Exam Conducting Body:CLAT Consortium of NLU (CCNLU)
CLAT 2021: Application Form(Started), Important Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern
Updated On - January 19 2021 by Anusha Pachauri
CLAT 2021 official notification has been released by Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU). CLAT 2021 Application Form has been released on 01 January 2021. The last date to complete CLAT registration is 31 March 2021. CLAT 2021 exam date is 09 May 2021 (Sunday 3:00 pm-5:00 pm). Common Law Admission Testis a National Level Entrance Test organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities. CLAT is organized to offer admission to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Programs offered by 22 National Law Universities around the country. The courses offered are 3-year Bachelors Law Program (LLB), 5-year Bachelors Law Programs (BA LLB, etc.) All the famous and highly recommended Law Universities across India consider CLAT to be one of the most reliable entrance exams to offer admission to Law aspirants. Candidates can get the whole information and details regarding CLAT 2021 from the below article.
CLAT 2021 entrance exam now, going to be held on 13 June 2021.
On 06 January 2021, the authority will release the rescheduling notice.
CLAT Application Form has been released on 01 January 2021. The last date to complete CLAT registration is 31 March 2021.
Consortium of NLUs, the organizing body for Common Law Admission Test have published the notification for the CLAT 2021 exam.
CLAT 2021 will be held on Sunday 09 May 2021.
CLAT 2021 Important Dates
Candidates can find important dates related to the schedule of CLAT 2021 from the given table:
CLAT Application Form 2021 has been released online by the exam conducting body - National Law University on their official website. CLAT 2021 Application Forms. Before filling the form the applicants must check the eligibility of the exam. All the aspirants are requested to go through the details on what all to keep in mind while filling a form:
Candidates need to submit the application form online only from the website.
Applicants must fill all the required information correctly and there should be no fault entries made by the applicants.
It can lead to cancellation of candidature at any stage of admission if found by the authorities.
Upload the scanned photograph and signatures of the candidate.
CLAT 2021 Application Fee
Mode of Payment: Applicants can pay the CLAT Application processing fee Online via Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card. If candidates want previous years' question papers than they have to pay the amount of Rs. 500/- extra along with the requisite application fee.
CLAT Application Fee 2021 is mentioned category wise:
CLAT 2021 Examination Fees
SC/ST/BPL category candidates
The above-mentioned fee does not include the bank transaction charges that candidates have to pay for remitting the fee online.
If a candidate withdraws from CLAT 2021, their application fee shall be refunded after a deduction of Rs 400 for SC/ST candidates and Rs 500 for all other candidates towards processing charges.
CLAT Application correctionfacility will be also provided for limited time period to make necessary changes in the application details.
CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
CLAT 2021 Eligibility is quoted below. The applicants must go through the same before filling the application form.
Eligibility for CLAT UG Programme:
Age Limit: There will be no upper age limit for any UG program offered in CLAT 2021.
Educational Qualification: Candidate should qualify the class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognized board/university.
Percentage: 45% marks in case of the candidate belong to unreserved/OBC/specially-abled person (SAP) and other categories and 40% marks in case of the candidate belong to SC/ST category.
Appearing candidates: Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam in March/April 2021 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT 2021 online examination. They shall be required to produce a proof of the passing of their qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which their candidature shall be cancelled.
Eligibility for CLAT PG Programme:
Age limit: No upper age limit would be there for candidates appearing for CLAT 2021.
Qualifying Exam: The candidate must have a minimum of 50% marks in case if the candidate belongs to the unreserved category/OBC and other categories. 45% marks in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST in their LLB or any other equivalent exam.
Appearing Candidates: The candidate must be passed/appeared in the final semester or final year of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission.
For Three-year LLB entrance exams:
There is no upper age limit for admission. However, a candidate must be at least 17 years of age on the date of application.
A graduation degree with 45% marks (40% for reserved category) is the basic qualification required.
Universities like DU and BHU require a minimum 50% marks while universities like Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Meerut require only 45% marks in graduation.
For Five-year LLB entrance exams:
Any student who has passed Class 12 with 50% marks (less 5 % for reserved categories) or has appeared for the Class 12 is eligible to write CLAT.
A candidate was needed to be below 20 years of age as on July 1 to be eligible for CLAT, however, the criteria have now been scrapped after a Supreme Court's order in 2015.
As per the recent directive by Bar Council of India, an applicant who has passed 10+2 or has a graduation degree through distance learning or correspondence mode will also be considered eligible for admission for the integrated five-year or three year LLB course.
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern is present in the tabular form, Candidates can check it out to have a better preparation and make a proper strategy for CLAT Examination 2021:
CLAT 2021 Paper Pattern
120 minutes (2 hours)
Number and Type of Questions
150 Questions & MCQ type
+1 for Correct and -0.25 for Incorrect Answer
Medium of the examination
CLAT Question Paper Format for UG programme
Below table shows the section-wise distribution of questions:
Section-wise Question Paper Pattern
Number of Questions
28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)
35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)
28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)
13-17 Questions (10% of the paper)
CLAT Question Paper Format for PG programme
Candidates can check the paper format for PG programme as it is slightly different from that of CLAT UG:
Number and Type of Question: There will be a total 120 questions in CLAT PG exam out of which:
120 Multiple-Choice Questions of 120 minutes.
There will be no Descriptive Section.
For any change in exam pattern, the applicants are requested to keep visiting the page to know the updates.
English including comprehension: Candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, vocabulary, etc. The grammar section requires the correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs: The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test knowledge of national and international current affairs.
Mathematics: This section will test a candidate's knowledge of elementary mathematics, i.e., mathematics up to 10th Class/standard.
Legal Reasoning: Candidates will be given a 450 words passage based on facts, situations and scenarios related to legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. However, candidates will not require any prior knowledge of law although general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues is desirable.
Legal Aptitude: This section will test the applicant's interest in the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Quantitative Techniques: This section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, textual material, pictorial material or diagrammatic representations of numerical information. These will be followed by set of questions related to the facts. Candidates will be required to derive information from the facts and apply mathematical operations on them.
Logical Reasoning: The motive of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, analogies, logical sequences, etc.
CLAT 2021 Syllabus (PG)
The CLAT 2021 PG Syllabus is also based on Comprehension based questions. As per the last year exam, the descriptive section was removed from the syllabus.
Check out the indicative topics below.
Law of Contract
Public International Law
Labour & Industrial Law
CLAT 2021 Admit Card
CLAT Admit Card 2021 will be posted online on the official website. Candidates must keep these guidelines in their mind related to hall ticket:
Candidates must note that only successful applicants i.e. who have filled up the form completely before submitting, paid the application fee, and applied on or before the time are issued the admit card.
Applicants are supposed to download their Admit cards from the official website as the Admit Cards will not be sent by post under any circumstances.
Candidates can download the CLAT 2021 admit card by logging with registered mobile number and password.
Candidates must take their admit cards along with themselves to the examination centre without which they might be debarred.
Applicants must carry a government Photo ID proof in original for cross verification and a self-attested photocopy if mentioned.
Immediately after downloading the CLAT 2021 admit card from the website, candidates must verify that the information printed there is accurate as per the application form.
The exam venue, schedule, date and time of the exam are indicated on the CLAT 2021 Admit card. Candidates must report to the centre in due time to avoid disqualification.
CLAT 2021 Answer Key
Candidates can check the important CLAT answer key points from the link given below:
After the conduction of exam, provisional answer key of CLAT for candidates to evaluate their score before the result has been released by the CLAT.
The answer key is released at the official website of CLAT.
Now to check their score candidates need to know the marking scheme and question paper.
In this way, candidates can use the answer keys to develop a rough estimate of the final raw score secured by them in the exam.
The authority gives an opportunity to raise the objection against the answer key on payment of a few payments per question.
Also, they will have to submit the proof in favour of answer objected.
Candidates are allowed a stipulated time period within which, they can submit their representations against the provisional answer keys.
Based on valid objections, the answer keys are revised and the final answer key is published again at the official website.
CLAT 2021 Result will be posted online on the official website by last week of June 2021.
CLAT result is usually prepared on the basis of the Final Answer key.
After the result declaration, candidates will be provided with a merit list of all the candidates who are eligible for participating in the CLAT 2021. Counselling organized by the National Law University.
The scorecard of the exam is also released through candidate login prior to the publication of the merit list.
Unlike the merit list, which can be checked without logging in, candidates have to log in with the registered mobile number and password to check the scorecard.
CLAT 2021 Cut Off
Cut Off will be based on various factors such as no. of candidates, candidates marks scored in the examination, difficulty level of examination and much more. CLAT 2021 Cut off will be the minimum marks which candidates have to score to qualify the examination.
Cut Off will be made available after the declaration of the result. Only those candidates will be invited for counselling who will reach the cut-off criteria.
CLAT Counselling 2021 will be commencing soon after the results will be declared, wherein all the eligible candidates will participate and will be granted admission in the respective colleges and courses they must have applied for based on their merit and vacancy of seats in those Universities/Colleges.
Candidates must bring their Original Documents along with the self-attested photocopies of those.
Eligible candidates who qualify the exam have to register for the counselling at the aforementioned website and pay the specified counselling fees.
The following steps can be followed to “Lock” the allotted seat.
Check your name in the merit list.
If found then candidates have to follow the ‘Lock’ (you are happy with the allotted seat), ‘Upgrade’ (you want to apply for an upgrade to a better college), ‘Withdraw’ (you want to withdraw from the seat allotment process), ‘Refund’ (students who opt to withdraw from CLAT seat allotment process will be given a refund).
With the right option visit the NLU to complete the admission process.
National Law University Accepting the Score of CLAT
Below is the list of the participating university which accepts the CLAT score:
National Law School of India University(NLSIU), Bangalore
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (MNLU), Aurangabad
NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur(MNLU), Nagpur
Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla
National Law University, Jodhpur
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA), Assam
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Odisha
National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
National Law University, Jabalpur
National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU), Mumbai
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences(WBNUJS), Kolkata
Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS) Tiruchirappalli
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
CLAT 2021 Preparation Tips are stated below for the good result:
Aspirants are requested to go through the Syllabus first and then prepare accordingly.
Once the preparation chart is ready, start with the preparation which will include studying all the important topics in-depth, not so important topics in brief but do not miss on any topic as this test tests the ability.
Make notes of everything as it is easier to refer to notes than going through all over again.
Give time for recreation which is an important part as it helps to release stress time to time and it doesn’t pile up.
Daily revision is an important aspect as whatever the candidate's studied becomes faded which needs to be polished time and again.
To offer admission in various Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Courses across India
About Consortium of National Law Universities
The CNLU was established on 19 August 2017 with the aim of providing the standard of legal education in the country and justice system through legal education. The Consortium of National Law Universities headquarter is in NLSIU, Bengaluru.
The Consortium is intended to provide for better coordination amongst National Law Schools to achieve the highest standards of legal education in the country. 21 National Law Universitieshave joined the Consortium as founder members.
CLAT Important Dates
CLAT 2021 Form Date
01 Jan - 31 Mar 2021
01 Jun 2021 (Tentative)
CLAT 2021 Result
13 Aug 2021 (Tentative)
Common Law Admission Test Exam Pattern
Question Paper Type :
Multiple Choice Questions, Objective
Instructions:The CLAT exam for PG Programme will have 150 MCQs of 1 mark each.
Frequently Asked Questions
Ques 1: What is full form of CLAT?
Ques 2: Who conducts the CLAT exam?
Ques 3: What is motive of conducting the CLAT exam?
Ques 4: When CLAT 2021 Application Form will be released?