CLAT 2018 Counselling – Important Dates, Counselling Procedure, Documents Required

Dushyant Vanaik updated on : 26 Dec 2017

CLAT Counselling will be conducted soon after the CLAT result is announced in the month of June 2018. Read here to know all the counselling details.

CLAT 2018 Counselling

CLAT 2018 Counselling - The admission process for the 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) will be conducted via an online centralised CLAT counselling process. CLAT Counselling 2018 will be conducted after the CLAT result is announced, tentatively in the first week of June 2018. The admission will be provided based on the rank obtained in CLAT 2018 and the preference of NLUs filled during the CLAT application process.

CLAT 2018 Counselling will be conducted in 4 rounds and at the end of each round, the list of provisionally selected candidates will be announced. The shortlisted candidates will then have to pay the CLAT counselling fee (INR 50,000) and opt for Lock or Shifting of Seats. The final list of shortlisted candidates will be announced in the third week of June 2018, and the aspirants will have to report to the allotted NLU to complete the admission formalities.

Although the CLAT 2018 counselling will be conducted only for the 18 NLUs, aspirants can also apply (Separately) in other law schools that accept the CLAT score. The CLAT exam 2018 will be conducted by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi on May 13, 2018. The official notification was released on December 20, 2017.

CLAT 2018 Counselling Important Dates



Publication of the first indicative seat allocation list

07 Jun 2018

Payment of counselling fee of Rs. 50,000/- (Rupees Fifty thousand only)

08 Jun to 12 Jun 2018

Publication of the second allotment list

16 Jun 2018

Payment of counselling fee for the candidates whose names appear in the second provisional allotment list

17 Jun to 19 Jun 2018

Locking allotted seats after exercising option for shifting or withdrawing from the admission process after release of the second allotment list

17 Jun to 19 Jun 2018

Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process

19 Jun 2018

Release of third allotment list

24 Jun 2018

Payment of full fees by the candidates whose name are included in the third allotment list

28 to 30 Jun 2018

Receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) in the CLAT Office

04 Jul 2018

Last date of admission process by the CLAT 2018 Office

04 Jul 2018

CLAT 2018 Counselling – Step by Step Process

Step 1:

Announcement of first allotment list - The first indicative list (University-wise) will be announced. The list will be prepared based on the candidate's merit and college preference.

Step 2:

Fee payment and exercising of options (Round 1 of CLAT Counselling) - The provisionally selected candidates need to pay the required fee and exercise the Lock or Upward Shifting option for CLAT 2018 Counselling Round 1. If a candidate fails to exercise any of the options, the default option will automatically get locked.

The CLAT counselling 2018 fee must be deposited in the CLAT office via online mode. Candidates can pay the fee using a credit card, debit card or net banking. CLAT office will transfer the fee to the respective NLU where the candidate will seek admission. Candidates failing to pay the fee within the stipulated time will not be allowed to take the admission.

Step 3:

The announcement of second allotment list (Round 2 of CLAT Counselling) - This list will consist of the candidates who were shortlisted in round 1 of CLAT 2018 counselling, and have paid the fees and blocked their seats in the NLUs. Additionally, another list of waitlisted candidates provisionally selected against the dropped out ones will be announced. These candidates will have to pay the fee and reserve their seats within the given time.

Step 4:

The announcement of third allotment list (Round 3 of CLAT Counselling) - Similar to the above process, the third allotment list will contain the names of candidates shortlisted in the first and second list, who have paid the fee and blocked their seats. Also, a list of waitlisted candidates will be released, who will be chosen against the dropped out candidates. These candidates will also have to pay the fee and reserve their seats within the given time.

Step 5:

Admission Withdrawal - Candidates who were provisionally selected can withdraw their names from the admission process here, within the time provided. in 2016, INR 10,000 was deducted from the deposited CLAT counselling fee.

Step 6:

The announcement of fourth allotment list (Round 4 of CLAT Counselling) - This list will contain the names of shortlisted candidates in the previous CLAT counselling rounds, who have paid the fees and booked their seats in the respective NLUs. However, if a candidate’s name appears in the fourth list and he/she has not deposited the counselling fee, then that particular candidate must pay the full fee to the allotted NLU at the time of admission.

CLAT 2018 Counselling – Locking and Upward Shifting

Locking - Candidate can choose this option to confirm their choice of NLU. Once locked, these candidates shall not be considered for upward shifting to other NLUs even if there are vacant seats at any stage of CLAT 2018 Counselling.

Upward Shifting - Candidates can choose the option of shifting against any vacant seat in NLUs in the next round. If there is any vacancy in the NLU (preference chosen in CLAT 2018 Application Form), candidates will be shifted upward, i.e. in higher order via subsequent allotment list.

CLAT 2018 Counselling – Admission Process

After CLAT 2018 Counselling is over, the candidates are required to visit the allotted NLU and complete the admission formalities. They need to pay the balance fee and produce the following documents (Original and photocopies) -

  • Hard copy of CLAT Application Form 2018
  • CLAT admit card
  • CLAT scorecard
  • Class 10th Mark sheet
  • Class 12th Mark sheet
  • Caste Certificate
  • Specially-Abled Certificate (If required)
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If required)
  • Domicile Certificate (If required)
  • NRI Certificate (If required)

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