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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

CLAT 2017

PART-I
ONLINE EXAMINATION PROCEDURE

QUESTION 1.  What is the mode of CLAT Examination 2017?
ANSWER-        ONLINE Examination

QUESTION 2.  What is Online Examination?
ANSWER -       It is a secured and un-interrupted Computer Based Test (CBT) using LAN. Online mode of examination is Examinee friendly also.

QUESTION 3.  Is online examination based on Internet?
ANSWER-        NO

QUESTION 4.  What is the eligibility criteria for applying CLAT 2017 for UG and PG Courses?
ANSWER-        The eligibility as mentioned below:

FOR UG (5 years Under Graduate Program)

  1. (i) Candidates shall be below Twenty (20) Years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of all Unreserved/NRIs/NRI Sponsored categories candidates.
    (ii) Candidates shall be below Twenty Two (22) years of age as on 1st July 2017 in case of SC/ST/ OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) category candidates.
  2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2), the candidates must have secured:
    (i) Forty five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    (ii) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2017 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2017 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.

FOR PG (1 year Post Graduate Program)

  1. The candidates must have Minimum percentage of marks in qualifying examination (i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exam) as under:
    (i)Fifty-five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved / OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
    (ii) Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST category,
  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 candidate who has appeared in the qualifying examination, he/she may submit his/her final result of qualifying examination within the timeframe prescribed by the respective University / Institute. Till then such candidates may be given provisional admission.
  4. In case of equal marks, the breaking of tie shall be by procedure and order as under:
    (i) Higher age;
    (ii) Computerized draw of lots.
  5. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT-2017.

QUESTION 5.  Is there any requirement of computer skills?
ANSWER-        The candidate need to know only how to use a computer mouse.

QUESTION 6.  What will be the medium of Online Examination?
ANSWER-        Medium of Examination is English only.

QUESTION 7.  What will happen in case if there is some problem in computer during the examination?
ANSWER-       Immediately, the candidate should intimate the Invigilator of such problem. There will be enough buffer computer systems available at the examination centre to take care of such problems. The time lost in change of system will be duly taken care of. Each and every second will be recorded by the Server (Real Time).

QUESTION 8.  In case of problem in computer etc. will there be somebody to assist?
ANSWER-        Yes, technically qualified people will be available at the Examination Centre.

QUESTION 9.  Is there any special arrangement for Specially Abled Persons [SAP]?
ANSWER-        Yes. The candidate can opt for either to arrange his/her own SCRIBE or to make request to the CLAT Office to provide the SCRIBE for the candidate. In case of first option the candidates has to download the SCRIBE declaration form which is available on CLAT 2017 Website at the time of filling-in application form.

QUESTION 10. Which kind of disable persons can take admission through CLAT 2017?
ANSWER-        A candidate will have to produce disability certificate from competent authority in accordance with the provisions of the Act. Definition of disability for the purpose of admission shall be in accordance with Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995. Disability in the act is defined to include: Blindness, low vision, leprosy cured, hearing impairment, loco-motor disability, mental retardation or illness.

QUESTION 11Is there any provision of extra time for the Persons with Disabilities appearing in CLAT 2017?
ANSWER-          Yes, Candidates with disabilities appearing in the CLAT 2017 shall be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.

QUESTION 12.  Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc.?
ANSWER-          Yes, Examination Centre will provide. But no electronic devices are allowed in Examination Hall/Room.

QUESTION 13.   How can I practice for Online Examination?
ANSWER-           The Mock Test will be available on the website www.clat.ac.in shortly. The candidate can use the same and practise as many times as he/she wants. This will give look and feel of the format of online examination (Computer Based Test) in simulation environment. It can also be downloaded and can be installed on stand-alone computer with NO COST.

QUESTION 14.   Is there any negative marking in examination?
ANSWER-           Yes, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.


PART-II
ADMISSION PROCEDURE

QUESTION 15.   Should I send the print outs of the Application Form to the CLAT office (Chanakya National Law University) by post?
ANSWER-            NO, the applicant is not required to send the 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 Office, if required.

QUESTION 16I have filled-up the Application Form successfully but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?
ANSWER-         NO CHANGE can be made after the Final Submission of the Application Form. However, if the time is still left for filling up the Online- Application Form, the applicant has to fill a Fresh/New Application Form along with the prescribed fee. In such case the new ID will be generated by the system and the fee paid for the previously filled Application form will not be refunded. Make Note that the last application form shall be treated as Final.

QUESTION 17.   How will I receive my admit card?
ANSWER-          The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) from 20th April, 2017 onwards. Please Note that the Admit Card will not be sent via e-mail or by post or by any other means to the candidate. They must carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, Aadhar Card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination.

QUESTION 18.    If I received Blank/Zero Registration Number after submission of Application Form then what I should do?
ANSWER-            It means that the Application Form has not been submitted successfully and you are required to apply a fresh.

QUESTION 19.    What details should I retain after completion of successful submission of my Application Form?
ANSWER-            The candidate must retain the:

  1. Hard copy of the Filled-in form.
  2. Fee receipt Detail.
  3. Auto-generated ID and Password.


QUESTION 20.    Can a candidate apply for CLAT-2017 offline?
ANSWER -           NO, a candidate can only apply through the On-line mode.

QUESTION 21.    How will I recover my lost password through which I had registered myself and had submitted online Application for CLAT-2017?
ANSWER-            You are required to click on the ‘forgot password’ button and follow the directions to ‘recover/reset your password’.

QUESTION 22.    How will I recover my login ID?
ANSWER-            Please note that your e-mail ID is your login ID.

QUESTION 23.   What is the procedure to make the payment online?
ANSWER -          The candidate will be able to make the payment using his/her Net-Banking Account/Debit /Credit Cards or other Payment options available on the payment gateway of the CLAT 2017 online application form. The charges may vary depending on the payment option.
 
QUESTION 24.   How can I get previous years question papers?
ANSWER–          The Previous year’s Question Papers can be downloaded from CLAT-2017 website on the payment of Rs. 400/-through online mode only(which is not included in the CLAT-2017 fee of Rs.4,000/-). No hard copy will be provided by the CLAT office.

QUESTION 25.    What is the procedure of allotment of Law Universities for admission?
ANSWER-            During the online submission of application form, the candidates will be required to fill up all the 18 available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preferences. Seats shall be allotted on merit-cum-choice basis.

QUESTION 26.    Can the candidate change his/her choices of National Law Universities subsequently?
ANSWER-            NO, Choice once indicated and submitted shall be treated as final. However, in case of submitting multiple application forms the last submitted form will be treated as final.

QUESTION 27.    Is there any seat available for NRI/NRI sponsored /Foreign National candidates?
ANSWER-            Yes. In some of the participating Law Universities seats are available for NRIs/NRI sponsored/Foreign National. Candidates are advised to refer to CLAT 2017 website for e-brochure and to visit the website of the respective NLUs.

QUESTION 28.    Is there any minimum cut-off score in CLAT Exam prescribed for admission?
ANSWER-            NO. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Candidature of every candidate shall be considered in their respective category, in order of merit.

QUESTION 29.    Is there any provision of Transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university subsequent to their admission through CLAT -2017?
ANSWER-            NO, CLAT Rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.

QUESTION 30.    What is the prescribed fee for the CLAT-2017 online application form?
ANSWER-            The prescribed fee is:

  1. For General / OBC / SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4000/-
  2. For SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3500/-

Please Note: The candidates will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online.

QUESTION 31.    What is the Counselling fee?
ANSWER–          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.

QUESTION 32.     Can I get my counselling fee refunded in case I don’t want to take admission?
ANSWER-             Please Note that:

  1. There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., 21st June, 2017.
  2. The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June, 2017, will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-.


QUESTION 33.    Is there any reservation available on domicile basis in any of the Law Universities?
ANSWER-            YES. Some of the participating Law Universities have provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLUs Brochure available on their website and also on CLAT 2017 website.

QUESTION 34.     Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT-2017for the women candidates?
ANSWER-            YES. Some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for the female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLU’s Brochure available on CLAT 2017 website in this regard.

QUESTION 35.     Do the CLAT participating universities have the common rules of reservation?
ANSWER-            NO. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the detailed information of the respective NLUs Brochure available on CLAT 2017 website to know about the University wise specific reservations.

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. Reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned State Government from time to time.