CLAT 2017 Application Form, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Exam Date

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2017) is an entrance test organized by one of the 18 National Law Universities on rotational basis every year at all India level. The exam is gateway for UG and PG admissions in the 18 Universities and CLAT 2017 is conducted in CBT mode.

Admission to five year integrated LLB and one year LLM programmes offered at National Law universities will be purely based on CLAT 2017 merit. CLAT is first conducted in the year 2008 and 10th common law admission test (CLAT 2017) is going to be conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna for 2017 academic year.

CLAT 2017 exam schedule

Notification for CLAT 2017 exam schedule has been released by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna for 2017 academic year. The exam will be conducted on Sunday 14th May 2017 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM across India in a single session. CLAT 2017 for both UG and PG candidates will be held at a time.

CLAT 2017 – Eligibility

The merit evaluated through CLAT 2017 entrance test will be used for admissions into UG and PG programmes and eligibility requirements for admissions is as follows.

Eligibility for UG program (5 year LLB)

  • Candidates shall pass 10+2 or equivalent exam with any discipline.
  • Candidates shall score a minimum 45% marks (40% for SC/ST) in the qualifying exam.
  • Upper age limit for general candidates is 20 year by 1st July of admission year and 2 years relaxation (22 years) for SC/ST/ OBC/Specially abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.
  • Candidates who are into final year of qualifying exam and who are appearing final exams in March/April of admission year are also eligible to apply.

Eligibility for LLM program

  • The candidate shall posses LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.) or any other equivalent exam.
  • General category candidates shall score minimum 55% marks in the qualifying examination and 50% for SC/ST category candidates.
  • Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of qualifying exam are also eligible to apply.
  • No upper age limit for LLM aspirants to appear CLAT.

Note: Bar council of India (BCI) has imposed upper age limit for admission to 3 year L.L.B. and 5 year L.L.B. programs offered across India. Hence 2017 academic year onwards upper age limit of 20 years (22 for SC/ST) will be applicable to 5 year L.L.B. programmes and 30 years to 3 year L.L.B. programmes.

CLAT 2017 Syllabus

Syllabus for 5 year LLB course

Exam paper for five year LLB course is of general in nature, and consists of questions from English Language & comprehension, GK & current affairs, Mathematics, Logical reasoning and Legal aptitude.

English and Comprehension

This section test the candidates English language skills through comprehension passages and grammar. Candidates have to understand the passages, theme and meaning of used words in comprehension section. Candidates have to correct the grammatical mistakes in the given sentences, fill in the blanks with appropriate words In the Grammar section.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Current affair questions are from the recent national and international events and GK questions test the general awareness of candidates.


Candidates will be tested for computational skills in the mathematics section and questions will be from syllabus taught till 10th level.

Logical Reasoning

Logical reasoning section contains questions to check the reasoning abilities of the candidates through syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies and rectifying illogical arguments.

Legal Aptitude

This section is different from other sections and tests the candidate’s aptitude towards legal issues.  Questions may include Legal propositions & set of facts related to the proposition and candidates have to answer according to the facts.

Syllabus for one year LLM program

CLAT 2017 syllabus for one year LLM program includes Constitutional law, Jurisprudence and other Law subjects taught at graduation level. All the 3 sections will have equal weightage and equal number of questions.

CLAT 2017 exam pattern and question distribution

Exam pattern for 5 year LLB program

CLAT is conducted in Computer Based Test (CBT) model and exam paper will have objective type questions. All the questions are MCQ type having 4 options with single correct answer. Test paper consists of 200 MCQ questions answered with in duration of 120 minutes. Each correct answer will fetch 1 mark and ¼ marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. CLAT 2017 paper for LLB program will have 5 sections and questions distribution as follows.

English and Comprehension


GK and current affairs




Logical reasoning


Legal aptitude



Exam pattern for one year LLM program

Pattern of CLAT 2017 LLM question paper will be objective type conducted in CBT mode. Exam will be conducted for duration of 2 hours and maximum marks are 150. Test paper will have 3 sections having 50 questions each and total 150 questions.  Every correct answer will fetch 1 mark and each wrong choice costs ¼ (.25 mark) a mark. Section wise question distribution as follows.

Constitutional Law




Other Law subjects



CLAT 2017 - Application form

CLAT authority is accepting online applications for CLAT 2017 from 1st January 2017 through CAPS (CLAT online application process system).  Last date to apply is Friday 31st of March 2017 till 11:59PM. Candidates need not to complete the application in one go and can submit the finally filled application before last date. Application process for CLAT 2017 involves few steps as follows.

  • Onetime registration
  • Filling the application form
  • NLUS order of preference for admissions (choice filling)
  • Uploading self attested necessary documents (photograph and signature)
  • Application fee payment
  • Final submission

Candidates have to retain the hard copy of filled in application form, fee receipt and login id & password for future purpose. No need to send the hard copy to the CLAT office by the applicant.

CLAT 2017 application fee and mode of payment

Applicants have to pay the prescribed CLAT 2017 application fee through online mode only. Candidates have to login to CLAT website for fee payment and can pay through credit/debit/net banking facilities. Last date for fee payment is same as last date of application submission i.e., 31st March 2017.

Fee for general candidates Rs.4000/-

Fee for SC/ST candidates Rs.3500/-

CLAT 2017 Admit card/Hall ticket

Successful applicants can download the CLAT 2017 admit card/hall ticket from 20th April 2017 onwards. Candidates have to login to CLAT website with login id and password which were obtained during one time registration and need to click the admit card download link. No hard copy of admit card will be sent to the applicant via post or email or through SMS. Candidates have to carry the printed copy of admit card along with valid photo id issued by GOI or state government to the examination venue.

Accepted photo ids

  • Identity card issued by college
  •  Aadhaar Card
  •  Voter identity card
  •  Driving license
  •  Passport
  • Any other accepted id

CLAT 2017 Results

Provisional answer key will be uploaded to CLAT website on 16th May 2017 and will accept the representation regarding exam, questions and answer key between 17th and 19th May 2017. Considering all the representations a final answer key will be published on 25th May 2017.

Results for CLAT 2017 will be announced on 29th May 2017 based on final answer key. Along with general merit list, category wise merit lists will also be announced at a time. As there is no specific cutoff mark defined for CLAT 2017 every candidate who appeared in the exam will be placed in the final merit list.

CLAT 2017 Admissions

Admissions to the five year LLB course and one year LLM course will be purely based on CLAT 2017 merit and choices exercised by the candidate during application process. No changes in order of preference given by the candidate will be allowed after final submission of application. CLAT will conduct 4 rounds of allotment in total and first indicative CLAT 2017 seat allocation will be announced on 5th June.

First round of allotment

Candidates with provisional allotment of seat have to secure the seat by paying Rs 50000/- against counselling fee at CLAT office from 6th to 8th June 2017. Candidates failing to pay the counselling fee within the specified date will be barred from the CLAT 2017 admission process. In this round candidate can lock the allotted seat or can re arrange the option accordingly.

Second round of allotment

Second round of allotment list will be published on 12th June 2017. The candidates who will be freshly allotted with seat in the place of dropped out have to remit the counselling fee at CLAT office to lock the seat or need to exercise fresh options on 13th and 14th June 2017.

Third round of allotment

CLAT office will announce the 3rd allotment list on 19th June and whose names are added in the 3rd list have to pay the counselling fee between 20th and 21st June to lock the allotted seat or fresh option rearrangement. Candidates have option to with draw from the admission process and last date for withdrawal is 21st June 2017. A sum of Rs.10000/- will be deducted from the counselling fee and any candidate who with draw after the date has to lose entire counselling fee.

Fourth and final round of seat allotment

CLAT office will publish fourth and final round of seat allotment on 24th June and all the candidates have to report the respective NLUs allotted, between 28th June and 30th June for admission formalities. Candidates have to pay the full fee within the date or else candidature will be cancelled.

NLU admissions will be closed by 6th July 2017 and any vacancy arose after final allotment, admissions to the vacant seats will be done at institute level of corresponding NLU according to CLAT admission procedure.

Important dates

Online applications accepted from

1st January 2017

Last date for applying to CLAT 2017

31st March 2017

Download of admit card

20th April 2017 onwards

CLAT 2017 exam date

14th May 2017 (03:00PM - 05:00PM)

Upload of provisional answer key

16th May 2017

Representation about key

17th to 19th May 2017

Final answer key

25ht May 2017

Results and merit list declaration

29th May 2017

First indicative seat allotment

5th June 2017

Date for payment of fee for 1st list and locking seats/choice re arranging

6th t0 8th June 2017

Second allotment list publication

12th June 2017

Date for payment of fee for 2nd list and locking seats/choice re arranging

13th and 14th June 2017

Publication of 3rd allotment list

19th June 2017

Date for payment of fee for 3rd list and locking seats/choice re arranging

20th and 21st June 2017

Last date to with draw from admission process

21st June 2017

Fourth and final round of allotment

24th June 2017

Date for payment of full fee for 4th round

28th to 30th June 2017

CLAT 2017 admissions closure

6th July 2017