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||March 03, 2021|
|CLAT admit card||April 15, 2021 (Tentative)|
|CLAT exam date - Reschedule||June 13, 2021|
|CLAT answer key||June 15, 2021|
|CLAT result||July 04, 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 has updated the test pattern and syllabus for CLAT 2021. The exam will have two sections; objective section and subjective section. The exam authority has also introduced cutoff marks in CLAT LLM. Aspirants should note that the evaluation of the subjective section will be done only if the candidate has secured minimum cutoff marks in the first section.
CLAT 2021 exam will be held on June 13, 2021, in offline mode. One can submit their application forms by March 31, 2021.
12 January 2021
The Consortium of National Law Universities has rescheduled the CLAT 2021 exam on June 13. Candidates who are aspiring for the exam are advised to check all the important details only on the official website.
The official notice reads, "The date 13th for CLAT 2021 has been rescheduled to Sunday, the June, 2021 from 2.00 PM to 4.00 PM. The UG and LL.M. exams shall be conducted on this date."
The entrance exam would be a 2 hour duration. Candidates have to attempt 150 objective type questions in English, current affairs, legal reasoning, quantitative techniques and logical reasoning.
7 January 2021
The Consortium of Law Universities has declared the CLAT Seat Allotment result 2020 for the 1st round of counselling. Candidates can visit the official website to check CLAT seat allotment result.
CLAT 2020 Provisional Allocation List - https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/first-list.html
Candidates should visit the official site to check their allotment status for different programmes for the respective institute. Candidates who have been allotted provisional admission to NLUs should confirm their admission status by completing the necessary admission formalities such as paying the fees. One can apply for the second seat allotment process, if not satisfied.
10 October 2020
The Consortium of NLUs has declared the CLAT 2020 result on October 5. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam held on September 28 can check their CLAT result 2020 on the official website. One should use their login credentials such as registration/application number to check the CLAT result 2020.
The Consortium has also released the merit list of CLAT exam 2020 in online mode. It has released the All India Merit List for both UG and PG. The qualified candidates will be eligible for the counselling process which will take place from October 9 to 15, 2020.5 October 2020
The Consortium of NLUs will be releasing the CLAT result 2020 on October 5. The exam authority has released the post-exam timelines and clearly mentioned about the CLAT exam result 2020 date. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam held on September 28 can check their CLAT 2020 result on the official site.
Earlier, the exam organiser has released the CLAT answer key and provided an option to challenge the same. After releasing the CLAT final answer key 2020, the result will be declared.3 October 2020