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.
|Exam name||Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)|
|Conducted by||Consortium of NLUs|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|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)|
|Phone number||08047162020 (10 AM to 5 PM)|
|CLAT notification||December 29, 2020|
|Application starting date||January 1, 2021|
|Last date to apply online||May 15, 2021|
|CLAT admit card||June 2021 (Tentative)|
|CLAT exam date - Reschedule||June 2021|
|CLAT answer key||June 2021|
|CLAT result||July 2021|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
|English including comprehension||40||40|
|General Knowledge and Current Affairs||50||50|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
|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)|
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.
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 2021 is not yet announced.
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.
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.
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLUs) is likely to postpone the CLAT 2021 exam date. The decision regarding the CLAT 2021 exam date will be released in the first week of May.
Earlier, the CLAT 2021 exam was scheduled to be conducted on June 13, 2021. With the rising COVID cases across the country, the CLAT exam is likely to be postponed till July.7 May 2021
The Consortium of National Law Universities has extended the last date to apply online for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 exam. As per sources, the last date to register for CLAT 2021 exam is May 15.
Candidates who satisfy the eligibility conditions can fill up the application forms at consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The entrance exam date is not yet announced.29 April 2021
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) has announced that it will be announcing the exam date in the first week of May 2021 after observing the situation. The CLAT was scheduled to be conducted on June 13, 2021.
The Consortium is likely to release a notice regarding the CLAT 2021 exam date soon on the official website of consortium - consortiumofnlus.ac.in.20 April 2021
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) has extended the application date of CLAT 2021. Candidates can apply online on the official website - consortiumofnlus.ac.in till April 30.
“The Consortium of National Law Universities has extended the last date for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 online applications to Friday, April 30, 2021,” read a CNLU statement.
The Consortium will conduct CLAT 2021 exam on June 13 between 2 pm and 4 pm. The admit cards will be available by May.26 March 2021
The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to make some key changes to the CLAT PG exam pattern. It has again introduced the descriptive section, reducing the number of objective questions and introducing cutoff marks for the objective section.
The CLAT PG will be held in pen and paper mode. The duration of the exam is two hours. The CLAT PG exam is conducted for admission to LLM courses offered by 19 participating NLUs.
24 March 2021