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CLAT 2017- Common Law Admission Test

CLAT Syllabus

CLAT 2017 (Common Law Admission Test) is a national level entrance exam. It is conducted every year on a rotational basis by 18 NLUs. For the academic session 2017-18, CNLU Patna (Chanakya National Law University, Patna) will hold the exam. Last year the exam was conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. For this year, the exam is scheduled for May 14, 2017.

Registration for the exam has now concluded. CNLU Patna will release CLAT Admit Card 2017 on April 20, 2017. The document will be available for downloading at  Candidates must make sure to keep the hall ticket safely till the admissions are finalised. Check  Details on CLAT Admit Card


April 20, 2017 – CLAT Admit Cards will be available shortly on the official website i.e. Check  CLAT Admit Card

March 31, 2017 – CLAT 2017 Application Process is over. Prepare with CLAT Sample Papers and Mock Tests

March 31, 2017 – Many PSUs accepting CLAT score has released applications inviting for various job openings.Check PSU Recruitment through CLAT

CLAT Exam Pattern 2017 is defined by the conducting body. This year the exam will be conducted in online mode. The duration of exam is 2-hour. It will have questions of objective type. Each question carries 1 mark. For each wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted. Read about CLAT Exam Pattern 2017

CLAT 2017 Exam Pattern

Common Law Admission Test is conducted for candidates seeking admission to LLB and LLM programs offered. Last year i.e. CLAT 2016 was conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. The basic eligibility criteria are 10+2 for LLB programs, and LLB or equivalent degree for LLM programs. CLAT Results will be declared on May 29, 2017. Post result declaration counselling will be conducted in June 2017. The admission is granted on the basis CLAT Cutoff of participating NLUs and candidate’s preferences.

CLAT 2017 Exam Highlights

CLAT offers admissions to LLB and LLM courses offered at various institutes/ colleges across India. For this year, the competition has increased by 25%. In CLAT 2015, there was a total of 39,000 candidates who registered for the exam. Whereas, for CLAT 2016 there were around 45,000 candidates who signed up for the exam.

Exam NameCLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
Conducting BodyCNLU Patna
Exam DateMay 14, 2017
Exam ModeOnline
Courses OfferedLL.B. and LL.M.

CLAT 2017 Exam Dates

The schedule for CLAT 2017 released on December 25, 2016 at The table below gives the schedule for law entrance exam (CLAT 2017):

Date of Issue of Admission NotificationDecember 25, 2016
Beginning of Online Application ProcessJanuary 01, 2017 (Sunday)
Last Date for submission of online formMarch 31, 2017 (Friday) till 11:59 pm
Availability of CLAT Admit Card/ Hall Ticket April 20,  2017 (Thursday)
Date of CLAT Exam 2017May 14, 2017 (03:00 pm to 05:00 pm)
Date of uploading the Answer KeyMay 16, 2017
Representation, if any, relating to exam, questions/ KeyMay 17, 2017 – May 19, 2017
Date for uploading the Amended Answer Key (if any)May 25, 2017
Declaration of CLAT Result/ Merit ListMay 29, 2017
Publication of first indicative seat allocation list based on merit-cum-preferenceJune 05, 2017

Know More: CLAT 2017 Exam Dates

What is CLAT?

  • Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is a law entrance test for admission to LLB and LLM courses.
  • Around 19 NLUs (National Law University) participate in CLAT 2017.
  • Candidates should have passed higher secondary school (10+2) with not less than 45% marks in aggregate.
  • CLAT Registration begins from January 01, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2017.  

How many students are appearing for CLAT 2017?

  • CLAT 2016 witnessed a record-breaking participation for the law entrance exam. There were 45,040 aspirants who appeared for the law exam.
  • For CLAT 2017, it is expected that the number of candidates will increase. Nearly 50,000 candidates are expected to appear for the law entrance exam this year.

CLAT Seats Trends

CLAT Eligibility 2017

CLAT is conducted for admission to LLB or LLM programs offered at the NLUs. Consecutively, there is a separate eligibility criterion for candidates aiming for admission to any of the programs. Candidates can go through the criteria to check if they can fill the CLAT Form 2017

CLAT 2017 offers admissions to both national and NRI candidates to undergraduate law program in well-known NLUs (National Law Universities).

For CLAT LLB Programme

The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2017 LLB program are given below:

  1. Age Limit: As per the Bar Council of India, for 3-year LLB course, the upper age limit has been increased from 30 to 45 years. For 5-year LLB course, the age limit has been changed from 20 to 22 years as an interim measure.
  2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have passed 10+2  or any equivalent examination.
  3. Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2017 are also eligible to appear in CLAT exam.  

Note: The candidates must convert their grades (if any) into percentage for appearing in CLAT 2017.

For CLAT LLM Programmes

Brief eligibility criteria for CLAT 2017 for LLM program are given below:

  1. Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for the candidates appearing in CLAT 2017 to pursue post-graduate programs. Thus, candidates of all ages are eligible to give the examination.
  2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree.
  3. Appearing Candidates: Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2017 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2017  examination. However, they have to show a hard copy of the proof of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission.

READ MORE: CLAT 2017 Eligibility

How to fill CLAT Application Form 2017?

CLAT Application Form will be available on January 01, 2017 till March 31, 2017 on the official website. The form can be filled through online mode only. No hard copy of the application form will be available.

To fill the CLAT application form, candidates must follow the steps given below:

Step 1 – CLAT 2017 Registration at CAPS: 

To register for CLAT 2017 exam, first of all, candidate will have to register on CLAT Application Processing System (CAPS) by entering the following details:

Candidate’s Name, Email Address and mobile number. Candidates should carefully fill the information as it cannot be changed in the later stage of the process. After successful registration, an email and SMS will be sent to the candidate’s registered email id and Mobile number. This email and SMS contain the CAPS Application number. Read more about CLAT Registration.

Note: Through CAPS, a candidate can register and apply for CLAT 2017 exam, check the status of the application, download the admit card, know the result and they can also download the result and score card.

Step 2 - Fill CLAT Form: 

After registration, candidates have to fill the application form, for this login by using the CAPS Application number and Passwords. The candidate must fill the following information.

  • Candidate’s Personal details like (Candidates name, Date of Birth, Personal mobile number, Parent’s name, Parent’s mobile number etc.)
  • Postal Address (including PIN code) for Communication
  • Fill the CLAT 2017 Examination Cities
  • Upload Scanned image and signature
  • Upload the scanned copy of your Date of Birth (Birth certificate, 10th Class certificate, Passport or Adhar Card)
  • Upload the scanned copy of caste certificate PWD certificate/state Domicile etc. in PDF format only (if applicable).

Step 3 - Payment of the CLAT 2017 Application Fee:

After filling the CLAT Application form, candidate must pay the application fee payment. Candidate can pay the application fee through online (Debit/Credit or Net Banking) or offline (Bank Challan). Steps in the application fees process are given below:

Step 4 - Download and Print the Application Form

After filling the CLAT Form and making the payment, candidates can download their filled application form with fee details in PDF format. Candidates can take the printout of it and save as a record for further communication. The candidate must remember the CAPS Application Number and password to login It will be used check the application status, to download the admit card and to know the results

CLAT 2017 Application Fee

  • For General/OBC and PWD category, CLAT 2017 application fee is Rs.4,000/-
  • For SC/ST students application fee is Rs.3,500/-

Know more:How to fill CLAT Application Form?

CLAT Admit Card 2017 

The Admit Card/ Hall Ticket for CLAT 2017 will be available for download from April 20, 2017. Candidates will receive the hall ticket through email or by post. The CLAT Hall Ticket is a gateway for eligible candidates to enter the examination hall and give the exam. Candidates are required to carry their CLAT 2017 Admit Card with one identity proof (Aadhar Card/Voter ID/ Passport/Driving license) on the exam day i.e. May 14, 2017. 

Details on CLAT Admit Card 2017:

  • Candidate Name & Photo
  • Candidate DOB & Signature
  • Roll Number
  • CLAT Exam Date, Venue & Exam Time
  • Instructions for the CLAT Exam

Note:A candidate who fails to carry his/ her Admit Card with an ID Proof will not be allowed the examination hall.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2017 

In order to excel in the examination, it is important for aspirants to have ample knowledge of CLAT exam pattern. The CLAT Paper Pattern is different for LL.B and LLM exams. Besides, knowing the complete details of CLAT Syllabus will aid the candidates in their preparation for the exam.

  • CLAT 2017 Time duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Medium of exam: Online

There will separate question papers for both Undergraduate and Post Graduate Courses as explained below:-

CLAT 2017 Pattern for Undergraduate Courses

For undergraduate courses, question paper will contain 5 sections namely - English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability),Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. There will be total 200 Multiple Choice Questions. For every correct answer, a candidate will be awarded 1 mark and ¼ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. The section-wise distribution in the question paper is mentioned below:

SubjectsNo. of Questions
English (including comprehension)40
General Knowledge & Current Affairs50
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20
Legal Aptitude50
Logical Reasoning40

General Knowledge & Current Affairs and Legal Aptitude will carry the highest weightage in the CLAT 2017 paper for UG aspirants. The section on Elementary Mathematics will be the least scoring section.

CLAT Practice Papers

Exam Pattern for Post Graduate Courses

The CLAT Paper Pattern for the post graduate courses will contain 3 sections namely  Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. The question paper for post graduate courses will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions. Distribution of questions in each section is indicated in the table below:

SubjectsNo. of Questions
Constitutional Law50
Rest of the topics like Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.50

Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence will have an equal weightage of 50 marks each while rest of the questions will be coming from different topics like Criminal law, International Law, etc.

CLAT Result 2017

CLAT result will be declared on May 29, 2017. The exam result will be available on the official website of CLAT- The candidates can access their CLAT result through their personal LOGIN ACCOUNT.

The complete merit list according to the marks secured by the candidate will be published on the CLAT website. In addition, state specific and all India merit lists will be prepared for various categories like-Open/SC/ST/OBC/Women and PWD etc. candidates.

CLAT Cut Off 2017

With the increase in number of candidates taking the CLAT Exam every year, the CLAT cutoff also increases. This year the CLAT Cut off is expected to increase by 5 % to 10%. CLAT 2017 Cutoff will be declared by various CLAT Participating institutes individually. It is the minimum score declared by the institute for the admission process. CLAT Cutoff forms the basis of the CLAT Counselling and CLAT Seat Allotment. 

The CLAT 2017 Cutoff is calculated considering multiple factors such as difficulty level of the paper, availability of seats, average marks scored in the test and total test population. The difficulty of CLAT 2017 has only been moderate. Over the exam was touted easy with few tricky mathematics questions. Overall, taking the above points into consideration, the cut off is expected to increase anywhere between 2%-5%.

CLAT Cut off Trends

Which are the Law Schools Participating in CLAT 2017?

For the academic session of 2017-18, Chanakya National Law University will be conducting the CLAT 2017. The law entrance exam is scheduled on May 14, 2017. The other 17 NLUs participating and accepting the CLAT 2017 scores are as follows:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
  19. National Law University, Aurangabad (NLU Aurangabad)

CLAT Counselling 2017 

CLAT Counselling starts from May 29, 2017 and will get over by June 25, 2017Candidate must indicate their NLUs preference online where they want to take admission. There will be a centralized admission process for CLAT 2017 and admission will be done on the basis of merit-cum-preference.


CLAT Books and Preparation Tips

The first step for CLAT preparation is to know about the CLAT paper pattern and CLAT 2017 syllabus. For CLAT 2017 conducted for undergraduate courses, students have to prepare 5 subjects namely English Comprehension, Elementary Mathematics, General Knowledge & Current affairs, Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning. Out of all the legal Aptitude is the most important section, for preparing this section you can refer “Universal Guide to CLAT or A.P. Bhardwaj CLAT guide”. Do read newspapers on regular basis to prepare for current awareness questions.For elementary mathematics prepare syllabus of class 9th & 10th. In English comprehension, there will be 4-5 short passages on which around 20-22 questions will be asked 7-8 questions is based on antonyms & synonyms and rest questions will be on Grammar. For this, you can practice previous year mock test papers. You can also prepare these topics on online tutorials available for CLAT.

Here we have compiled a small list of books which can prove to be helpful during your CLAT preparation:-

Book NameAuthor/PublicationISBN
CLAT 2015 - The Complete Success PackageArihant9351761983
Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning: For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance Examinations A. P. Bhardwaj9332526462
The Pearson Guide to the CLATPearson India8131796396
CLAT Solved and Practice PapersA. P. Bhardwaj9332524807

Toppers Tips

93.25 percentile

It Totally depends upon you what you see whether a time wasted or invested says Shivam who scored 93.25.

89 percentile

Preparation must be thorough says Parth Patel who scored 89 Percentile in CLAT Exam

55 percentile

All Progress takes place outside the comfort zone says Efaf Aali scored 55 percentile.


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