CLAT 2020 COUNSELLING
NATIONAL LEVEL OFFLINE TEST
NUSRL, Ranchi will begin the admission procedure to UG/PG programs at participating universities via CLAT Centralised Online Counselling in the first week of August 2020 after the declaration of CLAT Result. The first provisional seat allotment list will be declared based on the merit. A total of three seat allotment list will release and accordingly the candidates will be called for the counselling process.
The entire process for CLAT 2020 has been delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the nation. The exam dates will be announced by July 1, 2020 and registration window has been extended till the same date. Candidates who will appear for the paper and get their names into the merit list will be called for counselling rounds.
Candidates who will be alloted into an NLU will have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during the admission procedure. The fee is not an extra burden but an amount of the admission fees. Admission fee will be provided after deducting INR 50,000. The counselling consists of the following processes
Read on to know more about the counselling guidelines of CLAT 2020, schedule, procedure, fee, etc.
|Conducting Authority||CLAT Office|
|Mode of Counselling||Online|
|Minimum Eligibility||CLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form|
|Total Participating Colleges||21 NLUs and 45+ Private colleges|
|Total Seats||3000 approx. (in NLUs)|
Tabulated below is the calendar of events for CLAT Counselling.
|Declaration of Results and Issue of Merit List||1st week of August 2020|
|Publication of the first allotment list||To be notified|
|Date for payment of counselling fee of INR 50,000||To be notified|
|Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee||To be notified|
|Date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list)||To be notified|
|Publication of the 3rd allotment list||To be notified|
|Payment of full fees||To be notified|
|Date for completing formalities at allotted NLU||To be notified|
|Date for receiving the status of admissions from the participating NLU||To be notified|
Candidates having their names on the merit list should have the following documents at the time of CLAT Counselling:
The counselling procedure of CLAT 2020 is done via online centralized system. It is conducted separately for UG and PG programs. The entire process will be done as per the CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.
The stepwise procedure for final admissions to the 21 NLUs is as follows:
This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:
Apart from NLUs, there are other institutes that accept CLAT score for admission to UG – PG Law Courses. The list of participating National Law Universities is as follows:
|S.No.||Name of the Institute||S.No.||Name of the Institute|
|1||National Law School of India University, Bangalore||2||National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad|
|3||National Law University, Nagpur||4||Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla|
|5||Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad||6||Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai|
|7||Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam||8||Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy|
|9||National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati||10||National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi|
|11||National Law University, Delhi||12||National Law University Odisha, Cuttack|
|13||National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi||14||Chanakya National Law University, Patna|
|15||Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala||16||Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow|
|17||Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar||18||Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur|
|19||National Law Institute University, Bhopal||20||West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata|
|21||National Law University, Jodhpur||-||-|
The following institutions are having MoU with CLAT 2020 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:
|S.No.||Name of the Institute||S.No.||Name of the Institute|
|1||Alliance University, Bangalore||2||Amity University, Uttar Pradesh|
|3||Asian Law College, Noida||4||DIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi|
|5||Dr. K.N. Modi University, Rajasthan||6||Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot|
|7||Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh||8||Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat|
|9||GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam||10||Harlal School of Law, Greater Noida|
|11||ICFAI University, Dehradun||12||ICFAI University, Tripura|
|13||IFIM Law College, Bangalore||14||IIMT University, College of Law, Meerut|
|15||IMS Unison University, Dehradun||16||Indore Institute of Law, Indore|
|17||Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad||18||Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura|
|19||ISBR Law College, Bangalore||20||Jain University, Bangalore|
|21||Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater Noida||22||Kalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur|
|23||Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University||24||Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida|
|25||Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur||26||MSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur|
|27||Mewar Law Institute, Ghaziabad||28||Manipal University, Jaipur|
|29||Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, Jaipur||30||Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR|
|31||NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater Noida||32||NMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai|
|33||PES University, Bangalore||34||Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan|
|35||Renaissance Law College, Indore||36||Reva University, Bangalore|
|37||RNB Global University, Bikaner||38||Sandip University, Nashik|
|39||Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, Gurugram||40||Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore|
|41||Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun||42||SRM University, Haryana|
|43||The NorthCap University, Gurgaon||44||Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar|
|45||Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur||46||Xavier University, Bhubaneswar|
Ques. Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?
Ques. If a student does not take/fails to take admission to an NLU, will the initial registration fee be refunded?
Ans. After depositing the required amount of fees and taking part in the counselling session with the CLAT office by the stipulated date, if the waitlisted candidates fail to get a seat/does not take a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs.1,00,000/- deposited by such candidates will be refunded to them without any deduction.
Ques. Will there be any subsequent merit lists after the first allotment list is published for CLAT?
Those candidates who fail to report to the Universities and complete the admission formalities within a stipulated date will forfeit their claim for admission and their seats will be filled up by the University by following its own procedure and not by the CLAT Office. The respective Universities will be reporting the details of admission to the CLAT Office including the number of vacancies that might remain due to non-reporting of the candidates allotted under the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Actual Allotment List. This would help the CLAT Office make the declaration of the final allotment.
Ques. What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2020?
Ans. There is no such minimum cut off score/ sectional cut off score to qualify CLAT. However, admissions to NLUs will be offered based on candidates’ performance in the law entrance examination, in the order of merit. Check CLAT Cut Off
Ques. What is CLAT counselling fee?
Ans. Candidates will have to deposit a counselling fee of INR 50,000 at the CLAT office. The counselling fee is not a separate fee but will be adjusted in the admission fees at the time of admission in the allotted NLU.
Ques. Will I be refunded the CLAT counselling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?
Ans. Candidates must note that there shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from the admission process. Those candidates who have withdrawn their seats up to a defined date will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000 from the CLAT counselling fee.
Ques. Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?
Ans. No, once a candidate has indicated and submitted his/ her choices of NLUs, it’ll be treated as final. However, in case of multiple applications for CLAT, the last submitted form will be treated as final.
Ques. Is there any seat available for NRI/ NRI sponsored/ foreign national candidates?
Ans. Yes, some of the NLUs offer seats to BRI/ NRO sponsored/ foreign national candidates. Candidates need to go through the official website to know more about NRI seats.
Ques. How will I know which National Law University is allotted to me?
Ans. There are two ways to check it –
Ques. How will CLAT counselling session be conducted?
Ans. CLAT counselling will be done via online centralized system under the authority of CLAT office. No individual NLUs will not be conducting the counselling sessions.
Ques. I am unable to deposit my CLAT counselling fee. What should I do?
Ans. If you fail to deposit the requisite fee before the last date specified, you will lose the right to be considered for admission into the NLU for that year.
Ques. Can I change my preferences once CLAT counselling session begins?
Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to change their preferences once the CLAT results are out and Counselling is in progress. In case, you’re allotted your 2nd preference NLU during a counselling session and in the subsequent session a seat opens up in a higher preference NLU of your choice (for whatever reason), you will be allowed to ‘Upward Shift’ to that seat. You will only be allowed to shift to a higher preference NLU of your choice. No downgrading will be possible.
Ques. What is Upward Shifting in CLAT Counselling?
Ans. When a candidate opts for upward ‘Shifting’, her/his candidature at a higher NLUs preference will be considered if the vacancy arises and he/she is in the Merit List of the higher preference NLU.
Ques. Is there any reservation under State Domicile Quota?
Ans. Yes, some NLUs have reserved seats for candidates belonging to their state. This is called as State Domicile Quota. Candidates will have to provide proof of domiciled status by producing relevant DFF documents. Check CLAT Reservation
Ques. What does ‘Lock’ option mean during the seat allotment round?
Ans. If a candidate is satisfied with her/his allotted NLU during first/second/third Allotment list, he has the option of ‘Locking’ his seat. When a candidate exercises his/her lock option, it means she/he is happy with the NLU that has been allotted to him/her and will not be allowed to shift/change to a higher preference NLU, even if a vacancy arises.
Ques. What if I forget to use the ‘Lock’ option?
Ans. In case a candidate’s forgets to/or is unable to lock, her/his default choice will be locked. The default choice will be based on her/his All India Rank and if there is a vacancy in his choice of NLUs.
Ques. Do individual NLUs conduct CLAT counselling and seat allotment?
Ans. No, CLAT counselling is conducted by the CLAT office on behalf of the 19 NLUs. Counselling sessions are done online through a centralized system.
Ques. I have been waitlisted. What should I do?
Ans. Each Seat Allotment List will have two categories (Selected Candidates and Waitlisted Candidates), first will be those who have provisionally been granted admission and the second will have the waitlisted candidates. If vacancies arise due to some students dropping out in the subsequent Seat Allotment List, then highest ranked waitlisted candidates will be provisionally given admission.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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