CLAT 2019 is going to be pleasantly different in many terms, says CLAT 2019 Convenor
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 - 6:50 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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The CLAT Consortium of NLUs, established four years back with a purpose to improve the Indian judicial system through education has been squared to conduct the Common Law Admission Test from 2019 onward. The CLAT 2019 Convenor, Dr Srikrishna Deva Rao in an exclusive interview with Careers360 talks about this Consortium of NLUs, the basic idea about its establishment and the need for CLAT permanent secretariat. Dr Rao who is apparently the Vice Chancellor of National Law University Odisha (NLUO) Cuttack, the NLU which will be convening the national-level law entrance examination this year, also shares reasons for conducting CLAT in offline mode, even as he believes that reinstating the examination mode will attract more rural applicants and help in keeping the technical glitches away.

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Read this exclusive CLAT 2019 Convenor interview with Careers360 where the NLU Odisha VC shares his tips to crack CLAT 2019 with the aspirants.

CLAT 2019 Convenor Interview

Careers360: It has been exactly 12 years when the national-level law exam, CLAT had been introduced. What made the NLUs to create a Consortium after so many years?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: In order to understand the creation of Consortium of NLUs, we also need to look into the past of the Common Law Admission Test and its existence. Before the introduction of CLAT, the national law schools in India conducted their own separate entrance tests in offline mode requiring the candidates to prepare and appear separately for each of these tests.

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Between these twenty years 1987 and 2007, each of these seven NLUs conducted their own tests and that burdened law aspirants with multiple tests. The matter drew national attention in 2006 by a concerned parent filing PIL for a common test, Varun Bhagat vs. UOI against seven existing law schools at that time. The Chief Justice of India directed the MHRD and UGC to consult with the National Law Universities to formulate a common test. That is the history behind the CLAT which began in 2008.

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The Vice Chancellors of the seven NLUs in 2008 then signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conduct the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) each year and the responsibility of conducting the exam was to be rotated on the basis of year of establishment.

The participating NLUs met again in the year 2015 thus constituting Consortium of Indian National Law Universities to improve justice system through legal education and provide coordination among all law schools to achieve highest standard of legal education in the country.

Moving further, the twenty-one NLUs finally resolved to create a Consortium with its Permanent Secretariat at NLSIU Bangalore on August 3, 2018. The process has already been initiated to provide the Consortium a permanent structure in the form of a registered society. In this process, the Consortium resolved to implement measures to streamline the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test.

Careers360: The CLAT till last year had been conducted by a NLU on rotation in their establishment year. But with the CLAT Consortium of NLUs in place, how is this process going to change?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: The CLAT will now be conducted by the Executive Committee of the Consortium with its headquarter at Bangalore. The Executive Committee of the Consortium comprises three NLUs namely NLSIU BangaloreNALSAR Hyderabad and NLIU Bhopal as its ex officio members, the CLAT Convenor of the year, the CLAT Convenor of the following year and two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLUs who have past experience in conducting CLAT. The National Law University Odisha Cuttack has been elected by the Executive Committee of Consortium as Convenor of Consortium and entrusted with responsibility to conduct CLAT 2019.

Careers360: How is this structural change going to affect the examination?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: The Common Law Admission Test now onward shall be conducted by the Executive Committee of the Consortium instead by one NLU on rotation basis. This has changed the structure from one to centralized system. This centralized process will not only bring transparency and accountability in the admission process but also enhance quality and excellence in legal education.

Careers360: Can you explain the possible reasons for moving back to offline examination mode?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: The NLUs on their part have an experience of conducting CLAT in offline mode for many years and therefore are familiar with it. The decision of Consortium to conduct CLAT 2019 offline was made in the light of fact that number of candidates appearing in the law admission test is not large as compared to that of examinations like JEE Main/NEET. The offline test, moreover will provide a wider access to aspirants from rural areas and also help in avoiding the technical glitches as that encountered in last year’s CLAT.

Careers360: With the examination reinstated to offline mode, will there be change in number of CLAT 2019 examination centres?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: Yes, with no more online pattern, we will be conducting the CLAT 2019 in an offline mode where there will be a dire need to change the number of CLAT 2019 exam centres. While we have decided to hold the admission test in all the 21 National Law Universities, some other reputed institutions will also be identified as per the suggestions of the NLU Vice Chancellors of that region. The Consortium will tab only those institutions as CLAT 2019 exam centres where candidates will get the necessary state-of-art infrastructure. This year the examination is to be held in as many as 66 cities across India.

Careers360: What suggestions would you like to share with CLAT 2019 aspirants?
CLAT 2019 Convenor: There are a number of key points which I think I should advise to all the aspirants preparing for CLAT 2019. The candidates during their CLAT preparation should give equal importance to all the segments of the paper. However, practice of logical reasoning, legal aptitude and current affairs questions will help the law aspirants in getting more marks. As the number of questions in each of the segment varies, candidates will have to very cautious about the time- management. CLAT is not an easy exam but it isn’t unattainable either. The CLAT aspirants need to have a clear goal, prepare with all their efforts and enjoy the process towards achieving goal.

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How many people fill CLAT exam per year

ayush mishra 22nd Jan, 2020

Hey Vijay!

The actual number of applicants for the Common Law Admission Test differ every year and is usually experiencing a 8-10 % increase every year. Although the official records have many caveats attached to it but previous three year participants statistics is as follows:-

CLAT 2017:- 50,676

CLAT 2018:- close to 55000

CLAT 2019:- 60,000 approximately

So, approximately 55000 to 60000 students apply for the Clat examination every year. This number is the sum of total applicants for UG courses and the PG course. So, if you want to know about the UG course, approximately 50,000 people fill the exam every year and this year too you can expect the same trend.

However, it has to be said that many of those applicants fill the exam just to have an experience of a competitive examination after class 12 and hence if you are serious enough and have prepared well for the exam then your real competition is with probably 15000- 20000 people. Now, that is not any small number to compete against but given the stature of the examination, you will have to face such competition in order to fetch a seat in the top NLUs.

Good luck!


Can you please tell the best colleges of CLAT in maharashtra.

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020


these are some of the best colleges you have through clat in Maharashtra -

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad

Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai

Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune

Hope this helps.


what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.


is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

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