|Exam Name||CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)|
|CLAT Exam Conducting Body||Consortium of National Law Universities|
|CLAT Exam Level||UG and PG|
|CLAT Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|CLAT Exam Mode||Offline|
|CLAT Exam Duration||120 Minutes|
|CLAT Exam Language||English|
|CLAT Exam Purpose||Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM courses|
CLAT 2021 Important Dates
The first thing you need to know about the CLAT Exam is the exam dates so that you have a clear idea about what your plan is going forward. Owing to the competition for the seats at the top NLUs, it is advisable for all CLAT 2021 aspirants to analyse the important dates and develop a study plan taking into account factors like school/college and exams.
|Start of online application form||1st January, 2021|
|Application form closes||15th June, 2021|
|Issue of Admit Card||TBA|
|Exam Date (offline)||23rd July, 2021|
|Time of Examination||TBA|
|Publication of Official Answer Key||TBA|
|Start of Counselling||TBA|
CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern
Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
|English Language||28-32 (20% of the paper)|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17 (10% of the paper)|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 (20% of the paper)|
|Current Affairs, including General Knowledge||35-39 (25% of the paper)|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39 (25% of the paper)|
|Total Time (min)||120|
|Negative Marking||0.25 marks for each wrong answer|
CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
- Educational Qualification
- Age Limit
Minimum marks required for different categories are listed below:
- 45% marks for General/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Specially abled persons categories
- 40% marks for Scheduled Class (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories
There is no upper age limit with regards to appear for the CLAT 2021 Exam.
CLAT 2021 Application Fees
|Category||CLAT Application Fee (in Rs)|
CLAT 2021 Syllabus
English language: This section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical, etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The inference would be key here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge: This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions that were asked earlier. The passages would again be of 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals, etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such a question can cover static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading Newspapers daily, specifically, articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.
Quantitative Techniques: The Quantitative Technique or Maths section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.
Legal Reasoning: This section will test the candidate's interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. The passages would be approximately 450 words each.
Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links, and rectify illogical arguments. The questions would be based on the passage of 300 words.
CLAT 2021 Cut Off
The cut-offs are calculated considering multiple factors listed below:
- CLAT Paper difficulty level
- Availability of seats
- Average marks scored by students in the CLAT Exam
- Total test population.
CLAT 2021 Colleges
The following National Law Universities (NLUs) (along with intake) accept CLAT scores to admit students to their five-year LLB programs every year:
Consortium of NLUs
The CLAT Exam is conducted every year by the Consortium of NLUs. The body consists of representatives from all of the top NLUs which accept the CLAT Score (every NLU except NLU Delhi). It was established in 2017 so that the admission process into the NLUs could be regularised to a degree.
It has also undertaken the first major change in the CLAT Exam Pattern in CLAT 2020 which means that the likelihood of any changes in CLAT 2021 is minimal. Currently it is headed by an executive committee which contains members from NALSAR Hyderabad, NLU Jodhpur, NLSIU Bangalore, NLIU Bhopal.