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CLAT Frequently Asked Question: CLAT FAQ's

Updated Tue, 17 Nov 2020 01:08 PM IST

CLAT Frequently Asked Questions

CLAT Frequently Asked Questions: CLAT FAQ's, Syllabus, exam pattern, NLUS, Private Universities, eligibility criteria, admission form, how to prepare for CLAT.

What is CLAT?

The  Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance test organized by National Law Universities (NLUs) to provide admissions to law aspirants to 3 years and 5 years integrated LLB and LLM programs. The official notification of  CLAT 2021 will be released on the official website of CLAT in the 3rd week of December 2020. Law aspirants who wish to for the CLAT 2021 exam will be able to apply online from 1st week of January 2021. There are 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) that participate in CLAT examination, along with other private universities that accept admissions based on CLAT 2021 score.

What is the eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021?

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) Exam Core Committee defines the eligibility criteria for LLB and LLM programs. The eligibility criteria for both the programs are given here. Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021

How to fill the CLAT 2021 Admission Form?

To get the detailed procedure for  filling the CLAT 2021 form click here.


 

How to Prepare for CLAT 2021?

Here is the CLAT 2021 subject-wise strategy for preparing the exam. Candidates can focus on these strategies and start their preparation.
 

CLAT English Including Comprehension:

English cannot be learned in a day. It requires everyday reading and practice. Simply reading doesn't help. Students need to focus on sentence formation and the meaning of a sentence or what the word wants to convey. English is equally important as other subjects because the examiner wants to assess your English skills as most of the laws are in English. Hence, proficiency in English is a must for a law student and a strong sense of grammar is also required to score better.

CLAT Quantitative Techniques:

This section is considered to be the easiest of all as the questions asked in this section is something that you have been taught in your 9th or 10th standard. Candidates need to Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation. Everyday problem solving will enhance your speed and mental calculation power.

CLAT Logical Reasoning:

The candidates need to have analytical thinking and in-depth understanding of the basic concepts to answer these questions. This section is to assess your ability to identify patterns and logical links. If you want to score good then you must be well versed with Alphabets and sequence. You need to develop problem-solving skills and enhance your thinking power. They must have a grip on both Analytical and Critical reasoning. Candidates need to do a lot of practice daily so that they speed up in identifying correct answers. 

CLAT General Knowledge including Current Affairs:

This is the easiest yet most difficult as the focus of the questions has steadily been on current affairs. Candidates must read newspapers regularly so that he/she is updated with all the current events taking place in India and worldwide. Along with this the candidate can also ready a  monthly current affairs magazine. If you haven’t started your preparation now it better to start it now and you can take an annual magazine which covers all the aspects and news.  The questions are more from November to March but don’t miss April and May as there have been times when CLAT has put up questions on events that have occurred just two days before the exam. Keep on revising questions from Mock Papers as there are many chances that you get the same questions in the exam. 

CLAT Legal Aptitude:

This section assesses the legal knowledge of the candidates and the question in this section is framed accordingly. But as the name suggests it is not about knowing the detailed law but the application or the reasoning. Candidates need to apply the correct principle to these questions and he/she is sure to ace it.  As all the questions are comprehension passage hence,  the comprehension skills also play a vital role. Candidates should focus on frequently used maxims or foreign words and some important events in the field of law in regard to India and the world. Candidates preparing for this should keep in mind that they need to choose the most appropriate answer. Reading and practising different types of questions help in succeeding and cracking CLAT. 

Do case laws come in the CLAT exam? 

Very few questions are asked in  LLB admission  which are based on case laws. These questions are asked as part of the  legal reasoning section, where candidates will be presented with the legal principle, based on case law, as a comprehensive passage and the candidates will have to apply the above said principle to the 4 options.

How hard is it to crack CLAT?

As there is a surge in the number of applicants the competitive exams have also become difficult but not impossible to crack it. If the candidate has the right preparation and proper guidance with a focused mindset he is likely to crack the CLAT exam in the first attempt.

How to prepare for CLAT 2021 at home?

 

  • It is difficult to visit coachings due to the pandemic and sit in institutes for hours to prepare for the CLAT. Hence, the easiest and safest place is to study online at home.

  • You are just a click away to gain all the knowledge without going anywhere. 

  • To study at home the candidates need to make their mindset to study online and that is it.

  • You are ready to move with your further preparation. 

  • You need to plan your strategy and execute it. 

  • Start understanding the syllabus and the exam pattern. 

  • Start preparing and taking mock tests regularly. 

  • Solve previous years question papers.

  • Now is the time to gear up and start preparing as the exams are due in a few months.

How to prepare for the CLAT in 4 months?

To prepare for CLAT in 4 months the candidates can enroll in the online course for CLAT 2021 offered by us with the best faculty who has years of experience in teaching. To understand the complete module please visit the Online coaching for CLAT 2021

What is the best way to prepare GK for the CLAT exam? 

The candidates can read the newspapers daily and follow online sites which provide current affairs on a daily basis. Students can even join the online course where they get all the materials for each subject including all the general knowledge required for cracking the exam. 

 

How to study for CLAT? 

The very first step to crack CLAT is Planning 

Then the second step is about gaining knowledge.

The third step is to achieve analytical thinking 

Finally the Execution of the above mentioned objectives and Improvisation are vital to achieve success. Students who follow the above steps are likely to clear their exam in the first attempt.

What do I need to study for Legal Reasoning in CLAT?

Candidates need to invest time in reading articles and passages related to static and current ongoing legal issues.

It is advisable to cover all the legal issues from the last 10 months and read about them and jott  down the important points .

Candidates need to pay special attention to the landmark judgments pronounced and important cases from the last year. 

It is also important to read about the new amendments and enactments done in both the sessions of the parliament.

Reading such legal cases will give you a clear picture of the case and prepare you will for facing the passage during the exam. It will help you in selecting the right option and save your time.

Improving  your legal vocabulary is of great importance like the legal jargons, legal terms, foreign phrases, and maxims etc used in law.

To improve and to get a hold of these words make a list of all the legal jargons that you come across with their meaning and keep revising these multiple times till you have the clear picture of these jargons and phrases.

How can any person pass the CLAT exam in 30 days?

Students can enroll in the crash courses which are being offered at very minimal price. The students get the guidance from the expert faculty as well as all the tips and tricks to crack the exam with the available study material.

Which book should I prefer to prepare for CLAT 2021?

Few of the recommended books for CLAT are given below.

  1. Word Power Made Easy

  2. Butterworths

  3. Lexis Nexis

  4. Analytical Reasoning

  5. Verbal Reasoning

  6. Analytical and Logical Reasoning

  7. Objective Arithmetic

  8. GK Today

  9. Manorama Year Book

  10. India Year Book

  11. Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

As the time is limited and students need to gear up it is advisable that students prepare from the study materials which are updated every year for the best results of the students 

Is it worth dropping a year to prepare for the CLAT?

Students can start preparing for CLAT 2021 while they are studying for their 12th. If the candidate is not able to clear the exam in the first attempt or hasn’t prepared well for the CLAT exam he or she can take a year drop and prepare well for the examination to get admission in the top notch NLU’s. Dropping a year for better preparation is completely fine as a student's career depends on that.

Which is the best coaching to prepare the CLAT?

The best coaching for preparing for CLAT are many but it depends on where the student resides. The best way to solve the dilemma is enrolling in the Online Coaching for CLAT where the students can stay at home and prepare for their exam without relocating. During this pandemic it is advisable to stay at home. Hence, enrolling into Online coaching for CLAT is the best option for a candidate.

How to crack the CLAT without coaching?

  • It is difficult to visit coachings due to the pandemic and sit in institutes for hours to prepare for the CLAT. Hence, the easiest and safest place is to study online at home.

  • You are just a click away to gain all the knowledge without going anywhere. 

  • To study at home the candidates need to make their mindset to study online and that is it.

  • You are ready to move with your further preparation. 

  • You need to plan your strategy and execute it. 

  • Start understanding the syllabus and the exam pattern. 

  • Start preparing and taking mock tests regularly. 

  • Solve previous years question papers.

  • Now is the time to gear up and start preparing as the exams are due in a few months.

What steps should be taken to crack the CLAT exam?

The very first step to crack CLAT is Planning 

Then the second step is about gaining knowledge.

The third step is to achieve analytical thinking 

Finally the Execution of the above mentioned objectives and Improvisation are vital to achieve success. Students who follow the above steps are likely to clear their exam in the first attempt.

What is the exam pattern for CLAT 2021?

 

Mode of Examination

Offline

Number of Sections

LLB- 5 Sections

LLM – 3 sections

Nature of Questions

Objective type (MCQs)

Total Questions

150

Marking Scheme

1 mark for  each correct question

Negative Marking

0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer

Duration of the exam 

2 hours

I'm in class 10. How can I prepare for CLAT?

Yes you can start the CLAT preparation whenever you want to. Hence, you have a lot of time to prepare for CLAT. You can start with the basics like making a habit of reading the newspapers regularly and daily. Try to understand the legal terms and where they are used. This much is enough for a class 10th student.

What is the syllabus of the CLAT 2021?

Check out the Syllabus for CLAT 2021 here 

 

 

Does the CLAT syllabus change every year?

No, the CLAT syllabus doesn’t change every year. The Syllabus was updated and so the same has been updated on the syllabus given above. 

Which is a better online class for the CLAT 2021?

The Online course by Safalta is one of the best online class for CLAT 2021 

Which test is more worth giving LSAT or CLAT?

Both the tests are worth giving.

CLAT gives you admission offers of one particular NLU based on your rank and preference. And, sometimes this law school may not be the preferred choice for you where you wish to spend 5-years of your life and career. Hence, it is advisable that writing the below exams are crucial for a 5-year LLB aspirant in India to have multiple admission offers so as to make the best choice

  1. CLAT for 18 NLUs including NLSIU, NALSAR, NUJS, NLU Jodhpur, NLIU Bhopal, GNLU, HNLU & other 11 newer NLUs.

  2. LSAT—India for Jindal Global Law School & over 70 other law colleges

  3. SET for Symbiosis Law Schools in Pune/Noida/Hyderabad

  4. AILET for NLU Delhi

  5. CET of GGSIU Delhi for USLLS of GGSIU, ALS Delhi, VIPS etc.

What is the AILET exam pattern?

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is a national level entrance examination. It will be conducted by the National Law University (NLU) only once in a year. Candidates will get admission in LL.M, 5 year B.A LL.B and Ph.D. programmes. Candidates will be able to get admission in NLUs in all over India only after qualifying the examination.

 Candidates must go through following details regarding AILET Exam Pattern:

  • Exam Mode: The examination will be organized via offline mode.

  • Medium: Question paper will be in English medium.

  • Time Duration: Candidates will get 1 hour 30 minutes to solve the question paper.

  • Questions Type: The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) will be asked in the question paper.

  • Total Questions: There will be a total 150 questions in the examination.

  • Marking Scheme: Each correct answer will consist of 1 mark.

  • Negative marking: 0.25 marks will get deducted for each wrong answer.

What is the procedure to pursue LLB after 12th?

These are the law courses after 12th available in India.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) – 3 years- LLB is one of the most commonly opted for law courses after 12th, and its duration is 3 years.
Integrated undergraduate degrees – B.A. LL.B., B.Sc. LL.B., BBA LLB, B.Com LL.B – 5 years.
If you want to take up the integrated course, then you can get admission to the 5-year integrated programme after the completion of 10+2 exams.

What are the names of Government Law Colleges that take admission on CLAT score?

CLAT Government Law Colleges

  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore       

  • Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur   

  • National Law University, New Delhi

  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal             

  • National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad    

  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar   

  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur   

  • Tamil Nadu National Law School     

  • West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata      

  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna             

  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow           

  • National Law University Odisha, Cuttack               

  • Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala     

  • National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati             

  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakapatnam             

  • National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi             

  • Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai 

  • Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur                

  • Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Which private colleges accept CLAT scores?

CLAT Private Law Colleges

  • Amity University. Noida

  • Alliance University, Bangalore 

  • Bennett University (Times of India Group)

  • Asian Law College, Noida

  • Delhi Institute of Rural Development(D.I.R.D.), Holambi, Delhi

  • Azim Premji University, Bengaluru

  • IFIM Law College, Bengaluru

  • Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat

  • Jagannath University, Jaipur

  • Disha Law College, Raipur

  • Galgotias University, Greater Noida

  • Ramaiah Institute of Legal Studies (RILS), Bengaluru

  • Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad

  • Harlal Law of School, Greater Noida

  • Indore Institute of Law, Indore

  • MATS University, Raipur

  • Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR

  • JECRC University, Jaipur

  • JIMS Engineering Management Technical Campus of Law, Greater Noida

  • Maharaja Surajmal Brij University, Bharatpur

  • Manipal University, Jaipur

  • Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida

  • JECRC University, Jaipur

  • Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

  • Mewar University, Chittorgarh

  • NIMT Institute of Method and Law( NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanun Sansthan, Delhi NCR)

  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies(NMIMS)(Deemed to be University), Mumbai

  • RNB Global University, Bikaner

  • Renaissance Law college, Indore

  • Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore

  • SRM University, Haryana

  • Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun

  • School of Law, The Northcap University, Gurugram, Haryana

  • Dr. K.N. Modi University, Rajasthan

  • Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur

  • Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot

  • United world School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar

  • Reva University, Bangalore

  • Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University

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