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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2011

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted by 11 National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The 11 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:

* National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).
* NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR).
* National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU).
* The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS).
* National Law University, Jodhpur(NLU).
* Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU).
* Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU).
* Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU).
* Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL).
* Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU).
* National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS).

CLAT was conceptualized and implemented pursuant to a case filed at the Supreme Court of India highlighting the hardships of students who would have to appear for several separate entrance examinations. Prior to the case being decided, the Ministry of Human Resource Development brokered a settlement between the various law schools to conduct a common, all India entrance examination which was labeled as CLAT.

As per the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the first CLAT Committee (consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the participating NLUs) decided that the test should be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. CLAT-2008 (NLSIU, Bangalore), CLAT-2009 (NALSAR, Hyderabad) and CLAT-2010 (NLIU, Bhopal) were conducted accordingly. CLAT 2011 is being conducted by The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS).

The Under-Graduate Programme offered by the National Law Universities [5 year integrated BA /B.Sc /B Psc / BBA/ BCom LL.B (Hons) Degree Course]
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Eligibility:
To be eligible to appear for CLAT-2011, a candidate should have passed his/her Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability). Candidates who have appeared in the 10+2 examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test. Age of candidate should not be more than 20 years in case of General/OBC candidates (22 years in case of SC/ST and persons with Disability) as on 1st July, 2011. The candidate must have passed the qualifying examination at the time of his/her admission and be able to submit its proof.

The different subject areas of the exam are explained as under:

English including Comprehension (40 Marks):
The English section will test the candidate's proficiency in English based 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 in of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

General Knowledge/Current Affairs (50 Marks):
This section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between May 2010 and May 2011)

Mathematics (20 Marks):
This section will test candidates only on "elementary" mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till the class 10.

Logical Reasoning (45 Marks):
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the student'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, as this tends to disadvantage those that are visually impaired.

Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness (45 Marks):
Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness This section will test students only on "legal aptitude". 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 might 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). Candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the question accordingly.

Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself. For example, if the word patent is used, the meaning of patent ("a legal monopoly granted by the government for certain kinds of inventions") will also be explained.

The Post-Graduate Programme offered in the National Law Universities [2 year LL.M Degree Course, CNLU, Patna does NOT offer this course]

Eligibility:
To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2011 a candidate 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/ST /OBC and persons with Disability). Candidates who have appeared in the qualifying degree examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to appear in the test.

Availability of CLAT-2011 Information Brochure and Application form:
The Brochure along with OMR Application Form will be sold at Rs. 150/- from different post offices throughout India and at the eleven National Law Universities. Request for OMR Application Form along with Brochure can also be made by sending a Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque/ Pay order of Rs. 200/- in favour of "WBNUJS-CLAT A/C" payable at Kolkata to Convenor, Common Law Admission Test, CLAT-2011, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences. Dr. Ambedkar Bhawan, 12, L.B. Block, Sector - III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata - 700 098.

Mode of applying:
Duly filled OMR application form along with Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque / Pay order of Rs. 2500/- (Rs. 2000/- for SC/ST candidates) in favour of "WBNUJS-CLAT A/C", payable at Kolkata and necessary documents as mentioned in the OMR application form and on CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) can be submitted from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all working days and up to 5:00 p.m. on 2 April 2011 to the Convenor, CLAT-2011 either in person or sent through registered post to the below mentioned address so as to reach on or before 2nd April 2011.

The Convenor,
Common Law Admission Test, CLAT-2011
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata,
Dr. Ambedkar Bhawan, 12 L.B. Block, Sector - III, Salt Lake City,
Kolkata 700 098

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

Important dates for CLAT 2011:

Publication of advertisement in leading English/Hindi national daily Newspapers

First week of January, 2011 - Last week of February, 2011

Issue of application forms from all CLAT -2011 participating universities and specified branches of Indian Post Offices

From 11th January, 2011 (Tuesday)

Last date for submission of filled-in entrance examination application forms

2nd April 2011 (Saturday)

Issue of Hall Tickets to the candidates

From 12th April, 2011 (Tuesday)

Date of Admissions Test for UG/PG

15th May 2011(Sunday) (3.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m)

Publication of result

28th May 2011 (Saturday)

Last date of acceptance and confirmation of interest in admission by depositing money in bank

To be notified later

Completion of admission process

28th June, 2011 (Tuesday)

Commencement of classes

1st July, 2011 (Friday)

The above dates are tentative and the Convenor, CLAT reserves the right to change the dates as per contingencies and requirements.

Contact Details:
For any further clarification and information regarding CLAT- 2011 please contact at the following address:

The Convenor
Common Law Admission Test, CLAT-2011
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata,
Dr. Ambedkar Bhawan, 12 L.B. Block, Sector - III, Salt Lake City,
Kolkata 700 098
Tele (033) 2335-0534/2335-7379/2335-0765
Fax (033) 2335-0511
Email: helpdesk@clat.ac.in
Website: www.clat.ac.in

CLAT Brochure shall be available from 11th January 2011 from different branches of Post Offices


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