Everything you need to know about CLAT 2017


As you know, today every bit of information is available on the internet. Same goes for CLAT 2017 as well. But when we spoke to our CLAT students we realized that most of them were utterly confused with overload of information on the internet. Nothing comprehensive was available in one single place. Besides, often they came across contradicting or irrelevant or false information. Hence, as CLAT 2017 is approaching, we thought that we should provide the most comprehensive & authentic information related to CLAT 2017 in one single page. Thus here it goes – you will find almost everything that you will need to know about CLAT 2017. Hope you will find this helpful. For any further details or queries related to CLAT 2017 please call us @ 9674350993 or visit us: “Diksha Learning Services Pvt. Ltd.” 15/1, Hindustan Park, Gariahat, Kolkata – 700029 any day between 11 am and 7 pm.

  1. About CLAT: CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test for admission in the National Law Universities in India for LLB and LLM degree courses.
  2. Which University is conducting CLAT 2017: Every year CLAT is conducted by one of the participating National Law Universities (NLU) on a rotational basis. CLAT 2017 is conducted by Chanakya National Law University – Patna (CNLU).
  3. When will CLAT 2017 be held: CLAT 2017 will be held on 14th May 2017 (Sunday)
  4. Which Law Universities will accept CLAT 2017 score: 17 National Law Universities (18 if you consider 2 campuses of Maharashtra) are participating in CLAT 2017. Apart from these NLUs, there are several private Colleges/ Universities that will also accept CLAT 2017 score.
  5. Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2017: For UG programmes (LLB) of NLUs, a candidate must have passed (10 + 2) Board exam with at least 45% marks (for unreserved categories) and 40% marks (for reserved categories). Candidates appearing for (10 + 2) exam in March/ April 2017 will also be eligible to take CLAT 2017 but his or her final admission shall depend on successfully passing (10 + 2) board exam with qualifying marks at the time of admission.
  6. Age Limit for CLAT 2017: For General/ Unreserved categories, a candidate must be below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2017. For reserved categories, a candidate must be below 22 years of age as on 1st July 2017.
  7. Application Form for CLAT 2017: Application form for CLAT 2017 is available on the Official website of CLAT (https://cdn.digialm.com//EForms/configuredHtml/1049/51347//index.html). It has to be filled online and submitted along with the Application Fees payment. It is advised that the candidates retain a hard copy of the filled in Application Form (take a print out), Online Registration Number, Fees payment details and CLAT 2017 Student Account Login Id & Password for all future references. It may be noted that Admit Card shall have to be downloaded from the CLAT website (it will not be sent via post or email).
  8. Application Fees & Payment for CLAT 2017: The prescribed application fees for CLAT 2017 is INR 4000/- (Four Thousand Only) for General/ OBC/ Other Categories and INR 3500/- (Three Thousand Five Hundred Only) for SC/ ST Categories. Online payment through Net Banking Account/ Credit Card/ Debit Card is preferred.
  9. Important dates for CLAT 2017:
    1. Availability of Online Application Form: 1st January 2017
    2. Last date of Submission of Application Form: 31st March 2017
    3. Admit Card availability (to be downloaded): From 20th April 2017
    4. Exam date: 14th May 2017
    5. Results & Merit List: 25th May 2017
    6. Start of Counseling for Admission: 29th May 2017
  10. Exam pattern of CLAT 2017: It’s a 2-hour, computer based test (CBT) having 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The entire exam will be divided into 5 sections – Elementary Mathematics (20 Questions), English (40 Questions), Legal Aptitude (50 Questions), Logical Reasoning (40 Questions) and Current Affairs/ GK (50 Questions). For each correct answer you will get 1 marks and for each wrong answer 0.25 will be deducted. There will be no overall or sectional cut-off scores. Merit List shall be prepared based on overall score of the candidates.
  11. Syllabus of CLAT 2017:
    1. Elementary Mathematics in CLAT 2017 will test candidate’s knowledge on Mathematics taught in school upto 10th Standard including Mathematical Simplification, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Properties, Probability, Basic Statistics and Coordinate Geometry.
    2. The English section will aim to test candidate’s grasp over English comprehension and grammar. It consists of Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction & Error Identification, Vocabulary (English words & phrases and also Foreign words & phrases used in English), Fill in the blanks and Sentence/ Paragraph Arrangement.
    3. Legal Aptitude is one of the most critical sections in CLAT 2017 as in case of a tie between the students, a student having higher score in the Legal Aptitude section will get the preference. Legal Aptitude DOESN’T REQUIRE the candidates to have in-depth knowledge of law but it is there to test a candidate’s interest in Legal studies and his or problem solving skills. Most of the questions in Legal Aptitude section are small case studies based on some legal proposition that is stated in the question itself. Some of these propositions may not be entirely true in strict legal sense, but a candidate needs to assume the stated proposition to be 100% Correct and hence apply the same to solve the given case.
    4. Logical Reasoning section is aimed to put into test the inherent reasoning ability of the candidates. It includes Arguments, Assumptions & Conclusion, Critical Reasoning, Syllogism, Series and Sequence, Coding & Decoding, Analogies etc. However please note that Visual Reasoning questions are not asked in CLAT.     
    5. Current Affairs & General Knowledge: While static general knowledge questions can come from any topic (from Geography to History or from Sports to Politics), Current Affairs questions of CLAT 2017 shall focus on important national and international affairs during the period May 2016 to April 2017.
  12. Things to carry to the exam hall in CLAT 2017: Candidates should carry a hard copy of the CLAT 2017 Admit Card along with a valid Photo Identity proof (such as Passport or Aadhaar Card or Voter Card or Driving License etc.). Besides you can carry pens/ pencils. Please don’t carry Calculator or Mobile Phone or Smart Watch in the exam hall. No electronic devices shall be allowed.

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