The Full Form of CLAT is Common Law Admission Test in India. CLAT is one of the many Law Entrance Exams in India. It is a national level entrance examination for admission into national law schools. Thousands of candidates who opt for a career in law sit for the CLAT exam every year. It is for admissions to both LL.B and LL.M degree courses. LLB and LLM have Latin expansions: the full form of LLB is Latin Legum Baccalaureus and in English it is Bachelor of Legislative Law. The full form of LLM is Latin Legum Magister. They represent UG and PG degree programmes in Law. The CLAT exam is conducted by the various law universities in rotation.
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The syllabus for CLAT exam is different for UG (LL.B) and PG (LL.M) exams.
The LL.B exam is more generic and tests the knowledge upto class 12.
CLAT UG Entrance exam syllabus:
incorrect/ correct sentences
profit and loss
time and work
average, speed and distance
permutation-combination and venn diagrams
Logical and Analytical reasoning skills
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||Static general knowledge|
Current Affairs- national
Current Affairs- international
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CLAT PG Entrance Exam syllabus:
The syllabus of CLAT PG Exam is vast and tests legal technicalities as well as the knowledge of various laws.
Here are the sections in the CLAT PG (LL.M) exam:
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Just like the syllabus, the exam pattern is different for CLAT UG and CLAT PG exams but both are conducted in offline mode. Let us have a look at the exam pattern of CLAT
Exam pattern for CLAT UG (LL.B) exam
|Subjects||Number of Questions||Marks|
|English and comprehension||40||40|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
|General Knowledge and Current Affairs||50||50|
Duration of the exam is 2 hours and there is negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer. The exam consists of only MCQs (multiple choice questions).
Exam Pattern for CLAT PG (LL.M) Exam
This exam is conducted in offline mode, and has both subjective and objective questions.
The number of questions and marking scheme for MCQs is as follows:
|S.No||Subjects||Number of Questions||Marks|
|2||Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence||60||60|
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Pattern of CLAT PG (LL.M) written exam
The paper will include two essay type questions each carrying 25 marks; the topics of the essay would be based on law and contemporary issues. The word limit for the essays will be 800 words.
The time duration for both the exams together is 2 hours. The MCQs will have a negative marking of 0.25 and for every right answer, 1 mark will be given.
UG (LL.B exam)
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PG (LL.M) Exam
Law aspirants appearing for CLAT LLM Program should have secured a minimum percentage in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./ 5-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam). The marks vary as per candidate’s category.
The application form of CLAT exam is to be filled online. One has to check here for updates and registration: https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/ . One should first complete the registration process by entering various fields like name of the applicant, mobile number and email id. The candidate will also have to enter and confirm the password.
In the application form you have to enter the following details:
Then you have to upload photograph and signature. The maximum size of photo is 500 KB and for signature, it is 100 KB.
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The fees for application is Rs. 4000 for general candidates. For SCs and STs, it is Rs. 3500.
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