CLAT 2017, Gateway to the Top 17 NLUs

Vivek Bansal Vivek Bansal
Content Curator

The news for the Common Law Admission Test 2017 or CLAT 2017 is abuzz amongst the future lawyers of the country! CLAT is expected to be held in the month of May, next year. Students have already started preparing for the Exam in full swing! Approximately 45,000 candidates took the exam in 2016! With close to 2,179 seats to offer, the admission to law schools under CLAT is extremely high!

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance test for students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. The test is conducted and the conducting authority provides a list of candidates based on ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their Undergraduate courses.

CLAT 2017 Expected Dates

CLAT 2017 NotificationSecond week of December
Application forms will be available fromFirst week of January 2017 to last week of March 2017
Last date to apply onlineLast week of March 2017
Admit cards will be available fromSecond week of April 2017
CLAT 2017 Exam DateFirst or second week of May 2017
CLAT Result Fourth week of May 2017
Admissions to start fromEnd of May to first week of July 2017

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted on rotation basis by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate degree courses. The 17 participating NLUs are given below:

  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. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)

Educational qualification for LLB

  • The candidate should have cleared his 10+2 or obtained an equivalent certificate from a recognized board.
  • The candidate should have scored a minimum of 45 percent marks as aggregate in 10+2.
  • Candidates who have appeared for 10+2 exam in the current year can also apply subject to conditions. In such a case, the candidate will be given a provisional admission.

Exam Pattern

Total marks: 200

Total number of questions: 200

Duration of the exam: 2 hours

English including comprehension40
General Knowledge (GK)/ Current Affairs50
Elementary mathematics (Numerical Ability)20
Logical Reasoning40
Legal Aptitude50
Total marks200

Know More CLAT Syllabus

Preparation Tips for CLAT


This section examines the student’s ability in English. The test consists of a comprehension section and general questions on grammar. In the comprehension section, the examinee has to read the given passage and interpret the same. The candidate will have to answer the questions that follow the passage based on his/her interpretation. In the grammar section, the question type include spotting wrong sentences and correcting them, applying correct grammar usage at identified sections, word meanings, fill in the blanks, etc.


Candidates can follow the below mentioned tips for preparation of the English section:

  • You can begin by working on the basics of grammar. Going through the basic concepts of grammar such as tenses, parts of speech, articles, active and passive voice, etc.
  • A very good habit in order to build your word power is to start reading an English newspaper and English magazines on a regular basis. Make sure you look up the meanings of difficult words in a dictionary.
  • One may also learn and memorise a few new words every day. Make sure you also learn including their synonyms and antonyms.
  • Solve as many previous year papers as possible.

Read More CLAT Sample Papers

General Knowledge (GK) and Current Affairs

This section examines the candidate’s knowledge in current affairs and general awareness. Questions from current affairs, both national and international, along with static general knowledge are asked in this section.


Aspirants can follow the below mentioned tips for preparation of the General Knowledge and Current Affairs section:

  • The most important thing is to keep yourself up-to-date about the latest happenings within India and around the world.
  • In order to prepare for the General Knowledge section, you can refer the latest GK books so that you are well prepared for the GK section
  • It is extremely important to solve past question papers. This will enable you to understand the pattern of the occurrence of the questions and prepare accordingly.
  • The best way to keep yourself up to date with the latest happenings is by reading newspapers and watching good news channels regularly.


This section is based on elementary Mathematics i.e. Mathematics Syllabus till class 10th. Questions come from topics such as averages, ratio and proportion, time and work, time and distance, simple and compound interest, etc.


  • Sounds repetitive but one needs to go through previous year question papers. See which topics are being repeated. Prepare those topics first and then move on to the other topics
  • One should clear the basic concepts thoroughly. Conceptual clarity is of utmost importance for preparing this section well.

Legal Aptitude

The Legal Aptitude section tests the student’s inclination towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. This section contains questions which are framed on a legal principle, a factual situation and four options. Aspirants have to assume the “truth” of these principles and answer the questions applying their legal judgement.


  • Legal reasoning is not about knowledge; it is about reasoning.
  • One should thoroughly read the question before attempting it. Understand the question thoroughly and come to a logical conclusion.

Logical Reasoning

This section tests the candidate's ability to think logically, identify patterns, spot correct arguments, etc. It will comprise questions from topics such as syllogism, analogies, logical sequence, etc.


  • Refer to logical reasoning books and practice questions from every topic.
  • Take as many online tests as possible.
  • One can learn tricks and short cuts to solve the problems easily. These include short cuts for calculations.
  • Make sure to efficiently manage your time. The CLAT exam is to be attemoted in 180 minutes. Be sure to time your performance while practicing for the exam.



No Comments To Show


Related News & Articles

June 21, 2019CLAT 2020

CLAT 2019 Toppers Interview

February 14, 2019CLAT 2020

CLAT Exam: 5 Alternatives If ..

Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is the top-of-th ...

October 20, 2018CLAT 2020

CLAT 2019 to be conducted off ..

NLU Consortium Declares to Conduct CLAT 2019 in Of ...

September 17, 2018CLAT 2020

Everything that went wrong in ..

NUALS Kochi was the regulating body of the law ent ...