The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted on a rotational basis by the National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. In the previous few years, a lot of controversies has been arising because of the exam being conducted in an online manner such as power cuts, failure of log-in system, slow biometric verification, blank screens, hanging of computer systems, server shutdown, etc. In order to tackle these, a decision was arrived at in the 4th meeting of NLU Consortium in NLSIU, Bangalore that from 2019, the CLAT exam will be conducted in an offline manner. Furthermore, the Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MPDNLU) and Himachal Pradesh National Law University will also be participating in the CLAT exam. The CLAT 2019 conducting body, NLU Odisha will be announcing the admission notification of Common Law Admission Test in December 2018, followed by its application process commencing from January 1, 2019. Aspirants will be admitted to the participating National Law Universities on a merit-cum-preference basis.
CLAT 2019: Facts
|Name of the Exam||Common Law Admission Test|
|Exam Type||Undergraduate & Postgraduate|
|Conducting Authority||National Law University, Odisha|
|Total number of participating institutes||All NLU’s except National Law University-Delhi|
|Total number of seats||Approximately 2420|
CLAT 2019: Important Dates
|Date of Notification||December 2019|
|Online Application||13th January, 2019|
|Last date of submission||31st March,2019|
|Issue of Admit Card||Mid-April, 2019|
|Online Exam||12th May, 2019|
|Uploading of Answer Key||15th May, 2019|
|Result and Rank List||May 31st, 2019- June 30, 2019|
|Counseling and seat allotment||First week of June to First week of July 2019|
|Payment of CLAT Counseling Fee||10th June, 2019- 14th June, 2019|
CLAT 2019: Age Limit
Earlier the age criteria for appearing in CLAT is:
- Twenty (20) years of age as on 1st July, 2017 for candidates belonging to unreserved categories.
- Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July, 2017 for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/Specially-abled Persons/Persons with disabilities (SAP/PWD) categories.
CLAT 2019 Core Committee will be continuing with the same age limit till the same is reviewed by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
However, as per the revised standards, there will be no upper age limit for UG Program in CLAT 2019.
CLAT 2019: Eligibility for Undergraduate Programs
- A candidate should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam with the following percentage:
- 45% marks for candidates belonging to the General/OBC/Specially-abled Persons (SAP) category.
- 40% marks for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST category.
- Any candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 10+2 in the months of April/May 2019 can also appear for this examination. However, they should be able to produce sufficient evidence to prove that they have passed 10+2 at the time of admission.
CLAT 2019: Eligibility for Postgraduate Programs
- LL.B. or equivalent degree in law examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of General/OBC/SAP categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category.
- Candidates who will be appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2019 will also be eligible for appearing in the CLAT-2019 examination. However, they will be required to produce evidence of their having passed the qualifying examination at the allotted National Law Universities at the time of admission.
CLAT 2019: Registration Procedure
- Application form for CLAT-2019 shall be filled online at www.clat.ac.in (To be updated).
- The candidates will be required to register themselves by creating a LOGIN account using an email ID.
- The candidate will be able to fill up the required details in the form and save the same before the final submission. However, any form that will be submitted after the 31st March, 2019 shall not be considered for application.
- The candidate will be required to fill in his preference order for all participating NLUs at the time of application only. Subsequent changes in the preference order shall not be allowed.
- The candidates will be required to upload the self-attested scanned copies of the relevant certificates at the suitable places in the online application form. Any hard copies of the filled in Online Application form or other supporting documents need not be sent to the CLAT office.
CLAT Exam Pattern
The national law entrance exam will be of two hours duration. The offline mode exam will have 200 objective type questions. Highlights of exam pattern of CLAT is as follows:
|Mode of Examination:||Offline|
|Number of Sections:||5 Sections: English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.|
|Nature of Questions:||Objective type (MCQs)|
|Total Questions:||200 Questions|
|Marking Scheme:||1 mark of each question|
|Negative Marking:||0.25 marks deducted for a wrong answer|
CLAT 2019: Admission Procedure
- Admission will be done on the basis of merit cum preference basis, which means that admissions into the participating institutes will be made on the basis of CLAT score of an aspirant and the preferences made by him/her.
- The CLAT office shall proceed in order of the following steps to admit students after the result has been declared:
1. First Indicative List will be published on the basis of merit cum preference. It will be available on the official website.
2. A specified number of students belonging to different categories will be allowed to participate in the counseling. The counseling fee will tentatively be Rs. 50,000/- Failing the payment of this fee the name of the candidates shall be dropped from the merit list.
3. Publication of the second list followed by the third list allotting seats to the candidates.
- In case the waitlisted candidates wish to withdraw from the process after the payment of counseling fee, a sum of Rs. 10.000/- (tentatively) shall be deducted. However this withdrawal must be made within the time period fixed for the same, else the entire amount of Rs. 50,000/- shall be forfeited.
Aspirants are advised to visit www.clat.ac.in
for further information relating to CLAT 2019 admissions and counseling.
CLAT 2019: Results
The CLAT result will be made available to the students on the CLAT official website. The students can check their CLAT score, All India Rank and Category Rank by entering the registered Email ID and Password.