CLAT 2019

CLAT 2019, conducted this year by the CLAT Consortium of NLUs headed by NLSIU, was held on May 26, 2019 between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm. The paper was largely on expected lines. The pattern of the paper was quite similar to that of last year. However, the LOD made it very similar to CLAT 2016, thus indicating that the cut-off for the top 3 NLUs is likely to be around the 155-157 mark.

The paper had a total of 200 questions spread across five sections - English, GK, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude. There was negative marking of one-fourth of a mark for each incorrect attempt.

CLAT score is also accepted by other law schools including NMIMS- Mumbai, UPES-Dehradun, and Institute of Law, Nirma University-Ahmedabad, to name a few.

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CLAT 2019 Exam Highlights

Event Details Details
Exam Name CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
CLAT Exam Conducting Body Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities)
CLAT Exam Level UG and PG
CLAT Exam Frequency Once a year
CLAT Exam Mode Offline
CLAT Exam Duration 120 Minutes
CLAT Exam Language English
CLAT Exam Purpose Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM courses

CLAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CLAT is a test of one's aptitude and reasoning abilities. It comprises of five sections namely: Verbal Ability, Mathematics, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude.

Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Subject/Section No. of Questions
Verbal Ability 40
Mathematics 20
Logical Reasoning 40
General Awareness 50
Legal Aptitude 50
Total Marks 200
Total Time (min) 120
Negative Marking 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

CLAT 2019 Important Dates

Events Dates
CLAT registrations 13 January – 15 April 2019
Last Date of Fee Payment 20 April 2019
CLAT Admit Card Download 12 May 2019
CLAT 2019 Exam 26 May 2019
CLAT Result (Tentative Date) Last Week of May 2019

CLAT 2019 Result

CLAT 2019 result is expected to be released in June, 2019. The first merit list of selected candidates is expected to be released by Mid June 2019.

CLAT results can be accessed by individually logging in to the registered account on the official CLAT website. In the result, the candidate will be able to check their score, All India Rank and category rank (if published).

In the second week of June, CLAT will also publish the College Allotment List, after which the candidates who have been allotted the seat in an NLU, will be required to pay the counselling fee of Rs. Fifty Thousand Only, within the stipulated dates, failing which the candidate will lose his/her seat and will not be considered for further process of admission in 2019.

CLAT 2019 Application Fees

Category Amount
General, OBC Rs 4,000
ST, SC Rs 3,500

CLAT 2019 Cut Off

This year the Cut off for CLAT 2019 is expected to increase by 5 % to 10%. The cut-offs for each Institute are individually declared by every CLAT Participating Institutes. CLAT Cut Off is important as it forms the basis of counseling and seat allotment.

The cut offs are calculated considering multiple factors listed below:

National Law Universities (along with intake) accept CLAT scores to admit students to their five-year LLB programs every year

Please Note: Includes all categories and special seats.

CLAT 2019 Preparation Tips

To get a fair idea of how to prepare for CLAT i.e. the Common Law Admission Test, we have listed below important points for CLAT 2019 Preparation Tips:

CLAT 2019 Exam Centers

CLAT 2019 Exam is scheduled to be conducted across 40 test cities in the country. Candidates can select their preferred test city at the time of filling the CLAT application form.

The complete list for CLAT 2019 Exam Cities are listed below:

Allahabad Gandhinagar Jodhpur Pune
Aurangabad Ghaziabad Kanpur Raipur
Bengaluru Gurugram Kolkata Ranchi
Bhopal Guwahati Lucknow Shimla
Bhubaneshwar Hisar Mumbai Silihiguri
Chandigarh Hyderabad Nagpur Trichy
Chennai Indore New Delhi Thiruvananthapuram
Dehradun Jabalpur Noida Varanasi
Ernakulum Jaipur Patiala Vijaywada
Faridabad Jammu Patna Vishakhapatnam

CLAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2019 are primarily based on two factors:

CLAT 2019 Educational Qualification: Any candidate who has completed 10+2 or equivalent examination is eligible to apply for CLAT 2019 Exam. Minimum marks required for different categories are listed below:

Note: Candidates appearing for their Class 12th examination in March/ April 2019 are also eligible for CLAT 2019 Exam. Such candidates need to give evidence of passing their Class 12th exam at the time of admission. Candidates who fail to fulfill this will lose their right for admission through CLAT exam.

CLAT 2019 Age Limit: There is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT 2019 Exam.

CLAT 2019 Syllabus

CLAT 2019 shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 200 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:

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.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs: The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.

Mathematics: This section will test candidate's knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.

Legal Aptitude: This section will test candidate's interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include 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, candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

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 may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

Frequently Asked Questions

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam. It is conducted once every year to provide admission to candidates in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered at National Law Universities (NLUs) and other colleges/ universities accepting CLAT Exam Scores.

For UG Courses:

  • BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts LLB)
  • BSc LLB (Bachelor of Science LLB)
  • BCom LLB (Bachelor of Commerce LLB)
  • BBA LLB (Bachelor of Business Administration LLB)
  • BSW LLB (Bachelor of Social Work LLB)

PG Courses:

  • LLM

CLAT Exam important for a law aspirant because of the following reasons:

  • CLAT is a popular law entrance exam to get admission in 21 Prestigious National Law Universities (NLUs) in India.
  • Apart from NLUs, over 40 other colleges and universities across India also provide admission to candidates in LLB and LLM courses on the basis of CLAT scores.

This year, NLU Odisha (the CLAT 2019 Convenor) along with other members of the Consortium of NLUs will conduct CLAT 2019 Exam on May 26.

There is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT 2019 Exam.

CLAT 2019 is an offline pen-and-paper based test.

Mentioned below is a list of career opportunities after CLAT.

  • ICLS (Indian Corporate Law Services): To land a job in the Indian Corporate Law Services, you have to crack the ICLS Exam which comes under Central Civil Services Examination (held by UPSC). This is a highly respected and highly sought career option of the law graduates.
  • Law firms: Many law firms in India are blooming wonderfully, and they also participate in college campus placements. Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Khaitan & Co, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Trilegal, are some of the best law firms in India. These firms offer attractive packages, and select individuals with skills and experience.
  • Law Professor/Lecturer: As the demand and popularity of law practitioners are increasing, the demand for law professors are equally increasing. Graduate level professors are paid handsomely and highly respected. So, if teaching and imparting academic knowledge sounds anything like you, this can be a career prospect for you.
  • Corporate Sector Jobs: Due to the fast growth of these private companies, the need for hiring is equally escalating. Most big companies have their own legal department. This means they need lawyers to handle the legal affairs for their company.
  • Judiciary: To become a judge, you should clear the State Level Judiciary Exams. On clearing the exams, as a fresh law graduate, you will be appointed as an entry-level judge. Gradually you will become a High Court judge with time and experience, and who knows? You might even become the Chief Justice of India before you retire!

Yes, you probably can. But this is not a very wise move. Even though the Aptitude section of CLAT Exam carries just 40 marks out of 200 marks, the 40 marks can make or break your CLAT score. To read more about this topic, click here.

About 50,000 candidates from different cities across India appear for the CLAT Exam every year.

The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May every year. Nearly 50 thousand candidates register online for the law entrance examination.

In 2019, 19 NLUs are offering admissions to law aspirants as per their CLAT 2019 Exam Scores. The National Law Universities will offer a total of approximately 2984 seats

Yes, students can apply to private colleges using their CLAT scores.

Some of the top Private Law Schools and Universities which accept CLAT Scores are listed below.

  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • Institute of Law, Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • Manipal University, Jaipur
  • Asian Law College, Noida
  • Amity University, UP
  • Azim Premji University, Bangalore
  • SRM University, Delhi NCR

Major Law Entrance Exams in India are listed below:

  • AILET - All India Law Entrance Test (AILET): You need to pass this exam to get admission in National Law University (NLU), Delhi.
  • Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET): This Exam is conducted by the Symbiosis International University for Law Aspirants who want to get admission in Symbiosis Law School.
  • CET IPU - The Common Entrance test conducted by Indraprastha University, Delhi: This Exam is for various law colleges situated in Delhi and NCR including Amity Noida.
  • LSAT-India: This Law Exam is a standardized test which is adopted as admission criteria by multiple law colleges across India.

No, it is necessary to qualify the minimum cut off for CLAT Exam to be eligible for admissions in Law Schools. CLAT is to NLUs what CAT is to IIMS. You can't study law without meeting the minimum cut off.

Candidates who have successfully registered for the CLAT Exam will be issued their admit cards online at clat.ac.in. Last date to download your CLAT Admit Card is May 15, 2019.

Mentioned below is a list of Law Colleges in India which offer placement packages with an average annual salary of over 10 Lakh per annum:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
  • The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata

Mentioned below is a list of Law Colleges in India which offer an average placement of 7 Lakh – 10 Lakh per annum:

  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  • National Law University, Delhi
  • Symbiosis Law School, Pune
  • Symbiosis Law School, Noida
  • Government Law College, Mumbai
  • Indian Law Society, Pune

Mentioned below is a list of the major Law Firms who recruit from National Law Universities:

  • Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
  • AZB & Partners
  • Khaitan & Co
  • J Sagar Associates
  • Luthra & Luthra

The major MNCs who recruit from National Law Universities are:

  • ITC Ltd.
  • HDFC Bank
  • Unilever
  • Tata
  • Infosys

Previous Year CLAT Question are available on clat.ac.in. You need to pay a small amount of INR 400 needs to access previous year CLAT papers and download them.

The term "Merit-cum-preference" means that the allotment of seats will be given as per the candidate's score in the CLAT 2019 Exam and the order of preference given by them at the time of registration.

Law aspirants qualifying CLAT exam are eligible to secure admissions in the below mentioned list of programs:

  • BA LLB (Bachelor or Arts LLB)
  • BSc LLB (Bachelor of Science LLB)
  • BCom LLB (Bachelor of Commerce LLB)
  • BBA LLB (Bachelor of Business Administration LLB)
  • BSW LLB (Bachelor of Social Work LLB)
  • LLM

The participation for this year's CLAT 2019 Exam is expected to be really competitive. The statistics for the same is not available yet, but will be available shortly.

  • CLAT 2019 Exam will be conducted offline: The Consortium of NLUs has decided to conduct the CLAT 2019 exam in offline mode. From this year on, the mode of Exam for CLAT 2019 Exam will be in pen and paper format.
  • CLAT 2019 LLM Exam will have subjective questions: According to the Consortium of NLUs, the CLAT 2019 LLM Exam will have two subjective questions. This is done to evaluate candidates on their writing and thinking ability.
  • CLAT 2019 Exam will be held in centres other than NLUs: This year's CLAT 2019 Exam will be conducted in NLUs and at other centres and cities depending on the number of candidates.
  • CLAT 2019 question paper will be created from a question bank: The CLAT Consortium has decided to create a question bank to which experts from all the NLUs as well as other law institutes would contribute. This aims to improve the quality of the CLAT question paper.
  • NTA proposes to conduct CLAT: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has shown interest in conducting CLAT and put forth this proposal before the Supreme Court (SC). Apart from NTA, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has also expressed interest in conducting the CLAT exam.
  • CLAT will soon have a permanent website: The CLAT consortium has decided to host a permanent website for all future CLAT exams. This decision aims to ensure that CLAT does not change to a new website every year that leads to hiring of a random service provider.
  • CLAT will be conducted by a permanent body: From 2019 onwards, CLAT will be conducted by a permanent body - The Consortium of NLUs.

Candidates appearing for CLAT 2019 Exam should carry a pencil and at least two ball point pens (black/ blue) to the exam centre. Mentioned below is a list of things that you should career on the day of your CLAT 2019 Exam:

  • Admit card: Without your CLAT admit card, you will not be allowed to take the CLAT 2019 Exam paper. So make sure you carry your admit cards!
  • ID proof: Carry a valid and original photo ID proof to your allotted CLAT Exam Centre. Valid ID proof documents include: Aadhaar Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter ID.
  • Photo: You should carry at least one passport size photograph on the day of your CLAT Exam. The photograph should preferably be the one you used at the time of filling your CLAT 2019 Application Form.

Mentioned below is a list of items or materials that are strictly prohibited at your CLAT Entrance Exam Centre:

  • Mobile Phones
  • Books/ chits/ sheets
  • Electronic Gadgets
  • Watches
  • Calculator
  • Stationary