FAQs - CLAT 2012
- 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).
- No. With CLAT you can apply only to the fourteen participating National Law Universities i.e. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU), NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR), The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU), The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS), National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU), Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU), Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU), Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL), Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU), National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS), National Law University, Orissa (NLUO), National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL) and National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLSJA)
- CLAT Information Brochure can be purchased from any of the fourteen participating universities or from various State Bank of India branches from across the country. See \'Locate Prospectus distribution center\' section on the website (www.clat.ac.in) for State Bank of India where from CLAT Information Brochure can be purchased.
- CLAT Information Brochure would cost Rs.3000/- and Rs. 2500/- (for SC/ST/PWD).
- Information about all participating universities is included in the CLAT Information Brochure.
- The application form for CLAT 2012 is sold along with the CLAT Information Brochure.
- CLAT 2012 has been slightly revamped. Please see CLAT Information Brochure for more information including on the pattern of examination paper and weightage of different subject areas.
- For the under-graduate (LL.B) programme - To be eligible to appear for CLAT-2012, a candidate should have passed his/her Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability)*. Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and PWD)* as on 1st July, 2012.
- For the post-graduate (LL.M) programme - To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2012 a candidate should have obtained a LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognised University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC/ST /OBC and PWD)*. There is no age limit for applying for post-graduate programme.
* Subject to state reservation at the University concerned.
- Information regarding details of intake, reservation, courses offered along with the fee structure and further details can be had from the CLAT Information Brochure 2012, CLAT website and website of concerned University.
- Foreign nationals are not permitted to sit for CLAT-2012. Those desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.
However if you are a foreign national and hold either a PIO or OCI card, you would have parity with NRIs in educational fields. Please see(http://mha.nic.in/pdfs/oci-chart.pdf) for more information.
- The domicile certificate would be required to claim an admission under the domicile/state reservation of the respective state law universities. Domicile can be obtained by birth and this may be proved through birth / residential certificate issued by competent authority.
Candidates falling under \'Other\' in domicile category are not required to submit any certificate.
Please see (http://india.gov.in/howdo/howdoi.php?service=5) for more information.
- The past four years CLAT question papers will be available at all the 14 National Law Universities on payment of Rs. 100/- (Rs. One Hundred Only). The question papers can also be obtained by post from National Law University, Jodhpur. Candidates must enclose a demand draft of Rs. 150/- (Rs. One Hundred Fifty Only) in favour of “National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C” payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan). Application requesting the question paper should be addressed to The Convenor, Common Law Admission Test, CLAT 2012, National Law University, Jodhpur, NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore, Jodhpur - 342304 (Rajasthan). The application can be made on a plain piece of paper and should contain the following information - a) Name, b) Complete Postal Address including pincode, c) Contact Number(Landline and Mobile), and d) Email id.
- No, there is NO negative marking for CLAT 2012.
- There is no proforma for the application requesting CLAT Information Brochure 2012. The request can be made on a plain piece of paper. But the application must be addressed to
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - 2012,
National Law University, Jodhpur
NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore
Jodhpur 342 304 (Rajasthan)
and contain the following information - a) Name, b)Complete Postal Address including pincode, c) Contact Number (Landline and Mobile), and d)Email id.
- No. The CLAT Information Brochure 2012 would contain the CLAT Application Form.
- There are certain educational qualifications/ system which are recognised by Government of India as equivalent to \'Senior Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2)\'. More information can be obtained from (http://www.educationindia4u.nic.in/structure.asp)
- No, paramilitary forces does not fall in the category of Defence Personnel
Eligibility for Under-Graduate ProgrammesTo be eligible to appear in CLAT-2012, a candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent qualification from a recognised Board with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PWD).** Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.o Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and persons with Disability)** as on 1st July, 2012.
o The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.
** Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.
19. Mode of Admission
- Admission to LL.B. courses The basic principle of admission to LL.B. Courses through CLAT will remain the same i.e. merit cum preference. The institute-wise preferences shall be obtained from the candidates in the application form itself. The first merit list of the candidates will be made available to the respective participating institute as per merit cum preference basis. This list (institute-wise allotment) will be published along with the declaration of the result itself and the candidates will be asked to deposit their full fees with the respective Law Schools/ Universities allotted to them. The eligibility criteria will be checked by the respective Law Schools/Universities at the time of admission.
In case a vacancy exists in any Law School/University after completion of the formalities related to First List, the second merit list will be declared including the list of re-shuffled candidates. If any candidate who has deposited fee earlier is shifted to other Law Schools/Universities of higher preference; his/her total fees will be transferred accordingly and any difference in the fees shall be taken care of by the concerned Law School/ University where the candidate is finally allotted a seat.
All offers of admission by CLAT-2012 shall be provisional and shall not create any right to admission in favour of a candidate. CLAT-2012 will not be responsible for any expenditure incurred by the candidate on travel etc.
Under no circumstances shall change of University be allowed after a candidate is admitted to a University.
20. PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING AND SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION FORMS:
- Mode of obtaining Application form
- Printed Application Forms along with the CLAT-2012 Information Brochure will be available at the designated branches (refer-www.clat.ac.in)* of the State Bank of India, or in any of Law Schools mentioned above against payment of Rs.3000/- only (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST/PWD on submission of proof) inclusive of test fee and bank charges.
- Request for Application Form may be sent to the Convener, CLAT-2012, National Law University, Jodhpur, NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore, Jodhpur -342 304 (Raj.) with a demand-draft of Rs.3000/- only (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST/PWD) drawn in favour of the National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
- Candidates can also apply online by visiting and following the instructions given at www.clat.ac.in*
- Applications can also be downloaded from www.clat.ac.in*
- Duly filled OMR application form along with necessary documents as mentioned in the OMR application form to The Convener, CLAT-2012 either in person or through registered post to the following address so as to reach on or before 31 March 2012. The address for sending the filled in forms is:
- Candidates applying on downloaded application forms must enclose Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque/ Pay order of Rs.3000/- (Rs.2500/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in favour of "National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C" and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
- Candidates applying online should have a demand draft of Rs.3000/- (Rs.2500/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in favour of "National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C" and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan)ready before starting the procedure.
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - 2012
National Law University, Jodhpur
NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore,
Jodhpur (Raj.)-342 304.
- 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
UNDER-GRADUATE PROGRAMME OFFERED BY THE NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES
[Five year integrated B.A./B.Sc.*/B.B.A.^/BSW^^/ B.Com.^^ LL.B (Hons.) Degree Courses]
*Offered by NUJS, NLU Jodhpur and GNLU.
^Offered by GNLU, NLU Jodhpur and NLUO.
^^Offered by GNLU.