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Pattern of the CLAT Paper for Under-Graduate Programme

Total Marks


Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each


Duration of examination

Two 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

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

  1. English including Comprehension

The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based 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.

  1. General Knowledge/Current Affairs

This section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between March 2011 and March 2012)

  1. Mathematics

This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths that is taught up to the class X.

  1. Logical Reasoning

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

  1. Legal Aptitude

This section will test students only on “legal aptitude”. 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 might 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). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself. For example, if the word patent is used, the meaning of patent (“a legal monopoly granted by the government for certain kinds of inventions”) will also be explained.

 Important Dates for CLAT 2012


Publication of Advertisement

i. 2nd January, 2012 (Monday)
ii. At regular intervals


Issue of Application Forms (SBI specified branches and All CLAT -2012 Member National Law Universities)

2nd January, 2012 (Monday)


Last date for submission of filled-in forms

31st March 2012 (Saturday)


Issue of Hall Tickets

Up to 14th April 2012 (Saturday)


Date of CLAT-2012 Examination

13th May 2012 (Sunday) from 03:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Publication of result

28th May 2012 (Monday)


Fee-deposit by the students of Ist List in the respective institute

9th June 2012 (Saturday) by 4:00 p.m.


Issue of II list and Re-shuffling

10th June 2012 (Sunday)


Fee-deposit by the students of IInd List in the respective institute

16th June 2012 (Saturday) by 4:00 p.m.


Issue of IIIrd list and Re-shuffling

17th June 2012 (Sunday)


Fee-deposit by the students of IIIrd List in the respective institute

23rd June 2012 (Saturday) by 4:00 p.m.


Issue of IVth list and Re-shuffling

24th June 2012 (Sunday)


Fee-deposit by the students of IVth List in the respective institute

27th June 2012 (Wednesday)


Closing of admissions

30th June 2012 (Saturday)


Commencement of Classes

2nd July 2012 (Monday)

Eligibility for Under-Graduate Programmes

To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2012, a candidate should have obtained a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent qualification from a recognised Board with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and PWD).

** Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.

o Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and persons with Disability)

Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test**.


  1. Mode of obtaining Application form
  • Printed Application Forms along with the CLAT-2012 Information Brochure will be available at the designated branches (* of the State Bank of India, or in any of Law Schools mentioned above against payment of Rs.3000/- only (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST/PWD on submission of proof) inclusive of test fee and bank charges.
  • Request for Application Form may be sent to the Convener, CLAT-2012, National Law University, Jodhpur, NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore, Jodhpur -342 304 (Raj.) with a demand-draft of Rs.3000/- only (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST/PWD) drawn in favour of the National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
  • Candidates can also apply online by visiting and following the instructions given at*
  • Applications can also be downloaded from*


  1. Mode of Applying
  • Duly filled OMR application form along with necessary documents as mentioned in the OMR application form to The Convener, CLAT-2012 either in person or through registered post to the following address so as to reach on or before 31 March 2012. The address for sending the filled in forms is:

The Convener,
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - 2012
National Law University, Jodhpur
NH-65, Nagour Road, Mandore,
Jodhpur (Raj.)-342 304.

 Candidates applying on downloaded application forms must enclose Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque/ Pay order of Rs.3000/- (Rs.2500/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in favour of "National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C" andpayable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan).

Candidates applying online should have a demand draft of Rs.3000/- (Rs.2500/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in favour of "National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C" and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan) ready before starting the procedure.




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