CLAT 2018 COUNSELLING
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
CLAT Counselling 2018: CLAT Office will conduct the admission procedure to UG/PG programs at participating universities via CLAT Centralised Online Counselling. CLAT counselling will begin after the declaration of Results, from June 10, 2018. NUALS Kochi has released CLAT Results, available at the official website till June 30. The allotment of seats will be based on 'merit-cum-preference', i.e. CLAT 2018 scores and the order of preference given at the time of registration.
Read on to know more about the counselling guidelines of CLAT 2018, schedule, procedure, fee etc. The admission or counselling procedure consists of following processes
|CLAT Cutoff||CLAT PSU Recruitment||CLAT Seat Allotment||CLAT Rank Predictor|
|Conducting Authority||CLAT Office|
|Mode of Counselling||Online|
|Minimum Eligibility||CLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form|
|Total Participating Colleges||19 NLUs and 67 Private colleges|
|Total Seats||3000 approx. (in NLUs)|
Tabulated below is the calendar of events for CLAT Counselling.
|Declaration of Results and Issue of Merit List||May 31, 2018|
|Publication of the first allotment list||June 10, 2018 |
|Date for payment of counselling fee of INR 50,000||June 10 – 14 |
|Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee||June 16, 2018|
|Date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list)||June 17 – 19, 2018|
|Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process||June 19, 2018|
|Publication of the 3rd allotment list||June 24, 2018|
|Payment of full fees||June 28 – 30, 2018|
|Date for completing formalities at allotted NLU||June 28 – 30, 2018|
|Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU||July 4, 2018|
|Date of closure of admission process by the CLAT 2018 Office||July 6, 2018|
Note: There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., June 19, 2018. The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to June 19, 2018, will be refunded after deducting INR 10,000.
Candidates having their names on the merit list should have the following documents at the time of CLAT Counselling:
Note: The documents should be scanned as per the specified standards.
The counselling procedure of CLAT is done via online centralised system. It is conducted separately for UG and PG programs. The entire process will be done as per CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.
The stepwise procedure for final admissions to the 19 NLUs is as follows:
This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:
Apart from NLUs, there are other institutes that accept CLAT score for admission to UG – PG Law Courses. The list of participating National Law Universities is as follows:
The following institutions are having MoU with CLAT 2018 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:
The seat allotment process of CLAT 2018 will begin on June 06, 2018. The basis of allotment of seats in CLAT 2018 is a merit-cum-preference list. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of score secured by candidates in CLAT.
The preference list of institutes is given in application form. It is mandatory for candidates to indicate their preferences along with the application form. Based on merit list and preference list, first seat allotment list of CLAT 2018 will be announced by counselling committee.
CLAT 2018 counselling will be conducted by CLAT office through centralized counselling for taking admissions in participating institutions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
If a candidate withdraws from admission process within a stipulated time, the amount after making certain deduction will be refunded to them by counselling committee.
CLAT Counselling Fee is required to be paid at different stages of allotment. The amount to be remitted as counselling fee is INR 50000.
The admission related formalities post-counselling procedure are as follows:
CLAT 2018 Tie-Breaking for UG: There is a procedure for tie-breaking if the scores of two candidates or more than two candidates are equal. It will be done on the basis of conditions mentioned below in the order of their applicability:
CLAT 2018 Tie-Breaking for PG: CLAT committee will follow a tie-breaking process to decide merit list in case the scores of two or more than two participants are equal. The tie will be decided on the basis of following criterion in order of applicability:
Ques. Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?
Ans. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be issued along with the Provisional Allotment List, from the first 2500 candidates who had undertaken the counseling after remitting the fees. The comprehensive list will be prepared by picking up candidates proportionately from various categories such as General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/DFF/NRI etc. both from the All India and State (Domicile) category of candidates.
Ques. If a student does not take/fails to take admission to an NLU, will the initial registration fee be refunded?
Ans. After depositing the required amount of fees and taking part in the counseling session with the CLAT office by the stipulated date, if the waitlisted candidates fail to get a seat/does not take a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs.1,00,000/- deposited by such candidates will be refunded to them without any deduction.
Ques. Will there be any subsequent merit lists after the first allotment list is published for CLAT?
Those candidates who fail to report to the Universities and complete the admission formalities within a stipulated date will forfeit their claim for admission and their seats will be filled-up by the University by following its own procedure and not by the CLAT Office. The respective Universities will be reporting the details of admission to the CLAT Office including the number of vacancies that might remain due to non-reporting of the candidates allotted under the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Actual Allotment List. This would help the CLAT Office make the declaration of the final allotment.
Ques. What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2018?
Ans. There is no such minimum cut off score/ sectional cut off score to qualify CLAT. However, admissions to NLUs will be offered based on candidates’ performance in the law entrance examination, in the order of merit. Check CLAT Cut Off
Ques. What is CLAT counseling fee?
Ans. Candidates will have to deposit a counseling fee of INR 50,000 at the CLAT office. The counseling fee is not a separate fee but will be adjusted in the admission fees at the time of admission in the allotted NLU.
Ques. Will I be refunded the CLAT counseling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?
Ans. Candidates must note that there shall be no refund of counseling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process. Those candidates who have withdrawn their seats up to a defined date will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000 from the CLAT counseling fee.
Ques. Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?
Ans. No, once a candidate has indicated and submitted his/ her choices of NLUs, it’ll be treated as final. However, in case of multiple applications for CLAT, the last submitted form will be treated as final.
Ques. Is there any seat available for NRI/ NRI sponsored/ foreign national candidates?
Ans. Yes, some of the NLUs offer seats to BRI/ NRO sponsored/ foreign national candidates. Candidates need to go through the official website to know more about NRI seats.
Ques. How will I know which National Law University is allotted to me?
Ans. There are two ways to check it –
Ques. How will CLAT counselling session be conducted?
Ans. CLAT counselling will be done via online centralized system under the authority of CLAT office. No individual NLUs will not be conducting the counselling sessions.
Ques. I am unable to deposit my CLAT counselling fee. What should I do?
Ans. If you fail to deposit the requisite fee before the last date specified, you will lose the right to be considered for admission into the NLU for that year.
Ques. Can I change my preferences once CLAT counselling session begins?
Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to change their preferences once the CLAT results are out and Counselling is in progress. In case, you’re allotted your 2nd preference NLU during a counselling session and in the subsequent session a seat opens up in a higher preference NLU of your choice (for whatever reason), you will be allowed to ‘Upward Shift’ to that seat. You will only be allowed to shift to a higher preference NLU of your choice. No downgrading will be possible.
Ques. What is Upward Shifting in CLAT Counselling?
Ans. When a candidate opts for upward ‘Shifting’, her/his candidature at a higher NLUs preference will be considered if the vacancy arises and he/she is in the Merit List of the higher preference NLU.
Ques. Is there any reservation under State Domicile Quota?
Ans. Yes, some NLUs have reserved seats for candidates belonging to their state. This is called as State Domicile Quota. Candidates will have to provide proof of domiciled status by producing relevant DFF documents. CheckCLAT Reservation
Ques. What does ‘Lock’ option mean during the seat allotment round?
Ans. If a candidate is satisfied with her/his allotted NLU during first/second/third Allotment list, he has the option of ‘Locking’ his seat. When a candidate exercises his/her lock option, it means she/he is happy with the NLU that has been allotted to him/her and will not be allowed to shift/change to a higher preference NLU, even if a vacancy arises.
Ques. What if I forget to use the ‘Lock’ option?
Ans. In case a candidate’s forgets to/or is unable to lock, her/his default choice will be locked. The default choice will be based on her/his All India Rank and if there is a vacancy in his choice of NLUs.
Ques. Do individual NLUs conduct CLAT counselling and seat allotment?
Ans. No, CLAT counselling is conducted by the CLAT office on behalf of the 19 NLUs. Counselling sessions are done online through a centralized system.
Ques. I have been waitlisted. What should I do?
Ans. Each Seat Allotment List will have two categories (Selected Candidates and Waitlisted Candidates), first will be those who have provisionally been granted admission and the second will have the waitlisted candidates. If vacancies arise due to some students dropping out in the subsequent Seat Allotment List, then highest ranked waitlisted candidates will be provisionally given admission.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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