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.
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
- National Law Institute University Bhopal
- National Law University Jodhpur
- NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad
- Gujarat National Law University
- Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala
- Chanakya National Law University Patna
- National Law University Odisha Cuttack
- Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai
- National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Visakhapatnam
- Tamil Nadu National Law University Tiruchirapalli
- National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi
- Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur
- Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla
- Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad
- Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Rai, Sonepat
- 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
|Number of Questions||150|
|Type of Questions||Objective-type questions|
|Marking scheme||+1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.-0.25 marks for an incorrect answer.|
|Language of Exam||English|
|Topics||Number of questions||Percentage weightage|
|English Language||28-32 questions||20%|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39 questions||25%|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 questions||20%|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17 questions||10%|
|General Awareness||35-39 questions||25%|
Overview of the Subjects
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Standard of questions: The undergraduate exam will be of 10+2 standard.
- 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.
Stay tuned for more updates on CLAT preparation.
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