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NLSIU - Exam Pattern

Every year in the month of May the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for the admission to LL.B. and LL.M. programmes. The candidates who are seeking admission to the programmes mentioned above are required to appear for the CLAT exam. However, Foreign Nationals are excused from appearing for the test.

B.A. LL.B.

The test is of objective type and carries a total of 200 marks. Every response has positive mark and there is no negative marking. The test is of 2 hours duration and the questions are based on 10+2 standard with the break up of marks mentioned below.

  • Legal Aptitude: 40 marks
  • English: 40 marks
  • Logical Reasoning: 50 marks
  • Mathematics: 20 marks
  • General Knowledge: 50 marks


The entrance exam for LL.M. is conducted along with B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) entrance exam. The test paper for LL.M. exam includes four sections and each section bears 50 marks. The paper is of objective type. The very first section is designed with the intention of assessing candidates’ proficiency in English Language. The candidates are needed to score at least 25 marks out of 50 to get their paper further valued.

In the second section, the candidates are required to write short-notes on the topics of legal education. In section third, the students have to write a short essay on any of the topics based on Indian Constitutional Law. In fourth and the last section, the candidates will be asked to write a short essay on any of the topics based on Jurisprudence.

Foreign Nationals

NRI candidates/NRI sponsored candidates should have to write the Common Law Admission Test. They are required to mention the category like NRI/NRI sponsored at the time of filling in the application form. If the candidate is selected on the basis of merit then he/she will be admitted on the merit only.

It must be taken into notice that there is separate form along with the application form to be filled by the candidates who are NRI sponsored.

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