CLATKochi: The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), the All India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes in Law, will be held on 8th May, 2016 (Sunday). 
 
Participating Universities: The 17 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are as follows.
(i) National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
(ii) National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
(iii) The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
(iv) The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
(v) National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
(vi) Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
(vii) Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
(viii) Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
(ix) Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
(x) Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
(xi) The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
(xii) National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
(xiii) National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
(xiv) National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
(xv) Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
(xvi) Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
(xvii) Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
 
Courses: 
The seventeen NLUs offer five-year integrated Under-Graduate law courses leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature. The information pertaining to the LL.M. degree course offered at the various NLUs along with the course duration and the specializations offered has been provided in detail under the respective sections of each University's website and information brochure. The candidates may check the websites of the respective Universities from time to time to keep themselves updated with any change in the course structure or other details. The links to the University websites are given at https://www.clat.ac.in/
 
BA LL.B (Honors) is offered at all the Universities. BBA LL.B (Hon) is offered at NLU Jodhpur, GNLU Gandhinagar, CNLU Patna and NLUO, Cuttack. BCom LL.B (Hon) is offered at GNLU Gandhinagar and TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli. B.Sc LL.B (Hon) and BSW LL.B (Hon) are offered at GNLU, Gandhinagar. 
 
LL.M is offered at all the Law Universities except at CNLU, Patna and TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli. CLAT 2016 will be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab.
 
Eligibility: 
Only Indian Nationals/NRIs are allowed to appear in the CLAT-2016. Foreign nationals are not permitted to appear in CLAT-2016. However, foreign nationals desirous of seeking admission to any of the UG/PG courses in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned Universities having seats for foreign nationals. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2016. 
 
For admission to the Under Graduate 5 year Integrated Programme, applicant should have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of 45% marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/(Specially Abled Persons) Categories and 40% marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category. 
 
For admission to the 1 year LLM Programme, applicant must have passed the LL.B. or equivalent degree examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/Specially abled persons categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category. 
 
Those who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2016 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2016 examination. However they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission. 
 
Examination: 
CLAT 2016 will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm on 8th May 2016 (Sunday). CLAT for admission to the Undergraduate Programme will be of 2 hours duration with 200 questions carrying 200 marks. There will be questions from English including Comprehension (40 Marks), General Knowledge and Current Affairs (50 Marks), Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) (20 Marks), Legal Aptitude (50 Marks) and Logical Reasoning (40 Marks). For every wrong answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. 
 
For Postgraduate Programme, CLAT will be of 2 hour duration having 150 Multiple-Choice Questions of one mark each. There will be questions Constitutional Law (50 marks), Jurisprudence (50 Marks) and Other Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. (50 Marks). For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
 
Application Fee: 
Application fee or CLAT-2016 will be Rs.4000/- for General / OBC / SAP (Specially Abled Persons) and other category candidates. For SC/ST category candidates, the fee is Rs.3500/-. Application fee can be paid online through net-banking, debit card, credit card etc. or offline, using challan mode. 
 
Application:
Application form for CLAT-2016 can be submitted online through CAPS (CLAT Online Application Processing System) at http://www.clat.ac.in up to 31st March, 2016. Applicants can do most of their interactions with CLAT through the CAPS interface provided at CLAT-2016 website. Through CAPS, a candidate can register and apply for CLAT- 2016 examination, check the status of the application, download the admit card, know the result and they can also download the result and score card. Applicant is required to register themselves first at the CLAT-2016 website by creating a login account using an email ID. The details of the login ID and password will be then sent to the registered email of the candidate. An Applicant has to first do Registration using ‘New User Register here’, Fill the online application form, Upload photograph and signature and other documents like essential qualification certificate, category certificate etc., Pay the application fee either by Online/Offline mode, print application etc.  
 
Before registering and logging in to CAPS, a candidate has to keep the following information/documents ready.
(i) Personal information (name, E-mail address, mobile number, date of birth, parent’s name, parent’s mobile number, etc.) 
(ii) Address for communication (including PIN code)
(iii) Essential Qualification details (Percentage of marks/CGPA, University/college information)
(iv) Programme in which the candidate wishes to appear (UG Course or PG Course)
(v) Three choices of CLAT examination cities
(vi) Front facing Passport size clear photograph of the Candidate with clear lenses (30 mm x 45 mm) [JPG Format, size not more than 100 kb]
(vii) Signature of candidate [JPG Format, size not more than 100 kb]
(viii) Scanned copy of SC/ST/SAP Certificates in pdf format only (if applicable)
(ix) Scanned copy of Domicile Category in pdf format only (if applicable)
(x) Net banking login and password to make the application fee payment via online net banking mode. In case the payment is to be made through debit card/credit card, then the candidate is required to have the information like debit card/credit card number, password, CVV number etc
 
Online application form will be available up to 11.59 pm on 31st March 2016. Applicant can fill up the required details in the form and save the same before finally submitting it. Applicant must submit the application form only after he/she is sure of the information he/she has provided in the form. Applicant is also required to fill preference order for all seventeen NLUs at the time of application. No change shall be allowed in the preference order after the form is submitted by the candidate. For any information related to the seventeen NLUs, the candidate can refer to the e-brochure of the respective institutions which shall be available at the CLAT-2016 website. Applicant must upload the scanned and attested copies of the relevant certificates at the suitable places in the online application form. Any hard copies of the filled in Online Application form or other supporting documents being submitted by the candidate need not be sent to the CLAT office. 
 
For payment of application fee, candidates are required to login to the CLAT-2016 website. In case the candidate chooses the challan payment mode, then a challan in duplicate will be generated as a pdf file with filled in details. Candidate is required to print it out on an A4 paper and then fill in a few more details such as date and signature. The candidate has to take the printout of the challan and the payment should be made in cash at any branch of ICICI bank, latest by March 28, 2016. The bank will retain one copy and give back the other copy to the candidate which he/she has to retain for reference. The application fee amount and the bank charges for the challan option will be shown to the candidate and he/she has to confirm that the payment is for CLAT-2016. The detailed procedure for payment of fee is also available at the CLAT-2016 website.
 
After CAPS acknowledges the successful payment of the application fee (through Online/Challan), the candidate will be able to download the complete filled in application form with fee payment details in PDF format. This file can be printed for the candidate's personal records and for further communications. Print out of the form is not required to be sent to CLAT office. On the submission of application form, message will appear that the candidate has successfully submitted the application for CLAT-2016. The candidate must remember CAPS User ID and CAPS password, and must login periodically to see the status of his/her application, to download the admit card and to know the results later. He/she is also advised to keep visiting CLAT website for updates and other information. 
 
Admit Card: 
Admit Card/Hall ticket will have to be downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her LOGIN account after 15th April 2016. The candidates will be required to take a print out of Admit Card/Hall Ticket and carry the same to Examination Hall. The admission to UG and PG programme in participating universities under CLAT-2016 shall be done through centralised counselling conducted by CLAT office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’. Allotments will be made considering the CLAT score and order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2016 results. A stepwise procedure shall be adopted by CLAT office after declaration of result for admission. Details on this are given in the website.
 
For more details, see https://www.clat.ac.in