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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how to apply.ihave already applied for clat

Yash Dev Student Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello student you need not to apply again if you're already applied for clat once and paid for the application form successfully. In case if a candidate fill the form more than one time and pay for it also. Then in that case the last filled application form is countable only and no refund will be given.

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What exactly to study like we know the subjects but I camt find any detailed syllabus for CLAT

Manisha Gupta Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

CLAT syllabus for undergraduate entrance test will include topics like general knowledge & current affairs, English, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. To know the detailed syllabus of CLAT, You can go through with the given below link.

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Can I study llm in abroad after Finishing llb @ christ University??

Suryashis Chakraborty 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Tony,

Pursuing a LLM course abroad strain the candidates because if the need to fulfill a lot of formalities but is highly rewarding.

Firstly, it is imperative to know about which course to specialize in. General LLM courses

Here are some of the best colleges to pursue permit Law students to take up a number of unrelated subjects like International Arbitration Law with Entertainment Law or Intelligence Law. Secondly, a candidate needs to work on his/her financial budget before applying as different universities across different regions require different degrees of investment. Letters of recommendation must be kept in handy as most colleges seek students to have one.

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I m from an engineering background can I appear for this exam ??? and my what is the minimum percentage required in graduation to appear for this??

Shubham Dhane 25th Feb, 2020


Yow will get admission in LLB after bachelor's in Engineering.For admission in LLB through CLAT a candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent and must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline.General candidates must have 45% in degree for SC/ST it is 40% from a recognised board or university.

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jse clat ke paper ka pattern change hua hai to ab current affairs aayenge so hum pichle ek saal ki news kaise padhe is there any easy way or something we can do because my boards r going on and how m gonna study the news and current affairs of whole last year in 20 days need a quick nd urgent rply

hrithik jain 25th Feb, 2020


I can suggest you some tips which will help you in preparing better for the same:

1. Check out the last year questions papers: it will help you to analyze a pattern and types of questions they ask in the Paper.

2. Take all the monthly magazine for the whole year: this will help you to read the news faster.

3. Check out the current affairs website/e-paper to get bulletins or short summary of the affairs.

4. Write down notes (but it might take longer time so do it as per the time limit)

5. Make sure that you complete a good amount of reading in a day. Do not go on for reading and remembering the whole news. Look out for a pattern of reading the current affairs which will help you in the exam as you have less time and a lot of syllabus to cover.

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