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What is the pattern of CLAT?

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CLAT stands for common law admission test after passing this examination a student can get admission in various Government and private law colleges and various National law universities. CLAT was first held in 2008 prior to this there were various entrance exams conducted by different law college individually due to this reason there was a lot of confusion and burden on students after a supreme court decision students who pass CLAT can get admission various law colleges in different states which are affiliated to this examination on the basis of marks achieved.

CLAT is known to be one of the most competitive exams in India as every year the number of students almost double.



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1) One can give CLAT just after passing Their 12 grade examination (boards) with more than 45% marks in total. Students who get compartment or have awaited results are also eligible but everyone has to show documents at the time of admission declaring that they have passed.

2) Students doing open school are also eligible for CLAT.
3) The upper age limit is 20 years.
4) Students who are citizens of India or are NRIs can only give the test; foreign nationalists have to contact college authority for seeking admission.

How to prepare for CLAT?

Scoring a good rank in CLAT is not an easy task; one has to start his/her preparation quite early before the test. Students can join various Tuition center's which provide material and guidance necessary in preparation for the test, They also provide various preparation courses which can be of 2 years or 1 month crash course depending on the need of the student.

One can go through previous year question papers as to get an idea of how to attempt and complete the test in time. A lot of books are available both online and offline, which can help you get a overview of how to attempt questions and one of the main aspects that would help you to prepare for the exam is to develop a habit of solving sample papers which enhance your speed.



Pattern of the test-

The paper is divided in 5 sections which are-

a) English Comprehension
b) General Knowledge (current affairs)
c) Mathematics
d) Legal Aptitude
C) Logical Reasoning

The duration of the exam is of 2 hours consisting of 200 questions one cannot mark random answers because there is also negative marking system, 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer. On average there is only 36 seconds to solve a question making it very difficult for students to complete the test?

  • In order to get a good rank one should be thorough with concepts of 10th level maths and should have good knowledge about history, economics, politics and geography which comes under General knowledge.
  • Legal Aptitude and General Knowledge is of 50 marks each so you have to pay extra attention to it. Reading news papers and watching news regularly will also help in preparing for this section.
  • Logical Reasoning- In this section you have to pay extra attention to the time you take to solve one question as it is very time consuming section. Some students try to this section in the end but these results in that many fail to complete this section. This section contains questions related to Syllogism, Analogies, Logical sequence, Numerical reasoning and Error checking.

 Admission criteria-

Examination forms are available online and offline in designated State Bank of India branches.
The fees for Application Form are 4,000 and for SC/ST candidates it is 3,500.
All colleges have different admission procedures and eligibility criteria in order to know more about it you can visit the college website or one can buy a brochure from the college campus. There are 17 national law universities that are associated with CLAT some Law universities still have Their own entrance exam for example- National Law University New Delhi (NLU)

Candidates who are giving CLAT for LLM which is Legum Magister or (Masters Of Law) postgraduate law entrance exam are eligible for applying in the exam, only if they possess an LL.B degree under either three-year or five-year integrated law programmes.

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Achieving a good score in CLAT is not an easy task majority of students start their preparations quite early when they are still in high school. Among thousands of students who wish to become a lawyer and practice law in our country very few get admission in law colleges due to limited number of seats. By hard work and right planning any student can crack CLAT or any other examination just always give your 100% best of luck to all.

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