About CLAT

The CLAT, also known as Common Law Admission Test, is a standardized test which will test your capability to exceed expectations in a LAW School.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralized test for admission to 21 National Law Universities in India. 43 other education institutes and two public sector institutes are also eligible to use these scores. The test is conducted by the 21 participating law schools in rotation, in the order of their establishment, starting with National Law School of India University (which conducted CLAT-2008) and now up to National Law University Odisha which conducted CLAT-2019.

The test is taken after the Higher Secondary Examination or the 12th grade for admission to integrated under graduation programs in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws(LL.M) programs conducted by these law universities.

These include the top National Law Schools like:

Law Schools

  • NLS Bangalore
  • NALSAR Hyderabad
  • NUJS Kolkata
  • NLU Jodhpur
  • GNLU Gandhinagar

Law Schools

  • HNLU Raipur
  • NLIU Bhopal
  • CNLU Patna
  • NUALS Kochi


Students are tested on the following abilities:

  • Lawful Reasoning - Tests your lawful cleaves completely. This segment principally tests your capacity to apply offered standards to go to an answer. Some of the time this area may likewise test your attention to some essential lawful terms.
  • Quant - Tests your numerical aptitudes. Essential class X math is tried, and applications.
  • English - Tests your recognition with the English Language: incorporates Grammar/Vocabulary and Reading Comprehension. The degree of inquiries are generally high and one must have a strong establishment of English to score well here.
  • Thinking - Is it accurate to say that you are sufficiently intelligent? Is it true that you are well honed? Will you quickly comprehend a circumstance and arrive at an obvious end result? This segment will test your scientific cleaves.
  • General mindfulness - This is by a long shot the most equivocal area in the test. The prospectus fundamentally worries about GK that you ought to have learnt in History/Geography/Sciences and so on and your mindfulness about the issues that are present and significant.

Students appearing for CLAT are given a duration of 120 minutes to attempt the exam . The CLAT question paper consists of 150 multiple choice questions. There are five sections in CLAT exam paper wherein students need to answer questions from subjects such as:

  • English including Comprehension
  • General Knowledge and current Affairs
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning

The break up of marks is generally as follows –

28-32 questions
  • Comprehension passages
  • Grammar
  • Word Meanings
  • Incorrect/correct sentences
13-17 questions
  • Algebra
  • Profit and loss
  • Time and work
  • Average, speed and distance
  • Permutation-combination and Venn diagrams
  • Statistical Estimation
  • Mensuration
Logical Reasoning
28-32 questions
Logical and Analytical reasoning skills
Legal Aptitude
35-39 questions
  • Study of law
  • Research aptitude
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Questions based on hypothetical situations
  • Important court decisions
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
35-39 questions

Static general knowledge including History, Polity, Geography, Environment, etc.

Current affairs- national of national and international importance, sports, new appointments, awards and honours etc.

Full Marks 150

Break up of marks for 2020 is yet to be decided. The Marking Scheme for every correct answer is one mark and for each wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted from their total score of the aspirants attempt.

Conducting organization

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the seven participating NLUs at that time decided that the test should be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. Accordingly, the first CLAT was conducted in 2008 by the National Law School of India University.

Subsequently, CLAT-2009, CLAT-2010, CLAT-2011, CLAT-2012, CLAT-2013, CLAT-2014, CLAT-2015, CLAT-2016, CLAT-2017, CLAT-2018 and CLAT-2019 have been conducted by the following institutes respectively:

Law Schools

  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Gujarat National Law University
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
  • Chanakya National Law University
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies
  • National Law University Odisha

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