About Common Law Admission Test

Thinking of choosing Law as a career option after the 12th? The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the gateway to a challenging and rewarding career in the field of law. The CLAT exam is conducted every year around May and June for admission into the prestigious National Law Universities across India. The CLAT exam is mandatory for admission into these universities except for the National Law University, Delhi, which admits students through the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET). 

Exam Name

Common Law Admission Test

Conducted by

Consortium of National Law Universities

Date of Exam

19th June 2022, 2-4 PM

Mode of examination


Application fee

Rs. 4000/- (For General, OBC, PWD, NRI, PIO, OCI Candidates)

Rs. 3500/- (For SC. ST, BPL category candidates)

Number of Questions

150 questions of 1 mark each

Negative marking

Yes, 0.25 for each wrong answer.

Exam duration

2 hours (120 minutes)

Age limit

No upper age limit for CLAT UG

Subject areas

1.      English Language

2.      Current affairs, including general knowledge

3.      Legal Reasoning

4.      Logical Reasoning

5.      Quantitative techniques.

Examination pattern

150 Multiple choice questions of 1 mark each

Result date

To be announced soon

Detailed information regarding eligibility, syllabus, question paper format, and other instructions and latest notifications can be accessed at the official website of the conducting body, that is, Consortium of National Law Universities.

About the National Law Universities

The National Law Universities (NLUs) are the most prestigious and elite law schools in India. They have been constantly ranked as the best law colleges in the country.[1] There are a total of 23 NLUs in India at present, with a few more NLUs being lined up in the coming years. The list of National Law Universities in India is as follows:

1.      National Law School of India University, Bangalore

2.      NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

3.      The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

4.      National Law Institute University, Bhopal

5.      National Law University, Jodhpur, Jodhpur

6.      Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

7.      Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

8.      Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow

9.      Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

10.  Chanakya National Law University, Patna

11.  National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

12.  National Law University, Delhi

13.  National Law University Odisha, Cuttack

14.  National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi

15.  National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati

16.  Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam

17.  Tamil Nadu National Law University, Trichy

18.  Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

19.  Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

20.  Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

21.  Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla

22.  Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur

23.  Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonipat

[1] Kindly refer to the NIRF ranking available at https://www.nirfindia.org/2021/LawRanking.html and India today rankings at https://www.indiatoday.in/bestcolleges/2021/ranks/1836829.

Admission into these prestigious National Law Universities is not an easy task. However, the journey is worth the shot. These universities offer 5-year integrated courses in law (which saves a year for the candidates in case they opt for the usual 3-year LL.B after completing graduation). One must visit the University’s website to check out the courses offered and the course structure.

Strategies to crack CLAT

There has been an increasing trend of aspirants appearing for CLAT. The number of exam takers has seen a sharp steep over the years, with approximately sixty thousand students appearing for CLAT 2021! This, coupled with an acceptance rate of less than 3-4 percent, makes CLAT the most competitive law entrance exam in India. One needs a robust preparation with the right mindset and strategy to tackle the challenges on the way. The right strategy not only includes preparing from the right sources but also preparing the right way.

Here’s what might help:

1.      Sneak into past year’s papers- One must go through the past year’s papers to get a knack for exam patterns and the style of questions. It is common for exams to follow a set style of questions and going through the past year’s papers helps you identify those.  

2.      Attempt a thousand times before actually attempting it- The most important part of one’s preparation is undoubtedly practicing mock tests as much as possible. This will help you:

·         Identify your weak and strong areas;

·         Build speed and accuracy;

·         Choose the best exam attempting strategy-  Like how much guesswork helps you score higher;

·         Get a clear picture of your preparation level;

·         Strategize time management techniques;

·         Familiarize with different question styles;

·         Identify important questions and topics.

3.      Time management– Time crunch is something that most of the students struggle with while appearing for CLAT. The aspirants are required to attempt 150 questions in 120 minutes, which boils down to less than a minute to read, analyze and attempt one answer! It is thus, important to know how much time to spend on each question or each section. While this largely depends upon one’s own speed and acumen, identifying one’s strong and weak areas can help the candidate allocate time in an efficient manner and save precious time during the time.

4.      Stay hydrated, Stay motivated- Battles are lost in the mind first. With mounting pressure for 12th class board exam, it is not uncommon for students to lose sight of their goals. It’s important to keep your mental health under check in order to perform well. Watching motivational videos and talking to one’s mentors/teachers/peers can help one stay motivated in times of pressure.

5.      Know what’s happening around you- Exams with a general knowledge section always test one’s awareness of the happenings around the world. So it’s important to keep one’s eyes open and stay updated about all the recent events happening in the world. Who knows, a glimpse of some news here or there might buy you some marks in the CLAT!

6.      Don’t spoil your 12th Board – While CLAT preparation demands a lot of time and attention from aspirants, one must not forget that 12th board still constitutes the most important stage in one’s academic ladder. One must not jeopardize the preparation for 12th Boards while preparing for CLAT exam.



Source to prepare for the Exam


While there are numerous sources to prepare for the exam, one must go with the best! And when it comes to the best, the EBC Guide for LLB, CLAT, AILET, SET, DU and Other Law Entrance Exams by Surabhi Modi,  is second to none. This 5th edition 2022 LL.B. entrance exam guide is the most comprehensive book for the preparation of CLAT, AILET, SET, DU, and other LL.B. entrance exams. This book provides the most reliable answers for previous year’s papers and the most thorough analysis of questions. It stands out amongst others in its expert insight and authentic and reliable answers and provides the shortest route possible to crack CLAT. A must-have book for all students, whether they are new to law entrance exam preparation or have been preparing for a while. They will find the book immensely advantageous and helpful for their preparation.