Common Law Admission Test – 2018 (CLAT – 2018)

Common Law Admission Test – 2018 (CLAT – 2018)

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Last updated on June 7th, 2018 at 04:38 pm

Latest CLAT 2018 Updates

CLAT 2018 merit list has been released today. Click here to check your merit.

CLAT 2018 Results have been published. Click here to check your results.


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 Date1st Jan 2018
Commencement of Online Application Process1st January 2018
Online Registration for CLAT Exam 20181st January – 31st March 2018
Issuance of Admit Cards26th April 2018 (Postponed)
Date of CLAT Exam 201813th May 2018
Availability of Answer Key15th May 2018 (Released)
Declaration of CLAT 2018 Results31st May 2018 (Released)
Merit List Release and Start of Counselling7th June 2018 (Released)

Mode of Answering

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

CLAT 2018 Exam Date

CLAT 2018 will be held on the 13th 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: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 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 Examination: For 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 Marks: The 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 Limit: There is no prescribed upper age limit for the PG courses.

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

ParticularsFor UG AdmissionsFor PG Admissions
No of Questions200 Questions150 Questions
Duration2 Hours2 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 Marks200 marks150 marks
Qualifying marksAs 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 AnsweringComputer-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.

English including Comprehension40 Marks
General Knowledge & Current Affairs50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Marks
Total200 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.

Constitutional Law50 Marks
Jurisprudence50 Marks
Other Law Subjects50 Marks
Total150 Marks

CLAT 2018: How to Apply?

The CLAT 2018 application portal is closed now.

The CLAT 2018 application process shall be completely online.

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 20 KB in size.
  • Photograph – Dimension: 3.5 cm x 4.5 cm; JPEG format; not more than 50 KB in size.
  • Caste Certificate (If Applicable).

Registration Procedure

  1. The application form for CLAT 2018 is available now on
  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. 500 online. No hard copies will be provided by the authorities.

CLAT 2018 Admit Card

The candidates who have successfully registered for the exam can download the admit card for CLAT 2018 from the CLAT website. 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 is available to the candidates from 15th May 2018.

Visit to check the answer key.

CLAT 2018 Results

The results for CLAT 2018 have been announced on the 31st May 2018.

Visit to check your result. 

CLAT 2018 Merit List

Merit lists will be prepared category-wise for both UG and PG programs has been published on 7th June 2018.

Visit to check your merit.

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 on the 7th 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 linkLink
CLAT 2018 official website
Syllabus & Pattern UG
Syllabus & Pattern PG
CLAT Results

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when will merit list wil be published