CLAT 2015: Law Entrance Exam Goes Online This Year


(Representational Picture)Panaji: Students discuss question paper after coming out of examination hall in Panaji, on March 2, 2015. CBSE board exams commenced today. (Photo: IANS)

(Representational Picture)Panaji: Students discuss question paper after coming out of examination hall in Panaji, on March 2, 2015. CBSE board exams commenced today. (Photo: IANS)

The country-wide Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will go online this year in view of the technical gitches noticed last year in a pen and paper style. While aspirants are hopeful to see a flaw-less entrance exam, many are wary of the glitches every time an entrance test goes online. For details visit the official website

The online exam was fixed for May 10, the day when COMEDK in Karnataka too will take place and Indian Statistical Insitute’s entrance exam was scheduled. Effectively, those who have no two minds can only apply for CLAT in Karnataka.

Last year exam saw numerous complaints from the students about the mix-up of bar codes and marks transferred to other students, among others. While the online test should answer those glitches, students and coaching centres are wary that they never crop up again and that the results will be instant without hassles.

When the common entrance exam for MBA (CAT) went online in 2009, similar technical glitches cropped up making many unsure about their fate.

Another factor of CLAT this time is that the age is restricted to 20 to take the admission test and for those who are eligible for the last time in it will be virtually out of competition next year onwards.

This year’s CLAT is being administered by the Lucknow-based Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University. Students are advised to take mock online tests to make themselves familiar with the test and keep the time factor in mind.

CLAT 2015 Pattern:

CLAT 2015 will include English section to test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

The General Knowledge and Currents Affairs section will ba based on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs in the mainstream media between March 2014 to April 2015.

Mathematics section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics usually taught up to Class X.

The Legal Aptitude test will measure candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving abilities. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.

Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

In addition, Logical Reasoning will test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
Pattern of CLAT 2015 (Post-Graduate Programme)

Exam: CLAT
Maximum Marks: 150 (0.25 for negative marking)
Duration: Two hours (02:00 hours)
MC Questions: 150 questions

1. Constitutional Law: 50
2. Jurisprudence: 50
3. Other law subjects: 50

(which include such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Family Law, property Law, IPR etc.)

 There will be Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks each will be deducted for each of the wrong answers.

Participating Universites:

NLSIU – Bangalore
NALSAR – Hyderabad
NLIU – Bhopal
WBNUJS – Kolkata
NLU – Jodhpur
HNLU – Raipur
GNLU – Gandhinagar
RMLNLU – Lucknow
RGNUL – Patiala
CNLU – Patna
NUALS – Kochi
NLUO – Cuttack
NUSRL – Ranchi
NLUJAA – Guwahati
DSNLU – Visakhapatnam
TNNLS – Tiruchirappalli.



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