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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Online | National Level Exam
Important Dates
Registration Date
Jan 01, 2016
Admit Card Date
Mar 27, 2016
Test Date
May 08, 2016
Result Date
May 23, 2016

How to Prepare for CLAT 2016

Preparation Strategy
Make a proper Time Table

It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basics and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabus from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.  
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.
Negative marking
Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

CLAT 2016 Important Instructions

1. Information regarding details of intake, reservation and the courses offered along with the fee structure is available in the CLAT  Information Brochure which can be seen on the CLAT  website and the websites of the participating NLUs. The candidates are therefore advised to carefully go through the rules and fee structures of participating NLUs before filling the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and for the NRI/NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats.

2. Information in the Information Brochure regarding intake, reservation, courses offered and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc. are given in brief. For detailed information, the candidates are required to take a look at the information provided in the websites of the participating NLUs.

3. There shall be a centralized admission process for CLAT  on the basis of merit-cum-preference. The information relating to various dates of the admission shall be placed on CLAT  website ( from time to time.

4. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness. A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995, at the time of admission.

5. Candidates with disabilities appearing in the Common Law Admission Test shall be entitled to an additional time of 40 minutes.

6. The candidates having impairment and those who require a scribe to write the test should intimate the same at the relevant section in the Online Application Form, citing reasonable cause and attaching attested photocopies (by a Gazetted Officer) of the relevant supporting documents such as

  • A certificate of impairment from the competent authority.
  • A statement indicating whether the scribe will be brought by the candidate or to be arranged by the CLAT authorities. The educational qualification of the scribe should be at least one standard lower than 10+2.
  • A statement indicating whether the scribe will be brought by the candidate or to be arranged by the CLAT authorities. The educational qualification of the scribe should be at least one standard lower than 10+2.
  • Documentary evidence regarding the educational qualification of the scribe (e.g. school certificate or school identity card).
  • A declaration from the scribe (if brought by the candidate) that the scribe complies with the prerequisites and he/she will not in any way help the candidate answer any question in the paper, apart from his/her regular duty of reading out the questions and clicking the correct answers.

7. For details relating to the admission of NRI/NRI sponsored candidates and the number of seats available for them, please see the information provided by the participating NLUs in the CLAT  Information Brochure and their respective websites. NRI status/NRI sponsorship certificate shall be required to be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission in the concerned participating university in the format as prescribed by the university.

8. Some of the Universities will admit the NRI candidates directly whereas others will do it through CLAT . Please carefully read the information provided by the participating NLUs on the subject in the CLAT  Information Brochure and on the CLAT website (

9. Only Indian nationals/NRIs are allowed to appear in the CLAT . Foreign nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT . The foreign nationals desirous of taking admission to any course in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats for foreign nationals.

10. In the event of insufficient number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Center, the Convener, CLAT , reserves the right to cancel such a center and shift the applicants to another nearby center or to a center according to the candidate’s second or third preference.

11. Information such as the category of candidate, the center of the Entrance Test and the preferences for various universities submitted by the candidates through Online Application Mode shall be final and will not be changed thereafter.

12. Allotment of seats will be made on merit-cum-preference basis according to the information furnished in the Online Application Form and during the Counselling Session, the candidates are required to read the instructions carefully and furnish correct and authentic information. In case the information furnished at any stage of admission process is found false or incorrect or there is any discrepancy or mismatch between the information furnished by the candidate at the relevant section and the certificates/documents produced at the time of admission, the provisional admission offered to the candidate shall be cancelled as per the declaration given in the Online Application Form and at other relevant places without assigning any further reason.

13. The basic principle of admission through CLAT is merit-cum-preference. However, if a candidate, at any stage of the allotment process, wants to forego his claim for the next higher preference and wants to stay with and take admission in the allotted University, or wants to quit from the admission process he/she will be given the option to do so. To exercise this option, the candidate will have to mention the same within the prescribed time limit. However, this option exercised once by the candidate will be treated as final and irrevocable, and the candidate will be deemed to have been admitted in the University opted by him/her or to be out of the admission process, as the case may be.

14. All offers of admission by CLAT shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favor of a candidate. The organizing university will not be responsible for any inconvenience caused or expenditure incurred by the candidate on travel and stay, etc.

15. During the counselling session, it will be mandatory for all candidates to indicate their order of preference for all the participating Universities for the UG/PG programme. Choices once indicated will not be changed later. If a candidate fails to indicate his/her order of preference by stipulated date as notified in the CLAT Calendar, such a candidate will lose their right to participate in admission process.

16. The first indicative seat allocation list may comprise of some additional seats over and above the total available seats among the CLAT participating Universities. All these candidates shall be required to deposit the counselling fee to enable them to participate in the counselling process. If any candidate does not deposit the counselling fee by the stipulated date, he/she will lose his/her right to participate in admission process.

17. The candidates taking part in the counselling session after depositing the required amount of fee by the stipulated date and whose name appears in the waiting list, and later if such candidate fails to get a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs. 50,000/-deposited by such candidates will be refunded to him/her without any deduction.   

18. In order to claim the benefit of reservation under state quota (based on one’s domicile), the candidate must produce the original certificates (i.e. SC/ST/OBC/EBC/BC/PWD/Dependants of Freedom Fighters/Dependants of Defense Personnel etc. and Domicile Certificate) issued by competent authority as required under the rules of the concerned State Government at the time of admission. The scanned copy of the same is also to be uploaded alongwith the online application form.

19. In order to claim the benefit of reservation under All India OBC/SC/ST/PWD Category the candidate must produce the caste certificates/respective certificates  as prescribed by the Government of India at the time of admission. The scanned copy of the same be also uploaded along-with the online application form.

20. As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (Government of India) Guidelines, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) Card holders are entitled to the benefit of “Parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in respect of economic, financial and educational fields except in relation to acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties. No parity shall be allowed in the sphere of political rights.” Accordingly, the PIO and OCI Card holders will be eligible for admission under the NRI seats available in some of the member National Law Universities. Such candidates can upload the scanned copy of the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) document at the relevant section issued to them by the Competent Authority.

21. Application fee amount is non refundable and non adjustable charges.


1) What does CLAT mean?

CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test. It is an entrance exam conducted all over India for admission into various law courses in participating law schools.

2) When is CLAT held every year?

CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May every year.

3) Should I send the print outs of the Application Form to the CLAT office (Chanakya National Law University) by post?

NO, the applicant is not required to send the hard copy of the print out of his/her application to the CLAT office.
However, it is strongly advised that the applicant keeps a hard copy of his /her application for his/her own record and future communication with the CLAT Office, if required.

4) I have filled-up the Application Form successfully but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?

NO CHANGE can be made after the Final Submission of the Application Form. However, if the time is still left for filling up the Online- Application Form, the applicant has to fill a Fresh/New Application Form along with the prescribed fee. In such case the new ID will be generated by the system and the fee paid for the previously filled Application form will not be refunded. Make Note that the last application form shall be treated as Final.

5) Can I upload the passport photograph and digital copy of my signature shot with mobile phone camera?

The photograph and digital copy of signature may be shot with mobile phone camera, but the size of photograph and digital signature is required in prescribed/specific size/format.

6) How will I receive my admit card?

The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from the CLAT website from 20th April, 2017 onwards. Please Note that the Admit Card will not be sent via e-mail or by post or by any other means to the candidate. They must carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, Aadhar Card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.

7) If I received Blank/Zero Registration Number after submission of Application Form then what I should do?

It means that the Application Form has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply a fresh.

8) What details should I retain after completion of successful submission of my Application Form?

The candidate must retain the:

  • Hard copy of the Filled-in form.
  • Fee receipt Detail.
  • Auto-generated ID and Password.

9) Can a candidate apply for CLAT offline?

NO, a candidate can only apply through the On-line mode.

10) How will I recover my lost password through which I had registered myself and had submitted online Application for CLAT?

You are required to click on the ‘forgot password’ button and follow the directions to ‘recover/reset your password’.

11) How will I recover my login ID?

Please note that your e-mail ID is your login ID.

12) What is the procedure to make the payment online?

The candidate will be able to make the payment using his/her Net-Banking Account/Debit /Credit Cards or other Payment options available on the payment gateway of the CLAT online application form. The charges may vary depending on the payment option. 

13) Is there any special arrangement for Specially Abled Persons [SAP]?

Yes. The candidate can opt for either to arrange his/her own SCRIBE or to make request to the CLAT Office to provide the SCRIBE for the candidate. In case of first option the candidates has to download the SCRIBE declaration form which is available on CLAT Website at the time of filling-in application form.

14) Which kind of disable persons can take admission through CLAT ?

A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness.

15) Is there any provision of extra time for the Persons with Disabilities appearing in CLAT ?

Yes, Candidates with disabilities appearing in the CLAT shall be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.

16) Am I eligible for CLAT?

To be eligible for taking Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), a candidate should have passed Higher Secondary School / Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination. The minimum required percentage is:
General Candidates: 50% marks in aggregate
SC/ST/ OBC* and Persons with Disability*: 45%.

17) Is it possible to alter the sequence of answering the sections?

No. Sections are taken in the order that they appear in the test book. Candidates are allowed to work only on the section being timed by the invigilators, at any given point of time. Candidates are not permitted to go back to an earlier section or go forward to a later section, even if they finish before the section time is called.

18) In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time completion, can he go to the previous or next section(s) to complete?

No, in CLAT—India, candidates are not allowed to work on any section other than the one being timed by the invigilators. In case a candidate completes answering and reviewing a section before the allotted section time gets over, he/she is not allowed to attempt any other section — previous or next. The balance time cannot be used on any other section.

19) What is the age wise eligibility to appear for CLAT?

Candidate should be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2016 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability (PWD) candidates).

20) Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc.?

Yes, Examination Centre will provide. But no electronic devices are allowed in Examination Hall/Room.

21) How can I get previous years question papers?

The Previous year’s Question Papers can be downloaded from CLAT  website on the payment of Rs. 400/-through online mode only(which is not included in the CLAT-2017 fee of Rs.4,000/-). No hard copy will be provided by the CLAT office.

22) What is the syllabus of CLAT ?

CLAT syllabus includes important topics from each of the offered five sections– English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning.

23) Can a student apply to any other Law School / University using CLAT Score?

Yes, students can also apply to a number of other colleges using the CLAT score. Some of the top Law Schools /

  • Universities which accept CLAT Scores are listed below.
  • Institute of Law, Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
  • School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

24) Is there any minimum cut-off score in CLAT Exam prescribed for admission?

NO. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Candidature of every candidate shall be considered in their respective category, in order of merit.

25) Which are the Law Colleges one can apply through CLAT?

Through CLAT, students can apply to the following 15 National Law Universities:

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
  • NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
  • The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  • Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala
  • Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  • The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  • National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  • National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  • National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam, Guwahati
  • Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.

26) What is the procedure of allotment of Law Universities for admission?

During the online submission of application form, the candidates will be required to fill up all the 18 available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preferences. Seats shall be allotted on merit-cum-choice basis.

27) Can the candidate change his/her choices of National Law Universities subsequently?

NO, Choice once indicated and submitted shall be treated as final. However, in case of submitting multiple application forms the last submitted form will be treated as final.

28) Is there any seat available for NRI/NRI sponsored /Foreign National candidates?

Yes. In some of the participating Law Universities seats are available for NRIs/NRI sponsored/Foreign National. Candidates are advised to refer to CLAT website for e-brochure and to visit the website of the respective NLUs.

29) Is there any provision of Transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT ?

NO, CLAT Rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.

30) What is the Counselling fee?

Counselling fee is the payment (Rs.50, 000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counselling fee is not a separate fee, it is the adjustable advance paid to the CLAT office which subsequently gets adjusted at the time of admission from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.

31) Can I get my counselling fee refunded in case I don’t want to take admission?

lease Note that:-

  • There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 21st June, 2017.
  • The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June, 2017, will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-.

32) 3Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the Law Universities?

YES. Some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLUs Brochure available on their website and also on CLAT website.

33) Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT-2017for the women candidates?

YES. Some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for the female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLU’s Brochure available on CLAT website in this regard.

34) Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation?

  • NO. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective NLUs Brochure available on CLAT website to know about the University wise specific reservations.
  • Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. Reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned State Government from time to time.