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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) Exam Pattern & Preparation Books List

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralized test for admission in well-known National Law Universities in India for under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M.). The first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Now there are 14 participating NLUs taking Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) which was conducted by the Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar in 2014.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) consists of objective type of questions that coves English, general knowledge, basic mathematics, besides legal and logical reasoning. This test is of two-hour duration time.


Only Indian nationals and NRIs can appear in the test. The foreign candidates who are eager of taking admission to any course in any of the participating Law Universities may directly contact the concerned University for foreign vacant seats.

 Paper Pattern:

For Under-Graduate Programme

English including Comprehension40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50
Numerical Ability20
Legal Aptitude50
Logical Reasoning40
Total Marks – 200
Duration of Examination - Two hours

For Post-Graduate Programme

Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions100 Marks
Multiple-Choice Questions50 Marks
Maximum Marks – 150 marks
Duration of Examination - Two hours

For each wrong answer candidate will lose one fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question or say it will be deducted as penalty to arrive at corrected score. If a question is left blank, i.e. no answer is marked by the candidate; there will be no penalty for that question.

Here are list of some books that are really very recommendable & significant by with you can practice at home without need of any tutor.


  • CLAT & AILET Chapter – Wise Solved Papers 2008 – 2013: By Gautam Puri. This book covers Chapter Wise 4 Model Papers & 1 Online Mock Test.


  • The Pearson Legal Refresher for Judicial Services Examinations: By A. P. Bhardwaj. This book is blend of subject-matter and exhaustive practice manual that will enable readers to check their level of knowledge, understanding and practice for judicial services examinations.

he Pearson Legal Refresher for Judicial Services Examinations

  • CLAT Study Kit: By Deepu Krishna. CLAT Study Kit has been designed for those aspirants who need more content and theories for better understanding of concepts in Legal Reasoning, English, Logical Reasoning, Mathematics and General Studies.

CLAT Study Kit

  • The Ultimate Guide to the LLB Entrance Examination 2014: By  M. A. Rashid. This book consists of several multiple choice questions and model papers for thorough revision and final practice.

The Ultimate Guide to the LLB Entrance Examination 2014

  • Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and Other Law Entrance Examinations: By  A. P. Bhardwaj. This Workbook is a perfect practice tool for students preparing for CLAT and other law entrance examinations. The book acts as a ready reckoner for students to brush up their basics and memorize important facts, figures and concepts.

Legal Aptitude for the CLAT

  • Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning (4th Edition): By A. P. Bhardwaj. This is a comprehensive book for students applying for admission into various colleges to study an undergraduate course in Law.

Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning

  • The Pearson Guide to the CLAT: By Harsh Gagrani. The book comprises of test papers and solved papers which give the student a better understanding of what needs to be learnt for the entrance exams.

The Pearson Guide to the CLAT

  • Word Power made easy – Norman Lewis. The book helps reader in building word skills,building vocabulary,using new words,pronunciation keys, test of grammar skills etc..


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