CLAT FAQs 2017

CLAT FAQs 2017CLAT FAQs 2017 is a one-stop page for answers to all your queries regarding Common Law Admission Test which is scheduled to be held on May 14, 2017. This year, CLAT is organised by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna. Notified on December 25, 2016, CLAT 2017 has brought several surprises with it, including the change in age criteria. Careers360 brings you ‘CLAT 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)’ responding to as many as common questions of CLAT aspirants like you. CLAT FAQs discusses queries on the national-level law entrance exam, its exam procedure and admission process. The frequently asked questions not only answers queries related to undergraduate admissions but also postgraduate admissions.
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Candidates appearing in CLAT 2017 can find answers to various questions including exam pattern, participating institutes, specially-abled persons (SAP), admit card, score card, and counselling process of the common law admission test.  


CLAT 2017 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Question: What is the mode of Common Law Admission Test?
Answer: CLAT 2017 will be conducted online on May 14.


Question: What is online examination?
Answer: The online examination in which the CNLU administered national-level law entrance will be conducted is a secured and un-interrupted Computer-Based Test (CBT) using Local-Area Network (LAN).


Question: Is this online examination based on internet?
Answer: No, the online examination of CLAT is not based on internet.


Question: Has CLAT eligibility criteria changed?
Answer: CLAT eligibility criteria have been changed after a BCI letter. According to the revised eligibility criteria of CLAT 2017, candidates attaining an age of 20 years as on July 1, 2017 can apply for the law entrance exam in undergraduate programme and those belonging to SC, ST, Other Backward Classes, and Specially-Abled Persons (SAP) need to be below 22 years of age as on the same date for being considered eligible for CLAT 2017. Besides, the age criteria, rest conditions for CLAT eligibility criteria remain same.


Question: Is there any requirement of computer skills for appearing in online CLAT?
Answer: The candidate appearing in CLAT 2017 only needs to operate the computer mouse.


Question: What will be the medium of online CLAT?
Answer: CLAT 2017 will be held in English medium only.


Question: What will happen in case of some problem in computer during online CLAT?
Answer: In such cases of computer system failure or any other related problems, the candidates should intimate the examination invigilator. However, there will be enough buffer systems available at the examination system to take care of such problems. Moreover, the time lost in changing of systems will be duly counted and compensated as every second will be recorded by the examination server.


Question: Is there any arrangement for Specially-Abled Persons (SAPs)?
Answer: Yes, the specially-abled persons can opt either to arrange for his/ her own scribe or to make request to the CLAT office to provide one for them. In case of the first option, candidates will need to download the scribe declaration form at the time of filling CLAT 2017 application. Moreover, the SAPs will be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.


Question: Do I will be given extra sheets/ papers for rough work and calculations?
Answer: Yes, examination centres will be providing the rough sheets for calculations. However, no electronic devices will be allowed in the CLAT examination centres.


Question: How can I practice for CLAT online?
Answer: Candidates can take mock tests as they will help in practicing for online CLAT. The mock tests are quite helpful and they provide you look and feel of the format of the actual common law admission test.


Question: Is there any negative marking for CLAT 2017?
Answer: CLAT 2017 follows a negative marking policy where 0.25 marks each will be deducted for every wrong answer. Check here the CLAT exam pattern.


Question: Do I need to send hard copies of any document or filled CLAT applications to the CLAT office/ CNLU Patna office?
Answer: The candidates need not to send any document or CLAT application form to the CLAT office. However, it is advised that candidates should keep a hard copy of filled-in CLAT 2017 application form for his/ her own-record and future correspondences with the CLAT office.


Question: How many times can I change/ modify/ make changes in CLAT application?
Answer: A CLAT aspirant can make changes in the application form as many times as he/ she wishes before paying the CLAT application fee. No changes can be made after the payment of fees and once the application form has been submitted.


Question: How can I receive CLAT 2017 admit card?
Answer: CLAT admit card will be issued on April 20, which can be downloaded by accessing your login account using your CLAT user id and password. Candidates should note that no hard copy of admit card will be sent to any of the candidates or not even through e-mails. Candidates must ensure that every information printed on the CLAT admit card is correct and in case of any misprint including spelling mistakes, they should immediately bring it to the notice of CLAT authorities. Candidates must carry the admit card of CLAT 2017 along with a valid identity proof (Aadhar Card/ Voter Id card/ Driving License/ Passport, etc.) to the their respective examination centres.


Question: What if I receive a zero/ blank application number after submitting CLAT form?
Answer: It means that the application form of CLAT 2017 has not been submitted successfully and you’ll be required to fill the application afresh.


Question: What details should I retain after completion of CLAT applications?
Answer: The CLAT aspirants should retain the following details after completion of the application form–

  1. Hard-copy of CLAT 2017 application form

  2. Fee receipt detail

  3. Auto-generated id and password

Question: What is the syllabus of CLAT 2017?
Answer: CLAT syllabus includes important topics from each of the offered five sections– English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning.


Question: When can I provide my choice options for NLUs?
Answer: Candidates can provide their NLU choices while applying for CLAT.


Question: Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?
Answer: No, once a candidate has indicated and submitted his/ her choices of NLUs, it’ll be treated as final. However, in case of multiple applications for CLAT, the last submitted form will be treated as final.


Question: Is there any seat available for NRI/ NRI sponsored/ foreign national candidates?
Answer: Yes, some of the NLUs offer seats to BRI/ NRO sponsored/ foreign national candidates. Candidates need to go through the official website to know more on NRI seats.


Question: What are the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2017?
Answer: There is no such minimum cut off score/ sectional cut off score to qualify CLAT. However, admissions to NLUs will be offered based on candidates’ performance in the law entrance examination, in the order of merit.


Question: What is the CLAT counselling fee?
Answer: Candidates will have to deposit a counselling fee of Rs. 50,000 at the CLAT office. The counselling fee is not a separate fee but will be adjusted in the admission fees at the time of admission in the allotted NLU.


Question: Will I be refunded the CLAT counselling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?
Answer: Candidates must note that there shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process, i.e., June 21, 2017. Those candidates who have withdrawn their seats upto June 21, 2017 will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000 from the CLAT counselling fee.


Question: Am I eligible for some reservation if applying under state domicile quota?
Answer: Yes, some of the participating NLUs offer seats under state domicile quota. Candidates need to find the details of state domicile seats by visiting each of the official brochures of NLUs.


Question: Are there any reserved seats for women/ female candidates?
Answer: Yes, there are a number of NLUs where seats are reserved for the female candidates. Candidates need to look the details of such seats by visiting official brochures of the NLUs.


Question: Do CLAT participating institutes have common rules of reservation?
Answer: No, the CLAT participating NLUs don’t have common reservation rules. Each of the NLUs has its own set of rules and regulations for reservation prescribed by their Acts/ State Governments.


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First Published On : 03 Jan 2017 02:40 PM IST
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