CLAT 2011 on May 15; Emphasis on Current Affairs, Logic Reasoning


The Times of India has reported the announcement of CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2011 here. The CLAT 2011, to be organised by the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata will be held on May 15, 2011.

The report mentions some of the changes the CLAT committee will bring out this year. These include:

More emphasis on current affairs and less on static General Knowledge.

Reasoning components viz critical reasoning, analytical reasoning and legal reasoning will be given more weightage. Legal Knowledge might even be excluded.

The CLAT 2011 will otherwise retain its previous year’s pattern. It will contain 200 multiple choice questions and will be a two hour exam.

The CLAT Committee, lead by Prof. MP Singh of NUJS seems to be on the right track giving more importance to a law aspirant’s reasoning and aptitude for law than to his/her rote learning abilities. Other initiatives are socially sensitive and include making the CLAT forms available through post offices and gathering data on parental income, language spoken at home etc.

The 11 law schools which were a part of CLAT 2010 were: NLSIU, Bangalore; NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad; NLIU, Bhopal; NUJS, Kolkata; NLU Jodhpur; HNLU Raipur; GNLU, Gandhinagar; RMLNLU, Lucknow; RGNUL Patiala; RMLNLU Lucknow; CNLU, Patna and NUALS, Kochin. It remains to be seen whether the newer National Law Universities of Delhi and Orrisa will be a part of CLAT 2011.

And here is Lawctopus’s advice to the CLAT committee: Please get your website running!

Lawctopus will provide its readers with free, quality material on CLAT preparations in its Examination-in-Chief section. Stay tuned!


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  1. The CLAT Committee is still deciding on whether or not to add the transgender category in its application forms. Also, the application form will seek out to get information on family income, if the candidate has undergone coaching, if the candidate’s parents speak English, if the parents are in the legal profession etc.

  2. @Atish: The entire purpose of CLAT was to integrate the different exams into one so that it is easier for students. infact it was a court decision, if i remember correctly on a PIL, which said that there needs to be a common exam. i think it would take another PIL to make delhi join the CLAT!

  3. Also, it is to be noted that unlike previous years, students need not give their preference of a law school at the beginning. They can do so after the results are declared.


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