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What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the CLAT exam?

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RE: What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the CLAT exam?

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To know about the eligibility criteria for CLAT exam, you must be clear about law and its course.As you all know you can pursue law education in two forms i.e. after 12th where you can go for integrated law course and after graduation, you can go for L.L.B course. Any stream i.e. arts, commerce or science can go for law education. Integrated Law course is for 5 years as it is the combination of two-degree programs based on what subjects students were having in 12th. Some of the regular courses under this are B.Sc. L.L.B, B.B.A.L.L.B, and B.A.L.L.B etc. Second way was after graduation. Here students pursue L.L.B as their post graduation which is for 3 years.  There is 1 more option for law students i.e. they can do masters specializing in LL.M./M.B.L/M.B.A, etc.

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So CLAT is an all India level entrance exam. It stands for common law admission test. It is for all the national universities of law in India. CLAT is an online objective test. All those who want to go for undergraduate and postgraduate law programs.

  • Age criteria: First of all you should know about the age criteria. Anyone who is above 20 years and in some cases 22 as per the ones for reserved categories is perfectly eligible to go for an undergraduate course and regarding post-graduation, there is no age limit. But from now onwards there is no age bar
  • Qualification based on academics: for UG, students should have passed their 12th class from any board.
  • Marks secured: If the students are from general category then they should have secured at least 45% marks in total. If they belong to SC category then they should have minimum 40%marks.
  • Eligibility criteria for the postgraduate program: For PG, students belonging to a general category should score at least 55% marks in their LLB. Degree program and in the case of SC, ST and other reserved categories students should score at least 50% marks in their integrated course. Their LLB degree should be from a recognized university.


This exam will contain 200 questions in all. These questions will be from 5 subjects’ i.e. English, general knowledge and current affairs, elementary maths, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. So your focus should be on these subjects. Things you need to cover in these subjects are:

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  • English: in this, you should be well known with grammar portion as well as passages. Grammar section includes correcting incorrect words; fill in the blanks etc. under comprehension, short questions and meanings of the word are asked on the basis of given passage.
  • General knowledge and current affairs: this includes candidate’s general awareness overall and it also includes general knowledge on statics. They should be well aware of both national as well as international current affairs.
  • Mathematics: no need to fear if you did not have maths in 12th. As students should only be aware and well known with maths which is taught up to 10th
  • Legal aptitude: in this student’s interest in law, research ability, and problem-solving aptitude is checked. You should be good in all these things. This will help them to judge you.
  • Logical reasoning: under this, candidate’s ability on how well they can identify patterns as well as links of logical thinking is checked. Apart from this, they should know how to correct arguments which are illogical.

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There are some skills which will help you in becoming an excellent personality in this field such as communication skills, self-confidence, investigate skills, good memory etc. Students should have affirmative traits and personality will be plus point. After clearing your CLAT exam you can complete your graduation/post graduation, you can also do diploma course after that and can secure your job in the commercial sector. They require lawyers to look after their monetary matters, company laws etc. You can also put your name down in Council of India and commence training in India. You can work under some lawyer also, achieve some understanding then begin your individual practice as experience matters a lot in any field you work in. You can also work as a lecturer, communal advocate, campaigner for a law firm, property lawyer etc. Salary is also superior in this field. It varies from 10k to 50k per month depending on the job u get. It is an a tremendous course as students from all the streams can go for law.

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