Hpu Shimla Phd Admission Essay

 HPNLET 2018 has started. Interested aspirants can apply for the entrance test until April 07, 2018. HPNLET 2018 is also known as Himachal Pradesh National Law University Entrance Test, conducted by Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla. The entrance test is conducted for admission in programmes such as – BA/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and Ph.D. in law. In this law entrance exam candidates are evaluated out of 150 marks in a 02-hour duration test. The HPNLET 2018 will be conducted offline, and the question paper will follow different structure for different courses. Check more details regarding the HPNLET 2018 in the article below.

Latest: Online application for HPNLET 2018 has been started. Click Here to apply now.


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

HPNLET 2018Important Dates
Issues of notificationJan 2018
Starting date for availability of application forms22 Jan 2018
Last date for submission of application forms07 Apr 2018
Availability of Admit Card for all applicants on websiteApr 2018
Date of Test (HP NLET 2018)20 May 2018 (10:00 AM-12:00 PM)
Uploading of Key and Inviting ObjectionMay 2018
Last date of Receiving ObjectionsMay 2018
Final Key (Uploading)May 2018
Declaration of HP-NLET 2018 Result02 Jun 2018
Date for issue of letters for AdmissionJun 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 seatsJun 2018
Close of AdmissionJul 2018
Orientation ProgrammeJul 2018
Semester to beginsJul 2018
LL.M (One Year Programme)
Uploading of Key and Inviting ObjectionMay 2018
Last date of Receiving ObjectionsMay 2018
Final Key UploadingMay 2018
Declaration of ResultsJun 2018
Ph.D. Programme
Uploading of Key and Inviting ObjectionMay 2018
Last date of ObjectionMay 2018
Final Key UploadingMay 2018
List for submission of Research ProposalJul 2018
Meeting of Board of Research StudiesJul 2018
Final List of Selected CandidateAug 2018
Coursework beginsAug 2018

Before applying for this state level entrance exam, one must check the HP National Law Entrance Test Eligibility Details and then apply.

HPNLET 2018 Application Form

The application form is available online only at hpnlu.ac.in. To fill up the HPNET Application Form, you need to keep a valid email id, mobile number, scanned image of your photograph and signature ready beforehand. 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. The applicants need to choose a choose a list of colleges from HP National Law University at the time of filling the application form.

Application Fee

The candidates need to pay the following application fee:

CategoryApplication Fee
General/KM/ Foreign Nationals/ wards of Serving /Retired Defence personnel/ WomenRs. 3000
SC/ST/PWDRs. 2500

Mode of Payment – The application fee is payable by online mode only via Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Net Banking.

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.
  • Candidates who will be appearing for the qualifying examination March/April 2018 are also eligible to apply.

Test Centers for HPNLET 2018

The entrance exam will be held at the following centers:


HPNLET 2018 Exam Pattern

HPNLET 2018 offline exam is conducted to offer admission in courses such as BA/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and Ph.D. 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

SubjectNo. of Questions
General Awareness50
Legal Awareness & Reasoning40
Quantitative Aptitude30
English Comprehensive30
Total Questions150

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.

TopicsMarks Allotted
Constitutional LawMCQs of 120 marks
Law of Contract
Law of Torts
Family Law
Criminal Law
Public International Law
Corporate Law
Intellectual Property Right Law
Contemporary Legal ProblemsEssay question of 30 marks
Total Marks150

Ph.D. Exam Structure

In HPNLET for Ph.D., 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.

ExamTopicNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Paper ILegal Research Methodology50 MCQs100
Paper IILaw and Social Transformation (and related topics)1 Essay type question50

Note: The topics for essay mentioned for LLM and Ph.D. Program is as per last year.

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 Result

The Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU) declared the results for HPNLET 2018 exam conducted for BA LLB/BBA LLB (Hons), LLM and Ph.D. 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, 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 Ph.D. 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.

BA/BBA LLB (Hons) Course
CategoryHP State SeatsAll India Seats
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribes (ST)39
Other Backward Classes (OBC)N/AN/A
Physically Handicapped (PH)11
Children/Widows/Wives of the Officers and Men of the Armed Forces (CW)12
LLM Course
CategoryHP State SeatsAll India Seats
PhD Course
HP State Seats (General Category)2
All India Seats (General Category)8
NRI/NRI Sponsored Candidates
BA/BBA LLB (Hons)9

HPNLET 2018 Reservation Details

The details for reservation of seat is as follows:

CategoryReservation of Seats
Differently Abled03%
Wards of Serving/Retired Defence Personnel15%

HP National Law University Fee Structure

The fee structure for various law courses offered by HPNLU is as follows:

ParticularAmount in Rs
B.A./B.B.A. LL.B.LL.M.Ph. D.Diploma Courses
Admission Fee (One Time)20,000/-10005,000/-1,000/-
Tuition Fee:
Indian Students60,000/-

(Per Semester)


(Per Semester)


(per semester)*


(One Time)

NRI / NRI Sponsored Students7,50,000/-
SAARC Candidates (Excluding Indians)3,50,000/-
Note: In case of NRI/SAARC Candidates rest of charges are same as applicable to Indian students
Examination & Facilities Fee:
Campus Development Fund5,000/-3,000/-3,000/-
Student Development Fund3,500/-25,00/-2,000/-
Student Bar Council Fund2,500/-
Library and Multimedia4,000/- (Per Semester)4000/-
Internet Charges9,000/-9,000/-
Journal Fee1,500/-2,000/-
Sports and Game Facilities2,000/-2,000/-
Reading Material Fee1,000/-3,000/-
Examination Fee5,000/-3,000/-3,000/-
Dissertation Fee1,000/-1,000/-6,000/-
Re-registration Fee5,000/-5,000/-5,000/-
Repeat Examination Fee500/-

(per Paper)


(per Paper)


(per Paper)

Moot Court & Seminar workshop/visiting Faculty5,000/-5,000/-
Electricity Charges8,000/-6,000/-
Hostel Charges
Halls/Hostel Residence Charge20,000/-20,000/- (subject to availability)20,000/- (subject to availability)
Mess deposit3,000/-3,000/-3,000/-
Mess Advance20,000/-

(for 10 months)


(for 10 months)


(for 10 months)

Refundable Charges (One Time)
Library Security Deposit5,000/-5,000/-5,000/-
Hostel Security Deposit5,000/-5,000/- (2,000/- for SC/ST)5,000/- (2,000/- for SC/ST)
Indian Students Fees
1st Semester Fees156500/-
2nd Semester Fees64000/-
Total for Indian Students220500/-
N.R.I Students Fees
1st Semester Fees9,06,500
2nd Semester Fees64,000
Total for N.R.I. Students9,70,500/-

Official website: www.hpnlu.ac.in

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The admission to the course will be made strictly on the basis of marks obtained in  the entrance test and interview shall be open to all subject to the reservations approved by the university. The merit  will be determined on the basis of written examination to be conducted by the H.P. University, Shimla. The entrance test shall consist of one paper of 100 marks and of 1 hour duration and shall include three sections viz.

  1. General Knowledge and Current Affairs          30 marks
  2. English Comprehension                                 30 marks
  3. Media Awareness                                         40 marks
  4. Interview (on the day of admission)                10 marks

Note: The minimum qualifying marks in the Entrance Test shall be 35% (in case of SC/ST   candidates the minimum qualifying marks shall be reduced until the fall SC/ST quota for admission has been exhausted)


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