CLAT 2017: 50,676 applications received; UP, Rajasthan, MP lead the way
Updated on Apr 27, 2017 - 6:20 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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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.

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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.

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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.  

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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.


CNLU Patna, this year’s exam organising body will announce CLAT results 2017 on May 29. The CLAT counselling 2017 will be held between June 5 and July 6, 2017.


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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.


is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

For more information about CLAT2020 and the eligibility criteria, refer this link

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is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

Check the link below to know more about the university:

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