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CLAT 2018- Common Law Admission Test

Last Updated - July 19, 2017

CLAT 2018 (Common Law Admission Test) is a national level law entrance exam conducted rotationally by 18 NLUs every year. Candidates seeking admission in Law courses- LL. B and LL.M have to participate in the exam. NLUs (National law universities) will release CLAT 2018 Notification in 4th week of December 2017.

Eligible candidates can fill CLAT Application Form 2018 via online mode. After successfully getting registered, candidates will be issued their CLAT Admit Card. This is an important document that will allow a candidate to sit for the exam.

Highlights for CLAT 2018

Exam Highlights
Exam NameCommon Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Conducting BodyNational Law University (NLU)
Exam TypeNational Level
Exam PeriodicityYearly
PurposeAdmission in LL.B & LL.M courses in NLUs
Application FeeGeneral: INR 4000 SC/ST: INR 3500
Exam DateMay 14, 2018 (tentative)
Eligibility CriteriaLL.B: Passed 10+2 with 45% marks
LL.M: LL.B or equivalent degree with 55% marks
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Language MediumEnglish
Duration of Exam2 hours

CLAT 2018 Exam Dates

The schedule for CLAT 2018 will out in 4th week of December, 2017. The table given below provides you all the exam dates and events related to CLAT 2018:

CLAT Official Notification4th week of December 2017
Availability of Online Application Form1st week of January 2018
Closing date of Application Submission along with order of preferences for NLUs4th week of March 2018
Issue Date of Admit Card3rd week of April 2018
Date of Examination2nd week of May 2018
Publishing of Answer Key3rd week of May 2018
Announcement of Result (issue of merit list)4th week of May 2018
Counselling Commence1st week of June 2018
Closure of Admission1st week of July 2018

CLAT Eligibility 2018

Before applying for CLAT Exam 2018 candidates must satisfy the prescribed eligibility criteria. The eligibility for CLAT 2018 UG and PG law courses is discussed below:

For CLAT Undergraduate course

Various colleges offer 3 year LLB course. The most reputed amongst them being the Delhi University Campus Law Centre, Punjab University Department of Law Chandigarh, Banaras Hindu University. Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2018 LLB programme is given below:

  • Applicants should be 10 + 2 (Intermediate Exam) pass with minimum 45 % marks. The percentage is applicable for candidates of unreserved category like General / OBC.
  • Applicants who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible to fill CLAT Admission Form 2018.
  • The minimum age of the participants belonging to the Unreserved category is 20 year and for Reserved category it is 22 year as on 01.07.2018.
  • If applicants are from Reserved Category like Scheduled Caste (SC) & Scheduled Tribe (ST) then they should have 40% marks in 12th Exam.

For CLAT Postgraduate course

A brief eligibility criteria for CLAT 2018 for LLM programme is given below:

  • Applicants who are attending the CLAT 2018 Examination must have secured 55% marks in LLB/ LLB (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam.  This criterion is applicable for Unreserved category applicants.
  • Participants who belongs to the Reserved Category need to obtain 50% marks in Graduation of qualifying examination.
  • Applicants if have appeared in the qualifying examination then they need to submit the Result in time frame otherwise will not be considered for admission.
  • There will be no upper age for the applicants checking the CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria.

CLAT 2018 Application Form

CLAT Registration 2018 can be done via online mode only. The application form will be available in January 2018 (tentatively). Before filling the application form, applicants must be ready with required scanned documents- signature, photograph, and category certificate (if applicable).

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

Step 1: Registration

  • The candidate has to visit the Official website of CLAT. They will then have to follow the link ‘New Registration’ and fill in all the required dates. Then, they have to enter a security code and click on Save and Next.

Step 2: Login & fill the form

  • In this step, through provisional ID and Password candidate has to login again. A candidate has to upload his/her scanned photograph and signature as per the specifications.

Step 3: Filling the details

  • The candidate has to enter his/ her basic information such as category with category code, nationality, Exam Center choice, name, academic details etc. under the basic tab of the detailed CLAT 2018 Application Form.

Step 4: Fee Payment

  • 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 5: Print Confirmation Page

  • On the successful submission of application fee, candidate can take the print out of confirmation page. In order to print the page, you need to click on the link says ‘Click here to take print out of confirmation page’.

Application Form fee for CLAT 2018

The applicant can pay the fee either through Online or e-Challan. In case of online, additional bank charges will also applicable. The application fee is non-refundable and non- transferable in any circumstances.

CategoryFee amount
General/ OBCINR 4000/-
SC/ STINR 3500/-
PwDINR 4000/-

CLAT Admit Card 2018

Candidates who have successfully filled their CLAT Application Form 2018 will be issued their Admit Card in April 2018. It will be available for download on the official website of CLAT as well as on the website of conducting NLU. The CLAT Hall Ticket is a gateway for eligible candidates to enter the examination hall and give the exam. Candidates must bring their admit card along with a identity proof- Aadhar Card / Passport / Voter ID / Driving license on the examination day.

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CLAT is held in an online mode i.e. it is a CBT (Computer Based Test).  The exam pattern for both of the courses i.e. LL.B and LL.M is different. Given below is a brief about the same:

For CLAT UG Course

The LL.B course will be conducted in an online mode. It will have 5 sections- English, Basic Arithmetic, General Knowledge, Logical and Legal Reasoning. Each question carries one mark and there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer.

Course Name: All the integrated UG law courses

Exam Mode: Online (CBT- Computer Based Test)

Question Type: Objective Type (MCQs)

Exam Duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Total Questions: 200

Exam Medium: English

Weightage as per sections
English including Comprehension40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Marks

For CLAT PG Courses

The CLAT Paper Pattern for the post graduate courses (LL.M) will contain 3 sections- Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, other law subjects.

Course Name: LL.M

Exam Mode: Online (CBT- Computer Based Test)

Question Type: Objective Type (MCQs)

Exam Duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)

Total Questions: 150

Exam Medium: English

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

Marking Scheme for CLAT Exam Pattern

The following table talks about the general marking scheme for both the PG and UG courses exams.

Maximum score200 points
Correct answer+1 per answer
Incorrect answer-0.25 per answer
Un-attempted questionno score

In case of equal marks secured by candidates, the procedure to break the tie will be as per the following order:

  1. Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2018
  2. Higher age
  3. Computerized draw of lots

CLAT Syllabus 2018

The Syllabus for CLAT 2018 exams (LL.B and LL.M) is different. The Syllabus for UG course will cover topics from- English including Comprehension, General Knowledge, Mathematics (up to 10th class), Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning. Syllabus for PG courses will cover topics from- Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights.

CLAT Result 2018

The CLAT Result 2018 will be declared in May 2018 (tentative). The exam result will be available on the official website of CLAT- After the declaration of result, the CLAT 2018 merit list will be released most probably in the first week of June 2018.

CLAT Cutoff 2018

CLAT 2018 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. 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.

CLAT Counselling 2018

Candidate must indicate their NLUs preference online where they want to take admission. For admission to UG and PG courses in CLAT 2018 participating universities will be done via centralized counselling. The allocation of seats will be done on the basis of the merit – cum – preference.



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