Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)  is a gate pass of law. CLAT is an all India Law Entrance Examination is conduced every year by the Human Resource Development Ministry and facilitated by the UGC as a sequel to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pending before the Supreme Court of India. According to MoU (Memorandum of Understanding), CLAT would be conducted on rotation as per the criterion of seniority by 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (BALL.B & LL.M). Visit

The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:

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

If a candidate seeking admission to the Under Graduate (LLB) and Post Graduate (LLM) courses in the above mentioned Law universities must appear in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) which is conduced every year. The admission of candidate is based on the rank of the candidate in the entrance examination.



Minimum qualification for under graduate programmes (BALLB/BBALLB), is Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with atleast than 45% marks  (40%  SC/ST candidates). Candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.

Age Limit: Candidates must be less than 20 years of age of as on 1st July, of the year of admission.

 Exam Pattern

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for Under-Graduate Courses and Post-Graduate Courses is generally conducted every year in the month of May.

For BALLB/BBALLB CLAT will be online/computer based exam. The CLAT paper for under graduate programme will be of 2 hours duration with 200 multiple choice (objective type) questions. Each question has 1 mark, carrying a total of 200 marks. There shall be a Negative Marking for every wrong answer  and  0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answers.

Subjects with Marks:

  1. English including Comprehension –                           40 Marks
  2. General Knowledge/ Current Affairs –                        50 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) –        20 Marks
  4. Legal Aptitude –                                                                50 Marks
  5. Logical Reasoning –                                                         40 Marks

Total                                                                                              200 Marks


Syllabus for CLAT CLICK HERE

  1. English Including Comprehension
    The the main aim of this section is to test proficiency of the candidate in English language 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..
  2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
    Tthis section tes the general awareness including static general knowledge with current affairs will test candidate’s knowledge on current affairs.
  3. Mathematics-
    This section encludes knowledge on elementary mathematics (mathematics taught up to Class X).
  4. Legal Aptitude
    This section will test interest of candidate related  study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions asked may comprise of legal propositions/ principles and a set of facts to which 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.
  5. Logical Reasoning
    The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test ability of the candidate 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.



It is a post graduate course in law. Minimum qualification for post graduate programme (LLM), is a LL. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with atleast 55% marks  (50% to SC/ST candidates). 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.

For more details about the courses, eligibility, number of seats etc. CLICK HERE

Exam Pattern

The entrance test for Post-Graduate Programme is held along with the entrance test for the B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) The 2 hour test carrying a total of 150 marks consist of two sections. There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.

Subjets with marks:

  1. Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions 100 Marks

(Covering Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)         (4 questions of 25 marks each)

  1. Multiple-Choice Questions –       50 Marks

(Covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed      (50 questions of 1mark each)

by the BCI for the Under-Graduate Course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)


Application and Selection Procedure CLICK HERE