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CLAT 2018

A brief on CLAT 2018:

NUALS Kochi (The National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi) is conducting CLAT 2018 on May 13. The application form of CLAT 2018 has been announced on January 1. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) will be held online across India in around 65 examination centres. The Common Law Admission Test, also called CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance examinations held annually for admissions to five-year integrated law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB) in as many as 19 NLUs (National Law Universities) including MLNU Mumbai, MNLU Nagpur and MNLU Aurangabad, which have been added recently. The CLAT 2018 conducting NLU, NUALS Kochi is to publish an official notification on the undergraduate law admission test on December 20, 2017 as it will begin CLAT 2018 application process on January 1, 2018. Further to add more information on CLAT 2018, the NLU administered law admission test scores are utilised not only by the 19 NLUs participating in CLAT, but around 25 other law schools for admissions into the five-year integrated UG law programmes. In addition to the undergraduate law programmes, CLAT was also conducted for admission into postgraduate law programmes including LLM. Candidates can read the below detailed information on CLAT 2018 to know more on the law entrance exam including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, result, score card, cut off and counselling process.

Last year, CLAT was held on May 14 in as many as 63 exam centres across India and was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna. Rajat Maloo of Jaipur bagged AIR 1 scoring 154.25 marks in CLAT. Vihit Ashish Shah of Maharashtra with a total score of 150.25 ranked second, closely followed by Radhika Sharda who scored 148.5 to bag AIR 3 in the NLU administered law exam. The fourth position in CLAT 2017 was secured by Sumit Kumar Gupta who scored 147.5 marks.

What is CLAT?– Do you know?

Common Law Admission Test is conducted every year by one of the National Law Universities (NLUs) in rotation. The organising NLU is chosen one among those in CLAT committee by the year of their establishments. The CLAT committee currently comprises 19 NLUs including Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Aurangabad.

Brief about the CLAT 2018

Exam name – Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)


Exam type – Undergraduate and Postgraduate


Exam level – National


Exam mode – Online


Conducting authority – National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi (NUALS Kochi)


Organising body – CLAT Committee


Total number of participating institutes – 19 NLUs


Total number of seats offered – 2400 for undergraduate programmes and 624 for postgraduate programmes (approx.)


Number of test takers – 40000 (approximately) for UG programmes and 5500 (approximately) for postgraduate programmes

CLAT Important Dates 2018

CLAT 2018 important dates will help candidates in knowing events of the common law admission test and their respective dates. NUALS Kochi is to announce important dates of CLAT 2018 on December 20, 2017. However, Careers360 is providing you the CLAT 2018 important dates now. The law aspirants as of now can find an exam calendar of CLAT 2018 with its events and their dates below in the table-

Events Dates (Officially confirmed)
Exam notification December 20, 2017
Application form begins January 1, 2018
Application form ends March 31, 2018
Issue of admit card April 20, 2018
CLAT 2018 online exam May 13, 2018
Provisional Answer Key May 15, 2018
Challenge window May 16-May 18, 2018
Final Answer Key May 26, 2018
Declaration of result and score card May 31, 2018
Counselling and seat allotment June 7-July 6, 2018

CLAT Admission Process 2018

Aspirants seeking admission into five-year integrated undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes in the 19 NLUs need to appear for CLAT 2018. The admission process of CLAT 2018 begins with examination notification and availability of CLAT application form. The CLAT 2018 applicants next will have to appear for the NUALS Kochi administered common law admission test. The CLAT 2018 appearing candidates based on their admission test performance will secure All India Ranks (AIRs) and CLAT 2018 scores which will be accepted by various law schools including the participating 19 NLUs. The CLAT committee headed by NUALS Kochi will also organise CLAT 2018 counselling upon which the CLAT qualifying candidates will be allotted seats in different NLUs under a centralised counselling system.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018

Candidates are required to read and understand eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018 as specified by the law examination committee. Knowing CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria is important because these are the prerequisite norms defined by CLAT 2018 Committee for the candidates who are appearing in the NUALS Kochi administered law admission test. The CLAT eligibility criteria mention minimum academic qualifications and the percentage of total marks besides age bar required for applying for the law programmes; undergraduate and postgraduate. Following a common eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018, candidates applying for UG law programmes need to qualify 12th board examination (Intermediate examination) of 10+2 educational system, scoring at least 45% marks in the aggregate of subjects studied at 10+2 level. Further according to the CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria, those who are applying for PG law programmes need to have an LL.B degree with a minimum score of 55% marks in the final year of law degree examination. Moreover, as of now, there is no age bar for those applying for five-year undergraduate as well as postgraduate law programmes through CLAT 2018. However, as per an earlier CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria and change in admission policy after a BCI order (2016), candidates were needed to be equal to or less than 20 years of age if applying for the UG law programmes through common law admission test.

Supreme Court official order (2017) staying BCI’s age bar

CLAT Application Form 2018

NUALS Kochi has announced CLAT 2018 application form on January 1, 2018. Aspirants can fill the online application form of CLAT 2018 only after registering themselves for the common law admission test. CLAT 2018 registrations will be processed after candidates have provided a valid e-mail id and mobile number during CLAT 2018 registration. The CLAT application forms 2018 can only be filled online after logging into an application form window through CLAT 2018 registered account and password. Further, the candidates also need to pay an application fee of Rs. 4000 before submitting the form as per the CLAT 2018 admission process. Most importantly, candidates are advised to take care that CLAT 2018 application form needs to be filled and submitted through the online application process before the scheduled last date, after which no application form of CLAT 2018 can be anyway accepted.

CLAT: Facts & Figures

The table below mentions number of applicants and test takers over the years for CLAT.

CLAT Applicants Vs Test Takers

S.No. Year No. of UG applicants No. of UG test takers
1. CLAT 2017 44565 42336
2. CLAT 2016 39415 37176
3. CLAT 2015 38686 37358
4. CLAT 2014 31231 NA
5. CLAT 2013 30915 NA

CLAT Exam Centres 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 Admit Card 2018

The NUALS which will be the Common Law Admission Test conducting body will issue CLAT 2018 admit card on April 20, 2018. CLAT applicants can download their admit cards of CLAT 2018 by entering login id and password through an official link. The CLAT 2018 admit card is considered hall ticket to appear in the law admission test, there it is important to carry CLAT admit card (hall ticket/ e-admit card) at the examination centres. It should be also noted that no candidate will be allowed to take the law admission test without the CLAT admit card (hall ticket). The CLAT admit card mentions candidature as well as examination details including name and roll number of the candidate, timing and venue of the examination. Further it is also advised to CLAT 2018 applicants that they should keep CLAT admit card 2018 in soft as well as hard copy formats for future correspondences as after the examiantion has been conducted no duplicate CLAT 2018 admit card will be generated or downloaded.

How to prepare for CLAT 2018

  1. Candidates need to first focus on completing their basics for each of the section.
  2. Every candidate has his/ her own strengths and weaknesses and should work on them.
  3. Once the basics have been completed, they should clarify their doubts on each section, if any.
  4. After doubt clearance, they should focus on CLAT mock tests and solving previous years question papers of CLAT 2018.
  5. With each mock test, they should check their preparation level and improve on the mistakes.
  6. Candidates also need to work on time management skill where they can hone to solve maximum number of question in lowest possible time.
  7. Above all, the candidates should not doubt their CLAT 2018 preparation and hard work while believing in putting their best.

CLAT Syllabus 2018

Candidates are needed to check CLAT 2018 syllabus as it will help them in preparing for the law entrance exam. The syllabus of CLAT 2018 mentions important sections and their topics. Candidates with help of the CLAT syllabus can know the important topics which should be focussed more and the topics that can be left out as they might be unimportant. The CLAT 2018 syllabus mentions topics from different sections–English & Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2018

NUALS Kochi is to announce CLAT 2018 exam pattern on December 20. However, NUALS Kochi has confirmed of conducting the Common Law Admission Test on May 13, 2018. The exam pattern CLAT 2018 can be checked by the candidates who will be appearing for the NLU admission test. Since it is one of the most competitive law entrance examinations and with a better understanding of the question pattern, one could tackle the paper. As per the CLAT 2018 exam pattern (paper pattern), the test will be held online. The candidates are needed to attempt a total of 200 questions carrying one mark each in a-two hour test duration. Further the CLAT 2018 committee follows a negative marking policy, under which 0.25 marks are to be deducted from the total scored marks against the wrong attempts in CLAT 2018.

CLAT Mock Test 2018

CLAT 2018 Committee heades by NUALS Kochi is to provide mock test of CLAT 2018 in the month of March. CLAT 2018 mock tests designed by CLAT 2018 Committee will be held online. Those law aspirants who have filled CLAT application form 2018 can only appear for the CLAT 2018 mock tests. Candidates will need a login id and passowrd to appear for the mock tests of CLAT 2018. Further candidates may note that they can appear for the CLAT 2018 mock tests as much as they wish. The doamins experts from different coaching institutions as well as educationists have suggested for taking CLAT 2018 mock tests during the law exam preparation. They note that mock tests are important as candidates can check their preparation level even as the CLAT mock tests 2018 give a feel about the actual exam.

CLAT Sample Paper 2018

Law aspirants who will be appearing in the NLU administered law admission test can take advantage of CLAT 2018 sample papers which are available here at no cost. CLAT sample papers are primarily the last years’ official question papers. Careers360 brings sample question sets of CLAT 2018 with solutions and answer keys from the leading coaching institutes like Career Launcher and IMS Learning Resources. With the sample papers (solved) for CLAT 2018, candidates can actually prepare in a better and strategic way even as they can check their preparation level for the Common Law Admission Test. Download CLAT 2018 sample papers (solved) for free from Careers360 e-store.

CLAT Answer Key 2018

NUALS Kochi, the official conducting body of Common Law Admission Test is to announce answer key of CLAT 2018 on May 15. The NLU will be publishing CLAT 2018 answer keys in as many as two phases. The first phase happens to be the provisonal phase of CLAT answer key and afterwards the final CLAT answer key 2018. NUALS Kochi, as per the pattern will also release CLAT 2018 official question papers along with CLAT 2018 answer keys. Additionally, candidates will also receive their respective response sheets along with the CLAT answer keys and question papers. With the help of official CLAT answer keys 2018, law aspirants may know correct answers to the questions and also get probable scores in the common law admission test. In case of any discrepancy found in the official answer key of CLAT 2018, candidates can also report to CLAT committee for which the candidates will be allowed to submit their grievances regarding the CLAT discrepant questions or any of the answers within a stipulated time. For this, the candidates will be facilitated with a CLAT answer key challenge window in online mode. The CLAT 2018 committee headed by NUALS Kochi will afterwards issue final answer key of CLAT 2018, once it has taken the CLAT 2018 objections into account and rectified the same.

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 Scores 2018

Candidates can find score of CLAT 2018 along with their answer keys and response-sheets of Common Law Admission Test. CLAT 2018 score is the marks obtained by candidate as per their responses marked in the online CLAT 2018. NUALS Kochi will calculate the CLAT scores in a defined formula by the number of correct answers marked as well as those responded incorrectly. The CLAT scores will be basis for preparing CLAT merit list (CLAT rank list) 2018, Moreover, the scores of CLAT 2018 will also be mentioned in the CLAT score card 2018 which will be provided along with CLAT results 2018.

CLAT Merit List (Rank List) 2018

NUALS Kochi will release merit list of CLAT 2018 along with the results on May 31. The CLAT merit list is also be considered as CLAT 2018 rank list as it mentions All India Ranks (AIRs) as well as the Category Rank (CR) of all the candidates appearing the common law admission test. CLAT 2018 merit list (rank list) will specify total number of test takers, their scores, subject-wise marks and State Ranks (SRs) besides AIRs and CRs. It has been made practice from the year 2015 to issue CLAT merit list in public so as to maintain transparency in the examination system.

CLAT Cut off 2018

The examination committee will determine cutoff of CLAT 2018 after issuing merit lists. CLAT 2018 cut off is regarded as last rank secured by a candidate to be offered admission in the NLUs. The CLAT cut off will be determined by the exam committee in accordance with the result and merit list of the admission test. CLAT 2018 cut-off will also depend on various factors including total number of test takers, minimum marks, maximum marks and admitting seats. Candidates will be allowed to participate in the admission counselling, only of they meet CLAT cut off 2018.

CLAT 2018 Cut off (Expected)

NLUs CLAT cut off*
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 58-59
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 123-130
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata 221-351
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 213-339
National Law University, Jodhpur 343-347
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 465-574
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 453-555
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 626-627
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala 759-801
Chanakya National Law University, Patna 909-911
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 826-918

*Based on previous years’ trends for the first round of admissions

CLAT Previous Year Cut offs

NLUs CLAT cut off 2017* CLAT cut off 2016*
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 59 58
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 130 123
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata 351 221
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 213 339
National Law University, Jodhpur 343 347
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 574 465
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 453 555
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 627 626
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala 801 759
Chanakya National Law University, Patna 909 911
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 826 918

*Last secured rank for which seats in the General category were allotted in the first counselling rounds

CLAT Counselling 2018

The examination committee is to begin counselling of CLAT 2018 on June 7 as it’ll declare CLAT 2018 counselling schedule in the month of May, soon after the CLAT results are declared. Candidates who qualify in the law admission test are to participate in CLAT 2018 counselling based on their AIRs or the State Ranks. The CLAT counselling process involves choice locking and seat allotment process. Candidates will be allotted seats based on their choices of locked seats in the participating 19 NLUs. After the seat allotment, candidates will need to accept the seat and deposit the fees within a given time; else the seat will be deemed to get cancelled automatically. Candidates will be offered three options during the CLAT 2018 counselling–lock, shift or withdrawal of seat. The exam committee then will be holding next round of counselling for CLAT admissions. Following the method, as many as four CLAT 2018 counselling rounds will be held till July 6, 2018 for offering admissions in the law programmes across the National Law Universities.

CLAT Seat Allotment 2018

Candidates are to be allotted seats in the participating NLUs as per CLAT 2018 seat allotment process, which forms an important part of CLAT 2018 admission counselling. If a candidate accepts the allotted seat, he/ she needs to deposit the requisite amount of fee within a given due date. The seat will be automatically forfeited, in case of non-deposition of fees. The exam committee will be issuing next seat allotment list only after the admission has been conducted based on previous list. There will be as many as three such CLAT 2018 seat allotment lists published.

CLAT Participating Institutes 2018

A total of 19 National Law Universities are participating in CLAT 2018. The list of CLAT 2018 participating institutes also mention various law schools besides the NLUs which accept scores of the common law admission test. As per the CLAT participating institutes’ list, the 19th and the latest addition is Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Aurangabad and the 18th was Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Nagpur. Candidates appearing the law admission test vie for the NLUs including NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, WBNUJS Kolkata and NLIU Bhopal which are the most preferred NLUs by the law aspirants and are the founding member of the CLAT committee.

CLAT Seats and Reservation 2018

The Common Law Admission Test is conducted for offering admissions to around 2400 seats in the undergraduate law programmes and 624 postgraduate programme seats. The admission committee follows government policy for reservation of CLAT 2018 seats. While some of the NLUs have seats reserved for candidates possessing state domicile, each of them have the other seats reserved for the distinctive categories- Other Backward Class (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). Find below the percentage of seats reserved for the categories.

  1. OBC – 27 per cent of total seats
  2. SC – 15 per cent of total seats
  3. ST – 7.5 per cent of total seats

CLAT 2018: Frquently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Common Law Admission Test

QuesWhen will be CLAT 2018 application available?

Ans: The application form of CLAT 2018 will be available on January 1. The official notification for CLAT 2018 will however be announced in December 20, 2017.

QuesWhat is the exam date of CLAT 2018?

Ans: It’s now officially announced by NUALS Kochi that CLAT 2018 will be held on May 13. The Common Law Admission Test will be held online.

Ques: What is the maximum age limit for CLAT 2018?
Ans: As of now, there is no age limit for applying for CLAT 2018. Earlier, the general category candidates were to be equal to or less than 20 years of age and those belonging to SC, ST, PwD and other backward classes had been given a relaxation of two years as per the age bar regulation of CLAT 2018, put down by BCI.

Ques: Which documents can be produced as age certificate?
Ans: You can submit any of the below mentioned documents as proof for age certificate–

  • Class 10thmarks-sheet
  • Birth certificate issued by Municipal Corporation

Ques: 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.

Ques: 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.

Ques: What will happen in case of any problem related to computer system during the examination?
Ans: The CLAT 2018 authorities will be there in the examination hall to take care of these accidents

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