General Information regarding CLAT
CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is a non-statutory body created under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programs.
Eligibility Criteria for Appearing in CLAT-2018
For U G Program
1. Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the minimum of: -
(a) Forty-five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/ (Specially Abled Persons) Categories and
(b) Forty percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category
2. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2018 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2018 examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
3. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2018. *
* Bar Council of India has come with a new circular which prescribed that, as per the clause 28 of the legal education rules 2008, the maximum age for seeking admission in the 5 years integrated program is 20 years. But this not finalized yet.
For P G Programme
1. LL.B. or equivalent degree in law examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/ (Especially abled persons) categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category
2. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2018 examination. However, they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
3. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2018
Law Schools Participating in CLAT
1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
CLAT Exam Syllabus
1. English including comprehension-
The English section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs-
As far as general knowledge is concerned; the candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.
This section will test candidate's knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths taught up to Class X.
4. Legal Aptitude-
This section will test candidate's interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
5. Logical Reasoning-
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
CLAT Preparation at IASBRAINS
Preparing for English
As explicitly mentioned in the information brochure, the test of English language mainly pertains to the test of proficiency in comprehension and grammar. Often, it is noted that students tend to make mistakes in simple passages due to the misinterpretation of the given information.
Our job is to train you to unleash your thinking potential. For this purpose, we believe that teachers who have already been through this process would make a student’s jobs easier.
The Novelty of the program here is to train a student to focus on the methodology to learn to interpret English, rather than a mere rote learning.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
With growing competition and sophistication of questioning methodology, candidates are often made to feel that they are supposed to know everything under the sun. However it is not true.
A successful candidate in any exam learns the quintessential art of picking his study material strategically.
At IASBRAINS, we tend to focus our energies on delivering the right kind of material needed by a student to crack this section with ease and aplomb.
The trick in this section is to be quick, yet accurate.
Our focus would be on ensuring a conceptual clarity to the student while training him to work like a human calculator with time tested techniques and tricks.
Using previous model questions as harbinger of progress, we would focus our attention on ensuring that this section would be of no problem to the aspirant.
This test will assess the candidate on how inclined he is towards law, his expertise in research and his ability to solve problems. The questions will include legal principles that have to be applied to certain situations. The candidate will have to judge the situation and come up with an apt conclusion or solution.
Considering how important this make or break section would be, IASBRAINS would be employing the services of eminent lawyers and National Law college alumni to deliver the right content.
This test assesses the candidate's ability to think logically, identify patterns, spot correct arguments and the like. It will comprise questions from syllogism, analogies, logical sequence, and the like.
This particular section is a cakewalk for most aspirants. Our focus would be on maximizing the scores in this section by rigorous practice of questions exclusively customized for our students, based on CLAT pattern.