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CLAT Counselling 2018

Updated On - February 6th 2018 by KRITIKA GUPTA

CLAT Counselling for UG and PG Programs will begin after the declaration of the law entrance exam results. NUALS, Kochi will release CLAT Result on May 31, 2018. Visit CLAT official website i.e. in order to check the marks/ scores. Check CLAT Cut Off

Facts related to CLAT Counselling 2018 are as follows:

  • CLAT Office is in charge of conducting the entire admission procedure.
  • Admissions to NLUs, Government, and Private colleges will be done via online centralised counselling process.
  • Seat Allotment is done on ‘merit-cum-preference’ basis.
  • There will be maximum four rounds of counselling.
  • Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during the admission procedure.

Check CLAT 2018 Closing Ranks as per First Cut Off List

Q. What is the meaning of Merit-cum-Preference basis?

A. As per CLAT Authorities, the meaning of the term is that a candidate will be allotted seats on the following criteria:

  • Candidate’s rank in the law entrance examination
  • Order of preference given by candidate in CLAT Application Form

Highlights of CLAT Counselling

Counselling DatesJune 01, 2018 until June 10, 2018 (tentatively)
Conducting AuthorityCLAT Office
Mode of CounsellingOnline
Minimum EligibilityCLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form
Total Participating Colleges19 NLUs and 67 Private colleges
Total Seats3000 approx.

CLAT 2018 Counselling Dates

The authorities will release the official counselling schedule for the law entrance exam in June 2018. Tabulated below is a tentative schedule for the same.

EventDate (tentative)
First Seat Allocation List PublishJune 05, 2018
Payment of Counselling (INR 50,000) (1st list of candidates)June 06 – June 08, 2018
Second Seat Allotment List PublishJune 12, 2018
Payment of Counselling (INR 50,000) (2nd list of candidates)June 13 – June 14, 2018
Third Seat Allotment List PublishJune 19, 2018
Payment of Counselling (INR 50,000) (3rd list of candidates)June 20 – June 21, 2018
Fourth Seat Allotment List Publish & PaymentJune 24, 2018
Complete the Admission FormalitiesJune 28 – 30, 2018
Admission Status by NLUsJuly 04, 2018
Closure date of CLAT 2018 AdmissionJuly 06, 2018

Documents required for CLAT Counselling

Candidates having their names on the merit list should have the following documents at the time of CLAT Counselling:

  • Call Letter issued by CLAT authority
  • CLAT Admit Card 2018
  • Original Documents of class 12thcertificates
  • DOB certificate or its proof
  • Original certificates for SC/ST/OBC/BC/EBC and PWD etc. candidates
  • Current passport size photographs
Note The documents should be scanned as per the specified standards.

CLAT Counselling Procedure

The counselling procedure of CLAT is done via online centralised system. It is conducted separately for UG and PG programs. The entire process will be done as per CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.

The stepwise procedure for final admissions to the 19 NLUs is as follows: 

Step 1: Publication of 1st indicative list based on merit cum preference

  • The merit list to shortlist candidates for final admissions will be released on the official website of CLAT 2018.
  • It will be prepared on the merit-cum-preference basis.

Step 2: Counselling fee payment and option available to exercise by provisionally selected candidates

This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:

  • In counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • The requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 must be deposited by provisionally selected candidates.
  • Adjustable fee deposited with CLAT office will be transferred to the participating NLU in which candidate has taken admission after completion of admission process.
  • In case candidates fail to deposit the fee within a specified time frame, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. Besides, their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
  • After payment of fee, candidates have to exercise any one of the options listed below:
    • Lock – Candidates choosing ‘Lock’ option confirms his/ her choice of the allotted NLU. Such candidate shall not be considered for further shifting to any other NLUs of his/ her higher choice in case of any vacancy arising thereafter at the subsequent stage during counselling process.
    • Upward Shifting – candidates choosing ‘Shifting’ option are considered against any vacancy arising in NLUs of his/ her higher choice via subsequent allotment list. There shall be upward shifting in order of candidates’ preferences provided in the application form. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the counselling procedure by CLAT 2018.
    • Withdrawal – there is an option to withdraw the fee as well in two ways. 
      • Option 1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee
      • Option 2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling. 

Step 3: Publication of 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counselling fee and additional waitlisted candidates

Further sub-steps are as follows:

  • A second list will be published by CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and reserved seat on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a wait list of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, if any.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.
  • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
  • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

Step 4: Publication of 3rd list allotting seats to candidates

  • A comprehensive third allotment list of candidates will be published by CLAT office. Candidates who paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs make this list.
  • This list will include candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative list.
  • With the third allotment list, A list of waitlisted candidates, who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, will also be released.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.

Step 5: Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs

  • Candidates need to approach allotted NLU to deposit the balance amount towards admission and other fees.
  • During the scheduled time frame prescribed in CLAT 2018 calendar, candidates need to carry relevant certificates/documents in original issue issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by candidates
  • Respective universities check certificates in original at the time of their admission.
  • No admission in participating NLUS will be allowed to candidates failing to produce required certificates/documents in original or meet the eligibility requirements.
  • The relevant and authentic certificates/documents from the competent authorities are required to be obtained and produced during admission in the concerned NLU by candidates seeking admission under various categories specially those belonging to the reserved categories such as SC/ST/OBC/Specially-abled person/DFF/NRI and the unreserved category candidates seeking admission under state domicile category.
  • After publication of CLAT merit list, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.

CLAT 2018 Participating Institutes

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
  15. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
  16. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
  19. National Law University, Nagpur

Basis of Allotment of Seats

The seat allotment process of CLAT 2018 will begin on June 01, 2018. The basis of allotment of seats in CLAT 2018 is a merit-cum-preference list. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of score secured by candidates in CLAT.

The preference list of institutes is given in application form. It is mandatory for candidates to indicate their preferences along with the application form. Based on merit list and preference list, first seat allotment list of CLAT 2018 will be announced by counselling committee.

Check CLAT Participating Colleges

CLAT Centralized Counselling

  • CLAT 2018 counselling will be conducted by CLAT office through centralized counselling for taking admissions in participating institutions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Candidates having their names on the first list need to deposit the counselling fee within a stipulated time.
  • After payment of the fee, the CLAT counselling committee will issue seats for the second allotment.
  • In the second round of allotment, candidates get an option to lock, withdraw or upgrade their choice. 
  • In case a candidate doesn’t exercise any option, it will be assumed by default as an upgrade option.
  • Candidates having allotted seats as a result of the vacant seats arising out in the first round need to remit the prescribe counselling fee against the seat allotted to them.
  • After remittance of prescribed counselling fee within a specified time frame, counselling committee will declare a third allotment list of based on seat vacancy.
  • Those candidates to whom the seats have been allotted need to remit the prescribed counselling fee within a stipulated time frame.
  • In case of any failure to do so by a candidate, their seats will be transferred to next round of counselling as vacant ones.
  • Considering the seat vacancy after the third round of counselling, a fourth and final round of counselling is held.
  • In this round, there is no option to upgrade the seats. The category-wise list of wait-listing candidates will be issued by counselling committee after each round of seat allotment till the third round.
  • A complete refund will be made to candidates to whom seats have not been allotted due to non-availability of vacant seats in any of the rounds.
  • Candidates, to whom seats have been allotted, need to remit the balance fee and submit the original certificates to the respective NLU by reporting there. In case of non-report, the respective NLU will follow their own procedure to fill seats.

Withdrawal Procedure

If a candidate withdraws from admission process within a stipulated time, the amount after making certain deduction will be refunded to them by counselling committee.

CLAT Counselling Fee

CLAT Counselling Fee is required be paid at different stages of allotment. The amount to be remitted as counselling fee is INR 50000.

Other Admission Related Formalities

The admission related formalities post-counselling procedure are as follows:

  • After counselling procedure, candidates need to report at the respective NLU.
  • The balance fee is required to be submitted by candidates.
  • The original certificates are required to be submitted at respective NLU.
  • NLU will follow their own procedure to fill the vacant seats in case of non-report by any candidate within the stipulated time.

CLAT Counselling – Tie Breaker

CLAT 2018 Tie-Breaking for UG: There is a procedure for tie-breaking if the scores of two candidates or more than two candidates are equal. It will be done on the basis of conditions mentioned below in the order of their applicability:

  • First, the tie will be decided on the basis of marks scored in the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2018. Candidate with better score will move ahead in the merit list
  • In case the tie is not decided on the basis of the first condition then the candidate with higher age will be placed higher on the merit list
  • If both the above-mentioned conditions are not successful in breaking the tie then the decision will be made on the basis of computerized draw

CLAT 2018 Tie-Breaking for PG: CLAT committee will follow a tie-breaking process to decide merit list in case the scores of two or more than two participants are equal. The tie will be decided on the basis of following criterion in order of applicability:

  • The tie will be first decided on the basis of age. Candidate with higher age will be ranked higher on the merit list
  • In case, the tie is not decided by age criterion then the computerized draw will be used to break the tie.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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