What is CLAT Exam? Eligibility Criteria and Much More

What is CLAT Exam? Eligibility Criteria and Much More

There are many entrance exams in India. These exams are conducted for admission into various government and private institutions. Generally, all of these entrance exams are highly competitive because through these entrance exams only a student can get admission into a national level university. It is really hard to score good ranks in the merit as the difficulties levels are hard. To crack such exams students start their preparation very early because of its difficulty level. The reason being these entrance exams are so tough is that they are for professional courses. And for that institutions want only the best students should be allowed to take admissions in the best universities.

So in this article, we are going to discuss an entrance exam called CLAT. This is an entry-level test in the law university. Like if a student wants to pursue their career in the law field and want to join a good university then they have to give then entrance exam.

In this article, we will discuss some important facts regarding this exam. We discuss the eligibility criteria for the exam and how a student can apply for it. Therefore I am sure that this article is going to be very informative so let’s start we some basic knowledge related to this exam.

What is CLAT Exam?

CLAT is a national level entrance test for admission to law universities all over India. The full form of CLAT is the Common Law Admission Test and it is mainly conducted for admissions to National Law Universities (NLU) in India. Apart from these NLUs many private and self-financed institutes in India considers the CLAT scores at the time of admission. Therefore this exam is very important for aspiring law students in India.

This test is conducted for the students after they complete their Higher Secondary Education or 12th class examination. On the basis of their score in the test, the students then are given admission to law universities to pursue an integrated undergraduate degree in law. Some integrated undergraduate law degrees are BA LL.B, B.Com LL.B, BBA LL.B, etc.

CLAT exam is also conducted for admissions in PG (Post-Graduate) law courses. On basis of student’s scores, they can admissions to the university for a post-graduate degree in law. Other than that Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) in India like  ONGC, Coal India, BHEL, Steel Authority of India, Oil India, etc also consider CLAT PG scores to recruit candidates for legal positions in their companies.  Therefore most of the law students appear in this test and try to score good marks in this exam.

NLU (Nation Law University)

And for those who don’t know there are 23 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. All these institutions are established by the government whereas the Bar council of India and the Ministry of Law and Justice (India) are its regulating Bodies. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore was the first NLU established in India. The first batch of students in this institute was admitted in 1988. After that many various NLUs were established in different parts of the country.

These institutes are considered as India’s best law institutes. Many times they have also ranked as some of the best law institutes worldwide. This is the reason why most of the law students want to get admission in these NLUs through CLAT score.

Eligibility Criteria

First of all, to appear in the CLAT exam the candidate has to be an Indian citizen. Foreign citizens can’t apply for this exam.

Eligibility for CLAT UG Courses 

  • The candidate must have passed their 10+2 examination from a recognized education board.
  • They should have passed 10+2 with a minimum 45% marks. Whereas for the candidates belonging to the SC or ST category the minimum qualifying marks are 40%.
  • There is no upper age limit for this exam.

Eligibility for CLAT PG Courses

  • The candidate must have an LL.B or some equivalent degree with a minimum of 50 % marks in the aggregate from a recognized university. For the candidates from SC/ST category the minimum marks in the aggregation are 45%.
  • Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2020 are also eligible to appear in the exam. However, they have to show a hard copy of the proof of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission.
  • There is no upper age limit for this examination.

CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern Details

In the year 2021, the CLAT exam is going to be conducted in the online mode and it will be a computer-based test. The duration of this test will 2 hours where the candidates will have to answer Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) from given passages. Total marks for the UG courses CLAT will be 150 whereas it will be 120 marks total marks for the CLAT for PG courses. Now if we talk about the marking system then in both the UG and PG test there will 1 mark for each right answer. There will be a negative marking system as well in which they will deduct 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

The questions that are asked in the exam are from different subjects. All these questions test the candidates on various things. So lets have a look at those subjects.

Subjects in CLAT UG Exam 

  1. English Language
  2. Quantitative Techniques
  3. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  4. Legal Reasoning
  5. Logical Reasoning

Subjects in CLAT PG Exam

  1. Constitutional Law
  2. Other Law Subjects including Contract, Criminal Law, Torts, International Law, Jurisprudence, and IPR.

Final Words

So friends this was all the important information related to the CLAT exam. We have tried to cover all things that are necessary and of utmost importance for you to know. This is an entrance exam which is conducted every year and the conducting body releases the notification for it every year.

So make sure to read that notification thoroughly to get more accurate information on eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and much more. Because even slight changes in the exam pattern or eligibility criteria can affect candidates. So make sure to verify all the things from your end as well.

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