CLAT Counselling 2018 – Admission to the 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) will be done through an online centralised Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 counselling process. The CLAT counselling 2018 rounds will be conducted by the CLAT office in the first week of June 2018. The seats will be allotted on the basis of candidate’s rank and preference of NLUs provided in the application form. There will be four CLAT counselling 2018 rounds in total and in each round the list of provisionally selected candidates will be released. These shortlisted test takers are required to pay the CLAT counselling fee (last year the fee was Rs. 50,000) and opt for Lock or Shifting of seats. In the third week of June 2018, the final list of shortlisted candidates will be released and these test takers are required to visit the allotted NLUs to complete the admission formalities. Apart from the 19 NLUs, there are various other law schools that will accept CLAT score. However, candidates are required to apply for these Institutes separately. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi will be conducting CLAT 2018 in the second week of May 2018. Notification regarding CLAT 2018 will be announced on December 2017. Go through this page for complete details on CLAT counselling 2018.
CLAT counselling dates 2018
The tentative CLAT important dates regarding the counselling events are provided in the table below. With the announcement of the CLAT counselling schedule 2018, the dates will be updated.
CLAT 2018 Counselling schedule
|S.No.||CLAT counselling events||Dates|
|1.||Release of first indicative list||First week of June 2018|
|2.||Provisionally selected candidates can pay the fee and exercise Lock or Shifting for Round 1||First week of June 2018|
|3.||Last date to exercise options and payment of fees||First week of June 2018|
|4.||Release of second allotment list||Second week of June 2018|
|5.||Payment of fee and exercising of options for Round 2||Second week of June 2018|
|6.||Last date to exercise options and payment of fees||Second week of June 2018|
|7.||Release of third allotment list||Third week of June 2018|
|8.||Payment of fee and exercising of options for Round 3||Third week of June 2018|
|9.||Last date to withdraw from the CLAT admission process||Third week of June 2018|
|10.||Release of fourth allotment list||Third week of June 2018|
|11.||Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs||Last week of June 2018|
|12.||CLAT office will receive admission status from the NLUs||First week of July 2018|
|13.||Conclusion of CLAT Counselling rounds||First week of July 2018|
CLAT Counselling rounds 2018 – Lock & Upward Shifting
After the announcement of the indicative list, the provisionally selected candidates can exercise one of the following options –
- Lock: Selecting this option will confirm the candidate’s choice of the allotted NLU. Such test takers shall not be considered for further shifting to other NLUs even if seats remain vacant at any stage of the CLAT counselling rounds
- Upward Shifting: Candidates opting for Shifting will be considered against any vacancy of seats in the NLUs in the next round. In case of any vacancies in the NLU (preference provided in the CLAT application form 2018), candidates will be shifted upward i.e. in higher order via subsequent allotment list. In CLAT counselling 2018, there is no downward shifting at any stage
CLAT counselling 2018 guidelines
As mentioned above, admission to the UG and PG law programmes of the 19 NLUs will be done through a centralised online counselling. There will be a four CLAT 2018 counselling rounds. The complete CLAT counselling process 2018 can be explained in six steps, which are –
CLAT Counselling steps 2018
Step 1: Release of first allotment list – The first university-wise indicative list will be released. This list will be prepared on the basis of candidate’s merit-cum-preference.
Step 2: Payment and exercising of options (CLAT Counselling round 1) – The provisionally selected candidates are required to pay the fee and exercise the Lock or Upward Shifting option for CLAT counselling rounds 1. Candidates failing to exercise any of the options, then the Lock option will be considered by default.
The adjustable counselling fee must be deposited in the CLAT office through online mode i.e. via credit card, debit card or net banking. The fee will be transferred to the respective NLU where the candidates will take admission. Failing to pay the requisite CLAT counselling fee within the specified date will not be considered for admission under CLAT 2018.
Step 3: Release of second allotment list (CLAT Counselling round 2) – This list will contain the names of the candidates who were shortlisted for the CLAT counselling round 1, and have paid the fee and reserved their seats in the NLUs. Also, an additional list of waitlisted candidates provisionally selected against the dropped out ones will be available. These shortlisted candidates are required to pay the fee and reserve their seats within the provided time period.
Step 4: Release of third allotment list (CLAT Counselling round 3) – In the third list, the names of candidates (shortlisted in the first and second indicative list) who have paid the counselling fee will be available. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released. These waitlisted test takers are selected against the dropped out candidates. They are required to pay
Step 5: Withdrawal from admission process – Here, the provisionally selected candidates can withdraw their names from the admission process within the provided time period. Last year, Rs. 10,000 was deducted from the deposited counselling fee.
Step 6: Release of fourth allotment list (CLAT Counselling round 4) – The names of candidates (shortlisted in the previous rounds) who have paid the CLAT counselling fee and reserved an NLU seat will be provided in this list. However, if a candidate’s name appears in the fourth list and he/she has not deposited the counselling fee, then that particular candidate must pay the full fee to the allotted NLU at the time of admission.
CLAT Counselling Rounds 2018 – NLU admission formalities
After the allotment of seats in a participating NLU, candidates are required to visit the allotted NLU to complete the admission formalities. Candidates are required to pay the balance fee and produce the required documents (original and photocopies). The following are the documents that candidates must carry along with them to allotted NLUs to complete the admission process –
- Hard copy of completed CLAT application form
- CLAT admit card
- CLAT score card
- Class 10th Marks-sheet
- Class 12th Marks-sheet
- Caste Certificate
- Specially-Abled Certificate (If required)
- NRI Certificate (If required)
- Sponsored NRI Certificate (If required)
- Domicile Certificate (If required)
Note: Candidate failing to produce any original documents or meet an CLAT eligibility criteria 2018, then they will be disqualified from the admission rounds.
CLAT counselling rounds 2018 – FAQs
Q. In what mode CLAT 2018 counselling will be held?
Ans. The CLAT counselling is online, however, to complete the admission formalities of the NLUs, candidates are required to visit the allotted NLU along with the required documents.
Q. What is CLAT counselling fee 2018?
Ans. Last year, the counselling fee was Rs. 50,000. Details about the counselling fee will be available with the CLAT 2018 notification.
Q. How to change NLU preference during CLAT 2018 counselling?
Ans. Allotment of NLUs will be based on the preferences provided in the application form of CLAT. Therefore, candidates won’t be able to change their NLU preference.
Q. Is the CLAT counselling fee refundable?
Ans. If the shortlisted candidates opt for the ‘Withdrawal’ option within the provided time period, then a certain amount will be deducted. Last year, Rs. 10,000 was deducted from the deposited CLAT counselling fee. However, the shortlisted candidates failing to fulfill the admission process of the allotted NLUs, then the whole counselling fee amount will be forfeited.
Q. Is there any reservation of seats on domicile basis?
Ans. Yes, seats are being reserved on domicile basis.
About CLAT 2018
Every year, one of the 19 NLUs conduct CLAT on a rotational basis for admission to their 2372 LLB and 604 LLM seats. CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance test held in India and every year thousands of law aspirants appear for the test. NUALS, Kochi will be conducting CLAT in online mode. The test will include 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) divided into five sections which are Legal Aptitude, English with Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge & Current Affairs and Elementary Mathematics. For every correct attempt, 1 mark will be added while there is a negative marking of 0.25 mark for every wrong answer. After the announcement of the CLAT result, candidates will be shortlisted for the CLAT counselling rounds on the basis of their ranks. Only the candidates participating in all the counselling rounds of CLAT will be allotted seats in their preferred NLUs.
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