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CLAT 2019: Exam Dates, Application Form, Syllabus, Pattern

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2019) is a national level entrance test conducted on a rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for providing admission into Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. CLAT 2019 Score will be accepted by numerous private law colleges and government undertaking colleges all across the country. CLAT 2019 application form will be accessible from the third week of December 2018 and the interested candidates can fill this form.

Latest: CLAT 2019 to be conducted on 12th May 2019. Visit here for more about application form.  

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CLAT 2019 Important Dates

We are providing below all the important dates related to CLAT 2019 which are tentative in nature.  We’ll update all the provided dates soon after the announcement of its official notification. Keep checking this section on a regular interval of time for further updates:

Activities Tentative Dates
Issue of Admission Notification December 2018, 3rd week
Commencement of submission of online application form along with the order of preferences for NLUs January 2019, 1st week
Last date for submission of filled-in online application form along with the order of preferences for NLUs March 2019, last week
Admit Cards Release April 2019, 3rd week
Date of Examination 12th May 2019 (3:00 PM to 5:00 PM)
Answer Key May 2019, 3rd week
Representation, if any, relating to the exam, questions or key May 2019, 3rd week
Date for uploading the amended answer key May 2019, 4th week
Declaration of results May 2019, last week
Publication of the first seat allocation list June 2019, 2nd week
Date for payment of counselling fee of Rs. 50,000/- June 2019, 2nd week
Publication of the second allotment list June 2019, 3rd week
Payment of counselling fee for the candidates whose names appear for the first time in the second allotment list June 2019, 3rd week
Date for locking of allotted seats June 2019, 3rd week
Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process* June 2019, 3rd week
Publication of the third allotment list June 2019, 4th week
Payment of full fees by the candidates whose name appear for the first time in the third allotment list June 2019, last week
Last date to complete the admission formalities at the allotted NLU’s June 2019, last week
Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) July 2019, 1st week
Closure of admission process July 2019, 1st week

*The candidates withdrawing from the admission will get their counseling fee refunded after deducting Rs. 10000/-, only if they withdraw before the last date specified. For the candidates who withdraw after the last day, no refund of counseling fee will be provided.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 

We have defined here the major highlights of CLAT 2019 eligibility criteria. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure their eligibility before they apply for CLAT 2019.

For UG Programme

  • There will be no upper age limit to appear in the CLAT 2019.
  • Candidates should have cleared the class 12th examination with a minimum of 45% marks for Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and 40% for SC/ST category candidates.
  • Candidates appearing in the class 12th examination by March/April are eligible for CLAT 2019. However, they will have to submit the proof of passing the qualifying exam at the time of admission.

For PG Programme

  • No upper age criterion has been specified by the authority for PG programme.
  • Candidates should have passed LLB/Five-year integrated LLB (Hons.) or any other equivalent exam for getting admission into LLM programme.
  • Candidates of unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled persons (SAP) category should have scored at least 55% marks. However, the candidates belonging to SC/ST category will have to score at least 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • The final-year candidates who will be appearing in the qualifying exam in April/May are also eligible to apply, given they can submit the proof of passing the exam at the time of admission.

CLAT Application Form

Please go through the important information related to CLAT application form 2019. Candidates are advised to carefully look out the information provided here as it will help them to finish the application process with ease.

  • The mode of the availability of CLAT 2019 application form is online.
  • In order to access the CLAT application form, candidates need to access its official website i.e.
  • Candidates first need to register themselves to generate the login credentials. The registered candidate will get an email/SMS containing the provisional registration number and password. Using these credentials, they can fill up the form by logging in to their account.

Candidates will be also required to upload the scanned copy of the prescribed certificates in the form. The documents to be uploaded are a photograph (JPG/JPEG), signature (JPG/JPEG) and disability certificate for the Specially Abled Persons (PDF).

Document Dimension (in pixels) File Size (in kb)
Photograph 200 x 230 20 to 50
Signature 140 x 60 10 to 20
  • The SAP candidates should specify in the application form whether they will be requiring a scribe by the CLAT office or will be arranging on their own.
  • The candidate will also have to provide the preference for all the 19 NLUs at the time of application.
  • Once submitted finally, no change/correction in the application form is possible.
  • No hard copy of the form is required to be sent to the concerned authority.
  • In case the applicants submit more than one application form, the last submitted application form will be considered.

Application Fee and Previous Years Question Papers’ Fee

Application fee can be paid in online mode through net banking/debit card/credit card/pay wallet/RuPay etc. or through offline mode by way of bank Challan generated online during application. The candidate should walk-in with the printed copies of the Challan and the application fee in cash to the relevant bank for offline fee payment.

  • General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates: Rs. 4000/-
  • SC/ST category candidates: Rs. 3500/-
  • The cost of Previous Years Question Papers is Rs 500/- (exclusive from the application fee).
  • Candidates will be also required to pay the bank transaction charges as applicable.
  • The application fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2019

For UG Programme

  • The mode of the examination will be online.
  • All the questions will be objective type. Total marks of the questions will be 200.
  • CLAT exam will be held over a time period of 2 hours.
  • Language mode- English
  • 1 mark will be given to candidates for every right answer, whereas, 0.25 marks gets deducted for incorrect answer.
List of Subjects No. of Questions Associated marks
English including Comprehension 40 40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 50
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 20
Legal Aptitude 50 50
Logical Reasoning 40 40
Total 200 200

For PG Programme

  • The mode of the test will be online.
  • Questions’ type- Multiple choice questions
  • Total marks of the question paper will be 150.
  • CLAT exam for PG programme will be held over a period of 2 hours.
  • The language of the question paper will be English.
  • Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for every correct attempt.
  • The deduction of 0.25 marks will be done for every incorrect response.
List of Subjects No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Constitutional Law 50 50
Jurisprudence 50 50
Other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. 50 50
Total 150 150


For UG Programme: Questions are to be asked from General Knowledge, English including Comprehension, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

English including comprehension: Comprehension passages and grammar

  • Comprehension section: Understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc.
  • Grammar section: Correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

Static general knowledge, Current affairs (both national and international current affairs)


Elementary mathematics taught up to 10th Standard.

Legal Aptitude:

Interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability, Legal propositions (described in the paper), set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied (some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly)

Logical Reasoning:

Patterns, logical links, rectification of illogical arguments, syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.

For PG Programme: Questions are to be asked from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights.

Admit Card

Candidates can obtain the admit card through online mode only. The authority will issue the admit card only to the successful registered candidates. It is expected that the CLAT 2019 admit card will be released in the month of April 2019. The admit card will not be sent via post or e-mail. Candidate can download the admit card from the official website by entering their login details. It is mandatory for all candidates to bring their admit card along with one identity proof to the examination centre.

CLAT Exam Center

The exam center for CLAT 2019 will be allotted to the candidates as per the choice made in the application form. However, if sufficient number of candidates does not opt for a particular center, the test city/center will be cancelled and the applicants will be shifted to another center.

Answer Key

The answer key will be published a few days after the commencement of CLAT 2019. Candidates can view the answer key online from the official website. The answer key will comprise of all the correct answers to the questions asked in CLAT. In case of any discrepancy in the answer key, candidates can challenge the answer key.


The result of CLAT 2019 will be announced in the month of May 2019 tentatively. The authority will publish the result through online mode in PDF format.  The CLAT result 2019 will contain details like passing status of candidate, their rank and marks obtained in the entrance exam. Candidates can check their results by submitting their roll number and registration number in the given fields.


For UG Programme

  • Higher marks in the component/section on legal aptitude in the CLAT-2019
  • Higher age
  • Computerized draw of lots

For PG Programme

  • Higher age
  • Computerized draw of lots

CLAT Cut-Off

The cut off is the minimum qualifying marks prescribed by conducting body which candidate have to achieve to clear the entrance test. The CLAT 2019 cut-off marks will be released after the announcement of CLAT result. Various factors such as difficulty level of question paper, the number of candidates appeared in the exam, and previous year’s cut-off trends etc will be consider while calculating the CLAT cutoff 2019.

CLAT Merit List

After the announcement of result, a separate category-wise merit list will be released for UG and PG courses. The merit list will represent state as well as All India Rank of candidates. Based on CLAT Merit list candidates will be called for counselling process


Admission of selected candidates to Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes in participating NLUs will be made through centralized counselling held by CLAT office. The process of counselling will be commenced in the month of June 2019. After the document verification, seats will be allotted on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e. depending on the CLAT 2019 Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate, category selected by the candidate, number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU.

NRI/NRI Sponsored/Foreign Nationals

  • The NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates have to appear for the CLAT 2019 for those NLUs where CLAT 2019 ranking is mandatory for such candidates and are not admitted directly.
  • Foreign Nationals need not appear for the CLAT 2019 examination and shall directly apply to the concerned Universities.

List of 19 participating NLUs are provided below:

  1. National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
  2. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
  3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  4. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  5. West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  7. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  8. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
  10. National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  11. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack
  13. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
  14. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
  16. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
  17. Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS), Tiruchirappalli
  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
  19. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
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    required exam notification to my email id.

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