CLAT 2021 official notification has been released by the Consortium of National Law University. The national-level law entrance exam has been rescheduled to June 13 from May 9 in light of CBSE Board exams begining from May 4. The entrance test will be conducted in offline mode from 2 PM to 4 PM. CLAT 2021 registration has begun from January 01 and will continue till March 31, 2021. Click here to register for CLAT 2021
- Several NLU’s offer domicile reservations except for NLSIU, Bangalore.
- NLSIU Bangalore has increased the total seats to 120 from 80.
CLAT 2021, or Common Law Admission Test, is a National Level Entrance Exam conducted for admission into 22 NLU’s in India. Apart from admissions to NLUs, CLAT scores are also considered as the benchmark by many different private as well as self financed law colleges in India.
CLAT 2021 Highlights
|Name of Exam||CLAT UG / CLAT PG|
|Name of Organization||CLAT Consortium, Bar Council of India|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee||Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI - INR 4,000 SC/ST/BPL - INR 3,500|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Courses Offered||BA LLB/BBA LLB/B.Sc LLB/LLM|
CLAT 2021 Important Dates
|CLAT 2021 Application Form opens||January 1, 2021|
|CLAT 2021 Application Form Last Date||March 31, 2021|
|CLAT 2021 Admit Card Release date||3rd week of April 2021|
|CLAT 2021 Exam Date||June 13, 2021 (2 PM – 4 PM)|
|CLAT 2021 Answer Key Release||To be announced|
|CLAT 2021 Result Announcement||To be announced|
|CLAT 2021 Counselling||To be announced|
CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
|Exam||Age Limit||Educational Qualification||Minimum Marks|
|CLAT UG||No Upper Age Limit||10+2 or Equivalent||Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI - 45% SC/ST - 40%|
|CLAT PG||No Upper Age Limit||LLB or Equivalent||Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI - 50% SC/ST - 45%|
As per the previous eligibility criteria, candidates appearing in the qualifying exam in the month of March or April 2021 are also eligible to apply.
How to apply for CLAT 2021?
- Visit the official website of the Consortium of NLU’s by clicking here.
- The application can only be done online through the official website.
- Register using a working email address and phone number, as the OTP for validation will be sent here.
- Once the phone number has been validated you can login using the phone number and password that you have created.
- Fill all the details carefully and cross check once before pressing on submit.
- The name should be the same as it appears in all the documents, as any mismatch would result in disqualification.
- Select your preferences among the 22 national law universities.
- None of the details or preferences can be changed after successful submission.
- Pay the application fees online through the payment portal using Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/UPI
- Upload all the necessary documents.
- Click on Submit.
- Save a screenshot or print out of the payment receipt to be sure.
Application Fees for CLAT 2021
|CLAT Previous Years Question Papers||INR 5,00|
- CLAT Application Fees can only be paid online through their payment portal.
- The cost of the CLAT Previous Years Question Papers is not included in the CLAT Application Fee
- There may be additional fees varying as per the bank that the candidate may have to bear.
- The Application Fees is not refundable under any circumstances.
CLAT 2021 Admit Card
CLAT 2021 admit card will be made available in the third week of April 2021. The exact date will be displayed on the official website. Here is the procedure to download CLAT 2021 Admit Card -
- Visit the official website of the Consortium of NLU’s.
- Press on the “Click Here” tab
- Login using the registered Mobile Number and Password.
- There will be an option to download the Admit Card.
- Save the Admit Card/Hall Ticket to your device and on the drive as well.
- Take a print out of the Admit Card for use at the center.
Strategy for CLAT Preparation
- The questions in this section are from 12th standard level.
- The topic of the passage can vary; it can be technical, scientific topics, or current issues, or historical events of significance, but prior knowledge in these subjects is not required. All information you require will be in the passage itself.
- Understand the main focus of the passage first, followed by 5W’s- Who, What, Why, When, and Where.
- Vocabulary questions are of 2 types:
- General meaning of a word or phrase
- Meaning of a word or phrase in context of passage
- Regularly read the editorial sections of reputed newspapers and magazines, especially if written by imminent lawyers on issues pertaining to law.
- Start your preparation by going through the grammar books of 12th, especially books such as Wren and Martin and clear all your basics.
- While attempting the passages identify the premises and conclusions, and use it to identify the theme of the passage.
- Identify the sets of arguments that support each other and contradict each other.
- Develop a habit of carefully reading each question as some questions can be intentionally misleading.
- Occasionally, the same passages are used for English and Legal Reasoning. Consider this while preparing.
- Always practise using the previous years questions and the sample papers provided by reputed sources such as Consortium of NLUs.
- Revise all basics from 10th and 12th standard mathematics books and make sure you do not have any doubts in it.
- Questions may consist of graphs, pictorial representations of data, tables, etc.
- Make a formula cheat sheet and stick it somewhere you can see it a lot, like in front of your study table. This will help you remember all the formulas passively without putting in much effort.
- All factual information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the passages. However, it is always beneficial to have some basic legal awareness.
- Break down the principle into smaller parts keeping in mind the words like ‘AND’ and ‘OR’. Similar case needs to be repeated with facts.
- Do not let your biases or previous knowledge of law affect your answers. Always answer based on the information presented to you.
- The passages of the logical reasoning section, legal reasoning and the english are all very similar so keep that in mind while preparing.
- Practise a legal reasoning passage daily for at least 30 minutes.
- It is extremely important to read essays and columns by prominent lawyers, judges and other law experts. You can also watch lectures by famous lawyers on YouTube.
Current Affairs & General Knowledge
- Questions can come from any prominent topic. Therefore it is very important to be aware of Current Affairs.
- Read prominent, reliable and reputed newspapers and magazines daily.
- It is also beneficial to watch the unbiased news on various topics.
- Practise a Current Affairs passage daily.
What is CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern?
CLAT 2021 is held for both Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate courses, and is called UG CLAT and PG CLAT Respectively.
UG CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
|English (with Comprehension)||40|
- Each Question will carry 1 mark for the right answer.
- There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
- There will be a total of 200 Objective (MCQ) type questions in the test.
- CLAT Exam Duration will be 2 hours.
- UG - CLAT focuses on the ability to study law as opposed to prior knowledge.
- CLAT Exam Pattern was changed for the year 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
PG CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
|Section||Question Type||Number of Questions||Marks Allotted|
- The first section will consist of 100 questions of 1 mark for every correct answer.
- There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
- The second section will consist of 2 descriptive type questions worth 25 marks each.
- Each Essay should be of at least 800 words.
- Only the candidates who score 40% in section 1 will be eligible for the correction of section 2.
- There is 5% relaxation for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
What is the Syllabus for CLAT 2021?
UG CLAT 2021 Syllabus
|Subject||Passage Word Count||Topics Covered|
|English||450 words each||Passages, Reading, Comprehension, Inference and Conclusion, Summary, Vocabulary etc.|
|Current Affairs||450 words each||Contemporary Events of National and International Significance, Art and Culture, International Affairs, Historical Events of significance|
|Legal Reasoning||450 words each||Rules and Passages of Law, Application of the rules and passages, etc.|
|Logical Reasoning||300 Words each||Argument - Premise and Conclusion, Inference, Relationships and Analogies, Contradictions and Equivalence, etc.|
|Quantitative Techniques||-||Basic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, Ratio and Proportion etc.|
Each section of the UG CLAT Paper will have you evaluating a passage of varying word counts and answering objective type questions based on the passage. The Quantitative techniques section will consist of a short set of facts/proportions/graphs/Textual/Pictorial/Diagrammatic information and questions will be asked on the basis of these. For CLAT 2021 PG Syllabus and Exam Pattern, Click Here
CLAT 2021 Paper Analysis
- CLAT Paper analysis for last year reveals that it was of moderate difficulty.
- Questions were lengthy and based on passages so time management is a very important aspect of the paper.
- The Legal Reasoning section was very lengthy.
- The highest number of questions was asked from the legal reasoning section and current affairs.
- Quantitative Techniques had the lowest number of questions.
- Here is a breakdown of the difficulty level of each subject -
|Section||Difficulty Level||Number of Passages|
CLAT 2021 Sample Papers and Mock tests
One of the best ways to score well in the CLAT 2021 is to solve several practise papers and previous years questions. This will help you in developing an idea of what to expect while writing the actual paper. This will also help in building confidence. Here are the CLAT 2021 Sample Papers and Mock test -
CLAT 2021 Result and Merit List
- The result will be tentatively published 4th May 2021.
- The result will be published on the official website.
- To check the result, you have to click on “Result” and then “View Result”, then login with your phone number and password.
- Once the results have been released you will be provided with a provisional admission to an NLU based on your preference and rank in CLAT 2021.
- The Merit List for each college will also be available on the official website under the “results” tab
Expected CLAT Cut Off
|College||Expected Cut Off (2020)|
|NLSIU, Bengaluru||119.5 - 120.5|
|NALSAR, Hyderabad||114 - 115|
|NLIU, Bhopal||107 - 108|
|NUJS, Kolkata||112 - 113|
|NLU, Jodhpur||109 - 111|
|HNLU, Raipur||103 - 104|
|GNLU, Gandhinagar||106 - 107|
|RAMNLU, Lucknow||100 - 102|
|RGNUL, Patiala||99 - 100|
|CNLU, Patna||95 - 96|
|NUALS, Kochi||99 - 100|
|NLUO, Cuttack||97 - 98|
|NUSRL, Ranchi||94 - 95|
|NLUJA, Guwahati||93 - 94|
|DSNLU, Vizag||92 - 93|
|TNNLS, Tiruchirapalli||92 - 93|
|MNLU, Mumbai||105 - 106|
|MNLU, Nagpur||91 - 92|
|MNLU, Aurangabad||91 - 92|
|MPDNLU, Jabalpur||90 - 91|
|HPNLU, Shimla||89 - 90|
|DBRANLU, Haryana||87 - 88|
CLAT 2021 Career Prospects
|Law Firms||Upto INR 20 lpa|
|MNC’s||Upto INR 17 lpa|
|Litigation Firms||Upto INR 12 lpa|
|NGO’s||Upto INR 8 lpa|
Note: These figures are indicative of the past trends and may vary.
CLAT 2021 Participating Universities
Over 22 National Law Universities from all over India will be participating in CLAT 2021. Here is a comprehensive list of all the national law universities that will be participating in CLAT 2021 -
|National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)||Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)|
|NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)||Dr. BR Ambedkar National Law University, Haryana (DBRAU)|
|National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)||Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (DNLU)|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)||HP National Law University, Shimla (HPNLU)|
|National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)||Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (MNLU)|
|Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)||Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur (MNLU)|
|Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)||Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)|
|Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)||The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)||Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)|
|National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)||National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)|
|National Law University, Orissa (NLUO)||National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)|
CLAT 2021 FAQs
Ques. WIll the CLAT 2021 be conducted in other languages?
Ans. As per the current updates the medium of instruction is in English only. However, news reports suggest that the Bar Council is looking into introducing vernacular languages as medium of instruction in the future.
Ques. What are the changes that were there in the CLAT 2020 exam?
Ans. CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern was altered slightly to accommodate the restrictions caused due to the pandemic. The major changes include a reduction in the total number of questions to 150 and the mode of conduction was shifted online.
Ques. What will happen if I apply for CLAT more than once?
Ans. If you apply for CLAT more than once, then the last online application will be considered. The other applications will be disregarded and the results will be announced based on the last application.
Ques. How will a tie break be decided in CLAT UG?
Ans. The tie break will be decided based on the following factors -
- Marks obtained in the legal aptitude section.
- Computerised draw of lots.
Ques. How will a tie break be decided in CLAT PG?
Ans. The tie break will be decided based on the following factors -
- Computerised draw of lots.
Ques. Can Engineering graduates apply for CLAT PG?
Ans. As per the eligibility criteria for CLAT, engineering graduates cannot apply for CLAT PG. To apply, candidates require an undergraduate degree in law. However, they can apply for the CLAT UG program given that they have the minimum qualification of 10+2 of 45% for Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI and 40% for SC/ST.
Ques. What is the acceptance rate for top NLUs?
Ans. The acceptance rate for the top NLUs is only around 3% as around 70,000 to 75,000 students register every year, but there are only 2,175 seats in all the NLUs.
Ques. Is AILET or CLAT more difficult?
Ans. AILET is significantly more difficult than CLAT, as the number of seats are very limited. The Exam Pattern is very similar, but Delhi Law University has a small number of seats for law compared to the 23 NLUs.
Ques. I did science in 12th standard. Is CLAT a good option for me?
Ans. CLAT can be a good option for most students who are interested in Law. If you have prepared well enough you can easily get into a top NLU regardless of the stream.
Ques. How much preparation is required to get into a top NLU?
Ans. Generally, anywhere between 8-16 months of preparation is required based on each student. If the student is completely new to the field then they might require a longer time to prepare, but generally following a strict schedule for this time period is enough to score well.
Ques. What are the documents that the candidate will require during the Application form procedure?
Ans. The document that the candidate needs to submit during CLAT 2021 Application form process is:
- Recent Passport size photo which is front facing and has a white background.
- Signature of Aspirant
- Educational Documents
- BPL Certificate (If Applicable)
- PWD Certificate (If Applicable)
- SC/ST/OBC Category Certificate(If Applicable)
Ques. What is the CLAT 2021 eligibility criteria that is defined by the University?
Ans. CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria as per the university is given below:
Academic Qualification – A candidate must have secured minimum marks required in 12th standard, as per the category to which he/she belongs:
- For Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories – A minimum of 45% marks required.
- For SC/ST Category – A minimum of 40% marks required.
General Criteria – Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2021 are eligible to register for Common Law Admission Test. They must submit an evidence of their successfully clearing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they will lose their right to be considered for admission.
- Submit the result of qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) at the time of CLAT Admission.
- In case of equal marks, the tie-breaking procedure is as follows:
- Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2021
- Higher age
- A computerized draw of lots
Ques. How to retrieve password for CLAT 2021 Admit Card?
Ans. There are chances that a candidate may forget his/her password at the time of downloading the CLAT 2021 admit card. In such situations, below-mentioned steps can be followed to recover the password:
- Click on the 'Forgot Password' button at the bottom of the login window for CLAT Admit Card.
- It will redirect to a new page, where candidates will have to enter the registered mobile number .
- Click on the “Request OTP” button and OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number.
- Enter mobile number, OTP (received on the mobile) and the new password.
- Click on the Reset Password button.
- A new password will successfully be generated.
Ques. What is the minimum cut off marks defined by National Law University for CLAT 2021?
Ans. Cut off marks vary for different NLU’s concerned,a s per the margin and previous year, the minimum cut off marks will be between 105-110 out of 200.
NOTE: The marks mentioned above for CLAT 2021 are tentative in nature and may be subject to change as per the University authority decision. The marks will eventually differ for the SC/ST category concerned.
Ques. Will CLAT 2021 be conducted online or offline?
Ans. According to CLAT Consortium, Bar Council of India, CLAT 2021 will be conducted offline or pen-paper mode.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.