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CLAT -
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Online | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General / OBC - Rs.4000 | SC / ST - Rs.3500
Important Dates
Registration Date
Jan 01, 2017
Admit Card Date
Apr 20, 2017
Test Date
May 14, 2017
Result Date
May 29, 2017

How to Prepare for CLAT 2017

Around 23,000 students wrote CLAT in 2015 and 30,000 students  in 2016, the number is expected to grow substantially in coming years. In a sense, the competition in CLAT isn’t as high as most of the entrance examinations like in Engineering and Medical colleges. However, any student aiming for the best law schools in India should have a cstrategy in his/her mind right from the beginning of his/her preparation and should focus highly on practicing from diverse sources. Last but surely not the least, they should keep themselves updated of all current affairs happening around the the World all through his preparation journey.

The trick is to understand that not all subjects are equally important. An efficient preparation of English will also prepare you for Critical Reasoning (this section of CLAT paper was solely comprised of Critical Reasoning type questions), as well as Legal Reasoning, in addition to English. Also, preparation of Mathematics will also prepare you for Analytical Reasoning (Puzzles, coding-decoding etc) as skills require to master both these subjects are largely similar.  

The strategy should be to devote the maximum amount of time in mastering subjects with compound effect (i.e. Mathematics and English). Do lot of practice in GK as well. The inclusion of subjects like Static General Knowledge and Legal General Knowledge has generally been criticized, and it is a usual consensus that even more importance must be given to subjects like Logic and Legal Reasoning. Remember that 75 GK (along with Legal GK) questions are there and anyone having command over GK can not only score with ease but also with less time.

Another strategy for quickly improving scores is by solving as many Mocks as possible, and more importantly, giving enough time to yourself for analyzing these Mocks.  
Suggested Materials for Preparation for all sections

  • Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability: Books from a reputed publisher by any good Author
  • GK and English: Pratiyogita Darpan and Competition Success Review.  
  • Reasoning: Books from Pearson or Arihant publications.

CLAT 2017 Important Instructions

Important Instructions for the Candidates:

  •  Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the CLAT Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs. The candidates are, therefore, advised to thoroughly go through the rules and fee structures of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and also for the NRI/NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats.
  •  Information provided in the e-Brochure regarding the intake, reservation policy, courses offered and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc. has been specified very briefly. For detailed information regarding the same, the candidates may refer to the information available at the websites of the participating NLUs.
  •  Definition of disability for the purpose of admission under Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category 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 a Disability Certificate form the 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.
  •  Specially Abled Persons (SAP) appearing in the Common Law Admission Test shall be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.
  •  Candidates having impairment and those who require a scribe to appear for the test must specify the same in the relevant column of the Online Application Form, citing suitable justification for the purpose and also by uploading he photo copies of the supporting documents (duly attested by a Gazetted Officer). The relevant documents must include; (a) A certificate of impairment from a competent authority.
  •  A statement indicating whether the scribe will be brought by the candidate or needs to be arranged by the CLAT authorities.
  •  A declaration from the scribe (if brought by the candidate) that the scribe complies with the preconditions 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 marking/clicking the correct answers.
  • With regards to the admission of NRI/NRI sponsored candidates and the number of seats available for them at different NLUs, the detailed information is available in the e-Brochure of CLAT and in the websites of the respective participating Universities. For availing a seat against the NRI status, appropriate certificate shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission in the concerned participating university in the format as prescribed by the University.
  • Only Indian Nationals/NRIs/NRI Sponsored Candidates are allowed to appear in the CLAT Examination. Foreign Nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT. However, the Foreign Nationals desirous of seeking admission to any of the UG/PG courses in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned Universities having seats for foreign nationals.
  • In the event of insufficient or extra number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convenor, CLAT, reserves the right to cancel such a centre and shift the applicants to another nearby centre or to a centre according to the candidate’s second or third preference.
  • No alteration / editing in the online application form can be done after submission of form. The information once furnished by the candidate with regard to the category to which the candidate belongs, the preference order for the centre of the Entrance Test and the preference order for seeking admission to various participating universities submitted by the candidates through Online Application Mode shall be final and no change whatsoever, shall be allowed thereafter.
  • 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 to be false or incorrect or if 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 stand cancelled as per the declaration given in the Online Application Form and at other relevant places without assigning any further reason.
  • The basic principle of admission through CLAT is merit-cum-preference. The order of NLUs in CLAT website is as per their year of establishment. If a candidate, at any stage of the allotment/admission process, wants to forego his/her claim for another preference specified by him/her and wants to seek admission in an 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 once exercised 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 have quitted out of the admission process, as the case may be.
  • All offers of admission under CLAT shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate.
  • The organizing/participating university will not in any way be responsible for any inconvenience caused or expenditure incurred by the candidate on travel, stay, etc. while seeking admission in a particular participating University.
  • In order to claim the benefit of reservation under State quota (based on one’s domicile), the candidate must produce at the time of admission, the original certificates (i.e. SC / ST/ OBC/EBC/ BC/SAP (Specially Abled Persons)/ Dependants of Freedom Fighters/Dependants of Defence Personnel, etc.) and Domicile Certificate issued by competent authority as required under the rules of the concerned State Government.
  • In order to claim the benefit of reservation under All India OBC/SC/ST/SAP (Specially Abled Persons) Category the candidate must produce the relevant certificates as prescribed by the Government of India/State Government as required by the respective NLUs at the time of admission.
  • 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 education 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.
  • The CLAT application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
  • 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.
  • If a candidate has filled-in more than one online application form, the candidate’s last online application form only will be considered In such a  case no application fee of the previous application forms will be returned.
  • NRI/NRI Sponsored categories application forms will be generated by concerned NLUs and it will be uploaded on the respective NLUs website.

INSTRUCTIONS TO CANDIDATES REGARDING ADMISSION AGAINST NRI/NRI SPONSORED/FOREIGN NATIONAL/OTHER SUPERNUMERARY SEATS:

  • Candidates seeking admission against NRI/NRI Sponsored/Foreign National/Other Supernumerary Seats are advised to visit the respective University’s website to check the policy of each participating NLU pertaining to the same.
  • Candidates are further advised to visit the website of each participating NLU for information, guidelines related to and the necessary documents (in proper format) required for admission under the NRI/NRI Sponsored/Foreign National/Other Supernumerary Seats.
  • No document needs to be uploaded with the online application form in relation to admissions under the NRI/NRI Sponsored/Foreign National/Other Supernumerary Seats. All relevant documents in the original shall be required to be produced at the time of admission.

CLARIFICATIONS REGARDING NRI/NRI SPONSORED CATEGORY:

In response to the queries of the prospective applicants it is hereby clarified that:

  • Unreserved category Candidate who has already applied or will apply for admission under the NRI / NRI Sponsored Category can also be considered for admission under All India Unreserved category as per CLAT Rules and regulations about admission.
  • In order to avail the benefit of NRI/NRI Sponsored Category, such candidates of SC/ST/OBC/SAP categories shall also be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2017.

CLAT FAQ

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.