CLAT 2018

The Common Law Admission Test-CLATCLAT 2018 – NUALS Kochi (The National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi) is conducting CLAT 2018 on May 13, 2018. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2018) will be held online across India in around 65 examination centres. The Common Law Admission Test, also called CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance examinations (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB and BBA LLB) held annually for admissions to five-year integrated law programmes in as many as 18 NLUs (National Law Universities) including MLNU Mumbai and MNLU Nagpur, which were added recently. The CLAT 2018 conducting NLU, NUALS Kochi is expected to publish an official notification on the undergraduate law admission test in the month of December as it will announce CLAT 2018 application process in the month of January (most probably January 1, 2018). Furter to add more information on CLAT 2018, the NLU administered law admission test scores are utilised not only by the 18 NLUs participating in CLAT, but around 25 other law schools for admissions into the five-year integrated UG law programmes. In addition to the undergraduate law programmes, CLAT was also conducted for admission into postgraduate law programmes including LLM. Candidates can read the below detailed information on CLAT 2018 to know more on the law entrance exam including important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, syllabus, exam pattern, result, score card, cut off and counselling process.

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Last year, CLAT was held on May 14 in as many as 63 exam centres across India and was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna. Rajat Maloo of Jaipur bagged AIR 1 scoring 154.25 marks in CLAT. Vihit Ashish Shah of Maharashtra with a total score of 150.25 ranked second, closely followed by Radhika Sharda who scored 148.5 to bag AIR 3 in the NLU administered law exam. The fourth position in CLAT 2018 was secured by Sumit Kumar Gupta who scored 147.5 marks.


What is CLAT?– Do you know?

Common Law Admission Test is conducted every year by one of the National Law Universities (NLUs) in rotation. The organising NLU is chosen one among those in CLAT committee by the year of their establishments. The CLAT committee currently comprises 18 NLUs including Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Nagpur.

Brief about the CLAT 2018

Exam name – Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)


Exam type – Undergraduate and Postgraduate


Exam level – National


Exam mode – Online


Conducting authority – National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi (NUALS Kochi)


Organising body – CLAT Committee


Total number of participating institutes – 18 NLUs


Total number of seats offered – 2312 for undergraduate programmes and 604 for postgraduate programmes


Number of test takers – 40000 (approximately) for UG programmes and 5500 (approximately) for postgraduate programmes


CLAT Important Dates 2018


NUALS Kochi is to announce important dates of CLAT 2018 in the month of December, most probably. CLAT 2018 important dates will help candidates in knowing events of the common law admission test and their respective dates. Careers360 will provide you the CLAT important dates. The law aspirants as of now can find an exam calendar of CLAT 2018 with its events and their tentative dates below in the table-


CLAT 2018 Important Dates



Exam notification

Last week of December, 2018

Application form begins

January 1, 2018

Application form ends

Last week of March, 2018

Issue of admit card

Third week of April, 2018

Conduct of online examination

May 13, 2018 (Officially confirmed)

Provisional Answer Key 

Second week of May, 2018

Challenge window

Third week of May, 2018

Final Answer Key 

Fourth week of May, 2018

Declaration of result and score card

Last week of May, 2018

Counselling and seat allotment

First week of June-First week of July, 2018

*Tentative dates; Subjected to change as and when NUALS Kochi announces CLAT 2018


CLAT Admission Process 2018 


Aspirants seeking admission into five-year integrated undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes in the 18 NLUs need to appear for CLAT 2018. The admission process of CLAT begins with examination notification and availability of CLAT application form. The CLAT 2018 applicants next will have to appear for the NUALS Kochi administered common law admission test. The CLAT appearing candidates based on their admission test performance will secure All India Ranks (AIRs) and CLAT 2018 scores which will be accepted by various law schools including the participating 18 NLUs. The CLAT committee headed by NUALS Kochi will also organise CLAT 2018 counselling upon which the CLAT qualifying candidates will be allotted seats in different NLUs under a centralised counselling system.


CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2018


Candidates are required to read and understand eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018 as specified by the law examination committee. Knowing CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria is important because these are the prerequisite norms defined by CLAT 2018 Committee for the candidates who are appearing in the NUALS Kochi administered law admission test. The CLAT eligibility criteria mention minimum academic qualifications and the percentage of total marks besides age bar required for applying for the law programmes; undergraduate and postgraduate. Following a common eligibility criteria of CLAT 2018, candidates applying for UG law programmes need to qualify 12th board examination (Intermediate examination) of 10+2 educational system, scoring at least 45% marks in the aggregate of subjects studied at 10+2 level. Furthr according to the CLAT eligibility 2018, those who are applying for PG law programmes need to have an LL.B degree with a minimum score of 55% marks in the final year of law degree examination. Moreover, as of now, there is no age bar for those applying for five-year undergraduate as well as postgraduate law programmes through CLAT 2018. However, as per an earlier CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria and change in admission policy after a BCI order (2016), candidates were needed to be equal to or less than 20 years of age if applying for the UG law programmes through common law admission test.


CLAT Application Form 2018


NUALS Kochi is expected to announce CLAT 2018 application form on January 1, 2018. Aspirants can fill the online application form of CLAT 2018 only after registering themselves for the common law admission test. CLAT 2018 registrations will be processed after candidates have provided a valid e-mail id and mobile number during CLAT registration. The CLAT application forms 2018 can only be filled online after logging into an application form window through CLAT 2018 registered account and password. Further, the candidates also need to pay an application fee of Rs. 4000 before submitting the form as per the CLAT admission 2018 process. Most importantly, candidates are advised to take care that CLAT 2018 application form needs to be filled and submitted through the online application process before the scheduled last date, after which no application form of CLAT 2018 can be anyway accepted.


CLAT Admit Card 2018


The NUALS which will be the Common Law Admission Test conducting body will issue CLAT 2018 admit card tentatively by the second week of April 2018. CLAT applicants can download their admit cards of CLAT 2018 by entering login id and password through an official link. The CLAT admit card is considered hall ticket to appear in the law admission test, there it is important to carry CLAT admit card (hall ticket/ e-admit card) at the examination centres. It should be also noted that no candidate will be allowed to take the law admission test without the CLAT admit card (hall ticket). The CLAT admit card mentions candidature as well as examination details including name and roll number of the candidate, timing and venue of the examination. Further it is also advised to CLAT applicants that they should keep CLAT admit card 2018 in soft as well as hard copy formats for future correspondences as after the examiantion has been conducted no duplicate CLAT admit card will be generated or downloaded.


CLAT Syllabus 2018


Candidates are needed to check CLAT 2018 syllabus as it will help them in preparing for the law entrance exam. The syllabus of CLAT 2018 mentions important sections and their topics. Candidates with help of the CLAT syllabus can know the important topics which should be focussed more and the topics that can be left out as they might be unimportant. The CLAT syllabus 2018 mentions topics from different sections–English & Comprehension, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.


CLAT Exam Pattern 2018


NUALS Kochi is to announce CLAT 2018 exam pattern in December. However, NUALS Kochi has confirmed of conducting the Common Law Admission Test on May 13, 2018. The exam pattern CLAT 2018 can be checked by the candidates who will be appearing for the NLU admission test. Since it is one of the most competitive law entrance examinations and with a better understanding of the question pattern, one could tackle the paper. As per the CLAT exam pattern (paper pattern), the test will be held online. The candidates are needed to attempt a total of 200 questions carrying one mark each in a-two hour test duration. Further the CLAT committee follows a negative marking policy, under which 0.25 marks are to be deducted from the total scored marks against the wrong attempts in CLAT 2018.


CLAT Mock Test 2018


CLAT Committee heades by NUALS Kochi is to provide mock test of CLAT 2018 tentatively in the month of March. CLAT 2018 mock tests designed by CLAT Committee will be held online. Those law aspirants who have filled CLAT application form 2018 can only appear for the CLAT mock tests. Candidates will need a login id and passowrd to appear for the mock tests of CLAT. Further candidates may note that they can appear for the CLAT 2018 mock tests as much as they wish. The doamins experts from different coaching institutions as well as educationists have suggested for taking CLAT mock tests during the law exam preparation. They note that mock tests are important as candidates can check their preparation level even as the CLAT mock tests 2018 give a feel about the actual exam.


CLAT Sample Paper 2018


Careers360 brings you sample papers for CLAT 2018. Law aspirants who will be appearing in the NLU administered law admission test can take advantage of CLAT 2018 sample papers which are available here at no cost. CLAT sample papers are primarily the last years’ official question papers. Careers360 brings sample question sets of CLAT with solutions and answer keys from the leading coaching institutes like Career Launcher and IMS Learning Resources. With the sample papers (solved) for CLAT 2018, candidates can actually prepare in a better and strategic way even as they can check their preparation level for the Common Law Admission Test. Download CLAT 2018 sample papers (solved) for free from Careers360 e-store. 


CLAT Exam Centres 2018


Exam centres of CLAT 2018 list out those cities across India where online examination of CLAT is to be held in the month of May 2018. CLAT 2018 exam centres will be announced by NUALS Kochi in April, as the exam is expected to be held in over 175 testing locations across the country. With the CLAT 2018 exam centres, candidates can have a fair idea to choose their city for taking the NLU admission test. Applicants will be communicated about their respective admission testing venue through their CLAT 2018 admit cards. Candidates may note that no request will be entertained for change of the CLAT exam centres, once it has been allotted to the candidates. The CLAT exam centres 2018 include cities like Agra, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Faridabad, Gangtok, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Noida, Patna, Ranchi, Shimla, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi and Vishakhapatnam.


CLAT Answer Key 2018


NUALS Kochi, the official conducting body of Common Law Admission Test is to announce answer key of CLAT 2018. The NLU will be publishing CLAT 2018 answer keys in as many as two phases. The first phase happens to be the provisonal phase of CLAT answer key and afterwards the final CLAT answer key 2018. NUALS Kochi, as per the pattern will also release CLAT official question papers along with CLAT 2018 answer keys. Additionally, candidates will also receive their respective response sheets along with the CLAT answer keys and question papers. With the help of official CLAT answer keys 2018, law aspirants may know correct answers to the questions and also get probable scores in the common law admission test. In case of any discrepancy found in the official answer key of CLAT 2018, candidates can also report to CLAT committee for which the candidates will be allowed to submit their grievances regarding the CLAT discrepant questions or any of the answers within a stipulated time. For this, the candidates will be facilitated with a CLAT answer key challenge window in online mode. The CLAT committee headed by NUALS Kochi will afterwards issue final answer key of CLAT 2018, once it has taken the CLAT objections into account and rectified the same.


CLAT Result 2018


NUALS Kochi will declare result of CLAT 2018 in the month of May, after it has released the final answer key of CLAT. Candidates can check their scores as per CLAT 2018 results through their registered CLAT accounts. The CLAT result will mention All India Rank (AIR), State Rank (SR) and Category Rank (CR) of the candidates besides the scores they have secured in Common Law Admission Test.


CLAT Scores 2018


Candidates can find score of CLAT 2018 along with their answer keys and response-sheets of Common Law Admission Test. CLAT 2018 score is the marks obtained by candidate as per their responses marked in the online CLAT. NUALS Kochi will calculate the CLAT scores in a defined formula by the number of correct answers marked as well as those responded incorrectly. The CLAT scores will be basis for preparing CLAT merit list (CLAT rank list) 2018, Moreover, the scores of CLAT 2018 will also be mentioned in the CLAT score card 2018 which will be provided along with CLAT results 2018.


CLAT Merit List (Rank List) 2018


NUALS Kochi will release merit list of CLAT 2018 along with the results in the month of May. The CLAT merit list is also be considered as CLAT 2018 rank list as it mentions All India Ranks (AIRs) as well as the Category Rank (CR) of all the candidates appearing the common law admission test. CLAT 2018 merit list (rank list) will specify total number of test takers, their scores, subject-wise marks and State Ranks (SRs) besides AIRs and CRs. It has been made practice from the year 2015 to issue CLAT merit list in public so as to maintain transparency in the examination system.


CLAT Cut off 2018


The examination committee will determine cutoff of CLAT 2018 after issuing merit lists. CLAT 2018 cut off is regarded as maximum rank secured by a candidate to be offered admission in the NLUs. The CLAT cut off will be determined by the exam committee in accordance with the result and merit list of the admission test. CLAT 2018 cut-off will also depend on various factors including total number of test takers, minimum marks, maximum marks and admitting seats. Candidates will be allowed to participate in the admission counselling, only of they meet CLAT cut off 2018.


CLAT 2018 Cut off (Expected)

*Based on previous years' trends for the first round of admissions


CLAT Previous Year Cut offs

*Maximum secured rank for which seats in the General category were allotted in the first counselling rounds


CLAT Counselling 2018


The examination committee is to begin counselling of CLAT 2018 in the month of June as it’ll declare CLAT 2018 counselling schedule in the month of May, soon after the CLAT results are declared. Candidates who qualify in the law admission test are to participate in CLAT 2018 counselling based on their AIRs or the State Ranks. The CLAT counselling process involves choice locking and seat allotment process. Candidates will be allotted seats based on their choices of locked seats in the participating 18 NLUs. After the seat allotment, candidates will need to accept the seat and deposit the fees within a given time; else the seat will be deemed to get cancelled automatically. Candidates will be offered three options during the CLAT counselling–lock, shift or withdrawal of seat. The exam committee then will be holding next round of counselling for CLAT admissions. Following the method, as many as four CLAT 2018 counselling rounds will be held till July 2018 for offering admissions in the law programmes across the National Law Universities.


CLAT Seat Allotment 2018


Candidates are to be allotted seats in the participating NLUs as per CLAT 2018 seat allotment process, which forms an important part of CLAT admission counselling. If a candidate accepts the allotted seat, he/ she needs to deposit the requisite amount of fee within a given due date. The seat will be automatically forfeited, in case of non-deposition of fees. The exam committee will be issuing next seat allotment list only after the admission has been conducted based on previous list. There will be as many as three such CLAT 2018 seat allotment lists published.


CLAT Participating Institutes 2018


A total of 18 National Law Universities are participating in CLAT 2018. The list of CLAT 2018 participating institutes also mention various law schools besides the NLUs which accept scores of the common law admission test. As per the CLAT participating institutes’ list, the 18th and the latest addition is Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU) Nagpur. Candidates appearing the law admission test vie for the NLUs including NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, WBNUJS Kolkata and NLIU Bhopal which are the most preferred NLUs by the law aspirants and are the founding member of the CLAT committee.


CLAT Seats and Reservation 2018


The Common Law Admission Test is conducted for offering admissions to as many as 2352 seats in the undergraduate law programmes and 604 postgraduate programme seats. The admission committee follows government policy for reservation of CLAT seats. While some of the NLUs have seats reserved for candidates possessing state domicile, each of them have the other seats reserved for the distinctive categories- Other Backward Class (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). Find below the percentage of seats reserved for the categories.

  1. OBC – 27 per cent of total seats

  2. SC – 15 per cent of total seats

  3. ST – 7.5 per cent of total seats


CLAT: Facts & Figures


The table below mentions number of applicants and test takers over the years for CLAT.


CLAT Applicants Vs Test Takers



Number of UG applicants

Number of UG test takers


CLAT 2017




CLAT 2016




CLAT 2015




CLAT 2014


Not available


CLAT 2013


Not available


CLAT 2018: Frquently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Common Law Admission Test


Ques: When will be CLAT 2018 application available?

Ans: The application form of CLAT 2018 is expected to be available on January 1. The official notification for CLAT 2018 will however be announced in December 2017, tentatively.


QuesWhat is the exam date of CLAT 2018?

Ans: It's now officially announced by NUALS Kochi that CLAT 2018 will be held on May 13. The Common Law Admission Test will be held online.


Ques: What is the maximum age limit for CLAT 2018?
Ans: As of now, there is no age limit for applying for CLAT 2018. Earlier, the general category candidates were to be equal to or less than 20 years of age and those belonging to SC, ST, PwD and other backward classes had been given a relaxation of two years as per the age bar regulation of CLAT 2018, put down by BCI.


Ques: Which documents can be produced as age certificate?
Ans: You can submit any of the below mentioned documents as proof for age certificate–

  • Class 10th marks-sheet

  • Birth certificate issued by Municipal Corporation

Ques: Do I need to be computer skilled for the online CLAT?

Ans: There is no need to be computer skilled however one is required to know basic operations of mouse. The candidates will only need to choose the correct option by clicking it.


Ques: How many institutes are participating in CLAT 2018?
Ans: As many as 18 NLUs including MNLU Nagpur is participating in CLAT 2018 for offering admissions into undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. Besides these NLUs, there are other law colleges who will be accepting CLAT 2018 scores for the law admissions.


Ques: What will happen in case of any problem related to computer system during the examination?
Ans: The CLAT authorities will be there in the examination hall to take care of these accidents.


Supreme Court official order (2017) staying BCI's age bar



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