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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country.
  • Field
  • Eligibility
    For UG Programme : 10+2 appearing or passed
    For PG Programme : LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exam
  • Subjects
    English, GK, Maths, Legal Aptitude etc
  • Applicants
    60,000 - 65,000
  • Questions Type
    Objective MCQs
  • Difficulty Level
    Medium to Hard
  • Time to Prepare
    2 year
  • When
    March to April

All you need to know about CLAT


Facts, Syllabus & Pattern

  • What is CLAT?
  • Syllabus for CLAT
  • Exam Pattern for CLAT

How to apply

  • Eligibility Criteria for CLAT
  • Registration for CLAT
  • Admit Card for CLAT

Important Dates

  • Exam Dates for CLAT

Results and Cut-off

  • Results for CLAT 2019
  • Cut-off for CLAT 2019

How to Prepare for CLAT

  • Preparation Tips for CLAT
  • Study Material for CLAT
  • Sample Papers for CLAT
  • Previous Years’ Papers for CLAT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is CLAT?

  • CLAT stands for the Common Law Admission Test.
  • It is a national level law examination.
  • National Law Universities across the country (NLUs) conduct CLAT annually to admit students to their undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes such as BA LLB, B.Com LLB and B.Sc LLB.
  • CLAT is an online examination.
  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi (NUALS Kochi) is the conducting authority for CLAT 2019.
  • 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) are marked as participating institutes.
  • The total number of seats offered for the undergraduate programmes are 2400.
  • The total number of seats offered for the postgraduate programmes are 624.
  • There are close to 40,000 CLAT test takers for the UG programmes and close to 5,500 CLAT test takers for the PG programmes.
  • The test has 200 objective type questions for UG courses
  • For PG courses, the test has 50 questions.

Syllabus for CLAT

english English
  1. Central Theme of Passage
  2. Meaning of Words
  3. Comprehension Passages
  4. Spot Grammatical Errors
  1. Vocabulary
  2. Fill in the Blank
  3. Grammatical Foundation
General Knowledge
  1. Awareness on National and International Issues
  2. Static General Knowledge
  3. Up-to-date with Topics on the News
  4. Up-to-date with General Topics on Other Print Medias
  5. Knowledge on Current Affairs in all Fields
maths Mathematics
  1. Number and Number System
  2. Geometry and Mensuration
  3. Trigonometry
  4. Ratio and Proportion
  5. Time and Distance
  6. Time and Speed
  1. Equations
  2. Graphs and Statistics
  3. Profit and Loss
  4. Simple and Compound Interest
  5. Probability
  6. Permutation and Combination
Legal Aptitude
  1. Study of Law
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Problem Solving Ability
  4. Judge the Proposition
mental aptitude Logical Reasoning
  1. Identify Patterns
  2. Identify Sequences
  3. Rectify Illogical Arguments
  4. Rectify Illogical Links
  1. Syllogisms
  2. Logical Sequences
  3. Logical Analogies
  4. Decision Making

Exam Pattern for CLAT

  • The examination for LLB Programmes will include 5 broad sections namely: English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Maths, Legal Aptitude and, Logical Reasoning.

    Question Type

    Area of Assessment

    • Reading Comprehension
    • Synonyms
    • Prepositions
    • Idioms and Phrases
    • Para Jumbles
    • Foreign Maxims
    • Spellings
    • Tests your aptitude in English language as a whole
    • Evaluates your understanding of the English language
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs

    Question Type

    Area of Assessment

    • Static GK
    • Current Affairs
    • Geography
    • Personalities
    • Special Days
    • Current Legal News
    • Evaluates your basic and advanced level of awareness
    • Importance of keeping up to date with the world

    Question Type

    Area of Assessment

    • Profit and Loss
    • Percentages
    • Number System
    • Time and Distance
    • Ratio and Proportion
    • Simple and Compound Interest
    • Linear and Quadratic Equations
    • Geometry and Mensuration
    • Time and Work
    • Probability and Stats
    • Tests your aptitude
    • Tests your memory capacity
    • Tests your ability to grasp concepts
    Legal Aptitude

    Question Type

    Area of Assessment

    • Constitution
    • Legal Principles
    • Family Law
    • Corporate Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Torts
    • Assertion Reason
    • IPR
    • Analyses your interest towards law
    • Observes your ability to analyse legal situations
    • Tests your decision-making ability
    Logical Reasoning

    Question Type

    Area of Assessment

    • Number Series
    • Syllogisms
    • Odd One Out
    • Statement, Assumption and Conclusion
    • Blood Relations
    • Logical Deductions
    • Arrangements
    • Logical Relationships
    • Critical Reasoning
    • Statement and Arguments
    • Tests your logical aptitude
    • Tests your ability to identify the answer
    • Analyses your ability to follow instructions as it is
  • CLAT is an online examination that comprises of a total of 200 objective type questions for UG and 150 objective type questions for PG.
  • Both UG and PG exams have negative marking of 0.25 marks per wrong answer.

Here is the exam pattern for LLB (UG programme)

Sections Tested Number of Questions Maximum Marks
English 40 40
GK and Current Affairs 50 50
Mathematics 20 20
Legal Aptitude 50 50
Logical Reasoning 40 40
Total 200 200

Here is the exam pattern for LLM (PG programme)

Sections Tested Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Constitutional Law 50 50
Jurisprudence 50 50
Topics like Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. 50 50
Total 150 150

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Eligibility Criteria for CLAT

Here is the eligibility criteria for CLAT for undergraduate programmes

  • You should have scored at least 45% in your class 10+2 or equivalent exam
  • If you belong to SC/ST category, you should have secured at least 40% marks in your class 10+2 or equivalent exam
  • There is no upper age limit for applying and appearing for CLAT
  • If you are currently appearing in your class 12 or any other equivalent examination, you are also eligible for appearing for CLAT

Registration for CLAT

Follow the given steps to register for CLAT 2019:

  1. Visit CLAT official website to access the application form.
  2. Fill the basic information to receive a provisional registration ID and password.
  3. Scan your documents, signatures and photo as per prescribed instructions and upload them in the right slots on the form.
  4. Fill in the CLAT application form and submit it.
  5. Each category (General, SC, ST etc) has different application fees. Ensure that you choose the correct category.
  6. Post the payment, you will be informed when the admit card is released for download.

Admit Card for CLAT

The CLAT 2019 admit card will be released on the CLAT official website.

To download your CLAT admit card, you should:

  • Visit the CLAT official website and click on ‘Download Admit Card’.
  • You will be directed to a page where you are required to provide your registered email ID and password.
  • Once you login, you can check and download your CLAT 2019 admit card (also known as hall ticket).

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Exam Dates for CLAT

Event Dates
Availability of CLAT 2019 admit card 14th April 2019*
CLAT exam date 2019 12th May 2019*
Uploading of answer key 16th May 2019*
Declaration of CLAT 2019 result (Merit List) 30th May 2019 - 30th June 2019*
Publication of 1st indicative seat allotment list 10th June 2019*
​Payment of CLAT counselling fee (Rs. 50000/-) 8th June 2019 - 14th June 2019*

* Dates are tentative and subject to change.

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Results for CLAT 2019

  1. Visit the official CLAT website
  2. Enter your registered email id and password.
  3. The CLAT scorecard is released in the form of a document which contains the following information:
    1. CLAT score
    2. All India Rank (AIR)
    3. Category rank in CLAT.
  • The results are prepared and consolidated by the NLU authorities.
  • It is compiled on the basis of your score in the law entrance exam.
  • A state wise and pan-India merit list is also issued by the National Law University authorities.
  • These lists are prepared as per your category, such as, Unreserved / SC / ST / OBC / Women / SAP
  • NLU Delhi and HP National Law University, Shimla do not accept CLAT scores as they have their own admission procedure.

Cut-off for CLAT 2019

  • The CLAT cut-off increases with an increase in the number of test takers every year.
  • This year, there is an estimated 5% to 10% increase in the number of CLAT test takers.
  • CLAT cut-off refers to the minimum score that must be secured in the CLAT exam in order to go ahead with the counselling process.
  • This cut-off forms a crucial basis for the counselling process and seat allotment.
  • The cut-off stats are calculated based on the following factors:
    • The difficulty level of the paper
    • Availability of seats
    • Average marks that have been scored in the test

The category wise cutoff for CLAT is expected to be:

National Law University Name NLU Expected Cut-off 2019
NLSIU Bangalore 131 – 132
NALSAR Hyderabad 128 – 129
WBNUJS Kolkata 125 – 126
NLU Jodhpur 122 – 123
NLIU Bhopal 119 – 120
GNLU Gandhinagar 117 – 118
HNLU Raipur 113 – 114
RMLNLU Lucknow 112 – 113
RGNUL Punjab 111 – 112
MNLU Mumbai 115 – 116
CNLU Patna 109 – 110
NLUO Odisha 109 – 110
NUALS Kochi 109 – 110
NUSRL Ranchi 108 – 109
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli 106 – 107
DSNLU Visakhapatnam 106 – 107
MNLU Nagpur 105 – 106

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Preparation Tips for CLAT

  • Start your preparation with last years’ CLAT papers: Understand the type of questions asked and your current level of preparation. This will help you gain knowledge of CLAT and also give you a fair idea of your standing.
  • Practice, practice and practice: Get exposed to more questions of mental ability. Solve more papers and then analyse each one in detail. Take the help of your peers. Practice and get confident of your speed, subject knowledge and accuracy.
  • Read: Reading newspapers and other informative news media is crucial to get awareness on the various current affairs.
  • Make a plan: Go through the subjects thoroughly. The allocation of time to each subject will depend upon your analysis of how weak or strong you are in a particular aspect.
  • Prepare from school syllabus: In order to ace the elementary maths section, make sure to prepare from your school’s 9th and 10th standard books. This will ensure maximum knowledge about the CLAT maths syllabus.
  • Analyse your performance: Identify your strong points and weak links. This will help you plan your studies.
  • Mock papers: Preparing from previous year’s mock papers and other sample papers will help you acquire the best form of revision. This method may be very helpful while preparing for English section as well as static GK.

Study Material for CLAT

  • The Complete Success Package - CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2016 by Arihant Experts
  • Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance Examinations by A.P. Bhardwaj
  • The Pearson Guide to the CLAT by Harsh Gagrani
  • For previous years papers: CLAT Solved and Previous Year Paper by A.P. Bhardwaj

Sample Papers for CLAT

Solving sample papers and previous year papers is not only advisable, but also mandatory if you want to stay ahead of the stiff competition in CLAT 2019. Solving sample papers will help you to prepare for the expected paper and its pattern while also assisting you in learning efficient time management. You can also assess your own performance by practicing sample papers and judge your level of preparations for CLAT 2019.

Previous Years’ Papers for CLAT

Practising previous years’ CLAT papers is important as it helps you simulate the real exam. Toppr provides you with a complete set of all question banks from previous years which you can practice to sharpen your skills..

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1. Is there an option to write the CLAT in an offline mode?

Answer: No, CLAT 2019 exam is a Computer Based Test i.e. it is conducted via online mode only.

2. Is there a requirement for possessing computer skills to appear for CLAT 2019?

Answer: You only need to operate the computer mouse. Hence, there is no such requirement directed by the authorities.

3. How many seats are available in the NLUs?

Answer: For the year 2019, there are 19 NLUs offering admissions based on your score in CLAT 2019. These have a total of 2984 seats.

4. Can I apply to any other law school or university with my CLAT score?

Answer: Yes, you can apply to a number of other private colleges using CLAT score. Some of the top law schools/ universities, which accept CLAT Scores are:

  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • Asian Law College, Noida
  • Amity University, UP
  • Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  • Delhi Institute of Rural Development, Holambi, Delhi
  • Institute of Law, Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  • Manipal University, Jaipur
  • REVA University, Bangalore
  • SRM University, Delhi NCR

5. What are the other major law entrance exams at the undergraduate level?

Answer: Some of the other major law entrance exams in India are listed below:

  • SET
  • LSAT-India
  • Christ CET
  • Army Law School Entrance Test
  • Jamia Millia Islamia University, Faculty of Law – Common Entrance Test

6. In case I lose or misplace my admit card at the exam center, can I download it later?

Answer: Yes, you must contact the concerned authorities and report the incident to them. They will help you with downloading the duplicate admit card.

7. During what procedures should I make payments on the CLAT website?

Answer: You have to make payments on the following occasions:

  • Submitting the online application form
  • If you are interested in downloading the previous years question papers
  • While participating in the counseling session.

8. What items are banned to be carried into the CLAT exam centre?

Answer: You are strictly prohibited from carrying mobile phones, books, chits, sheets, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators and other stationary.

9. Which colleges, offer placements with salaries of 10 Lakh – 14 Lakh per annum?

Answer: Colleges which offer placements with salaries of 10 lakh – 14 kakh per annum are:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
  • The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata

10. Which colleges offer placements with salaries of 7 lakh – 10 lakh per annum?

Answer: Colleges that offer placements with salaries of 7 lakh – 10 lakh per annum are:

  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  • National Law University, Delhi
  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • Symbiosis Law School, Noida
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Indian Law Society, Pune

11. Which major law firms recruit from National Law Universities?

Answer: The major law firms which recruit from National Law Universities are:

  • Amarchand and Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff and Co
  • AZB and Partners
  • Khaitan and Co
  • J Sagar Associates
  • Luthra and Luthra
  • Trilegal
  • Lakshmikumaran and Sridharan
  • Nishith Desai Associates
  • Anand and Anand
  • Desai and Diwanji
  • Economic Laws Practice
  • Wadia Ghandy and Co
  • Phoenix Legal
  • DSK Legal
  • Fox Mandal

12. How can I get previous years’ CLAT question papers?

Answer: These will be available on the official CLAT website. To download the previous year papers, a requisite needs to be paid. For this year, INR 400 needs to be paid to access the papers.

13. Which major MNCs recruit from National Law Universities?

Answer: The major MNCs who recruit from National Law Universities are: ITC Ltd, SAIL, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Unilever, P&G, Nestle, Tata, Infosys, etc.

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