CLAT 2021: Exam (Revised), Application form (Open), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Seat Intake
CLAT 2021 - The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) has postponed the CLAT 2021 exam to avoid clash with the CBSE board exams. The exam will now be conducted on June 13 (instead of May 9), from 2 pm to 4 pm. The CLAT application form 2021 opened on January 1 at consortiumofnlus.ac.in; last date to complete CLAT 2021 registration is March 31. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for admission to 5-year integrated LLB and LLM courses offered by the 22 participating NLUs. CLAT 2021 will be an offline, comprehension based paper designed to test the candidate’s skills and aptitude necessary for pursuing a legal education. CLAT UG 2021 will have questions from English Language, Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques sections. Both UG and PG papers will have comprehension passages, and from each passage, 5-8 MCQ type questions will be asked. In total CLAT 2021 UG will have 150 questions whereas, in CLAT LLM will be divided into two sections - Objective and Subjective. The objective section will have 100 questions whereas the subjective part will have two questions. The CLAT result 2021 will be released around in the last week of May. Read the complete article to know all about CLAT 2021, eligibility, application form, pattern, syllabus and more.
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CLAT 2021 - Highlights
Name of the exam
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Mode of exam
Number of questions
UG CLAT - 150
PG CLAT - 100 questions (objective section) + 2 essays (subjective section)
Number of seats
CLAT-based seat Intake:
5-year integrated LLB program - 2586 seats
LLM program - 783 seats
Purpose of exam
Admission to: BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM
The NLU Consortium has released the important dates of CLAT 2021 on December 26, 2020. The detailed schedule of CLAT includes dates for the release of the application form, admit card, exam date, result dates and others.
CLAT important dates 2021
Issue of notification
December 26, 2020
Release of CLAT application form
January 1, 2021
January 1, 2021
Last date to apply for CLAT 2021
March 31, 2021
Release of CLAT admit card
First week of June, 2021
CLAT 2021 exam date (RESCHEDULED)
New Date: June 13, 2021 (2-4 pm)
Release of provisional answer key
To be notified
To be notified
Release of final answer key
To be notified
Declaration of CLAT 2021 result
To be notified
CLAT 2021 counselling
To be notified
CLAT 2021 latest news and updates
- CLAT LLM syllabus and pattern revised - There will be 100 objective type questions in CLAT PG. In addition, candidates will have to write two essays from the series of questions suppliedd in the test.
- Exam Rescheduled: The exam will now be conducted on June 13 (postponed from May 9). The decision was taken by the consortium to avoid clashes with CBSE Board examination.
- The CLAT 2021 exam will be conducted in OFFLINE mode; note that last session it was conducted in ONLINE mode given the pandemic situation.
- CLAT 2021 will be conducted on May 9
- The online CLAT application form 2021 is open now and can be filled till March 31.
- The Bar Council of India (BCI) has notified that it plans to ABOLISH the one-year LLM program and replace it with a STANDARD 2-year LLM program. Once the regulations come into effect, the NLUs will have to change their current one-year LLM programs to 2-year LLM programs.
The BCI has released a set of guidelines for the administration, study and certification of the LLM program:
- The one-year program will be replaced by a two-year LLM degree.
- Also, only those who have completed 3-year or 5-year integrated LLB degrees will be eligible to pursue the program.
- Further, those with 3-year LLB degree must have completed their graduation in any discipline before they enrol in the 3-year law program.
- A common entrance exam, Post Graduate Common Entrance Test in Law (PGCETL), may be introduced for admission to LLM courses across all law colleges in India. The test will be conducted by BCI or its trust.
- Until the PGCETL is introduced, law colleges may continue their current admission processes. But once PGCETL is introduced, all law colleges will have to mandatorily use the PGCETL merit list for admitting candidates.
The exam authorities have prescribed the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2021 in terms of educational qualification, age limit, and others. The eligibility criteria for both CLAT UG and PG admission test is given below.
CLAT UG eligibility criteria
Minimum marks required in the qualifying exam
There is no age limit for appearing in the exam
CLAT LLM eligibility criteria
Minimum marks required in qualifying exam
There is no age limit for appearing in the exam
CLAT application form 2021 (Available)
The Consortium has released the application form of CLAT 2021 on January 1. The application form will be released at consortiumofnlus.ac.in. in online mode. Eligible candidates will have to register and fill the CLAT 2021 application form before the end of the last date. Note that there will be a common application form of CLAT for both integrated LLB and LLM courses. The application process of CLAT 2021 is explained below.
CLAT application process 2021
In order to access the application form, candidates will need to first register at the admission portal. Once registered, the application form will be available in the registered account.
CLAT 2021 registration
Visit the official website of CLAT; consortiumofnlus.ac.in
Click on the CLAT 2021 link; the login portal will be displayed.
Click on the new registration link and enter the details such as name, mobile number, and select the password.
An OTP will be sent to your registered mobile number, enter the OTP at the given space and activate your CLAT account.
Filling CLAT 2021 application form
After registering, candidates may log in to access the application form of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2021). The application will be divide into 5 sections, candidates will have to enter their details in each section as explained below;
Personal information - In this section, candidates will need to upload their recent passport size photograph and signature along with personal information such as name, parents’ name, date of birth, category etc.
Communication details - Here, candidates will need to provide the correspondence address details along with the permanent address.
Qualifying exam details - Candidates will have to provide complete education details. The CLAT UG candidates will have to enter the school education details whereas the LLM candidates will also be required to provide the graduation details including the aggregate percentage.
Preference selection - The next step will be to select the exam centres in the order of preference. Candidates may select up to 3 exam centres. In this section, candidates will also be required to give the preference for national law universities. In the NLU preference section, candidates will have to select the NLUs in the order of their choice.
Reservation - After giving preferences for NLUs, candidates may apply for reservation by selecting the category. Here, the candidates will have to select their national category and state category. The NLUs may also provide domicile reservation, hence candidates will also have the option to choose their domicile category if available.
After completing the application form, candidates must submit the CLAT application form 2021. Upon submission, the payment gateway will be displayed through which candidates will be required to pay the application fee.
CLAT 2021 application fee
General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category
The NLU consortium will release the CLAT 2021 admit card tentatively in the third week of April at its official website. The registered candidates will be able to download the admit card of CLAT 2021 by logging into the candidate portal. The CLAT admit card will contain the details like exam centre name, roll number, exam day instructions etc. Further, it will be mandatory for all candidates to carry the printed admit card along with a valid ID proof to the exam centre on the exam day.
How to download the CLAT 2021 admit card?
Visit the official website of CLAT; consortiumofnlus.ac.in
Enter the mobile number and password in the CLAT login portal.
Click on the admit card link
The CLAT 2021 admit card will be displayed on the screen, you can download and take the print out of the admit card.
Details mentioned in CLAT hall ticket
After downloading the admit card of CLAT 2021, candidates must check that all details mentioned on it are factually correct and as per the information provided by the candidate at the time of registration. The CLAT admit card comes with the following details.
Candidate’s name, roll number, application number
Parent’s name and category
Exam centre name and address
Exam timings, reporting time
Exam day instructions
CLAT exam centres 2021
Last year, due to COVID-19, the CLAT was conducted in 300 cities across the country. Previously, CLAT was conducted in around 67 cities. Candidates are given the option to choose 3 exam centres at the time of registration and application form submission. The exam centres are allotted as per the preferences given by the candidates. The 67 cities where the CLAT 2021 will be conducted are given below.
CLAT 2021 exam centres
The Consortium of NLUs has prescribed the exam pattern of CLAT for both UG and PG candidates. The CLAT 2021 exam pattern provides important information related to the test modalities. Candidates preparing for the exam must understand the test pattern. It tells about the type of questions and the number of questions that will be asked in the exam. CLAT exam pattern also deals with the marking scheme, time duration etc. To understand the CLAT test modalities, candidates may refer to the table given below.
CLAT 2021 exam pattern
Type of Questions
Multiple Type Questions (MCQs) from given passages
Number of Questions
UG - 150 questions
PG- 100 questions + 2 essays
UG - 150 marks
PG - 150 marks
Each objective question will carry 1 mark. An incorrect question will invite a penalty of 0.25 marks.
CLAT syllabus 2021
The conducting body has prescribed syllabus for CLAT UG and PG papers. The syllabus of CLAT UG consists of common subjects of current affairs, general knowledge, elementary maths, English language. IN CLAT PG the syllabus would consist of common legal subjects of graduation level. It should be noted that the consortium had last year announced some key changes to the CLAT pattern as per which test paper will now have comprehension based questions. The objective of introducing such questions is to test the reading and analytical skills of the applicants. The syllabus of CLAT 2020 is explained below.
CLAT 2021 UG syllabus
Elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/Standard.
General Knowledge & Current Affairs
Static general knowledge
Current affairs- national and international news
Logical and Analytical reasoning skills
Study of law
Questions based on hypothetical situations
CLAT PG Syllabus
Law of Torts
Intellectual Property Law
Labour and industrial law
Public international law
Law of Contracts
CLAT 2021 preparation tips
The national law entrance exam Common Law Admission Test is a highly competitive exam. Around 78000 students would compete for around 2596 UG law seats and 724 LLM seats. Generally, it takes more than 8 months to prepare for the Common Law Admission Test. The following preparation tips would help the candidates in their journey for CLAT preparation.
Read and understand the exam pattern and CLAT syllabus carefully. The CLAT 2021 syllabus would serve as a preparation guide for the candidates.
Make a study time table that is practical and easy to follow. Candidates are expected to prepare regularly than rigorously. Consistency in CLAT preparation will be very important.
Read the daily newspaper; preferably, The Hindu or The Indian Express. It will help the candidates in developing their reading skills and analytical abilities.
Keep an eye on the CLAT current affairs. The candidates may also follow a monthly current affairs magazine to keep themselves abreast of the current events.
Follow the recommended books of CLAT. Some of the books that are suited for CLAT 2021 preparation are given below.
Books for CLAT legal aptitude
Universal’s CLAT Guide
Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj
Bare Acts of Indian Constitution
Books for CLAT English including comprehension
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
English is Easy by Chetananand Singh
Objective General English by RS Aggarwal
Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
CLAT logical reasoning books
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
Books for CLAT maths
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
Class 10th NCERT Textbook
CLAT current affairs and general knowledge books
Lucent’s General Knowledge
Manorama Year Book
India Year Book
Competition Success Review
The Hindu Newspaper
The Indian Express Newspaper
Candidates preparing for CLAT 2021 must solve a good number of sample papers. The consortium also releases a series of CLAT sample papers (UG and PG) to help the candidates in their preparation. Solving the sample papers of CLAT 2021 would make the candidates familiar with the test pattern, difficulty level while also making
CLAT mock tests
The test conducting body will also conduct a series of mock tests for CLAT 2021. By solving the mock tests of CLAT, candidates will get to know the test structure, question types and other important details related to the examination.
CLAT exam day guidelines
The admit card of CLAT 2021 will contain the exam day guidelines that candidates will need to follow. Some of the most important guidelines for the CLAT exam are given below.
Candidates must bring a copy of their CLAT admit card and a valid ID proof at the exam centre.
Candidates should try to report at the exam centre at least 1 hour before the exam. This would give them extra time to complete the verification process at the exam centre.
Candidates should carry a blue and a black pen at the test centre.
Electronic items such as calculators, mobile phones, watches are not allowed inside the CLAT exam hall.
No candidate would be allowed to leave the examination centre once he/she gets entry inside the exam hall.
If a candidate is caught taking help of prohibited materials including study material at the test centre, the consortium may take the appropriate disciplinary action by disqualifying the candidate.
CLAT answer key 2021
The authorities will release the CLAT 2021 answer key on the next day of the conduct of the exam. The answer key of CLAT will contain the answers to the questions asked in the examination. It should be noted that the CLAT answer key released at the first instance will be provisional in nature. Candidates will be given at least 2-3 days to raise objections against the provisional answer key. The consortium will review the provisional answer key on the basis of objection shared by the candidates. The modified or improved answer key of the Common Law Admission Test will be released later.
How to access CLAT 2021 answer key?
Visit the official website of Common Law Admission Test
Open the candidate portal and login using registered mobile number and password
Click on download question paper and provisional answer key option
The CLAT answer key will be downloaded in PDF format.
CLAT result 2021
On the basis of the final answer key, CLAT 2021 result would be prepared. The consortium may release the result of the Common Law Admission Test around the fourth week of May. The CLAT result will be available for download at the official website of the NLU Consortium.
How to download CLAT 2021 result
Visit the CLAT official website
Login to your registered account
Click on “View result” option
The consortium will release the result in the form of a scorecard. The CLAT scorecard will contain details such as application number, date of birth, roll number, marks obtained in CLAT 2021 and all India rank of the candidate. It is advised to all candidates to download and take the print out of the CLAT result and keep it ready for the counselling process.
CLAT merit list 2021
Along with the result, the consortium will also release the CLAT 2021 merit list for both UG and PG. The consolidated CLAT merit list will contain the roll number of all candidates along with their Common Law Admission Test marks. The merit list of CLAT 2021 will be an important document as it will be used to shortlist candidates for counselling and seat allotment rounds. Note that candidates are called for counselling in the order of the CLAT merit rank. Those who score more marks and secure a better rank than others in CLAT 2021 will be called first to participate in the counselling process.
CLAT counselling 2021
The NLU Consortium will conduct CLAT 2021 counselling on behalf of all participating law universities. The CLAT counselling is an important part of the admission process. For the counselling, candidates around 5 times the number of available seats will be issued call letters. The CLAT 2021 counselling will be conducted in 3 rounds and for each round an invite list will be released.
To participate in CLAT counselling 2021, candidates will be asked to provide NLU preferences and complete the registration by paying Rs 50,000 as counselling fee and uploading the documents. On the basis of NLU preference and merit list, the consortium will release the seat allotment lists in 3 separate rounds.
CLAT 2021 seat allotment
The counselling of CLAT is conducted in 3 rounds. And, after each round of counselling, the authorities would release the seat allotment list. The CLAT seat allotment list from each round will contain the names of the shortlisted candidates along with their admit card number. The shortlisted candidates will have to submit the course fee minus counselling fee (Rs 50,000) to complete the admission process.
CLAT cut off 2021
With each round of seat allotment, the CLAT 2021 cut off will also be published. The Cut off of Common Law Admission Test is generally expressed in terms of opening rank and closing rank. The CLAT cut off shows the minimum marks required for admissions to the NLUs. The prospective CLAT aspirants may use the cut off statistics to understand the safe score they need to target to get admission to their preferred NLU.
Factors that would determine CLAT 2021 cut off
There will be several factors that will together affect the CLAT cut off. These include;
Number of candidates applying for Common Law Admission Test
NLUs preferences given by the candidates; this will affect the cut off for each NLU
Level of difficulty of CLAT 2021 paper; a tough paper will bring the cut off down.
Number of seats available in each NLUs.
CLAT expected cut off 2021
Expected Cut off for 2021
For at least one NLU
Previous year CLAT cut off
Candidates may refer to the past year’s cut off to understand the admission trends over the years. One may easily interpret from the CLAT previous year’s cut off that those coming under top 100 would go to National Law School of India Bangalore. The second most followed NLU is NALSAR Hyderabad.
CLAT 2019 cut off
Name of NLU
NLU Odisha Cuttack
CLAT 2021 participating institutes
The scores of the Common Law Admission Test used primarily for admissions to 22 national law universities. The NLUs offer around 2569 UG law seats and 724 LLM seats. However, CLAT scores can also be used for getting admission to around 77 government and private law colleges. These colleges are called CLAT affiliated colleges. The list of NLUs and other affiliated law colleges are given below.
CLAT participating colleges (NLUs)
Name of NLU
CLAT UG Seats
CLAT PG seats
Colleges other than NLUs accepting CLAT scores
Name of the affiliate (a private university)
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT 2021: Exam (Revised), Application form (Open), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Seat Intake
Question: What is the CLAT exam?
CLAT is the national level law entrance exam, conducted by Consortium of National Law Universities for admissions to 22 NLUs and many other affiliated law colleges.
Question: When will the CLAT 2021 examination be conducted?
The CLAT 2021 will be conducted on May 9, 2021 in offline mode.
Question: How can I apply for CLAT 2021?
You can fill the CLAT application form in online mode which will be released at consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
Question: I am in Class 12th, can I appear in CLAT 2021?
Yes, if you are appearing in the qualifying examination (Class 12th), you are eligible to appear in the CLAT UG examination.
Question: What are some of the top ranked National Law Universities (NLUs) participating in CLAT exam?
As per the NIRF ranking of top law colleges in India, NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, NLU Jodhpur, NLIU Bhopal are some of the top ranked law universities. The universities give admisisons on the basis of CLAT scores.
Question: How many candidates appeared in CLAT 2020?
In 2019, there were 75,183 applicants out of which 59, 334 appeared in the examination.
Question: Does NLU Delhi accept CLAT score?
No, NLU Delhi doesn’t accept CLAT score for admissions.You can read “Why is NLU Delhi not part of CLAT” for more information.
Question: How many seats are offered by National Law Universities through CLAT?
At undergraduate level, the NLUs will offer around 2596 seats. Whereas, for LLM courses, the universities have a combined intake of 783 seats.
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Clat exam ki tayri kase kartai hai
Clearing Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 is a dream for many law aspirants.
So, for preparing for clat you should first search the syllabus. Get a complete knowledge of the syllabus of clat. After that make arrangements of the best study material for clat exam. Then study each and every topic with detail and with concept.
Also your must test the newspapers daily. Because these ate a very good source of current affairs.
You can also enrich your gk with the monthly magazines.
After that when each topic is finished then try to make problems from that. Also do practice the previous years clat question paper in real time as it will help you to get the depth of your preparation.
And practice some mock tests too. Also you can join some coaching institutes for preparation.
Also check out the following link to get an insight about how to prepare for clat :-
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CLAT 2021 shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects and the exam duration is 2 hours. The five sections in CLAT examinations are
- English including Comprehension.
- Current affairs including General Knowledge.
- Legal Reasoning.
- Logical Reasoning.
- Quantitative Techniques ( Mathematics)
The Consortium of National Law Universities has released the CLAT 2021 application form on January 1, 2021. The exam will be conducted on June 13.
Check the link below for all the details regarding CLAT 2021
I am planning to give CLAT and AILET in 2022, when should I start preparing for their current affairs??
Usually the current affairs are for a period of one year, hence as per the release of application form, prior to it you can prepare for the current affairs, the best way to deal with this is to read newspaper on a daily basis, so that while you're near to appearing for the exam, you can go through various magazines for covering the portion of revision, there are various competitive exam sites also which offer monthly compilations you can go through these as well, and once you form a habit of daily reading what happens is you're well acquainted with the latest happening, and it's easy to recall what you have read, here comes the importance of daily newspaper reading, you can go through sample papers as well as this will give you an idea about the specific topics that are being covered.
should I take the past clat question papers since the pattern has changed from 2020?
Even if the clat pattern is changed then also it is important to give or practice the previous years question papers in real time. Because previous years question papers is important to know the level of questions asked and also it is necessary to know the depth of your preparation.
So, don't skip practising the previous years question papers.
As for the latest pattern you can practice the model test papers in real time.