(Notification) Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - 2017

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(Notification) The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - 2017

About CLAT-2017

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/ Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes. The 18 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

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


Eligibility Criteria for UG Programme


(i) Candidates shall be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case  of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
(ii) Candidates shall be below Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.

2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:

(i) Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
(ii) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2017 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2017 online examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

4. The result of qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.

5. In case of equal marks, the breaking of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:

(i) Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT-2017 exam.
(ii) Higher age.
(iii) Computerized draw of lots

Eligibility Criteria for PG Programme

The candidates must have Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam) as under:

(i) Fifty five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved / OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
(ii) Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category,

(b) The candidate must have passed / appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission

(c) In case of candidate who has appeared in the qualifying examination, he/she may submit his/her final result of qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective University / Institute. Till then such
candidates may be given provisional admission.

(d) In case of equal marks, the breaking of tie shall be by procedure and order as under:

(i) Higher age;
(ii) Computerized draw of lots.

(e) No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2017

Exam Syllabus:


(a) Maximum Marks : 200
(b) Duration of CLAT-2017 Exam : 02:00 Hours
(c) Multiple-Choice Questions : 200 questions of one mark each
(d) Subject areas with weightage:

1. English including Comprehension : 40 Marks
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 50 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) : 20 Marks
4. Legal Aptitude : 50 Marks
5. Logical Reasoning : 40 Marks

(e) Negative Marking : 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer

Pattern of Question Papers for admission to PG Programme

The pattern of the question paper for admission to Post-Graduate Course for CLAT-2017 is as under

a. Maximum Marks : 150
b. Duration of CLAT-2017 Exam : 02:00 Hours
c. Multiple-Choice Questions : 150 questions of one mark each
d. Syllabus : Questions will be asked from the following areas of law:-

(i) Constitutional Law : 50
(ii) Jurisprudence : 50
(iii) Other law subjects : 50 such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights.

e. Negative Marking : 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer


The details of the application fee are given below. The application fee is non-refundable

  • SC/ST Category ₹ 3,500/-
  • Unreserved/SAP/OBC/ any other category ₹ 4,000/

*The application fee can be paid only through Online. Additional bank charges may apply for the above transactions to be borne by the candidate.

How to Apply:

Candidates can apply for CLAT-2017 ONLINE only. Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling in the Online Application Form.

CLAT online Application Processing System (CAPS)

The candidates can do most of their interactions with CLAT through the CAPS interface provided at CLAT-2017 website. Through CAPS, a candidate can register and apply for CLAT- 2017 examination, check the status of the application, download the admit card, know the result and they can also download the result and score card.

An online interface is provided for applicant’s interaction with the CLAT Office. With this interface, an applicant can -

  • Make Registration using “Register Yourself”.
  • Fill the online application form.
  • Upload photograph and signature and other documents, if any, in the appropriate place
  • Pay the application fee by ONLINE mode only (Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card etc.).
  • Download Admit Card.
  • Download previous year question papers. (After the payment of requisite fee of ₹ 400/-).
  • View Marks and CLAT Rank.

The login to this interface is through your Registered ID and Password. The Candidates are advised to keep this information safe and not disclose it to anyone.

Important Dates:

  • Starting date for submission of online application form: 1st January, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Last date for submission of filled-in online application form: 31st March, 2017 (Friday)
  • Download of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets From: 20th April, 2017 (Thursday)
  • Date of CLAT 2017 Online examination for UG & PG: 14th May, 2017 (Sunday), 3 PM to 5 PM

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Courtesy: CLAT