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Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021

CLAT 2021 Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. CLAT scores are also accepted by 43 other institutions where law is taught.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted on May 12, 2021 by National Law University (NLU) Odisha. The entire schedule of the exam will be released soon. “CLAT will now be conducted by the newly formed Executive Committee of the Consortium that would have, NLSIU-Bangalore, NALSAR-Hyderabad and NLIU-Bhopal as its ex-officio members, CLAT Convenor of the year, and the CLAT Convenor of the following year and two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLUs nominated by the CLAT Convener who have past experience of conducting CLAT,” as per an official release.

About The Consortium

The Consortium of National Law Universities was established on 19th August, 2017 with the aim of improving the standard of legal education in the country and justice system through legal education with Prof. R. Venkata Rao, erstwhile Vice-Chancellor, NLSIU as President and Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR, as Vice-President.

The Consortium aspires to facilitate better coordination amongst National Law Schools to achieve highest standards of legal education in the country. Twenty-One National Law Universities have joined the Consortium as founder members.

The serving President of the Consortium is Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR and Vice-President is Prof. (Dr.) Poonam Saxena, Vice-Chancellor, NLU.

Important Dates

Event Date
Starting date for submission of online application form 1 January 2021
Last date for submission of filled-in online application form 15 June 2021
Download of Admit Cards/Hall Tickets -
Date of CLAT 2021 Online examination for UG & PG 22 August 2021
Declaration of results of CLAT 2021 -

Eligibility Criteria

Under-Graduate Programme offered by the National Law Universities

- The seventeen NLUs offer five-year integrated Under-Graduate law courses leading to the award of a degree in Law as per their respective nomenclature.

Post-Graduate Programme offered by the National Law Universities

- The information pertaining to the LL.M. degree course offered at the various NLUs along with the course duration and the specializations offered has been provided in detail under the respective sections of each University’s website and information brochure. The candidates are advised to check the websites of the respective Universities from time to time to keep themselves updated with any change in the course structure or other details.

Eligibility Criteria for Appearing in CLAT

For U G Programme

Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the minimum of :-

(a) Forty-five percent(45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/(Specially Abled Persons) Categories and

(b) Forty percent(40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category

- Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May are also eligible for appearing in CLAT examination.

However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

- No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT

For P G Programme

- The candidates must have minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination [i.e. LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exam] as under:
* Fifty five percent (55%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, and
* Fifty percent (50%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.

- The candidate must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission.

- In case of candidates who have appeared in the qualifying examination, he/she may submit his/her final result of qualifying examination within the time frame prescribed by the respective University/Institute. Till then such candidates may be given provisional admission.

- In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by procedure and order as under:
* Higher age;
* Computerized draw of lots.
- No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT.

How to Apply

- Candidates can apply for CLAT ONLINE only.

- Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling the Online Application Form

- CAPS (CLAT Online Application Processing System)

- The candidates can do most of their interactions with CLAT through the CAPS interface provided at CLAT website.

- Through CAPS, a candidate can register and apply for CLAT examination, check the status of the application, download the admit card, know the result and they can also download the result and score card.

- The candidate can fill up the required details in the form and save the same before finally submitting it.

- An online interface is provided for applicant’s interaction with the CLAT office. With this interface, an applicant can

- Do Registration using “Register Yourself”.

- Fill the online application form.

- Upload photograph, signature, birth certificate and category certificate.

- Pay the application fee either by ONLINE/OFFLINE mode.

- Download previous year question papers.

- The login to this interface is through your CAPS Registration ID and a CAPS password.

- The Candidates are advised to keep this information safe and not to disclose it to anyone.

Application Fee

The CLAT application fee is non refundable.

Category Application Fee*
SC/ST Category Rs. 3,500/-
Unreserved/SAP/OBC/ any other category Rs. 4,000/-

*The application fee can be paid either Online or through Challan, Additional bank charges may apply for the above transactions.

Online Payment Mode:

- If a candidate chooses to pay through online payment mode.
- Candidate will get two options ‘Pay through Debit/Credit Card’ or ‘Net banking’.
- From the CLAT Online Application Interface, you will be redirected to a bank you choose.
- You will have to login with your bank’s Net banking (or Internet Banking) user ID and password.
- The fee amount and bank charges will be shown to you, and you have to confirm that the payment is for CLAT.
- Candidate has to bear the transaction charges.
- The charges may vary depending on the payment option.
- After filling the details, candidate can deposit the fee.
- Once you confirm, you will be redirected back to the CLAT Online Application Interface.

Offline Payment Mode (Bank Challan)

In case the candidate chooses the challan payment mode, then a challan will be generated (as PDF file). The candidate has to take the printout of the challan and the payment should be made in cash at the ICICI branch latest by Last week of March 2021.
- If candidate has chosen offline payment option while filling the application form, he/she will be provided with a copy of the challan in duplicate (PDF file) with filled in details. Candidate is required to print it out on an A4 paper and then fill in a few more details such as date and signature.
- Candidate is then required to submit the Challan in nearest ICICI Branch and deposit fee in ICICI bank. There is no need to have an account in than bank/branck.
- The bank teller will verify the details printed on the challan with the data available at the bank and then accept the payment.
- The bank will retain one copy and give back the another copy to the candidate which he/she has to retain for reference.
- The application fee amount and the bank charges for the challan option will be shown to the candidate and he/she has to confirm that the payment is for CLAT.


Paper Pattern

UG Pattern of Question Paper

Maximum Marks : 200
Duration of CLAT Examination : 02:00 Hours
Total Number of Questions : 200 questions of one mark each

Sr.No. Subjects Marks
1 English including Comprehension 40 Marks
2 General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Marks
3 Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Marks
4 Legal Aptitude 50 Marks
5 Logical Reasoning 40 Marks

Note: 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer

PG Pattern of Question Paper

The pattern of the question paper for admission to Post-Graduate Course proposed for CLAT is as under
- Maximum Marks : 150
- Duration of CLAT-2021 : 02:00 Hours
- Multiple-Choice Questions : 150 questions of one mark each

Sr. No Subjects Marks
1 Constitutional Law 50 Marks
2 Jurisprudence 50 Marks
3 Other Subjects such as Contract,Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc 50 Marks

Note : 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer

Question Papers

Admit Card

The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from CLAT website ( Please note that the admit cards will not be sent via e-mail or by post.They should carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, voter identity card, driving license, and passport etc. to the venue of the examination. For details kindly visit clat website.


CLAT result will be published on the CLAT Website ( with an overall merit list of candidates prepared according to their CLAT score alongwith their categories. In addition, state specific and all India merit lists will be prepared for various categories of candidates like- Unreserved/SC/ST/OBC/Women/SAP etc. The Candidates will be able to access the results through their LOGIN Account.

Institution Using CLAT Score

The following institutions are having Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Common Law Admission Test for using CLAT score for admission purposes in their respective Institutions. The list is not exhaustive and the MoU of other Institutions are under consideration.

Browse list of Law Institutes accepting CLAT Score.

Participating Universities

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. The 17 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU)
  19. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

Contact Details

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