CLAT 2018 - Registration, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern
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.
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.
CLAT 2018 Official Notification Screenshot
Highlights of CLAT Exam 2018
|Conducting Body||National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi|
|Exam Date||May 13, 2018|
|NLUs seat intake||2984|
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 Notification||January 1, 2018|
|Availability of CLAT Application Form 2018||January 1 – March 31, 2018|
|Availability of CLAT 2018 Admit Card||April 20 – May 12, 2018|
|CLAT Exam Date 2018||May 13, 2018|
|Uploading of Answer Key||May 15, 2018|
|Declaration of CLAT 2018 Result (Merit List)||May 31, 2018|
|Publication of 1st Indicative Seat Allotment List||June 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
- Age Limit: As per revised rules, there is no age limit to apply for CLAT 2018.
- Academic Qualification: Candidate must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination.
- Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/ May 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT exam.
For PG Program
- Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for the post-graduate program.
- Academic Qualification: Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree.
- 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 www.clat.ac.in. 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:
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:
|Category||Application 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.
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. clat.ac.in
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.
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:
|Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|English (including comprehension)||40||40|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||50||50|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
|Total||200 questions||200 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:
|Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Rest of the topics like Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.||50||50|
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.
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.
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 clat.ac.in. 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:
|Section||Difficulty Level||Good Attempt|
|English||Easy||31 – 32|
|General Knowledge||Difficult||16 – 17|
|Mathematics||Difficult||15 – 16|
|Legal Aptitude||Easy||39 – 40|
|Logical Reasoning||Easy||32 – 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:
- National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
- National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
- The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
- National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
- Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
- Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
- Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
- Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
- The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
- National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
- National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
- National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
- Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
- Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
- 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 Book Name||Author/Publication|
|The Complete Success Package - CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2016||Arihant Experts|
|Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance Examinations||A. P. Bhardwaj|
|The Pearson Guide to the CLAT||Harsh Gagrani|
|CLAT Solved & Previous Year Paper||A. P. Bhardwaj|
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