CLAT 2013 (Common Law Admission Test) for UG & PG Law programmes by the National Law Universities

CLAT 2013

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2013 for admission to under-graduate and post-graduate programmes offered by member National Law Universities is scheduled to take place on 12 May 2013, from 3 pm to 5 pm.

CLAT 2013 is being organised & conducted by the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU).

Application Forms Now Available

About CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree law programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:



  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
  4. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  11. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  12. National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)

CLAT 2013 Important Dates

Publication of CLAT 2013 Advertisement

1st January 2013

Date of Commencement of Sale of Application Forms (Specified Branches of SBI & CLAT-2013 Member NLUs)

15th January 2013

Last Date for submission of filled-in Application Forms

30th March 2013  by 5 pm

Dispatch of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets

Till 13th April 2013

Date of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2013)

12th May 2013

Date of Declaration of CLAT 2013 Results

31st May 2013

Issue of First Provisional Allotment List along with Waiting List

2nd June 2013

Last Date for Fee-deposit with CLAT Office by the candidates of the First Provisional Allotment List and Waiting List to reserve their seats in respective Universities

7th June 2013  by 4 pm

Last Date for exercising the option to remain with and take admission in  the allotted University

7th June 2013  by 4 pm

Publication of Actual Allotment List of the candidates allotted to various Universities against First Provisional Allotment List

10th June 2013

Issue of Second Provisional Allotment List

11th June 2013

Last Date for exercising the option to remain with and take admission in  the allotted University

13th June 2013  by 4 pm

Publication of Actual Allotment List of candidates allotted  to various Universities against the Second Provisional Allotment List

15th June 2013

Issue of Third Provisional Allotment List

16th June 2013

Last Date for exercising the option to remain with and take admission in  the allotted University

18th  June 2013  by 4 pm

Publication of Actual Allotment List of candidates allotted to various Universities against the Third Provisional Allotment List

19th June 2013

Issue of Fourth Provisional Allotment List along with Waiting List, if any

20th June 2013

Completion of admission formalities at University level by submitting required certificates/documents and the balance amount of fees by candidates who would have deposited fees against 1st, 2nd and 3rd Provisional Allotment List

24 - 27th June 2013

Last Date for Withdrawal of Candidature for Admission from CLAT Office

27th June 2013  by 4 pm

Last Date for Fee-deposit with CLAT Office by the candidates of Fourth Allotment List and Waiting List, if any, to reserve their seats in respective Universities

27th June 2013  by 4:00 p.m.

Last Date for exercising the option to remain with and take admission in  the allotted University

27th June 2013  by 4 pm

Submission of Detail Report by Member NLUs to the CLAT Convener regarding the vacancies, if any, caused due to the non-reporting of candidates for completing the admission formalities

28th June 2012

Publication of Actual List of candidates allotted to various Universities against the Fourth Provisional Allotment List

29th June 2013

Closure of Admission Process by CLAT Office

29th June 2013

Completion of Admission Formalities at the  University level by submitting required certificates/documents and the balance amount of fees by candidates who would have deposited fees against the Fourth Provisional Allotment List

5 – 6th July 2013

 

CLAT 2013 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for Under-Graduate Law Courses

To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2013, you should:
 

  • Have a Senior Secondary School/Intermediate (10+2) or its equivalent certificate from a recognised Board with not less than 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of SC and ST candidates)
  • Be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2013 (22 years in case of SC and ST candidates).*


Candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear for CLAT 2013. However, such candidates are required to have passed the qualifying examination at the time of their admission and must be able to submit proofs in support of their claims.

* Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.
 
Eligibility for Post-Graduate Law Courses

To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2013, you should have obtained a LL. B/B. L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University with not less than 55% marks in aggregate (50% in case of SC and  ST candidates).*

The candidates who have passed the qualifying degree examination through supplementary/ compartment and repeat attempts are also eligible for appearing in the test and taking admission provided that such candidates will have to produce the proof of having passed the qualifying examination with fifty-five/fifty percent marks, as the case may be, on the date of their admission or within the time allowed by the respective universities.

The candidates who are appearing or have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. **

*     Subject to State reservation at the University concerned.
** The candidate must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission. Such candidates will be provided provisional admission only and they will have to submit their final results of qualifying examination within the time frame prescribed by the respective Universities/Institutes.

CLAT 2013 Exam Pattern

Exam pattern for CLAT 2013 (for admission to under graduate programmes):

Total Marks

200

Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each

200

Duration of CLAT 2013

2 hours

Subject areas with weightage:

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

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

The different subject areas of CLAT 2013 for admission to UG law programs are:

1.    English including Comprehension
This section will test your aptitude in English through comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, you will be assessed on your understanding of the passage given, its central theme and meanings of the words used therein, etc. The grammar section will focus on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in the given sentences with appropriate words, etc.

2.    General Knowledge and Currents Affairs
This section will evaluate your general knowledge including static general knowledge.  Questions on current affairs will test your knowledge in current affairs.

3.    Mathematics
This section will test your knowledge in elementary mathematics (mathematics taught up to Class X).

4.    Legal Aptitude
This section will test your interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions asked may comprise of legal propositions/ principles and a set of facts to which the said proposition/ principle has to be applied to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion. Such propositions may or may not be ‘true’ in the real sense; yet you will have to assume that the given propositions are true and answer the questions accordingly.

An example of such legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others who are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year.

5.    Logical Reasoning
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test your skill 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.
 
Tie-Breaking

In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT 2013, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

  • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT-2013
  • Higher age
  • Computerized draw of lots

Exam pattern for CLAT 2013 (for admission to post graduate programmes):

Total Marks

150

Duration of examination

Two Hours

Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions

100 Marks 

(Covering Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)

(4 questions of 25 marks each)

Multiple-Choice Questions 

50 Marks

(Covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed by the BCI for the Under-Graduate Course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence)

(50 questions of 1 mark each)

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

Tie-breaking

In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT-2013, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

  • Higher marks in the Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions Section in CLAT-2013
  • Higher age
  • Computerized draw of lots

CLAT 2013 Application Forms

  • Printed OMR CLAT 2013 Application Form along with the CLAT-2013 Information Brochure will be made available at the designated branches of the State Bank of India (SBI) and in all the participating NLUs  by making a payment of Rs.3000/- only (Rs.2500/- in case of SC/ST candidates on submission of proof) excluding the bank charges.

    * For buying the CLAT 2013 Application Form from the designated branches of SBI, fees can be paid through a ‘Challan’ by furnishing the required information about the candidate as specified in the 'Challan' form.

    * For  purchasing CLAT 2013 Application Form from the participating NLUs, the candidates can make payment either through ‘Cash’ or ‘Demand Draft’ drawn in favour of the Registrars of the concerned NLUs payable at the respective cities of their location.

  • CLAT 2013 Application Form and CLAT 2013 Information Brochure can also be obtained through registered/speed post by sending a requisition letter (with Father’s Name, Contact Numbers, detail Mailing Address and PIN Code) to:

    Convener, CLAT-2013,
    Hidayatullah National Law University,
    Post – Uparwara, Abhanpur,
    New Raipur – 493661 (Chhattisgarh)

    along with a Demand Draft of Rs.3100/- (Rs.2600/- in case of SC/ST candidates) drawn in favour of “Registrar, HNLU – CLAT   2013 A/C” to be payable at Raipur (Chhattisgarh).

    Rs. 3100.00/Rs. 2600.00 includes an additional amount of Rs.100.00 being charged for sending the Application Form and Information Brochure through Speed/Registered Post.

  • You can also apply online. The online payment for applying for CLAT-2013 can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In case of online application, the candidates will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees online through payment gateways.

    Online application for CLAT 2013 will be active from 15 Jan 2013, 10 am and will be on till 30 Mar 2013, midnight.

    Click here to access the CLAT 2013 online application form. You would also find here, detailed instructions for filling the online CLAT application.

Note: Old Question Booklets i.e. printed copies of previous years' CLAT question papers (from 2008 - 2012) for UG & PG courses will be available & sold at the 14 participating National Law Universities/Institutes including the organizing university (i.e. HNLU, Raipur) at a cost of Rs. 200/- per booklet. It can be obtained either in person on payment of Rs. 200/- or through registered/speed post by sending a Demand Draft of Rs. 300/- drawn in favour of the Registrars of the concerned NLUs to be payable at the respective cities of their location

These CLAT Question Booklets will also be made available on the CLAT Website and can be downloaded by making online payment of Rs. 200/- through net banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In addition to making online payment of Rs. 200/-, the applicant will have to bear the bank transaction cost for remitting the charges online. Click here to buy previous years' CLAT question papers online.


Application process for CLAT 2013

The filled-in OMR CLAT 2013 Application Form along with a copy of the Bank Challan/Cash Receipt/Demand Draft must be submitted to the Convener, CLAT-2013, either in person (from 10 am to 5 pm on all working days) or through registered/speed post so as to reach the following address on or before 5 pm of 30 March 2013.

The relevant certificates/documents in support of one’s claim for admission are not to be submitted along with the Application Form. The original certificates/documents (as indicated in the OMR Application Form and specified in the CLAT-2013 Information Brochure) issued by competent authority are to be submitted to the allotted University/Institute only at the time of admission. 

The address for sending the filled-in CLAT 2013 Application Form is:

The Convener,
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2013
Hidayatullah National Law University
Post – Uparwara, Abhanpur
New Raipur – 493661 (Chhattisgarh)

As the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU) is located 30 kms away from the main city of Raipur and the courier services are not up to the mark, the candidates are advised not to send their applications through courier.

Application for CLAT 2013 can also be made through online including online payment of application fees and uploading of the passport size (3.5 x 4.5) photograph and scanned copy of the signature through electronic mode. Candidates applying online must visit and carefully read the instructions given in the CLAT-2013 website (www.clat.ac.in). The online payment can be made through net-banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In case of online application, the candidates will have to bear the additional transaction costs for remitting the fees online through payment gateways.

Online application for CLAT 2013 will be active from 15 Jan 2013, 10 am and will be on till 30 Mar 2013, midnight.

Click here to access the CLAT 2013 online application form. You would also find here, detailed instructions for filling the online CLAT application.

Note : Incomplete application or application received after the last date shall not be considered. University shall not be responsible for any postal/courier delay.



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