CLAT 2018; Application, Exam date, Eligibility, Pattern, Registration, Syllabus

CLAT 2018; Application, Exam date, Eligibility, Pattern, Registration, Syllabus

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the popular law entrance exams conducted by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) rotationally. It is the all India level law common entrance exam for the students seeking admission in integrated LL.B. and LL.M. programme. Every year, the CLAT is conducted on second Sunday of the May month. CLAT Scores are considered by various private law colleges and government undertaking colleges across the country. Candidates can get here the detailed information about CLAT 2018 starting from application procedure to admission procedure.

CLAT 2018 Important Dates

Event Date
Issuance of 1st admission notification 2nd week of December 2017
Commencement of online application 1st week of January 2018
Closing date to submit filled-in online application form last week of March 2018
Availability of admit card 3rd week of April 2018
Examination date 2nd week of May 2018
Release of answer key 2nd week of May 2018
Results declaration 3rd week of May 2018
Release of merit list 1st week of June 2018
Counseling will starts from 1st week of June 2018

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CLAT 2018 Application Form

The application forms for CLAT 2018 will be available online at the official website from 1stweek of January 2018. The applicants are advised to go through eligibility criteria before filling the application form. They need to be ready with scanned images of photograph and signature, SC/ST/SAP certificates (if applicable) and domicile certificates (if applicable) as well. The applicants should apply before the last date of application which is last week of March 2018 (tentatively).

Application fee

The applicants will have to pay Rs. 4,000/- (for UR, OBC, SAP applicants) as application fee. The application fee for SC/ST applicants is Rs. 3,500/-. The application fee can be paid either online or offline mode. The application fee once paid will not be refunded in any circumstances.

Courses offered by NLUs

  • B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.
  • B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • L.L.M.
  • B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
  • B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)

CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

For UG Courses

  • The applicants must have cleared higher secondary or equivalent scoring minimum 45% (40% for SC/ST).
  • The appearing applicants can also apply (Provided they have to produce the evidence of qualifying the examination at the time of admission).
  • There is no upper age limit to appear in CLAT 2018.

For PG Courses

  • The applicants must have qualified LL.B or equivalent scoring minimum 55% (50% for SC/ST). The appearing applicants can also apply (Provided they have to produce the evidence of qualifying the examination at the time of admission).
  • There is no upper age limit to appear in the entrance examination for PG courses.

CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria Complete Details- Check Here

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The CLAT 2018 will be conducted in online mode. The medium of the examination will be in English. The examination pattern is different for UG & PG courses- Check Here

For UG Courses

The question paper will be total of 200 marks. The applicants will get 1 mark for each correct answer and there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. The duration of examination will be 2 hours.

Subjects Marks
English including comprehension 40 marks
General knowledge & current affairs 50 marks
Elementary mathematics (numerical ability) 20 marks
Legal aptitude 50 marks
Logical reasoning 40 marks
Total 200 marks

For PG Courses

There will be total 150 MCQ type questions with total duration of 2 hours for CLAT 2018 examination. The applicants will get 1 mark for each correct answer and there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Subjects Marks
Constitutional Law 50 marks
Jurisprudence 50 marks
Other subjects such as contract, torts, criminal law, international law, IPR etc. 50 marks
Total 150 marks

New Changes Introduced Last Year in CLAT:

  • Inclusion of Age Limit in UG Courses: Till the year 2016, there is no maximum age limit in CLAT for UG courses. The CLAT committee has now added age criteria i.e. 20 years as on 1st July 2018 for Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
  • In case of SC/ST/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates, the maximum age limit will be 22 years as on 1st July 2018.

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

CLAT Syllabus for UG course will cover subjects areas like English including Comprehension, General Knowledge, Mathematics (taught up to 10th class), Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning. Syllabus for PG courses include Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights.

How to Prepare for CLAT

Due to the increase in number of applicants, level of competition of CLAT exam has also increased. Know some best tips and strategies to secure good marks in CLAT:

  • Make your own strategy plan, prepare your time-table and start preparation according to that.
  • As question paper for UG course will contain General Knowledge questions therefore, students are advised to make notes of national & international current affairs.
  • Keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings.
  • Go through the previous year’s question papers to know exam pattern and type of questions asked.
  • Prepare all the sections keeping in mind the time constraints.
  • Practicing the mock test is one of the best way through which you come to know about the difficulty level of question paper. It also helps you to know your lacking areas.
  • CLAT has the system of negative marking so don’t make the guesses, choose only the right one.
  • Most importantly, take care of your health and remain stress free.

CLAT Question Papers

Candidate’s can download the previous years question papers of CLAT through the CLAT website by making the payment of Rs. 4000/-. The payment can be done through online mode only. The hard copy of the questions papers will not be provided by CLAT office.

CLAT Admit Card 2018

  • Only successful registered candidates will be eligible for downloading the CLAT 2018 admit card.
  • Admit card will be available on CLAT website in the third week of April 2018.
  • Candidates don’t wait for the admit card via post or e-mail; it will be issued online only.
  • Along with the admit card, candidates must carry one identity proof to the examination centre.

CLAT 2018 Answer Key

  • The authority will display the CLAT 2018 answer key in the third week of May 2018.
  • The official answer key bears all the actual answers of the online examination of CLAT.
  • Candidates will also be able to submit their request in case of any discrepancy in answer key.

CLAT 2018 Result

  • The approximate date for the release of CLAT 2018 result will be the last week of May 2018.
  • Result will contain candidate’s rank and scores obtained in entrance exam.
  • Candidates can view their results by entering their login details.

CLAT 2018 Cut-Off

CLAT 2018 cut-off will be determined after the declaration of results. Exam committee considers various factors for calculating the cut-off marks like difficulty level of question paper, number of candidates attempted the exam and previous years cut-off trends.

CLAT 2018 Merit List

  • Separate merit list will be issued for UG and PG programmes.
  • Category-wise merit list will be announced along with the result.
  • Merit list will indicate state as well as All India Rank of examinees.

CLAT Counselling 2018

  • Admission to UG and PG programmes in participating NLUs will be done through centralized counselling organized by CLAT office.
  • CLAT counselling 2018 will commence in the first week of June 2018 tentatively.
  • The online counselling shall be conducted in 4 rounds.
  • Allotment of seats will be on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’.
  • Candidates who are selected for admission have to pay the counselling fee of Rs.  50,000/- with CLAT-2018 Office. Counselling fee will further adjusted in admission fee.

Important Points


  • Question: How can I fill the CLAT 2018 application form?

Answer: You can fill the CLAT 2018 application form through online mode only.

  • Question: Can I change the choices of NLUs later on?

Answer: No. Once it is submitted, it will be treated as final.

  • Question: What is the mode of CLAT 2018 examination?

Answer: The mode of examination will be online (CBT).

  • Question: Is computer skills required to give the online examination?

Answer: Candidate is only required to know how to operate the mouse.

  • Question: Is there any provision of negative marking?

Answer: Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong response.

  • Question: How much time will be provided to the Persons with Disabilities appearing CLAT 2018?

Answer: 40 extra minutes will be given to Persons with Disabilities.

  • Question: Is there any seat reservation for women candidates in CLAT 2018?

Answer: Some of the participating NLUs provides horizontal reservation for women candidates.

  • Question: What are the modes available to make the payment?

Answer: Candidates can make the payment using Debit/Credit Cards/or Net Banking.

  • Question: What details should I kept safe after the successful submission of application form?

Answer: Retain the following details:

Auto-generated ID and Password.

Hard copy of filled-in application form.

Fee Receipt Detail

  • Question: What is the age criteria for UG courses?

Answer: Candidate’s age should not be above than 20 years as on 1st July 2018 (22 years for SC/ST/OBC/SAP category candidates).

  • Question: Can Counselling fee will be refunded in case I don’t take admission?

Answer: Counselling fee will be refunded only to those candidates who withdrawal the admission before the prescribed last date. The fee will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-.


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