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Common Law Admission Test(CLAT)

Information

About CLAT 2015

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created for the convenience of the students seeking admission to the various Law Universities in the Country under Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programs, as per the qualifications, reservation and other conditions laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 16 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B. & LL.M.). The 16 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. 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, Patiala (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. The TamilNadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the seven participating NLUs at that time decided that the test shall be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Now there are 16 participating NLUs and following the practice the eighth Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2015) will be conducted by the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National University, Lucknow.

Important dates and Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligibility criteria for admission to UG/PG programme

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created for the convenience of the students seeking admission to the various Law Universities in the Country under Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programs, as per the qualifications, reservation and other conditions laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities. The qualification and other details as provided by Statutes of each University for admission to UG/PG program, is given as follows:

Eligibility For CLAT 2015:

S.No. Name of the University Educational Qualification for Admission to U.G./P.G. Programme Age Reservation
1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore

For U.G. Programme:

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), as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

 

 

For P.G. Programme:

A candidate should have obtained an LL.B./a five year integrated LL.B./any other equivalent degree in Law from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST candidates), as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

For U.G. Programme:

A candidate should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July, 2015 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability candidates, as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

 

 

 

 

For P.G. Programme:

 

The participating Universities have not prescribed any upper age limit for PG Programmes

For U.G./P.G. Programme:

As per the Statutes of respective participating Universities. Details may be seen in the prospectus of the respective University appended herewith.

2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal
4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
5. National Law University, Jodhpur
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam
16. The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli

Application Fee and Mode of Payment

Rs.4000/- only (Rs.3500/- in case of SC/ST/PWD on submission of proof) inclusive of test fee and bank charges.

Details

Procedure for Application
Application Form and Information Brochure for CLAT 2015

  1. The CLAT 2015 Online Application Form will be accessible on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) between 1st January, 2015 to 31st March, 2015 along-with the Information Brochure. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold.
  2. CLAT 2015 Information Brochure (not the application form) will also be accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLU(s).

Mode of Payment Through CLAT 2015 Website

A candidate will have to make payment on three occasions through CLAT website viz,

(i) submitting the Online Application Form

(ii) if interested in downloading the Previous Year’s Question papers and

(iii) while participating in the counseling session.

A candidate will have to make online/offline payment through CLAT website.

The online payment can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card etc. wherein the candidate will have to bear the additional bank transaction charges for remitting the fees through payment gateways.

For paying the fees offline through website, the candidate will have to download the ‘Bank Challan‘ that will be generated with the required information, as filled in by the candidate, and make the payment with additional bank charges at any branch of the designated bank. After making the requisite payment at the bank, the candidate needs to fill-in the details of the Bank Challan as required at the relevant section of application form on the website.

CLAT 2015 Application Fee

  1. For Unreserved/OBC/PWD and other category candidates: Rs. 4000/- (Non refundable / non adjustable)
  2. For SC/ST category candidates: Rs. 3500/- (Non refundable / non adjustable)
  3. The above application fee includes cost of online application form and e-brochure.
  4. Previous year e-Question Papers of CLAT shall be available on the payment of Rs. 250/- only (Non refundable / non adjustable). For this the mode of payment is Online only.

Mode of Application

  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 by creating a LOGIN ACCOUNT. The Online Application Form can be submitted only between 1stJanuary, 2015 to 31stMarch, 2015 (11:59 P.M.). The submitted Online Application Form in PDF format and other details will be available and accessible in the LOGIN ACCOUNT of the candidate.
  2. No copies of the filled in Online Application Form or uploaded certificates/documents need to be sent to the CLAT Office separately .
  3. The Hall-Ticket/Admit Card may be accessed / downloaded by the candidate in the personal LOGIN ACCOUNT. The candidate is required to take the printout of the Admit Card to the Examination Hall.
  4. 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 and the Organizing University, i.e. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow – 226012 (U.P.) shall not be responsible in anyway.

Documents To Be Uploaded During Online Application

The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the CLAT 2015 Information Brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University only at the time of admission. The relevant copies of the certificates/documents in support of one’s claim for admission are to be uploaded while filling the Online Application Form (photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested).

  1. The scanned copies of the documents to be uploaded in the PDF/jpg format by all the candidates are:
    1. Birth Certificate, if not available then standard 10th passing certificate issued by recognized board or Passport can be uploaded
    2. Front Facing Passport size photograph (3.5 cms x 4.5 cms) [JPG Format, SIZE-within 100 KB]
    3. Signature of candidate [JPG Format, SIZE-within 100 KB]
  2. The scanned copies of the documents to be uploaded in the PDF format by a candidate depending on the applicability are:
    1. Category Certificate (SC/ST/OBC)
    2. Disability Certificate (Persons With Disability, P.W.D.)
    3. Special Category certificate like E.B.C.; B.C.; W.B.C.; D.F.F.; S.E.B.C.; Ancestral residents of village Sidhuwal, District Patiala; Son / Daughter of Defense Personnel Deployed in U.P. or Defense Personnel of U.P. either retired or killed/ disabled in action; Dependant of Freedom Fighter of U.P. and Kashmiri Migrant.
    4. Certificates in support of one’s claim for NRI/NRI Sponsored Candidate.
    5. Domicile Certificate in support of one’s claim for consideration under State Quota

The certificates/documents listed above are essential requirements for admission to the UG and PG courses. In addition to the above, the candidates may be required to submit such other certificates/ documents as may be specified by various Universities in their respective websites and also in the Instructions for Admission to UG/ PG Programmes issued along-with the List of Allotted Candidates from time to time. Further, the candidates will also be required to submit Photocopies of the relevant certificates/documents as may be specified/ required by the concerned universities.

Declaration of Results

CLAT 2015 result will be published on 20th May 2015 on the CLAT Website (www.clat.ac.in) with an overall merit list of candidates prepared according to their CLAT Score along with their categories. In addition, state specific and all India merit lists will be prepared for various categories of candidates like Unreserved/ SC/ ST/ OBC/ Women/ PWD etc. The candidate will be able to access the results through the personal LOGIN ACCOUNT.

Pattern of CLAT 2015 (Under-Graduate Programme)

Exam Description
Total Marks 200
Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each 200
Duration of Examination Two hours (02:00 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

Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

The different subject areas of the examination:

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
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 (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between March 2014 to April 2015)

3. Mathematics

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 abilities. 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 theater 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.

Pattern of CLAT 2015 (Post-Graduate Programme)

Exam Description
Maximum Marks 150
Duration of Examination Two hours (02:00 hours)
Multiple-Choice Questions 150 questions of one mark each
Allocation of questions to be asked from different areas of law:
1. Constitutional Law: 50
2. Jurisprudence: 50
3. Other law subjects: 50
such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Family Law, property Law, IPR etc.

Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks each will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to Multiple Choice Questions.


CLAT Calendar

Sl. No. Description of Specific Activities Date and Day
1 Date of Issue of First Admission Notification 25thDecember, 2014 (Thursday)
2 Starting date for submission of online application form 1st January, 2015
(Thursday)
3 Last date for submission of filled-in online application form 31st March, 2015 (Tuesday) by 11.59 P.M.
4 Download of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets From 15th April, 2015 (Wednesday)
5 Date of CLAT – 2015 Online examination 10th May, 2015 (Sunday)
6 Declaration of results i.e. issue of Merit List (Category-wise) along with the notice to the candidates for indicating their choices of University preferences using online candidate portal 20th May, 2015
(Wednesday)
7 Dates for indicating University-wise preference
Note: The merit-cum-preference will be the basic principle of admission for CLAT 2015 and the allotment of candidates to various NLU(s) will be based on the same, wherein the candidates will be able to mark the preferences of the NLU(s) for admission within the stipulated period mentioned in the schedule, failing which their right to be considered for admission shall be forfeited.
21st-25th May, 2015
(Thursday – Monday)
8 Publication of 1st Indicative seat allocation list 31st May, 2015 (Sunday)
9 Dates for payment of counselling fee
Note: The candidates failing to deposit the required fees by the specified date will forfeit their right to be considered for admission in CLAT – 2015 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT – 2015 Merit List.
4th-10th June, 2015
(Thursday- Wednesday)
10 Publication of 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee 15th June, 2015
(Monday)
11 Dates for locking of allotted seats or exercising option for up-gradation or for withdrawing from the Admission Process against second allotment list 16th-19th June, 2015 (Tuesday-Friday)
12 Publication of 3rd allotment list 22nd June, 2015 (Monday)
13 Dates for admission against allotment list to be completed by the participating NLU(s) 24th-27th June, 2015 (Wednesday-Saturday)
14 Dates for receiving details of vacancies from the participating NLU(s) up to 28th June, 2015 (Sunday)
15 Publication of 4th and final allotment list with up-graded and wait listed candidates 1st July, 2015 (Wednesday)
16 Dates for admission against 4th allotment list
to be completed by the participating NLU(s)
upto 2nd-4th July 2015 (Thursday-Saturday)
17 Date of closure of admission process by CLAT-2015 office 6th July, 2015 (Monday)

Test Centers

CLAT Testing Venues in the following 42 Cities

S.No. Name of City S.No. Name of City
1 Agra 22 Indore
2 Ahmedabad 23 Jaipur
3 Allahabad 24 Jammu
4 Amritsar 25 Jodhpur
5 Bangalore 26 Kochi
6 Bhopal 27 Kolkata
7 Chandigarh 28 Kurukshetra
8 Chennai 29 Lucknow
9 Cuttack 30 Mumbai
10 Dehradun 31 Noida
11 Delhi 32 Patiala
12 Gandhinagar 33 Patna
13 Gangtok 34 Raipur
14 Ghaziabad 35 Ranchi
15 Gorakhpur 36 Shillong
16 Greater Noida 37 Shimla
17 Gurgaon 38 Srinagar
18 Guwahati 39 Tiruchirappalli
19 Haldwani 40 Varanasi
20 Hyderabad 41 Vijaywada
21 Imphal 42 Visakhapatnam

Curriculum

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