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CLAT 2017: Common Law Admission Test

CLAT is entrance examination for admission into under graduate and post graduate programs offered by National Law Institutes situated across India. For easiness of law aspirants I am answering here Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about CLAT 2017.

What are schedule dates for CLAT 2017?

  • Date of Issue of Admission Notification: 25th December, 2016 (Sunday)
  • Starting date for submission of online application form alongwith order of preferences for NLUs: 1st January, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Last date for submission of filled-in online application form: alongwith order of preferences for NLUs: 31st March, 2017 (Friday) till 11:59 pm
  • Download of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets begins: 20th April, 2017 (Thursday)
  • Date of CLAT 2017 online examination: 14th May, 2017 (Sunday) from 03:00
  • Date of uploading the Answer Key: 16th May, 2017 (Tuesday)
  • Representation, if any, relating to exam, questions or key: 17th May – 19th May, 2017 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Date for uploading the amended answer key (if required): 25th May, 2017 (Thursday)
  • Declaration of results, i.e., issue of Merit List (Category wise): 29th May, 2017 (Monday)
  • Publication of first indicative seat allocation list based on merit-cum-preference: 5th June, 2017 (Monday)
  • Dates for payment of counselling fee of Rs.50,000/ Dates for locking of allotted seats or exercising option for shifting against indicative seat allocation list: 06th June – 8th June, 2017
  • Note: The candidates failing to deposit the required fees by the specified date will forfeit their right to be considered for admission in CLAT –2017 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT –2017 Merit List.
  • Publication of second allotment list: 12th June, 2017 (Monday)
  • Dates for payment of counselling fee of Rs.50,000/-for candidates whose names have been added in second provisional allotment list against dropped out candidates.
  • Dates for locking of allotted seats or exercising option for shifting against indicative seat allocation list: 13 th June – 14thJune, 2017 (Tuesday –Wednesday)
  • Note: The candidates failing to deposit the required fees by the specified date will forfeit their right to be considered for admission in CLAT –2017 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT –2017 Merit List.
  • Publication of third allotment list: 19th June , 2017
  • Dates for payment of counselling fee of Rs.50,000/- for candidates whose names have been added in third provisional allotment list against dropped out candidates.
  • Dates for Locking of allotted seats or exercising option for shifting against indicative seat allocation list: 20th June – 21stJune, 2017
  • Note: The candidates failing to deposit the required fees by the specified date will forfeit their right to be considered for admission in CLAT – 2017 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT –2017 Merit List.
  • Last Date for withdrawal from the Admission Process: 21st June, 2017 (Wednesday)
  • a. The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June, 2017, will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-
  • b. There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 21st June, 2017
  • Publication of fourth allotment list: 24th June, 2017 (Saturday)
  • Payment of full fees by the candidates whose names have appeared in the fourth allotment list to the NLUs where their names appeared: 28th June – 30th June, 2017 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Candidates to complete the admission formalities at the allotted NLUs for admission against allotment list: 28th June – 30th June, 2017 (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Dates for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) in the CLAT office: 04th July, 2017 (Tuesday)
  • Date of closure of admission process by CLAT –2017 office: 06th July, 2017 (Thursday)
Who can appear for CLAT 2017?
Students seeking career in law at Under Graduate / Post Graduate level can appear for CLAT 2017
Following given eligibility criteria
Eligibility Criteria for UG Programme in CLAT-2017

Candidates shall be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
Relaxation in age for reserved category candidtes as per government norms.
Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
(i) Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
(ii) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
Eligibility Criteria for appearing in CLAT-2017 for PG Programme:

The candidates must have Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam) as under:

(i) Fifty five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved / OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
(ii) Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category,

(iii) No upper age limit
How can I write CLAT 2017?
CLAT 2017 is online examination. Test will be held at allotted test centres across India.
What is exam pattern for CLAT 2017 UG Program? How do I know detailed syllabus?

PATTERN OF QUESTION PAPERS FOR ADMISSION TO UG COURSE IN CLAT 2017
(a) Maximum Marks: 200
(b) Duration of CLAT 2017 Exam: 02:00 Hours
(c)Multiple Choice Questions : 200 questions of one mark each
(d) Subject areas with weightage:
1. English including Comprehension: 40 Marks
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 50 Marks
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): 20 Marks
4. Legal Aptitude: 50 Marks
5. Logical Reasoning : 40 Marks
(e) Negative Marking : 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer

SYLLABUS FOR ADMISSION TO UG COURSE IN CLAT 2017

Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
1. English including comprehension:
The  English  section  will  test  the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages  and  grammar.  In  the  comprehension  section,  candidates  will  be  questioned  on  their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar  section  requires  correction  of  incorrect  grammatical  sentences,  filling  of  blanks  in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
The  General  knowledge  will  be  tested  on  the  general  awareness  including  static  general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
3. Mathematics:
This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10thClass/standard.
4. Legal Aptitude:
This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving  ability.  Questions  may  include  legal  propositions  (described  in  the  paper),  and  a  set  of facts  to  which the  said  proposition  has to be  applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
5. Logical Reasoning:
The  purpose  of  the  logical  reasoning  section  is  to  test  the  candidate’s ability to identify patterns,  logical  links  and  rectify  illogical  arguments.  It  may  include  a  variety  of  logical reasoning  questions  such  as  syllogisms,  logical  sequences,  analogies,  etc.  However,  visual reasoning will not be tested.
What is exam pattern for CLAT 2017 PG Program? How do I know detailed syllabus?
Pattern of Question Papers for admission to PG Programme in CLAT 2017
a.Maximum Marks: 150
b.Duration of CLAT 2017 Exam: 02:00 Hours
c.Multiple Choice Questions: 150 questions of one mark each

Syllabus

Questions will be asked from the following areas of law:
(i)Constitutional Law: 50
(ii)Jurisprudence: 50
(iii) Other law subjects: 50 such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law,International Law, EnvironmentLaw and Human Rights.

Negative Marking: 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer
How can I apply for CLAT 2017
Apply online for CLAT 2017, go here https://cdn.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/1049/51347//index.html
How do I know list of National Law Universities participating in CLAT 2017?
Well, list of National Law Universities (NLUs) taking part in CLAT 2017 is given below:
  •     National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru.
  •     *National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad.
  •     *National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal.
  •     West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.
  •     National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur.
  •     Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur.
  •     Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar.
  •     Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow.
  •     Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab.
  •     Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna.
  •     National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  •     National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  •     National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi.
  •     National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam.
  •     Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam.
  •     Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli.
  •     Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai.
  •     Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur. 
For more details check official website http://clat.ac.in/