CLAT 2016 – Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Date, Syllabus and Exam Pattern

In India, there is centralized test for admission to Seventeen prominent National Law Universities, and such test is known as CLAT- Common Law Admission Test. CLAT was firstly conducted in the year 2008 and since then for integrated under- graduation programmes in Law and also for Master of Laws programmes the tests have been conducted by these National Law Universities. The students after Higher Secondary Examinations and after Law graduation can participate in the said test for admissions in to aforesaid law programmes, respectively. Moreover, this test is comprising of objective type questions on Numerical Ability, Elementary Mathematics, English with Comprehension, General knowledge and Current affairs, Logical reasoning and Legal Aptitude. Also, notably, the scores in the CLAT examinations are used by other private law colleges for admissions, and also many public undertakings are also using such scores for their recruitment purposes.

This year, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab is going to conduct CLAT 2016. The test will be conducted on Monday i.e. 8th day of May, 2016. The said test is going to be taken as entrance for the admission to as many as 2252 seats.

Important Dates for CLAT 2016 as announced:

  • From January 1st, 2016 to March 31st, 2016 – Availability of application forms
  • March 31st, 2016 – Last date of online submission of application form
  • April 15th, 2016 – Accessibility of CLAT admit card
  • May 8th, 2016 – Examination date of CLAT 2016
  • May 2016 3rd to 4th week – Declaration of CLAT 2016 result
  • May 2016 4th week to July 2016’s 1st week – Admission Process
  • Closure of Admission – 1st week of July 2016

CLAT 2016 Application Form

There are some procedural requirements when a student is thinking to give CLAT examination. In such process, firstly, he / she should fill the application form with all correct information and details. Thus, for the CLAT 2016 also, the candidates are required to fill the application form which is made available at the online website of CLAT. Moreover, it is notable that one can do most of their interactions with the CLAT through CAPS- ‘CLAT Online Application Processing System’ interface, which is also provided on the website of CLAT 2016. Thus, for registration and application for the CLAT 2016 examination and also for checking the status of the application, downloading of the admit card, and also for the results and score, this CAPS interface will be helpful. Thus, CLAT 2016 application form has been made available from 1st January, 2016 to 31st, March 2016.

How to Fill CLAT 2016 Application Form

While filling the form it is to be kept in mind that the incomplete and incorrect information used in the application form will lead to disqualification of the candidate. Thus, firstly, candidate should go to the website of CLAT 2016 and then by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button, he / she will be directed to the new page, where the online registration options will be provided with the guidelines and also with the other important instructions. In the Application form for registration to the CLAT 2016, one need to fill Online Application Form and as such he / she need to upload photograph, signature, birth certificate and category certificate to fill the details and they must be uploaded in the given file formats and sizes. Moreover, for the payment of fees for application, there are two different modes offered, in which one can use Online mode for payment or otherwise can use Offline mode for payment. Note: the application fee for SC/ ST category candidates will be Rs. 3,500/- and for Unreserved/ SAP/ OBC/ other category will be Rs. 4,000/-. And as the process of filling the application form is Online, one need to retain and keep his Registration ID and Password safe.

CLAT 2016 Eligibility

CLAT rules are stipulating the eligibility conditions for the candidates appearing in the CLAT examinations. Thus, it is the main criteria which the candidates should check first even before applying for the test, otherwise they may be put to loss. Moreover, as per such rules, the candidates who are applying for the CLAT examinations need to have qualified Higher Secondary Examination or equivalent examination with at least 45 per cent of marks in aggregate of subjects. Also, the students who are now appearing in the Higher Secondary Certificate Examinations in this years academic session, can also see them eligible for CLAT 2016, however, they should also be subjected to the minimum per cents of marks, as noted herein above. Similarly, for the postgraduate admissions, the candidates must have completed the Law Graduation (LL.B) degree with not less than 55 per cents of marks from the recognized universities. Notably, the minimum percentage criteria will be relaxed in case of SC /ST candidates to 5 per cents for CLAT exam in both cases

Moreover, for age limitations, as per the decision of the honourable Supreme Court of India, now there will be no age bar in relation to CLAT 2016.

CLAT 2016 Exam Dates

As noted herein above and also as announced, the CLAT 2016 examination will be conducted on Monday, 8th May, 2016, in the respective centres as announced. There are about 67 centres selected for this CLAT 2016 examinations in which Agra, Cuttack, Hyderabad, Kurukshetra, Patna, Ahmedabad, Dehradun, Imphal, Lucknow, Pune, Allahabad, Delhi, Indore, Madurai, Raipur, Amritsar, Faridabad, Jaipur, Mohali, Ranchi, Bangalore, Gandhinagar, Jalandhar, Mumbai, Shillong, Barabanki, Gangtok, Jammu, Mumbai, Shimla, Bardang, Ghaziabad, Jamshedpur, Muzzafarpur, Srinagar, Bhopal, Gorakhpur, Jodhpur, Mysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Bhubaneswar, Greater Noida, Kangra, Nagpur, Tiruchirapalli, Bilaspur, Gurgaon, Kanpur, Nainital, Unnao, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Kochi, Navi Mumbai, Varanasi, Chennai, Haldwani, Kolkata, Noida, Vijaywada, Coimbatore, Hisar, Kota, Patiala and Vishakhaptnam found including.

CLAT 2016 Exam Pattern

In the CLAT 2016 examination, the test will be comprising of objective type questions, which will be divided on the topics like General Knowledge and current affairs, English with Comprehension, Numerical Ability, Logical reasoning, Elementary Mathematics and Legal Aptitude. Moreover, the examination will be conducted Online on the aforementioned centres. And Two hours time will be given to the candidates to solve out the question paper which will be of 200 marks. And the questions each will be carrying One mark, that means there will be 200 questions in the paper. Also, notably, for every wrong answer there will be deduction of 0.25 marks as such the test will be carrying negative marking system too. And for the sections of the questions for the post graduate exam patterns, it will include Constitutional Law with 50 Questions, Jurisprudence with 50 Questions and Contract law, Criminal and International Law with 50 Questions.

For more details regarding the question’s format, etc. one can also see the same while registration himself / herself with CLAT 2016, and download the previous year’s question papers for reference while study.

How to prepare for CLAT 2016

After successfully making an application and registering oneself for the CLAT 2016, the most important task will remain with him i.e. the preparation for the examinations. Thus, for preparing and studies one need not only to read books only, but he / she should learn more about the time management, instructions, question pattern, etc. Firstly, for time management, one should try to solve out the previous question papers and see what time he / she will require for it and the practice of solving such papers will surely allow him / her to manage time while solving the real paper. Moreover, for instructions relating to the solving out of papers, one need not to do any mistake, and as such early preparation will be really helpful. Taking the previous papers for reference and reading every minute details in it will surely help the candidate to know about the instructions, question patters, etc. Moreover, for studies, candidates will be required to spend more of their time to read current affairs, daily news reading and watching, joining coaching classes when possible, reading law books especial those which are basic, making notes on, etc. Thus, all these will help the candidate to get succeeded in the examinations and its comprised competition.

CLAT 2016 Syllabus

Syllabus of the CLAT 2016 exam, in simplified format, includes for both Under- Graduation and Post Graduation examinations.

For Under- Graduation (UG) CLAT Examinations, candidates need to concentrate on the sections including:

  1. English including Comprehension – 40 Marks
  2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs – 50 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) – 20 Marks
  4. Legal Aptitude – 50 Marks
  5. Logical Reasoning – 40 Marks

For Post- Graduation (PG) CLAT Examinations, candidates need to concentrate on the sections including:

  1. Constitutional Law – 50 Marks
  2. Jurisprudence – 50 Marks
  3. Other Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. – 50 Marks

CLAT 2016 Participating Universities

As we all know, CLAT exams are conducted for offering admissions in the reputed law universities in India and also the importance of this examinations can also be seen with its scores which can be considered by the Public Sector Undertakings for recruitment purposes and also by the other private law colleges for their admission purposes. Moreover, for its participating Universities, one need to look into the below lists which is containing the said universities names.

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore  ebrochure
  2. Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad  ebrochure
  3. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata  ebrochure
  4. National Law Institute University, Bhopal    ebrochure
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur  ebrochure
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur  ebrochure
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar   ebrochure
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow  ebrochure
  9. Chanakya National Law University, Patna  ebrochure
  10. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi  ebrochure
  11. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala   ebrochure
  12. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi   ebrochure
  13. National Law University, Odisha, Cuttack  ebrochure
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam  ebrochure
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam  ebrochure
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappali   ebrochure
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai  ebrochure

Moreover, notably, Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai will also, hopefully, be participating from this year. Thus, the candidates will also be having one more option this year to select as preferences for the said Universities, while filling their application form.

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