Jan. 8, 2018
Common Law Admission Test

clatCLAT 2018: The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be held by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi on May 13, 2018. CLAT 2018 will be held in a computer-based mode for admission to the 2372 LLB seats of the 19 participating National Law Universities (NLUs). Apart from the NLUs, the CLAT 2018 score will be accepted by various other participating law schools. On December 20, 2017, the CLAT 2018 exam notification has been announced,online application form has started from January 1, 2018. The test will be held across 65 cities (approx.) and it will include 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). These questions will be divided into five sections, which are - English with Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. The duration of the test is 2 hours and each correct answer will carry 1 mark while 0.25 mark will be deducted for the wrong answer. The CLAT 2018 result is expected to be announced on May 31, 2018. Go through this article for complete details on CLAT 2018, exam date, eligibility criteria, application form, syllabus, cutoff, and more.

Latest: CLAT 2018 Application  Form Released - Check Here

Whats new in CLAT 2018?

After Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur, MNLU Aurangabad becomes the latest member of the league of NLUs. Since last year, both MNLU Nagpur and Aurangabad started granting admissions on the basis of previous year CLAT scores.

CLAT 2018 Overview

Exam Name Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Type of Exam National Level
Conducting Body One of the NLUs
Test Purpose Admission to the UG and PG programmes of the NLUs and other Law Schools
Mode of Exam Computer-Based
Duration of test 2 hours
Types of Questions Multiple Choice
Total no. of questions 200
Marking Scheme 1 mark for correct answer; 0.25 marks to be deducted for wrong answer
Eligibility 45% marks in Class 12 Boards for LLB; 55% marks in Graduation for LLM
Registration to start from January 1, 2018
Test will be held on May 13, 2018

Courses Offered by the NLUs

The table below provides the list of programmes offered by the NLUs and their total number of seats.

S.No. NLUs UG Seats PG Seats Programmes offered
1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore 75 50
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM
2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 86 42
  • BA LLB
  • LLM
  • M.Phil Law
3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal 80 25
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM Business Law
  • LLM Human Rights
  • Master of Cyber Law and Information Security (MCLIS)
4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata 94 40 -
5. National Law University, Jodhpur 100 80
  • BBA LLB Hons
  • B.Sc LLB Hons
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM Banking & Finance Law
  • LLM Cyber Law & Cyber Security
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 80 45 -
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 156 52
  • BA LLB Hons
  • B.Com LLB Hons
  • B.Sc LLB Hons
  • BSW LLB Hons
  • BBA LLB Hons
  • LLM
  • MBA Financial Management & Business Laws
  • MA Public Policy and Governance
8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 80 10
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM
9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala 175 38 -
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna 60 Nil
  • BA LLB Hons
  • BBA LLB Hons
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 33 21
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack 159 44
  • BA LLB Hons
  • BBA LLB Hons
  • LLM Corporate and Commercial Law
  • M.Phil Legal Teaching and Research
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi 60 10
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati 45 10
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam 48 10
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLB
  • LLB LLM Dual Degree
16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy 52 Nil
  • BA LLB Hons
  • B.Com LLB Hons
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai 25 Nil
  • BA LLB Hons
  • LLM Corporate and Commercial Law
  • LLM Pedagogy and Research Law
18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur 30 Nil
  • BA LLB
  • LLM
19. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad 60 Nil
  • BA LLB

CLAT 2018 Important Dates

NUALS, Kochi has announced the CLAT 2018 exam date, which is May 13, 2018. The complete list of CLAT important dates 2018 is provided below.

CLAT Dates 2018

S.No. CLAT Events Dates
1. Notification to be released December 20, 2017
2. CLAT application process started from January 1, 2018
3. Last date to apply March 31, 2018
4. Availability of admit card April 20, 2018
5. CLAT exam will be held on May 13, 2018
6. Official answer key will be released on May 26, 2018

CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

It is important for every applicant to fulfill all the eligibility criteria of CLAT. The candidates who are unable to fulfill any of the eligibility norms will be disqualified on or before the admission rounds. The eligibility norms for the undergraduate and postgraduate will differ from each other. Also, few of the eligibility criteria will also vary with the category of the candidates. Check the eligibility norms of the exam from below.

Eligibility Criteria for CLAT UG Programmes

  • Candidates must have passed Class 12 board examination with at least 45% marks (SC/ST: 40%)
  • Candidates waiting for the result of the qualifying exam can also apply
  • No age limit

Reservation of Seats according to Category

The CLAT committee strictly follows the reservation policy as prescribed by the Government of India. There are 19 NLUs in total offering 2372 UG seats and 604 PG seats. These seats are reserved for the Other Backward Class (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) categories. The candidates who are applying under the reserved categories are required to produce the necessary documents to support their reservation at the time of admission in the concerned NLUs. The percentage of seats reserved for the categories are as follows -

Reservation of Seats at NLUs

Category Seats Reserved (out of total seats)
Other Backward Class (OBC) 27 percent
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15 percent
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5 percent

CLAT 2018 Application Form

The application form of CLAT 2018 has been made available. The online interface through which the law aspirants can apply is known as CLAT Online Application Processing System (CAPS). It is important for the candidates to successfully apply for the test to be eligible to appear for the exam. To start with the application process, first candidates are required to register by entering all the required details. Only after successful registration, login credentials will be provided to the candidates. With the provided login ID and password, candidates are required to log in and start filling the application form. To conclude the application process, candidates are required to pay the application fee.

For a brief review of the application process of Common Law Admission Test, check below -

  • Step 1: Start with the registration process to obtain the CAPS ID and Password
  • Step 2: Access the application form and fill all the requisite details
  • Step 3: Upload the required scanned images
  • Step 4: Pay the application fee
  • Step 5: Download the completed application form

Note: All the registration and application details must be error free. Any discrepancy in the details will lead to cancellation of the candidature.

CLAT 2018 Application Fee

Last year, the application fee was Rs. 4000 only (SC/ST: Rs. 3500). The CLAT application fee is non-refundable and candidates can pay the same via online as well as offline mode. To pay the application fee online, applicants can opt for Credit Card, Debit Card or Internet Banking. For the offline payment, the candidates can download and print the Challan during the application process. Here, the candidates can visit any branch of ICICI and deposit the cash.

CLAT Registration Trends

With each passing year, there is a rise in the number of CLAT applicants. However, last year, CLAT recorded the highest number of applicants and test takers. There was a sharp rise of 13% in the number of applicants i.e. 45000 applied for UG and 6000 applied for PG programmes.

CLAT Registration Trends

Year No. of UG applicants (approx.) No. of UG test takers (approx.)
2017 45000 42000
2016 39415 37176
2015 38686 37358
2014 31231 Not available
2013 30915 Not available

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

Understanding the syllabus of CLAT is one of the major things that each aspirant must do before they start preparing. The syllabus will help the candidates to prepare accordingly and avoid wasting time by preparing unnecessary topics. All the topics and the sub-topics required are provided in the syllabus of the exam. There will be a total of 200 questions divided into 5 sections. The topicsof each section will vary from each other. Check the table provided below to know how to prepare for the test.

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

Sections How to prepare?
English with Comprehension
  • Develop good command over English language & Reading skills
  • Have good command over grammar and vocabulary
  • Read editorials of newspapers, news magazines, novels, etc.
General Knowledge & Current Affairs Must have the knowledge of the changes in the national, international, political, geographical, etc. arenas by reading the newspapers, news magazines, yearbooks, etc.
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) Revise the Mathematics books of Class 10
Legal Aptitude
  • Develop the ability to solve problems related to the study of law
  • Have a sound knowledge of Legal propositions and facts
Logical Reasoning Here, candidates must make sure that they are able to identify the patterns, logical links, and solve arguments (legal). Questions will be based on syllogism, logical sequences and analogies

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The entrance test will be held in a computer-based mode. Test takers will be allotted 2 hours to attempt 200 MCQs. These questions will be divided into 5 sections, which are English with Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark while 0.25 marks will be penalized for every wrong attempt. Know more about the exam pattern of CLAT from the table provided below.

CLAT Exam Pattern

S.No. Sections No. of Questions Marks allotted
1. English with Comprehension 40 40
2. General Knowledge & Current Affairs 50 50
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 20
4. Legal Aptitude 50 50
5. Logical Reasoning 40 40
6. Total 200 200

CLAT 2018 Exam Centres

During the application process, candidates are required to select any three test cities according to their preference from the available list. The CLAT exam officials will allot exam cities and centres based on the candidates preference. Address of the CLAT test centre will be provided on the admit card of the exam. On the day of the test, candidates are advised to reach the examination centre according to the prescribed time along with the admit card and a valid ID proof.

CLAT 2018 Participating Institutes

As mentioned above, there is a total of 19 NLUs. Last year, the MNLU, Nagpur and Aurangabad became the newest NLUs to accept CLAT score. However, apart from the NLUs, there are also various private Law Schools that will accept the CLAT 2018 score. Some of the top-rated private Law Schools are -

  • Nirma University Institute of Law
  • UPES College of Legal Studies, Dehradun
  • SRM University, Tamil Nadu
  • N.A. Global Law School
  • Galgotias University, Greater Noida
  • Alliance University, Bangalore
  • SRM University, Haryana
  • Altius Institute of Universal Studies, Indore
  • Manipal University
  • Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida

CLAT 2018 Admit Card

Only the applicants who have successfully applied for the test will be issued the hall ticket. The CLAT 2018 admit card will be available only in online mode. To download the hall ticket, candidates are required to log in with their registered email ID and password. The admit card is an important document and candidates must carry the same to the examination hall on the day of the test along with a valid photo ID proof. Before entering the test centre, they are required to produce the admit card to the invigilator. If candidates fail to produce the hall ticket, then they wont be allowed to enter the exam hall and write the test. Details about the candidate, examination centre address and timing of the test will be printed on the admit card.

CLAT 2018 Result

The rank, score, qualifying status and few details of test takers will be provided by the score card. The CLAT 2018 result will be available in online mode only. To access the result, candidates are required to log in with their registered email ID and password. Test takers are advised to download their score card and keep a copy of it for future reference. Based on the rank, a shortlist will be prepared on the basis of which candidates can pay the counselling fee and lock the seats in the NLUs.

CLAT 2018 Cutoff

The CLAT cutoff scores are the minimum marks that candidates must obtain to get shortlisted for the counselling rounds. Each NLU will have their own cutoff scores and will vary from each other. Also, the cutoff marks will differ with the category of candidates. These NLUs will prepare the cutoff scores on the basis of factors like the number of test takers, difficulty level of test and total number of seats.

CLAT 2018 Counselling

After the announcement of the result, a University-wise seat allocation list will be prepared. The candidates whose names are on the list will be able to pay the counselling fee and opt for Lock or Upward Shifting of seats. The candidates are advised to pay the fee or exercise their options within the time-period, else, their name will be dropped off from the list. Now, the students must visit their respective NLUs and complete the documentation process. Only the candidates who have successfully participated in all the counselling rounds will be allotted seats.