CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) Notification, Dates, Application Form, Syllabus

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) Notification, Dates, Application Form, Syllabus


CLAT or Common Law Admissions Test  is an all India entrance examination conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate p degree programs, which are LL.B & LL.M

The Consortium of National Law Universities was formed in 2017 with the aim of improving the standard of legal education in the country. The Consortium also helps in better coordination amongst National Law Schools (NLUs), conducts  CLAT and co-ordinates admission process of its member institutes and to achieve the highest standards of legal education in India as well make Indian Law Schools amongst the best in the world. At present, 21 National Law Universities of India are members of the  Consortium as founder members.

Law Universities and Colleges providing 5 - Year Integrated Law Program (LLB) Admission with CLAT Exam


Law Universities and Colleges providing LL.M Program Admission with CLAT Exam

1 National Law School of India University(NLSIU), Bengaluru
2 NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
3 The National Law Institute University(NLIU), Bhopal
4 The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
5 National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
6 Hidayatullah National Law University(HNLU), Raipur
7 Gujarat National Law University(GNLU), Gandhinagar
8 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow
9 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
10 The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
11 National Law University Odisha (NLUO)
12 National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
13 National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam
14 Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
15 Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirappalli
16 Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
17 Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
18 Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla


Eligibility for CLAT


CLAT UG Program

·      There is no upper age limit for UG Programme.

·      Minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination) are 45% for candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and 40% marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

·      Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April of each year are also eligible to appear in CLAT examination of each year; however student must pass the qualifying examination at the time of admission. 


CLAT PG Program

·      An LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of 55% marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and 50% marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.

·      Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May of that year are also eligible to apply.

·      No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT Exam for PG Program.


Syllabus for UG Programme for CLAT Exam

Details of the Syllabus are given in the information brochure. The different subject areas are given below.

1.     English including comprehension

2.     General Knowledge and Current Affairs

3.     Mathematics:

4.     Legal Aptitude:

5.     Logical Reasoning


 Private Universities accepting CLAT 2019 scores

CLAT score is also used by other Law colleges for admission to their law courses. Some of the private colleges using the CLAT score are listed below.


Academy of Law, Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, SVKM's NMIMS (Deemed-to-be-University) Mumbai
Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore-562106 Law College Dehradun
Amity University, U.P. LLOYD Law College, 11, K.P.-II, Greater Noida-201304, U.P.
Aryans College of Law, Punjab Maharishi Law School, Maharishi University of Information Technology, NCR Delhi
Asian Law College, Noida Manipal University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Bennett University, Greater Noida, NCT Region UP Marwadi University, Rajkot, Gujrat
Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Tamil Nadu NIMT Institute of Method and Law, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
DIRD College, Delhi Renaissance Law College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Dr. K N Modi University, Jaipur REVA University, Bangalore, Karnataka
FAIRFIELD-SCHOOL OF LAW, New Delhi RNB Global University , Bikaner, Rajasthan
Galgotia University, Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh School of Law, JIMS Engineering and Management Technical Campus Greater Noida, UP
Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat, Delhi NCR School of Law, Oriental University, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
GITAM SCHOOL OF LAW, Rushikonda, Visakhapatnam School of Law, Presidency University, Bengaluru
GLA University Mathura, Uttar Pradesh School of Legal Studies, Mody University, Lakshmangarh Rajasthan
Glocal Law School, Glocal University Saharanpur Uttar Pradesh Shobhit University, NH-58, Modipuram, Meerut, U.P.
Gujarat Maritime University, Ahmedabad Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Law, Bareilly Uttar Pradesh
Harlal School of Law, Knowledge Park I, Greater Noida, UP  Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
ICFAI Law School, ICFAI University, Dehradun Siddharth Law College, Dehradun
ICFAI University, Tripura SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
IFIM Law School, Bangalore TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi
Indore Institute of Law, Indore The North Cap University, Gurugram, Haryana
Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad The Raffles University, Alwar Rajasthan
ISBR Law College, Bangalore Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
ITM University Gwalior M.P. Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur Rajasthan
Jain University, Bangalore Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, AU-Block, Outer Ring Road, Pitampura, Delhi
Kalinga University, Naya Raipur, CG Xavier Law School, Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

 CLAT Dates

·   The online registration for CLAT opens in the month of January each year and closes on a particular date in April.

·   The applications can only be submitted online on the official site (

·   The CLAT examination is usually held on a Sunday, in the latter half of May each year.


Tentative Calendar - CLAT 

1 Registration of Online form opening First half of January
2 Registration of Online form closing Second half of April
3 CLAT Exam Date CLAT Exam Date Sunday, the second half of May
4 Declaration of Results with merit list. The first Middle of June
5 Publication of First Provisional Seat Allotment List based on merit-cum-preference  Same date as result

Date for payment of counselling fee of Rs. 50,000 and 

Date for locking of allotted seats or exercising options option for upgrading in the next Seat Allotment List. 

period of 5-7 days from the date of the result.
7 Publication of the Second Provisional Seat Allotment list 7-9 days after the result7-9 days after the result 7-9 days after the result
8 Date for payment of counselling fee for the candidates whose names appear for the first time in the second allotment list  7-10 days after the result
9 Date for locking of allotted seats after exercising option for upgrading/shifting or withdrawing from the admission process against the second allotment list  7-10 days after the result
10 Publication of the Third Provisional Seat Allotment List   Two weeks after the result

Payment of 50,000 for students who have been allotted seat for first time in Third list.  

Locking or Withdrawing of seat allotted in Third list 

Two weeks after the result
12 For completing the admission formalities at the allotted NLU’s for admission against allotment list. Candidates to refer to the respective NLU website for date of visit to complete admission formalities and payment of balance fees.  Left to the allotted Universities 
13 Date for receiving status of admission from the participating NLUs in the CLAT Office  Third week of July


Information about the CLAT Entrance Exam

The CLAT examination is usually held in OFFLINE mode each year.

The Pattern of Question Paper for the UG Courses for CLAT


Duration of CLAT Exam 02:00 Hours
No. of Multiple-Choice Questions 200 questions of one mark each
Subject areas with weight-age:  
English including comprehension        40 marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)             20 mark
Legal Aptitude  50 marks
Logical Reasoning 40 marks
Negative Marking .25 Mark for each wrong answer
Maximum Marks  200


The Pattern of Question Paper for the PG Courses for CLAT

Duration of CLAT Exam                                                     02:00 Hours
No. of Multiple-Choice Questions                                             100 questions of one mark each
Subjective Questions                                                                    

Two Essay type questions each of 25 Marks,

800 words per essay) on the topics of law

and contemporary issues

50 Marks
Constitutional Law                                               40 Marks

Other Law Subjects such as Contract,

Torts, Criminal Law, International Law,

IPR and Jurisprudence

60 Marks
Negative Marking                                                             .25 mark for each wrong answer
Maximum Marks                                                               150


Information about the CLAT Registration Form

·  The applications can only be submitted online on the official site (

·   After registration, a login and password is generated for the student. This needs to be noted down. 

·    No alteration/editing in the online application form can be done after the successful submission of the form.

·    The category to which the candidate belongs, the preference for the NLUs and the Centre of the Entrance Test submitted by the candidates shall not be allowed to be changed after submission of form under any circumstances.

·    In case the information furnished at any stage of the application, examination and admission process is found to be false or incorrect the provisional admission offered to the candidate shall stand cancelled with immediate effect

·   The candidate will have to fill his/her preference order for all 21 NLUs at the time of the online application itself.

·   No change is allowed in the preference once the form is submitted by the candidate.


Documents to be uploaded with the CLAT Online Application.

·   Front facing passport size recent self-attested photograph with plain background

·   Signature of the candidate

·   Category certificate if one is applying under SC/ST/OBC

·    Relevant certificate issued by competent authority if one is P.W. D or belongs to BPL

·    Relevant certificate for one’s respective State of Domicile issued by the revenue department/taluk office.

·    The photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form.

·    No hard copy of the filled-in filled in online application form is to be sent to the CLAT Consortium Office.

·    All documents/certificates should be uploaded in pdf format only.


Application Fee for CLAT

The fees may change each year. The official webpage or information brochure will carry the details of the fees each year. In general, following applies

·   Application fees is to be paid online.

·   Application fee for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates is approx. Rs.4,000/-

·   Application fee for SC/ST/BPL category candidates is approx. Rs.3,500/-

·    The cost of previous years' question papers is Rs.500/-

·    Application Fees is non-refundable.


 Special Information about CLAT

1. Indian Nationals/NRIs/PIO/OCI seeking admission in either of the UG/PG programmes shall appear in CLAT exam.

2. Foreign Nationals need not appear for the test

3. For information about any NLU, the candidate can refer to the e-brochure of the respective Institutions available in the CLAT Consortium website.

4. For NRI/Foreign National seats, the applicants should refer to the e-brochures as well as the websites of the respective NLUs for all details.


 Admit Card/Hall ticket for CLAT exam


The Admit Card/Hall ticket is downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her account. The exact date on which the hall tickets are made available will be intimated on the official website.


Admission Procedure after CLAT result is announced

The admission to UG and PG programmes in participating universities is completed through centralised online counselling conducted by the CLAT Consortium Office each year. The basis of allotment of seats is 'merit-cum-preference'. Online counselling shall start after the declaration of CLAT Results and will be finished in three rounds as per dates announced each year.



Thus, CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a very important entrance exam after class 12 to gain admission into the best law colleges of India for the five year LLB undergraduate course or LLM postgraduate program after graduation of LLB. CLAT experts unanimously agree that the overall difficulty level of CLAT exam is moderate, but varies from year to year.



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