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Eligibility and Pattern

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the unified test for getting entry into most of the reputed National Law Colleges of India. In 2008, when it started, only around 8k students wrote this test, however last year the number of students who wrote the exam was around 45 to 50k. The Eligibility criterion for this test is passing of 10+2 or any equivalent exam. It is an online test of 200 multiple choice questions, with each question carrying a mark. The questions are based on Legal Reasoning (50), Logical Reasoning (40), General Knowledge (50), Basic Arithmetic (20) and English (40).


  • English section consists of comprehension passage, usage of grammar questions, error detection and sentence sequencing related questions. A small set of questions on vocabulary may also be expected. The difficulty level ranges from simple to moderate.
  • The General Knowledge section consists of both current affairs and static GK. Usually, around 30-35 questions are from current affairs. The current affairs questions usually test candidates from January of previous year to a month before the exam (April). The static GK questions are of moderate difficulty and range from 10 to 15 in number usually.
  • Legal Section can consists of Legal Reasoning and Aptitude questions. Usually, this section has more reasoning questions than aptitude ones. Legal Reasoning questions test a student’s ability to apply a principle to a given fact situation and come to a logical conclusion. In the aptitude portion, there can be basic Constitution related questions or questions on current legal issues.
  • The Mathematics section tests the ability of the students at an elementary level. The questions are based on topics such as averages, simple and compound interest, time and work, time and distance, ratio and proportion, etc.
  • The Logical reasoning section consists of analytical reasoning and critical reasoning. The analytical reasoning questions can be puzzles, series, syllogisms, etc. The critical reasoning questions can be based on strength of the arguments, assumptions, conclusions based on certain statements, etc.

P.S- It should be kept in mind that there is .25 marks negative marking per wrong answer.

More information about CLAT and its syllabus is available on http://information.clat.ac.in/syllabus.html


National Law Colleges

The information about the National Law Colleges can be found on the CLAT website.

19 Participating Universities

  1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
  10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli
  17. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
  19. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad


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