CLAT 2017 has recorded a 13 per cent increase from last year in the number of applications for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes in National Law Universities (NLUs), the data shared by the CLAT office with Careers360 reveals. In an exclusive interview regarding the application numbers, Dr A Lakshminath, the CLAT 2017 Convenor said, “I am glad to announce that a total of 50,676 candidates have applied for the Common Law Admission Test this year.” Regarding the number of applications received from different States and Union Territories, he said, “The maximum applications have come in from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi with 9764, 4377, 4312 and 4283 applications respectively.”
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The application window of CLAT 2017 was closed on the scheduled date of March 31. For the first time in CLAT history, there was no extension in the application date. “We felt that there was no need to extend the last date of submission for CLAT applications this time,” said Dr. Lakshminath.
“As many as 44,565 candidates have applied for undergraduate law admissions and 6,111 for the postgraduate programmes,” the CLAT Convenor shared. Last year, 45,041 candidates had applied for CLAT.
CLAT 2017 application numbers: Category-wise
Further breaking down the CLAT 2017 application numbers, the CLAT 2017 Convenor informed that 36,208 candidates have applied under Unreserved Category and 8,923 under OBC category. “As many as 3,602 SC candidates and 1,247 ST candidates have applied for CLAT, even as 176 candidates have applied under Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category. There are 404 NRI Sponsored and 116 NRI candidates,” Dr A Lakshminath added.
Category-wise CLAT application data
CLAT 2017 application numbers: Gender-wise
As per the official data shared by the CLAT 2017 office, 26,241 male candidates and 24,428 female candidates have applied for NLU admissions. Last year, there were 23,517 male and 21,520 female applicants. “This year, the number of transgender CLAT applicants is 7,” mentions the CLAT 2017 office data, making it almost twice that of last year, when it was 4.
Gender-wise CLAT application data
CLAT 2017 application numbers: State-wise
The application numbers for CLAT 2017 show that admission in NLUs woos more candidates from states like Uttar Pradesh (9,764), Rajasthan (4,377), Madhya Pradesh (4,312), Delhi (4,283), Bihar (3,756) and Haryana (3,092). Those coming from Maharashtra (2,563), West Bengal (2,041), Tamil Nadu (1,973) and Kerala (1,904) are also not far behind.
Inversely, the least number of applications were received from Lakshwadeep (1), Daman & Diu (2), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (4), Dadra & Nagar Haveli (11), Mizoram (17), Arunachal Pradesh (21) and Nagaland and Sikkim with 23 applicants each.
CLAT application numbers: Over the years
While CLAT 2017 recorded 50,676 completed applications from out of a total number of 71,522 CLAT registrations, last year’s number of completely filled applications was 45,041. In 2015, the number of CLAT applicants was 39,686.
Candidates can find the info-graphic below to get an overview of CLAT applications over the years.
CLAT application numbers (2017–2013)
CLAT 2017: Brief
CLAT 2017 will be conducted on May 14 at 138 test centres in 66 cities across India. This year, the national-level law entrance exam will be offering aspirants a total of 2312 and 604 seats for undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes respectively at the 18 NLUs including MNLU Nagpur.
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