CLAT 2017 – The application process for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) has started and the last date to apply for the test is March 31, 2017. On May 14, 2017, the Chanakya National Law University, Patna will be conducting the CLAT for admission into the National Law Universities (NLUs). This year, the Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur, is the latest Law University to join the league of National Law Universities accepting CLAT score. The MNLU, Nagpur becomes the 18th National Law University. Also, this year, the age limit is re-introduced for the applicants applying for CLAT 2017. The candidates must not be more than 20 years of age (OBC, SC, ST and PwD: 22 years) at the time of admission. CLAT is one of the most reputed law entrance exams of the nation and is held every year by one of the NLUs. The registration process in online mode and the candidates can access the CLAT application form from this article. However, the candidates are advised to check the CLAT eligibility criteria 2017 before applying for the test. Know more about the CLAT 2017, application process, eligibility norms, exam pattern, syllabus, admit card, etc. from this article.
Latest: Apply here for CLAT 2017
The table below provides the CLAT schedule for the session 2017. It is important for the candidates to be familiar with the schedule so that they don’t miss any deadline. Check the table below for the CLAT Important Dates 2017.
|Release of notification||December 25, 2016|
|Release of application form||January 01, 2017|
|Last date to apply for CLAT 2017||March 31, 2017|
|Release of Admit Card||April 20, 2017|
|CLAT 2017 Exam||May 14, 2017|
|Release of result and rank list||May 29, 2017|
CLAT is one of the most reputed law entrance tests of the country held in a computer-based format. Last year, RGNUL, Patiala conducted the entrance test for admission into the 2252 seats in the five-year integrated law programmes of B.A. LL.B, B.Com LL.B and B.Sc LL.B among the 17 NLUs and other law schools. The candidates must have passed their Class 12th board examination in order to be eligible for the test.
Name of the Exam – Common Law Admission Test
Commonly known as – CLAT
Level of Exam – National Level
Conducting body – One of the National Law Universities
Difficulty level – Moderate of Difficulty
The candidates must make sure they fulfill all the eligibility criteria before they start applying for the test. If the candidates fail to meet any of the eligibility norms, then their candidature will be cancelled in the document verification rounds. The candidates must note that the fee is non-refundable. The eligibility criteria for both UG and PG programmes vary from each other. Check the points given below for the CLAT details on CLAT Eligibility Norms 2017 –
For UG Programmes
- The candidates must have passed the Class 12th board examinations.
- They must have a minimum of 45% marks (SC/ST: 40% marks) in their 12th board examination.
- The candidates appearing in their qualifying examinations are also eligible to apply.
The upper age limit is 20 years of age (SC/ST/OBC/SAP: 22 years of age).
For PG Programmes
- Candidates with an LL.B degree or any other equivalent degree are eligible to apply.
- They must have a score of 55% (SC/ST: 50%) marks in their Bachelor’s degree.
- The candidates in the final year of their qualifying exam are also eligible to apply.
- Just like the UG programmes, there is no upper age limit to appear for the test.
Once the candidates are sure that they are eligible for the test, then they can apply for the test from this article itself. The date for the release of the application form is not yet announced. However, if compared to previous year’s schedule, the registration will start from the 1st week of January 2017. Only the candidates submitting the application form before the deadline will be eligible to appear for the test.
The candidates can click on the sub-heading above to apply. The candidates are required to register themselves first in order to access the application form. For the registration process, the candidates must have a valid email ID and a mobile number. Check the steps given below for details on the registration & application processes of CLAT 2017 –
- The form will be available only in online mode, and the candidates can apply from this article.
- First, register by entering the name of the candidate, date of birth, father’s name, mother’s name, email address and mobile number.
- On successful registration, the candidates will receive a confirmation email, CAPS User ID and Password on their registered email address and mobile number.
- Now login with the given credentials and access the application form.
- In the application form, enter the required details and submit it.
- To conclude the application process, the candidates must pay the application fee via online or offline mode.
- Take a printout of the completed application form along with the fee details for future reference.
CLAT 2017 Application Fee
The application fee for CLAT 2017 is Rs. 4000/- (SC/ST: Rs. 3500/-). The fee for CLAT registration is non-refundable and can be paid via online as well as offline mode. Through the online mode, the candidates can pay the fee via Credit/Debit card or net banking. Whereas, to pay via offline mode, they are required to take a printout of the challan during the application process and make cash deposit against the challan at any ICICI branch.
Reservation of seats CLAT 2017
The NLUs strictly abide by the reservation norms of the Government of India. Each of the Universities offers some seats to the reserved categories. The candidates can check the reservation percentage of the various categories from below –
- Scheduled Caste (SC) – 15%
- Scheduled Tribes (ST) – 7.5%
- Other Backward Classes (OBC) – 27%
All the 18 National Law Universities and other Law schools will be accepting the CLAT 2017 score. However, eligibility norms of these institutes will vary with the institutes. Check the list of NLUs from the table provided below –
|National Law School of India University||Bangalore|
|National Academy of Legal Studies and Research||Hyderabad|
|National Law Institute University||Bhopal|
|West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences||Kolkata|
|National Law University||Jodhpur|
|Hidayatullah National Law University||Raipur|
|Gujarat National Law University||Gandhinagar|
|Ram Manohar Lohiya National law University||Lucknow|
|Rajiv Gandhi National Law University||Patiala|
|Chanakya National Law University||Patna|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies||Kochi|
|National Law University Odisha||Cuttack|
|National University of Study and Research in Law||Ranchi|
|National Law University and Judicial Academy||Guwahati|
|Tamil Nadu National Law School||Trichy|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University||Vishakhapatnam|
|Maharashtra National law University||Mumbai|
|Maharashtra National Law University||Nagpur|
Courses offered by the NLUs are
- B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.)
- B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.
- B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.)
- B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
- B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
This year, the entrance test will be held across 65 test cities. Each of these cities will host one or more CLAT Exam Centres. While filling in the application form of CLAT 2017, the candidates are required to select any 3 test cities as preferences. Based on these preferences, the exam officials will allot the exam centre to the candidates. Details about the venue of the exam centre of CLAT 2017 will be furnished on the admit card of CLAT 2017. On the day of the test, the candidates are required to reach the centre on the given time along with the admit card.
The admit card for any exam is an important document and the candidates are required to bring the hall ticket to the exam hall. Also, the candidates must bring a photo identity proof along with the admit card. If the candidates fail to produce the admit card in the exam hall to the invigilator, then they will not be allowed to write the exam. The CLAT 2017 admit card will furnish the details related to the exam, the candidate’s photograph, name, roll number, signature, etc. Also, it will furnish about the exam centre, timings of the test and some ruled and regulation.
The admit card will be available online only. With the release of the admit card, the candidates can download the admit card from this article. Once the candidates download the admit card, they are advised to check the details provided in it. In the case of any error in the details, they are advised to contact the exam body.
Before the candidates start with the preparation, they are suggested to check the exam pattern for CLAT 2017. The test pattern will furnish the details of the various sections of the test and other details. The test will be held in a computer-based format and there will be a total of 200 questions. These questions will be divided into 5 sections. Each question will be of 1 mark each and the allotted time to complete the test is 2 hours i.e. 120 minutes. For each wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be penalized. Check the table to know more about the exam pattern of Common Law Admission Test 2017.
|Sections||Number of Questions||Marks allotted|
|English with Comprehension||40||40|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||50||50|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
The candidates must be familiar with the syllabus for the test so that they have a proper knowledge of the topics and sub-topics of the test. This way, the candidates won’t waste their time preparing for unnecessary topics. The syllabus for CLAT varies every year. The paper will contain 200 questions distributed among five sections. To prepare for the test, the candidates can go through the different sections of the test.
English with Comprehension – This section will contain questions on that will challenge the candidate’s command over the English language and reading skills. Questions will be mostly on the comprehension passages and the candidates must be clear with the theme. Also, they are required to solve questions on grammar i.e. find the incorrect grammar in a sentence, fill in the blanks, find the odd one out, etc. For this section, the candidates can refer to books on grammar and read books/newspapers/novels, etc. to have a strong command over English vocabulary.
General Knowledge & Current Affairs – The candidates must have a proper knowledge about the changes in the national, international, political, geographical, etc. environments. They must be updated with the latest events.
Elementary Mathematics – This section can be prepared by going through the Mathematics of Class 10 level.
Legal Aptitude – If you are preparing to study law, then you must be familiar with this topic. Here, the candidate’s ability to solve problems related to the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving will be checked. The questions will be based on legal propositions and sets of facts.
Logical Reasoning – Here, the candidates will face questions on syllogism, logical sequences and analogies. The candidate’s ability to identify the patterns, logical links and amend the illogical arguments will be challenged.
If compared to last year’s schedule, the result for CLAT 2017 is expected to be announced in the 3rd week of May 2017. With the release of the result, the candidates can visit this article to check the same. In order to check the result, the candidates are required to login with their credentials. The result will furnish the candidate’s CLAT score, All India Rank and the Category Rank. Based on the CLAT score and the All India Rank, the candidates will be shortlisted on the counselling rounds.
If there is a tie between two candidates with equal scores, then the following procedure will be adopted to break the tie –
- Marks of the Legal Aptitude section will be checked.
- The age of the candidates.
- Computerized random draw.
Rank list of CLAT 2017
With the result, the rank list for CLAT 2017 will be released. The list will furnish the detailed information of the total number of candidates, their total and sectional scores, the All India and state-level Rankings, etc.
With the release of the result, the participating Institutes will be releasing their cutoff scores. The candidates must score the minimum cutoff marks to be eligible for the counselling rounds. The candidates scoring the cutoff marks will be eligible to lock their choices in the NLUs and other participating Law schools. The cutoff scores remain similar for years, therefore, the cutoff scores for the session 2017 is expected to be closer to those of previous years. Each of the NLUs will have their own cutoff marks and will vary accordingly.
The counselling rounds are expected to commence from the 1st week of June 2017. The candidates scoring the minimum cutoff marks will be eligible to appear for the selection rounds of the various NLUs and other participating Law schools. In the counselling rounds, the candidates will be able to lock their choices. Once the candidates are allotted the seats, they can deposit the fee and confirm their admission.
The seats of the NLUs and other law schools will be allotted during the counselling rounds. If the candidates are allotted a seat, then they can accept it by paying the counselling fee within a given time. If the candidates fail to pay the counselling fee within the time period, then the committee will forfeit the seat. After each fee deposition rounds, the counselling body will release the next list for seat allotment.