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CLAT 2018 - Registration, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern

Updated On - January 12th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA


Common Law Admission Test is a national level law entrance exam conducted on a rotational basis by 19 NLUs. CLAT 2018 will be conducted by NUALS Kochi on May 13, 2018. Law aspirants seeking admissions in UG or PG programs offered at NLUs and other participating institutes can register from January 1, 2018.

Latest Update – Official Notification for CLAT 2018 is out. The last date to register is March 31. Apply Now

Quick Facts related to CLAT 2018:

  • There is no age limit to apply for the law entrance examination. Check CLAT Eligibility
  • The online mode examination will be of two hours duration i.e. from 3 to 5 pm.
  • There are approximately 138 centers where the examination will be conducted.
  • Nearly 50,000 candidates apply online for the exam, preparing in the best way possible is the key to success.
  • Preparing from sample papers will help in analyzing the sections or skills you need to work on.
  • CLAT Cut Off is different for each NLU and varies for each round of counselling.
Note NLU Delhi and HP National Law University, Shimla does not accept CLAT Scores as they have their own admission procedure.

CLAT 2018 Official Notification Screenshot


Highlights of CLAT Exam 2018

Exam LevelNational
Conducting BodyNational University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
Exam PeriodicityYearly
Exam DateMay 13, 2018
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModeOnline
NLUs seat intake2984
Note: The results for law entrance exam will be declared on May 31, 2018. Post result declaration, counselling will be conducted in June 2018. The admission is granted on the basis Cut Off declared by the NLUs. Scores are also accepted by various PSUs for recruitment. The post is for Legal Executive Trainees or Assistant Legal Advisor. Check PSU Recruitment through CLAT

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Q. What is CLAT?

  • CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test.
  • It is the topmost law entrance examination conducted at national level.
  • Each year, it is conducted by 19 law schools in rotation.
  • Intermediate graduates can apply for LLB program and Law graduates can apply for LLM programs.
  • Like CLAT, LSAT India is another top-notch exam which has joined the race of law examination. KnowDifference between CLAT and LSAT India?

Q. What programs are offered by the National Law Universities (NLUs)?

Law aspirants qualifying CLAT examination are eligible to secure admissions to the following programs:

BA LLB (Hons)BSc. LLB (Hons)
BBA LLB (Hons)BSW LLB (Hons)
B. Com LLB (Hons)LLM
  • The undergraduate programs will be of five years.
  • The postgraduate program will be of one year.

Q. How many students are appearing for CLAT 2018?

  • CLAT 2016 witnessed a record-breaking participation for the law entrance exam. There were 45,040 aspirants who appeared for the exam.
  • For CLAT 2017, nearly 47,106 candidates appeared for the law entrance exam.
  • The participation for this year is expected to be higher. The statistics for the same will be available shortly.

CLAT 2018 Exam Dates

For academic session 2018-19, NUALS Kochi has released the official notification. Visit CLAT Official Website to check the same. Tabulated below are dates for the law entrance exam:

CLAT 2018 Exam NotificationJanuary 1, 2018
Availability of CLAT Application Form 2018January 1 – March 31, 2018
Availability of CLAT 2018 Admit CardApril 20 – May 12, 2018
CLAT Exam Date 2018May 13, 2018
Uploading of Answer KeyMay 15, 2018
Declaration of CLAT 2018 Result (Merit List)May 31, 2018
Publication of 1st Indicative Seat Allotment ListJune 7, 2018
Payment of CLAT Counselling Fee (INR 50000)June 8 – June 12, 2019

Know More: CLAT 2018 Exam Dates

    CLAT Eligibility 2018

    CLAT Core Committee defines the eligibility for LLB and LLM Programs.The eligibility is measured on the following grounds:

    For UG Program

    1. Age Limit: As per revised rules, there is no age limit to apply for CLAT 2018.
    2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have passed 10+2  or any equivalent examination.
    3. Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/ May 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT exam.  
    Note:The candidates must convert their grades (if any) into percentage for appearing in the law entrance examination.

    For PG Program

    1. Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for the post-graduate program.
    2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree.
    3. Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible to appear in exam. 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 Eligibility

    How to fill CLAT Application Form 2018?

    NUALS Kochi will release the application form from January 1, 2018. Candidates can apply online at The registration window will be open for three months i.e. from January 1 to March 31, 2018. Completing CLAT Registration primarily involves four steps – 

    Step 1 – Registration at CAPS

    Law aspirants have to register via CLAT Application Processing System (CAPS) by entering the following details:

    Note Enter Information carefully as it cannot be changed in later stages. Upon successful registration, an E-mail containing CAPS User ID and Password will be sent to the registered E-mail address and Mobile No.

    Step 2 - Fill Application Form 

    • Using CAPS User ID and Password, log in using the credentials generated.
    • Click on ‘Already Registered’ tab and start filling in the application form.

    The following information needs to be provided in the form:

    • 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 CLAT 2018 Exam Centers
    • Upload Scanned photograph and signature
    • Upload the scanned copy of your Date of Birth (Birth certificate, 10th Class certificate, Passport or Adhar Card). CheckPhoto & Signature Size Format
    • Upload the scanned copy of caste certificate PWD certificate/state Domicile etc. in PDF format only (if applicable).

    Step 3 - Payment of Application Fee

    • The final step is to pay the stipulated application fee.
    • It can be paid via online (Debit/Credit or Net Banking) or offline (Bank Challan).

    Tabulated below is the application fee for each category:

    CategoryApplication Fee (INR)

    Step 4 - Download and Print Application Form

    Post successful payment, download the form in PDF format. Take a printout of it and save as a record for further communication. 

    Note No hard copy of the online form and information brochure will be sold to any candidate under any circumstances.

    CLAT Admit Card 2018

    The hall ticket will be available for download from April 20, 2018. Candidates can download the document from their registered account. Carry a valid photo ID proof (Aadhar Card/Voter ID/ Passport/Driving license) along with CLAT Admit Card at the examination center.  

    How to Download the Admit Card?

    Step 1: Visit official website of CLAT i.e.

    Step 2: Click on Download Admit Card’ tab.

    Step 3: Enter Registered E-mail ID and Password

    Step 4: Click on Login/ Submit tab. 

    Step 5: Check and download the hall ticket.

    Note In case a candidate forgets his/ her password, then there is another tab ‘Forget Password’. Click on the same and fill in the required fields.

    CLAT Exam Pattern 

    The national law entrance exam will be of two hours duration. The online mode exam will have 200 objective type questions. Highlights of exam pattern of CLAT is as follows:  

    • Mode of Examination: Online 
    • Number of Sections: In LLB- 5 Sections and In LLM – 3 sections
    • Nature of Questions: Objective type (MCQs)
    • Total Questions: 200 Questions in LLB and 150 Questions in LLM
    • Marking Scheme: 1 mark of each question
    • Negative Marking: 0.25 marks deducted for a wrong answer

    Exam Pattern for LLB

    • For undergraduate courses, the question paper will contain 5 sections namely - English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
    • 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 QuestionsMaximum Marks
    English (including comprehension)4040
    General Knowledge & Current Affairs5050
    Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)2020
    Legal Aptitude5050
    Logical Reasoning4040
    Total200 questions200 marks

    Exam Pattern for LLM

    • CLAT Paper Pattern for the postgraduate courses will contain 3 sections namely Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.
    • The question paper for postgraduate courses will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions.

    Distribution of questions in each section is indicated in the table below:

    SubjectsNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
    Constitutional Law5050
    Rest of the topics like Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.5050

    CLAT 2018 Syllabus

    Aspirants appearing for legal aptitude test on May 13 should be fully aware of the syllabus. NUALS Kochi has released the official CLAT Syllabus and there are no changes in the curriculum. The syllabus for UG program as mentioned on the official website is as follows:

    Section 1: English including Comprehension

    The questions in this section are from comprehension and grammar. They are designed in order to test candidate’s aptitude in English. In the comprehension section, candidates are evaluated on the basis of their understanding of the passage, its central theme, meaning of words etc. In grammar section, candidates are required to spot the errors, fill in the blanks with an appropriate choice etc. 

    Section 2: General Knowledge and Current Affairs

    Candidates are tested on the basis of their awareness of national and international issues including static General Knowledge. It is important to keep oneself up-to-date with the news and other topics discussed in the print and digital media from March 2016 to April 2018.

    Section 3: Mathematics

    In this section, candidate’s aptitude for elementary Mathematics i.e. Math taught up to Class 10 will be tested.

    Section 4: Legal Aptitude

    The section tests candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. The official website stats – ‘Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.’

    Section 5: Logical Reasoning

    The questions are designed to test candidate's ability to identify patterns, rectify illogical arguments and logical links. They will be framed around syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

    Check CLAT Syllabus

    CLAT Answer Keys

    As per the schedule, the answer keys for LLB and LLM Programs will be released online on May 15. Representation, if any, relating to the exam, questions or answer keys can be reported from May 16 to May 18. Provide Email ID and Password to access the Answer Keys. Steps to check the answer keys:

    Step 1: Visit the official website of CLAT 2018.

    Step 2: On the right side, a table of Important links will be there with the first link as ‘Click here to view Question and Answer Keys’. Click on it.

    CLATAnswerKey, CLAT2018AnswerKey,CLATAnswerKey2018

    Step 3: A new page will appear, where a candidate has to provide his/her Registered Email ID and Password. Then click on ‘Login’ tab.

    Step 4: Post that a new window will appear in which 5 tabs will be displayed. Click on ‘Candidate Response’ tab. Here, the answer keys will be displayed. 

    CLAT Answer Key 2017

    In this sheet, candidate will be able to see the responses which they got right and wrong. The response sheet will have the following details:

    • Participant ID 
    • Participant Name
    • Test Center Name
    • Test Date
    • Test Time
    • Subject (CLAT 2018 UG/ CLAT 2018 PG)
    • Marks Obtained
    • Questions with correct answers 
    • Marks obtained as per the Questions

    CLAT Result 2018

    The results of the law exam will be released onMay 31 at Candidates can access their results through their registered login account.

    How to check the Results?

    Step 1: Visit the official website.

    Step 2: Click on ‘CLAT Result’ link.

    Step 3: Enter Email ID and Password

    Step 4: Go to the ‘Scorecard’ tab and click on it.

    Step 5: Check CLAT Rank, Score, and Qualifying status

    Step 6: Download CLAT Scorecard and result sheet

    The results are prepared by NLU Authorities. It is compiled on the basis of a candidate’s score in law entrance exam. A merit list is also issued by the authorities. It will include state merit list and India merit lists. These lists are prepared as per candidate’s category, like, Unreserved/SC/ST/OBC/Women/SAP for CLAT 2018 exam.

    CLAT Cut Off

    With the increase in number of candidates taking the examination every year, the cut off also increases. This year it is expected to increase by 5 % to 10%. The stats are declared by various CLAT Participating institutes individually. It is the minimum score declared by the universities for the admission process. CLAT Cut Off forms the basis of counselling and seat allotment. 

    The cut off is calculated considering multiple factors such as

    • Difficulty level of the paper,
    • Availability of seats,
    • Average marks scored in the test
    • Total test population. 

    CLAT 2017 Exam Analysis

    Common Law Admission Test 2017 was conducted by Chanakya National Law University, Patna on May 14. There were few surprises in the exam. The level was also tougher as compared to last year, with GK and Elementary Mathematics being distinctly more difficult. CheckDetailed CLAT 2017 Paper Analysis

    A brief section wise analysis is as follows:

    SectionDifficulty LevelGood Attempt
    EnglishEasy31 – 32
    General KnowledgeDifficult16 – 17
    MathematicsDifficult15 – 16
    Legal AptitudeEasy39 – 40
    Logical ReasoningEasy32 – 35

    Which are the Law Schools Participating in CLAT 2018?

    For the academic session of 2018-19, National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi will be conducting the examination. The law entrance exam is scheduled for May 13, 2018. The other 19 NLUs participating and accepting CLAT 2018 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 2018 

    • Counselling starts from May 31, 2018 and will conclude by June 25, 2018. 
    • Candidate must indicate their NLUs preference online where they want to take admission. 
    • There will be a centralized admission process for CLAT 2018 and admission will be done on the basis of merit-cum-preference.
    • Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during counselling procedure.

    Read More about CLAT 2018 Counselling

    CLAT Books and Preparation Tips

    The first step for preparation is to know about the paper pattern and syllabus of the exam. 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 sections,  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. Check Preparation tips for CLAT

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

    CLAT Books

    CLAT Book NameAuthor/Publication
    The Complete Success Package - CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2016Arihant  Experts
    Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance ExaminationsA. P. Bhardwaj
    The Pearson Guide to the CLATHarsh Gagrani
    CLAT Solved & Previous Year PaperA. P. Bhardwaj

    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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    Juli jha

    Graduation k bad LLB me admission pane k liye kya CLAT dena prega ya nhi

    29 Sep, 2017 00:20
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Juli, Yes, CLAT is compulsory to take admission in LLB program.

    05 Oct, 2017 19:03
    divya gubba

    what is CLAT exam?

    28 Sep, 2017 23:26
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Divya, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam organized rotationally by 18 NLUs (National Law University). It is conducted to grant admissions to LLB and LLM courses offered at various law universities in India.

    05 Oct, 2017 19:05
    sarthak gupta

    i am in 12 can i appear for clat exam

    31 Jul, 2017 00:20
    sangeeta rawat

    Hello Sarthak, yes you are eligible, for more details please check the following eligibility criteria:

    • Candidate must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination.
    • 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.
    • Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2017 are also eligible to appear in CLAT exam.

    31 Jul, 2017 11:43
    Andlib Imrose

    EI belong to ebc category from bihar land I scored 70 today clat exam.may I have chance getting admitted to cnlu patna under extremely backward classl?

    14 May, 2017 23:43

    Hi Andlin, Please find the link and check CNLU Patna Cutoff –

    15 May, 2017 17:21

    i am from uttarpradesh in obc category how approx i need to get atleast any nlu in by clat out of 200

    12 May, 2017 00:20
    Khuting Reang

    If there is a mistake of my date of birth in my admit card will I still be allotted to seat in the exam?

    27 Apr, 2017 16:05

    i want to do law after 12th .i have taken ARTs stream.My question is that which type of enterance exams should i give,what is the syllabus i should study ....any suggestions regarding books...n which site should i visit for filling enterance exam form

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59


    Hi Reshma, CALT is a national level law entrance exam which is applicable all over the India. to fill the form you need to visit the official website on and you may get details on syllabus and practice papers for the CLAT preparation by visiting the following links:

    For Syllabus –

    Fo Practice papers –

    11 May, 2017 13:32

    Sir/Ma'am I have done my class 12th from NIOS board with 60%. Am i eligible for taking CLAT ?

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59

    Hi Chirag, yes, you are eligible for CLAT exam. To catch more details on the exam eligibility, please find the link

    11 May, 2017 13:22

    I am a final year student in himachal pradesh at kangra district.i want to go in this field but still there are some doubts in my mind.well I know it will be difficult for me to qualify CLAT exam but I think it can be plz tell me what will be the syllabus for LLB course in CLAT exam and what strategy should I adopt..and moreover tell me about the fee structure that clg will charge if I will crack this exam. Thanx sir, plz pay attention towards it aan reply fast

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59

    Hi Abhinash, to catch details on the syllabus, paper pattern, and colleges, please find the following links:

    For Syllabus and Paper pattern –

    For Practice Papers –

    For CLAT Cut off and its Colleges details –

    11 May, 2017 13:09

    Hi Abhinav, to be eligible for 5 years LL.B integrated course, you should have passed the two years Pre-University Examination conducted by the Pre-University Education Board in the State of Karnataka or any other examination considered as equivalent thereto, by the Mangalore University is eligible for admission for the first semester of Five year LL.B. Degree Programme. You should fulfill the above requirement (1) should have obtained not less than 45% of the aggregate marks in the qualifying examination for admission. There are no details regarding entrance exam.

    06 Mar, 2017 11:59
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