CLAT- Common Law Admission Test for NLUs

What is CLAT?
The Common Law Admission Test or as it is commonly referred to, ‘CLAT’ is the main exam for admission in any of the 21 National Law Universities. Now the exam is conducted annually as earlier CLAT was conducted on a rotational basis by the National Law Universities (NLU’s). However, from 2019 onwards, the exam is being organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities and it is being conducted by NLU, Odisha.
Law and legal services are among the most reputed and revered profession as the requirement of the legal representatives in the society is quite sought after. The first and foremost step to get into the shoes of legal personnel is to get educated in law. For seeking admission in the best of law colleges in India, more than 60,000 students appeared for the CLAT in 2019, a number that goes on increasing every year.
Law aspirants have to get best ranks in CLAT who want to get admission in the top National Law Universities such as, National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru, NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad, National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal and many others.
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Why CLAT?
Avenues to a prosperous and a challenging career are ascertained for the law graduates of National Law Universities. Since CLAT is the gateway to NLU’s, other than those in Delhi, acquiring legal education is a prudent choice for a bright career.
Law firms handpick and hire fresh and knowledgeable law graduates from NLU’s and best law colleges at a whooping packages ranging from Rs. 8 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh per annum.
Other than working for the popular law firms, best law pass-outs also choose to work with established advocates, although they are paid between Rs. 3lakh to Rs. 5lakh. The objective of such new lawyers working under the established ones is to learn the stratagems and tactics of the legal profession.
Apart from private practice and joining a legal firm, new lawyers from NLU’s and SLS’s can venture for the legal arenas such as Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Rights, Arbitration, Taxation and Competition Law, to mention a few, and thus are no longer restricting themselves to traditional areas of civil or criminal sides.      
Teaching as a lecturer or a professor in law colleges is yet another profession that a law graduate can go for. The teaching profession does not demand any prior experience as legal personnel. There is respect, socialization, enthusiasm, and contented earning in the teaching profession of a law.
Therefore choosing law education from the colleges considering the CLAT, you not only earn honourable degrees, you also enter a respectable, lucrative, and a challenging profession which is full of excitement and enthusiasm at the same time.
What are CLAT eligibility criteria?
CLAT 2020: Eligibility for Undergraduate Programs
A candidate should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam with the following percentage:-
  • 45% marks for candidates belonging to the General/OBC/Specially-abled Persons (SAP) category.
  • 40% marks for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST category.
  • Any candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 10+2 in the months of March/April 2020 can also appear for this examination. However, they should be able to produce sufficient evidence to prove that they have passed 10+2 at the time of admission.
CLAT 2020: Eligibility for Postgraduate Programs
LL.B. or equivalent degree in law examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of General/OBC/SAP categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category.
  • Candidates who will be appearing in the qualifying examination in March 2020 will also be eligible for appearing in the CLAT 2020 examination. However, they will be required to produce evidence of their having passed the qualifying examination at the allotted National Law Universities at the time of admission.
Earlier the age criteria for appearing in CLAT were:
  1. Twenty (20) years of age as on 1st July, 2020 for candidates belonging to unreserved categories.
  2. Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July, 2020 for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Specially-abled Persons/Persons with disabilities (SAP/PWD) categories.
CLAT 2020 Core Committee will be continuing with the same age limit till the same is reviewed by the Honourable Supreme Court of India.
However, as per the revised standards, there will be no upper age limit for UG Program in CLAT 2020.
What is the selection procedure to the law colleges after qualifying CLAT?
CLAT is designed to test the aspirants on their knowledge of English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Mathematics. The exam has been designed in such a way that it tests all the essential parameters of the students such as knowledge, speed, accuracy, comprehending abilities and interpretational skills. Each and every skill required to become a successful lawyer gets tested in CLAT. In order to ace CLAT, an aspirant must have an in-depth understanding of the CLAT exam pattern to devise a strong strategy for the exam and to be able to attempt all the 4 sections with proficiency and expertise.
The following analysis would give you a clear picture of the CLAT paper pattern and help in your preparation:-
Nomenclature
Sections
Number of Sections
4
Sections
English including comprehension; General Knowledge and Current Affairs; Elementary Mathematics; Logical Reasoning
Total no. of questions
120-150
Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
Yes (0.25 deducted for a wrong answer)
Mode of Examination
Offline
Telegram Group
Once the CLAT results have been declared, aspirants need to take part in CLAT centralized counseling process which is conducted by the CLAT Consortium. Post the written exam, the applicants are screened based on their CLAT score and called for the counseling round by the institutes they indicated in their choice in the online form. It is through this counseling process that candidates can secure admission in UG and PG programmes offered by different National Law Universities. A total of 4 merit lists are released. Aspirants who do not make it to the first merit list have to wait for the second merit list and so forth. 
Admissions to the coveted National Law Universities in India are on the basis of CLAT score only. Therefore, you need to clear the cut offs to get into your dream institute. So, it is very important to score well in each section of the test.
Hoping that the given information on CLAT, its scope after completing a law degree, and details for the selection to NLU’s, help CLAT aspirants and other candidates seeking information about CLAT. Wishing a happy preparation journey to CLAT and law entrance exam aspirants.