What is CLAT?

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level, computer-based entrance exam for admission to the NLUs (National Law Universities) – the collective term given to the top government colleges for law in India. It was established via an MoU signed by the Vice Chancellors of the top seven NLUs to ease out the admission process for these institutes.

First conducted in 2008 by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), CLAT is currently conducted by the participating universities on a rotational basis in the order of their establishment. CLAT 2017 will be conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna.

This year onwards, there are 18 participating universities with Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur being the last NLU to join the league.

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU)


The exam is divided into 5 sections and candidates are expected to solve 200 questions in 120 minutes.

Section No. of questions
Legal Aptitude 50
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50
English with Reading Comprehension 40
Logical Reasoning 40
Mathematics 20
Maximum score 200 points
Correct answer +1 per answer
Incorrect answer -0.25 per answer
Un-attempted question no score


Information regarding the issue of online application forms and commencement of admissions is out on the CLAT website. CLAT 2017 is to be conducted by CNLU, Patna, on 14th May, 2017, and the resultsare expected to be out by 29th May, 2017.

Soon after that, from 5th June 2017, the counselling and seat-allotment process should begin. The students will be allotted seats in 18 NLUs – including MNLU, Nagpur from this year – on the basis of merit-cum-preference, after which the students are supposed to deposit the fee within the given time to lock their seats. If a student fails to do so, the seat will be forfeited automatically. Three to four such rounds of counselling and allotment will take place to allot as many as 2312 seats in the 5-year integrated law programme.

For more information, consult the detailed admission calendar as per the CLAT website:

CLAT 2017 Calendar