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Do you wish to take up a career in law? If yes, then CLAT exam is an important assessment if you are exploring law as a career option in India. CLAT is administered for candidates wishing to seek admission to national law schools in India.Conducted by 14 national law schools this exam is used for admission to under graduate (B.A/B.Sc/ BBA/ B.Com LL.B (Hons) and post graduate course (LL.M) . The 2014 edition of the exam will be directed by Gujarat National Law University. However, it must be noted that CLAT score is limited to participating law colleges only. On the flipside CLAT result is a golden pass for candidates wishing to enter the field of legal studies, surrounded by the world’s best legal and scholarly minds.
CLAT Registration / Application Form
The CLAT-2014 Online Application Form will be accessible on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) between 1st January, 2014 and 15th April, 2014 alongwith the Information Brochure. No hard copy of the Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold this time.
CLAT-2014 Information Brochure (not the application form) will also be accessible from the respective website of all the participating NLUs.
The cost of CLAT information brochure is Rs.4000 in case of general category and Rs.3500 for SC, ST and other groups.
Candidates applying online must draw a demand draft in the favour of "National Law University, Jodhpur CLAT A/C" and payable at Jodhpur (Rajasthan).
CLAT Exam Dates
CLAT 2014 will be conducted on Sunday, 11 May 2014 (3:00 – 5:00pm).
Following is the scope and coverage of questions under different sections of the CLAT exam. These topics invariably form CLAT syllabus.This syllabus dwells into various questions which you need to prepare for the exam in sections of English, general knowledge and current affairs, elementary mathematics, legal aptitude and logical reasoning.
English Language: This English language section is solely aimed at testing candidate's proficiency in the English language based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section candidates will be questioned on understanding of message, central theme and meaning of words. The grammar section would include questions related to the correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling the incomplete blanks with appropriate option etc.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section is aimed at testing both candidates general awareness as well as knowledge of current affairs and issues.
Mathematics: The mathematics section of the CLAT syllabus will be elementary maths of standard 10.
Legal Aptitude:The section is aimed at gauging candidate's study of law, research aptitude and ability for problem solving. Questions will be framed with the help of legal prepositions and a set of facts to which the proposition has to be applied. However, it must be noted that all prepositions may not be true in the real sense. You will just have to assume the truth of these preposition and answer questions accordingly.(An example of reference, 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 theatre across India for one year).
Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning deals with identifying patterns, logical links and rectifying illogical arguments. This section would include questions in syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However visual reasoning will be not be tested in this section.
CLAT 2014 UG Pattern:-
Total Marks - 200
Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each - 200
Duration of examination - Two Hours
Subject areas - Marks
English including Comprehension - 40 Marks
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs - 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) - 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude - 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning - 40 Marks
Marking Scheme: 0.25 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
CLAT 2014 PG Pattern:-
Total Marks - 150
Duration of examination - Two Hours
Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions (Covering 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).
After getting the paper pattern and syllabus, the exam seems a lot easy right, but caution. Cracking CLAT has never been so easy. Try to solve previous years’ papers as there is no better way to prepare for the exam. Read English passages and practise grammar questions. This exercise will surely help you to improve your proficiency in the language. Try to keep constant touch with current affairs by reading newspapers daily.
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Date of Examination: Sunday, 11 May 2014 (3:00 – 5:00pm).
Apply online between 1st January, 2014 (Wednesday) to 15th March 2014 (Tuesday, 11:59 p.m.).
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