CLAT- 2016 Admission Notification

CLAT 2016

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. The 17 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The 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, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of seven participating NLUs decided that a common entrance test shall be conducted by all the participating universities on rotational basis in the order of their year of establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Preesently there are 17 NLUs participating in CLAT and following the policy of rotation, the ninth Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2016) shall be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CLAT 2016
For Under-Graduate Programs:
To be eligible to appear in CLAT 2016, a 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 (40% in case of SC and ST candidates) and should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2016 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates)
Candidates who are appearing in March/April, 2016 or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.

For Post- Graduate Programs:
To be eligible to appear in CLAT 2016, a candidate 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 (50% marks in case of SC and ST category candidates).

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 have appeared or are appearing in the qualifying degree examination by March/April, 2015 are also eligible to appear in the test. Such candidates may submit the final results of the qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective Universities and shall be provided provisional admission only.
* Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.

PAPER PATTERN FOR CLAT 2015
For Under-Graduate Program:

Exam Description
Total marks 200
Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each 200
Duration of examination Two hours (02:00 hours)
Subject areas with Weightage
English including Comprehension 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

For Post-Graduate Program:

Exam Description
Maximum marks 150
Duration of examination Two hours (02:00 hours)
Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions (covering subject areas such as 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 marks each will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to Multiple Choice Questions.

SUBJECT AREAS:

  • English/Comprehension
  • General knowledge/Current affairs
  • Mathematics
  • Logical reasoning
  • Legal aptitude

 

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