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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an All India Entrance Examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. 

The 17 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
National Academy of Legal Study and Research 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 (NLUJ)
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, Punjab (RGNUL)
Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)

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There is no fixed syllabus for CLAT

1. English (including Comprehension)

The English section will test the candidate's 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, fill in blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

  • English Vocabulary                 
  • Synonyms                 
  • Antonyms                 
  • Analogies English Proficiency                 
  • Idioms And Phrases                 
  • One Word Substitution                 
  • Sentence Improvement                 
  • Rearrangement of Words in Sentence                 
  • Rearrangement of Sentence in Paragraph                 
  • Fill in The Blanks                 
  • Cloze Tests English Usage Errors                 
  • Common Errors                 
  • Spotting Errors                 
  • Inappropriate Usage of Words                 
  • Spelling Mistakes (English Usage) English Comprehension

2. General Knowledge And Current Affairs
Assessment of general awareness i.e.
  • Static general knowledge.  
  • Current affairs (national and international)
  • Current events in the area of Economics, Science, Technology, Sports, Persons and Places, Computer Awareness, Books and Authors 

3. Mathematics
This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths covered up to class 10.
  • Number Theory
  • Number Systems                
  • Surds and Indices                 
  • Square Roots                 
  • Fractions And Decimals                 
  • LCM and HCF                 
  • Simplification                 
  • Approximations                 
  • Ratio And Proportion                 
  • Averages                 
  • Logarithms 
  • Commercial Maths                 
  • Interest                 
  • Percentage                 
  • Profit And Loss                 
  • Partnership                 
  • Discounts 
  • Mensuration- Areas And Volumes
  • Time and Work

4.Legal Aptitude 
This section tests candidate 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 
It tests the candidate ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. It seems visual reasoning is not tested.

  • Reasoning Tests
  • Direction and Distance Test
  • Analogy Test
  • Classification (Odd Man Out) Test
  • Coding-Decoding Test
  • Number Test
  • Series Test
  • Relationships Test
  • Alphabet Test
  • Ranking Tests
  • Time Sequence Test
  • Logic Tests
  • Statements Assumptions
  • Statements Arguments
  • Statements Conclusions
  • Statements Action