Introduction and Overview
The CLAT 2022 would focus on evaluating the comprehension and reasoning skills and abilities of candidates. Overall, it is designed to be a test of aptitude and skills that are necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge, though prior knowledge occasionally may be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section.
The CLAT 2022 shall be a 2-hour test, with 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. These questions would be divided into the following 5 subjects:
- English Language
- Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
- Legal Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Techniques
|Number of Questions||150|
|Marks per Question||1|
|Negative Marking||0.25 for the wrong answer|
In this section of the CLAT 2022, you will be provided passages of about 450 words each. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and would be of a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to:
- Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage;
- Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage;
- Summarise the passage;
- Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage; and
- Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.
Current Affairs Including General Knowledge
In this section, you will be provided passages of up to 450 words each. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including:
- Contemporary events of significance from India and the world;
- Arts and culture;
- International affairs; and
- Historical events of continuing significance.
In this section, you will be expected to read passages of around 450 words each. The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions, or moral philosophical inquiries. You will not require any prior knowledge of the law. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.
Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:
- Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage;
- Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations; and
- Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.
The Logical Reasoning section of the CLAT 2022 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:
- Recognize an argument, its premises and conclusions;
- Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage;
- Critically analyze patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;
- Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations;
- Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence and assess the effectiveness of arguments.
The Quantitative Techniques section of the CLAT 2022 will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations to such information.
The questions will require you to:
- Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations; and
- Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.
Preparing for the CLAT 2022?
How to prepare for CLAT 2022? That’s one question every candidate asks. A good score in CLAT gets you a good Law College. Hence, scoring well is a necessity. No matter how much time you have at hand it is of utmost importance to prepare a preparation strategy. It is imperative that the candidate stays motivated throughout their CLAT preparation. Preparing for CLAT is quite a commitment-but your discipline in sticking with this strategy will be rewarded! This blog will give you a fair idea of how to prepare for CLAT 2022.
- The candidate must prepare a timetable keeping the syllabus in mind.
- Make sure to cover all the topics and concepts.
- The candidate must be aware of new patterns of the Clat Exam.
- It is important to analyze the tests taken, recognize the weak areas, and work towards them.
- Online courses on Introduction to CLAT will help in preparation.
- Do not make assumptions. For every incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
- Practice solved papers of previous years.
In addition, you should develop your capacity to read and understand bodies of text, ensure you stay abreast of news and current affairs by regularly reading quality newspapers and periodicals, and improve your speed of answering questions on quantitative techniques by practicing with materials such as 10th standard mathematics textbooks.
CLAT Admission Process
In order to get admission to one of the 22 participating NLUs, candidates need to appear for the CLAT 2022 online entrance exam.
Post that, the counseling round will start after the declaration of results, where the candidates will be granted a seat in the preference order of the NLU (as filled in the online application form), based on seat availability and merit list.
Thus, the CLAT 2022 selection process will be held in the following stages:
1. Online Test
3. Merit List
CLAT-UG Eligibility Criteria1
- There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2022.
- As regards the minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
- Forty-five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories
- Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
- Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2022 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2022 examination. However, they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
- The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
- In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order:
- Higher marks in the component/section on legal aptitude in the CLAT 2022 exam;
- Higher age;
- Computerized draw of lots.
|Minimum educational qualification||Class 12 or equivalent|
|Minimum qualifying marks||45% (40% in case of SC & ST candidates)|
|Age limit||Not applicable|
CLAT 2022 Important Dates2
|Start of CLAT 2022 online application form||January 1, 2022|
|Last date to submit the application form||May 09, 2022|
|Release of admit card||June 2022 (Tentative)|
|CLAT 2022 exam date||June 19, 2022 (2 pm to 4 pm)|
|Release of provisional answer key||TBA|
|Release of final answer key||TBA|
|Declaration of results||June 2022 (Tentative)|
|Commencement of counseling||July 2022 (Tentative)|