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The Common law Admission Test (CLAT), is a centralized test that was created for the convenience of students who want to pursue their future in top Law colleges under the Memorandum of Understandings (MoU). It is an All India Level Entrance Exam that is conducted on rotation basis by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admission into their undergraduate as well as post graduate programs such as LLB and LLM.

The test can be taken after higher secondary examination or after their 12th exam for admission into integrated undergraduate programs in Law and they can apply after graduation for Masters in Law (LL.M).

The 18 participating NLUs in their order of year of joining the combined CLAT exam are:

    National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)   - 2008    
    National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad - 2008
    National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU) - 2008
    The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS) - 2008
    National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ) - 2008
    Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU) - 2008
    Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU) - 2008
    Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU) - 2009
    Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL) - 2009
    Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU) - 2009
    National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS) - 2009
    National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO) - 2012
    National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL) - 2012
    National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati (NLUJAA) - 2012
    Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU) - 2014
    The TamilNadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS) - 2015
    Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU) - 2016
    Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU) - 2016


Online Registration Starts:      
Sunday, 01 January 2017

Online Registration Closes:
Friday, 31 March 2017

CLAT Exam Date & Time:
Sunday, 14 May 2017; 3 to 5 PM

CLAT Result Declaration :
Monday, 29 May 2017


Before the introduction of CLAT, the autonomous law schools in India conducted their own entrance examinations, requiring the candidate to prepare and appear separately for each of the examinations. The time of the administration of these tests sometimes conflicted with the other or with other major entrance tests such as the Indian Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Examination and the All India Pre Medical Test. This caused students to miss tests and experience much stress.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Vice Chancellors of the seven National Law University on 23 November 2007 to conduct a common admission test. This year 17 National Law University will be taking candidates for their courses in Law through this exam. The Common Law Admission Test will be conducted each year by each of the law colleges and the responsibility of conducting the exam will be rotated and given on the basis of seniority.


Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Admission to the Under-Graduate Programme


Total Marks


Total number of questions


Duration of examination

2 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

 Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.


The different subject areas of the exam are explained as under:


1. English Including Comprehension

 The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section will focus on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc..


2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be assessed on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidate’s knowledge on current affairs.


3. Mathematics

This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics taught up to Class X.


4. Legal Aptitude

This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions asked may comprise of legal propositions/ principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/ principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion. Such propositions may or may not be ‘true’ in the real sense; yet the candidates will have to assume that the given propositions are true and answer the questions accordingly. An example of such legal proposition may 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.


5. Logical Reasoning

The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’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.



Total questions: 200

Total marks: 200

Total duration: 120 minutes

Negative marking: 1/4th or - 0.25


It always feels good to be back to normal. CLAT 2016 just did a “Ghar Wapsi” by toning down the level of difficulty and using standard pattern of questions. By giving clear instructions for ‘Principle-Fact’ based questions in Legal Reasoning section, CLAT authorities reduced the scope of ambiguity. On a lighter note, this would surely reduce the number of cases that are filed against authorities after exam. There was one visible formatting error in Mathematics section. In a quadratic equation, the superscript of power 2 was seen as normal 2. No other errors have been reported so far. Overall the test ended with a very positive note.



No of question

Suggested time (in minutes)

Difficulty level

Good attempts

Good score

Logical Reasoning


30 to 35




Legal Aptitude


30 to 35




Elementary Mathematics


15 to 20




English & Comprehension


25 to 30




General Knowledge & Current Affairs


10 to 15










Predicted scores for

Total Score

Top 100 Rank


Top 500 Rank


Top 1000 Rank


Top 1500 Rank



Section: Elementary Mathematics

No. Of questions: 20


As compared to last year, this year the section was more comprehensive in break-up of questions. Last year there were no questions on Number system while this year there was 4 questions. Two questions did surprise students, one on Stocks and one on Trigo. Question on clock was slightly time consuming. Otherwise most of the questions could have been solved in less than 1 minute per question. Overall the section can be classified as moderate. Good score in this section could be 12+.


Section: English & Comprehension

No. Of questions: 40


This was probably the easiest section of all. Entire focus was on Grammar and vocabulary. Surprisingly there were 5 questions on identifying correct spelling. Most of the questions were easy and could have been attempted in 20 sections per question. Idioms and phrases had two legal maxims but both were simple enough. There was only 1 passage in comprehension carrying 10 marks and that too was easy. Overall time spent could not have been more than 30 minutes. Student, who has good command over vocabulary, would have attempted 37+ questions with 90% accuracy. Good score in this section could be 33+.


Section: Logical Reasoning

No. Of questions: 40


Compared to last year, Logical Reasoning section was such a relief this year. With standard break-up of questions like Statement & Assumption, Cause & Effect, Series, Blood Relation, Puzzles, Syllogism, Analogies and Misc logic based questions, the section could have attracted almost full attempts. Overall a well prepared student could have easily attempted 36+ questions with 90% accuracy. Good score in this section could be 30+.


Section: General Awareness and Current Affairs

No. Of questions: 50


G. K. Was again on expected lines. This section had most questions on current affairs. There were few ambiguous questions. This section would have given advantage to students preparing for the whole year. Overall, this section can be considered moderate. Thus GK is going to be the differentiator. Good attempts in this section could be 38+ while good score could be 33+.


Section: Legal Aptitude

No. Of questions: 50


Legal aptitude section was a mixed bag of legal reasoning & legal knowledge questions. Legal aptitude had more of PRINCIPLE based questions(35) and the remaining 15 were knowledge based. Most of the principle based questions were from standard areas torts, contract, crime, constitution etc… Overall the section can be considered easy. Student with average skills would have attempted 42+ questions in 35 minutes. Good score in this section could be 36+

Overall level: Easy-Moderate
Cut-offs: General aspirants may consider the score in the range of 122 to 126.

We wish all the students good luck for their result.


Some Questions from CLAT 2016 (Memory Based)


Beyond the lines – an autobiography –

Kuldeep Nayar


Chairman of National Green Tribunal?

Justice Swatanter Kumar


Chairman of National Human Rights Commission?

HL Dattu


Chairperson of NITI Aayog?

Narendra Modi


Crime and punishment is a book by –

Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Currency of Thailand?

Thai Baht


Fastest planet that revolves around the sun?



Femina Miss India 2016 and is going to represent India in the global comp.-

Priyadarshini Chaterjee


First blind-friendly railway station in India?



First developed nation to default on an International Monetary Fund loan?



First even woman gymnast from India to qualify for Olympics?

Dipa Karmarkar


First parliament to run fully on solar power?



First smoke-free state in India?

Himachal Pradesh


How many redundant laws were recently repealed?



Indomitable Spirit was written by?

APJ Abdul Kalam


International Consumer Rights’ Day?

March 15th


Minimum qualification for Panchayati election upheld by which state/Court?

Haryana/Supreme Court


PAN required for transactions that exceed the amount of?

Rs. 200000


Paris Conference was signed in which month?

30th November to 12th December 2015


Punjabi is in which no. in usage in Canadian Parliament?



What is ‘Start Up India’ for?

Entrepreneurship activity and promotion


What is Mars called?

Red Planet


What is Setu Bharatam scheme?

Building bridges for safe and seamless travel on National Highways.


What was the 100th Amendment to the Constitution?

Exchange of certain enclave territories with Bangladesh


Where did India sign the Paris deal?

New York, USA


Which state was to first to make gender education compulsory?



Which three states will have election in a single session on may 2016 –

Tamil Nadu, West Bengal & Kerala


Who lit the Olympic torch in Greece ahead of the Olympic Games 2016?

Katerina Lehou


Who won a medal in long jump –

Mayookah Johnny


Who won Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 2015?

Sania Mirza


Audi Alteram Partem?

Right to fair hearing; Hear the other side


Ab initio? From the beginning

What is obiter dictum?

A saying by the way; non binding part of judgement


President hands his resignation to whom?

Vice President


Which was the 99th amendment?



First Organic State of India?



British monarch which visited India in April 2016?

Prince William and Kate Middleton


President of Srilanka?

Maithripala Sirisena


Who becomes the acting president in unavailability of both the president and the vice president?

Chief Justice of India


Persona non grata?

Person not wanted; person of no status


Angle made by hands of clock at 4:25 am

90 Degree i.e. Right Angle


Finance Minister of India?

Arun Jaitley


Which country cloned Buffalo calf?




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