CLAT ExamCommon Law Admission Test

Introduction - CLAT

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is a national level entrance exam organised periodically by 18 NLUs (National Law University). Conducted and monitored to grant admissions to LLB and LLM courses offered at various law universities in India. An approximate 50k aspiring candidates appear for the law entrance exam annually.

Quick Facts

  • The exam will be conducted in online mode across 138 centers in India
  • All candidates who register successfully will be issued their CLAT Admit Card in April 2018
  • CLAT Cut Off for all NLUs is expected to be higher this year. It will be different for each of the NLUs and will also vary for each round of counselling
  • The procedure of CLAT Seat Allotment will commence post declaration of results in May 2018

CLAT - Exam Highlights

Conducting Authority National Law University (NLU)
Mode of Exam Online
Duration 2 hours
Exam Date 14th May'18 (tentative)
Eligibility Criteria For LL.B. candidate should be 10+2 graduate
For LL.M. program, a candidate should have an LL.B or equivalent degree
Exam Frequency Yearly
Exam Type National Level
Official Website


For CLAT UG Program

  1. Age Limit: Candidates who are above 20 years of age in case of UR/NRI/NRI Sponsored category and above 22 years of age in case of SC/ST/OBC/SAP category as on 1st July 2018 are eligible
  2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination

For CLAT PG Program

  1. Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for the candidates appearing in CLAT 2018 to pursue post-graduate programs. Thus, candidates of all ages are eligible
  2. Academic Qualification: Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree


Syllabus for UG Course

CLAT Syllabus for the Undergraduate program covers questions from General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Legal Aptitude, English, Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning. Highest weightage will be carried by GK and Legal Aptitude section in the law entrance exam.

Topics Sub-Topics
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
  1. Outline of Indian Economy
  2. National Income of India
  3. Indian Tax Structure
  4. Major Industries in India
  5. Banking & Finance
Legal Aptitude
  1. Legal fundamentals and terms
  2. Legal Maxims and Important Landmarks
  3. Supreme Court Judgments
  1. Comprehension Passages
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement
  3. Noun
  4. Pronoun
  5. Adjectives and Determinants
  6. Adverbs
  7. Active and Passive Voice
Logical Reasoning
  1. Logical Puzzles
  2. Statement Conclusions Derivation of Conclusions
  3. Cause & Effect Reasoning
  4. Statements Assumptions and Statement Arguments
Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
  1. Numbers
  2. HCF and LCM
  3. Fractions
  4. Logarithms
  5. Percentage
  6. Time & Distance
  7. Ratio & Proportions

CLAT 2018 - Syllabus for PG Course

Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence will both have an equal weightage of 50 marks each in the question paper. Whereas, the rest of the questions will be coming from different topics like Criminal law, International Law, etc. The details regarding Constitutional law and Jurisprudence is given below for reference:

  • Constitutional Law - Practices, and doctrines that govern the functioning of a modern state and other political communities
  • Jurisprudence - Syllabus prescribed in the graduation degree course
  • The Tort Law - Crucial tortious obligations like Negligence, Nuisance and Defamation
  • Criminal Law - Principles of criminal liability and mens rea (“guilty mind” in Criminal Law)
  • International - Public & Private International Law and Supranational Law

Exam Dates

CLAT Events Date (tentative)
CLAT Exam 2018 14th May'18
Declaration of CLAT Result (Merit List) 29th May'18
Release of Admission Status by NLU(s) 04th Jul'18

Exam Pattern

CLAT exam pattern is set differently for both LLB and LLM programs. NUALS Kochi will hold the exam in May 2018. CLAT Exam Pattern has not seen any major changes over the year.

  • Number of Sections: In LLB – 5 Sections and In LLM – 3 sections
  • Nature of Questions: Objective type (MCQs)
  • Total Questions: 200 Questions in LLB and 150 Questions in LLM
  • Marking Scheme: 1 mark of each question
  • Negative Marking: 0.25 marks deducted for a wrong answer


The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi will hold the exam in online mode. CLAT 2017 was conducted by CNLU Patna and the exam was comparatively difficult than CLAT 2016. CLAT 2016 was considered one of the easiest exam in the recent past, therefore the cut offs were considerably high.

Key Points - CLAT CutOffs

  • This year CLAT Cut off is expected to increase by 5% - 10%. The cut off of CLAT 2018 is expected to release in the last week of May 2018
  • NLUs will release separate cut offs for each program as per a candidate’s category
  • Candidates qualifying the minimum cut off for CLAT can participate in the centralized CLAT Counselling
  • Counselling Process is conducted in four rounds and CLAT Seat Allotment is done on merit-cum-preference basis


  • CLAT Counselling starts from May 29, 2018 and will get over by June 25, 2018
  • Candidate must indicate their NLUs preference online where they want to take admission
  • There will be a centralized admission process for CLAT 2018 and admission will be done on the basis of merit-cum-preference
  • Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during counselling procedure

Law Schools Participating in CLAT 2018

The other NLUs participating and accepting CLAT 2018 scores are as follows:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)



Quick Facts

Exam Trends

Exam Highlights


Eligibility - CLAT UG Program

Eligibility - CLAT PG Program

CLAT Syllabus

Syllabus for UG Course

Syllabus for PG Course

Exam Dates

Exam Pattern


Key Points - CutOffs


NLUs Participating