CLAT 2019: Application, Exam Date, Pattern, Institute Wise Cut OffCLAT 2019 or Common Law Admissions Test 2019 is a national level admission test conducted by all the NLU’s (National Law Universities) on a rotational basis. It helps students to seek admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses in LLB and LLM in any one of the nineteen NLU’s of the country. Candidates need a good CLAT score to get through one of the NLU’s and get the desired seat in the course of BA. LLB (Hons), BSc. LLB (Hons), BBA. LLB (Hons), B.Com LLB (Hons) and LLM honors. There are 19 National Law Universities in the country currently, an increase from 18 in the year 2017. MNLU, Aurangabad has been the newest entrant among the NLU’s.

What is to be kept in mind is that, not only the NLU’s accept CLAT scores. There are a few other colleges such as KIIT Bhubaneshwar, Narsee Monjee, Mumbai which accept CLAT scores along with a few public colleges as well.

CLAT 2019 Registration:

In order to register oneself for CLAT, the candidate has to visit their official site – www.clat.ac.in. After going to the website, the candidate has to click on ‘Apply for CLAT 2019 LLB/LLM program.’ After that, the candidate must fill in all the details needed for registration of CLAT, such as name, date of birth, mobile number and email id. After adding all the necessary details, verify the same and then click on ‘Register’. After successful registration, the candidate will receive an email as well as an SMS on their registered email id and phone containing the candidate’s CAPS user id and password.

Online registration starts from the first week of January 2019 up to the end of March 2019.

CLAT 2019 Application Form Details:

After the registration is done by the candidate and he has received the CAPS user id and password by SMS and mail, he can use it to log in to the site and start filling up the application form. On logging in to the site, search for ‘CLAT Application Form 2019’ and opening the form, enter your personal and academic details as is needed. You will also have to give your category and NLU preference when filling up the form. No change in the selection of NLU preference can be made after the application form has once been submitted.

The following scanned documents will be necessary when filling up the form:

  • Scanned recent passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • Birth Certificate
  • Class 10 Certificate (if applicable)
  • SAP Certificate (if applicable – in PDF format)

After uploading the scanned documents, the candidate can see a preview of the completed application form. Checking the details of the same carefully, click on Submit, and take a printout of the form for future references.

P.S. – Once the application form has been filled and submitted, no further alteration or editing can be made.

Also, no hard copy of the filled in application form needs to be sent to the CLAT office. Online submission is all that is necessary.

After this, the application fee is to be paid. This can be done online via net banking, credit/debit card or bank challan. The fee is Rs. 4000 for general category candidates and Rs. 3500 for SC/ST candidates. In case you want to avail a question paper, Rs. 500 extra is charged. Fees are to be submitted in the given time frame or the application stands canceled.

CLAT Rules and Regulations:

CLAT is open to accepting applications from Indian Nationals, NRIs, and NRI sponsored candidates. NRIs and NRI sponsored can apply to NLU’s which have that specific category mentioned in their quota. However, foreign national candidates need not apply for CLAT and can get direct admission into their preferred institutes. A number of seats up for grabs are 240.

CLAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria:

 Students applying for the UG course needs to have passed their 10+2 from a recognized board with a 45% (minimum for general category candidates and 40% for SC/ST candidates). Final year students too can apply.

As for the PG course, candidates must have passed the LL.B/ 5 year-integrated LL.B honors from a recognized university with a minimum of 55% (general candidates) and 50% (SC/ST candidates) in order to be eligible to apply. Final year candidates too can apply.

For the undergraduate course, the upper age limit is 20 years for NRI/UR/NRI sponsored candidates and 22 years for SC/ST/OBC/SAP candidates.

For the postgraduate course, there is no upper age limit for appearing for the CLAT exam. However, a student must have secured the requisite marks in their LL.B from a recognized university in order to appear for the test. Students in the final year of their LL.B programme are also eligible to apply, provided they are able to provide necessary documents at the time of counseling.

CLAT 2019 Exam Dates & Exam Pattern:

The necessary dates which are to be kept in mind when preparing for CLAT 2019 are as follows:-

  • Official notification for CLAT 2019 on their site – third week of December 2018.
  • The opening of the online registration portal and application form – 1st January 2019.
  • Last date for submitting the CLAT 2019 application form – 31st March 2019.
  • Downloading of admit card starts – 3rd week of April 2019.
  • Date of CLAT entrance exam – 12th May 2019 – 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (online).
  • Answer key release – 3rd week of May 2019.
  • Representation of questions or key – till 3rd week of May 2019.
  • Uploading of amended answer key (if necessary or if applicable) – 4th week of May 2019.
  • Result/ Merit list released – Last week of May 2019.
  • First indicative seat allocation publication – 1st week of June 2019.
  • Date of payment of counseling fee – till the 2nd week of June 2019.
  • The release of admission status by the NLU’s – July 2019.
  • CLAT admissions are concluded by July 2019.

(P.S. – These dates may be subject to change. As of now, this is the schedule that has been released for future references.)

The basic exam pattern for the CLAT 2019 exam (UG and PG) are as follows:-

  • English will be the mode of language for the exam.
  • The paper will be of 2 hours.
  • The exam will be conducted online.
  • Maximum marks will be 200 for UG and 150 for PG. Therefore, there will be 200 questions asked for the UG course and 150 questions asked for the PG course.
  • The questions will all be an objective and multiple choice in nature.
  • The marking scheme will be +1 for every correct answer and -0.25 for every wrong answer.

CLAT 2019 Syllabus:-

The syllabus for the CLAT UG course will consist of the following topics:-

  • Logical Reasoning (Syllogism, Logical Sequences, Analogies, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangements, Rectifies Illogical Arguments) – 40 marks (40 questions)
  • Legal Aptitude (Legal Propositions) – 50 marks (50 questions)
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) (Number System, Time and Work, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Height and Distance, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry) – 20 marks (20 questions)
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs (Current Affairs and Static GK) – 50 marks (50 questions)
  • English (including Comprehension) (Grammar, Vocabulary, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Correction) – 40 marks (40 questions)

The syllabus for the CLAT PG course will consist of the following topics:-

  • Constitutional Law – 50 marks (50 questions)
  • Jurisprudence – 50 marks (50 questions)
  • The contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc – 50 marks (50 questions)

CLAT 2019 Preparation Tips:-

The best way to prepare for CLAT is to solve, analyze and go through questions from previous years. Time management is also of utmost importance as it is necessary to divide the time spent behind studying each subject equally so that you don’t lag behind in any of the topics. Solving mock test which is available online as well as on hard copy also help students get a basic knowledge and understanding of what to expect in the exam. Good CLAT guidance books also help. Making short notes of quick tricks and formulas which may help save time are also to be looked into. Have a cool, calm and composed mind while preparing for the CLAT exam and don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself.

How to crack CLAT 2019?

Cracking CLAT can be an easy task if you are well prepared and confident. Although the topics might seem slightly overwhelming, a little practice is all one needs to get the hang of it. Certain books which can be read in order to crack the CLAT exam and be sure to get a seat in one of the prestigious NLU’s are as follows :

  • Legal Aptitude for CLAT Examination by Bhardwaj
  • 10 Year CLAT Solved Papers by Disha Experts
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • General Knowledge 2019 by Manohar Pandey
  • NCERT Class 10 Text Book by NCERT
  • Wren and Martin – English Grammar and Composition by DV Prasada Rao
  • CLAT Logical Reasoning by RK Gupta
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
  • Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Objective Arithmetic by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • GK Today
  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide
  • India Year Book
  • Butterworth Lexis Nexis
  • English is Easy by Chetananand Singh

Other than reading these books, a candidate should also regularly go through the newspaper to remain up to date with all the latest news and current affairs. School grammar books also help enhance one’s grammar skills. Along with these, regularly solving mock tests and sample papers also helps one confirm their seat in any one of the 19 NLU’s of the country.

Institute Wise CLAT Cut-Off:-

The cut-off for CLAT 2019 hasn’t been released as of yet.

The CLAT 2019 examination will be conducted by National Law University Odisha, Cuttack, (tentatively).

However, the 2018 CLAT cut-offs and AIR rank might help with getting a basic idea of how much one needs to score in order to be a part of one of the NLU’s.

(P.S.- The score which has been provided below was of the first merit list and so are the AIR ranks. If there are vacant seats available the score does go down by a small margin and some lower ranks to get placed.)

National Law Universities Score Rank (AIR)
NLSIU, Bangalore 135.5 58
NALSAR, Hyderabad 128.25 130
NLIU, Bhopal 120 355
WBNUJS, Kolkata 122.5 215
NLU, Jodhpur 120 350
HNLU, Raipur 116.5 555
GNLU, Gandhinagar 118 450
RMNLU, Lucknow 115.25 620
RGNLU, Patiala 113 780
NUALS, Kochi 111 900
CNLU, Patna 111 900
DSNLU, Visakhapatnam 108 1200
NLUO, Cuttack 110.5 1050
NUSRL, Ranchi 110.5 1050
NLUJAA, Guwahati 110.5 1060
TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli 110.5 1160
MNLU, Mumbai 116.25 575
MNLU, Nagpur 108 1200
MNLU, Aurangabad 107.75 1250

Other than these NLU’s there are other colleges too who accept CLAT scores.

The cut-offs for these colleges in 2018 are as follows :

College Marks Rank cut-off (AIR)
Narsee Monjee, Mumbai 85 2500

(Seats available after 6th July ’18 – 6000)

UPES, Dehradun 79 3000 (Seats available after 6th July ’18 – 8000)
KIIT, Bhubaneshwar 79 3000 (Seats available after 6th July ’18 – 8000)
Other private law schools 72-50 12000 (Seats available after 6th July ’18 – 10000 – 25000)

Please find below, the number of seats which are allocated to each NLU.

  • NLSIU, Bangalore -80 seats.
  • NALSAR, Hyderabad – 120 seats.
  • NLIU, Bhopal – 128 seats.
  • WBNUJS, Kolkata – 133 seats.
  • NLU, Jodhpur – 115 seats.
  • HNLU, Raipur – 187 seats.
  • GNLU, Gandhinagar – 187 seats.
  • RMLNLU, Lucknow – 178 seats.
  • RGNUL, Patiala – 196 seats.
  • CNLU, Patna – 140 seats.
  • NUALS, Kochi – 68 seats.
  • NLUO, Cuttack – 180 seats.
  • NUSRL, Ranchi – 120 seats.
  • NLUJA, Guwahati – 60 seats.
  • DSNLU, Visakhapatnam – 120 seats.
  • TNNLS, Tiruchirappalli – 110 seats.
  • MNLU, Mumbai – 60 seats.
  • MNLU, Nagpur – 60 seats.