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1.       What is CLAT?

CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an All India Law Entrance Examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their Under-Graduate courses.

2.       Can we do CLAT after 12th?

Yes, you can apply directly for CLAT Examination after completing 12th class examination.

3.       Is CLAT a good career?

The simplest answer is that with a good CLAT score you can get admission in some of the best law institutes and after completing your degree, you can explore various career options.

4.       Which is the conducting body of CLAT 2020?

NLU (National Law University) will conduct the CLAT 2020. 

5.       Is CLAT exam tough?

Every exam becomes easy if you have proper guidance and work in a scheduled manner. So, anyone can clear the CLAT entrance exam with focused mind and determination towards the goals.

6.       How can I apply for CLAT 2020?

The application form of CLAT has to be filled online. The online application form can be accessed from the CLAT website 

7.       What is eligibility for CLAT 2020?

NLU’s conduct the national level exam on a rotational basis. Exam is expected to be held in Second week of May 2020. Eligibility for CLAT 2020 is:

In class 12th or equivalent examination, they must have secured:

      • For Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories – A minimum of 45% marks required.
      • For SC/ST Category – A minimum of 40% marks required.

        Failing to comply with CLAT Eligibility Criteria at any stage of the selection process will lead to cancellation of candidature.

        8.       Are Arts stream and Science stream students eligible for CLAT?

        Yes, Arts stream, Science stream and even commerce stream students are eligible to take admission in CLAT. The candidate should have passed XII (10+2) examination from any recognized board, university or council with a minimum of 50 percent marks or 45 percent marks respectively depending on the programme/institute they are aspiring to take admissions.

        19.       Why should I join Success Mantra for CLAT entrance exam preparation?

        Success Mantra is the pioneer of law coaching institutes in Delhi and we also have an extra ordinary result in Law entrance exams. 2000+ students of our students are already studying in the top law colleges of India.

        9.       Will the application form of CLAT 2020 also be available in offline mode?

        The application form of CLAT 2020 is available only in online mode. Also, any candidate who doesn’t complete online registration will not be considered for admission.

        20.       How can I join Success Mantra for CLAT?

        You can enquire by visiting our center “SUCCESS MANTRA, GTB Nagar” and you can also apply through our website 

        21.       What time period of coaching is required to crack CLAT entrance exam?

        You should give at least 5-6 months for the preparations of BBA entrance exam, and to be become a rank holder, you should expand the dedication and preparation time to at least 10-11 months.

        22.       What are the program offered by Success Mantra for CLAT entrance exam?

        We provide two types of programs to our students– ‘Regular Classroom Program’ and ‘Crash Course Program’.

        10.       What are the important documents required for the registration in CLAT?

            The following documents are required for the registration in CLAT:

            • Latest Passport size photograph (Dimension: 200 x 230 pixels/ Size: 20 to 50 KB)
            • Scanned copy of the signature of a candidate (Dimensions: 140 x 60 pixels/ Size: 10 to 20 KB).
            • The candidate should sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
            • The image files (Photo & Signature) should be in JPG or JPEG format.
            • In case of Specially Abled Persons (SAP), a scanned copy of the certificate issued by the competent authority.

            23.       What is ‘Regular Classroom Program’ for CLAT?

            ‘Regular Classroom Program’ is designed for comprehensive preparation of CLAT entrance exam by Success Mantra. The main feature of this course is that all subjects are taught from basic to advanced level, by a team of highly experienced faculties. You can register yourself any time for Regular Classroom Program.

            24.       What is ‘Crash Course Program’ for CLAT?

            ‘Crash Course Program’ is also designed for comprehensive preparation of CLAT entrance exam by Success Mantra. The main feature of this program is that, the complete syllabus is taught within a short period of time, along with the tricks to attempt the question paper and guidance of proper study plan by experienced faculty is offered. The Crash Course Program starts 2 months prior to the exam date. You can register yourself any time online or visit by our Center.

            11.       What is the cost of CLAT application form?

            The candidates will have to bear the bank transaction charges for online payment

            • For General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4,000/-
            • For SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3,500/-

            25.       I have spent major section of the day on my academic classes so, how can I prepare for entrance CLAT exam?

            You can register yourself on our ‘Weekend Classroom Program’ through which you can easily prepare for DU LLB entrance exam without disturbing your academic classes.

            26.       What is weekend batches?

            Weekend Classroom Program” is designed by Success Mantra in which the classes are held on weekends – Saturday & Sunday. By offering 4 or 5 hours of class sessions, our experienced faculties complete the syllabus of CLAT entrance exam syllabus in time.

            27.       How much time I spent for the preparation of CLAT entrance exam?

            Apart from Success Mantra classes, you should spend 2-3 hours daily, for CLAT entrance exam preparation and should study in a scheduled manner. 

            13.       What is the exam pattern of CLAT?

            Exam Pattern CLAT 2020 –

            • Mode: Online
            • Type: Objective Type (MCQ)
            • Time Duration: 2 Hours
            • No. Of Questions: 150
            • Marking Scheme: (+1) Marks For Correct and (-0.25) Mark for Incorrect Answer

            14.       What is the strength of questions in CLAT exam?

            CLAT question paper consists of 200 Questions which includes -

            • English including Comprehension:  40 
            • Legal Aptitude : 50
            • Logical Reasoning : 40
            • General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 50
            • Elementary Mathematics and Numerical Ability : 20

            15.       What are career opportunities after CLAT?

            The simplest answer is that with a good CLAT score you can get admission in some of the best law institutes and after completing your degree, you can explore various career options. There are a plethora of job opportunities for Law graduates. For instance,

            • Job in Law firms
            • Litigation/Practice
            • Teaching/Lectureship in a Law institutions
            • PSU/Banking/Corporate Sector Jobs
            • Indian Corporate Law Services
            • Judiciary

            17.       Is there any benefit to join any coaching institute for the preparations of CLAT?

            CLAT rises in terms of difficulty level every year, it is important to join a good coaching institute as it provides routine, structure and hand holding to the preparation of an aspirant. Best BBA coaching Institute can be judged by the parameters they focus on. Teaching faculty and study material should always remain the keen concerned part of an institute. Next, it focuses on mock tests, books, practice papers, online tests and role of management. Last but not the least, they should plan their batches.

            18.       Does Success Mantra offer the preparations of CLAT entrance exam?

            Yes, we offer classroom sessions for CLAT entrance to our students.

            Q 1. How can one fill the application form of CLAT?

            The application form of CLAT has to be filled online. The online application form can be accessed from the CLAT website ( A candidate does not need to send a hardcopy of the filled form to the CLAT authorities. 

            One can apply for CLAT 2019 by online means January 15, 2019 onwards.

            Q 2. What are the important documents required for the registration?

            Before filling the online form, make sure that one has the following documents:-

            • Latest Passport size photograph (Dimension: 200 x 230 pixels/ Size: 20 to 50 KB)
            • Scanned copy of the signature of a candidate (Dimensions: 140 x 60 pixels/ Size: 10 to 20 KB). The candidate should sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
            • The image files (Photo & Signature) should be in JPG or JPEG format.
            • In case of Specially Abled Persons (SAP), a scanned copy of the certificate issued by the competent authority.

            Q 3. How can one register for CLAT ?

            • The candidate has to first register themselves for the first time on the portal. They need to click on the tab ‘CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION’ and provide their name, personal e-mail ID and mobile number.
            • The system will automatically generate provisional registration number and password, which is shared with the candidate on the registered email-id and mobile number.
            • This registration number and password are to be used to log in to fill the Online Application.
            • The candidate should fill the required details in the application form and save the same before finally submitting it.

            Q 4. Is it possible to edit the form after submission?

            No, it is not possible to edit the online application after the final submission of the form. So, our advice is to submit the filled in application form only after careful checking. 

            Q 5. Is it possible to edit the preference order of the NLUs after the declaration of result?

            The candidate can fill the preference order for all Twenty (20) NLUs at the time of online application itself. No change is allowed in the preference once the form is submitted by the candidate.

            Q 6. What is the cost of CLAT application form?

            1.  For General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4,000/- 
            2.  For SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3,500/-

            ** The candidates will have to bear the bank transaction charges for the online payment.

            Q 7. What are the different options available to make the payment?

            1. Application fee can be paid online through net-banking /debit card / credit card/ pay wallet/ RuPay etc. or through offline mode by way of online- generated bank challan.
            2. Offline payments can be made after registering the application online and generating challans online. The print out of the challans generated have to be taken to the relevant bank for payment over the counter. Offline payments are to be made in CASH only.

            Q 8. Is the CLAT application form fee refundable?

            Once paid, the application fees will not be refunded.

            Q 9. From where will be the hall ticket/ admit card generated?


            The Admit Card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her LOGIN account.

            The candidate has to take a print-out of the Admit Card/Hall Ticket and carry the same to the Examination Hall.

            The admit card mentions all the important instructions that need to be taken into consideration.

            Q 10. What are the criteria for the registration of NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates?

            1. All NRI/NRI Sponsored Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities.
            2. For availing a seat against the NRI /NRI Sponsored category, the appropriate certificate(s)/ documents shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission to the concerned participating university in the prescribed format of the concerned University. 

            What are the criteria of the registration for foreign candidates?

            Foreign Nationals are not permitted to appear in the CLAT.

            However, the Foreign Nationals desirous of seeking admission to any of the UG/PG courses in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats reserved for Foreign Nationals.

            What are some Top Law Colleges in India?

            The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings were announced by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for the year 2018.  This was for the first time law colleges were ranked by the ministry.

            The top 10 law colleges in India are:

            1. National Law School of India University, Bengaluru
            2. National Law University, New Delhi
            3. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
            4. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
            5. National Law University, Jodhpur
            6. Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
            7. The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences, Kolkata
            8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
            9. Symbiosis Law School, Pune
            10. Dr BR Ambedkar College of Law, Visakhapatnam

            How is the life in a Top Law School in India?

            Finally, after crossing all the hurdles of boards, entrance and counseling, you successfully land into your ‘destined’ law school. We have precisely used the term ‘destined’ over here because there are times when you don’t want to join a particular college but have no other options apart from it, and my dear friends life is all about unexpected things. So, below we have described certain things that are unique to a law school:

            1. CASES: Teaching in law school revolves around ‘cases’. Most of the teachers quote direct reference from different Supreme court, high court and district court cases. Initially, this is difficult for the students to adapt to this methodology. However with the passage of time, they start adapting to it. A well-stocked library comes to the rescue of the students as most of them prefer to read books in their free time to develop their understanding of the subject.
            2. MOOT COURTS: These are mock courts where students argue imaginary cases for practice. But this is one of the most fun-filled and loved exercise. Lawyers wait for it eagerly. There are inter-college national and international level moot competitions that take place during the course. This is one of the classic example of learning by doing. The simulated environment provides the students a feeler of the courts and they continue to hone their skills.
            3. PARLIAMENTARY DEBATING: This is the second most loved exercise at the law schools. They are often referred to as ‘PDs’ by the students. There are two parts to a Parliamentary debate – The Speakers, and the Adjudicators, both of whom are marked by the other. While this may seem strange at first, it’s only a matter of a few debates before one grabs the nuances of debating.

            Both Moot courts and PDs help the students to develop their analytical and oratory skills. They understand the nuances and details of building an argument and putting them across in a right manner. Life of a budding lawyer revolves around Acts, Debates, Cases, Internships and placements, Moots, Research Papers, and Sports Fests. You will have to burn the midnight oil but at the same time you will equally enjoy the fests and inter college competitions.

            Life in a law school can be truly described as the metamorphosis of a student from being an aspiring lawyer to an actual one.

            How to handle Negative marking in CLAT 2020?

            Negative marking is one of the biggest roadblocks or speed breaker in your entrance examination journey. The main reason of introduction of negative marking in the entrance examinations was to weed out the people who believe in solving the questions merely on the basis of random guesses.  Be through with your basics of each subject to get hold of the correct answer.

            Although there is no definitive strategy that can help you to completely do away with the negative markings, our experts have some tips that will help to minimize the negative marking.

            *You must have heard about a famous phrase that says-First things first. It means important matters should be dealt with before other things. And in the scenario of an entrance examination, it is the questions. Ensure that you correctly solve and mark the answers of only those questions that you are confident about.

            *Now focus on questions that you were unsure about. Read the questions carefully. Sometimes you can recollect the answers after you read them twice or thrice.

            *In case, the question is completely alien to you, it’s better to leave that question rather than taking any chances. However, if you know even one answer, we suggest you to take a chance as there is a 25% probability of getting the correct answer. We won’t recommend you to attempt more than 20% of the questions based on guess work or elimination. An attempt more than this can hamper your rank. Make sure your take calculative risks.

            Ensure that you devote quality time to read the questions carefully and understand them. Sometimes, the questions seem to be simple but they have a hidden twist to them. Let’s have a look at this question-

            Question- If ‘JANUARY’ is ‘JULY’, ‘SEPTEMBER’ is ‘SEPTEMBER, ‘FEBRUARY’ is ‘AUGUST’ and ‘MARCH’ is ‘MAY’ then ‘AUGUST’ is ?

            1. June
            2. April
            3. May
            4. August

            Solution- January has 7 Letters and 7th month is July.
            September has 9 Letters and 9th month is September.
            February has 8 Letters and 8th month is August.
            March has 5 Letters and 5th month is may.
            Hence, August is June
            Since August has 6 Letters and 6th month is June.

            1. Try to build co-relations and decode the answer contextually. Let’s suppose the following question was there in the exam-

            Question-Which of the following is the most likely antonym of ‘NOVICE’?

            1. Veteran
            2. Beginner
            3. Learner
            4. Newbie

            Solution- Let’s presume that you don’t know the answer of this question. Begin by looking at the option carefully. After looking at the options, we can decode that Beginner, learner and newbies sound like/ are synonyms of each other. This means the only remaining option ‘Veteran’ should be the answer.  And voila! Veteran is the correct answer as it means ‘a person who has had long experience in a particular field.’

            *Read each and every option carefully. There may be cases where the options are confusing and in a hurry to mark the answer you select the wrong one. Let’s have a look at this question-

            Question-What does ‘FIR’ stand for under the Criminal Law?

            1. Forensic Investigation Report
            2. First Investigation Report
            3. First Information Report
            4. Formal Interrogation Report

            Solution- This is an easy question. However, the second and third options are overlapping with a difference of just one word.

            The correct answer is- First Information Report

            *In case of negatively worded questions (Which of the following are not) or questions having ‘All except’ use a True/ Yes or False/No beside each option, then simply select the odd option.

            Let’s have a look at this question-

            Question-Which of the following are not listed under the eighth schedule of Indian Constitution?

            1. Hindi
            2. Bengali
            3. Dogri
            4. English

            Solution- We can solve the question simply by the following technique-

            1. Hindi-I
            2. Bengali-I
            3. Dogri-I
            4. English-NI

            In this case, I stands for Included and NI stands for Not included. Thus, the correct answer will be-English.

            *Lastly maintain your calm and do not panic. Don’t take the examination stress and anxiety take a toll over you. Believe in yourself and your hard work.

            Q 16. What is the examination mode of CLAT 2019?

            CLAT 2019 is a Test that is Paper - Pen based i.e. Offline Mode

            What is the syllabus of CLAT 2020?


            The CLAT – 2020 will also have a change in the pattern of the questions for the UG. 

            Comprehension based questions would be asked from:

            Quantitative Techniques, 


            Current Affairs, 

            Deductive Reasoning and 

            Logical Reasoning.

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