About CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for admissions to candidates in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered at 21 NLUs and other colleges/ universities accepting exam scores.

Important Dates

Application Process

How to apply for CLAT 2021?

  1. Visit the official website of the Consortium of NLU’s by clicking here
  2. The application can only be done online through the official website. 
  3. Register using a working email address and phone number, as the OTP for validation will be sent here. 
  4. Once the phone number has been validated you can login using the phone number and password that you have created.
  5. Fill all the details carefully and cross check once before pressing on submit. 
  6. The name should be the same as it appears in all the documents, as any mismatch would result in disqualification. 
  7. Select your preferences among the 22 national law universities. 
  8. None of the details or preferences can be changed after successful submission. 
  9. Pay the application fees online through the payment portal using Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/UPI
  10. Upload all the necessary documents. 
  11. Click on Submit. 
  12. Save a screenshot or print out of the payment receipt to be sure.


  • 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.

Selection Process

Once Exam is over and results are declared, the entire admission is done by respective authority through online CAP Round / Admission process, please refer this page for further updates.

No of seats/vacancies

The total number of seats offered for admission in 2021 is around 2,175. Mentioned below are the seat categories on which the distribution is done. The All India Seats for UG programmes are 1,308. The total number of seats offered to the candidates of the state where the NLUs are located is 621.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Exam Syllabus and Pattern


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.


CLAT 2021 is held for both Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate courses, and is called UG CLAT and PG CLAT Respectively. 


  • 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.


  • 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. 


The application form of CLAT exam was available in online mode from January 1, 2020, onwards.
The aspirants can apply for CLAT 2020 on the official website of the consortium of NLUs i.e. – https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/.

For the LLM course, candidates should hold an LLB degree or five-year integrated degree in law with 55% marks and 50% marks for SC/ ST category candidates.

No, there is no upper age limit or a lower age limit to appear for the CLAT exam.

CLAT is one of the most popular law entrance exams for admissions to top law schools in India including 22 NLUs. Moreover, 40 other private law colleges and universities across India offer admission to candidates in UG and PG law courses on the basis of CLAT scores. Therefore, with just one law entrance exam, candidates get admission opportunities at prominent law schools in India.

The law entrance exam is conducted by the CLAT convenor along with other members of the Consortium of NLUs. This year, the examination will be conducted by Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur.

As per the official announcement by the consortium of NLUs, the upcoming exam of CLAT will be held on September 28. The exam was earlier scheduled to be held on August 22 and then on September 7 as a centre-based, online computer-based test but got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yes, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the examination will now be held in a Computer-Based Test mode. Before COVID-19 affected the country, CLAT was scheduled to be held in an offline exam i.e. a pen-and-paper based test. Until 2018, CLAT was conducted in online mode only.

Around 50,000 candidates from different cities across India appear for the CLAT exam every year

As per the new exam pattern of CLAT, there will be 150 questions as compared to 200 last year. Moreover, each section will be carrying a higher number of comprehensive type of questions

No, as per the exam pattern of CLAT 2020, the Legal Aptitude remains a part of the question paper along with Quantitative Techniques, English, and Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Deductive Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning.

Not below 20 years and not above 28 years as on 01.04.2019, i.e candidates must have been born not earlier than 02.04.1991 and not later than 01.04.1999 (both days inclusive).