FAQs - CLAT 2014
- What is CLAT?
- Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by fourteen National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (Under-Graduate Programme)Q.1 When will be the Common Law Admission Test – 2014 held?
- Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Under-Graduate Programme
A.1 The date of Common Law Admission Test – 2014 is 11th May, 2014 (Sunday) between 3:00pm to 5:00 pm.
Q.2 Which National Law University is the Organizing University of CLAT-2014?
A.2 Gujarat National Law University, Attalika Avenue, Knowledge Corridor, Koba, Gandhinagar, Gujarat – 382007 (Website: www.gnlu.ac.in)
Q.3 Which are the National Law Universities/Institutes that are part of the CLAT-2014?
A.3 The National Law Universities/Institutes that are part of the CLAT-2014 according to their year of establishment are:
1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
2. NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
3. The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala
10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam, Guwahati
Q.4 What is the eligibility criteria for candidates (Indian Nationals only) seeking admission through CLAT-2014 in Undergraduate Courses?
A.4 The eligibility criteria for candidates (Indian Nationals only) seeking admission through CLAT-2014 in Undergraduate Courses shall be as per the following:
(a) The candidate by 1st July 2014 must not have attained the age of:
(i) Twenty (20) years in case of General/OBC and Other category candidates, and
(ii) Twenty Two (22) years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) category candidates
(b) As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
(i) Forty five percent (45%) marks in case belongs to General/OBC/PWD and other category, and
(ii) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case belongs to SC/ST category.
(c) The result of qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course. No provisional admission shall be provided to those candidates who are not submitting the result of the qualifying examination (i.e. 10+2) at the time of admission.
(d) Those appearing in qualifying examination in March/April 2014 are also eligible to apply. No provisional admission shall be provided to those candidates who are not submitting the result of the qualifying examination at the time of admission/within the timeframe prescribed by the respective Universities/ Institutes.
Q.5 What will be the procedure to break the tie in case of equal marks secured by the candidates appearing the CLAT?
A.5 In case of equal marks secured by candidates, the procedure to break the tie will be as per the following order:
(i) Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT-2014
(ii) Higher age
(iii) Computerized draw of lots
Q.6 When will be the first Admission Notification of CLAT-2014 be issued?
A.6 The first Admission Notification of CLAT-2014 will be issued in the month of December, 2013.
Q.7 Where will be the Information Brochure of CLAT-2014 available?
A.7 The CLAT-2014 Information Brochure can be downloaded from the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) as well as the websites of the member NLUs.
Q.8 From which date the online Application Form and Information Brochure can be accessed?
A.8 The Application Forms and Information Brochure will be accessible from 1st January 2014 (Wednesday).
Q.9 What will be the duration between which the online Application From can be submitted?
A.9 The submission of online Application Forms can be done between 1st January, 2014 (Wednesday) to 31st March, 2014 (Monday, 11:59 p.m.).
Q.10 How can the Foreign Nationals take admission in various NLUs?
A.10 Foreign Nationals need not take the CLAT-2014 for admission in various NLUs. They can contact/visit the website of respective NLUs of interest to know the procedure of admission.
Q.11 What is the procedure to take admission under the NRI/NRI sponsored seats in various NLUs?
A.11 The candidate interested in seeking admission in any of the NLUs under the NRI/NRI sponsored seat shall undertake the CLAT-2014. The admission will be based on the merit in CLAT-2014. The students are also simultaneously required to complete the formalities of the respective universities, if any, for which the candidate need to, contact the respective university of interest for further information.
Q.12 How much fees shall be remitted for filling-up of CLAT-2014 Application Form?
A.12 The fees to be remitted while submitting the Application Form of CLAT-2014 shall be as per the following:
o For General/OBC/PWD and other category candidates: ` 4000/-.
o For SC/ST category candidates: ` 3500/-.
The candidates will have to bear the bank transaction costs for remitting the fee online while submitting the application form.
Q.13 How much fees shall be remitted for procuring the previous CLAT Question paper Booklets.
A.13 Previous Years Question Paper Booklets can be procured both online and offline by remitting a charge of ` 250/-. For procuring the Booklets via post from CLAT Office (at GNLU) an additional amount of ` 150/- shall be provided towards postal charges. The supply will start after the notification of CLAT-2014.
Q.14 Which will be the various modes of submission of application forms for CLAT-2014 by prospective applicants?
A.14 There will be only one mode of submission of Application Forms i.e. online.
Q.15 Which are the cities where the admission test will be conducted?
A.15 The Admission Test will be conducted at 21 cities (cities of the 14 participating Universities + 7 cities such as Jaipur, Chandigarh, Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Jammu and Siliguri).
If sufficient numbers of applications (i .e. minimum 100) are not received for any City/ Centre, conduct of examination at that City/Centre may be cancelled and such candidates may be allotted a Test City/Centre according to the second and third preference furnished by them.
Q.16 What will be the pattern of questions for admission to UG Courses in CLAT-2014?
A.16 The CLAT-2014 Question Paper for UG courses shall have multiple choice type questions as per the following scheme:
(a) Maximum Marks : 200
(b) Duration of CLAT-2014 : 02:00 Hours
(c) Total Number of Questions : 200
(d) Subject areas with weightage:
1. English including Comprehension : 40 Marks
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 50 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) : 20 Marks
4. Legal Aptitude : 50 Marks
5. Logical Reasoning : 40 Marks
(e) Negative Marking: 0.25 Mark/wrong answer
There shall be a system of negative marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers.
(f) Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
1. English including comprehension
The English section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.
This section will test candidate's knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths taught up to Class X.
4. Legal Aptitude
This section will test candidate's interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
5. Logical Reasoning
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability 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.
The OMR sheets shall be darkened with black ball point pen only and the candidates shall not be allowed to carry the Question papers.
Q. 17 From where is the Domicile Certificate issued?
A. 17 Domicile certificate is issued by Government Offices, which may differ depending on the state. Only those candidates need to upload the domicile certificate who wish to take admission under this category in a specific University. If a candidate has applied for the domicile certificate now and it will take time to get the certificate, then the candidate can even upload the attested photocopy of the payment receipt received from the Government Office.
Q. 18 Is there any cut-off marks to clear the CLAT Exam?
A. 18 No. On the basis of Merit list, the candidate will be eligible to proceed with the admission.
Q. 19 Old CLAT question papers can be available without registration?
A. 19 No.
Q. 20 Do Candidate Photograph, Candidate Signature & Parents/Guardian Signature photocopies are to be attested?
A. 20 No. Apart from the above mentioned photocopies, all the other photocopies are to be attested by a Gazetted Officer not related to the candidate.
Q. 21 What is the minimum percentage (%age) rate required for PWD candidates?
A. 21 Percentage (%age) of disability should be equal to/above 40% for consideration under the PWD category.
Q. 22 How many years of Question Booklets are available on CLAT website?
A. 22 CLAT Previous Year's Question Booklet (2008-2013).
Q. 23 For Assam Candidates, from where the North-East certificates issued?
A. 23 For North-Eastern states, there Domicile certificate is the proof.
Q. 24 Candidates appearing for their 12th boards (2014) are eligible for CLAT? (Appearing candidate)
A. 24 Yes. Appearing in the 12th board examination in the month of March/April, 2014.
Q. 25 When is the HSC (12th Boards) Certificate not required?
A. 25 For those Candidates who are appearing for their HSC (12th Boards) Examination in 2014, are not required to attach (/upload) the HSC Marksheet/Certificate. The candidates have to select ‘Appearing’ status for the same while filling up the form.
- Total Marks-200
- Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each- 200
- Duration of examination - Two Hours
- Subject areas with weightage:
- English including Comprehension 40 Marks
- General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 Marks
- Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
- Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
- Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
- English including Comprehension The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
- General Knowledge/Current Affairs This section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between March 2011 and March 2012)
- Mathematics This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths that is taught up to the class X.
- Logical Reasoning The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the student’s ability 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.
- Legal Aptitude This section will test students only on “legal aptitude”. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition might 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). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself. For example, if the word patent is used, the meaning of patent (“a legal monopoly granted by the government for certain kinds of inventions”) will also be explained.
In event of tie between two or more candidates in the CLAT, tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:
- Higher marks in the section of Legal aptitude in CLAT-2012,
- Higher age and
- Computerized draw of lots
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