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The CLAT 2016 will be conducted by the Chanakya National law University, Patna. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is national level entrance test for the admission to UG, PG and Integrated law courses. The 2 hour paper consists in multiple answer type questions based on English, General Knowledge, Mathematics and Legal & Logical Reasoning. The minimum requirement of academic to appear the exam is 10+2 level for UG and integrated course while for PG course the required qualification is UG in Law.

List of all National Law Universities

The CLAT examination is conducted by the 16 (as on date) National Law Universities of India. The examination is conducted subsequently by the preceding universities according to their joining in CLAT format. The CLAT 2016 will be conducted by the Chanakya National law University, Patna. The total numbers of seats offered by the all NLUs are around 1100.



Name of the Institutions Location
National Law School of India University Bangalore
Nalsar University of Law Hyderabad
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata
National Law Institute University Bhopal
National Law University Jodhpur
Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur
Gujarat National Law University Gandhi Nagar
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow
Chanakya National Law University Patna
National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala
National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi
National Law University Cuttack
National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University Visakhapatnam
Tamil Nadu National Law School Srirangam

Offered Programmes by the 16 NLUs

All 16 National Law Universities offer the following programmes to the CLAT examination qualified candidates. Admission to the LLM programme is only for those who have completed their LLB degree.

  • • B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • • B.SC. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • • B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • • B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • • B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • • L.L.M.

Eligibility Criteria

The CLAT is a non-statutory body created only for conducting the CLAT exam and providing the merit list to the 16 NLUs for admission to their law courses as per their qualification, reservation conditions. The candidates are advised to read the eligibility criteria carefully before filling the online CLAT application form 2016. The eligibility criterion is as the following:

Educational Qualification

For UG:
The candidates must have completed the pattern of 10+2 or intermediate or 12th or its equivalent examination (students appearing can also apply) from the government recognized board with not less than 45% marks (40% in case of SC and ST candidates) as prescribed by the participating universities.

For PG:
The candidates must have completed the LLB or 5 year Integrated LLB degree or its equivalent degree with not less than 55% marks (50% in case of Sc and St Candidates) from a recognized university as prescribed by the participating universities.

Age Criteria

A candidate should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July, 2016 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability candidates, as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities. There is not any upper age limit criterion for the PG courses as prescribed by the respective Statutes of the participating Universities.

Other Eligibility

The candidates should be Indian origin or NRIs only. The candidates who have passed the qualifying exam with supplementary or compartment are also eligible, but they have to submit the proof of passing the qualifying examination with prescribed or as applicable. The foreign national’s candidates may direct contact to the university participating in the CLAT for the admission provision of a foreign national candidate.

Important Tentative Dates

  • • Availability of application forms – from 1st week of January 2016 to last week of March 2016
  • • CLast date of online submission of application form – last week of March 2016
  • • Accessibility of CLAT admit card 2016 – from mid of April 2016
  • • Examination date of CLAT 2016 – 1st to 2nd week of May 2016
  • • Declaration of CLAT result 2016 –3rd to 4th week of May 2016
  • • Admission Process – 4th week of May to 1st week of July 2016
  • • Closure of Admission – 1st week of July 2016

How to Apply for CLAT 2016

For the CLAT 2016 examination, the candidates need to apply online through the official website on the prescribed date. Beside online registration, no other mode of submitting the application would be permitted. The candidates must have to remit the application fee (4000/- for general candidates and 3500/- for reserve category) by online. The online payment can be made through the CLAT website with net banking, debit card or credit card.
The candidates must have to apply for UG and PG programmes through the official website. The online counselling would take place after the declaration of CLAT 2016 result. The allotment of institutions and seats would be based on the score in CLAT 2016 in merit-list and the choice take by the candidates and availability of seat in desired university.

CLAT 2015 Exam Pattern

For UG Courses
The candidates appearing for the CLAT exam 2016 must understand the exam pattern. Here we are discussing the exam pattern for the CLAT exam 2016. The 2 hour-long duration’s paper will consist of 200 multiple answer type questions. Each question will carry only one mark. There will be a provision for 25 % negative marking for every wrong answer. The questions will be asked from the following areas:

  • • Reasoning – 40 Q
  • • Legal Aptitude – 50 Q
  • • English & Comprehension – 40 Q
  • • Elementary Mathematics – 20 Q
  • • General Knowledge and Current Affairs – 50 Q

For PG Courses

The question paper will consist of 150 multiple choice questions. Thus the paper will consist of total 150 marks and the duration of 2 hours. Each correct answer will be awarded with one mark. The candidate must note that for every objective type question (0.25 marks) to every wrong answer will be deducted. The paper will comprise in the questions from the following areas:

  • • Constitutional Law – 50 Q
  • • Jurisprudence – 50 Q
  • • Other law subjects – 50 Q

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