CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2011 Exam dates have already been notified by National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, the organising university for CLAT 2011. The application form-cum-information brochure would be made available from 11th January, 2011 (Tuesday) and the last date for applying to CLAT 2011 is 2nd April 2011 (Saturday). The CLAT 2011 written exam would be held on 15th May 2011 (Sunday).
This blog article dwells at length on the salient points of this all important law entrance exam for students appearing for CLAT 2011 and at the same time archive the info for students appearing in future exams like CLAT 2012/ CLAT 2013 to help them apply for the exam. Another follow-up blog post titled: CLAT exam pattern, Sample papers, Books and Coaching institute tells you how to prepare for CLAT exam.
But first let us know what CLAT is.
What is Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)?
CLAT is an all-India law entrance exam, conducted for admissions into LL.B & LL.M program of prestigious National Law Universities of India. This very important law exam was conducted for the first time on 11th May 2008 and has since been conducted every year in 2nd/3rd Sunday of May. While only seven law institutes took part in the first CLAT exam, number of law institutes participating in CLAT has been increasing and in CLAT 2011, eleven law institutes are expected to participate.
List of institutes participating in CLAT 2011:
Can you get admissions to all law schools in India through CLAT? If not, which are the law schools in which you can get admissions through it?
These are following institutes which are participating in CLAT 2011:
1.0 National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).
2.0 NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR).
3.0 National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU).
4.0 The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS).
5.0 National Law University, Jodhpur (NLU).
6.0 Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU).
7.0 Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU).
8.0 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU).
9.0 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL).
10.0 Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU).
11.0 National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS).
In the above list, while you can get admissions to LL.B courses in all institutes, admissions to the LL.M course through CLAT is offered to NLSIU, NALSAR, NLIU, WBNUJS, HNLU, GNLU,RMLNLU and RGNUL only.
For LL.M course in NLU, Jodhpur and Cochin, you have to apply separately to those Universities.
The other prominent law institutes which are not participating in CLAT and conducts their own admission test, are as follows:
National Law University, Delhi, (New Delhi)
National Law University, Orissa.
Army Institute of Law, (Mohali)
Baroda School of Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat
Symbiosis Law School, (Pune)
ILS Law College, (Pune)
Amity Law School, (Delhi)
Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, (Chennai)
Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, (Kharagpur
KIIT Law School, (Bhubaneswar)
Faculty of Law, Delhi University, (Delhi)
Government Law College, (Mumbai)
School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, (Dehradun)
Faculty of Law, Banaras Hindu University, (Varanasi)
Ranking of Indian Law colleges:
You can find most of above law institutes in the “Best Law College” ranking in two surveys done by India Today and Outlook in this article
by legallyindia.com. So if you are serious about taking up law as a profession, you should appear in CLAT exam.
What are the eligibilities for CLAT?
As said before, CLAT exam is held for two levels LL.B & LL.M. Eligibilities for them are given below.
Eligibilities for CLAT LL.B:
Age: (as on 1st July of year of exam – e.g. 01.07.2011 for CLAT 2011)
Maximum 20 yrs for General/OBC & 22 yrs for SC/ST/Disabled.
Minimum 50% in Class-XII final exam (45% for SC/ST/OBC/Disabled). Final year students can also apply but he/she should posses the above qualification during his/her admission.
Eligibilities for CLAT LL.M:
Age: No age bar.
Minimum 55% in LL.B/B.L. Degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized University (50% for SC/ST/OBC/Disabled). Final year students can also apply but he/she should posses the above qualification during his/her admission.
Selection process for CLAT LL.B/LL.M program:
Selections to above prestigious law colleges through CLAT is purely based on the CLAT written exam - overall merit, preference-wise, gender-wise, state-wise and reservation-wise.
You can find more about CLAT exam pattern in my blog article titled: CLAT exam pattern, Sample papers, Books & Coaching institute.
CLAT 2011 Forms/How to apply for CLAT exam:
CLAT 2011 application form-cum-information brochure would be made available from 11th January, 2011 in two places:
1.0 Designated post offices, list of which would come out in the CLAT website from 11th January.
2.0 In the eleven National Law Universities.
While you can procure the CLAT forms by paying Rs. 150/- in cash from above two sources, you can also obtain the CLAT forms by post from the organising university, WBNUJS, Kolkat by sending a DD/Pay Order of Rs. 200/- in favour of “WBNUJS-CLAT A/C” payable at Kolkata along with a request letter to following address:
The 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.
After filling-in the CLAT form, you have to submit the same either in person or through registered post to above address so as to reach before the last date of application – 2nd April, 2011. You also have to send the CLAT 2011 exam fee of Rs. 2500/- (Rs. 2000/- for SC/ST) in the form of DD/Bankers Cheque/ Pay order in favour of “WBNUJS-CLAT A/C”, payable at Kolkata along with the CLAT form and necessary documents as mentioned in the information brochure.
Important dates for CLAT 2011:
Date of advertisement/notification for CLAT 2011: 1st week of January, 2011
Issue of application forms: from 11 January, 2011 (Tuesday)
Last Date for submission of filled-in CLAT 2011 forms – 2 April 2011 (Saturday)
Date of issue of CLAT 2011 Hall Tickets: from 12 April, 2011 (Tuesday)
Date of CLAT 2011 written exam:15 May 2011(Sunday) (3.00 P.M. – 5.00 P.M)
Date of CLAT 2011 result – 28 May 2011 (Saturday)
Date of completion of admission process – 28 June, 2011 (Tuesday)
Date of commencement of classes – 1 July, 2011 (Friday)
CLAT 2012 Exam date notification:
Some of you may be wanting to appear in CLAT exam at a later date – say in CLAT 2011 or CLAT 2012 and hence would like to know when these exams would be held so that you can start preparing accordingly.
Therefore based on the exam-date trend analysis of last four CLAT exams, following dates for CLAT 2012 is forecasted:
Date of notification for CLAT 2012: 1st week of January, 2012.
Last date for CLAT 2012 submission of forms: 2nd April, 2012
Date of CLAT 2012 exam: Either 13/05/2012 or 20/05/2012 (2nd/3rd Sunday of May).
How this exam date is forecasted can be found from following date trend analysis:
With above exam date trend, you can also find that date of CLAT 2013 exam should be either 12/05/2013 or 19/05/2013.
Hope with above you can apply confidently for CLAT 2011 exam. But how do you prepare for it? Check my blog post titled CLAT exam pattern, Sample papers, Books and Coaching institute. Keep visiting this blog as I am going to update any information which I come across for CLAT exam. Best wishes!
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