Common Law Admission Test
For CLAT 2014, the registration fees for general candidates is INR 4,000 (up by 33% from 2013) and the pre-admission advance deposit for making oneself eligible for counselling if one has secured a top rank, post declaration of the CLAT results is INR 1 lakh (up by 100% from 2013) payable within one week of the declaration of results. The latter is especially problematic for students from economically weaker sections of the society, since they don’t even have the option of borrowing from banks, as no bank will extend a loan of such a large sum within a week for merely college counselling, at a stage where the student has not been allotted a college. Such drastic, unprecedented hikes which are not seen in the case of other competitive examination in India, without any transparency with regard to the rationale behind the same, amounts to abuse of its dominance by the CLAT committee in the market of conducting entrance examinations to the top National Law Universities. iJustice has filed an ‘information’ before the Competition Commission of India with respect to the steep hike in the registration fees and pre-admission advance deposit for counselling for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) by the CLAT committee, specifically this year, and generally over the last few years.