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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) : Exam Pattern

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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for Under-Graduate Courses and Post-Graduate Courses is conducted every year in the month of May.

Under Graduate Programme:

The CLAT paper for under graduate programme will be of 2 hours duration with 200 multiple choice objective type questions carrying a total of 200 marks.

Subject areas with weightage:
English including Comprehension 40 Marks
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Marks

The different subject areas of the exam

  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 assessed on their understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section will focus on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc..
  2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
    As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be assessed on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidate’s knowledge on current affairs.
  3. Mathematics
    This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics 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 asked may comprise of legal propositions/ principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/ principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion. Such propositions may or may not be ‘true’ in the real sense; yet the candidates will have to assume that the given propositions are true and answer the questions accordingly. An example of such legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others who are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year.
  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.

Post-Graduate Programme :

The entrance test for Post-Graduate Programme is held along with the entrance test for the B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) The 2 hour test carrying a total of 150 marks consist of two sections.

Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions
(Covering Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)
100 Marks 
(4 questions of 25 marks each)
Multiple-Choice Questions 
(Covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed by the BCI for the Under-Graduate Course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)
50 Marks
(50 questions of 1 mark each)

Note: For Under Graduate and Post Graduate exam, there shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.

In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

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