CLAT 2018 Exam: Important Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Result

A degree in Law opens promising career opportunities for candidates across various fields – Government sector, corporate sector, firms and, of course, a good scope for private practice. There are many law entrance exams conducted at national and state level for admission into LLB, BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLM etc programmes. Some of the popular Law exams at National level are CLAT, AILET, LSAT, DU Law Entrance Exam, BHU UET, Christ University LET, IPU CET Law, ULSAT, JMI Law, SET Law etc. Of these, CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is one of the most popular and toughest national-level entrance exams that paves the way for admission into integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) of India. The exam is conducted on rotational-basis by the NLUs.

CLAT 2018 Registation Begins 1st Jan 2018

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Available Application Forms

CLAT Exam Important Dates



Issue of Admission Notification

20 December 2017 (Wednesday)

Submission on online application form begins

01 January 2018 (Monday)

Last Date for submission of online Application form

31 March 2018 (Saturday)

Download admit card/hall ticket

From 20 April 2018 (Friday)

CLAT 2018 online examination

13 May 2018 (Sunday) from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM

Answer key publication

15 May 2018 (Tuesday)

Challenge answer key

16 to 18 May 2018 (Wednesday – Friday)

Final Answer Key Publication

26 May 2018 (Saturday)

Result Declaration

31 May 2018 (Thursday)

Important Dates for CLAT 2018 Seat Allotment - 



Publication of 1st list for seat allotment

7 June 2018 (Thursday)

Payment of counselling fee (₹ 50,000/-) and admission

8 to 12 June 2018

(Friday – Tuesday)

Publication of 2nd allotment list

16 June 2018 (Saturday)

Date of counselling and admission (for those whose name appear in the 2nd allotment list for the first time)

17 to 19 June 2018

(Sunday – Tuesday)

Publication of 3rd list

24 June 2018 (Sunday)

Date of counselling and admission

28 to 30 June 2018

(Thursday – Saturday)

Admission status offered by the participating NLUs in the CLAT

4 July 2018 (Wednesday)

Closure of admission process

6 July 2018 (Friday)

CLAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The CLAT Exam pattern is different for UG courses and PG courses.

CLAT Exam (UG Course)


Medium of Exam


Mode of exam

Computer Based Test.

Type of questions

Objective type questions.

Scheme of marking

1 mark for every correct answer.

Negative marking

0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.


2 hours.

PG Courses

CLAT Exam (PG Course)


Medium of Exam


Mode of exam

Computer based exam.

Number of questions

150 questions.

Type of questions

Objective type questions.

Scheme of marking

1 mark for every correct answer.

Negative marking

0.25 mark deducted for every incorrect answer.


2 hours.

Eligibility for CLAT Exam

Eligibility Criteria

Candidate must fulfill certain criteria to become eligible for the exam. Scroll down to know the details:

Eligibility Conditions for UG Courses

  • A candidate should have done the 12th standard or equivalent from any recognized Board with a minimum aggregate of 45% marks. The reserved category candidate (SC/ST) is required to score only 40% to become eligible for the exam.
  • Those candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination are also eligible to appear for the CLAT 2018 exam. However, at the time of admission such candidates should submit their passing certificate.
  • There will be no upper age limit in CLAT 2018.

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Eligibility for the PG Courses

  • A candidate should have passed LL.B/Five-year integrated LL.B/any other equivalent exam with a minimum of 55% marks. Candidates who belong to the reserved categories (SC/ST) should have a score of 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • Those candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2018. But, at the time of admission, such candidates should produce their passing certificate.
  • There is no upper age limit in CLAT 2018 for PG courses.

CLAT Exam Application Process

Application Form

Candidates can apply for the exam online only; there is no other mode for registration. Application for the CLAT Exam 2018 can be availed from 1st January 2018. The last date to submit the filled application form is 31st March 2018. Candidate should keep a print-out of the confirmation page for future use.

How To Apply

  • Candidate should visit the official website of the exam
  • Click on the button "Apply Online". You will be redirected to the registration page.
  • Click on the "click here for New Registartion" button on the top right of the page.
  • Complete the registartion process by providing your basic details. Please make sure that you enter correct details as per your class X marksheet.
  • After the registartion process is complete, you will receive your registartion id and password on the email id provided.
  • Now, you can use these credentials to complete the registartion process.
  • A candidate should fill all the required column of the application form such as Educational Qualifications, Address, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name etc.
  • Along with the Application Form candidate should upload the scanned copy of his photograph and signature. Please make sure that the images meet the specified format and size.
  • Candidate should also upload the scanned copies of his Identification card and Certificates.
  • After making the application fee payment, the registartion process will be complete.

Application Fee

Every applicant is required to pay the application fee. The application process will be considered incomplete without application fee payment. Once paid application fee will not be refunded. Following are the details of application fee for different categories:


Application Fee

General/ OBC/SAP




If candidates want to get previous years' question paper, they are required to pay an additional cost of ₹ 500.

Mode of Application Fee Payment

  • The application fee can be paid through both online and offline mode. Online it can be paid through Debit Card/ Credit Card/pay wallet/RuPay/Net Banking etc. Offline payment can be done through e-challan generated online. Such payments are to be made in CASH only.
  • Candidates have to bear the bank transaction charges themselves for both online and offline payment.

Other Details

Admit Card

Candidates can download their admit cards from 20 April 2018 onwards from the official CLAT website. Take a print-out of the hall ticket/admit card, read the instructions given on the admit card carefully. Make sure you follow all the instructions written therein. Do not forget to carry your admit card to the examination centre.

Result Declaration

CLAT 2018 result will be declared on 31st May 2018 on the official website. Centralised online counselling will be conducted after the CLAT result. Seats will be allotted on the basis of CLAT rank, order of preference, categories selected by the candidate and the number of seats available in each NLU. The admission process will get closed by 6th July 2018.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q. When will be the CLAT 2018 Exam held?

The exam will be held on 13th May 2018 (Sunday) from 03:00 PM to 05:00 PM.

Q. When can one avail the application form of CLAT 2018 Exam?

One can get the application form from 1st January 2018 (Monday).

Q. How many colleges are participating in CLAT 2018 Exam?

19 National Law Universities (NLUs) are participating in the exam.

Q. Which is the exam conducting authority for CLAT 2018 Exam?

The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi, Kerala, India is the exam organizing authority for CLAT 2018 exam.

Q. How much is the application fee for CLAT 2018 Exam?

The Application fee for General category candidates is ₹4000 and for reserved category candidates, it is ₹3500.

Q. What is the Upper age limit for the CLAT exam?

There is no upper age limit for CLAT 2018.

Q. What is the question pattern for the CLAT Exam?

This exam has objective type questions.

Q. Is there any way to correct the application form?

For few days, correction window will be opened during which candidates can rectify their application form.

Q. What is the medium of the exam?

The medium of exam is English.

Q. What is the mode of the CLAT Exam?

It will be a computer based exam.

Q. How to get the admit card of CLAT Exam?

Download the CLAT exam admit card from the official website.