Common Law Admission Test – 2018 (CLAT – 2018)

    Common Law Admission Test – 2018 (CLAT – 2018)

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    The CLAT 2018 application portal is currently closed. However, CLAT 2018 Exam Dates have been announced. Click here to know all the exam dates.


    Anyone who aspires to have a career in law will appear for CLAT, the most popular law entrance examination in the country. CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national-level law entrance test for all UG and PG admissions at the NLUs (National Law Universities). It is conducted by one of the 18 NLUs every year on a rotational basis. CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May every year. The notification for CLAT 2018 will be released in the 4th week of December 2017. Apart from the 18 NLUs, many private law institutes also consider CLAT scores for admissions. In 2017, 50k students registered for the admission test.

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    CLAT 2018: Important Dates

    Notification Date 4thweek of December 2017
    Commencement of Online Application Process 1st January 2018
    Online Registration for CLAT Exam 2018 1st January – 31st March 2018
    Issuance of Admit Cards 3rd week of April 2018 onwards
    Date of CLAT Exam 2018 13th May 2018
    Availability of Answer Key 3rd week of May 2018
    Declaration of CLAT 2018 Results 4th week of May 2018
    Merit List Release and Start of Counselling 1st week of June 2018

    Mode of Answering

    CLAT 2018 will be a computer-based test (CBT).

    CLAT 2018 Exam Date

    CLAT 2018 will be held in the 2nd week of May 2018.

    Medium of Examination

    The medium of question paper will be ENGLISH only for CLAT 2018.

    CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

    The CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses are as follows:

    For UG Courses

    • Age Criteria: The age of the candidate should not be more than 20 years for General Category and NRI or NRI-sponsored candidates and 22 years for SC/ST/OBC candidates, as on 1st July 2018.
    • Qualification Eligibility: The candidate needs to clear the Class 12th examination or its equivalent with minimum 45% marks to be considered eligible for CLAT 2018 (40% for SC/ST/SAP candidates).
    • Those appearing for the Class 12th exams in March or April 2018 are also eligible to appear for CLAT 2018. They would need to produce their passing certificate at the time of admissions.

    For PG Courses

    • Qualifying ExaminationFor LL.M., the candidate must have completed his/her LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.). or passed any other equivalent qualifying exam.
    • Minimum MarksThe candidate must have secured at least 55% marks (for General/OBC candidates) in the qualifying exam. In the case of SC/ST candidates, the minimum marks required is 50%.
    • Final year candidates can also apply for the exam.
    • Age LimitThere is no prescribed upper age limit for the PG courses.

    CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

    Particulars For UG Admissions For PG Admissions
    No of Questions 200 Questions 150 Questions
    Duration 2 Hours 2 Hours
    Marking Scheme
    • 1 mark for a correct answer.
    • 0.25 marks deducted for the wrong answer.
    • 1 mark for a correct answer.
    • 0.25 marks deducted for the wrong answer
    Total Marks 200 marks 150 marks
    Qualifying marks As per cut off
    • English including Comprehension (40 marks).
    • General Knowledge and Current Affairs (50 marks).
    • Elementary Mathematics (20 marks).
    • Legal Aptitude (50 marks).
    • Logical Reasoning (40 marks).
    • Constitutional Law (50 questions).
    • Jurisprudence (50 questions).
    • Other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International law, Environment law and Human rights (50 questions).
    Mode of Answering Computer-based Test (CBT). Computer-based Test (CBT).

    Medium of Question Paper

    CLAT 2018 will be conducted in ENGLISH only and this is applicable for both the UG and PG question papers. 

    Mode of Answering

    CLAT is a computer-based test and thus the test-takers will be presented with the question paper on a computer and they have to answer the questions using a keyboard/mouse.

    For UG Courses

    The test will be of total 200 marks. The candidates will receive 1 mark for each correct answer and a penalty of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer. The exam duration will be 2 hours.

    Subjects Marks
    English including Comprehension 40 Marks
    General Knowledge & Current Affairs 50 Marks
    Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
    Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
    Logical Reasoning 40 Marks
    Total 200 Marks

    In case two candidates secure equal marks, the following factors in the given order are taken into account to break the tie:

    • Higher marks in Legal Aptitude section of CLAT 2018
    • Higher age.
    • The computerized draw of lots.

    For PG Courses

    There shall be 150 MCQ questions in the PG question paper and the exam duration will be 2 hours. Each correct answer would be rewarded with 1 mark and each wrong answer will attract a negative marking of 0.25 mark.

    Subjects Marks
    Constitutional Law 50 Marks
    Jurisprudence 50 Marks
    Other Law Subjects 50 Marks
    Total 150 Marks

    CLAT 2018: How to Apply?

    The applications will open in the first week of January 2018.

    Application Fee

    The application fee for CLAT 2018 is Rs. 4000 for General/OBC/SAP candidates and Rs. 3500 for SC/ST candidates.

    The application fee is to be paid online through net banking/credit card or debit card only.

    Photograph and Signature Specifications

    Applicants would be required to upload the scanned copies of the following documents:

    • Signature – JPEG format; not more than 80 KB in size.
    • Photograph – Dimension: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm; JPEG format; not more than 100 KB in size.
    • Caste Certificate (If Applicable).

    Registration Procedure

    1. The application form for CLAT 2018 shall be available online on from 1st week of January 2018.
    1. The candidates can register themselves by creating a new account with their e-mail ID.
    1. The candidate can fill the details asked in the form till the last week of March 2018. After that, no more applications will be considered.
    1. The candidate also has to mention his/her preferred order of the different NLUs at the time of application. This order cannot be altered at later stages.
    1. The candidates would then also need to upload scanned copies of the documents mentioned in the previous section. No hard copies are required to be sent to the CLAT office.
    1. After filling the application form, the candidate must pay the application fee, as per the category.
    1. On successful submission of the application fee, the candidate can take a print out of the confirmation page.

    CLAT 2018 Syllabus

    The subjects that will be covered by the CLAT are different for UG and PG. The subjects are listed above in the Exam Pattern section.For PG, other than Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence, law subjects such as Contract, Torts, International Law, Criminal Law, Environment Law, Human Rights etc. will also be covered by the exam.

    CLAT Previous Year Question Papers

    Candidates can download previous year CLAT question papers from the CLAT website after making a payment of Rs. 400 online. No hard copies will be provided by the authorities.

    CLAT 2018 Admit Card

    The candidates who successfully registered for the exam will be able to download the admit card for CLAT 2018 from the CLAT website in the third week of April. Candidates need to carry this admit card along with an identity proof for the exam.

    CLAT 2018 Answer Key

    The CLAT exam 2018 answer key will be made available to the candidates in the third week of May 2018. The candidates can report any discrepancy in the answer key to the authorities.

    CLAT 2018 Results

    The results for CLAT 2018 will tentatively be announced in the last week of May 2018. The results will be available on the official CLAT website candidates can check their scores and rank in the exam by logging into their account.

    CLAT 2018 Merit List

    Merit lists will be prepared category-wise for both UG and PG programs by the 1st week of June 2018 (tentative).

    CLAT 2018 Counselling

    Central counseling takes place for admission to the UG and PG programs in the 18 participating NLUs. This counseling will tentatively take place in the 1st week of June 2018 after the merit list is declared. Seats are allotted after taking into account both merit as well as the candidate’s preference order.

    Application of link Link
    CLAT 2017 official website
    Syllabus & Pattern UG Yet to be Released
    Syllabus & Pattern PG Yet to be Published.
    Application Portal Yet to open.

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