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CLAT 2021

CLAT 2021

Exam Highlights Details
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.

Events Tentative Dates
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
Results TBA
Start of Counselling TBA

CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The CLAT exam is a test of one's aptitude and reasoning abilities. It comprises of five sections namely: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude.

Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
Subject/Section Topic
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 Marks 150
Total Time (min) 120
Negative Marking 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021 are primarily based on two factors:
  • Educational Qualification
  • Age Limit
CLAT 2021 Educational Qualification: Any candidate who has completed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the requisite score is eligible for the CLAT 2021 Exam.

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
Note: Candidates appearing for their Class 12th examination in March/ April 2021 are also eligible for CLAT 2021 Exam. Such candidates need to give evidence of passing their Class 12th exam at the time of admission. If the candidate fails to meet the eligibility criteria, there candidateship will be withdrawn.
There is no upper age limit with regards to appear for the CLAT 2021 Exam.

CLAT 2021 Application Fees

Candidates can pay the application fee in online mode using (debit card/credit card/net banking) as well as offline (bank challan) modes. CLAT application fee for different categories is as mentioned in the table below:
Category CLAT Application Fee (in Rs)
General/OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO/OCI  4,000
SC/ST/BPL 3,500
Note: The cost of previous years' question papers is Rs.500/- (not included in the CLAT 2021 application fee of Rs.4,000/- or Rs.3,500/- as the case may be.)

CLAT 2021 Syllabus

The CLAT 2021 Exam shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. The CLAT 2021 Syllabus according to the sections is given below:

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 for each Institute are individually declared by every CLAT Participating Institutes. CLAT Cut Off is important as it forms the basis of counseling and seat allotment.
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 ultimate objective of each candidate in the CLAT 2021 Exam is to get into the best law college available. Therefore the CLAT 2021 Colleges take utmost importance.

The following National Law Universities (NLUs) (along with intake) accept CLAT scores to admit students to their five-year LLB programs every year:
National Law University Location
NALSAR University of Law Hyderabad
National Law Institute University Bhopal
WB National University of Juridical Sciences Kolkata
National Law University Jodhpur
Hidayatullah National Law University Raipur
Gujarat National Law University Gandhinagar
Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University Lucknow
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law Patiala
Chankaya National Law University Patna
National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi
National Law University Odisha Cuttack
National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi
National Law University and Judicial Academy Guwahati
DamodaramSanjivayya National Law University Vishakhapatnam
Tamil Nadu National Law School Tirruchirappalli
Maharashtra National Law University Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur
Maharashtra National Law University Aurangabad
Dharmashastra National Law University Jabalpur
Himachal Pradesh National Law University Shimla
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat

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.

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