CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test that is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools and universities.
It is conducted for admission in undergraduate and postgraduate law programs. There are 22 national law universities that are offering these degree programs all over the nation.
Some top universities include the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, and many more. The minimum percentage of marks which are required by the students for these qualifying exams is 40% for the unreserved category and 35% marks for the reserved category. Candidates have to solve 150 questions in two hours.
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LOCKDOWN DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the nation is facing a massive lockdown for a few days. The nation is under lockdown since the midnight of March 24.
The first lockdown was of 21 days which was expected to be terminated on 14th April. But the rising cases of coronavirus let the lockdown to be continued further. At first, the exam date was scheduled for May 10.
In order to maintain social distancing and in the view of all the rules and regulations, the exam was postponed and rescheduled on May 24 and June 21. Currently, the nation is surrounded by the lockdown 4.0 and it is difficult to assume for how long this lockdown remains.
Past few years, the CLAT exam is held in the month of May. But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic the exam schedule is postponed for the third time. Earlier, the exam was scheduled on May 10. Then, it was rescheduled twice on May 24 and June 21. Now the Universities have announced that the CLAT exam would take place after July 1.
MODIFICATION IN EXAMINATION PATTERN:
This year, there are some changes in the examination pattern of the CLAT exam. Earlier there used to be 200 questions that candidates had to solve within 2 hours. This year the questions have limited to 150.
Moreover, there is an introduction of comprehension based questions in almost all the sections. The sections are quantitative techniques, English, Deductive Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Current affairs. So this year there will be comprehension based questions in all the section and the exam is expected to be lengthy as compared to another year.
21 DAYS NOTICE BEFORE EXAM:
Therefore it is clear that the Common Law Admission Exam is postponed for the third time. The Consortium of National Law University in an official statement has also extended the date of application submission till July 1.
The authority has said that revised dates for assessment will be announced thereafter giving a 21 days notice before the exam.
OTHER UNDERGRADUATE EXAMINATIONS:
There are other undergraduate exams that are available for law aspirants. Some exams are the All India Law Entrance Test(AILET), Pearson VUE conducts LSAT India, the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies( UPES) Dehradun conducts ULSAT, Banaras Hindu University(BHU)UET.