CLAT 2017

The notification for CLAT 2017 was released on 25th December, 2016 and was on expected lines. This is the 10th edition of CLAT exam and as per the rotation policy of the NLUs, will be conducted by the 10th NLU, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.

Important dates to remember:

  • The online registrations will begin from: January 1, 2017 (Sunday)
  • Last date to register: March 31, 2017 (Friday)
  • Download of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets: from 20th April, 2017 (Thursday)
  • Exam date: 14th May, 2017 (Sunday), 3 pm – 5 pm
  • Declaration of results: 29th May, 2017 (Monday)

CLAT is an all-India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to five-year integrated Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law (BA plus LLB) and one-year Master of Law (LLM) programmes.

The Vice-Chancellor of CNLU Prof A Lakshminath informed that that the CLAT official site is up and running and the students can apply online. The prescribed fee for the CLAT 2017 online application form is Rs. 4,000/- for General / OBC / SAP and other category candidates and Rs. 3,500/- for SC/ST category candidates.

Eligibility criteria

UG programmes:

  1. As on 1st July 2017, candidates shall be below Twenty (20) years of age in case of all
    Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates and below Twenty Two (22) years of age in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.
  2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
    • Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    • Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

PG programmes:

  1. The candidates must have Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/ any other equivalent exam) as under:
    • Fifty five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved / OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    • Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category,
  2. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2017

Important Changes:

There are two important changes in CLAT 2017 notification as compared to CLAT 2016 notification:

  1. While CLAT 2016 was conducted for 17 NLUs, CLAT 2017 has included second NLU in Maharashtra, Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur taking the total count of NLUs included in CLAT to 18.
  2. Age criteria makes a comeback in CLAT 2017. While there was no upper age limit for UG programme in CLAT 2016, there was a limit of 20 years in CLAT 2015 and it has made a comeback this year.

About exam:

CLAT 2017 will be conducted completely online for the third time. The test paper for UG course will have the following pattern:

(a) Maximum Marks: 200
(b) Duration of CLAT-2017 Exam: 02:00 Hours
(c) Multiple-Choice Questions: 200 questions of one mark each
(d) Negative Marking: 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
(e) Subject areas with weightage:
No. Subject Area Questions Marks
1. English including Comprehension: 40 40
2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: 50 50
3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): 20 20
4. Legal Aptitude: 50 50
5. Logical Reasoning: 40 40
Total 200 200


Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:

  1. English including comprehension

The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

  1. General Knowledge and Current Affairs

The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.

  1. Mathematics

This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.

  1. Legal Aptitude

This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

  1. Logical Reasoning

The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

Seats and Competition:

While 39,686 students had appeared for CLAT 2015 (34172 for UG and 5514 for PG), 45,040 students had applied for CLAT 2016 (39,468 for UG and 5,572 for PG). This is a 13.5% increase in 1 year! So, the number of students writing CLAT is steadily increasing.

The seats have also been increasing, but not at the same pace. Last year, the total seats were 2,342 (All India Seats: 1,480, State Seats: 604 and Special Category Seats: 258) and hence the selection ratio was about 100:5 or 20:1.

With the addition of one more NLU, the seats are expected to increase this year as well, however, it is unlikely to beat the increase in number of aspirants in percentage terms. So, it is going to get tougher and if you are really serious about studying at one of the NLUs, give it all that you have!