Common Law Admission Test

Form Date: 01 Jan - 30 Apr 2021

Pen & Paper Mode

Form Date: 01 Jan - 30 Apr 2021

CLAT Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 4,000
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:CLAT Consortium of NLU (CCNLU)
  • Courses:LLB, LLM
  • Streams:Law

CLAT 2021: Application Form(Started), Important Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern

Updated On - March 26 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 13 June 2021 (Sunday 3:00 pm-5:00 pm). Common-Law Admission Test is 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.

Latest Update:

  • CLAT 2021 last has extended, candidates can apply till 30 April 2021.
  • CLAT 2021 Application Form has been released on 01 January 2021. The last date to complete CLAT registration is 31 March 2021.
  • CLAT 2021 entrance exam now, going to be held on 13 June 2021.
  • On 06 January 2021, the authority will release the rescheduling notice.
  • A consortium of NLUs, the organizing body for Common Law Admission Test has 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  Important Dates
Application form releases01 January 2021
Last date to apply30 April 2021
Last date for online fee payment4th week of March 2021
Admit card availability3rd week of April 2021
CLAT 2021 Exam13 June 2021
Answer key publish3rd week of May 2021
Result declaration4th week of May 2021
Counselling session1st week of June 2021
Candidates can check the CLAT 2021 Public Notice.

CLAT 2021 Application Form

CLAT Registration 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 the applicants should make no-fault entries.
  • 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

General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates

Rs 4000/-

SC/ST/BPL category candidates

Rs 3500/-

  • 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 correction facility will be also provided for a limited time period to make necessary changes in the application details.

CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria 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 
Exam Mode

Offline (PBT)


120 minutes (2 hours)

Number and Type of Questions

150 Questions & MCQ type

Marking Scheme

+1 for Correct and -0.25 for Incorrect Answer

The medium of the examination

English Language

CLAT Question Paper Format for UG programme

Below table shows the section-wise distribution of questions:

Section-wise Question Paper Pattern
Number of Questions

English Language

28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)

Legal Reasoning

35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)

Logical Reasoning

28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)

Quantitative Techniques

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:
    1. 120 Multiple-Choice Questions of 120 minutes.
    2. 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.

CLAT 2021 Syllabus

CLAT exam 2021 syllabus subject/topic wise is mentioned below which should be followed in a hard and fast manner:

CLAT Syllabus (UG)

  • 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 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 a 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.
  • 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

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 CLAT 2021 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 allows objecting 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

Candidates may check the CLAT exam result through the given below points:

  • CLAT 2021 Result will be posted online on the official website by last week of June 2021.
  • CLAT result is usually prepared based on 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 before 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, the 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 2021 Counselling

Candidates may check the CLAT 2021 counselling through the below-mentioned points:

  • 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.

    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.

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
RMLNLU Lucknow
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
Please check the NLU New Delhi Courses and fees Here 

CLAT 2021 Preparation Tips

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.

Important Books for CLAT 2021

We have provided a list of easily available and useful books for CLAT 2021 preparations below.

Important Books for CLAT 2021
Self Study Guide CLAT 2021
Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination 2021-22
CLAT & AILET Chapter Wise Solved Papers 2008-2020
Latest 2020-2021 Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination
Complete CLAT Companion with Free Current Affairs Booklet by Pearson

CLAT 2021 Seat Matrix

Check out the availability of seats in various NLUs as per previous year which is deemed to be filled up through CLAT 2021 admissions to UG and PG law programs.

Post Graduate seat to be filled through CLAT
NLU 2021 Seat Reservation Criteria
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
NLU 2021 Seat Reservation Criteria
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

CLAT 2021 Highlights

The highlights of CLAT examination 2021 are as follows:

Exam Name

CLAT 2021

CLAT Full form

Common-Law Admission Test

Conducting Body

National Law Universities


National Level


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses in Law

CLAT Official website
Exam Mode


Exam Purpose

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 to provide 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 Universities have joined the Consortium as founder members.

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CLAT Important Dates

Admit card01 Jun 2021 (Tentative)
CLAT 2021 Form Date01 Jan - 30 Apr 2021
CLAT 2021 Result13 Aug 2021 (Tentative)

Common Law Admission Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions, Objective

Negative Marking:



Instructions:The CLAT exam for PG Programme will have 150 MCQs of 1 mark each.

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

01 Jan 2021

Form End Date:

30 Apr 2021

Number of days left to submit the form:



Examination Date (Offline):

13 Jun 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 4,000

Admissions open for

Amrita University

01 Feb 2021-08 Apr 2021

KIIT University Admission 2021

10 Dec 2020-31 May 2021

LPU Admissions 2021

01 Jan 2021-20 Mar 2021

Chandigarh University

14 Dec 2020-29 May 2021

Manipal University

05 Dec 2020-19 Dec 2020