Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015
National Law Universities shall hold the CLAT 2015 law entrance exam for UG and PG admissions. Common Law Admission Test , commonly known as CLAT, is an an all India entrance test. This year it is to be conducted by Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU). Admission to five-year integrated undergraduate (BA LLB) and post graduate degree (LLM) programmes is to be done through CLAT 2015 in all the participating NLUs. It has been notified through media that this year onwards CLAT shall go online.
Organizing University for CLAT 2015 is Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU).
Please note – The page is being updated as per information published by CLAT organizing committee. RMLNLU has confirmed that it will be conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2015 this year. It has been proposed that the CLAT 2015 will be held in online mode this year onwards.
Latest update – CLAT 2015 Exam Preparation Guide published!
CLAT 2015 important dates have been announced
In a news report published on 2 Nov 2014 in leading media and newspapers, the important dates of Common Law Admission Test have been announced. CLAT 2015 application form filling will be done online from January 1, 2015. Candidates will get three months to complete their forms and submit to NLUs online. Last date to submit application form of CLAT is March 31, 2015. Date of exam has been finalized as May 10, 2015. This would be the second Sunday in the month of May. To increase efficiency and reduce hassles for the applicant, everything including form filling to fee submission will be done online.
Notification for CLAT 2015 is yet to be announced. These dates are announced by RMLNLU vice-chancellor Prof Gurdip Singh in a news report.
Law aspirants across the country appear for this law entrance exam. CLAT 2015 application form is to be filled by interested candidates in the online mode. Document submission will also be done in the e-application form portal. CLAT 2015 admit card download is to be done by entering registration ID and password. Candidates shall be able to get the hall ticket online only.
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CLAT Paper Pattern
Paper pattern of CLAT UG exam is as follows.
- The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) exam is of 200 marks.
- Subject area wise distribution of marks is as given in the table below. Please note that the final pattern will be announced by RMLNLU after October.
- Each question is of 1 mark.
- Negative marking for incorrect answers is 0.25.
|English including comprehension||40|
|General knowledge/ Current Affairs||50|
|Elementary Math ( Numerical Ability)||20|
Pattern of CLAT (PG) exam is as follows.
- The PG exam of CLAT is of 150 marks.
- There will be 4 long essay type questions of 25 marks each. Long essay type questions will be on constitutional law & jurisprudence.
- 50 Questions of 1 mark each will be MCQ type covering compulsory law subjects prescribed by BCI for UG course.
|Duration of examination||Two hours (02:00 hours)|
|Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions (covering subject areas such as Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)||100 Marks (4 questions of 25 marks each)|
|Multiple-Choice Questions (Covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed by the BCI for the Under-Graduate Course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)||50 Marks (50 questions of 1 mark each)|
CLAT 2015 General Information
Information regarding details of intake, reservation and the courses offered along with the fee structure is available in the CLAT 2015 Information Brochure and on the CLAT 2015 website and the websites of the concerned NLUs. The candidates are therefore advised to carefully go through the rules and fee structures of participating NLUs before filling the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and for the NRI/NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats.
Information in the Information Brochure regarding intake, reservation, courses offered and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc. are in brief. For detailed information, the candidates are required to take a look at the information provided in the websites of the member NLUs of CLAT 2015.
- Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental disability or illness. A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, at the time of admission.
- Candidates with disabilities appearing in the Common Law Admission Test shall be entitled to an additional time of 40 minutes.
- The candidates having impairment and those who require a scribe to write the test should intimate the same at the relevant section in the Online Application Form, citing reasonable cause and attaching attested photocopies (by a Gazetted Officer) of the relevant supporting documents such as:
- A certificate of impairment from the competent authority
- A statement indicating whether the scribe will be brought by the candidate or to be arranged by the CLAT authorities. The educational qualification of the scribe should be at least one standard lower than 10+2.
- A declaration from the candidates that they will not request at any point of time the scribe to help them with the answers other than the normal process of reading the questions and helping them write and darken the correct answer. Further if they are bringing their own scribe, they will have to declare that the selected scribe fulfils all the pre-requisites.
- Documentary evidence regarding the educational qualification of the scribe (e.g.. school certificate or school identity card)
- A declaration from the scribe (if brought by the candidate) that the scribe complies with the pre¬requisites and he/she will not in any way help the candidate answer any question in the paper, apart from his/her regular duty of reading out the questions and writing and darkening the correct answers.
- For details relating to the definition of NRI/NRI sponsored candidates and the number of seats available for them, please see the information provided by the participating NLUs in the CLAT 2015 Information Brochure and their respective websites.
- Some of the Universities will admit the NRI candidates directly whereas others will do it through CLAT 2015. Please carefully read the information provided by the participating NLUs on the subject in the CLAT 2015 Information Brochure and on the CLAT 2015 website (www.clat.ac.in).
- Only Indian nationals/NRIs are allowed to appear in the CLAT 2015. Foreign nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT 2015. The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.
- In the event of insufficient number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convener, CLAT 2015, reserves the right to cancel such a centre and shift the applicants to another nearby centre or to a centre according to the candidate’s second or third preference.
- Information such as the category of candidate, the centre of the Entrance Test and the preferences for various universities given by the candidates in the Online Application Form shall be final and will not be changed thereafter.
- As the publication of result and allotment of seats will be made on merit-cum-preference basis according to the information furnished in the Online Application Form and during the Counselling Session, the candidates are required to read the instructions carefully and furnish correct and authentic information. In case the information furnished at any stage of admission process is found false or incorrect or there is any discrepancy or mismatch between the information furnished by the candidate at the relevant section and the certificates/documents produced at the time of admission, the provisional admission offered to the candidate shall be cancelled as per the declaration given in the Online Application Form and at other relevant places without assigning any further reason.
- During the counselling session, it is mandatory for all candidates to fill in all the available choices of National Law Universities for the UG and PG courses in order of their preference. Failure to do so would result in rejection. Choices once made will not be changed later.
- There shall be a centralized admission process for CLAT 2015 on the basis of merit-cum-preference. All admissions shall be centrally done through the Organizing University, i.e. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The information relating to various dates of the admission shall be placed on CLAT 2015 website (www.clat.ac.in) from time to time.
- The basic principle of admission through CLAT 2015 is merit-cum-preference. However, if a candidate, at any stage of the allotment process, wants to forego his claim for the next higher preference and wants to stay with and take admission in the allotted University, or wants to leave the admission process he/she will be given the option to do so. To exercise this option, the candidate will have to mention the same within the prescribed time limit at the relevant section of the website. However, this option exercised once by the candidate will be treated as final and irrevocable, and the candidate will be deemed to have been admitted in the University opted as such by him/her or out of the admission process, as applicable.
- All offers of admission by CLAT 2015 shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate. The organizing university will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused or expenditure incurred by the candidate on travel and stay, etc.
- The first 2500 candidates (comprising 40% extra candidates proportionately from various categories such as General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD etc.) will be permitted to take part in the counselling session only after depositing the required amount of fees. If the candidates allowed to participate in the counselling session do not deposit the required amount of adjustable fees and do not take part in the online counselling session with the CLAT office by the stipulated date, they will forfeit their right to be considered for admission to the UG courses in future and their names will be dropped from the CLAT Merit List for the purpose of admission.Same rule is applicable for candidates appearing for admission to PG courses through CLAT 2015.
- Provisional Allotment List/Waiting List will be prepared only on the basis of the counselling session undertaken by the candidates and the details filled-in by the candidates in the Online Application Form. When a candidate’s name appears in the Provisional Allotment List the candidate will have to confirm his/her intention/seriousness to take admission or to be considered against the future vacancies, if any, with the CLAT Office through the CLAT website. The candidates who fail to do so by the specified date and time will forfeit their right to be considered for admission and their names will be dropped from the CLAT Merit List for the purpose of admission.
- The candidates taking part in the counselling session after depositing the required amount of fees through the website (online/offline) by the stipulated date and appear in the waiting list and later if such candidates fail to get a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount deposited by such candidates will be refunded to them without any deduction within one month from the publication of the overall Final Actual Allotment List. Fees shall be refunded in the form of a cheque to be issued by Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (Convener, CLAT 2015) in the name of the candidate only.
- The fees applicable for SC/ST category (a concessional amount) cannot be used by a candidate for applying under any other category. If he/she does so, the application form shall be rejected.
- In order to avail the facility of reservation under state quota (based on one’s domicile), the candidate must submit the original caste certificate issued by competent authority from the state of one’s domicile. For example, a SC/ST or OBC candidate from Odisha, who has been staying in Chhattisgarh for several years and has legally been issued a domicile certificate by a competent authority of the State of Chhattisgarh, cannot claim reservation under Chhattisgarh State SC/ST and OBC category by producing a caste certificate issued by the Government of Odisha. However, he can avail reservation under Chhattisgarh State General Category seats by producing the Domicile certificate from the State of Chhattisgarh. To avail the reservation under Chhattisgarh State SC/ST or OBC quota, the candidate has to produce a SC/ST or OBC certificate issued by a competent authority from the State of Chhattisgarh.
The participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
- National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
- National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)
- National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
- Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS)
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