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Common Law Admission Test 2018 (CLAT) Apply from 1/01/2018 to 31/03/2018

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted on a rotational basis by National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. CLAT 2018 is being was conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS). Candidates need to clear CLAT in order to secure admission in BA LLB (Hons), BSc LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BSW LLB (Hons), BCom LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes on offer at the NLUs. Till last year only 18 NLUs accepted CLAT scores to fill 632 LLM seats and 2352 LLB seats, however, this year a new NLU has been added to the list, taking the number of NLUs accepting CLAT scores for admission to 19.

In 2015, CLAT core committee shared that this law entrance exam would be conducted only through the online mode. The last two editions of the national level entrance exam have been conducted in the online mode. Exam dates for CLAT 2018 have been declared. CLAT 2018 is scheduled to be conducted on May 13 and the online application process is set to commence from on January 1, 2018 onwards.

The CLAT exam paper for UG course admissions consists of different sections wherein a candidate’s aptitude is tested in subjects such as English, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

CLAT 2018 Eligibility

CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria require candidates to fulfill multiple aspects so that they can apply and thereafter appear for this law entrance exam. Candidates would be eligible to apply for CLAT 2018 if they have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of:

Forty Five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/Specially abled persons categories

Forty percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/STcategory.

Also, candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2018 are also eligible to apply.

Age Limit

Earlier, BCI had introduced age limit criteria for CLAT exam. However, now Supreme Court has directed BCI to remove the age limit criteria. Know more about

CLAT 2018 Process

CLAT is a national level examination which candidates need to clear, in order to secure admissions at 18 NLUs in India. CLAT exam was made online in 2015, thus, every aspect of the exam right from application stage to the counseling process will be done online.

Step 1: Fill CLAT 2018 Application Form

Candidates can apply for CLAT exam on the official website for CLAT 2018. No hard copy of CLAT Application Form and Information Brochure will be sold to a candidate under any circumstance.

CLAT 2018 Application Fee

General/OBC/Specially abled Persons (SAP)   Rs 4,000

SC/ST  Rs 3,500

Candidates can even purchase previous years' Question Papers of CLAT by making an online payment of Rs 400.

Step 2: Download CLAT 2018 Admit Card

Candidates can download their CLAT Hall-Ticket/Admit Card through their Login Account which they have to create at the time of registration. Candidates need to take the printout of their CLAT 2018 Admit Card and carry the same to the Examination Hall.

Step 3: Give CLAT 2018 Exam

CLAT 2018 will be a two hour exam. Candidates will have to give CLAT as an online exam. Subjects covered in the exam would include English including Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Step 4: Check CLAT 2018 Result

As per the CLAT exam dates, the results for CLAT 2018 will be published on the official website. CLAT results will comprise of an overall merit list with names of candidates along with their CLAT scores and categories. Apart from this, state specific as well as all India merit lists shall be prepared for various categories like – Unreserved/ SC/ ST/ OBC/ Women/ PWD etc. Candidates can view their CLAT results through their personal Login Account.

Step 5: Appear for CLAT 2018 Counselling

The Counselling for CLAT 2018 will be conducted online after the results for the exam are announced. Candidates shortlisted for counselling will have to appear for online counselling to fill seats available in the participating NLUs. Candidates can take part in online counselling through their personal login account. Candidates need to pay Rs 50,000 as fee for counselling either online or offline by means of bank challan on the official website.

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

The syllabus for CLAT 2018 for UG course admissions as mentioned on the official website for the exam is as follows:

Section 1: English including comprehension

In this section, the proficiency in English will be tested on the basis of questions related to comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their understanding of the passage, the central theme, meanings of words used in the passage etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

Section 2: General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

In this section, candidates will evaluated on the basis of their general awareness including static general knowledge. Similar current affairs questions will test a candidate’s knowledge of current affairs. Candidates need to be up-to-date with news and other topics discussed in mainstream media from March 2016 to April 2018.

Section 3: Mathematics

In this section, candidate’s knowledge on elementary Mathematics, that is, Maths taught up to Class X will be tested.

Section 4: Legal Aptitude

In this section, a candidate’s aptitude or interest in law, research aptitude as well as problem solving abilities will be tested.

The official website states: “Questions in this section will be framed with the help of legal propositions and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly”.

Section 5: Logical Reasoning

In this section, a candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links as well as rectify illogical arguments will be evaluated. This section of CLAT 2018 will include logical reasoning questions along the lines of syllogisms, analogies, logical sequences, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

CLAT 2018 Dates

Dec 2017

Dec 20


Release of CLAT 2018 notification

Jan 2018


Jan 01


Start date for online window of CLAT 2018 application form UPCOMING



Jan 01


Applications: Start Date UPCOMING



Jan 01


Fee payment of CLAT 2018 begins UPCOMING


Mar 2018


Mar 31


Fee payment of CLAT 2018 ends



Mar 31


Online window of CLAT 2018 application form closes



Mar 31


End Date for online registrations


Apr 2018


Apr 20


Issue of CLAT 2018 admit card


May 2018


May 13


CLAT 2018 Exam



May 15


Publishing of CLAT 2018 answer key (provisional)


May16-May 18


Representation (if any) related to answer key or questions



May 31


Announcement of CLAT 2018 result


Jun 2018


Jun 07 - Jul 06


CLAT 2018 Counselling


May 2019


May 26


Publishing of CLAT 2018 final answer key