CLAT Exam

Common Law Admission Test Exam

What is CLAT Exam?

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam conducted for admission to 21 prominent National Law Universities in India and other private universities. One who qualifies in CLAT can seek admission in 3-year/5-year Integrated LLB and LLM programmes. 

The CLAT exam is conducted once in a year by the National Law University (NLU) among the 21 members NLUs of the CLAT Committee. The CLAT scores are used by other private law colleges across the country and Public Sector Undertakings for admissions and recruitment respectively.

Till 2018, CLAT was conducted on a rotation basis by NLUs. However, from 2019 onwards the CLAT will be conducted by a permanent body, ''Consortium of NLUs'' formed by NLUs. The body has its headquarters at NLSIU Bangalore.

CLAT Exam Highlights 

Exam name  Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Conducted by  Consortium of NLUs 
Exam level National 
Frequency  Once a year
Application mode  Online 
Exam mode  Offline 
CLAT undergraduate seats  2600 (approximately) 
Exam courses  BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM courses
No of candidates appear 60,000 (approximately) 
Official website  www.clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in 
E mail  consortiumofnlus.ac.in 
Phone number  08047162020 (10 AM to 5 PM)

CLAT 2020 Important Dates 

CLAT notification  December 20, 2019 
Application starting date  January 1, 2020 
Last date to apply online (Extended)  July 10, 2020 
CLAT admit card  July 26, 2020 (tentative)
CLAT exam date  August 22, 2020 
CLAT answer key  Sep 25, 2020 (tentative)
CLAT result  Oct 2020 
Seal allotment list  Oct 2020 

CLAT Courses 

The national-level entrance examination, CLAT, is conducted for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. Candidates who qualify in CLAT exam and stand above the cutoff can seek admission to the courses mentioned below at 21 NLUs in India. 

Undergraduate Courses 

  • BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts LLB)
  • BCom LLB (Bachelor of Commerce LLB)
  • BSc LLB (Bachelor of Science LLB)
  • BBA LLB (Bachelor of Business Administration LLB)
  • BSW LLB (Bachelor of Social Work)

Postgraduate Course 

  • LLM 

21 National Law Universities (NLUs)

1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru

2. NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad

3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal

4. The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata

5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur

6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur

7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar

8. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow

9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab

10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna

11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi

12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Odisha

13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi

14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam

15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Vishakhapatnam

16. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirapalli

17. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur

19. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad

20. Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla

21. Dharmashastra National Law University (MPDNLU), Jabalpur

List Of Private Universities Accepting CLAT Scores

Apart from 21 NLUs, many private institutions across the country accept the CLAT scores. Check the list of institutions/universities below which have signed an MoU with the CLAT Consortium to use the CLAT scores. 

  • Shobhit University, Modipuram, Meerut, U.P.
  • RNB Global University, Bikaner, Rajasthan
  • ISBR Law College, Bangalore
  • LLOYD Law College, Greater Noida, U.P.
  • GLOCAL University, Saharanpur, U.P.
  • Indore Institute of Law, Indore
  • Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Pitampura, Delhi
  • Xavier Law School, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar
  • Amity University, U.P.
  • Law College Dehradun
  • Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore
  • Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
  • GITAM School OF Law, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam
  • Kalinga University, Naya Raipur, CG
  • ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University, Dehradun
  • Asian Law College, Noida
  • Siddharth Law College, Dehradun
  • Aryans College of Law, Punjab
  • School of Law, JIMS Engineering and Management Technical Campus Greater Noida, U.P. 
  • GLA University Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
  • REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka

CLAT Eligibility 

Undergraduate 

  • The is no upper age limit for undergraduate programmes in CLAT. 
  • Candidates should obtain at least 45% marks in the 10+2 or its equivalent examination. It is 40% for the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. 
  • Candidates who are appearing for their final-year examination are also eligible to apply for the CLAT. However, they should produce evidence of passing at the time of admission. 

Postgraduate 

  • An LLB degree or its equivalent with 55% of marks is required to apply CLAT postgraduate examination. It is 50% of marks for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  • Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply online.
  • There is no age limit for appearing. 

Check the detailed CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria

CLAT Application Form 

Candidates who are seeking admission to law courses in the NLUs and other private universities should register online through the official website of CLAT. Here are the steps to CLAT application form online. 

Step 1: Visit the official website of CLAT Consortium of NLU – www.clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in 

Step 2: On the homepage, click on the 'Register' 

Step 3: Fill in the basic details such as name, mobile number and email address. 

Step 4: Upload the required documents that include the photograph and signature. 

Step 5: Complete all the mandatory fields in the CLAT application form such as qualification and preference for NLUs. 

Step 6: Pay the prescribed CLAT application fee 

Step 7: Submit the application form 

Step 8: Download the soft copy and take a printout for future reference. 

Click here to apply online for CLAT 2020

CLAT Application Fee

  • Application Fees can be paid only online.
  • Application Fee for General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI Candidates : Rs. 4,000/-.
  • Application Fee for SC / ST / BPL Category Candidates: Rs. 3,500/-.
  • The cost of previous years' question papers is Rs. 500/- (Not Included in the CLAT 2019 Application fee of Rs. 4,000/- or Rs. 3,500/- as the case may be).
  • The candidates themselves will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online. The actual bank transaction charges will be displayed in the payment gateway page after you choose the mode of payment.
  • Application Fees is non-refundable.

CLAT Exam Pattern 

The CLAT will be conducted in offline mode. It is an objective-paper and the total duration is two hours. Each correct answer will be awarded one mark and 0.25 mark will be deducted for incorrect answer. The examination will be conducted in English language only. 

CLAT Undergraduate Exam Pattern 

Sections  Questions Marks
English including comprehension 40 40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 50
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 20
Legal Aptitude 50 50
Logical Reasoning 40 40
Total 200 200

CLAT Postgraduate Exam Pattern 

Sections  Questions Marks
Constitutional Law 40 40
Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence 60 60
Subjective Questions – On the topics of law and contemporary issues 2 50 (25*2)
Total 102 150

CLAT Syllabus 

The CLAT syllabus covers different subject areas to test the candidates' proficiency in English, general awareness on static GK, basic calculation, critical thinking ability in logical reasoning and legal aptitude. Most of the sections are well known to many candidates except the legal aptitude. This section tests the candidate's on the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. 

Download the detailed CLAT syllabus

CLAT Admit Card 2020

Candidates who have successfully submitted their CLAT application forms need to visit the official website to download the admit card. Candidates can download the admit card/hall ticket by logging into his/her account. 

Applicants should note that without a valid CLAT admit card along with photo identity card for verification will not be allowed to sit in the exam centre. The exact date to download the CLAT admit card 2020 is not yet announced. 

Click here to download CLAT admit card 2020

CLAT Answer Key 2020 

The organising body will release the CLAT answer key within a week after the examination. Candidates who have appeared for the CLAT examination can access the answer key on the official website. One can cross-check the marked answers in the law examination which will give an idea of whether he/she will qualify or not. To access the CLAT answer key, candidates need to submit their registration number and date of birth/ password. 

CLAT Result 2020 

The organising institute will announce the CLAT result before three-week from the date of examination. The CLAT result will be available in online mode only. The test-takers will get only the information only on the qualifying status in CLAT result. Aspirants should enter the registration number or roll number along with the date of birth to access the CLAT result. 

How To Check CLAT Result 2020

  • Visit the official website of CLAT - https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/ 
  • Click on the CLAT result flashing on the homepage. 
  • Enter the login details such as mobile number and password. 
  • Submit the details to access the result. 
  • Download the CLAT result 2020 and take a printout of the same for future reference. 

CLAT Cutoff Score 2020 

The CLAT cutoff score will be released after the declaration of result. Candidates must remember one important point that a minimum marks to be scored for admission into the NLUs. Once the CLAT result 2020 was announced, the organising institute will release the CLAT 2020 cut-off score. Candidates are advised to check the CLAT cut-off score for previous years. 

CLAT Participating NLUs 2019 Cut-off Score  2018 Cut-off Score
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru 50-60 66
NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad 120-140 135
National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal 390 386
The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata 285 260
National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur 350-370 376
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur 650-660 657
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar 500 494
Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow 680 668
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab 900 924
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna 1000-1200 1186
National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi 900 928
National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Odisha 1100 1167
National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi 1100-1200 1255
National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam 1500-1600 1556
Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirapalli 1600 1571
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Vishakhapatnam 1400-1500 1432
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai 450-550 503
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur 1500-1600 1532
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad 1588 Not participated

Note: The cut-off of 2019 is tentative. 

CLAT 2020: Last Day To Apply Online

The Consortium of National Law Universities is all set to close the application window for CLAT 2020 examination. Candidates who have not yet registered for the CLAT 2020 can visit the official website to check their result. The last date to apply for CLAT is July 10. 

Earlier, the CLAT last date was extended multiple times since the application process began due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It has also extended the examination date first from May 10 to June 21, then, to August 22, 2020. 

10 July 2020
CLAT 2020: Apply Online Till July 10

The Consortium of National Law Universities has extended the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 application deadline one more time. The official sources confirm that the last date to apply online for CLAT 2020 is July 10, 2020. It has also rescheduled the CLAT 2020 exam date to August 22, 2020. 

Candidates who have registered or not yet applied are advised to check the exam date and extended deadlines on the official website. The Consortium has revised the dates considering the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the sources, CLAT 2020 admit card will be released at least 10 days before the exam date. The sources suggest that the CLAT result will be released in September 2020. 

1 July 2020
CLAT 2020 Postponed Again, Registration Date Extended

The Consortium of National Law Universities has postponed the CLAT 2020 one more time. It has also extended the registration date. The official sources suggest that CLAT 2020 new exam date will be announced on July 1. However, the last date to submit the CLAT application form is July 1.

The exam organisers have decided to postpone the CLAT exam after considering the government orders regarding the lockdown. Candidates should note that at least 21 days prior notice will be issued regarding the exam. 

In case of any discrepancy, candidates can reach 080-47162020. It is advised to check the official website for latest updates. 

19 May 2020
CLAT 2020 Application Deadline Extended

The Consortium of National Law Universities has extended the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 application deadline. The official sources confirm that the last date to apply online for CLAT 2020 is April 25, 2020. It has also rescheduled the CLAT 2020 exam date to May 24, 2020. 

Candidates who have registered or not yet applied are advised to check the exam date and extended deadlines on the official website. The Consortium has revised the dates considering the ongoing situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the sources, CLAT 2020 admit card will be released at least 10 days before the exam date. The result will be released in June 2020. 

30 March 2020
CLAT 2020 Registration Process Started

The consortium of National Law Universities has started accepting the application forms for CLAT 2020. Candidates who are aiming for admission to pursue law courses in 22 National Law Universities (NLU) across the country can register for CLAT 2020 on the official website until March 31, 2020. 

Candidates should fill up all the details in CLAT 2020 application form. One should pay the prescribed application fee to complete the registration process. The sources suggest that CLAT 2020 will be conducted on May 10. The admit card will be released at least two weeks before the exam date. 

1 January 2020
CLAT 2019 Result Announced
CLAT Result 2019 Will Be Released In This Week
CLAT 2019 Final Answer Key Released
CLAT 2019 Answer Key Released On Official Website
CLAT 2019 Admit Card Released
CLAT 2019 Rescheduled On May 26 Due To General Elections
CLAT 2019 Online Registration Window To Close On March 31
Online Registration Starts For CLAT 2019
CLAT 2019 To Be Conducted In An Offline Mode
CLAT 2019 To Be Conducted On May 12
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