CLAT 2018 Help Desk

For registration related queries:

Helpline: 1800 419 2929
(Follow IVRS menu. Choose Option 7 in main menu and Option 2 in the sub menu)
Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Queries relating to payment gateway should be raised with the Bank concerned at the e-mail addresses/numbers mentioned against them quoting the following details

Registration No. :

Name of the applicant:

Mobile Number :

Mode of Transaction:

HDFC Bank Ltd.

For queries relating to online payment:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 022 33557000

(The candidates have to mention TID no: 76011433)


For queries relating to offline (challan) payment:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0484 2550980

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

UG Programme

Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:

  1. English including comprehension:
    The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
  2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
    The General knowledge will be evaluated on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test the candidate’s on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
  3. Mathematics:
    This section will test the candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught upto 10th Class/Standard.
  4. Legal Aptitude:
    This section will test the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
  5. Logical Reasoning:
    The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

The pattern of Question Paper for the UG Courses in CLAT-2018


Maximum Marks



Duration of CLAT-2018 Exam

  02:00 Hours


Multiple-Choice Questions

  200 questions of one mark each


Subject areas with weight-age:

1. English including comprehension

40 Marks

2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs

50 Marks

3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

20 Marks

4. Legal Aptitude

50 Marks

5. Logical Reasoning

40 Marks


Negative Marking

  0.25 Mark for each wrong answer

The pattern of Question Paper and syllabus for the PG Programme in CLAT-2018

The pattern of the question paper for admission to the Post-Graduate Course for CLAT-2018 is as under:


Maximum Marks



Duration of CLAT-2018 Exam

  02:00 Hours


Multiple-Choice Questions

  150 questions of one mark each



 Questions will be asked from the following areas of Law:

1. Constitutional Law

50 Marks

2. Jurisprudence

50 Marks

3. Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.

50 Marks


Negative Marking

  0.25 Mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

CLAT 2018 Eligibility

UG Programme

  1. There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2018.
  2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
    1. Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    2. Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.
  3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2018 are also eligible to appear in CLAT-2018 online 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.
  4. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
  5. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
    1. Higher marks in the component /section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2018 exam;
    2. Higher age;
    3. Computerised draw of lots.

PG Programme:

  1. The candidates must have minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination [i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exam] as under:
    1. Fifty five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    2. Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.
  2. The candidate must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission.
  3. In case of candidates who have appeared in the qualifying examination, he/she may submit his/her final result of qualifying examination within the time frame prescribed by the respective University/Institute. Till then such candidates may be given provisional admission.
  4. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by procedure and order as under:
    1. Higher age;
    2. Computerized draw of lots.
  5. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2018.

CLAT 2018 Calendar

CLAT 2018 Calendar

Sl. No. Description of Specific Activities Date and Day
1 Date of Issue of Admission Notification 20th December, 2017
2 Date of commencement of submission of online application form along with the order of  references for NLUs 1st January, 2018
3 Last date for submission of filled-in online application form along with the order of preferences for NLUs 31st March, 2018
4 Commencement of downloading of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets 20th April, 2018
5 Date of CLAT 2018 online Examination 13th May, 2018 (Sunday)
from 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm
a. Date of uploading the Answer Key 15th May, 2018
b. Representation, if any, relating to the exam, questions or key 16th May – 18th May, 2018
(Wednesday – Friday)
c. Date for uploading the amended answer key (if required) 26th May, 2018
6 Declaration of results, i.e., issue of Merit List (Category-wise) 31st May, 2018
7 Publication of the first indicative seat allocation list based on merit-cum-preference 7th June, 2018
8 Date for payment of counselling fee of Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty thousand only)
Note: The candidates failing to deposit the required fees by the specified date will forfeit their right to be considered for admission in CLAT 2018 and their names will be dropped from the CLAT 2018 Merit List. Date for locking of allotted seats or exercising option for shifting against the next indicative seat allocation list.
8th June – 12th June, 2018
(Friday – Tuesday)
9 Publication of the second allotment list after payment of counselling fee. 16th June, 2018
10 Date for payment of counselling fee for the candidates whose names appear for the first time in the second provisional allotment list 17th June – 19th June, 2018
(Sunday – Tuesday)
11 Date for locking of allotted seats after exercising option for shifting or withdrawing from the admission process against the second allotment list. 17th June – 19th June, 2018
(Sunday – Tuesday)
12 Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process.
a. There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 19th June, 2018
b. The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 19th June, 2018, will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000/-
19th June, 2018
13 Publication of the third allotment list 24th June ,2018
14 Payment of full fees by the candidates whose name appear for the first time in the third allotment list to the allotted Universities 28th – 30th June, 2018
(Thursday – Saturday)
15 Candidates to complete the admission formalities at the allotted NLU’s for admission against allotment list.
16 Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) in the CLAT Office 4th July, 2018
17 Date of closure of admission process by the CLAT 2018 Office 6th July, 2018

Note: After the closure of the CLAT Office, vacancy if any, in any NLU will be filled by the respective NLU at their own level from the CLAT list in the order of merit as per the Rules and Regulations of the participating Universities.

CLAT 2018 Important Instructions

The procedure for filling up the Application Form for CLAT-2018

The application form for CLAT-2018 shall be filled Online only.

The online application form has to be accessed from the CLAT-2018 website (

The candidates are first required to register themselves at the CLAT-2018 online application webpage by using personal e-mail ID and mobile number. To register an application, choose the tab “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION” and enter Name, Email-id and Mobile number. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system. An Email and SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will be sent. Use this Provisional Registration Number and Password to log in to fill the Online Application.

The Name of the candidate and the parents should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates/Mark sheets/Identity proof. Any change/alteration found may disqualify their candidature.

Documents to be uploaded with the Online Application.

The scanned copies of the documents to be uploaded by the candidates, adhering to the guidelines provided in the online application webpage, are:

1. Front facing passport size recent photograph
2. Signature of the candidate
3. The scanned copy of the certificate in PDF format issued by the competent authority to support the claim of Specially Abled Persons (SAP).

The original certificates/documents issued by the competent authority as specified in the brochure are to be submitted to the allotted University in the form and manner as specified by the respective universities at the time of admission.

The photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form.
The candidate can fill up the required details in the application form and save the same before finally submitting it.

No hard copy of the filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Office. 

The candidate is advised to submit his/her application form only after he/she is absolutely sure of the information he/she provides in the form.

No alteration / editing in the online application form can be done after successful submission /final submission of the form. The information once furnished by the candidate with regard to the category to which the candidate belongs, the preference for the NLUs and the Centre of the Entrance Test submitted by the candidates through online application mode shall be final and no change whatsoever, shall be allowed thereafter under any circumstances.

The candidates are required to read the instructions carefully and furnish correct and authentic information. In case the information furnished at any stage of the application, examination and admission process is found to be false or incorrect or if there is any discrepancy or mismatch between the information furnished by the candidate at the relevant section and the certificates/documents produced at the time of admission, the provisional admission offered to the candidate shall stand cancelled with immediate effect without assigning any further reason and the candidate shall stand disqualified from being considered for further admission to the NLU s by the CLAT Office.

The SAP candidates must upload the scanned copy (in .PDF format) of the Disability Certificate showing the percentage of disability issued by the competent authority in the ‘Document Upload’ section of the online application form.

The SAP Candidates requiring SCRIBE, must specify in the relevant column of the online application form whether the candidate would arrange a SCRIBE on his/her own or the same is to be provided by the CLAT Office.

The candidate shall fill his/her preference order for all nineteen NLUs at the time of online application itself. No change shall be allowed in the preference once the form is submitted by the candidate.

Application Fee / Previous Years Question Papers’ Fee 

1. Application fee for General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4,000/-
2. Application fee for SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3,500/-
3. The cost of previous years’ question papers is Rs.500/- (not included in the CLAT-2018 application fee of Rs.4,000/- or Rs.3,500/- as the case may be.)
4. The candidates themselves will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online

Mode of Payment of Application Fee 

Application fee can be paid online or by bank challan generated online. 
For payment of application fee, candidates are required to login to the CLAT 2018 Online Application Webpage. Application fee shall be paid online through net-banking /debit card / credit card/ pay wallet/ RuPay etc. or through offline mode by way of online- generated bank challan.

Offline payments can be made after registering the application online and generating challans online. The print out of the challans generated have to be taken to the relevant bank for payment over the counter. Offline payments are to be made in CASH only.

The candidates will have to bear additional bank transaction charges, if any, in case they opt for remitting the fee through net-banking payment gateways or any of the other modes of payment, including challan payments

The detailed procedure for payment of fee is also available at the CLAT-2018 online application webpage.

The application form, complete in all respects and after payment of fees must be finally submitted on or before 31st March, 2018 (11:59 P.M.). Incomplete application forms shall not be considered. The candidates shall fill and submit the application form well in time to avoid last minute hassles. The CLAT Office or the organizing University shall in no case be responsible for any incomplete information or misinformation or inconvenience faced by the candidate in this regard.

For any information relating to the nineteen NLUs, the candidate may refer to the e-brochure of the respective Institutions which will be available at the CLAT-2018 website.

The Admit Card/Hall ticket canbe downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her LOGIN account from 20th April, 2018 . The candidates shall take a print-out of the Admit Card/Hall Ticket and carry the same to the Examination Hall. The candidates shall read the instructions on the Admit Card carefully and carry all the requisite documents to the Examination Hall.

FOR NRI/NRI Sponsored/foreign national seats, the applicants are advised to refer to the e-brochures as well as the websites of the respective NLUs for more details. All NRI/NRI Sponsored Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT-2018 examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT 2018 rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities. However, the Foreign Nationals need not appear for the CLAT-2018 examination and they shall directly apply to the concerned Universities. For availing a seat against the NRI /NRI Sponsored category, the appropriate certificate(s)/ documents shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission to the concerned participating university in the prescribed format of the concerned University.

Only Indian Nationals/NRIs/NRI Sponsored Candidates are allowed to appear in the CLAT-2018 Examination. Foreign Nationals are not permitted to appear in the CLAT-2018. However, the Foreign Nationals desirous of seeking admission to any of the UG/PG courses in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University having seats reserved for Foreign Nationals.

Declaration of Result 
CLAT-2018 result will be published on 31st May, 20l8 in the CLAT website (

The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT-2018 shall be completed through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e., the CLAT Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form and the category / categories selected by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT-2018 results. The entire procedure shall be completed as per the CLAT calendar which is available on the CLAT website.

Other Important Instructions for the Candidates 
Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs. The candidates are, therefore, advised to thoroughly go through the rules, policies and the fee structure of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and also for the NRI/NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats.

Information provided in the e-Brochure regarding the intake, reservation policy, fee, courses offered and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc., has been specified very briefly. For detailed information regarding the same, the candidates may refer to the information available at the websites of the participating NLUs.

In the event of unforeseen incidents resulting in the cancellation of a Test city or centre, or insufficient or extra number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convenor, CLAT-2018 reserves the right to cancel such a City/Centre and shift the applicant to a another City/ Centre

In order to claim the benefit of reservation, the candidate must produce the relevant certificates as prescribed by the Government of India/State Government and as required by the respective NLU at the time of admission, as notified by them.

The CLAT-2018 application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. The reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned Government from time to time.

If a candidate has filled-in more than one online application form, the candidate’s last online application form only will be considered. In such cases, the application fee for the previous application forms will not be refunded.

The allotment of seats and the offer for admission under CLAT-2018 shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate.

Candidates are advised to visit CLAT-2018 website regularly for updates.

Common Law Admission Test 2016 (CLAT)


       Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level common Law entrance examination for the admission of UG, PG and other integrated Law courses (LLB and LLM) in 16 National Law Universities of India.

This is a two hour paper which consists of only multiple choices of questions based on subjects such as English, General Knowledge, Logical reasoning and Mathematics. The minimum education qualification to attend this exam is 10+ 12th standards cleared for the admission of UG and Integrated courses.

The minimum educational qualification for the admission of PG courses is a UG degree in Law.

The CLAT scores are also considered by other private law colleges and by some public sector recruitments.

List of National Law Universities:

The list of 16 National Law Universities which offer admission through CLAT are

  • National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  • Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad
  • The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
  • National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  • National Law University, Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University, Gandhi Nagar
  • Ram Manahar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow
  • Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  • National University of advanced Legal studies, Kochi
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala
  • National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  • National Law University, Cuttack
  • National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
  • Tamil Nadu National Law School, Srirangam


Programs offered by 16 NLU’s:

The following are the different UG and PG programs offered by the 16 NLU’s:

They are

  • A.LL.B (Hons) (LLB-Bachelor of Laws)
  • Sc.LL.B (Hons)
  • S.W LL.B (Hons)
  • Com LL.B (Hons)
  • L.M (LLM- Master of Laws)

Important dates for CLAT 2016:

       These dates are tentative. Thus, refer the official website of CLAT for any official announcement of important dates of CLAT 2016.

Application form available from: 1st week of January to Last week of March 2016

Last date for the online application form submission: Last week of March 2016 Admit card availability: Mid of April 2016.

Examination date of CLAT 2016: 1st or 2nd week of May 2016

Declaration of results of CLAT 2016: 3rd and 4th week of May 2016

Admission process: From 4th week of May till 1st week of July 2016

Admission closes on: 1st week of July 2016


Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2016:

  1. Candidates applying for this exam for UG degree must have cleared higher secondary education from the recognized board with at least 45% of scores for general category students. For students belonging to the SC/ST and PwD they must have secured at least 40% of marks in their higher secondary education.
  2. The candidates applying for CLAT should be below 20 years as on 1st July 2016 for general category students. For students belonging to SC/ST/PwD category the age should be below 22 years.
  3. For PG program there is no upper age limit prescribed by the participating Universities.
  4. Candidates applying for PG degree exam must have completed LLB or 5 year integrated LLB degree with at least 55% of marks(General category students) and 50% of marks (SC/ST/PwD students) from a recognized University.
  5. The candidate must be an Indian or NRI.


     How to apply for CLAT 2016?

           The official notification of CLAT 2016 is yet to be announced in the official site of CLAT . After announcement, please follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the official site of CLAT 2016
  2. Since this exam is conducted only in online mode, the candidates can apply this exam only through online.
  3. Application forms for CLAT 2016 are expected to be available from January 2016. Thus, download the application form from the website.
  4. Please fill in all the details of candidate such as correct name, address, contact number and active email id. Please be sure that these details are very correct. These details are used to communicate further with the candidates.
  5. Last date of the application submission in on last week of March 2016.
  6. Submit the application form through online with required necessary documents like scanned copy of certificates, photos, etc.,
  7. The application fee is Rs.4000/- for general candidates and Rs.3500 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
  8. The candidates can pay this application fee through net banking/debit card or credit card.


Pattern for CLAT 2016:

  • Mode of the examination: Online only
  • Duration of the examination for UG: Two hours
  • Exam Venues: The exam will be conducted in number of test centres across India. The test centres    will be announced later in the official site.
  • Total number of questions: 200 each carrying one mark (UG exam)
  • Total number of questions: 150 each carrying one mark (PG exam)
  • Every correct answer will be awarded one mark whereas every wrong answer will be deducted 0.25 marks.
  • For UG courses the exam pattern is as follows:
  1. Reasoning: 40 questions
  2. Legal Aptitude: 50 Questions
  3. English and comprehension: 40 questions
  4. Elementary mathematics: 20 questions
  5. General Knowledge and current affairs: 50 questions
  • For PG Course the exam pattern is as follows:
  1. Constitutional law: 50 questions
  2. Jurisprudence: 50 questions
  3. Other law subjects: 50 questions
  • Total marks for PG entrance exam: 150
  • Each question carries one mark
  • Time duration for PG exam: 2 hours.

However, please refer the official site of CLAT for the official announcement of the pattern.

Syllabus for CLAT 2016:

 Syllabus for CLAT UG LLB:

               The most important topics that are covered under the syllabus of CLAT (LLB-UG course syllabus) are:

English and comprehension:

                     This is to mainly test the candidate’s proficiency in English and his understanding capacity of comprehension passages and its theme. Questions based on comprehension passage test the candidate’s ability of understanding such passages. The other topics which are included are identify correct and incorrect sentences in grammar, active and passive voice, reading comprehension, sentence sequencing, spotting error and using appropriate word. This section carries 40 marks with 40 questions.

General Knowledge and current affairs:

                 The candidate’s are tested the knowledge in current affairs, general questions on India, world geography, history, freedom struggles, Indian economy, Indian constitution, international news, etc. This section carries 50 marks with 50 questions.

Elementary Mathematics:

          This section covers all the fundamental concepts in mathematics. Thus, students who are strong enough in the fundamental basics can easily clear this section. The most important topics covered under this are Number system, roots, average, HCF and LCM, Logarithm, profit and loss, discounts, interest calculation, areas and volumes, decimals and fractions, etc. This section carries 20 marks.

Legal Aptitude:

             This section will test the candidate’s knowledge in legal propositions. The questions are based on the legal propositions or principles and facts. These principles have to be applied accordingly to arrive at a most reasonable conclusion. The total number of questions in this section is 50.

Logical reasoning:

               This section totally consists of 40 questions each carrying one mark. Questions based on logical links, identify patterns, rectifying illogical arguments are covered under this section. Other questions such as syllogism, logical sequences, analogies, etc are also covered under this section.

Syllabus for CLAT PG LLM:

                   The most important topics for CLAT PG LLM

  • Law of Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Legal Theory
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Torts

Important books to refer for CLAT 2016:

  • English:
  1. Word power made easy 1st edition by Norman Lewis
  2. Objective General English Edition 1 by R.S.Agarwal
  • General Knowledge:
  1. Manorama year book
  2. Lucents General Knowledge
  • Mathematics:
  1. Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations, 17th edition by R.S.Aggarwal
  2. Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations 4th edition
  • Legal awareness:
  1. Legal awareness and legal reasoning for the CLAT and LLB.
  • Logical reasoning:
  1. Analytical reasoning 3rd edition by M.K.Pandey
  2. A modern approach to logical reasoning by R.S.Aggarwal

Preparation tips for CLAT 2016:

           Here are the few preparation tips for CLAT 2016.

  • Study according to the latest syllabus and pattern of CLAT 2016:

                   This is the most important thing that a candidate must note. Students have to know the pattern and syllabus of CLAT 2016 and cover all topics thoroughly. Also, students can refer to the previous year questions papers to be clear and confident.

  • Proper time management:

         Time management is the most important thing for clearing any competitive exam. Thus, be sure that you can solve any particular question within the given time. If it is not possible try to solve it within the given time. This is the very important thing for any candidate.

  • Take part in the online mock tests:

               There are huge numbers of websites providing the online mock test for CLAT examination. Attending these exams, students can be clear about the types of questions asked for, duration of each section and importance of each section. Thus, students must definitely attend the mock examination.

  • Prepare notes:

     Practice yourself to prepare notes for all lengthy and important topics. Making note of all important formulas, important information, dates of the incidents, etc., which will help you during the last minute preparation of the examination.

  • Be aware with the current affairs:

       Unlike other competitive exams, CLAT needs more knowledge and awareness in the Current

affairs. Thus, read daily newspapers and magazines without fail.

  • Solve previous year question papers:

            Download last five years question papers and try to solve it on your own. Try to solve all mathematical questions, logical reasoning questions and legal awareness questions on your own. Test your General Knowledge skills by attending various mock tests.

  • Refer all important books for CLAT :

         Prepare the exam through books specified for CLAT 2016. Always prepare from those books.

Career in Law in India

Career in Law in India:

Law is one of the most prestigious and popular career choices in our Country. People whose family generations have been into this profession for years usually choose this career.

However, to choose this career it is not compulsory that the student must be from Law or its related background.

There are different types of branches available in the Law courses. They are civil law, criminal law, Intellectual Property Right, Patent law and corporate law, etc.,

A degree of law not only allows you to practice as a lawyer in courts but also to work in various sectors such as corporate management, legal services and administrative services.

Students who wish to choose this career must check the following points:

  • Is this the right career for me?

Before choosing up this career, please ask this question to yourself. The career in law requires more patience and logical thinking. Think twice whether you are suitable for this profession. Also, the Law profession is a difficult and a challenging one when compared to other professions. It requires more hard work and intelligence to become a successful lawyer. Even for a successful lawyer the starting stage is not that easy. They must be trained under an experienced senior lawyer or advocate to become successful.

Those who are choosing this career must have excellent communication skills, critical thinking and intelligence.

  • Start preparing for Law entrance examination:

        If you have decided to choose this career, then start preparing for the national level Law entrance examinations as soon as you complete the senior secondary education. The national entrance examination like CLAT generally tests the candidate’s ability of thinking, general English, legal aptitude, general awareness and logical skills. The other competitive Law exams are AILET, LSAT, SET, etc.,

  • What type of course can I choose for?

        Any students who decide to choose their career in Law can either do 3 years LLB course or 5 years BA LLB course in this field. 3 years course can be done after any graduation in any discipline whereas 5 years course can be done directly after your 12th standard.

Nowadays, 3 years degree in law is considered less important when compared to the 5 years course in Law. This is because 5 years law course is treated as professional degree in Law and students who really aspire to become an advocate take up this course. 3 years law course is just treated as additional degree nowadays.

  • What is the cost of these courses?

        The cost of pursuing these courses depending on the type and reputation of the institution. A 3 years LLB course usually less expensive where as the five years BA LLB course is little more expensive. There will also be hostel for students opting hostel.

  • What is my salary after I complete the degree?

This is actually one of the highest paying professions but depends upon the Lawyer’s caliber, popularity and success. The lawyer who has just started practicing can get a stipend of Rs.5000 to Rs.40,000 depending upon the performance, caliber, senior advocate he is associated with, etc.,

Outsourcing receives an attractive salary package of Rs.20000 to Rs.200000 per month.

  • International focus:

The Law education in India is similar to that of Britain. Thus, many Universities in Britain offer Law education to many students from India. As a recent trend, students from India study in this these foreign universities by enjoying attractive salary package while studying.

  • Demand and supply:

An acute shortage of well qualified lawyers is a major problem in India. Among ten Lakh lawyers in India only 20 percent of them are said to be fit enough to practice law in courts. Several Law schools like NLSU, NALSAR are established to improve the level of legal education in India and to produce skilled lawyers to meet the requirements.

Also, those who decide to take up this career must sincerely work hard in this profession. Also, they must have an intention to serve their own country through this valuable and respected profession.

  • Job prospects:

There are huge numbers of jobs in Law career. The person taking up Law as a profession can either practice as a Lawyer in the court or can work for the corporate firms. By clearing exams like Public service commission the Law graduate will get a chance to become a Judge.  After good and considerable experience a Law graduate can also become a solicitor general or public prosecutor or work for any Government or public firms.

The other opportunities for a Law graduate is that he/she can also work as a legal adviser to any private/public firms, work with NGO’s or work as a reporter in News paper or television channel.

  • What are the different designations possible in this field?

There are different roles available for a Law graduate to choose for: They are

Civil Litigation Lawyer:

The Lawyer who solely concentrates only one civil cases such as corporate, family, probate, intellectual property tax, personal injury law, real estate and so on.

Criminal Lawyer:

Criminal lawyers who are otherwise called as criminal defense lawyers who are responsible for defending individuals, organizations and entities that have been charged with crime.

They handle diverse types of criminal cases such as domestic violence crime, sex crimes, theft, drug crimes, fraudulent act, etc.,

Legal Analyst:

Legal analyst who works for corporate or law firms and analyses laws related to the company and its operation. He/she deals with all legal problems faced by the concern they are working for.

Document Drafting Lawyer:

The creation of legal documents is an integral part of Law profession. But those who specialize in this field are called as document drafting Lawyers. Such persons are responsible for drafting legal agreements, documents and all related legal papers for the company or the firm they work for.

Legal Journalist:

Legal journalism is a specialization within journalism. Legal journalist research and report every information pertaining to the Law. These people can be very successful when they work as “news reporters” since they will be able to perform well than a journalist without legal knowledge.

 Government Lawyer:

Government Lawyers are the qualified Lawyers or Solicitors who work on behalf of government and give legal advice to the Government ministers and administrative staffs.


Judge plays main role in the court room. They interpret law, deal with the evidence presented and offer judgment for all cases.

Different types of Law Exam:

The candidates those who are interested in the Law profession have to qualify any entrance examination below:

CLAT: (Common Law Admission Test)

This is national level entrance test for the admission to any 14 top National Law Universities of India. They are NLUs, TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli, DSNLU Visakhapatnam, Nirma Ahemedabad etc.,

LSAT: (Law School Admission Test)

This is a common test which tests the candidate’s verbal and logical ability skills. This test is conducted by USA based Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for use by Law schools in India.


Faculty of Law, University of Delhi conducts a separate entrance exam for the admission to the courses like LLB and LLM.

SET Symbiosis:

Symbiosis International University conducts this exam for the admission to the various UG courses in the Symbiosis University.

ULSAT-UPES Law Studies Aptitude Test:

ULSAT is conducted by University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES). This is a common entrance test conducted for the admission to the courses like BA LLB and LLB in corporate Laws, cyber laws and intellectual property rights.

Top Law schools in India:

  1. Faculty of Law, University of Delhi
  2. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
  3. ILS Law college, Pune
  4. Government Law college, Mumbai
  5. Amity Law School, Delhi
  6. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
  7. National Law University, Jodhpur
  8. Gujarat National Law of University (GNLU)
  9. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  10. Symbiosis Society’s Law College (SSLC), Pune

Candidates who do 5 years BA LLB from top law schools like NALSAR or NLSUI Bangalore get huge job opportunity from the ITES firms and other law firms. These graduates can also start to practice in courts. But those who wish to practice in the court have to register their name in the bar council of India (BCI) and practice under the senior lawyers.

List of Law Universities Conducting CLAT

The following is the list of National Law Universities in India conducting CLAT in rotation. This year CLAT 2015 is being organised by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)

  2. NALSAR University of Law

  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal

  4. The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)

  5. National Law University, Jodhpur

  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

  8. Dr.Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab

  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)

  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi

  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack

  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi

  14. The National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)

  15. “Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam

  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli

CLAT UG Seat Matrix 2014 Assam


Category of Seats No. of Seats
Grand Total 60
All India Category Seats
All India Total 45
General 30
S.C. 04
S.T./ ST (Plains) ST (Hills) 06


P.W.D (Horizontal) 02
P.W.D (Vertical)
State Category Seats Based on Domicile
State Total 15
General 15
Dependants of Freedom Fighters (DFF)
Ancestral residents of village Sidhuwal(Punjab)
Son/Daughters of Defence Personnel Deployed in U.P. or
Defence Personnel of U.P. either retired or killed disabled in action
Special Category Seats
NRI/NRI Sponsored
Foreign Nationals