CLAT 2017 – Chanakya National Law University, Patna will conduct CLAT 2017 on May 14 as applications for CLAT 2017 is available from January 1. The CLAT 2017 will be held online in 63 exam centres across India. CLAT 2017 scores will be accepted by as many as 18 NLUs and other law colleges after result of CLAT 2017 will be announced on May 29. CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance examinations for seeking admissions to five-year integrated law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB) into National Law Universities (NLUs) recognized as participating institutes of Common Law Admission Test. In addition to the undergraduate law programmes, CLAT is also conducted for admission into postgraduate law programmes including LLM. Read below detailed information about CLAT 2017 including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, result, score card, cut off and counselling process.
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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 18 NLUs including Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Nagpur.
Brief about the CLAT 2017
Exam name – Common Law Admission Test (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 participating institutes – 18 NLUs
Total number of seats offered – 2312 for undergraduate programmes and 604 for postgraduate programmes
Number of test takers – 40000 (approximately) for UG programmes and 5500 (approximately) for postgraduate programmes
CNLU Patna had already announced important dates of CLAT 2017 to Careers360, however, the CLAT notification was officially published on December 25, 2016. Law aspirants can find the exam calendar of CLAT 2017 with examination events and their scheduled dates below in the table -
CLAT 2017 Important Dates
December 25, 2016
Application form begins
January 1, 2017
Application form ends
March 31, 2017
Issue of admit card
April 20, 2017
Conduct of online examination
May 14, 2017
Declaration of result and score card
May 29, 2017
Counselling and seat allotment
June 5 - July 6, 2017
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.
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.
CNLU Patna has begun application form of CLAT 2017 from January 1, 2017 and aspirants can fill CLAT 2017 online application form only after registering themselves for the common law admission test. CLAT 2017 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.
The NLU Patna has issued admit card of CLAT 2017 on April 20. Applicants can download their CLAT 2017 admit cards by entering login id and password through official link. CLAT 2017 admit card will be hall ticket to appear in the law admission test. No candidate will be allowed to take the law examination without the CLAT admit card (hall ticket). The admit card of CLAT 2017 will mention candidature as well as examination details including name and roll number of the candidate, timing and venue of the examination.
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.
CNLU Patna had announced exam pattern of CLAT 2017 on December 25, 2016. CNLU Patna will conduct Common Law Admission Test 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.
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 April, 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.
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CNLU Patna will begin mock test of CLAT 2017 in March. Law aspirants can appear for the online CLAT mock tests as much as they wish. Candidates who have filled the application form of common law admission test can only appear for CLAT 2017 mock test. Experts suggest taking CLAT mock tests during the law exam preparation. They say that mock tests are important as they are so designed to give you a feel about the actual exam.
CNLU Patna will release provisonal answer key of CLAT 2017 after two days of conducting the online test, i.e., on May 16. 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 on May 25.
CNLU Patna will declare result of CLAT 2017 on May 29, exatly four days after it has released the final answer key of CLAT. 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 on May 29. 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 (SRs) 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.
The examination committee will determine cutoff of CLAT 2017 after issuing merit lists. CLAT 2017 cut off is regarded as maximum 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 2017 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 2017.
CLAT Previous Year Cut off
CLAT cut off*
*Maximum secured rank for which seats were allotted in the first counselling round last year.
CLAT Counselling 2017
The examination committee will be organising counselling of CLAT 2017 from June 5 as it’ll be declaring the CLAT counselling schedule on May 29, 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 State Ranks. 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 four CLAT 2017 counselling rounds will be held till July 6, 2017 for offering admissions in the law programmes.
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.
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, the 18th and the latest addition is 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 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.
OBC – 27 per cent of total seats
SC – 15 per cent of total seats
ST – 7.5 per cent of total seats
CLAT: Facts & Figures
The table below mentions number of applicants and test takers over the years for CLAT.
CLAT Applicants Vs Test Takers
Number of UG applicants
Number of UG test takers
Supreme Court official order staying BCI's age bar
CLAT 2017: FAQs
Ques: When will be CLAT 2017 application available?
Ans: The application form of CLAT 2017 has been available from January 1. The official notification for CLAT 2017 was announced on December 25, 2016.
Ques: What is the maximum age limit for CLAT 2017?
Ans: A general category candidate should be equal to or less than 20 years of age and those belonging to SC, ST. PwD and other backward classes have been given a relaxation of 2 years as per the age bar regulation of CLAT 2017.
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 10th marks-sheet
Birth certificate issued by Municipal Corporation
Ques: Do I need to be computer skilled for the online CLAT?
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 2017?
Ans: As many as 18 NLUs including MNLU Nagpur is participating in CLAT 2017 for offering admissions into undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. Besides these NLUs, there are other law colleges who will be accepting CLAT 2017 scores for the law admissions.
Ques: What will happen in case of any problem related to computer system during the examination?
Ans: The CLAT authorities will be there in the examination hall to take care of these accidents.
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