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

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

 Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the popular law entrance exams conducted by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) rotationally. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala is the organizing institute for CLAT 2018. The last date to apply for CLAT 2018 is 31st March 2018

CLAT 2018 Application Form has been released from 1st January 2018. 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. CLAT 2018 exam will be organized by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies. 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

Notification Date1st Jan 2018
Commencement of Online Application Process1st January 2018
Online Registration for CLAT Exam 20181st January – 31st March 2018
Issuance of Admit Cards20th April 2018 onwards
Date of CLAT Exam 201813th May 2018
Availability of Answer Key15th May 2018
Declaration of CLAT 2018 Results31st May 2018
Merit List Release and Start of Counselling7th June 2018




Application Fee:

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

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




CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses are as follows:


For UG Courses

  • Age Criteria:There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2018.
  • Qualification Eligibility:The candidate needs to clear the Class 12th examination or its equivalent with minimum 45% marks to be considered eligible for CLAT 2018 (40% for SC/ST/SAP candidates).
  • Those appearing for the Class 12thexams in March or April 2018 are also eligible to appear for CLAT 2018. They would need to produce their passing certificate at the time of admissions.


For PG Courses

  • Qualifying Examination: For LL.M., the candidate must have completed his/her LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.). or passed any other equivalent qualifying exam.
  • Minimum Marks: The candidate must have secured at least 55% marks (for General/OBC candidates)in the qualifying exam. In the case of SC/ST candidates, the minimum marks required is 50%.
  • Final year candidates can also apply for the exam.
  • Age Limit: There is no prescribed upper age limitfor the PG courses.




CLAT 2018 Syllabus:

CLAT 2018 shall be conducted in online mode where the paper will have 200 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:


English including comprehension: 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.


General Knowledge and Current Affairs: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.


Mathematics:This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.


Legal Aptitude: 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.


Logical Reasoning: 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.



CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CLAT is of two hour duration, comprising 200 questions across five different areas and is conducted online.


Subject/SectionNo. of Questions
English/Verbal Ability40
Mathematics/Quantitative Aptitude20
Logical Reasoning40
General Awareness50
Legal Aptitude50



CLAT Exam Centers 2018

CLAT 2018 exam centres will be announced by NUALS Kochi in April, as the exam is expected to be held in over 175 testing locations across the country. Exam centres of CLAT 2018 list out those cities across India where online examination of CLAT is to be held on May 13, 2018. With the CLAT 2018 exam centres, candidates can have a fair idea to choose their city for taking the NLU admission test. Applicants will be communicated about their respective admission testing venue through their CLAT 2018 admit cards. Candidates may note that no request will be entertained for change of the CLAT exam centres, once it has been allotted to the candidates. The CLAT exam centres 2018 include cities like Agra, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Noida, Patna, Ranchi, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam.



CLAT Result 2018

NUALS Kochi will declare result of CLAT 2018 on May 31, after it has released the final answer key of CLAT 2018. Candidates can check their scores as per CLAT 2018 results through their registered CLAT accounts. The CLAT result will mention All India Rank (AIR), State Rank (SR) and Category Rank (CR) of the candidates besides the scores they have secured in Common Law Admission Test 2018.



CLAT 2018 Counselling

Central counseling takes place for admission to the UG and PG programs in the 18 participating NLUs. This counseling will tentatively take place on the 7th June 2018 after the merit list is declared. Seats are allotted after taking into account both merit as well as the candidate’s preference order.



Important Links

Application of linkLink
CLAT 2018 official website
Syllabus & Pattern UG
Syllabus & Pattern PG
Application Portal




What is CLAT 2018

Ans. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 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 UG/PG programs, 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 entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programs.



CLAT 2018 Institute Wise Total Seats

Ans. The details of seats as per CLAT 2018 information brochure is as below:

  1. NLSIU, Bangalore – TOTAL 80 – General 55, SC 12, ST 6, PWD 2, Foreign National 5
  2. NALSAR, Hyderabad – TOTAL 99– General 65, SC 13, ST 6, Foreign National 15, State Domicile 28
  3. NLIU, Bhopal – TOTAL 120– General 68, SC 8, ST 4, NRI/NRI Sponsored 18, J&K residents- 2, State Domicile 54
  4. WBNUJS, Kolkata – TOTAL 125– General 74, SC 13, ST 7, PWD 2, NRI/NRI Sponsored 18, J&K residents- 2 Foreign National 4, State Domicile- 10
  5. NLUJ, Jodhpur – TOTAL 115– General 77 SC 15, ST 8, NRI/NRI Sponsored 15, PWD 2, State Domicile 80
  6. HNLU, Raipur – TOTAL 180 – General 62, SC 12, ST 6, PWD 2, NRI/NRI Sponsored 16, Foreign National 4, State Domicile 80
  7. GNLU, Gandhinagar – TOTAL 180 – General 115, SC 27, ST 14, PWD 5, NRI/NRI Sponsored 17, Foreign National 6, State Domicile 44
  8. RMLNLU, Lucknow – TOTAL 160 – General 80, State Domicile 80, NRI/NRI sponsored
  9. RGNUL, Patiala – TOTAL 175 – General 133, SC 27, ST 14, PWD 4, Foreign National 5, State Domicile 18
  10. CNLU, Patna – TOTAL 120– General 60, NRI/NRI Sponsored / Foreign National 20, State Domicile 60
  11. NUALS, Kochi – TOTAL 120 – General 33, PWD 2, NRI Sponsored 12, Foreign National 4, State Domicile 29
  12. NLUO, Orissa – TOTAL 159 – General 78, SC 10, ST 14, PWD 4, NRI/NRI Sponsored 10, Foreign National 4
  13. NUSRL, Ranchi – TOTAL 120– General 24, SC 8, ST 4, OBC 14, State Domicile 50
  14. NLUJA, Assam – TOTAL 60 – General 30, SC 4, ST 9, PWD 2, State Domicile 15>
  15. DSNLU , Vishakhapatnam – Total 132, General 12, State Domicile 120>
  16. TNNLS, Tiruchirapalli – Total 180, General 70, SC 14, ST 6, State Domicile 90
  17. MNLU, Mumbai – Total-50, General 25, SC 7, ST 3, OBC 9
  18. MNLU, Nagpur– Total-120, General 58, SC of Maharashtra 16, ST of Maharashtra 08, OBC of Maharashtra 23, De-notified Tribes (A) of Maharashtra: 04, Nomadic Tribes (B) of Maharashtra: 03, Nomadic Tribes (C) of Maharashtra: 04, Nomadic Tribes (D) of Maharashtra: 02, Special Backward Class of Maharashtra: 02



Will CLAT 2018 have Negative marking?

ANS. Yes, the CLAT exam, has a system of Negative Marking, wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers.



What is the cost of CLAT 2018 Application Form and Information Brochure?

Ans. Processing charges for online application for CLAT-2018 for UR/OBC/SAP candidates are Rs. 4,000/- and for SC/ST candidates Rs. 3,500/-.



Do I need to be computer skilled for the online CLAT 2018?

Ans: There is no need to be computer skilled however one is required to know basic operations of mouse. The candidates will only need to choose the correct option by clicking it.



How many institutes are participating in CLAT 2018?

Ans: As many as 19 NLUs including MNLU Aurangabad is participating in CLAT 2018 for offering admissions into undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. Besides these NLUs, there are other law colleges who will be accepting CLAT 2018 scores for the law admissions.



 Do I need to send the certificates along with Application Form?

Ans. The relevant certificates/documents in support of one’s claim for admission are not to be submitted along with the Application Form. The original certificates/documents (as indicated in the OMR Application Form and specified in the CLAT Information Brochure) issued by competent authority are to be submitted to the allotted University/Institute only at the time of admission.



What is domicile?

Ans. Some NLUs have reserved seats under State domicile quota, besides general seats for students who are from that particular state. The domicile requirement is different in different states.

The general criteria for admission under reserved domicile quota are as below:

– A candidate should be a Resident Student of particular state, and should have passed the qualifying examination from any educational institution of particular state and should secure appropriate rank in order of merit in the Common Law Admission Test.

– A student who or any one of his parents has resided in the particular state for a period of at least four years.

– A student who has studied in any one of the educational institutions in the particular state for a period of not less than four years leading to the qualifying examinations.


The seats under NRI / NRI Sponsored Category in all the participating universities except WBNUJS, Kolkata, West Bengal, shall be filled by the concerned Universities independently on the basis of CLAT merit and not through CLAT office. The candidates are advised to contact the concerned University directly for admission formalities, eligibility, documents required and other related queries for seeking admission under NRI / NRI sponsored category.

The detailed information regarding admission under NRI / NRI Sponsored Category in WBNUJS, Kolkata, (West Bengal) is mentioned here under:

  1. Seats: UG – 17; PG – NIL
  2. Through CLAT Office: CLAT Office shall issue the list of students eligible for taking admission under this category.
  3. Documents required at the time of admission:

NRI – i. CCopy of Valid Indian Passport of the Student, ii. Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months, and iii. Certificate from the local embassy stating that the person is a NRI/OCI or PIO Card NRI Sponsored: i. Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Sponsor, ii. Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months by the Sponsor, iii. Certificate from the local embassy stating that the Sponsor is a NRI/ OCI or PIO Card, and iv. An affidavit by the sponsor indicating the interest shown in the education affairs of the student and willingness to fund the education of student over the next 5 years.


  1. Who can be a sponsor for the NRI Sponsored Students: a) The person who sponsors the student for admission shall be a first degree relation of the student and shall be ordinarily residing abroad as a Non Resident Indian; OR b) If the student has no parents or near relatives or taken as a ward by some other nearest relative, such students also may be considered for admission provided the guardian has bona fide treated the student as a ward and such guardian shall file and affidavit indicating the interest shown in the education affairs of the student and also his/her relationship with the student and such person also shall be Non Resident Indian and ordinarily residing abroad.



What is the difference between candidates belonging to Provisional Allotment List and Waiting List?

Ans. The university-wise preference obtained from the candidates through OMR Application Form and their CLAT Score and Rank will be taken into consideration to prepare the Provisional Allotment List based on merit-cum-preference.

A long list of wait-listed candidates (comprising around 20% of the total number of seats in all the 14 NLUs) will be issued along with the Provisional Allotment List. The comprehensive list of wait-listed candidates will be prepared by drawing candidates proportionately from various categories such as General / SC / ST / OBC / Women / PWD / FFD / NRI etc. Both from the All India as well as State (Domicile) Merit Lists


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