CLAT Counselling 2018

CLAT CounsellingCLAT Counselling 2018 – The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi in accordance with Common Law Admission Test Committee will begin CLAT 2018 Counselling for National Law Universities (NLUs) admissions on June 7, 2018. The admissions for undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes in NLUs and other participating institutes are held through counselling of CLAT 2018 which will be done through an online centralised system. CLAT Counselling 2018 includes a number of processes, beginning with online registration, making NLU choices, to allotment of seats in NLUs and payment of CLAT counselling fees, besides upgrading of seats and finally reporting to the allotted NLUs. The candidates need to know the complete counselling process of CLAT 2018 so that they don’t face any challenge while attending the online CLAT 2018 counselling. According to official information, the CLAT counselling will end on July 4, 2018 and the closure of Common Law Admission Test admission process will be done by July 6, 2018. Further candidates may note that as per the new change in CLAT admission process, the CLAT 2018 counselling will be organised in three rounds and not like four as held till last year by the CLAT Committee. Candidates can find here details about the counselling of CLAT 2018 including seat allotment, payment of counselling fee, and withdrawal of seats. Read below to know more about the online CLAT counselling 2018.

CLAT Counselling 2018- Schedule of Common Law Admission Test Counselling Process


CLAT 2018 Counselling Events



Publication of first list for CLAT 2018 counselling

June 7, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round I) begins

June 8, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round I) begins

June 8, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round I) ends

June 12, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round I) ends

June 12, 2018


Publication of second list for CLAT 2018 counselling

June 16, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round II) begins

June 17, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round II) begins/ Exercising option for shifting seats begins

June 17, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round II) ends

June 19, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round II) ends/ Exercising option for shifting seats ends

June 19, 2018


Last date for withdrawal from counselling of CLAT (admission process)

June 19, 2018


Publication of third list for CLAT 2018 counselling

June 24, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round III) begins

June 28, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round III) begins

June 28, 2018


Payment of fees for CLAT Counselling (Round III) ends

June 30, 2018


Choice locking for allotted seats for Counselling (Round III) ends

June 30, 2018


Complete entire admission formalities by every candidate at the allotted NLUs

June 28 – June 30, 2018


Receiving status of admissions from participating NLUs in CLAT office

July 4, 2018


Closure of CLAT 2018 admission office

July 6, 2018

How to attend CLAT Counselling 2018?

  1. Click on official link of CLAT Counselling 2018 (mentioned below).

  2. Provide login details including User Id/ Registration Id and Password.

  3. Click on ‘Counselling’ tab.

  4. Go through the indicative seat allotment list of NLUs.

  5. Pay the requisite amount of CLAT 2018 counselling fee (applicable to only those candidates who have their names in the indicative list for the first time).

  6. Exercise ‘Seat Lock’ option given against the allotted NLU.

  7. Save a copy of the NLU seat allotted list.
  8. Click on Logout option.

CLAT Counselling 2018 – Click here to attend counselling round(s) and view seat allotment list for the CLAT counselling (Link will be activated on June 7, 2018)

CLAT Counselling 2018- Important Documents

  • CLAT 2018 Application Form

  • CLAT 2018 Admit Card

  • CLAT 2018 Score Card

  • Class 10th Marks-sheet (Date of Birth proof)

  • Class 12th Marks-sheet (Academic Qualification/ Eligibility Criteria)

  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)

  • Specially-Abled Certificate (If applicable)

  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)

  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)

  • Domicile Certificate (If applicable) 

CLAT Counselling 2018- What are the Lock, Upgrade and Withdrawal options in counselling process of Common Law Admission Test?

Lock – Candidates will be given this option in each of the counselling round after the publication of indicative seat allotment list. Exercising this ‘Lock’ option in CLAT 2018 counselling will confirm the allotted NLU choice for that counselling round. Further, the ‘Lock’ option debars candidates to shift their choice to any other NLU in the current counselling round.

Shifting/ Up-gradation – CLAT Committee will be offering this option from the second round of CLAT counselling. Moreover, this option will be offered to only those candidates who have participated in the previous counselling round. The candidates will be automatically considered shifted or upgraded to a higher NLU against any vacancy arising in the preferred NLU through his/ her choice via subsequent allotment list. 

Withdrawal – A candidate can exercise ‘Withdrawal’ option in two ways. If any candidate attending counselling of CLAT 2018 fails to deposit the requisite amount of counselling fees, he/ she will lose the chance to get admission in NLUs of his/ her choice as his/ her name will be dropped from the admission merit list and this is the first way to withdraw an NLU seat. Further, all the candidates who have been allotted NLUs will be offered a ‘Withdrawal’ option before the final seat allotment list, during third round of CLAT 2018 counselling. The candidates who wish to withdraw their candidature from the NLU admission process by the aforesaid date (refer CLAT counselling schedule given above) will be allowed to withdraw from the admissions and the deposited counselling fee will be transferred to their bank accounts after a deduction of Rs. 10,000 from that fee.


CLAT Counselling 2018- Important Instructions

  • NUALS Kochi is organising CLAT 2018 counselling  between June 4 and July 4, 2018.

  • The counselling of CLAT 2018 will be held centrally and through an online system.

  • Candidates shortlisted for CLAT counselling 2018 have to first register through the online centralised system.

  • Candidates must note that they would be invited to attend CLAT counselling based on their merit as per CLAT 2018 results.

  • The CLAT Committee provides an indicative seat allocation list based on CLAT 2018 merit list and NLUs’ preferences as given by the candidate during application of CLAT 2018.

  • The candidate needs also have to deposit a counselling fee of Rs. 50,000 to show their interest and seriousness towards CLAT 2018 counselling.

  • After the payment of CLAT counselling fee, candidates are to be offered facility to lock their seat choices (seat allotment process) or exercise other counselling options including shifting of seats and even withdrawal option.

  • After completion of each round of seat allotment, another indicative list is to be published by the CLAT committee.

  • The common law admission committee is to issue as many as three such indicative seat allotment lists followed by a choice locking process in CLAT 2018 counselling.

  • Once the CLAT counselling process is over with seat allotment and reporting of candidates at the allotted NLUs, the admission office of CLAT 2018 will get closed by July 6, 2018.

CLAT Counselling Process 2018 Explained

  • Candidates will have to login to their respective CLAT 2018 accounts.

  • Upon logging into their respective CLAT accounts, they will be able to view one of the NLUs allotted to them as per the first CLAT 2018 seat allotment list and Counselling Round I.

  • The allotted NLU will be at par their merit list and preferred NLU as indicated by them during filling CLAT application form.

  • Next they will have to deposit an amount of Rs. 50,000 as fee for CLAT 2018 counselling between the aforesaid dates (refer CLAT counselling 2018 schedule above).

  • Those who fail to deposit the fees in the stipulated time are liable to lose their allotted NLU seat, admission opportunity to NLU and CLAT candidature even as their names will be dropped from the CLAT merit list.

  • After CLAT counselling fees have been deposited, the committee will issue second indicative seat allotment list mentioning the names who have locked their NLU seats and a list of candidates who are provisionally selected for the second round of CLAT counselling 2018 against the vacant seats made by the dropped out candidates of the first counselling round. This indicative list is for the CLAT Counselling Round II.

  • The list will also indicate the candidates who have been upgraded/ shifted to a higher NLU arising out of the vacancy.

  • The candidates who have been freshly added to the second indicative counselling list of CLAT 2018 will need to pay the counselling fees by a stipulated time limit (refer CLAT 2018 counselling schedule above). However, those who have been upgraded need not to re-deposit the fee.

  • Similar to the first seat allotment and CLAT counselling round I, candidates who fail to deposit the counselling fee within the time limit will forfeit their rights to be selected for NLU admissions and their names will be dropped from the merit list of CLAT 2018.

  • Before publishing third indicative list, the CLAT committee provides a withdrawal option to all those candidates who have been allotted NLUs in the previous CLAT counselling rounds.

  • Those who wish to withdraw from CLAT 2018 admissions will need to exercise the ‘Withdrawal’ option after which an amount will be credited to their registered bank account after deducting Rs. 10,000 from deposited counselling fees. However, those who withdraw their allotted NLU seats after the last date of withdrawal will not be liable to receive any amount and it’ll result in forfeiture of the entire CLAT 2018 counselling fee.

  • Further, the CLAT 2018 admission office will publish third and the last indicative list of CLAT counselling 2018 mentioning all those candidates who have been allotted NLUs for a final term.

  • Candidates as per the final seat allotment list of CLAT 2018 counselling will have to deposit the entire fees at their respective allotted NLUs.

  • The candidates are required to report at their respective NLUs with their relevant certificate/ documents required for the CLAT 2018 admission formalities.

  • It must be noted that the candidates who do not meet CLAT 2018 eligibility criteria will not be offered admissions to NLUs even if they have been allotted a seat and their candidature will remain cancelled thereon. Further, no communication will be entertained in this regard.

  • Such candidates will also automatically lose their candidature as well as CLAT counselling fee amount of Rs. 50,000 and can’t claim for that, under any circumstances.

CLAT Counselling 2018- FAQs (Frequency Asked Questions)

Question: What is the mode of CLAT 2018 counselling?

Answer: CLAT Counselling will be organised online.

Question: What is the fee for CLAT 2018 counselling?

Answer: Candidates attending counselling of CLAT 2018 will need to deposit a fee of Rs. 50,000 in any of the online payment options– Net Banking/ Debit Card/ Credit Card.
Question: How can I change my NLU preference during CLAT 2018 counselling?

Answer: Technically, you can’t change any of the NLU preferences that you have once allotted while filling CLAT application form. However, if any seat gets vacant due to non-deposition of counselling fee and the preferred NLU is on the higher preference of your NLU choices and if you are in the merit list for that very NLU, your seats will be automatically upgrades/ shifted to that NLU.

Question: How can I get my CLAT 2018 counselling fee refunded if I don’t want to get admission in an NLU?

Answer: You will be given a ‘Withdrawal’ option before the publication of third seat allotment list during CLAT counselling 2018. Upon exercising that option within the stipulated time duration (refer CLAT counselling schedule above), you will be refunded the balance amount of CLAT counselling fees after deduction of Rs. 10,000 from the deposited counselling fee.

Question: Will I be offered admission on the basis of domicile?

Answer: Yes, you can be offered admission on the basis of your domicile status. Find the list of NLUs participating in CLAT offering admissions on domicile.

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