About CLAT

Before the introduction of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), all the autonomous law schools in India use to conduct their own separate entrance tests, requiring the candidates to prepare and appear separately for each of these tests.

In 2008 CLAT was conducted for the first time on 11th of May 2008 by NLSIU-Bangalore, with a total number of 1037 seats from seven National law schools were offered to be filled by this test. Since then each year CLAT is conducted by National law Universities in the order of their establishment.

So far there are 17 National Law Universities in India, the first of which is the National Law School of India University Bangalore, which admitted its first batch of students in 1987.

Out of this seventeen National law schools, the National Law University, Delhi conducts its own separate entrance test know as All India Law Entrance Test (AILET).


The Sixteen NLUs offer a five-year integrated under-graduate law courses leading to the award of B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.), B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.), B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) degrees.


Why AIM?


Under-Graduate Courses

Educational Qualification

A candidate should have obtained Higher Secondary School/ Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognized Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC & ST candidates), as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

Age Criteria

For CLAT 2017 age limit has been increased from 20 to 22 years.
The candidate must not have completed 22 years of age till 1st July 2017.

Participating Law Schools

Name of the Institution
Year of joining CLAT
National Law School of India University
Nalsar University of Law
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
National Law Institute University
National Law University, Jodhpur
Hidayatullah National Law University
Gujarat National Law University
Dr. Ram ManoharLohia National Law University
Chanakya National Law University
National University of Advanced Legal Studies
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
National University of Study and Research in Law
National Law University, Orissa
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
2014 [14]
Tamil Nadu National Law School
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Pattern of CLAT 2017 (Under-Graduate Programme)

Exam Description
Total Marks
Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each
Duration of Examination
Two hours (02:00 hours)

Subject areas with Weightage
English including Comprehension
40 Marks
General Knowledge and 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 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.

The different subject areas of the examination:

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 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, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

2. General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

The candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between May 2016 to April 2017)

3. Mathematics

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

4. Legal Aptitude

This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving abilities. 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 theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

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.


Tie-Breaking (Under-Graduate Programme)

In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT 2017, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

  • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2017
  • Higher age
  • Computerized draw of lots

Application Form and Information Brochure for CLAT 2017

The CLAT 2017 Online Application Form will be accessible on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) between 1st January, 2017 to 31st March, 2017 along-with the Information Brochure. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold.

CLAT 2017 Information Brochure (not the application form) will also be accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLU(s).