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 20, 2019|
|Application starting date||January 1, 2020|
|Last date to apply online (Extended)||July 10, 2020|
|CLAT admit card||September 15, 2020|
|CLAT exam date||September 28, 2020|
|CLAT answer key||October 05, 2020|
|CLAT result||Oct 2020|
|Seal allotment list||Oct 2020|
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 2020 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 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.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 admit card was released on the official website. Candidates who have registered for the written examination can download the same from the website clat.ac.in or consortiumofnlus.ac.in. One should use their login credentials to download the CLAT admit card 2020. The CLAT 2020 exam is scheduled to be held on September 28, 2020. The entrance test is conducted for admission to 22 NLUs spread across the country.
16 September 2020
The Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to postpone the CLAT 2020 exam scheduled on September 7. The Committee has declared that CLAT 2020 will be held on September 28.
The official notice reads, "The CLAT 2020 examination for both UG and PG candidates scheduled for 7th September 2020 has been postponed to Monday, the 28th September 2020 from 2 to 4 PM."
The Consortium is likely to release the CLAT 2020 admit card in the second week of September.28 August 2020
The Consortium of National Law Universities is all set to release the admit card 2020. Candidates are advised to keep visiting the official website regularly to download the admit card.
Earlier, the exam organiser has shared the information that CLAT 2020 will be held as scheduled, i.e., September 7. It has also released a notice regarding the fake circular on social media.
The CLAT 2020 will be held on September 7 and the result will be announced in October 2020.27 August 2020
The Consortium of National Law Universities has released an important notice regarding CLAT 2020 exam. According to the official notice, the CLAT 2020 will be conducted on September 7 as scheduled. Candidates are advised to visit the official site for more information.
The notice reads, "It has come to the attention of the Consortium of National Universities (the “Consortium”) that a document purporting to be a Notification issued by the Consortium and announcing the postponement of the CLAT 2020 from its schedule date of September 7, 2020, is being circulated on the internet (the “Fake Notification”)."
It also reads, "The Consortium hereby categorically states that the Fake Notification has not been issued by the Consortium. The date of the CLAT 2020 examination, and all other particulars, in relation to the CLAT 2020 examination remain unaltered."
26 August 2020
The Consortium of National Law Universities has announced the revised exam date of CLAT 2020. The exam will be held on September 7 between 2 pm and 4 pm.
The CLAT is a national level entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities in the country.
According to the official sources, the precautionary measures taken in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and settle on a feasible date for conducting the CLAT 2020 exam.
Earlier, CLAT 2020 exam was scheduled for August 22 and postponed due to rise in COVID cases. This year, CLAT 2020 will be held in online mode. The sources suggest that students can download their CLAT admit cards from August 24.
11 August 2020