Law is one of the promising career options in India. If you are also willing to become a lawyer, then you are on the right page. In this article, we have shared the information about the most crucial entrance test you will have to appear in if you wish to be a lawyer. Yes, we are talking about CLAT, and you will find all the possible information about the same over here.

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national-level entrance exam for admission to Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) law courses such as BA LL.B, BSc LL.B, BBA LL.B, BCom LL.B and LL.M, offered by 22 National Law Universities. The exam is conducted on a rotational basis by the National Law Universities (NLUs). However, from 2019 onwards, the exam is being organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities.

Approximately 70,000 students appeared for CLAT 2022, a number that keeps on increasing every year.

Law aspirants look forward to getting the top ranks to get admissions to India's best law institutions. Aspirants work hard to get admission in the top National Law Universities such as National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad, National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal and many others.

CLAT Aspirants have so many queaires about CLAT related to eligibility criteria, application form, pattern, syllabus, result, counselling and the complete admission process. Here some FAQs to answer all your queries regarding the CLAT exam -

1. What is CLAT ?

 

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national-level entrance exam for admission to Under Graduate(UG) and Post Graduate(PG) law courses such as BA LL.B, BSc LL.B, BBA LL.B, BCom LL.B and LL.M. Through CLAT exam, aspirants can secure admission in the aforementioned law courses offered at the prestigious National Law Universities (NLUs) and many other private colleges and universities. To know more please visit www.clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in

 

2. When CLAT Held ?

 

• CLAT is usually conducted on the first week of May.

 

3. What is Eligibility Criteria: Nationality, Age Limit and Number of Attempts to appear CLAT?

 

Mentioned below are the eligibility criteria for CLAT under parameters listed below:

Parameters Eligibility Criteria
Nationality Candidates who are Indian Nationals/NRIs/PIO/OCI are eligible to appear for CLAT
CLAT Age Limit As per the newly revised criterion, the UG Program will have no upper age limit. There is no higher age limit for taking the CLAT exam.
Number of Attempts Candidates should be aware that the consortium has set no time constraint for taking CLAT. Candidates can take the CLAT UG/PG exam as many times as they desire.

 

• Bar Council of India has removed any upper or lower age limit criteria for CLAT.

 

4. What is the percentage required to apply CLAT?

 

• Candidates who are General/ OBC/ PWD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories, must have secured 45% aggregate marks or its equivalent in their qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination).

• Candidates belonging from the SC/ST categories, must have secured 40% aggregate or its equivalent.

 

5. What are the Fees ?

 

The one time application fee which is non-refundable for CLAT is:

1. INR 4,000 for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.

2. INR 3,500 for SC/ST/BPL candidates.

 

6. Is CLAT online or Offline based exam?

 

• CLAT rolled back to offline mode from 2019 due to the technical glitches experienced in the last few years. CLAT 2020 conducted in Online Mode keeping the COVID-19 crisis in mind. CLAT 2021 was conducted in an online mode.

 

7. What is the selection process of CLAT ?

 

The CLAT selection process will be held in the following stages:

• CLAT Offline Test

• Counselling

• Merit List

 

8. In case of score tie between candidates ?

 

In the event of a tie, the following procedure and order will be used to break the tie:

• Higher scores in legal aptitude subject 

• Older age

• Computerized lotteries

 

9. Does student of any stream can appear for CLAT ?

 

• Yes, student of any stream can appear for CLAT Exam.

 

10. What are the various courses available in these National Law Universities?

 

Following are the various courses provided by the National Law Universities:

B.A. LL.B (Hons.)

B.Com. LL.B (Hons.)

B.SC LL.B (Hons.)

BB.A. LL.B. (Hons)

 

11. Exam pattern of CLAT ?

 

CLAT-UG exam will consist of a total of 5 sections and will be conducted online.  Here is the exam pattern for CLAT exam:

Name of the Section

Number of Questions

Marks Allotted to Each Section

Duration

English Language

28-32

Every question contains one mark each 2 hours (120 mins.)

Current Affairs including General Knowledge

35-39

Logical Reasoning

28-32

Legal Reasoning 35-39

Quantitative Techniques

13-17

Total

150

150

 

12. Does CLAT have negative marking?

 

• Each question will carry 1(one) mark. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

 

13. What is the procedure of allotment of Law School for admission?

 

• The allotment of colleges is based on a candidates ranking.

 

14. Is there any sectional cut-off for CLAT ?

 

• There is no sectional cut-off for CLAT, there is just the overall cut-off.

 

15. List of the NLUs ? 

 

SL. No.

University

Location

Website

Annual

Fees(LL.B)

Annual

Fees(LL.M)

1.

National Law School of India University

Bangalore

http://www.nls.ac.in

Rs.2,88,855

Rs.2,18,875

2.

National Law University

Delhi

www.nludelhi.ac.in

Rs.1,86,000

Rs.1,85,000

3.

National Academy of Legal Study & Research(NALSAR) University of Law

Hyderabad

www.nalsar.ac.in

Rs.2,52,000

Rs.1,85,000

4.

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Kolkata

www.nujs.edu

Rs.1,96,000

Rs.1,45,000

5.

National Law University

Jodhpur

www.nlujodhpur.ac.in

Rs.1,73,000

Rs.1,43,000

6.

Gujarat National Law University 

Gandhinagar

www.gnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,69,000

Rs.2,32,000

7.

Rajiv Gandhi National University of law

Patiala

www.rgnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,50,00

Rs.1,85,000

8.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University

Lucknow

www.rmlnlu.ac.in

Rs.1,68,000

Rs.1,03,000

9.

National Law University & judicial Academy

Guwahati

www.nluassam.ac.in

Rs.2,24,000

Rs.1,94,000

10.

National Law Institute University

Bhopal

www.nliu.ac.in

Rs.2,57,250

Rs.2,25,000

11.

Hidayatullah National law University

Raipur

www.hnlu.ac.in

Rs.1,75,000

Rs.1,42,000

12.

Chanakya National Law University

Patna

www.cnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,25,000

N/A

13.

National University of Advanced Legal Studies

Kochi

www.nuals.ac.in

Rs.2,17,000

Rs.1,48,000

14.

National Law University Odisha

Cuttack

www.nluo.ac.in

Rs.2,11,000

Rs.2,51,000

15.

National Law University of Study & Research in Law

Ranchi

www.nusrlranchi.in

Rs.1,50,000

Rs.1,48,000

16.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University

Visakhapatnam

www.dsnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,00,000

Rs.1,42,000

17.

The Tamil Nadu National Law School

Tiruchirapalli

www.tnnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,23,000

Rs.1,42,000

18.

Maharashtra National Law University

Mumbai

www.mnlumumbai.edu.in

Rs.3,07,000

Rs.2,26,000

19.

Maharashtra National Law University

Nagpur

www.nlunagpur.ac.in

Rs.2,15,000

Rs.1,73,000

20.

Maharashtra National Law University

Aurangabad

www.mnlua.ac.in

Rs.2,87,304

Rs.1,66,063

21.

Himachal Pradesh National Law University

Shimla

www.hpnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,20,500

Rs.1,71,500

22.

Dharmashastra  National Law University

Jabalpur

www.mpdnlu.ac.in

Rs.2,60,000

Rs.2,50,000

23.

Dr. B R Ambedkar National Law University

Rai(Sonepat)

www.dbranlu.ac.in

Rs.1,88,000

N/A

 

16. List of Private Colleges Accepting CLAT Scores

 

Check out the entire list of private colleges accepting CLAT scores in order to offer admission to UG of Law.

 

SL. No.

College Name

College Location

Programmes Offered

1.

Shobhit University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB, B.Com LLB Hons., BBA LLB Hons., LLB & LLM

2.

ISBR Law College

Bangalore, Karnataka

BA LLB, LLB, PG Diploma & Certificate

3.

Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB Hons, LLM & Doctoral Programme in Law

4.

RNB Global University

Bikaner, Rajasthan

BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLM & Integrated LLM PhD Dual Degree

5.

Glocal University

Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & BBA LLB

6.

Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

BBA LLB Hons, BA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLB Hons & LLM

7.

Indore Institute of Law

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

BBA LLB Hons, BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons With Global & Transnational Studies, LLB Hons & LLM Hons

8.

Lloyd Law College

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & LLB

9.

Amity University

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BBA LLB Hons, BA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLB, LLM & PhD in Law

10.

Alliance School of Law, Alliance University

Bangalore, Karnataka

BBA LLB Hons, BA LLB Hons, LLM & PhD in Law

11.

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

BA LLB & B.Com LLB

12.

Gujarat Maritime University

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

LLM & PG Diploma

13.

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

New Delhi, Delhi

BA LLB, BBA LLB & LLM

14.

ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLM, PhD, Certificate

15.

Bennett University

Greater Noida, NCT Region, Uttar Pradesh

BBA LLB Hons, BA LLB Hons, LLB Hons & PhD

16.

Kalinga University

Naya Raipur, Chhattisgarh

BBA LLB, BA LLB, LLB & LLM

17.

Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, SVKM's NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLM & PhD in Law

18.

Asian Law College

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & LLB

19.

DIRD College

Delhi

BA LLB, LLB & Certificate

20.

GITAM School of Law

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons & LLM

21.

School of Law, JIMS Engineering and Management Technical Campus

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & BBA LLB

22.

School of Legal Studies, Mody University

Lakshmangarh, Rajasthan

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLB, LLM & PhD Law

23.

Aryans College of Law

Patiala, Punjab

BA LLB, B.Com LLB & LLB

24.

GLA University

Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & B.Com LLB

25.

Siddharth Law College

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

LLB, LLM & PGD

26.

ICFAI University

Agartala, Tripura

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB & PhD in Law

27.

Institute of Law, Nirma University

Ahmedabad, Gujarat

BA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLM & Doctoral Programme in Law

28.

Marwadi University

Rajkot, Gujarat

BA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons & LLM

29

Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University

Gandhinagar, Gujarat

BA LLB Hons, LLM & PhD in Law

30

NIMT Institute of Method and Law

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB

31.

Geeta Institute of Law

Panipat, Delhi NCR

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB & LLM

32.

REVA University

Bangalore, Karnataka

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLM & PhD

33.

School of Law, Presidency University

Bengaluru, Karnataka

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons & LLM

34.

Maharishi Law School, Maharishi University of Information Technology

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLB & LLM

35.

Dr. K N Modi University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

BA LLB, LLB, LLM & PG Diploma

36.

SRM University

Sonepat, Haryana

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB Hons, LLM & PhD

37.

Academy of Law, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Sc LLB, LLB, LLM, PhD & PG Diploma

38.

School of Law, Oriental University

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB, Diploma, LLM & PhD in Law

39.

Galgotia University

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB Hons, LLM & PhD in Law

40.

Manipal University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB, LLM & PhD

41.

School of Law, FIMT

New Delhi, Delhi

BBA LLB & BA LLB

42.

The North Cap University

Gurugram, Haryana

BBA LLB Hons, LLM & PhD

43.

Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Law

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & LLB

44.

Vivekananda Global University

Jaipur, Rajasthan

BBA LLB, BA LLB, LLB, LLM & PhD in Law

45.

Harlal School of Law

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

BA LLB & LLB

46.

TERI School of Advanced Studies

New Delhi, Delhi

LLM

47.

IFIM Law School

Bangalore, Karnataka

BBA LLB & LLB

48.

Jain University

Bangalore, Karnataka

NA

49.

Renaissance Law College

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLB Hons

50.

The Raffles University

Alwar, Rajasthan

BA LLB Hons, BBA LLB Hons, LLB, LLM, PG Diploma, Diploma & PhD

51.

ITM University

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

BA LLB Hons, B.Com LLB Hons, LLB & LLM

52.

Chettinad Academy of Research and Education

Kelambakkam, Tamil Nadu

BA LLB Hons, LLB Hons & LLM

 

17. What are the other Top Private Law Universities/Colleges Accepting CLAT ?

 

List of Top law other Top Law Universities/Colleges in India that accept CLAT for conducting admissions, apart from the National Law Universities.

 

Name of the Institute

Location

Amity University

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Shobhit University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

ISBR Law College

Bangalore, Karnataka

Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Indore Institute of Law

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Lloyd Law College

Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh

Alliance School of Law, Alliance University

Bangalore, Karnataka

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

New Delhi, Delhi

ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University

Dehradun, Uttarakhand


 

18. What are the Top Law Universities/Colleges Accepting AILET ?

 

Apart from NLU Delhi, many other leading law colleges in India accept AILET scores for their admission process.

 

Name of the Institute

Location

Faculty of Law, SRM University

Sonepat, Haryana

International School of Management Excellence (ISME) Law College

Bangalore, Karnataka

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

School of Law, The Northcap University

Gurugram, Haryana

Ansal University

Gurgaon, Haryana

 

19. Difference Between CLAT, AILET and LSAT ?

 

One of the major differences between CLAT, AILET, and LSAT is that all of these exams are held for giving admission to students in different universities and colleges. CLAT is used for admission to the National Law Universities (NLUs), etc. Many law institutes accept CLAT for conducting admissions. AILET is held by the National Law University of Delhi and it is considered only for law admissions in NLU Delhi. LSAT, on the other hand, enables students to take admission at the various private law universities in India.

 

Check the table given below to know the basic details about CLAT, AILET, and LSAT.

 

Exam

CLAT

AILET

LSAT

Duration

2 hours (120 minutes)

1 hour 30 minutes

2 hour 20 minutes

Mode of Exam

Online mode

Paper-pencil mode

Paper-pencil mode

Level of Entrance

Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Undergraduate

Undergraduate and Post-graduate

Number of Questions

150

150 + 1 Essay

92 to 100

Exam Sections

Objective Type MCQs (150 Questions):

English

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Legal Reasoning/Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

Quentative Techniques

Objective Type MCQs (100 Questions):

General Knowledge

Numerical Ability

Legal Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)

1st Logical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)

2nd Logical Reasoning (24 to 25 Questions)

Reading Comprehension (24 to 25 Questions)

Number of Participating Institutes

22 NLUs+other private law colleges

NLU Delhi

80

Negative Marking

0.25 marks deducted for each question

Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Level of Difficulty

The level of questions is moderate, however, it is difficult to keep up with the time limit. Also, negative marking is applicable to this exam. With enough practice, you will manage to attempt the appropriate number of questions in order to clear the exam.

AILET is a difficult exam in terms of competition. The number of students applying for this exam is more as compared to the number of seats available. Therefore securing a seat becomes tough.

Although the time provided for the number of questions in the exam is enough, the difficulty level of the questions is high. LSAT offers more complicated questions, therefore, a good amount of practice is required to clear the exam.


 

20. What are Top Law Universities/Colleges Accepting LSAT India? 

 

Check the table given below to know the law colleges in India that accept LSAT India scores for their admissions.

 

Name of the Institute

Location

O.P Jindal Global University

Sonepat, Haryana

Faculty of Law, MIT-World Peace University (MIT-WPU)

Pune. Maharashtra

IFIM Law School

Bangalore, Karnataka

School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University (JLU)

Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Indore Institute of Law 

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

Faculty of Law, Manav Rachna University

Faridabad, Haryana

Vellore Institute of Technology

Vellore, Tamil Nadu

Bennett University (Times of India Group)

Noida, Uttar Pradesh

GITAM School of Law, GITAM (Deemed to be University)

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

School of Law and Constitutional Studies, Shobhit Deemed University

Meerut, Uttar Pradesh

 

21. CLAT Eligibility Criteria for International Students

 

Candidates applying through NRI/NRI Sponsored/Foreign National category, should contact their concerned university for admission requirements, eligibility, required documents, and other related questions under the NRI Quota.

– Candidates applying for NRI category must appear for CLAT for those NLUs that require CLAT Exam as a requirement for admission to the category.

– The CLAT Office will be responsible for releasing a list of candidates who are eligible for admission in this category.

– In other circumstances, candidates must visit the respective universities they want to attend to know if CLAT is a requirement for admissions in NRI category.

 

22. Documents Required by the NRI Candidates

 

• Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Student

• Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months

• Certificate from the local embassy stating that the person is an NRI/OCI or PIO Card

 

23. Sponsors for NRI Students

 

The person who willingly sponsors candidates for admission is required to be a first-degree relation of the student and shall be residing abroad as a Non-Resident Indian.

• In case the student has no parents or near relatives or is taken as a ward by some other nearest relative, such students also may be considered for admission. 

• The guardian must have legally treated the applying candidate as a ward. Such guardians shall file an affidavit mentioning the interest in the education of the candidate and also their relationship with the candidate. 

• It is mandatory for that person to also be a Non-Resident Indian and ordinarily residing abroad.

 

24. Documents Required by NRI Sponsored Candidates 

 

1. Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Sponsor

2. Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months by the Sponsor

3. Certificate from the local embassy stating that the Sponsor is an NRI/ OCI or PIO Card

4. An affidavit by the sponsor indicating the interest shown in the education affairs of the student and willingness to fund the education of the student over the next 5 years.