Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The first ever Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) of the country will be held on May 11 at the seven law universities — that have come together for this exercise to cut down multiple entrance examinations — and 12 other centres across the country. A decision to this effect was taken by the core committee and implementation committee of the universities which met here on Thursday under the aegis of the University Grants Commission.

The two-hour admission test will be entirely in the objective questions format covering English, general knowledge, basic mathematics, besides legal and logical reasoning. The combined brochure containing information about the seven law universities, the courses on offer and the eligibility criteria will be posted on the official website of CLAT, www.clat.ac.in, on January 25, according to a UGC release.

The first CLAT is being conducted by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore, with its Vice-Chancellor A. Jayagovind being the convenor of this year’s common entrance test. Besides the National Law Schools at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Raipur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar and Jodhpur, CLAT will also be conducted at Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Shillong, Jammu, Guwahati, Patna, Jaipur, Lucknow and Bhubaneswar.

Following-up on a public interest litigation against multiple law entrance examinations pending in the Supreme Court, the seven law universities last year agreed to a proposal of the Human Resource Development Ministry to conduct a common law admission test.

The law universities that are signatories to this MoU are: NLSIU (Bangalore); NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad); National Law Institute University (Bhopal); West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences (Kolkata); National Law University (Jodhpur); Hidayatullah National Law University (Raipur); and the Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar).

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