Preparation for CLAT 2016 Entrance Exam

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All About CLAT 2016

All about CLAT 2016 exam notification, eligibility, last dates and more
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The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 is being conducted by the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, falling in line with system of rotation. It is conventionally conducted on the second Sunday of the month of May every year and this year it is due on 8th May, 2016. CLAT 2016 will be held online on an all India level.

It is the most popular national level law entrance exam which witnesses the participation of 17 National Law Universities. This participation has increased from 16 NLU's in 2015 to 17 NLU's in 2016, as Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai is also participating this year. Aspirants are admitted to the participating institutes on the system of 'merit-cum-preference' to the under-graduate and post graduate courses.

CLAT 2016 in a Nutshell
Exam name CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
Conducting Body for CLAT 2016 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
Courses offered Under-graduate and Post-graduate
Total no. of participating institutes 17 National Law Universities
Total no. of question 200
Total marks 200
Duration 2 Hours
Marks allotted per question 1 Mark
Negative marking 0.25 mark deducted for a wrong answer
Exam mode ONLINE
Important Dates: CLAT 2016
Date of notification 14th December 2015
Online Application 1st January-31st March 2016
Issue of Admit card 15th April 2016
Online Exam 8th May 2016
Result and Rank List 23rd May 2016
Counseling and seat allotment 1st June-6th July 2016
Eligibility for Under-graduate Programmes:
  • A candidate should have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam with the following percentage:
    1. 45% marks for candidates belonging to the Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category
    2. 40% marks for the candidates belonging to the SC/ST category
  • Any candidate who is appearing in the qualifying examination, i.e., 10+2 in the months of April/May 2016 can also appear for this examination. However, they should be able to produce sufficient evidence to prove that they have passed 10+2 at the time of admission.
Eligibility for Post-graduate Programmes:
  • LL.B. or equivalent degree in law examination with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/SAP categories and 50% marks in case of SC/ST category
  • 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

*No upper age limit has been prescribed for CLAT

Registration Procedure: CLAT 2016
  • Application form for CLAT-2016 shall be filled online at the CLAT-2016 website (
  • The candidates are first required to register themselves by creating a LOGIN account using an email ID
  • The candidate can fill up the required details in the form and save the same before finally submitting it. However, no form submitted after 31st March shall be considered for application
  • The candidate is also required to fill his preference order for all seventeen NLUs at the time of application only. No change shall be allowed in the preference order after the form is submitted by the candidate
  • The candidates must upload the self attested scanned copies of the relevant certificates at the suitable places in the online application form. Any hard copies of the filled in Online Application form or other supporting documents need not be sent to the CLAT office
Admission Procedure: CLAT 2016
  • Admission is done on the basis of “merit cum preference” basis, which means that admissions into the participating institutes will be made on the basis of CLAT score of an aspirant and the preferences made by him/her
  • The CLAT office shall proceed in order of the following steps to admit students after the result has been declared:
    1. First Indicative List will be published on the basis of “merit cum preference”. It will be available on the official website
    2. A specified number of students belonging to different categories will be allowed to participate in the counseling. The counseling fee will be Rs. 50,000/- Failing the payment of this fee the name of the candidates shall be dropped from the merit list
    3. Publication of the second list followed by the third list allotting seats to the candidates
  • In case the waitlisted candidates decide to withdraw from the process after the payment of counseling fee, a sum of Rs. 10.000/- shall be deducted. However this withdrawal must be made within the time period fixed for the same, else the entire amount of Rs. 50,000/- shall be forfeited
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