CLAT 2017: Record 50,676 applications received this year, says Convenor
Updated on Apr 26, 2017 - 4:27 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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CLAT 2017 has received a record 50,676 applications, marking an increase of around 13 per cent from last year and achieved without any extension in the last date. Careers360 spoke to Dr A Lakshminath, the CLAT 2017 Convenor, about the key factors responsible for this rise and the various challenges faced during the application process.

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Careers360: Congratulations on the record number of CLAT applications. What do you think are the key factors behind this?
CLAT Convenor: Thank you. I am glad to announce that this year, without any extension in dates, the CLAT Committee received around 50,676 applications, the highest recorded till date. The key factors which I feel are responsible for this rise include the increasing inclination among students to pursue legal education and the removal of the age bar by the Bar Council of India (BCI) after the Supreme Court’s March 2017 order regarding the age policy.

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Careers360: Did the CLAT Committee face any challenges during the application process? How did you cope with it?
CLAT Convenor: After the official notification was received from the BCI regarding the removal of the age bar, the foremost challenge was to implement it on the CLAT application form. Our technical experts took care of this on time as we believed that no candidate should lose their opportunity to enrol for CLAT 2017. Otherwise, there were no major problems faced by the Committee.

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Careers360: What preparations have been done to conduct CLAT on May 14, 2017?
CLAT Convenor: The examination committee is all set to conduct the Common Law Admission Test on the scheduled date, i.e., May 14, 2017. We will be conducting the online entrance test in a total of 138 exam centres across 66 cities. As of now, there are no cancellations or additions to the existing list of CLAT exam centres. However, incase an exam centre does not have the adequate number of test takers, say maybe only 25-30, we will cancel that exam centre and allot new ones to the affected candidates. These candidates will also be re-issued the CLAT admit cards with the changed test centre. Incase any candidate faces any technical problem in the examination centre or has any computer-machine related problems, they should immediately intimate the invigilator. There will be enough buffer computer systems available at the examination centre to take care of such problems. Moreover, the time lost in the change of system will be duly taken care of as each and every second will be recorded by the real time server. We are looking forward to conducting CLAT 2017 in a fair, transparent and glitch-free manner.


Careers360: What is the solution to end tug-of-war between BCI and other legal education stakeholders over age bar in the undergraduate law programmes?
CLAT Convenor: The CLAT 2017 admission process will conclude by July 6, 2017. The age case is currently sub-judice in the apex court as the next hearing is scheduled for the third week of July. We will abide by the Honourable Supreme Court’s orders and await the final verdict.


Careers360: Are there any specific changes in CLAT exam pattern?
CLAT Convenor: The CLAT exam pattern remains the same without any changes. The national-level law entrance test will be held in the form of a secure and un-interrupted Computer Based Test (CBT) using LAN. The mode of examination will be examinee friendly and all measures will be taken to ensure the proper conducting of CLAT 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

Hope this helps.


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.

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