CLAT 2018: The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi will be conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018. There are 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) in total, and Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad becomes the newest member of the league after MNLU, Nagpur. Every law aspirants aim to ace the CLAT exam and grab a seat at one of the NLUs. The CLAT 2018 notification is expected to be announced in the month of December while the test will be held in the second week of May 2018. The entrance exam will be held in a computer-based mode across 65 exam centres (approx.). The CLAT test will contain 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and candidates will be allotted 2 hours to complete the test. The CLAT score will be accepted by all the NLUs for admission to 2372 UG and 604 PG seats. Also, various privately-owned Law Schools will also be accepting the score. By analyzing the previous year CLAT registration trends, it is expected that around 60000 candidates will be applying for the entrance test. Go through this article for more details on CLAT 2018, dates, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, admit card, result, cutoff, counselling process, etc.
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||First week of January 2018|
|Test will be held on||Second week of May 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||
|2.||National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad||86||42||
|3.||National Law Institute University, Bhopal||80||25||
|4.||West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata||94||40||–|
|5.||National Law University, Jodhpur||100||80||
|6.||Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur||80||45||–|
|7.||Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar||156||52||
|8.||Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow||80||10||
|9.||Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala||175||38||–|
|10.||Chanakya National Law University, Patna||60||Nil||
|11.||National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi||33||21||
|12.||National Law University Odisha, Cuttack||159||44||
|13.||National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi||60||10||
|14.||National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati||45||10||
|15.||Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam||48||10||
|16.||Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy||52||Nil||
|17.||Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai||25||Nil||
|18.||Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur||30||Nil||
|19.||Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad||60||Nil||
The law aspirants must make sure they are familiar with the schedule of Common Law Admission Test to avoid missing deadlines. The table below provides the list of tentative dates prepared on the basis of previous year schedule. The CLAT dates provided below will be updated with the release of the exam notification.
CLAT Dates 2018
|1.||Notification to be released||Last week of December 2017|
|2.||CLAT application process starts||First week of January 2018|
|3.||Last date to apply||Last week of March 2018|
|4.||Availability of admit card||Third week of April 2018|
|5.||Entrance test will be held on||Second week of May 2018|
|6.||Official answer key will be released on||Third week of May 2018|
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|
The application form of CLAT exam will be available only in online mode. 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. In case of any discrepancy in the details will lead to cancellation of the candidature.
CLAT Application Fee 2018
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.)|
CLAT Registration Trends
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 genre of each section will vary from each other. Check the table provided below to know how to prepare for the test.
CLAT Syllabus 2018
|Sections||How to prepare?|
|English with Comprehension||
|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|
|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|
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|
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 candidate’s 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.
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
Only the applicants who have successfully applied for the test will be issued the application form. The CLAT 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 won’t 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.
The rank, score, qualifying status and few details of test takers will be provided by the score card. The CLAT 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.
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.
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.
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