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The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)-2018, for admission to the Under Graduate and Post Graduate Law Courses in the 19 National Law Universities in India, will be held on 13.05.2018. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kalamassery, Kochi, Kerala-683 503, will be the Organising University of CLAT 2018.
The following are the 19 Participating Universities:
  1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
  10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli
  17. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
  19. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad

The nineteen NLUs offer five-year integrated Under-Graduate Law Programmes leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature.
Most of the Universities offer BA LLB (Hons) while some of them offer B.Sc/B.Com/BBA/BSW LLB (Hons) Programmes. Most NLUs also offer PG Programmes in Law. The information pertaining to the LL.B. and LL.M. Degree Course offered at various NLUs along with the course duration and the specializations offered has been provided in the University’s website. Applicants may check the websites of the respective Universities for details.

Eligibility: Applicant should be an Indian Nationals/NRI/NRI Sponsored person. Foreign Nationals are not permitted to appear in the CLAT-2018.

UG Programmes: For admission to the UG Programme, there is no upper age limit. Applicant must have passed 10+2/equivalent examination with 45% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and 40% marks in case of SC/ST categories. Those who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2018, subject to production of evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

PG Programme: Applicant should have passed LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B (Hons)/any other equivalent exam securing 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and 50% marks in case of SC/ST categories.  Applicant must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission. In case of candidates who have appeared in the qualifying examination, he/she may submit his/her final result of qualifying examination within the time frame prescribed by the respective University/Institute. Till then such candidates may be given provisional admission.

No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2018 UG/PG.

Examination Structure: CLAT 2018 will be held as an online examination, from 3 pm to 5 pm on 13.5.2018. CLAT 2018 (UG) will be of 2 hours duration, with 200 multiple choice questions each carrying one mark and a maximum of 200 marks, from (i)  English including comprehension (40 Marks) (ii) General Knowledge and Current Affairs (50) (iii) Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) (20) (iv) Legal Aptitude (50) and (v) Logical Reasoning (40). For a wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted. CLAT 2018 (PG) will be of 2 hours duration, with 150 multiple choice questions each carrying one mark and a maximum of 150 marks, from (i) Constitutional Law (50 Marks) (ii) Jurisprudence (50) and (iii) Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. (50). For a wrong answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted.

The detailed syllabus is available at http://information.clat.ac.in/syllabus.html

Application Fee: Application fee for General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4,000/-  and that for SC/ST category candidates, Rs.3,500/-. Application fee can be paid online through net-banking /debit card / credit card/ pay wallet/ RuPay etc. till 31.3.2018 or by bank challan generated online, latest by 21.3.2018.  Offline payments can be made after registering the application online and generating challans online. The print out of the challans generated has to be taken to the relevant bank for payment over the counter. Offline payments are to be made in cash only. The detailed procedure for payment of fee is also available at the CLAT-2018 online application webpage. Question papers of previous years' can be obtained on payment of an additional amount of Rs.500/-.

Application: Application can be submitted online at www.clat.ac.in, latest by 31 March 2018. Applicants are first required to register themselves at the CLAT-2018 online application webpage by using personal e-mail ID and mobile number. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system. An Email and SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will be sent. Use this Provisional Registration Number and Password to log in to fill the Online Application. Applicant will have to upload the scanned copies of the following documents along with the Online Application.

  • Front facing passport size recent photograph 
  • Signature of the candidate
  • The scanned copy of the certificate in PDF format issued by the competent authority to support the claim of Specially Abled Persons (SAP)

The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University in the form and manner as specified by the respective universities at the time of admission.

Applicant should fill his/her preference order for all nineteen NLUs at the time of online application itself. No alteration / editing in the online application form can be done after successful submission /final submission of the form. 

The application form, complete in all respects and after payment of fees must be finally submitted latest by 11:59 pm on 31 March, 2018.

No hard copy of the filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Office. However, applicant may print/download copy of the submitted application till 12 May 2018.

Admit Card: Admit Card/Hall ticket may be downloaded by logging into applicant’s login account from 20 April, 2018. Candidates shall take a print-out of the Admit Card/Hall Ticket and carry the same to the Examination Hall.

All NRI/NRI Sponsored Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT-2018 examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT 2018 rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities. However, the Foreign Nationals need not appear for the CLAT-2018 examination and they shall directly apply to the concerned Universities. More details on these can be had from the websites of the concerned Institutions.

Result: CLAT-2018 result will be published on 31st May, 20l8 at http://clat.ac.in/ While preparing the result, In case of equal marks, the break of tie for UG shall be done by considering (i) higher marks in the component /section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2018 exam (ii) Higher age and (iii) Computerised draw of lots, in that order and that for PG, by considering (i) Higher age and (ii) Computerised draw of lots, in that order.

Admission Procedure: The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT-2018 shall be completed through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be 'merit-cum-preference', considering the CLAT Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form and the category / categories selected by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2018 results. The entire procedure shall be completed as per the CLAT calendar which is available on the CLAT website. Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs. Applicant may go through the rules, policies and the fee structure of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and also for the NRI/NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats. 

Candidates may visit CLAT-2018 website http://clat.ac.in/, regularly for details and updates.

RK