The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all India entrance examination conducted on rotation by 14 National Law Universities (NLUs) i.e. The Consortium of NLUs for admissions to their undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs (LL.B and LL.M). The first CLAT Core Committee consisting of Vice-Chancellors of the seven participating NLUs at that time decided that the test shall be conducted by rotation in the order of their establishment. Accordingly, the first Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) was conducted in 2008. Now there are 14 participating NLUs. But admission to Delhi's National Law University is not done on the basis of CLAT but on the basis of the All India Law Entrance Test, AILET. This year, CLAT Exam will be managed by the National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO).
CLAT 2021 Registration has been started from 1st January 2021. The registration process will continue till 31st March 2021.
|Exam Name||Common-Law Admission Test|
|Exam organizing authority||Consortium of NLU|
|Exam Duration||2 Hours|
|Number of Sections||5 Section of L.L.B (U.G.) and 3 Sections L.L.M (P.G.)|
CLAT 2021 Schedule:
The schedule is always declared officially on its official website. The schedule contains the details of important events and their dates. These events are generally the exam day, starting day of application, day of issue of the result, etc. It is very important for the students to check the schedule beforehand so as to avoid any kind of confusion in dates. The official notification will be released soon for the Schedule and pattern. The application form for the CLAT exam will be available in online mode.
CLAT 2021 Schedule:
Application Form Availability
1 January 2021
Last date for online Application
|31st March 2021|
Downloading of Admit Card Starts
|To be announced|
Date of CLAT Entrance Exam
9th May 2021
To be announced
To be announced
CLAT 2021 Admit Card:
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) will release soon the admit card of CLAT 2021 (Common Law Admission Test). Registered candidates can download by logging in through their Mobile Number and Password.
It is advisable for the students to check the details mentioned in the admit card before downloading the same. If any kind of error is found then the student can apply for a change of the admit card. The complaint should be given to the exam authority and then only the new admit card will be issued by them to the candidate. If the student does not rectify the error within the correction window then he/she will not be allowed to participate in the examination. There is some general information of the candidate like the candidate's name, roll number, registration number, photo, etc that is mentioned in the admit card.
Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to download their CLAT hall ticket:-
- Visit the official website of CLAT consortium - https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in
- Click on the “Login” button
- Enter registered mobile number and password to login for admit card
- The admit card will appear on the screen mentioning details regarding the exam appearing candidates and exam centre details besides CLAT exam schedule
- Cross-verify all the details and proceed to download it
- Get at least 3 printouts of the admit card on an A4 sheet for future references
Details Mentioned in Admit Card:
Steps to Recover Password for Admit Card Login:-
If a candidate forgets the password required to login to their registered accounts, they can follow the below-mentioned steps to recover the same:
- On the login window for CLAT Admit Card, click on the 'Forgot Password' button at the bottom
- It will redirect to a new page, where candidates need to enter the registered mobile number
- Click on Request OTP button and it will be sent on the registered mobile number
- A pop-up will appear – Click on OK button
- Enter mobile number, OTP (received on the mobile) and the new password
- Click on Reset Password button
- A new password will be successfully generated
Now, the candidates can log in to their registered accounts using the mobile number and new password to download their CLAT hall ticket.
Exam Day Instructions Mentioned in Card:
|Time to Reach Exam Center||All candidates are required to reach the exam centres one hour prior to the examination time.|
|Admit Card||One of the most mandatory documents to be carried to the exam hall is the admit card. The admit card should be printed properly.|
Related Documents Required
|Along with the Admit card, there are some identity proof documents that are needed to be carried to the exam hall. This is required to cross-check the identity of the exam appearing candidate|
|Things not to carry to the exam centre||Prior to entering the exam hall, all candidates must ensure that they are not carrying any kind of unwanted materials or items, like electronic gadgets, pieces of paper, stationery, eatables, etc, into the examination hall. Candidates who are found violating the rule will be debarred from the examination and possibly restricted from attempting the examination, depending on the gravity of the situation|
|Attendance||Once all the candidates have entered the examination hall, the invigilators will take attendance of the candidates who are present to appear the entrance examination. If the candidate has not signed the attendance sheet then he/she will be marked as absent.|
CLAT 2021 Syllabus:
The Organising authority of the CLAT always publishes the syllabus of the entrance exam along with the exam prospectus on its official website with all the necessary details. The general details mentioned in the syllabus are the important subjects and their important chapters that will be asked on the questionnaire of the entrance examination. If there is a change in the syllabus then it will be notified through an official notification regarding the same. The new revised syllabus will be uploaded then after. Therefore it is very important for the students to check the syllabus very carefully in order to avoid any kind of confusion during the preparation process.
CLAT Syllabus for U.G. Exam
|English including comprehension||General Knowledge and Currents Affairs||Mathematics||Legal Aptitude||Logical Reasoning|
|Comprehension Passages||Outline of Indian Economy||Algebra||Study of law||Logical Puzzles|
|Subject-Verb Agreement||Indian History||Profit and Loss||Research aptitude||Statement Conclusions Derivation of Conclusions|
|Noun||Current affairs- national of national and international importance, sports, new appointments, awards, and honours, etc||Time and Work||Problem-solving ability||Cause & Effect Reasoning|
|incorrect/correct sentences||Major Industries in India||Average, Speed and Distance||Questions based on hypothetical situations||Statements Assumptions and Statement Arguments|
|word meanings||Indian Tax Structure||Permutation-combination and Venn diagrams||Important court decisions|
|Pronoun||Banking & Finance||Statistical estimation|
|Adjective and Determinants||Indian Polity||Mensuration|
|Active Passive Voice||Indian Environment|
CLAT Syllabus 2021 for PG Exam:
The CLAT PG 2021 question paper will be based on areas such as Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Contract Law, Torts, International Law, Intellectual Property, Jurisprudence and important judgments from the recent past. Questions in CLAT PG 2021 will be both objective and subjective nature.
|It is the theoretical study of law studied to gain a deeper understanding of legal systems, legal reasoning, legal institutions and their role in the society.|
|Law of Torts||It is a new common law development supplemented by codifying statutes including statutes governing damages.|
|Criminal Law||It is a body which deals with crimes. It includes threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering to the property, health, safety, and moral welfare of people inclusive of one's self.|
|Family Law||This section will include questions related to marriage, domestic partnership, adoption, paternity, child custody, surrogacy and juvenile law.|
|International Law||It is the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations. It serves as a framework for the practice of stable and organized international relations.|
|Property Law||Property law is the area of law that governs the various forms of ownership and tenancy in real property and in personal property, within the common law legal system.|
|Intellectual Property Law||It deals with the rules for securing and enforcing legal rights to inventions, designs, and artistic works. Just as the law protects ownership of personal property and real estate, so too does it protect the exclusive control of intangible assets.|
|Law of Contracts||A contract is an agreement between two or more parties to perform a service, provide a product or commit to an act and is enforceable by law. There are several types of contracts, and each has specific terms and conditions. The law governing the same can be defined as the law of contracts.|
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern:
The Consortium of National Law University (NLUs) has announced the changes in CLAT 2021 exam pattern. According to the new pattern, the question pattern will have 150 questions based on English Language, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques. For LLM paper candidates have to secure at least 40% marks (35% for SC/ ST) out of total 100 objective types of questions to be qualified for 'Descriptive paper'. The Consortium has also shared sectional weightage/ question paper format of CLAT 2021 on January 1 along with the application form.
|Mode||Offline mode (Pen & paper-based test)|
|Type of Questions||Objective type (MCQs)|
|Total Marks||200 marks|
|Marking Scheme||Each correct answer carries 1 mark|
|Negative Marking||0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer|
Exam Pattern: (LLB)
|Subjects||No of questions||Maximum marks|
|English (including comprehension)||40||40|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||50||50|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
|Total||200 questions||200 marks|
Exam Pattern: (LLM)
|Subjects||No of questions||Maximum marks|
|Rest of the topics like Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.||50||50|
CLAT 2021 Cut Off:
Expected Cut-off for CLAT 2021:
|Section||CLAT previous year Expected Cut-off Marks|
|English including Comprehension||30|
|General Knowledge and Current Affairs||30|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||14|
Previous Cut-off for U.G. Courses:
|CLAT Cut off previous year for NLUs||Opening rank||Closing rank|
|National Law School of India University, Bangalore||1||2733|
|NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad||50||9059|
|National Law Institute University, Bhopal||148||19817|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata||82||16816|
|National Law University, Jodhpur||76||6849|
|Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur||329||40536|
|Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar||124||14307|
|Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow||342||24763|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala||442||18520|
|Chanakya National Law University, Patna||623||22294|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi||474||32104|
|National Law University Odisha, Cuttack||465||23920|
|National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi||688||55666|
|Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli||436||50604|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam||830||33221|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai||338||46734|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur||589||55342|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad||710||56092|
|National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam||968||41841|
|Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur||577||30583|
|Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla||622||28801|
Previous Year Cut-off of P.G. Course:
|CLAT Cutoffs previous year Name of NLU||Highest Rank||Lowest Rank|
CLAT 2021 Application Form:
The registration for CLAT 2021 has begun from January 2021. Interested candidate can access the application form online. To apply, the candidates need to visit the official website for CLAT 2021 as no offline mode of application is available. After the CLAT Application fee can be paid by online using Debit, Credit or Net Banking.
Pre-Requisites for Filling of Application:
- Working E-mail id.
- Working Mobile Number.
- Class Xth and XIIth Marksheet
- Details mentioned in ID proof and address proof. (Aadhaar Card/ Driving License/ Pan Card)
- Scanned Passport-sized photograph (Format JPEG Maximum size 500kb)
- Scanned Signature (Format JPEG, Maximum Size 100 kb)
- Scanned Copy of Domicile certificate (Format PDF, maximum size 2mb)
How to Apply CLAT 2021 Application Form Online?
Step 1 Registration:
Visit the official website of CLAT 2021 and Click on New Registration
To register, candidates first need to visit the official website of the CLAT Consortium. To register, candidates first need to visit the official website of the CLAT Consortium.
Once registered, candidates need to activate their accounts by entering the mobile number and OTP (received on their mobile during the registration process) on the displayed screen. Once the details are submitted, a dialogue box opens, stating, "You are going to activate your account, Please confirm”. Candidates need to click the 'OK' button.
Enter the OTP for your registered mobile number as in the image below
After activation, the message will appear on the screen as under:
Step 2 Fill CLAT Application Form:
Fill the asked details in the application form with proper details. The information given should be true to the best of the candidate's knowledge. If any kind of mis information is given then the total registration will be cancelled.
Details Asked in Application Form:
Date of birth
All India category
If NRI sponsored category
Whether the candidate is a Person with Disability (PwD)
Percentage of disability (if applicable)
Scribe requirement (if applicable)
Whether Below Poverty Line (BPL)
State of domicile
State of residence
State of nativity
Address for correspondence
State of correspondence address
District of correspondence address
Pin of correspondence address
State of permanent address
District of permanent address
Pin of permanent address
Mobile number of the applicant
Alternative contact number (mobile number/ Landline number)
Email ID of the applicant
|Academic qualification details||
Name of board/ university
Month of passing
Exam status (appearing/ appeared or passed)
Year of passing
|Course selection||Select the course of admission i.e. Undergraduate or Postgraduate course in law|
|If require previous years CLAT question||Yes/No|
|Reservation category||General/ OBC/ PWD/ NRI/ SC/ ST/ PIO/ BPL/ OCI|
|CLAT exam centre preference||Select three cities from the list|
|NLU preference||Mark NLUs in order of preference from most preferred to least preferred|
Validate and Submit CLAT Application Form:
Once all the details are filled up, the candidates can have a preview of the application form before submitting it. After checking the details of the application form the students can submit the application form. The details should be thoroughly checked as the details cannot be changed after the final submit.
Step 3 Upload required documents/images
After filling up the application form the students have to upload the asked documents on the website. The documents should be in the prescribed format otherwise the documents cannot be uploaded on the website.
|Scanned Passport-sized photograph||Format JPEG, Maximum size 500kb|
|Scanned Signature||Format JPEG, Maximum Size 100 kb|
|Scanned Copy of Domicile certificate||Format PDF, maximum size 2mb|
Step 4 CLAT 2021 Application Fee:
The application fee payment can be paid through credit card/debit card/net banking/pay wallet/RuPay, etc. Candidates can also make payment through the offline mode of the transaction (Bank Challan). The application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
|General/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) & other categories||Rs. 4000 + extra charges|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST)||Rs. 3500 + extra charges|
- No hard copy of the filled-in application form is to be sent to the CLAT Consortium Office.
- CLAT application form correction facility is not available. Therefore, candidates are advised to furnish all details in the online application form very carefully.
- It is not mandatory to complete the CLAT application process in one sitting. Candidates can save the CLAT application form at any stage and always come back and continue from where they left. The system automatically shows the page from where candidates need to continue.
- Candidates must spell their parents’ and their names correctly as mentioned in the certificates/ mark sheets/ identity proof. Any alteration in the name of the candidate or his/ her parents may disqualify the candidature.
- Candidates should ensure that all the information provided by them in the application form is correct and authentic.
- No change in the preference order for the 22 NLUs is allowed after the final submission of the application form. Therefore, candidates are advised to give their preference for NLUs very carefully.
- In case, candidates fill more than one application form, only their last online application form is considered. CLAT application fee for previous forms, in such cases, is not refunded.
Steps to recover CLAT login password
In case, candidates forget their password required to login to their registered account, they can recover it by following the steps mentioned below:
- Visit the official website of CLAT Consortium
- Click on ‘Login’
- Click on ‘Forgot Password’
- Enter the registered mobile number
- Click on ‘Request OTP’
- Enter the One Time Password (OTP) received on mobile
- Create a new password
CLAT 2021 Exam Centres:
CLAT 2021 Counselling:
CLAT 2021 Counselling Process:
- Publication of 1st Admission List:
CLAT Consortium will release a separate merit list for each NLU based on all India ranks and preference marked by candidates during their application process. Candidates can check the merit list for each NLU and participate in the online counselling accordinglyPublication of 2nd Admission List:After the publication of the 1st publication list, the students who were in the waiting list will get a second chance if there are some vacant seats availablePublication of 3rd Admission List:This the final admission list for the admission into various law courses. But if the seats remain vacant then the organizing authority may again publish a waiting list of shortlisted candidates.
- Counselling Fee Payment:
As per the admission list, candidates have to confirm their admission by fee payment and choice locking. The counselling fee Rs. 50000 has to be paid within the specified dates. Once, the counselling fee has been paid, candidates need to exercise the options below:Lock option: This option is used by candidates to confirm their choice of NLU. Once lock option is used, candidates seats at the allotted NLU will be frozen and it won't be used for further seat allotment process. Moreover, the candidates need not participate in further seat allotment rounds (unless they withdraw admission).Upgrade: This option is used when candidates want to change the allotted institute to his or her higher choice (upward shifting). Such candidates will have to wait for the next seat allotment list and they will be allotted seats only in the upper list of colleges as per their preferences marked in their CLAT 2021 application form and depending on the availability of vacant seats.
- Completing admission formalities
- After seat allotment, candidates have to report to the allotted NLUs for further admission formalities like document verification and payment of remaining admission fees.
- Candidates have to carry all the documents required for verification in original as well as copies (to be submitted with the NLU)
- Candidates not reporting to their respective NLUs will not be confirmed for final admission. Moreover, no fee refund will be given to them i.e. Rs. 50000 amount paid as counselling fee will be forfeited.
- Moreover, if candidates are found ineligible during document verification then their admission will be cancelled. Such candidates will also not be refunded any admission fee.
Documents required for Counseling Process:
Top colleges accepting CLAT scores:
- National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
- National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
- National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
- National Law University (NLUJ), Jodhpur
- Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
- Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
- Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Patiala
- Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
- National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
- National University of Study & Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
- National Law University & Judicial Academy (NLUJAA), Assam
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
- The Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
- Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
*Apart from these universities, CLAT is also accepted by major Law Schools.
Courses offered by NLUs:
- B.S.W. LL.B. (Hons.)
- B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.
- B.Sc. LL.B. (Hons.)
- B.A. LL.B. (Hons.)
CLAT 2021 Result:
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) will declare the result of CLAT 2021 (Common Law Admission Test) for both UG and PG. The consolidated merit list is published and the candidates can download their scorecards by logging in.
How To Check CLAT 2021 Result Online?
Details Mentioned In Scorecard:
How the Ties in Merit List is Resolved:
- CLAT Consortium will break the ties in scores of the qualified candidates to allot ranks while preparing the CLAT merit list/ rank list. Tie-breaking is done in a situation where scores of two or more candidates qualifying CLAT exam is same. Below is the method used to resolve ties in the merit list of CLAT:
- The candidate with higher marks in the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT exam is ranked higher
- The candidate who has a higher age (the older candidate) is ranked higher
- Computerised draw of lots – Here, the candidate whose name appears in the draw is ranked higher
Important events after Results Publication:
1. Publication of Cut-off:
Once the result is published by the Consortium of NLU's, the cut-off will be released soon after on the official website. The cutoff is basically the minimum marks/rank that aspirants need to secure in order to qualify this law entrance exam.
2. Publication of Merit List:
CLAT Consortium will publish the merit list of CLAT 2021 after announcing the results. Each merit list will mention ranks of candidates, their category and other details. The listed candidates can participate in CLAT 2021 counselling for seat allotment procedure at the NLUs. Basically, CLAT merit list is the list of qualified candidates mentioning their All India Ranks.
3. CLAT Counselling:
After the release of the Cut-off and Merit List, the selected candidates whose names have been mentioned in the merit list will be invited for the counselling process. It is through the Counselling process only the students can secure admission into U.G. & P.G. programs.
CLAT 2021 Answer Key:
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) will release the provisional answer key of CLAT 2021 (Common Law Admission Test) for both UG and PG.
The answer key for CLAT 2021 will be released on the official website. It is expected to be released in May 2021. If there are any issues with the answer, then it can be reported to the authorities. The candidate can access the answer key by logging in with their Email ID and Password. The answer key will help the candidates to evaluate their results before the release official result.
Steps to Download Answer Key:
If the student is not satisfied with the Answer Key, then he/she can raise a complaint regarding the same to the concerned Organizing Authority. For this, the students need to choose the answers to be challenged and upload the valid proof of documents for the complaint. The organizing authority will look into the complaint and take necessary actions to recorrect the answer key if required and the Final Answer Key for CLAT 2021 will be released soon after.
Steps To Challenge Answer Key:
Step 1: Go to the official website of Consortium of National Law Universities
Step 2: Click on the Answer key Tab.
Step 3: Enter with the valid login credentials
Step 4: Click on the Challenge the Answer Key
Step 5: Choose the answers to be challenged and then Click on "Save your Claims"
Step 6: Upload the Required proof of Documents.
Step 7: Click on the "Save your Claims" and Pay the Fee if Required.
How is CLAT Answer Key Helpful:
CLAT Consortium releases the answer keys for CLAT exam so that:
- Candidates can determine their expected scores in CLAT 2021.
- Candidates can file/raise objections on the answer key in case they find any incorrect question or options mentioned in their question paper set.
- Candidates can also get an idea of CLAT cut off and hence, use CLAT College Predictor Tool to know the college in which they can secure admission.
CLAT 2021 Eligibility:
There are certain eligibility criteria that the aspirant needs to full fill in order to be eligible for the CLAT 2021 entrance examination. There are many criteria of eligibility like the minimum required qualification of the student, maximum and minimum age of the student, minimum eligible marks etc. The eligibility for Undergraduate is very different from that of the Postgraduate courses. It is advisable for the aspirants to check the eligibility before registering themselves. This is because if it is found that the aspirant is not eligible for the examination then the whole registration of the aspirant will be cancelled and the registration amount will not be refunded. Admit card will be only published to those candidates those who are considered as eligible and those who have successfully filled up the application form.
Qualifying Exam: Candidates who have passed their Senior Secondary School Examination/ 12th Board Examination can apply
Qualifying marks: Interested candidate must have passed 12th with minimum 45% marks for general category and 40% for SC/ST category and the candidates who have given the examination but their result is not out yet, they can also apply for this examination.
Age Limit: The Candidates should not be more than the age of 20 years old as of 1st July 2019. If you belong to SC, ST category then 22 years old candidates can also apply for it.
Minimum Qualification: Interested candidates must have done LLB (5-year Integrated LLB degree) from a recognized university
Minimum marks: Minimum 55% marks for general candidates and 50% marks for ST/SC candidates.
Age Limit: There is no maximum age limit
CLAT 2021 FAQs:
Q: What is the examination mode of CLAT 2021?
A: The Common Law Admission Test mode is way back to an offline pattern after being administered online for the last four years. CLAT 2021 will be a paper-pen based test administered by CLAT Consortium.
Q: Has CLAT eligibility criteria changed?
A: Yes, the CLAT eligibility criteria had been changed two years back after the. According to the revised eligibility criteria, candidates irrespective of their age limit can apply for the NLUs admission test. Earlier, the Bar Council of India (BCI) had put an age bar, following which candidates attaining an age of 20 years or less as on the date of admission year, could only apply for the national-level law entrance exam for undergraduate programmes and those belonging to SC, ST, Other Backward Classes, and Specially-Abled Persons (SAP) were given an upper age relaxation of 2 years, i.e., 22 years of age as on the same date for being considered eligible for CLAT.
Q: What will be the medium of online CLAT?
A: CLAT 2021 will be held in English medium only.
Q: How can I practice for offline CLAT?
A: Candidates can take mock tests and also solve CLAT as they will help in practising for the offline CLAT. The sample papers and well as mock tests will prove quite helpful because they provide a look and feel of the format of the actual Common Law Admission Test.
Q: Is the application is non-refundable?
A: The application fee is non-refundable.
Q: Can we deposit the fee offline?
A: We can deposit the application fee through offline mode by Bank challan.
Q: Can we deposit the application form by post?
A: The application form will be deposited by online mode only. Submission of application form through other medium is not acceptable.
Q: What are the minimum eligible marks for the enrollment process?
A: The student should have scored a minimum 45% (General ) and 40% (Reserved category) in 12th.
Q: Will be exam be in pen and paper mode?
A: Yes the exam will be held in pen and paper i.e. Offline mode.
Q: Is there any negative marking in this examination?
A: Yes there is a negative marking of 0.25 for every incorrect answer.