Compared to the previous year CLAT registration record, there is a 13% increase in the number of applicants in CLAT 2017. According to Prof. A. Lakshminath, CLAT 2017 Convener, this year around 45,000 candidates applied for the undergraduate law programme and 6,000 for the postgraduate law programme. He also said that, after the Supreme Court of India stayed the Bar Council of India’s age criteria in March, there was a sudden rise in the number of applicants. Also, this year, the National Law University, Nagpur has joined the league of the NLUs accepting CLAT score. Also, around 27 law schools will be accepting the CLAT 2017 score.
Last year, the total number of CLAT applicants were 45,041, while this year the number of applicants are around 51,000. According to Prof. Lakshminath, the stay order on BCI’s age bar is one of the factors that helped in the increase in the registration. Soon, the number of state-wise and gender-wise break up of the number of applicants will be announced. Last year, out of the 45,041, there was a total of 23,517 male candidates, 21,520 female candidates and 4 transgenders.
This year, the Chanakya National Law University, Patna, will be conducting the CLAT 2017 on May 14, 2017. The application process concluded on March 31, 2017. The candidates who have successfully applied on or before the end date will be issued the CLAT admit card on April 20, 2017.
CLAT is one of the most reputed law entrance exams and the score is accepted by the 18 National Law Universities. As mentioned above, this year, the NLU, Nagpur will also be accepting the CLAT 2017 score.