Apply for CLAT 2018 before March 31 for Admission to 19 NLUs

The online application form for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 was released on January 1 and the last date for application is March 31st 2018 for admission to the 19 National Law Universities across India.

Check here to know how to apply online for CLAT 2018.

India being a country of diversities has no dearth of law aspirants in it, there are a large number of students who appear for the examination every year. This examination is the basic step to enroll in the five-year integrated BA LLB course or the Master degree courses in the famous Law Universities across India. One can get hold of all the important details on the official website.

The Stopwatch has Already Started:

The conducting authority of CLAT 2018, National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi has already declared the official date for the examination. May 13 is the final day of anticipation for more than thousands of candidates and the time of the examination has been declared to be from 3 pm to 5 pm. This examination is also considered by several private law colleges for admission. So, it is evident that the stopwatch of time has already started and the candidates have comparatively lesser time left for the examination related formalities. Besides balancing the preparations, one needs to keep a continuous check on the important dates related to the examination.

How to Apply for CLAT 2018?

One needs to follow the below-mentioned steps in order to fill up the online application form:

  1. The candidate needs to proceed to the official website and then click on the tab ‘Apply Online’.
  2. The page will be redirected to the registration page and the candidate will be guided through instructions on how to register.
  3. After filling up the form, the candidate needs to pay the application fee of INR 4000 which can be paid through both online and offline modes. There is a subsequent relaxation in case of the candidates of the reserved category who need to pay INR 3500. According to resources, the last date of online payment is 31st March.
  4. After the payment, a confirmation page verifying the same will be generated. The candidate needs to keep a copy of this confirmation page for future reference.

There is no offline method of application in this examination. While filling up the application form, one needs to provide the preference of the National Law Universities as this preference will be tallied with the merit list for the allocation of the seats after the publication of the results.

Who is Eligible to Appear for CLAT 2018?

According to resources, there is no upper age limit to apply, however, the candidates should have enough documents to prove that they have passed the 12th examination with an aggregate of 45% in case of General category and 40% in case of reserved category.

The candidates who are appearing for their 12th examination can also apply but they need to show their qualifications during the time of admission. On the other hand, the criteria differs in case of the students applying for LLM program. They must have a valid LLB degree from any recognized university with a minimum 55% which gets reduced to 50% in case of the candidates belonging to the reserved category. Similarly, the candidates appearing in their upcoming examinations can also apply in this category.

Participating NLUs

CLAT is a gateway to the following National Law Universities

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  12. National Law University, Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
  17. National Law University, Mumbai
  18. National Law University, Nagpur
  19. National Law University, Aurangabad

Examination Pattern

This 2-hour examination is subjected to negative marking. The students will lose 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. Thus it is recommended that they practice in a proper manner so that they can grasp the concepts of Legal Aptitude, Reasoning, English Comprehension, Elementary Mathematics and General Knowledge. On the other hand, the syllabus and the pattern of questions are different in case of the PG-level examination.

With lesser time left for the examination, it is recommended that the candidates practice with previous years’ question papers properly. They must also practice the aptitude and mathematics section carefully and reading of newspaper is mandatory as the syllabus includes current affairs.

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