CLAT 2019 – All you need to know about Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

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Are you interested in focusing on law as an intellectual discipline? Do you want to be at the forefront of cutting-edge legal research to solve the pressing legal dilemmas? Then Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) opens the door to your passionate area.

Common Law Admission Test – CLAT 2019

Common Law Admission Test, popular by the acronym CLAT, is a national level joint entrance exam conducted tentatively every May in various centres across the country as a compulsory test for admission to 19 National Law Universities for the integrated undergraduate and postgraduate programs in law with its score being used by private colleges and PSUs. The CLAT score is used by the following universities /institutions:

University / Institution  Place Type
Alliance University Bangalore Other
Asian Law College Noida Other
Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. New Delhi PSU
Chanakya National Law University Patna NLU
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Vishakhapatnam NLU
Dr. K.N. Modi University Rajasthan Other
Dr.Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Lucknow NLU
Faculty of Law, Marwadi University Rajkot Other
Geeta Institute Of Law Panipat Other
Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar NLU
Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur NLU
ICFAI University Tripura Other
Institute Of Law, Nirma University Ahmedabad Other
Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University Dehradun Other
Lloyd Law College Noida Other
Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai NLU
Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur NLU
Maharishi University Of Information Technology Delhi Other
Nalsar University Of Law Hyderabad NLU
National Law Institute University Bhopal NLU
National Law School Of India University Bangalore NLU
National Law University Cuttack NLU
National Law University Jodhpur NLU
National Law University And Judicial Academy Guwahati NLU
National University Of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi NLU
National University Of Study And Research In Law Ranchi NLU
Rajiv Gandhi National University Of Law Patiala NLU
Reva University Bangalore Other
RNB Global University Bikaner Other
SRM University Haryana Other
Siddhartha Law College Dehradun Other
Tamil Nadu National Law School Srirangam NLU
United World School Of Law, Karnavati University Gandhinagar Other
West Bengal National University Of Juridical Science Kolkata NLU

This competitive standardized test is conducted by one of the National Law Universities based tentatively on a policy of rotation. This computer-based standardized test spanning 2 hours aims at evaluating the candidates’ Logical Reasoning, Legal Aptitude, English, Elementary Mathematics, and General Knowledge.

Important Dates

S.No Important Events Dates(Tentative)
1 Notification CLAT 2019 December 2018
2 CLAT Online Application Date January 1, 2019
3 Application form Last Date March 31, 2019
4 The release of CLAT 2019 Admit Card April 26, 2019
5 CLAT 2019 Exam Date May 12, 2019 (3:00 PM)
6 Publishing CLAT 2019 Answer Keys May 16, 2019
7 Uploading of Amending Answer Keys(if Any) May 26, 2019
8 CLAT Result Date/ Merit Date May 31, 209
9 Publication of 1 Seat Allocation list June 10, 2019
10 Counseling Fee Payment (Rs. 50000) & Locking Seats 10-14 June 2019
11 Publication of 2 Seat Allocation list June 16
12 Counseling Fee Payment (Rs. 50000) & Locking Seats 17-19 June
13 Publication of 3 Seat Allocation list June 24
14 Counseling Fee Payment (Rs. 50000) & Locking Seats June 28-30
15 Date to withdraw Admission June 21
16 Release of 4th allotment list June 24
17 Payment of fee June 28-30
18 Admission Status release Date July 4, 2019
19 Admission end Date July 6, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

The candidate must meet the following conditions to be eligible to write the exam :

(I) For Undergraduate Programs

  • The candidate must have passed 12th grade with a minimum of 45% aggregate score. The minimum score required for the candidates belonging to SC/ST is reduced to 40%. Candidates appearing for the exam in 2019 can also apply.
  • No specific age limits are defined.

(II) For Postgraduate Programs

  • The candidate must have passed LL.B./Integrated LL.B./any equivalent exam with a minimum of 55%. The minimum score required for the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories is reduced to 50%. Candidates appearing for the respective final year exam in 2019 Rae also eligible to apply.
  • No specific age limits are defined.

Application Procedure

Documents required

  • Your recent passport size photo with a maximum of 100KB size in JPEG/JPG format
  • Your signature with a maximum of 100KB size in JPEG/JPG format
  • Your Date Of Birth Certificate of maximum 150KB size in PDF format
  • Scanned copy of the authorized certificate to verify to you are Specially Abled if applicable.

How to Apply

CLAT application form will be made available on the official website from the prescribed date. Register using your name, parents’names, date of birth, nationality, proposed course, email ID, and mobile number. Be careful while registering as the login details cannot be altered. Log in to your account using the Registration number and password sent to the registered Email ID and mobile number. Fill in the required details. Upload the requested documents in the prescribed format. Select any three exam centers of your choice. An application fee of Rs.3500 has to be paid for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories and Rs.4000 for candidates belonging to other categories. Application fee has to be paid online through Net Banking/Credit/Debit cards or offline through Challan. Take a printout of the application form.

Exam Pattern and Exam Syllabus

(I) For Undergraduate Programs

CLAT is a two-hour exam with a maximum of 200 marks. There will be a total of 200 Multiple Choice Questions each of one mark. There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each of the wrong answers. The question paper will have the following sections :

  • English including Comprehension: This section has a total of 40 marks and has questions to evaluate the candidate’s acquaintance with basic English grammar and Comprehension skills. This section will have questions to correct grammatically incorrect sentences and passage comprehension questions. You will be asked to fill in using the correct words.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section will have a maximum of 50 marks and has questions to evaluate the candidates’ basic acquaintance with general knowledge including static general knowledge and current issues of national and international significance.
  • Elementary Mathematics: This section has a maximum of 20 marks and has questions pertaining to Elementary Mathematics learned till 10th grade. This section aims at evaluating the candidates’ numerical ability.
  • Legal Aptitude: This section has a maximum of 50 marks. This section aims at evaluating the candidates’ problem-solving ability and research aptitude and at testing the candidates’ interest towards the study of law.
  • Logical Reasoning: This section has a maximum of 40 marks and has questions relating to syllogisms, logical sequences, and analogies among others.  Here the candidates’ ability to identify patterns, logical links and to correct illogical arguments are put to test.

(II) For Postgraduate Programs

CLAT is a two-hour exam with a maximum of 150 marks. There will be a total of 150 Multiple Choice Questions each of one mark. There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each of the wrong answers. The question paper will have questions from the following sections :

  • Constitutional Law: This section has a total of 50 marks.
  • Jurisprudence: This section has a maximum of 50 marks.
  • Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR, etc.: This section has a maximum of 50 marks.

Admit Cards

Admit Cards for the successfully registered candidates can be downloaded from the official website from April third week by logging into your account. This along with other required documents and a valid photo ID had to be brought to the examination hall.

Results

Results of CLAT 2019 will be published by last week of May. Log in to your account using your email ID and password and check the results online.

Exam Cutoff

After the declaration of results, the concerned authorities will publish the cut-off.

Exam Counseling

There will be four rounds of centralized counselling for the eligible candidates selected on a merit-cum-preference basis. The candidates have to report to the allotted colleges with the essential documents and a fee of 50,000INR at the prescribed time on the allotted dates.

Attempt this exam to be a part of the long-established, widely recognized law universities of our nation that are highly regarded for their teaching excellence. Make sure you are in the best place for a law student. Good luck with your attempts!