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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open31-Mar-2016
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AwardAdmission in 17 LAW universities
EligibilityClass 12, 12 Passed, Graduation (LLB)
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RAJIV GANDHI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF LAW, PUNJAB
Sidhuwal - Bhadson Road, Patiala (PUNJAB)
E-mail: helpdesk@clat.ac.in
Web URL: www.clat.ac.in
Helpline: 0175-2391600-604, 666-670
Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM on all working days

What is Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016?

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country . An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. The 17 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  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)

The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of seven participating NLUs decided that a common entrance test shall be conducted by all the participating Universities on rotational basis in the order of their year of establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in the year 2008. Presently there are 17 NLUs participating in CLAT and following the policy of rotation, the ninth Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2016) shall be conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Essential Qualifications for Appearing in CLAT-2016 for Under Graduate Courses

  1. Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the minimum of 
    (a) Forty-five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/(Specially Abled Persons) Categories and; 
    (b) Forty percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category
  2. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2016 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2016 examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
  3. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2016.
  4. Candidates are required to convert their grades (if any) into percentage and ensure that they fulfil eligibility conditions for appearing in CLAT-2016.

Essential Qualifications for Appearing in CLAT-2016 for Post Graduate Course (LL.M.)

  1. LL.B. or equivalent degree examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/(Specially Abled Persons) categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category.
  2. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2016 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2016 examination. However they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination in the respective National Law Universities at the time of admission failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
  3. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2016.
  4. Candidates are required to convert their grades (if any) into percentage and ensure that they fulfil eligibility conditions for appearing in CLAT-2016.

 

How can you apply ?

Candidates can apply for CLAT-2016 ONLINE only. Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling the Online Application Form

FAQs

What do you mean by Participating Universities ?
Participating Universities means the seventeen National Law Universities which are part of CLAT-2016. 

Is there any official ranking of the participating NLUs ?
No, there is no official recognition of any ranking amongst the participating NLUs. The list mentioned on CLAT website is as per the year of establishment of the respective NLU.

What is the date of CLAT 2016 examination?
The scheduled date of Common Law Admission Test 2016 is 8th May, 2016 (Sunday). 

What is Online examination?
It is a secured and un-interrupted Computer based test using LAN.

Is online examination based on Internet?
No

Is there any requirement of computer skills?
The candidate need to only know how to operate computer mouse.

Is there any special arrangement for Specially Abled Persons?
Yes. Need based assistance shall be provided to the Specially Abled Persons(SAP).

Is there any provision of extra time for the Specially Abled Persons appearing in CLAT 2016?
Yes, Specially Abled Persons appearing in the CLAT 2016 shall be entitled to an additional time of 40 minutes.

What will be the medium of Online examination?
Medium of examination is English

What will happen in case there is some problem in computer during the examination?
There will be enough buffer systems available in the examination center to take care of such problems and time lost in change of system will be duly taken care of as each and every second will be recorded by the server.

In case of problem in computer etc will there be somebody to assist?
Yes, technically qualified people will be available at the centre

Should I send the print outs of the application to the CLAT office (Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab) by post?
No, the applicant is not required to send a hard copy of the print out of his/her application to the CLAT office. However, it is strongly advised that the applicant keeps a hard copy of his /her application for his/her own record and future communication with the CLAT, if required.

How will I get my admit card?
The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in). Please note that the admit cards will not be sent via e-mail or by post.They should carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.For details kindly visit clat website regulary and read the instructions on admit card carefully

I have filled up the form successfully but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?
No change can be made at this stage in the application form. However, if the time is still left for filing up the online application form, the applicant can resubmit corrected application with the prescribed fee. In this case a new ID will be generated by the system. The fee paid previously will not be refunded. The latest application shall be treated as final.

If I got Blank/Zero Registration Number after submission of application form then what I should do?
It means that the application form has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply afresh.

What details should I retain after completion of successful submission of my form?
The candidate must have:
Hard copy of the filled-in form.
Fee receipt detail
Auto generated ID and Password.

Can a candidate apply for CLAT-2016 offline?
No, a candidate can apply only through online mode.

How can I get previous year question papers?
Previous year question papers can be downloaded from CLAT website at the payment of Rs. 250/-through online mode only. No hard copy will be provided by the CLAT office.

Is there any negative marking in examination?
Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Is there any seat available for NRI/NRI sponsored /foreign nationals candidates?
Yes. In some of the participating Law Universities seats are available for NRIs/NRI sponsored/Foreign Nationals. Candidates are advised to refer to CLAT e-brochure and the website of respective NLUs

Is there any minimum cut-off CLAT score prescribed for admission.
No. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Candidature of every candidate shall be considered in order of merit in their respective categories.

Is there any provision of transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT.
No. CLAT rules do not provide for such transfers. Shifting of the student to the university of higher choice is done only by the CLAT office during the CLAT counselling. After the closure of counselling process CLAT office does not assist in any shifting of students.

What is the prescribed fee for the CLAT-2016 online application form?
Processing charges for online application for CLAT-2016 for UR/OBC/SAP candidates are Rs. 4,000/- and for SC/ST candidates Rs. 3,500/-.

What is the Counselling fee.
Counselling fee is the payment (Rs. 50,000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counselling fee is not a separate fee, it is the adjustable advance paid to the CLAT office which subsequently gets adjusted at the time of admission from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.

Can I get my counselling fee refunded in case I don’t want to take admission?
Yes, but Rs. 10,000/- shall be deducted as admission processing charges.

Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the NLUs?
Yes, Some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to CLAT-2016 e-brochure/website of the respective NLUs.

Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT-2016 for the women candidates?
Yes, some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for the female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer CLAT-2016 e-brochure/website of the respective NLUs in this regard.

Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation ?
No. The CLAT participating universities are regulated by their respective State Norms and Policies. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective University in the CLAT e-brochure/website of the respective NLUs to know about the University specific reservations.

Terms and Conditions

 

The admission to UG and PG programme in participating universities under CLAT-2016 shall be done through centralised counselling conducted by CLAT office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’. That is, CLAT score and order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2016 results. The entire procedure shall be completed as per the CLAT calendar which is available on CLAT website.

The stepwise procedure which shall be adopted by CLAT office after declaration of result for admission is as follows:

STEP 1

Publication of first indicative list based on merit cum preference

The university-wise first indicative list based on merit-cum-preference will be published on CLAT website.

STEP 2

Payment of counselling fee and exercising of option by provisionally selected candidates

  1. A specified number of candidates from various categories will be allowed to participate in the counselling process against actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  2. The provisionally selected candidates must deposit the requisite counselling fee of  50,000/-.
  3. The adjustable counselling fee of  50,000/- deposited with the CLAT office will be transferred to the respective participating NLU where the candidate has finally taken admission after the completion of the entire admission process.
  4. The candidates failing to deposit the requisite counselling fee through the CLAT website by the specified date will lose their right to be considered for admission under CLAT-2016 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT-2016 merit list.
  5. The candidates have to reserve their seats after paying the counselling fee by following the procedure prescribed in counselling guidelines given on the CLAT-2016 website.

STEP 3

Publication of second list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counselling fee and additional waitlisted candidates

  1. The CLAT office shall publish a second list of candidates who have paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs.
  2. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released in the second list who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, if any.
  3. The additional candidates are also required to pay the requisite counselling fee of  50,000/- and reserve their seat within the prescribed time period as per the CLAT calendar.
  4. The provisionally selected candidates can withdraw from the admission process within stipulated time as per the CLAT calendar. A nominal fee of Rupees 10,000/- will be deducted from the deposited counselling fee
  5. Any withdrawal after the stipulated period will result in forfeiture of entire amount of counselling fee.

STEP 4

Publication of third list allotting seats to candidates

  1. The CLAT office shall publish a comprehensive third allotment list of candidates who have paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs.
  2. The comprehensive list shall include the name of candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative list.
  3. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released along with the third allotment list who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates.
  4. These candidates are also required to pay the requisite counselling fee and reserve their seat within the prescribed time period as per the CLAT calendar.

STEP 5

Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs

  1. After the candidates are finally allotted seats in participating NLUs, they will be required to approach the allotted NLU with the balance amount towards the admission and other fees.
  2. The candidates will also have to carry relevant certificates/documents in original issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by the candidates, during the scheduled periods given in CLAT-2016 calendar and complete their admission formalities.
  3. The certificates in original will be checked by the respective universities at the time of their admission. (For detailed information/updates about the scheduled dates, the candidates must refer to CLAT-2016 calendar as updated from time to time).
  4. The candidates not possessing the required certificates/documents in original or failing to meet the eligibility requirements will not be allowed to seek admission in participating NLUs.
  5. The candidates seeking admission under various categories specially those belonging to the reserved categories such as SC/ST/OBC/Specially abled person/DFF/NRI and the unreserved category candidates seeking admission under state domicile category, will be required to obtain the relevant and authentic certificates/documents from the competent authorities and produce the same at the time of admission in the concerned NLU.
  6. Those candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU after the publication of CLAT merit list and fail to complete the admission formalities as per CLAT-2016 calendar will automatically lose their claim for admission and their entire amount of the counselling fee of  50,000/- will be forfeited.

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