CLAT 2014 - Common Law Admission Test acronym as CLAT is conducted on National level by one of the seven top Law institutes of India in more than 20 main cities of the country. It is an entrance exam for students who want to pursue 5 years integrated law course and PG Course in 14 best law institutes of India.
Some of the other prestigious law institutes of India also consider CLAT scores as the criterion to give admission to law aspirant’s. Performance in Common Admission Test or CLAT, followed by Group Discussions and Personal Interviews, serves as the basis for admission.
CLAT 2014 is being conducted by Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
CLAT Exam Eligibility
Eligibility for UG Course
To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2014, the aspiring candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates).
The candidates should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2014 (22 years in case of SC and ST candidates).
Note: Candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and must be able to submit proofs in support of their claims.
Eligibility to PG Course
The candidate should have obtained a LL. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC and ST candidates).
Note: The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking admission provided that such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.
The candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.
CLAT Exam Syllabus
Common Law Entrance Test consists of
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.
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.
This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics taught up to Class X.
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.
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.
CLAT Exam Pattern
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is multiple-choice based entrance exam consisting of 200 questions of 1 marks each with negative marking of 1/4 marks for wrong answers.
Pattern of the CLAT Exam (For UG Course)
Number of Question
General Knowledge/Current Affairs
Pattern of the CLAT Exam (For PG Course)
Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions
(Covering Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)
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: 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.
CLAT Exam Dates
This Law Entrance Test is normally held in the Second week of May.
CLAT Exam process
Admission process to India’s top most Law institutes consists of following few steps:
Performance in CLAT is the primary basis for short listing candidates for the second round of admission process, which comprises of GD(PI) or personal interview.
After the GD/PI round, admission offers are made by the law institutes to successful candidates. The ranking and final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes and may include performance in CLAT, and performance in GD/PI
How to apply for CLAT Exam?
Aspiring candidates can adopt any of the ONLINE or OFFLINE mode to apply for CLAT Exam:
For OFFLINE Mode:
Printed OMR Application Forms along with the CLAT-2014 Information Brochure will be made available at the designated branches (refer-www.clat.ac.in) of the State Bank of India (SBI) and in all the participating NLUs mentioned above against payment of Rs.4000 only (Rs.3000 in case of SC/ST candidates on submission of proof) excluding the bank charges.
For purcahasing Application Form from the designated branches of SBI, fees can be paid through a ‘Challan’ by furnishing the required information about the candidate as specified in the 'Challan' form.
For purchasing Application Form from the participating NLUs, the candidates can make payment either through ‘Cash’ or ‘Demand Draft’ drawn in favour of the Registrars of the concerned NLUs to be payable at the respective cities of their location.
Application Form and CLAT-2014 Information Brochure can also be procured through registered/speed post by sending a requisition letter (with Father’s Name, Contact Numbers, detail Mailing Address and PIN Code) to the Convener, CLAT-2014, Hidayatullah National Law University, Post – Uparwara, Abhanpur, New Raipur – 493661 (Chhattisgarh) along with a Demand Draft of Rs.3100 (Rs.2600 in case of SC/ST candidates) drawn in favour of “Registrar, HNLU – CLAT 2014 A/C” to be payable at Raipur (Chhattisgarh). Rs.3100/Rs.2600 includes an additional amount of Rs.100 being charged for sending the Application Form and Information Brochure through Speed/Registered Post.
Mode of Applying
Duly filled-in OMR Application Form along with a copy of the Bank Challan/Cash Receipt/Demand Draft can be submitted to the Convener, CLAT-2014, either in person (from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. on all working days) or through registered/speed post so as to reach the following address on or before 05:00 p.m. of 30th March 2013. The relevant certificates/documents in support of one’s claim for admission are not to be submitted along with the Application Form. The original certificates/documents (as indicated in the OMR Application Form and specified in the CLAT-2014 Information Brochure) issued by competent authority are to be submitted to the allotted University/Institute only at the time of admission.
The address for sending the filled-in Application Form is:
The Convener, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2014 Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
For ONLINE Mode:
Candidates can apply online by visiting and following the instructions given in the CLAT-2014 website (www.clat.ac.in). The online payment for applying for CLAT-2014 can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In case of online application, the candidates will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees online through payment gateways.
Mode of Applying
Application for CLAT-2014 can also be made through online (http://www.clat.ac.in) including online payment of application fees and uploading of the passport size (3.5 x 4.5) photograph and scanned copy of the signature through electronic mode. Candidates applying online must visit and carefully read the instructions given in the CLAT-2014 website (www.clat.ac.in). The online payment can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In case of online application, the candidates will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees online through payment gateways.
Note: Incomplete application or application received after the last date shall not be considered. University shall not be responsible for any postal/courier delay.