The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on a rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) Law degree programmes. Presently there are 19 NLUs participating in CLAT and following the policy of rotation, the Eleventh Common Law Admission Test, CLAT 2018 is being organized by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi.
CLAT 2018 Application Forms are available online from January 1, 2018, till March 31, 2018. The exam is scheduled for May 13, 2018, in online mode. Candidates aspiring a seat in any of the 19 NLUs participating in CLAT will need to appear in the entrance exam. AfterGraduation brings the information of guidelines and other important details regarding CLAT 2018 to help law aspirants in filling CLAT application form.
CLAT 2018 Application Window
CLAT 2018 aspirants can fill the application form from January 1 till March 31, 2018. No application form of CLAT 2018 will be entertained after the said final date of application submission. Candidates need to apply for the law degree entrance test only in the online mode before the last date.
Key details For CLAT 2018 Registrations
Candidates need to register online on the CLAT official website for the law admission test by providing their valid e-mail id and a mobile number beside entering their name, date of birth and parents’ names to generate the valid registration id and password. The registration id and password will then be sent to candidate mentioned e-mail id. The registration id and password are to be used for accessing individual CLAT account.
No Age Limit in CLAT 2018 – Age bar uplifted
Last year for filling CLAT 2017 application form, Bar Council of India (BCI) had put an age cap for applicants. However, later the Supreme Court had put a stay order on BCI’s this age bar policy. According to the age bar policy of BCI, candidates belonging to general category needed to be below 20 years of age as on July 1 of the year of admission and those belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories are offered a relaxation of 2 years on the upper age limit.
CLAT 2018 Eligibility Criteria
There will be no upper age limit for UG and PG Programme in CLAT 2018.
Candidates applying for UG Law Programmes need to
- Qualify 12th board examination (Intermediate examination) of 10+2 educational system.
- Appearing candidates of Class 10+2 or equivalent examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible to appear in the CLAT-2018 online examination. At the time of admission, the candidates would have to produce any evidence of their passing qualifying examination, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
- At least 45% marks (in case of Unreserved/OBC/ Specially Abled Persons (SAP) categories) and 40% marks (in case of SC/ST category) in the aggregate of subjects studied at 10+2 level).
- In case of equal marks, the break of the tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
- Higher marks in the component /section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2018 exam;
- Higher age;
- A computerised draw of lots.
Those who are applying for PG Law Programmes
- Need to have an LL.B or equivalent degree with a minimum score of 55% marks(Unreserved/OBC/ Specially Abled Persons (SAP) /NRI 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.
- In case of equal marks, the break of the tie shall be by procedure and order as under:
- Higher age;
- A computerized draw of lots.
Important Documents for CLAT 2018 Applications
Candidates should keep scanned copies of following documents (mentioned below) before they starting CLAT 2018 application process.
- Marks-sheet of 10thboard examination
- Marks-sheet of 12thboard examination
- Birth Certificate/ Passport
- Front facing passport size recent photograph
- Signature of the candidate
- Domicile certificate (Candidates applying under State Quota)
- Category certificate (Candidates applying under Reserved Category)
- Disability certificate (Candidates applying under Physically Handicapped Category)
- Special category certificate for Bihar state; Dependent of Freedom Fighter of Bihar (if applicable)
- Kashmiri Migrant (if applicable)
- NRI/ NRI sponsored category (if applicable)
- No hard copy of the filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Office.
- Alteration/editing in the online application form is not permitted after successful submission /final submission of the form. So check the application form twice before final submission.
CLAT 2018 Application Fees
The table below mentions the application fee of CLAT 2018. Moreover, candidates need to note that the application fee can be paid using online payment options–Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking or by bank challan generated online.
|S.No.||Category||Application Fees (in INR)|
|2.||Other Backward Classes||4000|
|5.||SAP and other category candidates||4000|
The CLAT-2018 application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
CLAT 2018 Exam Centres
CLAT exam centres’ list is important as candidates need to choose at most three among them while filling the CLAT 2018 application form. Candidates are advised to provide such three cities as the CLAT exam centres where they can reach comfortably on the date of examination.
CLAT 2018 Participating Institutes
Besides the above, candidates also need to look for the list of participating institutes of CLAT 2018. They have to enter their choices of CLAT 2018 participating institutes. It’s important because the choices which candidates will make during the application process for CLAT 2018 will be considered during the seat allotment at time of counseling and admissions.
The 19 participating NLU’s in the order of their year of establishment are:
- 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
- The 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
- The 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
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
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