HPNLET 2018 is also known as Himachal Pradesh National Law University Entrance Test. Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla conducts HP National Law Entrance Test (HP-NLET) in order to shortlist candidates for admission in programmes such as – BA/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD in law. In this law entrance exam candidates are evaluated out of 150 marks. Aspirants need to attempt all the questions asked in the exam in two hours duration. The HPNLET 2018 will be conducted offline, and the question paper will follow different structure for different courses. Interested applicants can apply for HPNLU Law entrance test through online mode only. The application forms will be available on NLU Shimla official website.

HPNLET 2017 – NLU Shimla Admission through Entrance Test

In undergraduate courses like BA LLB/BBA LLB (Hons.) 60 students will be admitted in each program. Whereas in One year LLM program around 20 students will be admitted and 10 students will be admitted in PhD.

Important Dates

Description of Specific Activities HPLU, Shimla Dates
Issues of notification Jan 2018
Starting date for availability of application forms Jan 2018
Last date for submission of application forms Apr 2018
Availability of Admit Card for all applicants on website Apr 2018
Date of Test (HP NLET 2018) May 2018
Uploading of Key and Inviting Objection May 2018
Last date of Receiving Objections May 2018
Final Key (Uploading) May 2018
Declaration of HP-NLET 2017 Result Jun 2018
Date for issue of letters for Admission Jun 2018
Last date of deposit of Fee (1st List) Jun 2018
Date for spot counselling of vacant seats (If Any) Jun 2018
Date of submission of fee for vacant seats Jun 2018
Close of Admission Jul 2018
Orientation Programme Jul 2018
Semester to begins Jul 2018
LL.M (One Year Programme)
Uploading of Key and Inviting Objection May 2018
Last date of Receiving Objections May 2018
Final Key Uploading May 2018
Declaration of Results Jun 2018
Ph.D. Programme
Uploading of Key and Inviting Objection May 2018
Last date of Objection May 2018
Final Key Uploading May 2018
List for submission of Research Proposal Jul 2018
Meeting of Board of Research Studies Jul 2018
Final List of Selected Candidate Aug 2018
Course work begins Aug 2018

Please note that official details of HPNLET 2018 have not yet been announced. Information on this page is as per previous year brochure and only for reference of such candidates who have started looking for details to get an idea of HPNLET 2018. As soon as Himachal Pradesh National Law University releases HPNLET 2018 information brochure, details will be updated here.

Cut off:- Last year, the cut off marks (Marks obtained out of total marks) for SC & ST, PWD and KM categories was as follows:- 20 for SC, ST and PWD and for Kashmiri Migrants 30.

HPNLET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

For UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES [B.A./B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) Five Year Integrated Course]

  1. Must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of 50% marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Person (SAP)/NRI/NRI Sponsored Categories/Kashmiri Migrants (candidates belonging to SC/ST Categories minimum qualifying marks will be 45%)
  2. Candidates who will be appearing for the qualifying examination March/ April 2018 are also eligible to apply.

Note: Applicants who have obtained 10+2 through Open School/Universities system directly without having any basic qualification are not eligible for the law course in HPNLU.

Age Limit:In case of Unreserved/NRI/NRI Sponsored categories candidates should be below 20 Years of age. Whereas in case of SC/ST/OBC/SAP categories candidates should be below 22 Years of age.


  • Must have obtained LL.B. (Three /Five Years) or equivalent degree with a minimum of 55% marks in case of Unreserved/OBC/SAP categories (in case of SC/ST Categories it will be 50%).

For Ph. D. Programme

  • Should have obtained LL.M. or equivalent Degree with a minimum of 55% marks

HPNLET 2018 Application Form

Candidates are required to fill the application form for HPNET 2018 on the official website of HP National Law University. The application form will be available online only. Once HPNLET application form is filled, applicants need to pay the application fee online by means of an Online Payment Gateway – Credit Card/Debit Card and Net Banking. To fill the application form, candidates first need to register by clicking on the Admissions 2018 link on the homepage of the HP National Law University, Shimla. Fill in all the details as required in the User registration form.

After completing the registration process, click on the “Application Locker” and choose a list of colleges from HP National Law University. Choose the suitable application form and click on Apply button. You may now start filling in details in the application form. Upload your Photograph  and Signature (( in .jpg,.gif or .bmp format) between 10 KB to 100 KB) in the online application form. Make sure that you have provided details in all the fields which are mandatory as incomplete applications forms will be rejected. After filling in the details in the online application for HPNLET 2018 you may now make payment.

Application Fee

The Application fee can be paid by Debit / Credit card or Net Banking facility. After the payment has been received, you will receive a confirmation through mail after which student will view & print the acknowledgment slip in the from their e-mail id or from the Application Locker under the Application Submitted area.

HPNLET 2018 Admit Card

The Admit Cards for HPNLET 2018 for admission to B.A./B.B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M. and Ph.D. will be released for print online. All the candidates are required to carry a clear copy of the Admit Card available for print from the link that will be updated on this page. In case, if the face of the candidate is not clearly visible on Admit Card, the University has the right to decline the candidate from taking the test. So while taking print out make sure that every particular in the admit card is clearly visible.

You can download your HPNLET Admit Card 2018 by either searching by Applicant’s Name and Date of Birth or by searching Application Number and Date of Birth. The candidates belonging to Persons with Disabilities category have to bring a copy of Disability Certificate issued by the competent authority, at the Examination Centre on the day of exam for availing the facility of scribe/extra time.

HPNLET 2018 Exam Pattern

HPNLET 2018 offline exam is conducted to offer admission in courses such as BA/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD in Law. HP-NLET exam pattern for each course admissions will be different. In HPNLET exam for BA/BBA LLB (Hons), aspirants will be evaluated out of 150 marks. Also, one mark will be awarded for each correct answer.

BA/BBA LLB (Honors) Exam Structure

Subject No. of Questions
General Awareness 50
Legal Awareness & Reasoning 40
Quantitative Aptitude 30
English Comprehensive 30
Total Questions 150

LLM Exam Structure

In HPNLET exam for one year LLM course, 120 MCQs will be from the topics taught in LLB program and 30 marks will be assigned to the essay on Contemporary Legal Problems.

Topics Marks Allotted
Constitutional Law MCQs of 120 marks
Law of Contract
Law of Torts
Family Law
Criminal Law
Public International Law
Corporate Law
Intellectual Property Right Law
Contemporary Legal Problems Essay question of 30 marks
Total Marks 150

PhD Exam Structure

In HPNLET for PhD there will be two papers – Paper I will have 50 objective type questions from Legal Research Methodology carrying 2 marks each and Paper II will have a 50 marks essay on a topic related to the Law and Social Transformation.

Exam Topic No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Paper I Legal Research Methodology 50 MCQs 100
Paper II Law and Social Transformation (and related topics) 1 Essay type question 50
Total 51 150

Note: The topics for essay mentioned for LLM and Phd Program are as per last year.

HPNLET 2018 Result

The Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU) declared the results for HPNLET 2018 exam conducted for BA LLB/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and PhD course on its official website.

HPNLU declares a separate list with names of aspirants shortlisted for admission through HP-NET 2018. The national law university also declares All India Rank list and All Himachal Pradesh State List. Under these, a separate merit lists will also be declared for students under different categories such as General, Defence Personnel (DP), Kashmiri Migrants (KM), Persons with Disabilities (PwD), Scheduled Caste (ST) and Scheduled tribes (ST).

Tie Breaker

In a scenario wherein two or more candidates secure the same rank in HPNLET 2018 then tie-break in such a scenario is to done as per the below mentioned criteria:

  1. Candidate with higher marks in 10+2 or equivalent exam will be ranked higher.
  2. If tie still remains, then the candidate with higher marks in Class 10 will be ranked higher.
  3. If tie still remains, then higher age/older candidate will be ranked higher.

Seat Distribution in HP National law University

On the basis of HPNET ranks, around 60 seats will be available for admission in BA/BBA LLB (Hons) programme, 20 seats will be available in one year duration LLM course and 10 seats are offered in PhD program. Further, 25% of the total seats will be reserved for the Himachal Pradesh State Domicile students and apart from this, a total of 5 seats will be reserved for women candidates in LLM programme offered at HP National Law University.

Last year seat distribution

BA/BBA LLB (Hons) Course
Category HP State Seats All India Seats
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST) 3 9
Other Backward Classes (OBC) N/A N/A
Physically Handicapped (PH) 1 1
Children/Widows/Wives of the Officers and Men of the Armed Forces (CW) 1 2
Women N/A N/A
General 10 33
Total 15 45

LLM Course
Category HP State Seats All India Seats
SC/ST 1 4
PH 1 1
CW 0 1
Women 1 4
General 2 11
Total 5 15
PhD Course
HP State Seats (General Category) 2
All India Seats (General Category) 8
NRI/NRI Sponsored Candidates
BA/BBA LLB (Hons) 9

Important Point

Aspirants are further informed that the distribution of seats for undergraduate courses is mentioned below:

Within the Sanctioned Intake

  1. SC: 15%
  2. ST: 7.5%
  3. Differently Abled: 3%
  4. Wards of Serving/Retired Defence Personnel: 5%

Over and Above Sanctioned Intake

  1. Kashmiri Migrants#: 02 Seats
  2. International Students, including NRI*: 15%

The university has also stated that all these seats will be of supernumerary character.

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