Things you must know about CLAT

What is CLAT?

CLAT – Common Law Admission Test is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered by 22 NLUs (except NLU Delhi) and other private law schools accepting exam scores. Some public organisations such as ONGC and BHEL also use CLAT-PG scores for recruitment. Every year thousands of students appear for the exam; in 2021, a total of 70,277 candidates registered, out of which 62,106 appeared for the exam.

The CLAT question paper for UG courses comprises 150 comprehension-based multiple-choice questions (MCQs) from five subjects, including English Language, General Awareness, Current Legal Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques, and Logical Reasoning. In this article, we’ve discussed various aspects of the CLAT exam. To know more, read further.

List of 23 participating NLUs

Here is the list of 23 National Law Universities that accept CLAT scores.

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  3. National Law Institute University Bhopal
  4. National Law University Jodhpur
  5. NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad
  6. Gujarat National Law University
  7. Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur
  8. National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi
  9. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow
  10. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala
  11. Chanakya National Law University Patna
  12. National Law University Odisha Cuttack
  13. Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Visakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli
  17. National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi
  18. Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur
  19. Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla
  20. Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad
  21. Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
  22. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, Sonepat
  23. National Law University, Delhi

CLAT 2022 Seat Matrix

All the NLUs segregate the seats as per candidate’s category. The total number of seats offered by them is around 2175. The distribution of seats is done considering the following category of seats:

  • Number of All India Seats for the undergraduate programme in NLUs is 1308.
  • The number of seats offered to candidates of the state where NLU is located is 621.
  • The number of Special Category seats available is 235.

Also read – NLU Seat Allocation

CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Duration2 hours
ModeOffline mode
Number of Questions150
Type of QuestionsObjective-type questions 
Total Marks150
Marking scheme+1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.-0.25 marks for an incorrect answer.
Language of Exam English

CLAT 2022 Syllabus 

TopicsNumber of questionsPercentage weightage
English Language28-32 questions20%
Legal Reasoning35-39 questions25%
Logical Reasoning28-32 questions20%
Quantitative Techniques13-17 questions10%
General Awareness35-39 questions25%

Overview of the Subjects

  1. Comprehension-based questions: The question paper will have passages of around 300-450 words each. Each passage will follow a series of questions derived from the passage.
  2. Quantitative section: The Quantitative section will have questions based on “short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, pictorial, or other textual, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information.”
  3. English Language: This section will test the candidates’ proficiency in the English language based on comprehension passages and Grammar. You are required to read and comprehend the passage and draw inferences and conclusions.
  4. Legal Reasoning: This section will test your problem-solving ability. Students will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues so they can apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.
  5. Logical Reasoning: The purpose of this section is to test your logical ability and rectify illogical arguments. You need to critically analyse the questions and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence.
  6. General Awareness: CLAT aspirants will be tested on their general awareness. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing.
  7. Standard of questions: The undergraduate exam will be of 10+2 standard.
  8. Skills tested: The paper will test the candidate on a number of parameters, including their ability to read and comprehend, think critically, and do analytical thinking.

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