CLAT 2018: Application Form, Registration, Exam Dates, Syllabus

CLAT 2018Common 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.

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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 Exam Date 2018

The table given below provides you all the exam dates and events related to CLAT 2018:

EventsExam Dates (Tentative)
Notification Date4th week of December 2017
Availability of Online Application Form1st week of January 2018
Closing date of Application Submission along with order of preferences for NLUs4th week of March 2018
Issue Date of Admit Card3rd week of April 2018
Date of Examination2nd week of May 2018
Publishing of Answer Key3rd week of May 2018
Announcement of Result (issue of merit list)4th week of May 2018
Counselling Commence1st week of June 2018
Closure of Admission1st week of July 2018

CLAT 2018 Application Form

  • CLAT 2018 application form will be filled online only.
  • The application form will be accessible from the official website of CLAT in the first week of January 2018.
  • Candidates have to firstly register themselves by creating a LOGIN account using an e-mail ID.
  • At the time of filling the application form, students are also required to fill the preference order for NLU’s
  • The candidates must upload the scanned copies of signature and photograph (30 mm x 45 mm) with size not more than 100 KB.
  • No hard copy of filled-in application form is to be sent to the CLAT office.

Application Fee:

The application fee of CLAT 2018 is different for different categories which is as follows:

CategoryApplication Fee
General/OBC/SAP and other category candidatesRs. 4000/-
SC/ST category candidatesRs. 3500/-

Application fee is to be paid online only through net banking/credit card or debit card.

Eligibility Criteria

CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria will define the minimum qualification requirement, percentage of marks and age criteria to appear in the CLAT exam. The eligibility for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses is given below:

For UG Courses:

  • Age Criteria: The upper age limit of the candidate should not be more than 20 years as on 1st July 2018 (for unreserved category candidates/NRIs/NRI Sponsored candidates) and 22 years for SC/ST/OBC/SAP category candidates.
  • Qualification Eligibility: The candidate will be considered eligible for CLAT if he/she has passed the 12th examination with minimum 45% marks (40% for SC/ST candidates).
  • Candidates appearing the 12th examination in March/April will also be eligible for CLAT 2018. Such candidates have to produce the proof of passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission.

For PG Courses:

  • Qualifying Examination: The prescribed qualification for LL.M. is LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam.
  • Minimum Marks: Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination should be 55% for unreserved /OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP). In case of SC/ST, the minimum marks would be 50%.
  • Final semester/final year examination appearing candidates may also apply.
  • Age Limit: No prescribed maximum age limit for PG courses.

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Get details about CLAT 2018 exam pattern such as number of questions asked, areas from where the questions will be asked, exam duration, etc. The paper-pattern for CLAT UG and PG courses is given below:

For UG Courses:

  • Courses: The online examination of CLAT will be held for integrated UG law courses.
  • Mode of Examination: Exam will be held in online mode (computer Based Test).
  • Type of Questions: Only objective type questions of maximum 200 marks will be asked from each subject areas.
  • Exam Duration: The duration of CLAT exam will be 2 hours.
  • Question Paper Medium: The language of question paper will be English only.
  • Marking Scheme: Each right answer will be awarded with 1 mark.
  • Negative Marking: There is a system of negative marking. 0.25 mark will be subtracted for each wrong answer.
SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English including Comprehension40 Questions40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50 Questions50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Questions20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Questions50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Questions40 Marks
Total200 Questions200 Marks

For PG Courses:

  • Courses: The online examination of CLAT will be held for post-graduate law courses (i.e. LL.M.).
  • Mode of Examination: Exam will be held in online mode (computer Based Test).
  • Type of Questions: Only multiple-choice questions of maximum 150 marks will be asked from each subject areas.
  • Exam Duration: The duration of CLAT exam will be 2 hours.
  • Question Paper Medium: The language of question paper will be English only.
  • Marking Scheme: Each right answer will be awarded with 1 mark.
  • Negative Marking: There is a system of negative marking. 0.25 mark will be subtracted for each wrong answer.
SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Constitutional Law50 Questions50 Marks
Jurisprudence50 Questions50 Marks
Other law subjects50 Questions50 Marks
Total150 Questions150 Marks

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.

FAQs (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: You can fill the CLAT 2018 application form through online mode only.
Answer: No. Once it is submitted, it will be treated as final.
Answer: The mode of examination will be online (CBT).
Answer: Candidate is only required to know how to operate the mouse.
Answer: Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong response.
Answer: 40 extra minutes will be given to Persons with Disabilities.
Answer: Some of the participating NLUs provides horizontal reservation for women candidates.
Answer: Candidates can make the payment using Debit/Credit Cards/or Net Banking.

Answer: Retain the following details:

  • Auto-generated ID and Password.
  • Hard copy of filled-in application form.
  • Fee Receipt Detail

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).

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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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.

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  1. Ayush kumar says:

    Which book should I prefer for examination

  2. Dipender says:

    my dob is 4th of august 1998
    Can i appear for Clat 2018
    Pls somebody give me the answer it is urgent

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