The Common Law Admission Test will be held on 14th May 2017. Chanakya National Law University, Patna is conducting the examination this year. It is interesting to note that this year only online payment will be accepted for registration, unlike last year when aspirants could register online as well as offline.
The 18 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:
For UG (5 years Under Graduate Program)
(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.
(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.
For PG (1 year Post Graduate Program)
(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,
(i) Higher age;
(ii) Computerized draw of lots.
Pattern of Clat-2017 (Under-Graduate Programme)
Syllabus for Admission to UG Course
Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., math taught up to 10th Class/standard.
This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include 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, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.
Pattern of Clat-2017 (Post-Graduate Programme)
The admission to UG and PG programme in participating universities under CLAT-2017 shall be completed through online centralized counseling conducted by CLAT Office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e., CLAT Rank and order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form. Online counseling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2017 results.
The stepwise procedure for admission which shall be adopted by CLAT Office after declaration of result for admission is as follows:
Step 1: Publication of first indicative list based on merit cum preferenceThe University-wise First Indicative List based on merit-cum-preference will be published on CLAT website.
Step 2: Payment of counseling fee and exercising of option by provisionally selected candidates:
Step 3: Publication of second list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counseling fee and additional waitlisted candidates
Step 4: Publication of third list allotting seats to candidates
Step 5: Publication of fourth list allotting seats to candidates
Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs.
Procedure for filling up the Application Form
Application fee shall be paid online through net-banking or debit card or credit card. The candidates will have to bear additional bank transaction charges in case they opt for remitting fee through net-banking payment gateways.
The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the CLAT-2017 Information Brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University only at the time of admission. The relevant photocopies of the certificate are required to be self-attested. Photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form.
The scanned photocopies of the documents to be uploaded in the PDF/JPG / JPEG format by all the candidates are:
The scanned photocopies of the documents to be uploaded in the PDF format by a candidate depending on the applicability are:
The certificates/documents listed above are essential requirements for admission to the UG and PG courses, if applicable to any candidate.
CLAT-2017 result will be published on 29th May 2017 on the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) with an overall merit list of candidates prepared according to their CLAT Rank along with their categories. The Candidates will be able to access the results through LOGIN Account.
1. What is the mode of CLAT Examination 2017?
A. ONLINE Examination
2. What is Online Examination?
It is a secured and un-interrupted Computer Based Test (CBT) using LAN. Online mode of examination is Examinee friendly also.
3. What will be the medium of Online Examination?
Medium of Examination is English only.
4. What will happen in case if there is some problem in computer during the examination?
Immediately, the candidate should intimate the Invigilator of such problem. There will be enough buffer computer systems available at the examination centre to take care of such problems. The time lost in change of system will be duly taken care of. Each and every second will be recorded by the Server (Real Time).
5. Is there any special arrangement for Specially Abled Persons [SAP]?
Yes. The candidate can opt for either to arrange his/her own SCRIBE or to make request to the CLAT Office to provide the SCRIBEfor the candidate. In case of first option the candidates has to download the SCRIBEdeclaration form which is available on CLAT 2017 Website at the time of filling-in application form.
6. Which kind of disable persons can take admission through CLAT 2017?
A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness.
7. Is there any provision of extra time for the Persons with Disabilities appearing in CLAT 2017?
Yes, Candidates with disabilities appearing in the CLAT 2017 shall be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.
8. Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc.?
Yes, Examination Centre will provide. But no electronic devices are allowed in Examination Hall/Room.
9. How can I practice for Online Examination?
The Mock Test will be available on the website www.clat.ac.inshortly. The candidate can use the same and practice as many times as he/she wants. This will give look and feel of the format of online examination (Computer Based Test) in simulation environment. It can also be downloaded and can be installed on stand-alone computer with no cost.
10. I have filled-up the Application Form successfully but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?
No changecan be made after the Final Submission of the Application Form. However, if the time is still left for filling up the Online- Application Form, the applicant has to fill a Fresh/New Application Form along with the prescribed fee. In such case the new ID will be generated by the system and the fee paid for the previously filled Application form will not be refunded. Make Notethat the last application form shall be treated as Final.
11. How will I receive my admit card?
The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) from 20th April, 2017 onwards.Please Notethat the Admit Card will not be sent via e-mail or by post or by any other means to the candidate. They must carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, Aadhar Card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.
12. If I received Blank/Zero Registration Number after submission of Application Form then what I should do?
It means that the Application Form has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply a fresh.
13. What details should I retain after completion of successful submission of my Application Form?
The candidate must retain the:
Hard copy of the Filled-in form.
Fee receipt Detail.
Auto-generated ID and Password.
14. What is the procedure of allotment of Law Universities for admission?
During the online submission of application form, the candidates will be required to fill up all the 18 available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preferences. Seats shall be allotted on merit-cum-choice basis.
15. Can the candidate change his/her choices of National Law Universities subsequently?
No,Choice once indicated and submitted shall be treated as final. However, in case of submitting multiple application forms the last submitted form will be treated as final.
16. Is there any provision of Transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT -2017?
No, CLAT Rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.
17. What is the prescribed fee for the CLAT-2017 online application form?
The prescribed fee is:
For General / OBC / SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4000/-
For SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3500/-
18. What is the Counselling fee?
Counselling fee is the payment (Rs.50, 000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counselling fee is not a separate fee, it is the adjustable advance paid to the CLAT office which subsequently gets adjusted at the time of admission from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.
19. Can I get my counseling fee refunded in case I don’t want to take admission?
Please Note that:
There shall be no refund of counseling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 21st June, 2017.
The counseling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June, 2017, will be refunded after deducting Rs.10, 000/-.
20. Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the Law Universities?
Yes. Some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLUs Brochure available on their website and also on CLAT 2017 website.
21. Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT-2017 for the women candidates?
Yes. Some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for the female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLU’s Brochure available on CLAT 2017 website in this regard.
22. Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation?
No. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective NLUs Brochure available on CLAT 2017 website to know about the University wise specific reservations.
Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. Reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned State Government from time to time.
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