The fourteen NLUs offer a number of five-year integrated under-graduate law courses.
To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2014, a candidate should have obtained a 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 and ST candidates) and should be below 20 years of age as on 1 July 2014 (22 years in case of SC/ ST / Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates)*.
Candidates who are appearing in March/April, 2014 or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and must be able to submit proofs in support of their claims.
Pattern of the CLAT Question Paper
Total Marks 200
Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each 200
Duration of Examination Two 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.
Different Subject Areas of CLAT Question Paper
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
As far as general knowledge is concerned, 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.
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 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
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.
Procedure for Application
Application Form and Information Brochure
The CLAT-2014 Online Application Form will be accessible on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) between 1 January, 2014 and 31 March, 2014 alongwith the Information Brochure. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold this time.
CLAT-2014 Information Brochure (not the application form) will also be accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLUs.
Mode of Payment through CLAT Website
A candidate will have to make payment on three occasions through CLAT website viz., (i) submitting the Online Application Form (ii) if interested in downloading the Previous Year's Question papers and (iii) while participating in the counseling session. The mode of payment through the website is both online and offline.
The online payment can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card etc. wherein the candidate will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees through payment gateways.
For paying the fees offline through website, the candidate will have to download the 'Bank Challan' that will be generated with the required information, as filled in by the candidate, and make the payment with additional bank charges at any branch of the State Bank of India. After making the requisite payment at the bank, the candidate needs to fill-in the details as required at the relevant section of the website.
The fees to be remitted while submitting the Online Application Form of CLAT-2014 for General/OBC/PWD and other category candidates is ` 4000/- (for SC and ST category candidates it is`3500/-), excluding the bank charges or additional transaction costs for remitting the fees offline/online through payment gateways.
Mode of Application
- There is only one mode of application i.e. online which can be accessed by a candidate after registering self on the CLAT website by creating a LOGIN ACCOUNT. The Online Application Form can be submitted only between 1 January, 2014 and 31 March, 2014 (11:59 p.m.). The submitted Online Application Form in PDF format and other details will be available and accessible in the LOGIN ACCOUNT of the candidate.
- No copies of the filled in Online Application Form or uploaded certificates/documents need to be sent to the CLAT Office.
- The Hall-Ticket/Admit Card may be accessed/downloaded by the candidate in the personal LOGIN ACCOUNT. The candidate is required to take the printout of the Hall-Ticket/Admit Card to the Examination Hall.
- Candidates applying must visit and carefully read the instructions given in the CLAT-2014 website (www.clat.ac.in).
- Incomplete application or application in any mode other than online or application after the last date and time shall not be considered. It shall be the obligation of the candidate to fill the Online Application Form in a timely manner and the Organizing University, i.e. GNLU, Gandhinagar shall not be responsible in anyway.