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Common Law Admission Test [ CLAT ]

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By Srushti Pargat Last Updated: July 16th, 2021

About CLAT Exam 2021

CLAT, aka the Common Law Admission Test, is a national level law entrance examination. Previously till 2018, it was conducted on a rotational basis by 19 national law universities (NLUs) in India. After 2018, the universities created a permanent body to organize the CLAT exam known as The Consortium of NLUs. The consortium has its headquarters at NLSIU Bangalore.

This examination offers the candidates an opportunity to get admitted to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) programs in one of the 120 law universities present in India. The Consortium of NLUs conducts the CLAT examination every year to provide admission to the law aspirants in 120 + Law Universities for the courses such as BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, etc.

Every year, approximately 59,000 candidates take up the challenge to write this prestigious examination, and even this year, in 2020, there was no lack of attendance.

The CLAT is an online examination of 2 hours conducted only once every year.

CLAT Exam 2021: Key Element

ATTRIBUTES DETAILS
Name CLAT
Full-Form Common Law Admission Test
Conducting Authority Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Exam per year 01
Registration Mode Online
Exam Mode Centre Based Test (CBT)
Numbers of Questions UG – 150 MCQ
PG – 100 MCQ 2 Subjective
Duration 2 hours
Test Takers Approx. 59,000
Language English
Accepting Colleges 120 colleges
Exam Website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/
Email clat@consortiumofnlus.ac.in
Helpline No. 08047162020

CLAT Important Exam Dates 2021

PARTICULAR DATE
CLAT 2021 Date of Notification Release 27th December 2021
CLAT 2021 Application Form Start Date 1st January 2021
Last date for application to CLAT 2021 15th June 2021
CLAT 2021 Release of Admit Card 14th July 2021
CLAT 2021 Release of Admit Card Northeast states15th July 2021
CLAT 2021 Exam Date 23rd July 2021
Announcement of CLAT 2021 Result Date To be announced

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

Any person aiming for the CLAT exam needs to ensure that they qualify the eligibility criteria before applying for the exam. These rules and regulations can be found on the official website and followed strictly during the application procedure. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

CLAT PG

  • Candidates should have cleared the 10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks (applicable for candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories).
  • The criteria are slightly different for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) category as they have provided with a 5% reservation, i.e., 45% marks.

CLAT UG

  • Candidates should have cleared the 10+2 with a minimum of 45% marks (applicable for candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories).
  • The criteria are slightly different for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) category as they have provided with a 5% reservation, i.e., 40% marks.
  • Candidates that are yet to appear or appearing for their Class 12th exams (March/April 2021 ) are also allowed to write the examination. These candidate has to produce proof of passing for the standard 12th or equivalent exam at the time of admission.

Note: If the candidates cannot proffer proper evidence, they will have to renounce their admission through the CLAT exam.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

There are five subjects in the examination. There are English, including Comprehension, Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques (Elementry mathematics up to class 10th). The question paper consists totally of 150 questions, accounting for 1-mark each.

Due to the current scenario of the COVID-19 epidemic, the conducting body of CLAT exam 2021 made some changes in the exam pattern. First and foremost, the exam will become an online computer-based test to follow the socially distancing rule at the respected test centers.

UG CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • CLAT UG 2021 entrance exam will going to be conducted in computer-based mode.
  • The paper consists of MCQ questions.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Total no of questions: 150 Questions
  • Maximum Marks: 150
  • Each correct answer will carry a 01 mark.
  • Each wrong answer will consist of 0.25% negative marking, i.e., ¼ marks will be deducted.
Sections Number of Questions Marks
English with Comprehension 28 - 32 28 - 32 Marks
Current Affairs with General Knowledge 35 - 39 35 - 39 Marks
Logical Reasoning 35 - 39 35 - 39 Marks
Legal Reasoning 28 - 32 28 - 32 Marks
Quantitative Techniques 13 - 17 13 - 17 Marks
Total Questions 150 150 Marks

PG CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • CLAT PG 2021 entrance exam will going to be conducted in computer-based mode.
  • The paper consists of both the MCQ as well as subjective type questions.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Total no of questions: 100 MCQ Questions and 02 Subjective question
  • Maximum Marks: 150
  • Each correct answer will carry a 01 mark.
  • Each wrong answer will consist of 0.25% negative marking, i.e., ¼ marks will be deducted.
Sections Number of Questions Marks
Objective 100 100
Descriptive 02 50

Process of making CLAT Applications

Before starting the application for the CLAT exam, a candidate should keep some things in mind like They should keep the following documents handy and check for all the information required:

  1. First and foremost, the candidate must examine the eligibility criteria.
  2. Keep the academic records ready, i.e., 10th and 12th grade marksheet, etc.
  3. Keep their payment details on hand, such as your Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking information.
  4. Keep their passport photograph and official signature prepared as per the specifications.

Steps for the process of filling out an application form for CLAT 2021:

  • Visit the official website of CLAT Consortium of National Law Universities - Click Here.
  • On the left side of the window, click on the CLAT 2021.
  • New applicants have to click on the "Don't have an account? Register" button.
  • The online registration form for CLAT 2020/2021 will show up on the screen in which applicants have to fill in all the required details such as name, mobile number, email ID, etc.
  • After this, the unique ID password for CLAT will be created.
  • The ID password message will be sent to the registered mobile number.
  • Further, you have to Relogin using your CLAT ID.
  • The application form will appear on the screen. In this, applicants have to fill in all the required details such as the applicant's name, parental, nationality, education qualification, address details, All India Category (General/OBC/SC/ST), etc.

Note: Candidates from the PwD or BPL (Below Poverty Line) category also have to upload supporting documents in a pdf file format (not more than 1.5 MB).

  • After putting in all of this information correctly and precisely, the applicant can mark their preferred examination centers, college preferences and mention their reservation status.
  • The final step is the fee payment of the application form.

CLAT Application Fees

The fee structure is mentioned below:

Category Application fee Application fee with question papers
General/OBC/PWD/NRI/ PIO/ OCI 4000 INR 4500 INR
SC/ST/BPL 3500 INR 4000 INR

Best Books for CLAT 2021 Preparation

These books are helpful for the following subjects:

English (including comprehension)

Book Author
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Word Power Made Easy New Revised & Expanded Edition (English) Norman Lewis
The Pearson Guide to the CLAT (English) Harsh Gagrani
Objective General English (English) RS Aggarwal
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning RS Agarwal
High School English Grammar & Composition (English) P C Wren, H Martin

Logical Reasoning

Book Author
Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning RS Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning (English) M K Pandey
Verbal Reasoning RS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude ebook (All Parts Solved) R S Agarwal
501 Challenging Logical reasoning Practice Book

Legal Aptitude

Book Author
Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning: For CLAT and LLB Entrance Examinations (English) Pearson
Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning Mr. A P Bhardwaj
Objective Legal Aptitude RS Aggarwal
LST's Legal Reasoning Module

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Book Author
Manorama Yearbook (English) Mammen Mathew
General Knowledge (English)
Lucent's General Knowledge (English) Dr. Binay Karna
Pratiyogita Darpan
Pearson's Concise GK Manual Pearson
Competition Review Yearbook

Quantitative Techniques

Book Author
Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning (English) RS Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (English) Pearson
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Arihant
S Chand's 30 days wonder for Maths S Chand

Participating Universities for CLAT 2021

  • National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru
  • NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad
  • National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
  • The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
  • National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
  • Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
  • Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
  • Dr.Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
  • Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
  • Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
  • The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
  • National Law University (NLUO), Odisha
  • National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
  • National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
  • Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatanam
  • Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirappalli
  • Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
  • Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
  • Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
  • Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla
  • Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur
  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University (DBRANLU), Haryana

FAQs Concerning CLAT 2021   

Q1. Where can I get admission after the CLAT 2021?

A1. There are 22 national law universities and more than 60 other law schools that accept candidates into their institutions based on the CLAT examinations every year.

Q2. How many seats are available in the national law colleges?

A2. There are approximately 2596 seats for the UG law programs and 783 seats for the LLM program for students who successfully pass the CLAT.

Q3. Who conducts the CLAT exam?

A3. The Consortium of National Law Universities is the conducted body for The CLAT exam.

Q4. Can I apply for the CLAT exam offline?

A4. No, the application process for the CLAT test is an online process.

Q5. What details should I retain after completion of the application procedure?

A5. CLAT applicants should make sure that they have their fee receipt, a hard copy of their application form, and their auto-generated user-ID and password.

Q6. Can I provide my choices for NLUs?

A6. Yes, candidates can provide their preferences for NLUs during the application procedure of CLAT 2021.

Q7. Can I change my choice entries after I have finalized the entries?

A7. No, the changes cannot be made once the applicant entered their choices and completed the application procedure. The selections will be considered final.

Q8. What is the examination pattern for CLAT 2021?

A8. The CLAT exam 2021 will be conducted in an online mode due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The exam was usually held in offline mode (pen and paper method).

Q9. Is there a negative marking system in CLAT?

A9. Yes, there is a negative making scheme, so candidates must be wary.

Q10. What things do I need to carry to the CLAT exam center on the examination day?

A10. Candidates should always carry their admit card and a valid government ID card (Aadhar Card/ Voter Id card/ Driving License/ Passport, etc.) to enter the examination hall. Amidst the COVID-19 situation, it is also the candidate's responsibility to bring their personal sanitization items such as masks, sanitizers, and disinfectants.

All the best to all the CLAT aspirants from our Collegemarg team!

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