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CLAT 2021: Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria

CLATCLAT 2021 is conducted by any of the participating National Law Universities (NLUs) on a rotational basis. Similarly, CLAT 2021 will be conducted to select the candidates for admissions into any of the participating NLUs. The interested and eligible candidates can submit their application form for the test in online mode. The application fee will be released tentatively in the month of December 2020. The exam will be conducted at an all India level and the selected applicants will be offered enrolment into UG and PG degree programmes of the NLUs.

CLAT 2021 Major Highlights

  • The candidates shall fill their preference order for all participating NLUs at the time of online application.
  • No editing in the online application form can be done after successful submission of the form.
  • The candidates shall fill and submit the application form without waiting for the last date to avoid last minute hassles.
  • If a candidate has filled more than one application form, the last submitted application form will be considered.
  • The foreign national candidates are not eligible to appear for CLAT 2021 and may contact the participating universities directly for admissions.
  • Candidates who fail to report to the allotted institute within the given time period will lose their claim for admission.

CLAT 2021 Important Dates

The important dates (tentative) related to the CLAT 2021 exam are given below:

Avialable Application Form 2020
ActivitiesTentative Dates
Release of admission notification3rd week of December 2020
Availability of online application form1st week of January 2021
Last date for submission of application formLast week of March 2021
Issue of admit card3rd week of April 2021
Date of examination2nd week of May 2021
Answer key release date3rd week of May 2021
Submission of objection on answer key3rd week of May 2021
Publication the amended answer key4th week of May 2021
Result announcementLast week of May 2021
Publication of the first seat allocation list2nd week of June 2021
Last date to complete the admission formalities at the allotted NLULast week of June 2021
Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLUs1st week of July 2021
Closure of admission process1st week of July 2021

Exam Pattern

The details of the CLAT 2021 exam pattern can be found below:

For UG courses:

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours
  • Number of questions: 200
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Total marks: 200
  • Marking scheme: Each question will carry 1 mark
  • Negative marking: 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer
TopicsNo. of questionsAllotted marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs5050
Legal Aptitude5050
English including Comprehension4040
Logical Reasoning4040
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)2020
Total 200200

For PG courses:

  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours
  • Number of questions: 150
  • Type of questions: Multiple-choice questions
  • Total marks: 150
  • Marking scheme: 1 mark will be awarded for each right response
  • Negative marking: For each incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted
TopicsNo. of questionsAllotted marks
Constitutional Law5050
Jurisprudence5050
Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc5050
Total150150

Syllabus

Check here the detailed syllabus of the CLAT exam for both UG and PG admissions:

For UG exam:

  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Questions related to static general knowledge, national and international current affairs, etc
  • Legal Aptitude: Questions to test interest of the candidates towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability, questions including legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied (assuming that these propositions are true)
  • English including Comprehension: Understanding of a given passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc
  • Logical Reasoning: Identification of patterns, logical links, rectification of illogical arguments, syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): Questions based on Mathematics taught upto class 10th

For PG exam:

Questions related to Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc studied by the candidates at the undergraduate level will be asked.

CLAT 2021 Application Form

The applicants are required to visit the official website of CLAT, clat.ac.in to obtain the application form. Before filling the application form, the candidates will have to register themselves online.

  • The registration form can be filled by providing the name, email id and mobile number of the candidates.
  • A provisional registration number and password will be generated by the system after successful registration.
  • Using this registration number and password, the candidates can login to fill the online CLAT 2021 application form.
  • In the application form, the candidates will have to submit their personal and educational details.
  • Candidates’ photograph, signature and disability certificate (for Specially Abled Persons) in scanned format should also be uploaded.
  • Choice for exam center and preference of the college will also be provided in the application form.
  • After providing complete details in the form, it can be submitted along with application fee.
  • No hard copy of the filled in online application form needs to be sent to the CLAT Office but should by the candidates for future use.

Application fee and previous years’ question papers’ fee

  • The application fee will be Rs. 4000/- (Rs. 3500/- for SC/ ST candidates) and the previous years’ question papers’ fee will be Rs. 500/-.
  • Payment can be done online through net banking/ debit card/ credit card/ pay wallet etc or through offline mode (using cash) by way of online generated bank Challan.

Eligibility Criteria

The following eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021 must be fulfilled by the aspiring candidates:

For UG courses:

NationalityOnly Indian Nationals/ NRIs/ NRI Sponsored Candidates are allowed to appear in the CLAT examination.

Foreign Nationals seeking admission in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University.

Age limitThere will no upper age limit for the UG programmes.
Educational criteriaCandidates who have cleared their class 12th or equivalent exam or are likely to clear before taking admission are eligible.

A minimum of 45% marks for Unreserved/ OBC/ Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories and 40% for SC/ ST categories are required.

For PG courses:

NationalityOnly Indian Nationals/ NRIs/ NRI Sponsored Candidates are allowed to appear in the CLAT examination.

Foreign Nationals seeking in any of the participating NLUs may directly contact the concerned University.

Age limitThere will no upper age limit for the PG programmes.
Educational criteriaCandidates who have cleared their LL.B/ 5-Year Integrated LL.B (Hons.) or equivalent exam or are likely to clear before taking admission are eligible.

A minimum of 55% marks for Unreserved/ OBC/ Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories and 50% for SC/ ST categories are required.

Admit Card

  • The admit card to appear in the CLAT exam can be downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/ her login account.
  • Candidates should take a printout of the admit card and must carry it to the exam center.
  • Along with the admit card, the candidates must also carry a valid identity proof to the center of exam.
  • The candidates not in possession of these documents will not be allowed to appear for the exam.
  • Admit card/ hall ticket must be kept safe by the candidates till completion of the admission procedure.

Result & Admission

  • The CLAT 2021 result is likely to be released in the last week of May 2021.
  • Candidates will be able to check their result in online mode from the CLAT website clat.ac.in.
  • A rank list will be prepared containing the All India Rank, name, roll number and registration number of the candidates.
  • After declaration of result and preparation of rank list, centralized online counseling will be held of the successful candidates.
  • Seats will be allotted to the candidates on the basis of their ranking, preference made and their category.
  • Allocation list will then be made and published on the CLAT website.
  • Candidates allotted a seat will then have to report to the respective NLU to get their documents and eligibility verified and submit the fee.
  • Final admissions will only be granted after successful verification and payment of admission fees.

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