CLAT 2017: Exam Day Guidelines

CLAT-Exam-Day-GuidelinesThe Common Law Admission Test, to be organized by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna on May 14, 2017, will offer admissions to Five Year Integrated Law Programmes including BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB as well as postgraduate LLM programmes at 18 National Law Universities and other law colleges across India. To be conducted in online mode, CLAT 2017 will be held at 63 exam centres across the country. CLAT remains one of the most popular law entrance exams in the country with 50,676 applications received for this year’s exam as per the exclusive data shared with Careers360 by CLAT 2017 Convener, Dr. A. Lakshminath. These applicants will be competing amongst each other for 2312 seats in the undergraduate programmes and 604 seats in the postgraduate programmes offered by the NLUs, thereby indicating why CLAT is considered one of the most difficult law entrance exams to crack.

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The exam day guidelines for CLAT 2017 as presented here by Careers360 will enable aspirants to become informed about the important tips and information they can keep in mind while appearing for the exam on May 14.


CLAT 2017 Basic Facts

  • CLAT 2017 will be held in online mode on May 14, between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm.

  • The exam will comprise 200 objective, Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), and candidates will have to click on the correct option with their mouse.

  • The questions will be derived from five sections, namely Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, English (including Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs and Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability).

  • As per the CLAT 2017 marking scheme, each question will carry one mark. Candidates will deducted 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. Thereby, maximum marks achievable by a candidate in CLAT 2017 will be 200 and lowest will be -50.

  • The online mode in which the exam is conducted will enable candidates to answer questions from the section of their choice as and when they wish. Candidates will also be able to view the status of questions – Answered, Left Unanswered or Marked for Review - as selected by them and answer the remaining questions before the exam concludes.

CLAT 2017 Guidelines for Day Before Exam


Careers360 presents below the CLAT Exam Day Guidelines and last minute preparation tips collected from the recommendations of exam experts and previous CLAT toppers for the benefit of candidates appearing for CLAT 2017 this year. The tips to keep in mind a day or two before the exam day are as follows:


Remain calm and don’t take stress – The main advice given by all CLAT experts is to stay calm, relax and not take any unnecessary exam pressure. Such an attitude will help candidates remain positive, enabling them to attempt the exam in a confident manner and also to remain focused on giving the right answers to the questions.


Do not start with anything new – Candidates often make the mistake of trying to mug up as many topics as they can just before the day of the exam so as to feel that they haven’t left anything out. Experts suggest that this is more counterproductive as it may lead them to forget the topics they have previously studied on and may also create confusion. Instead, candidates can focus on reading newspapers or watching news channels as it will help them to absorb information and learn new vocabulary without any pressure.


Keep all documents handy in time – It is recommended that candidates keep all their important documents safely and in an easily accessible place the day before the exam so that they do not waste time searching for it on the exam morning. Candidates should definitely check whether they have safely kept and carried with them their CLAT Admit Card, a valid Identity Proof, photographs, pencil and eraser on the day of the exam.


Know the exam centre location – With CLAT 2017 being held in 63 exam centres across India, most candidates should have an exam centre in their vicinity. However they should ensure that they know the exact location of the centre a day before itself by visiting it and keeping in mind the important landmarks so that they do not get lost on the way to the exam and reach on time.


CLAT 2017 Guidelines for Exam Day


The day of the exam may lead to candidates feeling anxious and nervous about how they will perform in the paper. They should know that such feelings are completely natural and most if not all exam-givers are experiencing the same. Following the tips given below will surely help candidates to keep their exam stress at bay:


Rise early – It would be beneficial for candidates to wake up early on the day of the exam so as to clear their minds, get ready at leisure and not engage in a last-minute stressful rush.


Check documents again – While the candidates may have already kept their required documents ready as advised above, it would be useful for them to cross-verify whether they are carrying all of them before leaving for the exam hall.


Leave behind unnecessary items – The CLAT Committee has clearly specified the do’s and don’ts for all candidatesincluding what they are allowed to carry into the exam halls. Candidates can check their admit cards to see the articles/gadgets they are not supposed to have with them while appearing for the exam. These include mobile phones, electronic watches, calculators and other such equipment. Candidates will only be allowed to carry their ID proof, Admit Card, photographs, pencil and eraser. Those carrying unauthorized items into the exam hall will be disbarred from appearing for CLAT 2017.


Report on time – Knowing the exam centre beforehand as recommended above will help candidates report on time to the exam hall as they will be familiar with the distance, route, expected traffic and time required. It is advised that candidates reach their respective exam centres atleast half an hour before the reporting time.


Check seating arrangements – Candidates should immediately check the seating arrangement as soon as they arrive at the exam centre so that they are clear about where to go when entry starts. The seating arrangement should be checked along with other candidature details including name, roll number and date of birth so as to ensure the identified seat is correct and to avoid wastage of time in finding the seat after reporting time.


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First Published On : 12 May 2017 05:34 PM IST
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