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Organising University : Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur



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 programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The 14 participating NLUs in the order of their establishment are:


  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)

  • National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad

  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)

  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)

  • National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)

  • 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, Punjab (RGNUL)

  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)

  • National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)

  • National Law University, Odisha (NLUO)

  • National University of Study 6 Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)

  • National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)


The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the seven participating NLUs at that time decided that the test should be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008 by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. Subsequently, CLAT-2009, CLAT-2010, CLAT-2011 and CLAT-2012 have been conducted by NALSAR-Hyderabad, NLIU-Bhopal, WBNJUJS-Kolkata and NLU-Jodhpur, respectively. The CLAT-2013 is being conducted by Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO BE NOTED BY THE CANDIDATES




  • It is mandatory for all candidates to fill in all the 14 choices of National Law Universities for the UG courses and 12 choices (all NLUs except CNLU-Patna and NUSRL-Ranchi) for PG courses in order of their preference. Failure to do so would result in rejection of the Application Form. Choices once made will not be changed later.

  • There shall be a centralized admission process for CLAT- 2013 on the basis of merit-cum-preference. All admissions shall be centrally done through the organizing university, i.e. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The information relating to date of admission shall be placed on CLAT-2013 website (www.clat.ac.in) from time to time.

Eligibility for Under-Graduate Courses




To be eligible to appear in CLAT-2013, a candidate should have obtained 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) and should 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 in the test. 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 Courses




To be eligible for appearing in CLAT-2013, 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 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. **

Types of Bank Exams




  • Generally, the bank examinations are of the following types  1. Exam conducted by SBI and SBI Associate Banks for recruitment to the posts of clerks and officers

  • Common Written Examination conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection as a prerequisite for selection of personnel for Probationary Officer / Management Trainee / Clerical Cadre posts in 19 Public Sector Banks

  • Exams conducted by private sector banks for recruitment to the posts of clerks and officers

  • Exams conducted by Co-operative banks for recruitment to the posts of clerks and officers

  • There is more good news for lakhs of aspirants seeking a career in banking sector – the time taken by a bank to complete the recruitment process, which is now 6-8 months , will come down to 2-3 months with the introduction of the first of its kind "Common Written Examination (CWE)". The Institute of Banking Personnel Selection(IBPS) will conduct the CWE. This examination is the per-requisite for selection of personnel for the posts of Probationary Officer/Management Trainee/Clerks in the Public Sector Banks.

  • Participating Banks: Except for SBI, almost all the major Public Sector Banks are participating in the CWE. The 19 banks which are participating in the CWE are Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank,Bank of Baroda,Bank of India, Bank of Maharashtra, Canara Bank, Central Bank of India,Corporation Bank,Dena Bank,Indian Bank,Indian Overseas Bank, Oriental Bank of Commerce, Punjab National Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Syndicate Bank, Union Bank of India, United Bank of India, UCO Bank, Vijaya Bank.

  • The Common Written Examination will be conducted 4 times in a year, twice for Probationary Officer/ Management Trainee and twice for Clerical Cadre posts.

Eligibility for Exams




  • IBPS CWE: Age: 20 to 30 years; Education Qualification: A degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government

  • SBI and SBI Associate Banks: Age: 21 to 30 years; Education Qualification: Graduation in any discipline from a recognized college/ University 

  • Bank Clerical Exams:


  • IBPS CWE: Age: 18 to 28 years; Education Qualification: A pass with 60% marks in the aggregate in SSC/ Matriculation
    or


  • A pass with 50% marks in HSC examination of 10+2 (10+2+3 pattern)
    or


  • A degree in any discipline from a recognized University or any equivalent qualification recognized as such by the Central Government 2. SBI and SBI Associate Banks: Age: 18 to 28 years; Education Qualification: Minimum 12th Standard (10 + 2) or equivalent qualification thereof with a minimum of 60% marks

Pattern of Exams




  • Both P.O. and clerical recruitments comprise at least two stages of exams, viz. a written test, and an interview. The written test normally comprises an objective type test and a descriptive test(only for PO). The interview is normally a personal interview or sometimes, a combination of group discussion and personal interview.

  • Bank PO Exams: The test areas in the objective type test of P.O. exam include tests from amongst Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English language, Marketing Aptitude and Computer Knowledge. The Descriptive Writing Test is to check the proficiency of the student in English Language.

  • Objective Paper: 250 Questions to be answered in 150 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 225 Descriptive Paper (Essay, Precis, Letter Writing etc): Duration - 60 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 25

  • Pattern of SBI/SBI Associate Banks PO Exam : The SBI and Associate Banks of SBI conduct separate written test for the selection process and will not consider the CWE score. The details of the written test are as follows  The written test consists of Objective Paper and Descriptive Paper

  • Objective Paper: 200 Questions to be answered in 120 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 200  Descriptive Paper (Essay, Precis, Letter Writing etc): Duration - 60 Minutes; Maximum Marks: 50 Negative Marking: There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test

  • Pattern of the IBPS Bank Clerical CWE : The written test consists of Objective Paper only.  Objective Paper: 250 Questions to be answered in 150 Minutes; 

  • Negative Marking: There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the Objective Test.