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Consortium of National Law Universities will conduct CLAT 2021, foreseeably in May. Professor (Dr.) Vijender Kumar, who is the VC of Maharashtra National Law University has been elected as the convenor for CLAT 2021 exam. And Prof (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa, the VC of NALSAR Hyderabad is the President of the Governing Body of the Consortium. The exam date is expected to release at consortiumofnlus.ac.in in January.
CLAT 2021 UG and PG will be conducted for admission UG-Law programs (BA LLB, BBA LLB), and PG-Law programs (LLM). Apart from the National Law University in Delhi, which conduct its own admission test AILET, all other NLUs and private/Government law schools accept CLAT score for admission to UG and PG programs. As per the previous year exam, approximately 2000 plus seats were filled up across the country through CLAT score. Reportedly, around 50000 candidates apply for CLAT every year. Read this article for the latest updates on the upcoming CLAT exam and know more about eligibility criteria, syllabus, preparation tips and more.
Although the official schedule of events of CLAT 2021 is not released yet, candidates can check out the expected schedule of the exam as per previous year exam below.
|Start of Applications||1st week of Jan 2021|
|Last date to fill up application form||4th week of Mar 2021|
|Release of Admit card||About 2 weeks before exam|
|CLAT 2021 Exam Date||May 2021|
|Answer key release||Same day after the exam|
|Result||To be announced|
CLAT 2021 Exam Date
The Consortium of NLUs is expected to announce the official CLAT 2021 exam date in due course of time. Last year, the exam was postponed from May and rescheduled to a new date in late September. In 2019, the CLAT exam was conducted in late May. Based on such statistics from previous year CLAT exam, it is expected that the CLAT 2021 exam will be held in the first week of May 2021.
Check out CLAT exam date of last few years below.
|CLAT Exam version||Exam Date|
22 Aug 2020
28 Sep 2020
|2019||26 May 2019|
CLAT 2021 Expected Exam Date: May 2021
What’s New in CLAT 2021?
The complete details of the CLAT 2021 exam pattern are expected to be intimated through the website consortiumofnlus.ac.in in due course of time. However, based on the last year exam pattern, subtle changes were made to the pattern of the exam for admissions to both UG and PG courses. Check out the key changes below.
- The number of questions was reduced from 200 to 150 for CLAT UG Admission test.
- The number of questions was reduced from 200 to 120 for CLAT PG Admission test.
- The descriptive part of the question paper for CLAT PG admission was completely removed.
- Only comprehension based questions were included in both the CLAT UG and PG admission tests.
- In the CLAT UG Admission test, the new pattern of questions involved short passages followed by a series of 4-5 objective questions.
- In the CLAT PG Admission test, candidates had to answer 120 objective comprehension based questions in 120 minutes.
- CLAT UG Admission test paper was based on five subjects viz. English Language, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
Which NLU will conduct CLAT 2021?
The CLAT 2021 exam will be conducted by the Consortium of NLUs. The autonomous body comprised of the Vice-Chancellors of the NLUs has been conducting the CLAT exam since 2019.
Earlier, each of the NLUs in India used to conduct their own entrance tests. However, following petitions to conduct a common entrance exam to reduce the hassle of candidates, the CLAT exam was introduced. The first CLAT was conducted in 2008.
Check out the list of NLUs who conducted the CLAT exam till 2019.
|CLAT Version||Conducting NLU|
|2008||National Law School of India University|
|2009||NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad|
|2010||National Law Institute University|
|2011||The West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences|
|2012||National Law University, Jodhour|
|2013||Hidayatullah National Law University|
|2014||Gujarat National Law University|
|2015||Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University|
|2016||Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law|
|2017||Chanakya National Law University|
|2018||National University of Advanced Legal Studies|
|2019||National Law University of Odisha|
|2020||Consortium of National Law Universities|
List of NLUs Accepting CLAT 2021 Score
As per the previous iteration of the exam, the following National Law Universities conduct admission to law programs based on CLAT 2021 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 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|
|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|
List of Private Universities Accepting CLAT 2021 Score
As per the previous year exam of CLAT, the following private law schools also conduct admission to law programs through CLAT 2021 score.
|Shobhit University, NH-58, Modipuram, Meerut, U.P|
|RNB Global University, Bikaner, Rajasthan|
|ISBR Law College, Bangalore|
|LLOYD Law College, Greater Noida|
|Glocal Law School, Glocal University Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh|
|Indore Institute of Law, Indore|
|Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies|
|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, Uttar Pradesh|
|GLA University Mathura, Uttar Pradesh|
|REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka|
|Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat|
|School of Legal Studies, Mody University, Lakshmangarh Rajasthan|
|Marwadi University, Rajkot, Gujrat|
|Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad|
|ICFAI University, Tripura|
|Gujurat Maritime University, Ahmedabad|
|Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, SVKM’s NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University) Mumbai|
|Bennett University, Greater Noida, NCT Region UP|
|DIRD College, Delhi|
|SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat|
|Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat, Delhi NCR|
|Maharishi Law School, Maharishi University of Information Technology, NCR Delhi|
|NIMT Institute of Method and Law, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|School of Law, Presidency University, Bengaluru|
|Manipal University, Jaipur, Rajasthan|
|School of Law, Oriental University, Indore, Madhya Pradesh|
|The North Cap University, Gurugram, Haryana|
|Academy of Law, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur|
|Dr. K N Modi University, Jaipur|
|Harlal School of Law, Knowledge Park I, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh|
|Galgotia University, Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh|
|Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Law, Bareilly Uttar Pradesh|
|Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur Rajasthan|
|The Raffles University, Alwar Rajasthan|
|IFIM Law School, Bangalore|
|Renaissance Law College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh|
|Jain University, Bangalore|
|ITM University Gwalior M.P.|
|FAIRFIELD-SCHOOL OF LAW, New Delhi|
|Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Tamil Nadu|
|TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi|
CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
As per the official website of the Consortium of NLUs for UG and PG admissions through CLAT last year, the following conditions will be applicable on CLAT 2021 applicants.
- No upper age limit is set for CLAT 2021 UG admissions.
- Candidates must have secured at least 45% marks in the Class 12th exam.
- SC/ST candidates must have secured at least 40% in Class 12th exam.
- Those who are waiting to appear for Class 12th exam in 2021 are also eligible to apply but such candidates have to produce proof of passing the exam at the time of admission.
- All applicants have to submit the result of Class 12th at the time of admission.
- There is no upper limit on age of candidates who wish to apply for CLAT 2021 for PG admissions.
- Applicants must have a LLB degree awarded by a recognized institute.
- Candidates must have secured at least 50% marks in the qualifying degree.
- SC/ST candidates must have secured at least 50% marks in the qualifying degree.
- Those who are appearing for the qualifying degree exam in 2021 are also eligible to apply.
CLAT 2021 Application Form
As per the last year procedure, applications for CLAT 2021 UG & PG admissions can be submitted through the official website of the consortiumofnlus.ac.in as per schedule. No other forms of applications will be entertained. Check out the complete guide to the process of filling up the CLAT 2021 Application Form below.
How to apply online?
In order to apply for CLAT 2021, applicants have to register at the website first. Follow the steps below to do it easily.
Step 1: Go to the official website at consortiumofnlus.ac.in to apply for CLAT 2021.
Step 2: Click on the link to “Register” and complete the registration process by entering name & mobile number and setting a password.
Step 3: Confirm the OTP received on the provided mobile number by to complete the registration process.
Step 4: Now log on to the website using the registered mobile number and password to access the CLAT 2021 Application form.
Step 5: Fill up the application form and upload the necessary scanned images of supporting documents, photograph and signature as applicable.
Step 6: Make the payment of the fees using one of the online modes to complete the application process.
CLAT 2021 Application Fee
The amount of the CLAT 2021 Application Fee indicated here is as per the last year exam. Candidates can expect a similar amount to be charged as the application fee for CLAT 2021 as well.
|General / OBC / PWD/||Rs. 4000|
|NRI / PIO / OCI candidates||Rs. 4000|
|SC / ST / BPL candidates||Rs. 3500|
Note: Candidates willing to get previous year papers of CLAT have to pay an extra amount of Rs 500 only.
CLAT 2021 Syllabus
The official confirmation about the latest CLAT syllabus for 2021 exam is yet to come out at the official website i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in. However, as per the last year syllabus, candidates can check out the indicative topics for CLAT 2021 UG and PG exams below.
CLAT 2021 Syllabus (UG)
CLAT 2021 UG Syllabus is based on five main subjects. Based on the last year exam, the following main subjects are included.
English Language: Candidates are given a 450 words (approx.) passage based on contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and a series of questions will be asked that require the candidate to demonstrate comprehension and language skills.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge: Candidates will be given a passage of up to 450 words following a series of questions. The passage is based on news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. Candidates are expected to exhibit knowledge of legal information related to the passage.
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.
Logical Reasoning: This section will contain a series of short passage of about 300 words each followed by one or more questions after each passage.
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.
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.
- Constitutional Law
- Administrative Law
- Law of Contract
- Family Law
- Criminal Law
- Property Law
- Company Law
- Public International Law
- Tax Law
- Environmental Law
- Labour & Industrial Law
Click here for more details about the CLAT 2021 Syllabus
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
As per the last year exam of CLAT, the examination has subtle differences between UG and PG categories. The exact pattern and scheme of exams is expected to be updated by the Consortium of NLUs with the announcement of the CLAT 2021 exam.
Exam Pattern of CLAT 2021 UG
|Type of questions||MCQ|
|Number of questions||150|
|Negative marking||0.25 marks|
Exam Pattern of CLAT 2021 PG
|Type of questions||MCQ|
|Number of questions||120|
|Negative marking||0.25 marks|
Mock Tests for CLAT 2021
Mock tests are important practice material to get acquainted with the question pattern of the CLAT exam. Unlike most conventional entrance examination which has a set of MCQ questions, the CLAT paper consist of passage based question series. Candidates taking the test have to clear the test by answering the questions in close context of the understanding of contemporary law.
We have provided the direct links to mock tests for the CLAT 2021 exam.
|Full Test||Click here|
|GK &v Current Affairs||Click here|
|Logical Reasoning||Click here|
|Legal Aptitude||Click here|
Suggested Books for CLAT 2021
It goes without saying that preparing for the CLAT exam demands a lot of reading from convetional study materials as well as unconventional sources. Although candidates seeking admission through UG courses are not required to have prior knowledge of law, but having a certain level of awareness of contemporary legalities can be helpful.
We have provided a list of easily available and useful books for CLAT 2021 preparations below.
|Self Study Guide CLAT 2020||Click Here|
|Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination 2020-21||Click Here|
|CLAT & AILET Chapter Wise Solved Papers 2008-2019||Click Here|
|Latest 2019-2020 Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination||Click Here|
|Complete CLAT Companion with Free Current Affairs Booklet by Pearson||Click Here|
CLAT 2021 Admit Card
All registered applicants are issued admit cards to appear in the exam. 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. CLAT 2021 admit card is expected to be released at the official website i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in as per schedule before the exam.
Last year, the CLAT exam admit card was released around 2 weeks before the exam. CLAT 2021 admit card is therefore expected to be released somewhere during the second week of August 2021. Candidates can download the CLAT 2021 admit card by logging in to the official website of Consortium of NLUs using the registered mobile number and password.
Check out the following important points related to the CLAT 2021 Admit Card below.
- Candidates must note that it is mandatory to produce the CLAT 2021 admit card at the exam centre to gain entry to the exam hall.
- A valid photo identity proof viz. Aadhar card, Voter card, Passport etc. must be carried along with the admit card.
- 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.
- Candidates are advised in general to preserve the admit card till the completion of the admission procedure.
- Various exam day guidelines, do’s and dont’s and other instructions are provided through the CLAT admit card. Candidates must read these carefully and follow them properly.
- 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
Once the exam of CLAT is over, the Consortium of NLUs publishes the provisional answer keys at the official website i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Candidates who appeared in the test can download these in their own interest to compare their responses with the correct answers. 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.
Once the provisional answer keys are released, the Consortium of NLUs invite objections against the provisional answer keys. 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
CLAT result is usually prepared on the basis of the Final Answer key. It is released as a merit list of candidates shortlisted for admission through CLAT 2021 score at the official website i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
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 Counselling
Based on the preferred choice of program for admission and the performance of the candidate in the CLAT 2021 exam, candidates are called for counselling for admission as per the merit list. Updates about the counselling process are published through the official website i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
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.
CLAT 2021 Seat Matrix
Check out the availability of seats in various NLUs as per previous year which are deemed to be filled up through CLAT 2021 admissions to UG and PG law programs.
Post Graduate seat to be filled through CLAT
|NLU||All India Category Seats||State Category Seats||Special Category Seats|
|NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka||50||0||0|
|NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana||40+2||10+1||10|
|NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh||25||15||0|
|WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal||40||0||2|
|NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan||80||0||0|
|HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh||45||0||4|
|GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat||52||0||11|
|RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||10||10||7|
|CNLU Patna, Bihar||0||0||0|
|NUALS Kochi, Kerala||21||19||0|
|NLUO Cuttack, Odisha||44||0||6|
|SRL Ranchi, Jharkhand||10||10||0|
|NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam||10||0||0|
|DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh||10||12||2|
|TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu||0||0||0|
|MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra||0||0||2|
|MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra||9||11||0|
UnderGraduate seat to be filled through CLAT
|NLU||All India Category Seats||State Category Seats||Special Category Seats|
|NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka||75||0||5|
|NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana||86||22||15|
|NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh||80||28||20|
|WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal||94||10||23|
|NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan||100||0||15|
|HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh||82||80||27|
|GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat||56||0||31|
|RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh||80||80||18|
|CNLU Patna, Bihar||60||60||20|
|NUALS Kochi, Kerala||33||27||08|
|NLUO Cuttack, Odisha||159||0||21|
|NUSRL Ranchi, Jharkhand||60||60||0|
|NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam||45||15||0|
|DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh||48||60||12|
|TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu||52||52||6|
|MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra||25||25||10|
|MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra||30||30||0|
About Consortium of NLUs
The Consortium of National Law Universities operates to enable better coordination among National Law Schools in India with the aim of delivering the highest standard if legal education through UG and PG programs. It was established on August 19, 2017. Since the early states of its establishment with Prof. R. Venkata Rao, as President and Prof. Faizan Mustafa as Vice President, presently, 21 National Law Universities (NLUs) have joined as the founder members of the Consortium.
Currently, the following staff are serving the administrative positions of the Consortium.
|President||Prof. V. Vijayakumar|
|Vice President||Prof. Paramjit S. Jaswal|
Click here to visit the official website of the Consortium of NLUs
Q1. Is CLAT exam difficult?
Ans. The CLAT exam is moderately difficult and candidates have to know and analyse a lot. However, it is possible to crack the exam by studying smartly and in due time.
Q2. What is a good score for CLAT?
Ans. A score between 100 to 120 can be considered as a good starting score for CLAT.
Q3. Is Maths compulsory for CLAT?
Ans. No. Mathematics is not compulsory although candidates need knowledge of mathematical operations for the UG CLAT exam.
Q4. Which courses are offered for admission through CLAT 2021?
CLAT is for admission to LLB, LLM and Integrated LLB degree programs in NLUs and other private/Government law institutes.
Q5. Can a Hindi medium student crack CLAT?
Ans. Yes, it is possible to crack the exam by studying hard and putting in some extra efforts if the student belongs from a Hindi medium background.