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 
E mail 
Phone number  9741521069/ 9482567257

CLAT 2019 Important Dates 

CLAT notification  December 20, 2018 
Application starting date  January 13, 2019 
Last date to apply online  April 15, 2019 
CLAT admit card  April 26, 2019 (tentative)
CLAT exam date  May 26, 2019 
CLAT answer key  May 30, 2019 
CLAT result  June 2019 
Seal allotment list  June 2019 

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 


  • 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. 


  • 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 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 – 

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 2019

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 with 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 2019

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 2019 is not yet announced. 

Click here to download CLAT admit card 2019

CLAT Answer Key 2019 

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 2019 

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. 

CLAT Cutoff Score 2019 

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.

CLAT 2019 Rescheduled On May 26 Due To General Elections

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019 has been rescheduled due to upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The CLAT exam was originally scheduled on May 12, but it was postponed to May 26, 2019. The exam will be held from 3 PM to 5 PM. 

Interested candidates who are aiming to pursue law courses in the National Law Universities (NLUs) spread across the country can apply online till March 31, 2019. This year, the CLAT entrance exam will be conducted by NLU, Cuttack (Odisha). 

Click here to apply CLAT 2019

Candidates have to pay Rs 4,000 as application fee. It is Rs 3,500 for candidates belonging to SC/ST/BPL categories. The admit card will be available for download from the last week of April. After the CLAT exam, the organising institute will upload the answer key.

19 March 2019
CLAT 2019 Online Registration Window To Close On March 31

The online registration window for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019 will be closed on March 31. Candidates who are aiming for admission to 3 years or 5-year Integrated LLB and LLM Programs in 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) can apply online. 

Candidates must submit the applications in online mode only. The link for online application is available on Aspirants have to pay Rs 4,000 as application fee. The application fee is Rs 3,500 for candidates belonging to SC, ST and BPL categories. 

Click here to apply online for CLAT 2019

CLAT 2019 examination will be held on May 12. The admit card for the examination will be available on the official website from April 26, 2019. The Consortium of National Law Universities (NALSAR) has decided to conduct the CLAT entrance exam in offline mode. 

13 March 2019
Online Registration Starts For CLAT 2019

The online application process started for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019 on the official website. Interested candidates can enrol online for CLAT till March 31, 2019. The link for online application is available on 

According to the official notification, the CLAT 2019 will be held on May 12. The exam will be held in offline or pen and paper mode. Candidates need to use their email ID and password for online registration. 

The CLAT offline exam is conducted for admission to various National Law Universities (NLUs). Candidates need to pay the application fee online. The application fee is INR 4000 and it is INR 3,500 for SC, ST and BPL category candidates. 

15 January 2019
CLAT 2019 To Be Conducted In An Offline Mode

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), which is a national level entrance exam that is conducted for admission into law programmes across National Law Universities in India, will be held in an offline mode from next year. The Consortium of National Law Universities (NALSAR) decided to conduct the entrance exam in a pen and paper mode after considering the technical glitches experienced in the past few years. The Consortium took this decision at the 4th meeting held in Hyderabad. 

The Consortium has also decided that those taking the test will witness some subjective questions in the CLAT entrance exam. The organising body has also decided to increase the test centres based on the number of candidates.

CLAT 2019 will be conducted on May 12, 2019. The registrations for the exam will begin in January. Candidates are advised to go through all the important dates of CLAT, prior to preparation. Click here for CLAT exam dates.

The entrance exam is conducted to test the candidates on various aspects such as English language, general knowledge along with current affairs, elementary mathematics, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. The duration of the exam is two hours. To know more about the CLAT exam pattern, click here.

22 October 2018
CLAT 2019 To Be Conducted On May 12

National Law University Odisha, which is an organising institute for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2019, is going to conduct the examination on May 12 at 3:00 pm. The institute has released an official announcement after the meeting of CLAT Core Committee Consortium at NUALS in Kochi. They have also decided to establish a permanent CLAT secretariat at NLSIU Bangalore. 

The official press release reads that the CLAT will now be conducted by the newly formed Executive Committee of the Consortium that would consist of NLSIU in Bangalore, NALSAR in Hyderabad and NLIU in Bhopal as its ex-officio members. 

CLAT is a national-level entrance examination conducted for admission to five-year integrated undergraduate law programmes and one-year postgraduate degree programmes in 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) spread across the country. Candidates should have passed class 12 or appearing for the 10+2 can apply for the undergraduate programmes. To know about the eligibility criteria, click here

CLAT is a computer-based test that consists of only objective-type questions. The duration of the exam is two hours and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The CLAT UG exam consists of sections such as general knowledge and current affairs, elementary mathematics, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. Click here to read about CLAT exam pattern

5 October 2018

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