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Things to know before you apply for CLAT

Students aspiring to get into the reputed colleges to get hold of a degree in law are required to appear for a national level entrance exam, known as Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted every year to admit candidates into undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses, offered at National Law Universities (NLUs) and other colleges and universities, who accept the exam score. 

Clat Admission test

By 2018, the CLAT exam was conducted on a rotational basis by the NLUs. From 2019 onwards it has been conducted by a combined body formed by law universities. This permanent body is called the Consortium of NLUs. The consortium body has its headquarter at NLSIU Bangalore. The Consortium of NLUs comprises of following:

  • An Executive Committee
  • Two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLUs
  • The CLAT Convenor of the current year
  • The CLAT Convenor of the following year. 

CLAT Highlights

Exam NameCommon-Law Admission Test
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Exam duration2 hours
Exam ModeOffline
Form FillupThe official website
Test takersApprox 60,000
Accepted colleges59 colleges

CLAT Salient Features

  • In a press meeting, the CLAT Consortium announces the date of the examination and few changes in the exam pattern.
  • In another press meeting, the Consortium approves of the exam schedule and changes in the exam pattern of CLAT UG and PG in law.
  • The official application window opens for the candidate to apply in the month of January.
  • All steps of the application form have to be completed before submission.
  • All registered candidates have to pay the application fee in online mode using Credit card/Debit card/ Net Banking or else offline through Bank Challan. 
  • Candidates will be issued admit cards for the examination through online mode. The candidate has to log in on the official website and download the admit card.
  • The candidate has to appear for the exam at the allotted test center as per the scheduled date and time. He/She has to carry the admit card and valid ID proof. 
  • The result is announced on the official website with the merit list of each of the NLUs.

Admission Procedure

To get admitted in the law course of a reputed college, the candidates have to follow the instructions given below:

Step 1: The candidates have to apply online on the official website of the CLAT Consortium.

Step 2: All the candidates will be issued with an admit card by the Consortium. 

Step 3: Candidates have to appear for the exam at the allotted center.

Step 4: The Consortium will declare the result on the official website along with the merit list of all the NLUs.

Step 5: The shortlisted candidates have to participate in the counseling session of NLUs, as per the schedule. 

Courses Offered

The CLAT score accepted by NLUs and other colleges offer five years integrated LLB and LLM courses, given as follows:

  • BBA LLB (Bachelors of Business Administration LLB)
  • BSW LLB (Bachelors of Social Work LLB)
  • BA LLB (Bachelors of Arts LLB)
  • BSc LLB (Bachelors of Science LLB)
  • BCom LLB (Bachelors of Commerce LLB)
  • LLM (Master of  Laws)

Eligibility Criteria

The courses offered at 22 NLUs and other private colleges have been designed by the experts in the field of law. To acknowledge the eligibility criteria into these colleges, the candidate should check the following points before applying.

1. CLAT Eligibility for Undergraduate(UG) programme

  • Candidates who have already completed their 10+2 education or equivalent from national/ state board of education.
  • Must have obtained a minimum of 45% marks in the 10+2 exam if belonging to the General category or Other Backward Class(OBC).The candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste(SC)/ Scheduled Tribe(ST), must have secured a minimum 40% marks in the 10+2 level. 
  • The age criteria have been removed from the CLAT exam by BCI.

2. CLAT Eligibility for LLM course

  • Candidates must have completed their graduation with at least 55% marks if they belong to General/Specially abled person/ Other Backward Class category. 
  • The candidates belonging to Scheduled Tribe(ST) and Scheduled caste(SC) need to have minimum 50% marks in graduation. 
  • The final year graduates can appear for the CLAT exam. They have to submit proof on qualifying for the final year exam. The candidates are required to submit the graduation marks at the time of admission formalities.
  • There is no upper age limit to appear for this exam.

Exam Day Guidelines for CLAT

Along with the admit card, the candidates are issued with an exam day guideline. The candidates are required to follow certain instructions on the day of the exam, which are as follows:

  • Candidates should reach their allotted exam center before one hour of the exam timing.
  • They should carry one photo ID proof and passport size photo to the exam center along with the CLAT admit card.
  • The Valid ID proof includes the following:

Aadhaar card, Pan card, Voter card, ID proofs issued by government

  • Candidates should carry one HB pencil and at least two ballpoint pens(Black/Blue cloured ink)
  • The candidates should not carry any study material, electronic devices or valuable items such as mobile phones, calculators, tablets or smartwatches with them into the examination center.
  • If any candidate is found guilty carrying these items will be disqualified. The candidate will be debarred from appearing for the CLAT exam further on. 

The aspiring candidates appearing for the upcoming CLAT exam are required to have a brief knowledge of the exam. There are certain instructions mandatory to be followed by all the candidates. Prior knowledge about the exam helps one to ace the exam.

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