Common Law Admission Test – CLAT 2018
What is CLAT?
- CLAT is a Common Law Admission Test conducted for the first time in the year 2008.This test enables the candidate to gain admission into any of the 19 National Law Universities in India on the basis of ‘Merit-cum-Preference’, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.
- CLAT is conducted every year on the 2nd Sunday in the month of May.
Why one should write CLAT?
- CLAT serves as a bridge to get into these top 18 National Law Universities. When a candidate steps out as a graduate from any one of these Universities, he/she may learn the nuances to be a very good legal professional than just being a Lawyer.
- With the advent of privatization in our country India, the entry of a number of law firms, the recruitment of law graduates has reached a new high. These firms make a beeline to top law schools, particularly the National Law Schools, to rope in the best brains during campus recruitment drives.
- If the candidate is keen on embarking on practice in law, may prefer to work under a Senior Advocate.
How to begin the preparation for CLAT?
- Scheduling of time:
As a CLAT aspirant, the candidate should be able to schedule the preparation strategy in such a manner that he/she completes the syllabus as soon as possible and start practicing mock tests.
- SWOT Analysis:
You should keep in mind that ‘A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’ and hence you should know the strengths and weaknesses and start concentrating on the weaknesses.
What skills a CLAT 2018 aspirant must have?
A CLAT aspirant must be able to manage time accordingly, in addition to that speed and accuracy skills should be present. The candidate should seek to be a life time learner.
Tips to crack CLAT 2018
- As CLAT consists of 200 questions with 120 minutes in hand, the focus should be to attempt maximum questions in minimum time.
- Attempt those questions first from the topic you are best at. This will help you score higher and boost your confidence.
- Start taking mock tests; it enables you to know your strengths and weaknesses in a better way.
- Negative marking of .25 marks is associated with every wrong answer and hence one need to be very cautious while answering the unknown questions.
- Assign average time to each question and strictly adhere to it.
- CLAT 2018 aspirants should keep their knowledge up to date on national/international current affairs.
- Stay focus on your goal & be stress free during exams.
- As per revised rules, there is no age limit to apply for CLAT 2018.
- Candidates who are applying for Five Year Integrated LLB (Hons) Course, should be Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of
(i) Forty Five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP)/NRI/NRI sponsored categories and
(ii) Forty percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible to apply.
Question Paper Pattern
|1||English with Comprehension||40|
|2||General Knowledge with Current Affairs||50|
Procedure of allocation of seats
The CLAT 2018 OMR application form provides the students with a preference list. The university-wise preference list obtained, the CLAT 2018 score and the rank will be taken into consideration to prepare the Provisional Allotment List based on the ‘Merit-cum-Preference’.