The CLAT application process begins in the month of January every year, but from the last year it has been changed. The Exam is going to conducted in the month of December so the application process will start from October and the application form is made available on the official website of the CLAT consortium.
Candidates can apply for the CLAT exam by filling the application form online and paying the application fee. The application fee for the CLAT exam is Rs. 4000 for general category candidates and Rs. 3500 for reserved category candidates.
To fill the CLAT application form, candidates must follow the steps given below:
- Visit the official website of the CLAT consortium and click on the link for the application form.
- Read the instructions carefully and click on the link to register.
- Fill in the registration form with the required details and click on the submit button.
- A login ID and password will be sent to your registered email ID.
- Login to the CLAT portal using the login ID and password and fill in the application form with the required details.
- Upload the required documents, such as a scanned copy of your photograph and signature, a copy of your 10+2 or equivalent examination mark sheet, and a copy of your Bachelor’s degree mark sheet (for PG programs).
- Pay the application fee online using a credit card, debit card, or net banking.
- Submit the application form and take a printout for future reference.
It is important to note that the CLAT application process is completely online and candidates must ensure that they have a stable internet connection and a computer or smartphone with a good browser to access the CLAT portal. Candidates are also advised to keep the required documents ready before starting the application process to avoid any delays.
The CLAT application process closes in the month of November and candidates are advised to submit their applications well in advance to avoid any last-minute rush. Candidates are also advised to carefully check the details entered in the application form before submitting it as any incorrect information may lead to the rejection of the application.
CLAT Detailed Exam Pattern
The CLAT exam is conducted in an online mode and consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The exam is held for a duration of two hours and consists of 200 MCQs. The maximum marks for the CLAT exam are 200 and the exam is conducted in two shifts.
The CLAT exam consists of five sections:
1. English: This section tests the candidate’s English languages skills, such as reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and language usage. The English section consists of 40 MCQs and carries a weightage of 40 marks.
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section tests the candidate’s knowledge of current events and general knowledge. The General Knowledge and Current Affairs section consists of 50 MCQs and carries a weightage of 50 marks.
3. Legal Reasoning: This section tests the candidate’s ability to analyze and interpret laws, identify legal issues, and apply legal principles to given situations. The Legal Reasoning section consists of 50 MCQs and carries a weightage of 50 marks.
4. Logical Reasoning: This section tests the candidate’s ability to analyze and interpret logical arguments and apply reasoning to solve problems. The Logical Reasoning section consists of 40 MCQs and carries a weightage of 40 marks.
5. Quantitative Techniques: This section tests the candidate’s mathematical skills and ability to solve quantitative problems. The Quantitative Techniques section consists of 20 MCQs and carries a weightage of 20 marks.
It is important to note that the paper pattern for the CLAT exam may vary from year to year and it is advisable for candidates to check the official website of the CLAT consortium for the latest exam pattern.
The CLAT exam is a highly competitive examination and the number of candidates appearing for the exam has been increasing every year. The competition for a seat in the NLUs is intense, with the number of seats being limited and the number of candidates appearing for the exam being very high. The cut-off marks for the CLAT exam are also very high and only a small percentage of candidates who appear for the exam are able to secure a seat in the NLUs.