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Common Law Admission Test, commonly known as CLAT is conducted annually by National Law Universities (NLUs) for admission to their undergraduate Law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB and B.Sc. LLB). The entrance exam for admission to more that 2250 seats across 17 NLUs is held in online mode.

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CLAT 2017 – Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna will be conducting Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) this year. CLAT 2017 will be conducted on May 14 as the applications will begin from January 1, 2017. CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance examinations among law aspirants seeking admissions for five-year integrated law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB) into National Law Universities (NLUs) and other law schools accepting scores of the common law admission test. In addition to the undergraduate law programmes, CLAT is also conducted for postgraduate law programmes including LLM. Candidates aspiring for this national level law admission test can check details about CLAT 2017 including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, examination centres, result, score card, cut off, counselling and seat allotment.

CLAT– Did 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 17 NLUs including Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Mumbai.

Before proceeding to details about CLAT 2017, let us have a brief about the Common Law Admission Test–

CLAT: Briefing about the exam


Exam name – Common Law Admission Test

Abbreviated name – CLAT

Exam type – Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Exam level – National

Exam mode – Online

Conducting authority – Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna

Organising body – CLAT Committee

Total number of seats offered – 2252 for undergraduate programmes and 604 for postgraduate programmes

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

CLAT Admission Process 2017

Aspirants seeking admission into undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes need to appear for CLAT 2017. The admission process of CLAT begins with the examination notification and availability of application forms. The CLAT 2017 applicants then will have to appear for the common law admission test. Based on their performance in the law examination, candidates will be awarded All India Ranks (AIRs) and CLAT 2017 scores which will be accepted by various law schools including NLUs. The CLAT committee will be organising CLAT 2017 counselling upon which they will be allotted seats in different NLUs under centralised counselling system.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

Candidates need to go through eligibility criteria of CLAT 2017 as specified by the law examination committee. Knowing CLAT eligibility conditions are important because these are the defined prerequisite norms for appearing in the law examination. CLAT 2017 eligibility criteria mentions minimum academic qualifications and marks percentage along with the age bar for applying for the law programmes. Following the common eligibility criteria of CLAT 2017, 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. Continuing with the common criteria, those who are applying for postgraduate programmes need to have an LL.B degree with a minimum score of 55% marks in the final year of law degree examination. Moreover, those applying for five-year undergraduate programmes through CLAT 2017 need to be equal to or less than 20 years of age, as per the new change in admission policy after a BCI order.

CLAT Application Form 2017

CNLU Patna will begin application form of CLAT 2017 from January 1. Law aspirants can fill CLAT 2017 online application form only after registering themselves for the common law admission test. CLAT registrations can be done by providing a valid e-mail id and mobile number. The online applications of CLAT 2017 can be filled after logging into the application form window through CLAT 2017 registered account and password. Candidates will also need to pay an application fee of Rs. 4000 before submitting the form. CLAT 2017 application form needs to be filled before the last date, i.e., March 31, 2017; otherwise no applications will be entertained thereafter.

CLAT Syllabus 2017

Candidates need to check syllabus of CLAT 2017 as it’ll help them in preparing for the law entrance exam. CLAT 2017 syllabus mentions important sections and their topics. With CLAT syllabus, candidates will be able to know which topics should be focussed more and the unimportant topics that should be left out. The exam syllabus of CLAT mentions topics from different sections – English & Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2017

CNLU Patna will be announcing exam pattern of CLAT 2017 in January. The common law admission test will be held on May 14, 2017. CLAT 2017 exam pattern needs to be gone through as the NLU administered admission test is one of the competitive examinations and with a better understanding of the question pattern, one could tackle the paper. As per CLAT 2017 exam pattern (paper pattern), the exam will be held online. The candidates can attempt a total of 200 questions carrying one mark each in two hours test duration. CLAT committee follows negative marking policy, under which 0.25 marks each will be deducted from the total scored marks for wrong answers.

CLAT Exam Centres 2017

The exam centres of CLAT 2017 list out the cities across India where the online examination will be conducted. CLAT 2017 exam centres will be announced by CNLU Patna in January, as the exam will be held in over 175 testing locations across the country. Applicants will be communicated about their admission testing venue through their CLAT 2017 admit cards. No request will be entertained for change of CLAT 2017 examination centre, once it has been allotted to the candidates.

CLAT Sample Paper 2017

Psychographic Society brings you sample papers for CLAT 2017. Law aspirants who will be appearing in the law admission test can take advantage of CLAT 2017 sample papers which are available here at no cost. CLAT sample papers are primarily the last years’ official question papers. Secondarily, Careers360 with an objective to help the candidates have brought out sample question sets with solutions and answer keys of CLAT from leading coaching institutes like Career Launcher and IMS Learning Resources. With the sample papers (solved) for CLAT 2017, candidates can actually prepare in a better and strategic way, as they can also check their preparation level. Download CLAT 2017 sample papers (solved) for free from Careers360 e-store.

CLAT Answer Key 2017

CNLU Patna will be releasing answer keys of CLAT 2017 in May. Candidates will also receive their response sheets along with CLAT 2017 answer key and question papers. CLAT official answer keys will help law aspirants in knowing correct answer to the questions and know probable scores of the admission test. Candidates can also report to CLAT committee in case of any discrepancy in the official answer key of CLAT 2017, for which the candidates will be allowed to submit their grievances regarding the CLAT questions and their answers within a stipulated time. In case of any changes, the CLAT committee will be issuing final answer key of CLAT 2017.

CLAT Result 2017

CNLU Patna will be announcing result of CLAT 2017 on May 25, after it has released the final answer key. Candidates can access CLAT 2017 results and check their scores in the law admission test through their registered CLAT accounts. The CLAT result will mention candidates’ All India Rank (AIR), State Rank (SR) and Category Rank (CR) besides the scores.

CLAT Merit List (Rank List) 2017

CNLU Patna will be releasing merit list of CLAT 2017 along with the results. The merit list can also be considered as CLAT 2017 rank list as it will mention All India Ranks (AIRs) of all the candidates appearing the common law admission test. CLAT 2017 merit list (rank list) will specify total number of test takers, their scores, subject-wise marks and State Ranks besides AIRs. 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.

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CLAT Counselling 2017

The examination committee will be organising counselling of CLAT 2017 from May 29 as it’ll be declaring the CLAT counselling schedule on May 25, soon after the declaration of results. Candidates who qualify in the law admission test can participate in CLAT 2017 counselling based on their AIRs or the SRs. The CLAT counselling process involves choice locking and seat allotment. Candidates will be allotted seats based on their choices of locked seats in the participating NLUs. After the seat allotment, candidates 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 counselling–lock, shift or withdraw seat. The exam committee then will be holding next round of counselling for CLAT admissions. Following the method, as many as three CLAT 2017 counselling rounds will be held for offering admissions in the law programmes. Till last year, CLAT committee conducted a total of four rounds of counselling.

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CLAT Important Dates 2017

CNLU Patna will be announcing important dates of CLAT 2017 in January; however the CLAT notification will be published in December 2016. Law aspirants can find the exam calendar of CLAT 2017 with examination events and their scheduled dates below in the table–

CLAT 2017 events

Important dates

Exam notification

December 25, 2016

Application form begins

January 1, 2017

Application form ends

March 31, 2017

Issue of admit card

Third week of April 2017

Conduct of online examination

May 14, 2017

Declaration of result, merit list and score card

May 25, 2017

Counselling and seat allotment

May 29 - June 25, 2017

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CLAT Participating Institutes 2017

As many as 18 National Law Universities will be participating in CLAT 2017. The list of CLAT 2017 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, Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Nagpur is the 18th and the latest addition. 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.


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CLAT Seats and Reservation 2017

The Common Law Admission Test is conducted for offering admissions to as many as 2352 seats in the undergraduate law programmes and 604 postgraduate programme seats. The admission committee follows government policy for reservation of CLAT 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

      ST – 7.5 per cent of total seats

CLAT Seat Allotment 2017

Candidates will be allotted seats in the participating NLUs as per CLAT 2017 seat allotment process, which form an important part of CLAT 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 2017 seat allotment lists published.

Institute All India  Seats State Category Seats Total(AI+State) Category Seats Grand Total

NLSIU - Bangalore

75 0 75 5 80

NALSAR - Hyderabad

84 21 105 15 120

NLIU - Bhopal

80 28 108 20 128

WBNUJS - Kolkata

94 10 104 23 127

NLU - Jodhpur

100 0 100 15 115

HNLU - Raipur

80 80 160 25 185

GNLU - Gandhinagar

156 0 156 31 187

RMLNLU - Lucknow

80 80 160 16 176

RGNUL - Patiala

175 0 175 21 196

CNLU - Patna

60 60 120 20 140

NUALS - Kochi

65 55 120 16 136

NLUO - Cuttack

159 0 159 21 180

NUSRL - Ranchi

60 60 120 0 120

NLUJAA - Guwahati

60 0 60 0 60

DSNLU - Visakhapatnam

12 120 132 0 132

TNNLS – Tiruchirappalli

90 90 180 20 200

NLU- Mumbai

50 0 50 10 60


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