CLAT

CLAT – The Common Law Admission Test is a national level entrance test conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU). CLAT exam score is useful for admissions into undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programs provided by 22 NLUs and private Law universities in India. CLAT is organized once per year by the Consortium of NLUs. 

The responsibility of conducting the CLAT exam is rotated among the representative universities. Test score is valid only for one year. Restriction is not there on the number of attempts.

The test is taken after 12th grade for admission into integrated UG in Law (BA LL.B) and after Graduation into Law for Master of Laws (LL.M) programs provided by NLUs. CLAT is usually conducted on the second Sunday of May every year.

 

Eligibility

  • UG – CLAT exam Eligibility

    1.There is no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2021

    2. Minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination), the candidates in a category must have secured:

Category

Qualifying percentage

General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI

45% or equivalent grade

SC/ST

40% or equivalent grade

    3. Candidates who are appearing for the qualifying examination in March/April 2021 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2021 examination. But, they are required to show evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they will not be considered for admission

    4. In the case of two candidates scoring equal marks, the tiebreaker will be decided by the following procedure and order as under:
i. Higher marks in the section/ component of the legal aptitude in the CLAT 2021 exam
ii. Higher age
iii. Computerized draw of lots 
 
 

Exam pattern

  • UG – CLAT exam pattern

Subject Areas with weightage:

 

(approximate number of
questions)

 

English Language

 

28-32 questions ( 20% of the paper)

 

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

 

35-39 questions ( 25% of the paper)

 

Legal Reasoning

 

35-39 questions ( 25% of the paper)

 

Logical Reasoning

 

28-32 questions ( 20% of the paper)

 

Quantitative Techniques

 

13-17 questions (10% of the paper)

Maximum Marks

200

Duration of exam

02:00 Hours

Multiple-Choice Questions

200 questions of one mark each

Negative Marking

0.25 Mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

CLAT exam Syllabus

The CLAT focuses on evaluating the abilities of candidates and comprehension & reasoning skills. Overall, it tests aptitude and skills that are necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge, in some cases prior knowledge would be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section.

The UG-CLAT generally is a 2-hour test, with 200 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. For every wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks. These questions are divided across the following 5 subjects:

  • English Language ( 20% of the paper)
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge ( 25% of the paper)
  • Legal Reasoning ( 25% of the paper)
  • Logical Reasoning( 20% of the paper)
  • Quantitative Techniques( 10% of the paper)
 
English Language
In this section of the exam, you will be given passages of approximately 450 words each. These passages would be taken out from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing. A 12th class student would be able to read it in approximately 7 minutes.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to: 
  • Read and understand the main essence discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments or viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage
  • Draw conclusions and inferences from the passage
  • Summarise the passage
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments and viewpoints discussed in the passage
  • Understand the meaning of various phrases and words used in the passage
 
Current Affairs Including General Knowledge
 
In this section of the exam, you will be given passages of approximately 450 words each. The passages will be based on news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information, but would not require any outside knowledge of the law beyond the passage. Each passage will be followed by some questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of general knowledge and current affairs, including:
 
  • Contemporary events of significance from around the world and India
  • Arts and culture
  • International affairs
  • Historical events of continuing significance
 
Legal Reasoning
 
In this section, you will be given passages of approximately 450 words each. The passages may relate to scenarios involving legal matters or fact situations, public policy questions, or moral philosophical inquiries.
Each passage will be followed by some questions that will require you to:
 
  • Identify, apply and infer the principles and/or rules set out in the passage
  • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations
 
Logical Reasoning
 
The Logical Reasoning section will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. After each passage, there will be one or more questions that will require you to:
 
  • Recognize an argument, its premises, and conclusions
  • Critically analyze patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence
  • Infer what’s given in the passage and apply these inferences to new situations
  • Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions & equivalence and assess the effectiveness of arguments.
 
Quantitative Techniques
 
The Quantitative Techniques section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, and other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. You will be required to analyze information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information.
The questions will require you to:
  • Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations
  • Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistical estimation
 

Preparing for the CLAT exam

The Consortium plans to publish various preparatory materials for the UG-CLAT, including:

  • Guides to the question paper and sample questions
  • Model question papers
  • Instructional materials and exercises for each of the subjects

The Consortium will also provide candidates who have completed their application to the CLAT access to a learning platform where you may access the preparatory materials described above, as well as your scores on various exercises and model question papers.

Also, you should develop your capacity to read and understand big paragraphs of text, ensure you stay up-to-date on news and current affairs by regularly reading quality newspapers and periodicals. Improve your speed of answering questions on quantitative techniques. 

 
 

Details on This Page

CLAT 2021 registration process

  • The online enrolment for CLAT 2021 opens in January 2021 and closes in March 2021
  • The applications must be submitted ONLINE only from https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in 
  • Candidates are required to register themselves from the above link by using a personal mobile number and e-mail Id
  • During registering, an OTP will be sent to the mentioned mobile number for verification. Once validated, you can log in using the password you entered at the time of registration
  • The Form must be filled very carefully. The name of the candidate and the parents should be entered correctly while filling up the application as mentioned in certificates/Mark sheets/Identity proofs. If any is discrepancies observed, the candidate will be disqualified
  • Once the form is submitted, there won’t be any option for editing it
  • The candidate should fill his/her preference order for all 22 NLUs for UG/18 NLUs for PG while filling the online application

Documents required for submission while filling online application:

  • Signature of the candidate
  • Passport size recent photograph with a plain background
  • Category certificate for the candidates applying under SC/ST/OBC
  • Relevant certificate issued by a competent authority if the candidate is P.W.D
  • Relevant certificate issued by a competent authority if the candidate is under the BPL category

Note: All documents/certificates should be uploaded in pdf format only

 

 

Application Fees

General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI : Rs.4,000/-
SC/ST/BPL: Rs.3,500/-
cost of previous years question papers (exclusive): Rs.500/-

  • Application fees are non-refundable

Admit Card/Hall ticket

  • The admit card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by logging into his/her account on the official website. The exact date on which the Admit cards/Hall tickets will be available is announced later on the website

List of colleges accepting CLAT exam


NLUs accepting CLAT exam scores

S.No

College Name

Seats available for UG+PG

1.

National Law School of India University,
Bangalore

120 + 50

2.

National Law University, Delhi

80+ 80

3.

National Academy of Legal Study &
Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad

105 + 50

4.

The West Bengal National University of
Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

127 + 44

5.

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

80 + 80

6.

National Law University, Jodhpur

104 + 50

7.

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

187 + 84

8.

Gujarat National Law University,
Gandhinagar

187 + 63

9.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law
University, Lucknow

178 + 32

10.

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law,
Patiala

196 + 44

11.

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

140

12.

National University of Advanced Legal
Studies, Kochi

68 + 59

13.

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack

180 + 46

14.

National University of Study & Research
in Law, Ranchi

140+ 50

15.

National Law University & Judicial
Academy, Assam

60 + 30

16.

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
(DSNLU), Visakhapatnam

120 + 24

17.

The Tamil Nadu National Law School,
Tiruchirapalli

120 + 18

18.

Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

122 + 62

19.

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

120 + 20

20.

Maharashtra National Law University,
Aurangabad

60 + 32

21.

Himachal Pradesh National Law University,
Shimla

148 + 52

22.

Dharmashastra National Law University,
Jabalpur

120

23.

Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University
Sonipat, Haryana

120

Private Colleges accepting CLAT exam scores

S.No.

College Name

College Location

1

Shobhit University

Meerut

2

ISBR Law College

Bangalore

3

Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University

Dehradun

4

RNB Global University

Bikaner

5

Glocal University

Saharanpur

6

Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law

Indore

7

Indore Institute of Law

Indore

8

Lloyd Law College

Greater Noida

9

Amity University

Noida

10

Alliance School of Law, Alliance University

Bangalore

11

Xavier Law School, Xavier University

Bhubaneswar

12

Gujarat Maritime University

Ahmedabad

13

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies

New Delhi

14

ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University

Dehradun

15

Bennett University

Greater Noida

16

Kalinga University

Naya Raipur

17

Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, SVKM’s NMIMS

Mumbai

18

Asian Law College

Noida

19

DIRD College

Delhi

20

GITAM School of Law

Visakhapatnam

21

School of Law, JIMS Engineering and Management Technical Campus

Greater Noida

22

School of Legal Studies, Mody University

Lakshmangarh

23

Aryans College of Law

Patiala, Punjab

24

GLA University

Mathura

25

Siddharth Law College

Dehradun

26

ICFAI University

Agartala

27

Institute of Law, Nirma University

Ahmedabad

28

Marwadi University

Rajkot

29

Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University

Gandhinagar

30

NIMT Institute of Method and Law

Greater Noida

31

Geeta Institute of Law

Panipat

32

REVA University

Bangalore

33

School of Law, Presidency University

Bengaluru

34

Maharishi Law School, Maharishi University of Information Technology

Noida

35

Dr. K N Modi University

Jaipur

36

SRM University

Sonepat

37

Academy of Law, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University

Jaipur

38

School of Law, Oriental University

Indore

39

Galgotia University

Greater Noida

40

Manipal University

Jaipur

41

School of Law, FIMT

New Delhi

42

The North Cap University

Gurugram

43

Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Law

Bareilly

44

Vivekananda Global University

Jaipur

45

Harlal School of Law

Greater Noida

46

TERI School of Advanced Studies

New Delhi

47

IFIM Law School

Bangalore

48

Jain University

Bangalore

49

Renaissance Law College

Indore

50

The Raffles University

Alwar

51

ITM University

Gwalior

52

Chettinad Academy of Research and Education

Kelambakkam

CLAT exam Cut-offs trend

  • 2018 rank Cut-offs category wise – NLU wise (Round 3)

S.No.

NLU

GEN Category

SC Category

ST Category

 

 

Opening Rank

Closing Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing Rank

1

NLSIU – Bengaluru

1

66

562

2049

865

2528

2

NALSAR – Hyderabad

68

137

1584

3271

2971

6092

3

NUJS – KOLKATA

139

260

1246

4498

6196

9083

4

NLIU – Bhopal

169

428

3616

4326

3175

7791

5

NLUJ – JODHPUR

201

376

4386

6311

4692

9409

6

GNLU – Gandhinagar

360

1898

4621

8986

7948

11886

7

HNLU –  Raipur

430

657

3915

9283

10386

13115

8

MNLU – Mumbai

478

503

6929

9302

10134

11122

9

RMLNLU – Lucknow

513

671

4720

12674

19064

23263

10

RGNUL – Punjab

565

924

2047

10314

11562

15915

11

NUALS – Kochi

603

928

9497

14324

16087

16087

12

NLUO – Cuttack

713

1167

6023

10697

11179

18957

13

CNLU – Patna

919

1186

9575

20460

15714

15714

14

NUSRL – Ranchi

1022

1255

7859

11146

15918

18973

15

MNLU – Nagpur

1039

1532

9944

24000

44302

44302

16

DSNLU – Vizag

1134

1432

7471

24588

27355

33363

17

NLUJA- Guwahati

1219

1556

4270

30074

4857

46992

18

TNNLS – Trichy

1433

1571

8883

11456

12376

18123

19

MNLU – Aurangabad

1503

1588

18560

36331

NA

NA

  • 2017 Cut-offs unreserved category – NLU wise

SNO

 

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

 

NLU

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

1

Bangalore

1

59

1

62

1

62

1

62

2

Hyderabad (NALSAR) 

61

130

66

136

66

134

66

138

3

Kolkata
(WBNUJS) 

131

213

137

230

137

230

139

237

4

Jodhpur (NLUJ) 

212

343

231

364

231

364

241

380

5

Bhopal
(NLIU) 

155

469

155

470

250

384

250

396

6

Mumbai (MNLU) 

280

478

408

540

408

526

408

547

7

Gandhinagar (GNLU) 

195

2006

387

2164

387

488

393

510

8

Raipur
(HNLU) 

371

625

489

694

498

640

500

716

9

Lucknow (RMLNLU) 

329

1129

494

641

516

695

516

764

10

Punjab
(RGNUL) 

119

1264

528

1308

528

933

528

1007

11

Kochi
(NUALS) 

559

1397

559

958

559

958

559

1034

12

Patna
(CNLU) 

110

939

908

1127

908

1127

1009

1324

13

Cuttack
(NLUO) 

565

1193

654

1193

654

1196

655

1418

14

Ranchi
(NUSRL) 

674

1326

NA

NA

1073

1310

1073

1470

15

Tiruchirappalli
(TNNLS) 

240

1301

1034

1350

1034

1430

1116

1581

16

Assam
(NLUJAA) 

710

4783

1230

6018

1233

6195

1406

1549

17

Visakhapatnam
(DSNLU) 

610

1220

1302

1331

1302

1412

1261

1565

18

Nagpur (MNLU) 

629

5386

1005

1285

1032

1369

1022

1538

  • 2017 rank Cut-offs SC category – NLU wise

SNO

 

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

 

NLU

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening
Rank

Closing
Rank

1

Bangalore

1

59

1

62

1

62

1

62

2

Hyderabad (NALSAR) 

61

130

66

136

66

134

66

138

3

Kolkata (WBNUJS) 

131

213

137

230

137

230

139

237

4

Jodhpur (NLUJ) 

212

343

231

364

231

364

241

380

5

Bhopal(NLIU) 

155

469

155

470

250

384

250

396

6

Mumbai (MNLU) 

280

478

408

540

408

526

408

547

7

Gandhinagar (GNLU) 

195

2006

387

2164

387

488

393

510

8

Raipur (HNLU) 

371

625

489

694

498

640

500

716

9

Lucknow (RMLNLU) 

329

1129

494

641

516

695

516

764

10

Punjab (RGNUL) 

119

1264

528

1308

528

933

528

1007

11

Kochi (NUALS) 

559

1397

559

958

559

958

559

1034

12

Patna (CNLU) 

110

939

908

1127

908

1127

1009

1324

13

Cuttack (NLUO) 

565

1193

654

1193

654

1196

655

1418

14

Ranchi (NUSRL) 

674

1326

NA

NA

1073

1310

1073

1470

15

Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS) 

240

1301

1034

1350

1034

1430

1116

1581

16

Assam (NLUJAA) 

710

4783

1230

6018

1233

6195

1406

1549

17

Visakhapatnam (DSNLU) 

610

1220

1302

1331

1302

1412

1261

1565

18

Nagpur (MNLU) 

629

5386

1005

1285

1032

1369

1022

1538

  • 2017 rank Cut-offs ST category – NLU wise

S. No.

 

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

 

NLU

Opening Rank

Closing Rank

Opening Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening Rank

Closing
Rank

Opening Rank

Closing Rank

1

Bangalore (NLSIU) 

327

1779

327

1779

1064

1779

327

1779

2

Hyderabad (NALSAR) 

1949

3867

1949

4777

2792

4777

1949

4777

3

Kolkata (WBNUJS) 

2341

7556

2341

7556

2341

7556

2341

7556

4

Jodhpur
(NLUJ) 

4777

7554

7460

9580

7460

9580

7460

12362

5

Bhopal
(NLIU) 

5336

7169

5336

7169

5336

7169

5336

7169

6

Mumbai (MNLU) (State ST)

  

13834

23875

13834

23875

13834

23875

7

Gandhinagar (GNLU) 

6082

10585

8006

15099

8006

15099

8006

15532

8

Raipur
(HNLU) 

8608

13005

9013

14765

9013

14765

13005

15573

9

Lucknow (RMLNLU)
 (State ST)

28216

30386

28216

30386

28216

32716

28216

34992

10

Punjab
(RGNUL) 

9580

12580

10921

16213

10921

17743

11692

18688

11

Kochi (NUALS)  (State ST)

24087

24087

24087

24087

24087

24087

24087

24087

12

Patna (CNLU)  (State ST)

18688

18688

18688

18688

18688

18688

18688

18688

13

Cuttack
(NLUO) 

12002

15734

12002

18432

12002

19628

12002

20357

14

Ranchi
(NUSRL) 

9330

18432

NA

NA

9375

19919

9375

20371

15

Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS) 

8256

15029

14463

18649

14463

18672

14463

18672

16

Assam
(NLUJAA) 

10668

14693

10668

17661

10668

19101

18928

20171

17

Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
(State ST)

  

20290

27903

20290

29990

20290

34011

18

Nagpur
(MNLU) 

38722

38722

38722

38722

38722

38722

38722

38722

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