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 2021 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 2021 Important Dates 

CLAT notification  December 29, 2020
Application starting date  January 1, 2021
Last date to apply online  May 15, 2021
CLAT admit card  July 14, 2021
CLAT exam date - Reschedule  July 23, 2021
CLAT answer key  July 2021
CLAT result  August 2021

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 2021. 
  • Candidates should obtain at least 45% marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories in the 10+2 or its equivalent examination. It is 40% for the candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. 
  • Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2021 are eligible to appear for CLAT 2021 Examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence if their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission.

Postgraduate 

  • An LLB degree or its equivalent with 50% of marks is required to apply CLAT postgraduate examination. It is 45% of marks for candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  • Candidates appearing for the qualifying examination in March/April 2021 are also eligible to apply online.
  • There is no age limit for appearing. 

Check the detailed CLAT 2021 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 2021

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 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 2021

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. 

Click here to download CLAT admit card 2021

CLAT Answer Key 2021

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 2021

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 2021

  • 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 2021 and take a printout of the same for future reference.
CLAT 2021 Result Declared

The Consortium of NLUs has declared CLAT 2021 result on July 29. Candidates can check their CLAT result on the official portal with their login credentials. 

The qualified candidates will be eligible for the counselling scheduled between July 29 and 30, 2021. 

29 July 2021
CLAT 2021 Result Soon

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) is likely to release the result of the CLAT 2021 exam. Candidates can check the on the official website. The exam authority is likely to release the results in the form of consolidated merit lists and All India Rank (AIR) and category ranks.

The CLAT 2021 exam was held on July 23, 2021, for admission to 5-year integrated LLB and one-year LLM courses offered by the 22 participating NLUs.

27 July 2021
CLAT 2021 Admit Card Released

The Consortium of NLUs has released the CLAT admit card 2021. Candidates can download on the admit card with their login credentials such as registration number and password.

The exam authority will be conducting the CLAT 2021 exam on July 23. The result will be declared in the last week of August.

15 July 2021
CLAT 2021 Test Centre Edit Window To Change Centre Preferences

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has provided an option to modify their preferred CLAT 2021 test centres once the application window is closed. The exam centre edit option is likely to start anytime now.

Candidates can choose the CLAT 2021 exam centre edit option in the order of priority.

22 June 2021
CLAT 2021 To Be Held On July 23

The General Body of the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has announced the CLAT 2021 exam date. The CLAT 2021 entrance exam will be held on July 23 across the country.

The Consortium will conduct the CLAT entrance exam in pen and paper mode for both UG and PG programmes between 2 pm and 4 pm. As per the sources, the CLAT admit card 2021 will be released in the first week of July. 

15 June 2021
CLAT 2021 Postponed And Extends Registration Deadline To June 15
Decision On Postponement Of CLAT 2021 Exam Soon
CLAT Registration Deadline Extended Till May 15
CLAT 2021 Date To Be Decided In First Week of May: NLU Consortium
CLAT 2021 Registration Date Extended
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