Chanakya National Law University, Patna, the organising University for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2017 is going to upload the admit cards for all applicants on April 20. The test is scheduled for May 14 and it will be the first time in the history of CLAT that over 50 thousand aspirants will be writing the test. More than 44 thousand registered for CLAT 2017 for undergraduate courses and over 6 thousand applied for postgraduate course during the three-month long application window.
With the inclusion of Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur in CLAT, the total number of varsities has reached 18. CLAT 2017 aims to fill 484 seats (PG) and 1,436 seats (UG) on All-India basis in participating varsities. The information gathered from the CLAT website also states that three Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) – Oil India Limited; Oil and National Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) and GAIL (India) Limited will be using the CLAT 2017 – PG scores for the purpose of recruitment in their organisations. For admission purpose, 28 institutions, apart from 18 NLUs, will use the CLAT scores for admissions in the academic session 2017-18.
CLAT 2017 will be administered across the country on May 14 in a single shift of two hours (3 pm to 5 pm).
CLAT will comprise of 200 multiple choice questions for the undergraduate course. Each question will carry 1 mark and 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. The questions will be divided among following topics:
- English including Comprehension: 40 questions
- General Knowledge and Current Affairs: 50 questions
- Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): 20 questions
- Legal Aptitude: 50 questions
- Logical Reasoning: 40 marks
For postgraduate course, the test will have 150 questions based on following areas of Law:
- Constitutional Law: 50 questions
- Jurisprudence: 50 questions
- Other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights: 50 questions
The paper will be of 150 marks, with each question carrying 1 mark. Negative marking will be applicable for PG course too.
Previous years question papers have been made available for all registered candidates at the CLAT website. Constitution and Legal Aptitude will be new for most of the aspirants, hence they need to be more specific with them. Read here for more on preparation for CLAT.
Apart from 18 NLUs participating in CLAT 2017, only Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla, and National Law University, Delhi will not be taking admissions through the test.