CLAT 2021: Convenor Announced, Syllabus PDF, Exam Date, Books, Registration, Latest News

CLAT 2021

CLAT 2021

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.

Important EventDate
Start of Applications1st week of Jan 2021
Last date to fill up application form4th week of Mar 2021
Release of Admit cardAbout 2 weeks before exam
CLAT 2021 Exam DateMay 2021
Answer key releaseSame day after the exam
ResultTo 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 versionExam Date
202010 May 2020
22 Aug 2020
 07 Sep 2020
28 Sep 2020
201926 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 VersionConducting NLU
2008National Law School of India University
2009NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
2010National Law Institute University
2011The West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences
2012National Law University, Jodhour
2013Hidayatullah National Law University
2014Gujarat National Law University
2015Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University
2016Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
2017Chanakya National Law University
2018National University of Advanced Legal Studies
2019National Law University of Odisha
2020Consortium 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
RMLNLU Lucknow
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.

UG Eligibility

  • 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.

PG Eligibility

  • 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.

CategoryApplication fee
General / OBC / PWD/Rs. 4000
NRI / PIO / OCI candidatesRs. 4000
SC / ST / BPL candidatesRs. 3500

Note: Candidates willing to get previous year papers of CLAT have to pay an extra amount of Rs 500 only.

CLAT 2021

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
  • Jurisprudence
  • Administrative Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Torts
  • 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

Max Marks150
Duration2 hours
Type of questionsMCQ
Number of questions150
Negative marking0.25 marks

Exam Pattern of CLAT 2021 PG

Max Marks120
Duration2 hours
Type of questionsMCQ
Number of questions120
Negative marking0.25 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 TestClick here
EnglishClick here
GK &v Current AffairsClick here
MathematicsClick here
Logical ReasoningClick here
Legal AptitudeClick 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.

BooksGet Here
Self Study Guide CLAT 2020Click Here
Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination 2020-21Click Here
CLAT & AILET Chapter Wise Solved Papers 2008-2019Click Here
Latest 2019-2020 Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance ExaminationClick Here
Complete CLAT Companion with Free Current Affairs Booklet by PearsonClick 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.

  1. Check your name in the merit list.
  2. 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).
  3. 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

NLUAll India Category SeatsState Category SeatsSpecial Category Seats
NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka5000
NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana40+210+110
NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh25150
WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal4002
NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan8000
HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh4504
GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat52011
RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh10107
RGNUL Punjab3806
CNLU Patna, Bihar000
NUALS Kochi, Kerala21190
NLUO Cuttack, Odisha4406
SRL Ranchi, Jharkhand10100
NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam1000
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh10122
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu000
MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra002
MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra9110
Total seats484+287+150

UnderGraduate seat to be filled through CLAT

NLUAll India Category SeatsState Category SeatsSpecial Category Seats
NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka7505
NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana862215
NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh802820
WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal941023
NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan100015
HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh828027
GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat56031
RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh808018
RGNUL Punjab175021
CNLU Patna, Bihar606020
NUALS Kochi, Kerala332708
NLUO Cuttack, Odisha159021
NUSRL Ranchi, Jharkhand60600
NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam45150
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh486012
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu52526
MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra252510
MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra30300
Total seats1436+2548+1252

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.

PositionServing
PresidentProf. V. Vijayakumar
Vice PresidentProf. Paramjit S. Jaswal

Click here to visit the official website of the Consortium of NLUs

FAQs

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.

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