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CLAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria, Schedule Dates, Fees and Details

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017) is a national level entrance exam for seeking admissions to five-year integrated law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB) offered by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) of India. In addition to the undergraduate law programmes, CLAT is also conducted for admission into postgraduate law programmes LLM.

Chanakya National Law University Patna will conduct Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 on May 14. Last year (2016), it was managed by the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Punjab. CLAT 2017 online application form has been started from the 1st January 2017.  The CLAT 2017 will be held online in approximately 66 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. Candidates may check the detailed information about CLAT 2017 including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, fees, and exam pattern on AfterGraduation.


Around 2352 number of seats offered for undergraduate programmes and 604 seats for postgraduate programmes from this CLAT 2017. The 18 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:


  1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  4. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
  10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli
  17. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur

CLAT 2017 Important Dates 

Events Important dates
Exam notification December 25, 2016
Online Application form begins January 1, 2017
Application form ends March 31, 2017
Issue of admit card April 20, April 2017
Conduct of online examination May 14, 2017 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Uploading the Answer Key May 16,2017
Declaration of result and score card May 29, 2017
Counseling and seat allotment June 5 – July 6, 2017

CLAT 2017 Admission Process

Aspirants seeking admission into undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes from top Law universities of India 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 entrance examination, candidates will be awarded All India Ranks (AIRs) and CLAT 2017 scores which will be accepted by NLUs and other various law schools.  The CLAT committee will be organizing CLAT 2017 counseling upon which they will be allotted seats in different NLUs under centralized counseling system.

CLAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates need to go through eligibility criteria of CLAT as specified by the law examination committee. The eligibility criteria for UG and PG courses are different as given below:

Candidates applying for UG law programmes need to

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  • Qualify 12thboard examination (Intermediate examination) of 10+2 educational system.
  • Appearing candidatesof Class 10+2 or equivalent examination in March/April 2017 are also eligible to appear in the entrance exam. At the time of admission, the candidates would have to produce an evidence of their passing qualifying examination.
  • At least 45% marks (in case of Unreserved/OBC/SAP categories) and 40% marks (in case of SC/ST category) in the aggregate of subjects studied at 10+2 level).
  • The upper age limit to appear in CLAT 2017 is 20 years as on 1st July 2017 (for Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates) and 22 years (for reserved categories).

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Those who are applying for postgraduate programmes

  • Need to have an LL.B or equivalent degree with a minimum score of 55% marks (Unreserved/OBC/SAP categories) and 50% marks (SC/ST category) in the final year of law degree examination.
  • Candidates would have to produce the evidence of their qualifying examination at the time of admission.
  • There is no upper age limit for PG courses.

CLAT 2017 Application Fee

Candidates those belong to the UR/OBC/SAP (Specially Abled Persons) category, have to submit Rs. 4,000/- as an application fee. SC/ST candidates have to pay Rs. 3,500/- only. The application fee can be deposited either through Online or e-Challan. Additional bank charges may apply for the above transactions. The application fee is non-refundable in any circumstances.

CLAT 2017 Registration/Application Form

CNLU Patna has begun application form of CLAT from January 1,2017 and application form needs to be filled before the last date, i.e., March 31, 2017; otherwise no applications will be entertained thereafter.

  • Registration are available via online process only.
  • Aspirants can fill 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 can be filled after logging into the application form window through CLAT 2017 registered account and password.
  • Before filling the application form, candidates should be ready with the scanned documents of photograph, signature, SC/ST/SAP certificate (if applicable) and domicile certificate (if applicable).
  • There is no need to send the application form through offline process.

CLAT 2017 Exam Pattern

  • Mode of Exam: The entrance exam will be held through online process.
  • It will be a computer based test (CBT).
  • Medium: The medium of examination will be of English language.
  • Duration: The time duration of this entrance exam will be two hours.
  • Marking Scheme: For each correct response, 1 mark will be given to the candidate.
  • Negative Marking: There will be a provision for 0.25 negative marking for every incorrect response.

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