CLAT Counselling 2020: Dates, Procedure and NLU Fee

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    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.

    Click here to register for CLAT 2020

    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 

    • Online registration,
    • Making NLU choices,
    • Allotment of seats,
    • Fee payment
    • Reporting to the institutes.

    Read on to know more about the counselling guidelines of CLAT 2020, schedule, procedure, fee, etc. 

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    CLAT Counselling 2020- Highlights

    Conducting AuthorityCLAT Office
    Mode of CounsellingOnline
    Minimum EligibilityCLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form
    Total Participating Colleges21 NLUs and 45+ Private colleges
    Total Seats3000 approx. (in NLUs)

    CLAT 2020 Counselling Dates (Tentative)

    CLAT 2020 Counselling Dates (Tentative)

    Tabulated below is the calendar of events for CLAT Counselling.

    EventDate (Tentative)
    Declaration of Results and Issue of Merit List1st week of August 2020
    Publication of the first allotment listTo be notified
    Date for payment of counselling fee of INR 50,000To be notified
    Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling feeTo 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 listTo be notified
    Payment of full feesTo be notified
    Date for completing formalities at allotted NLUTo be notified
    Date for receiving the status of admissions from the participating NLU To be notified
    Note: There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from the admission process. 

    Documents Required for CLAT Counselling

    Documents Required for CLAT Counselling

    Candidates having their names on the merit list should have the following documents at the time of CLAT Counselling:

    • CLAT 2020 Application Form
    • CLAT Admit Card 2020 
    • CLAT Score Card
    • Class 10th Marks-sheet (Date of Birth proof)
    • Class 12th Marks-sheet (Academic Qualification/ Eligibility Criteria)
    • Caste Certificate (If applicable)
    • Specially-Abled Certificate (If applicable)
    • NRI Certificate (If applicable)
    • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)
    • Domicile Certificate (If applicable) 
    • Call Letter issued by CLAT authority
    • Current passport size photographs
    Note:The documents should be scanned as per the specified standards.

    CLAT Counselling Procedure

    CLAT 2020 Counselling Procedure

    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:

    Step 1: Publication of 1st indicative list

    • The merit list to shortlist candidates for the final admissions will be released on the official website. On merit-cum-preference basis of CLAT 2020 scores, first list for CLAT counselling will be declared.

    Step 2: Counselling fee payment and option available to exercise by provisionally selected candidates

    This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:

    • In the counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
    • The requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 must be deposited by provisionally selected candidates.
    • Adjustable fee deposited with CLAT office will be transferred to the participating NLU in which candidate has taken admission after completion of the admission process.
    • In case candidates fail to deposit the fee within a specified time frame, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. Besides, their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
    • After payment of fee, candidates have to exercise any one of the options listed below:
      • Lock – Candidates choosing ‘Lock’ option confirms his/ her choice of the allotted NLU. Such candidate shall not be considered for further shifting to any other NLUs of his/ her higher choice in case of any vacancy arising thereafter at the subsequent stage during the counselling process.
      • Upward Shifting – Candidates choosing ‘Shifting’ option are considered against any other vacancies arising in NLUs of his/ her higher choice via subsequent allotment list. There shall be upward shifting in order of candidates’ preferences provided in the application form. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the counselling procedure by CLAT 2020.
      • Withdrawal – There is an option to withdraw the fee as well in two ways. 
        • Option 1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee
        • Option 2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling. 

    Step 3: Publication of 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counselling fee and additional waitlisted candidates

    • A second list will be published by CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and reserved seat on participating NLUs.
    • In the second list, CLAT will also release a wait list of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, if any.
    • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.
    • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
    • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

    Step 4: Publication of 3rd list allotting seats to candidates

    • A comprehensive third allotment list of candidates will be published by CLAT office. Candidates who have paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs make to this list.
    • This list will include candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative list.
    • With the third allotment list, a list of waitlisted candidates, who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, will also be released.
    • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.

    Step 5: Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs

    • Candidates need to approach allotted NLU to deposit the balance amount towards admission and other fees.
    • Carry relevant certificates/documents in original issue issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by candidates
    • Respective universities check certificates in original at the time of admission.
    • No admission in participating NLUs will be allowed to candidates failing to produce required certificates/documents in original or meet the eligibility requirements.
    • After the publication of CLAT merit list, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.

    CheckCLAT 2020 Counselling Guidelines

    Participating Institutes in CLAT 2020

    Participating Institutes in CLAT 2020

    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 InstituteS.No.Name of the Institute
    1National Law School of India University, Bangalore2National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
    3National Law University, Nagpur4Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
    5Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad6Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
    7Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam8Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
    9National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati10National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
    11National Law University, Delhi12National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
    13National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi14Chanakya National Law University, Patna
    15Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala16Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
    17Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar18Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
    19National Law Institute University, Bhopal20West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
    21National 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 InstituteS.No.Name of the Institute
    1Alliance University, Bangalore2Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
    3Asian Law College, Noida4DIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi
    5Dr. K.N. Modi University, Rajasthan6Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot
    7Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh8Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat
    9GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam10Harlal School of Law, Greater Noida
    11ICFAI University, Dehradun12ICFAI University, Tripura
    13IFIM Law College, Bangalore14IIMT University, College of Law, Meerut
    15IMS Unison University, Dehradun16Indore Institute of Law, Indore
    17Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad18Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura
    19ISBR Law College, Bangalore 20Jain University, Bangalore
    21Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater Noida22Kalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur
    23Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University 24Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
    25Madhya Pradesh Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur26MSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur
    27Mewar Law Institute, Ghaziabad28Manipal University, Jaipur
    29Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, Jaipur30Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR
    31NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater Noida32NMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
    33PES University, Bangalore34Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan
    35Renaissance Law College, Indore36Reva University, Bangalore
    37RNB Global University, Bikaner38Sandip University, Nashik
    39Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, Gurugram40Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
    41Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun42SRM University, Haryana
    43The NorthCap University, Gurgaon44Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar
    45Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur46Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

    Salient FAQs on CLAT Counselling 2020

    CLAT Counselling 2020 FAQs

    Ques. Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?

    Ans. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be issued along with the Provisional Allotment List, from the first 2500 candidates who had undertaken the counselling after remitting the fees. The comprehensive list will be prepared by picking up candidates proportionately from various categories such as General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/DFF/NRI etc. both from the All India and State (Domicile) category of candidates.

    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 – 

    • Visit the official website and check the allotment list and see whether your name is mentioned or not.
    • Log in to your CLAT account to check the status of your allotment. 

    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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