FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS) ABOUT CLAT (Click Here)

Q1. What is CLAT?
Ans. CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. It is an entrance exam conducted all over India for admission into various law courses in participating law schools. CLAT is conducted for undergraduate students (5 year dual degree programs which have LLB and degrees awarded from BA to BSc, BBA, and B.Com) as well as for Graduate students opting for LLM programs.

Q2. When did CLAT start?
Ans. CLAT exam was started in 2008, before that each law school conducted their own entrance exam.

Q3. Who conducts CLAT exam?
Ans. CLAT is the entrance examination conducted by 17 National Law Universities (earlier it was 14 NLUs in CLAT-2014). In 2008, the first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of participating NLUs had decided that the test should be conducted on rotational basis by participating NLUs in the order of their establishment. The first CLAT exam was conducted by NLSIU, Bangalore in 2008.

Q4. How to apply for CLAT?
Ans. Consider following details while applying for CLAT exam:
1) There is only one mode of application (i.e. online) which can be accessed by a candidate after registering himself/herself on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) by signing up & creating a LOGIN ACCOUNT.
2) Copies of the filled in Online Application Form or uploaded certificates/documents should not be sent to the CLAT Office.
3) Incomplete application or application in any mode other than online or application after the last date and time shall not be considered. It shall be the obligation of the candidate to fill the Online Application Form in a timely manner.

Q5. How much fee is to be remitted while applying for CLAT?
Ans. Fee to be remitted while submitting the Application Form for Unreserved/OBC/PWD and other category candidates is Rs. 4,000/- (For SC/ST category candidates: Rs. 3,500/-). The above application fee includes cost of online application form and e-brochure.

Q6. What is the Eligibility criterion for CLAT?
Ans. The eligibility criteria for candidates (Indian Nationals only) seeking admission through CLAT-2015 in Undergraduate Courses are as follows:
1) No Age Limit: No Age Limit to apply for CLAT. Till CLAT-2014, Upper Age limit for the candidate applying for CLAT was 20 years as on 1st July of that year. From CLAT 2015, Allahabad High Court has scrapped the upper age limit of 20 years fixed for appearing in the CLAT Test.
2) Educational Qualification: A candidate should have obtained Higher Secondary School/ Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates).
3) For XII Appearing Students: Those who are appearing in their Class 12th are eligible to appear in CLAT. Such candidates are required to produce evidence of passing of qualifying examination with minimum required percentage at the time of counseling and admission at NLU.

Q7. Can a candidate apply for UG programme (CLAT) who is appearing in qualifying (10+2) Examination?
Ans. Yes, But Candidates must submit the proof of eligibility (min. percentage in higher secondary/10+2) at the time of admission.

Q8. Do I need to send the certificates along with Application Form?
Ans. The relevant certificates/documents in support of one's claim for admission are not to be submitted along with the Application Form. The original certificates/documents (as indicated in the OMR Application Form and specified in the CLAT Information Brochure) issued by competent authority are to be submitted to the allotted University/Institute only at the time of admission.

Q9. Can a candidate apply for CLAT offline?
Ans. No, a candidate can apply only through online mode.

Q10. What will be the Mode of CLAT Exam?
Ans. From 2014 onwards, CLAT is conducted only in Online/Computer Mode.

Q11. What will be the medium of CLAT Exam?
Ans. Medium of examination is English Only.

Q12. Is there any negative marking in examination?
Ans. Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Q13. What is the question paper pattern for CLAT Exams?
Ans. Pattern for CLAT exam as below:

Total Marks

200

Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each

200

Duration of examination

Two Hours

Subject Areas with Weightage:

 

English including Comprehension

40 Marks

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

50 Marks

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

20 Marks

Legal Aptitude

50 Marks

Logical Reasoning

40 Marks

Q14. Is there any minimum cut-off CLAT score prescribed for admission in any NLU?
Ans. NO. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Candidature of every candidate shall be considered in their respective category, in order of merit.

Q15. Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the LAW school?
Ans. Yes, some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations.

Q16. Where could I find more information regarding courses offered by various National Law Universities?
Ans. All the National Law Universities (NLUs) have their own websites which give detailed and updated information about the courses available. Refer list of NLUs participating through CLAT for more details.

Q17. Where to contact for details about CLAT?
Ans. If you have a query about CLAT you may contact the official source:
Email: helpdesk.clatexams@gmail.com; helpdesk@clat.ac.in
Official Website: www.clat.ac.in

Q18. Are there other Colleges/Universities/Organizations which accepts CLAT Score?
Ans. Institutions/Organizations other than NLUs, who accepts CLAT Score are:
INSTITUTIONS:
1. Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
2. SRM University, Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu
3. N. A. Global Law School, Bangalore
4. Galgotias University, Greater Noida
5. Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
6. Alliance University, Karnataka
7. SRM University, Sonepat, Haryana
8. Altius Institute of Universal Studies, Indore
9. Manipal University, Jaipur
10. ITM University, Gurgaon
11. IAMR Law College, Ghaziabad
12. Raffles University, Rajasthan
13. SGT University, Gurgaon
CORPORATES / ORGANIZATIONS:
1. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Dehradun
2. THDC India Limited, Rishikesh
3. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Gurgaon

Q19. Are Foreign Nationals required to take CLAT for admission to any of the National Law Universities?
Ans. NO. Foreign Nationals are not permitted to write CLAT. However, there are certain NLUs which offer admission to the Foreign Nationals directly. The Foreign Nationals desirous of taking admission in any of the member National Law Universities having seats for the Foreign Nationals may directly contact the concerned Universities.

Q20. What are the entrance exams one needs to take to get admission to the top Law colleges?
Ans. The main exams in question here are the following: CLAT, AILET, SET, LSAT, Christ College and UL-SAT.

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