12 MARCH 2018


Common Law Admission Test

By Rajendran Puthiyedath

While only three weeks remaining for the closure of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to the UG, PG programmes conducted in 19 national Law Universities, more than 30,000 have already applied for it. The test is conducted this year by National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS). Offline admission process have been closed by the 28th of February. Now the process open is online method.

Those who have qualified the plus two or higher secondary examination with 45 percent marks in general category or 40 percent marks in SC, ST category can apply for the test. The test will be held on 13rd May 2018. Integrated LLB is gaining much attraction than the conservative LLB which can be done only after graduation. The present tendency in this five year BA LLB course is placement to corporate establishments. Some students still prefer to practice as lawyers.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is being conducted from 2008 onwards for admission to national law universities. Documents to be uploaded with the Online Application.

The scanned copies of the documents to be uploaded by the candidates, adhering to the guidelines provided in the online application webpage, are:

1. Front facing passport size recent photograph
2. Signature of the candidate
3. The scanned copy of the certificate in PDF format issued by the competent authority to support the claim of Specially Abled Persons (SAP).

The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University in the form and manner as specified by the respective universities at the time of admission.

The photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form. The candidate can fill up the required details in the application form and save the same before finally submitting it.

No hard copy of the filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Office. The candidate is advised to submit his/her application form only after he/she is absolutely sure of the information he/she provides in the form.

No alteration/editing in the online application form can be done after successful submission/final submission of the form. The information once furnished by the candidate with regard to the category to which the candidate belongs, the preference for the NLUs and the Centre of the Entrance Test submitted by the candidates through online application mode shall be final and no change whatsoever, shall be allowed thereafter under any circumstances.

The SAP candidates must upload the scanned copy (in PDF format) of the Disability Certificate showing the percentage of disability issued by the competent authority in the 'Document Upload' section of the online application form. Those among them requiring SCRIBE, must specify in the relevant column of the online application form whether the candidate would arrange a SCRIBE on his/her own or the same is to be provided by the CLAT Office.

The candidate shall fill his/her preference order for all nineteen NLUs at the time of online application itself. No change shall be allowed in the preference once the form is submitted by the candidate.

Application Fee/Previous Years Question Papers' Fee:
1. Application fee for General/OBC/SAP and other
category candidates: Rs.4,000/-

2. Application fee for SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3,500/-

3. The cost of previous years' question papers is Rs.500/- (which is not included in the CLAT-2018 application fee of Rs.4,000/- or Rs.3,500/- as the case may be.)

4. The candidates themselves will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online The detailed procedure for payment of fee is also available at the CLAT-2018 online application webpage.

The application form, complete in all respects and after payment of fees must be finally submitted on or before 31st March, 2018 (11:59 pm). For any information relating to the nineteen NLUs, the candidate may refer to the e-brochure of the respective Institutions which will be available at the CLAT-2018 website.

The Admit Card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by the candidate by logging in to his/her LOGIN account from 20th April, 2018 . The candidates shall take a print-out of the Admit Card/Hall Ticket and carry the same to the Examination Hall. The candidates shall read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully and carry all the requisite documents to the Examination Hall.

FOR NRI/NRI Sponsored/foreign national seats, the applicants are advised to refer to the e-brochures as well as the websites of the respective NLUs for more details. All NRI/NRI Sponsored Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT-2018 examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT 2018 rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities.

However, the Foreign Nationals need not appear for the CLAT-2018 examination and they shall directly apply to the concerned Universities. For availing a seat against the NRI/NRI Sponsored category, the appropriate certificate(s)/documents shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission to the concerned participating university in the prescribed format of the concerned University.

Only Indian Nationals/NRIs/NRI Sponsored Candidates are allowed to appear in the CLAT-2018 Examination. Foreign Nationals are not permitted to appear in the CLAT-2018. However, the Foreign Nationals desirous of seeking admission to any of the UG/PG courses in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats reserved for Foreign Nationals. Declaration of Result CLAT-2018 result will be published on 31st May, 20l8 in the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in).

The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT-2018 shall be completed through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be 'merit-cum-preference', i.e., the CLAT Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form and the category/categories selected by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2018 results. The entire procedure shall be completed as per the CLAT calendar which is available on the CLAT website.










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