and this form along with bank challan/cash receipt/ demand draft can be submitted to the convener or through speed/registered post to reach the address.

Pattern of Test:

Total marks


Total no. of multiple-choice questions of one mark each


Duration of Examination

Two hours

Subjects areas with weight age


English including comprehension

40 marks

General knowledge/current affairs

50 marks

Elementary mathematics (numerical ability)

20 marks

Legal aptitude

40 marks

Logical reasoning

50 marks


The syllabus for CLAT exam is:

•  English including comprehension - This section will test the candidates proficiency English based on comprehension and grammar. In the comprehension section candidate will be test on their understanding of the passage and grammar will consists on correction of incorrect grammatical sentence etc.

•  General knowledge and current affairs - The candidate will be test on their general awareness in general knowledge and questions on current affairs will test candidate on current affairs.

•  Mathematics - This section will test only on elementary mathematics,

•  Logical reasoning - This section test candidate ability to identify logical links and rectify illogical arguments.

•  Legal aptitude - This section will test candidate interest towards study of law and ability to solve the problem. Questions may be asked from legal principles which may or may not be true in real, but candidate has to give the answer accordingly by assuming that the given principles are true.

The universities who participate in conducting CLAT Law exam are:

  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU),
  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU),
  • National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ),
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR),
  • National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam,
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhi Nagar (GNLU),
  • National Law University, Orissa (NLUO)
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  • National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)

The first CLAT core committee which was consisting of Vice-chancellors of seven participating NLUs decided that the test should be in rotation. The first CLAT exam was conducted in year 2008 by National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

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