Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the most competitive test conducted on rotation by National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate Courses and Post-Graduate Courses degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M.). The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
2. National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (NLUJAA)

Educational Qualification Required to apply are as below:

1) CLAT Undergraduate Courses: – Candidates should be below 20 years of age at the time of applying.
– Candidate should have obtained a Higher Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate.
– Those candidates who are appearing in qualifying examination in March/April or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.

2) CLAT Post-Graduate Courses: Candidates should have obtained a LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. degree/any other equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate.
– Candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test.
– Candidates who have appeared or are appearing in the qualifying degree examination by March/April are also eligible to appear in the test.

CLAT Exam Pattern: The CLAT Question Paper for Undergraduate Courses consist of multiple choice type questions as per the following scheme:

S. No. Subject Max. Marks Time Alloted
01English including Comprehension 40

2 Hours

02General Knowledge and Current Affairs50
03Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20
04Legal Aptitude50
05Logical Reasoning40

Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

The CLAT Question Paper for Post-Graduate Courses consist of Descriptive & multiple choice type questions as per the following scheme:

S. No. Subject Max. Marks Time Alloted
01Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions
(covering subject areas such as
Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)
100 Marks
(4 questions of 25 marks each)

2 Hours

02Multiple-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: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks each will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to Multiple Choice Questions.

Some of the books which can help candidates to prepare for Common Law Admission Test or CLAT are suggested as below.

CLAT Books-

Syllabus for CLAT Exam: The different subject areas of the CLAT for Undergraduate courses examination are explained as under:

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 questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.

3. Mathematics
This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths 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 will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

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.

We wish our candidates All The Best for the Upcoming Exams and wish them great future ahead!!

Leave a comment below if you can suggest some other good books for this course. Also, if you have used the above books, please do provide a feedback.


  • Anshuman says:

    All information was very up to the mark !! But certain blog sholud be added-
    1) The previous exam of CLAT passed
    2) Next which date should till known.

  • Apurva says:

    Best books for preparation of clat pg.. …
    Can I sit for clat pg after completing my graduation in a vocational course??

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