7 things every CLAT aspirant must know before applying for the Exam

CLAT is a very important exam as it is the only way law-aspirants can make it to the prestigious NLUs. If you wish to become a lawyer, appearing in the CLAT exam is a must! CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test and is a national-level examination conducted by the consortium of NLUs to enroll students in various law undergraduate programs. There are some things that every CLAT Aspirant must know.

The conducting authority has released the application form for the exam on 1 January 2021. The application process will end on 31 March 2021. There are many important facts that a student must know before applying for the CLAT Exam. In this article, we will be discussing all such facts, to help you clear any dilemma that you might face during your journey for the CLAT.

What is the schedule for CLAT 2021?

The dates for all important events of CLAT 2021 are given below:

Commencement of CLAT 2021 Application Process1 January 2021
Last date to apply for CLAT 202131 March 2021
CLAT 202113 June 2021

Who can give the CLAT Examination?

Any candidate who has cleared Class XII or obtained an equivalent certificate from a recognized board is eligible to apply for CLAT. The candidate must have scored a minimum of 45 percent marks as aggregate. The candidates who are appearing in the Class XII examination can also sit in the exam given that they present their mark sheet during the counseling process. Every CLAT Aspirant musk know this.

What documents are required to fill the CLAT application form?

The candidates must have the following documents to apply for CLAT 2021:

  • Passport size photograph
  • Signature
  • Domicile certificate

What is the paper pattern for CLAT 2021?

There are a total of 200 questions in the CLAT paper which are divided into 5 subjects- English, Maths, GK/Current affairs, Logical reasoning and Legal reasoning. The division of questions amongst the subjects is uneven. Each question consists of 1 mark. A negative marking of 0.25 marks is applicable in the examination. The total time duration of the examination is 120 minutes. The break-up of the questions are as follows:

English including comprehension40
General Knowledge (GK)/ Current Affairs50
Elementary mathematics (Numerical Ability)20
Logical Reasoning40
Legal Aptitude50
Total marks200

What if two candidates get the same score in CLAT?

In this case, a tie-breaker is conducted between the two candidates. The tie-breaker prioritizes a student with:

  1. Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude
  2. Higher age
  3. Computerized draw of lots

What is the selection process of NLUs?

The NLUs have a lengthy selection process. The steps include:

  • Online registration 
  • Screening test 
  • Counseling 
  • Seat allotment

How many NLU’s participate in CLAT?

There are 22 national law universities that will participate in CLAT. The NLUs will offer a combined intake of more than 2500 at the undergraduate level. For LLM, the universities are offering 783 seats.

National Law UniversitiesCourses and SeatsTotal Seat Intake
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, KolkataBA LLB (Hons.) and BSc LLB (Hons.) – 127 seatsLLM – 60 seats187 seats
National Law University, JodhpurBA LLB (Hons) and BBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM in Corporate Laws and IPR Laws – 50 seats170 seats  
Gujarat National Law University, GandhinagarBA LLB (Hons.) – 80 seatsBCom LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBSc LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBSW LLB (Hons.) – 25 seats180 seats  
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, PatialaBA LLB (Hons.) – 180 seats  LLM – 40 seats220 seats  
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, KochiBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 60 seats120 seats  
National University of Study & Research in Law, RanchiBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 50 seats170 seats  
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) VisakhapatnamBA LLB (Hons.) – 138 seatsLLM – 27 seats165 seats  
Maharashtra National Law University, MumbaiBA LLB (Hons.) – 100 seatsLLM – 50 seats150 seats
Maharashtra National Law University, AurangabadBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats60 seats  
Dharmashastra National Law University, JabalpurBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats60 seats
National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, HyderabadBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 60 seats180 seats  
National Law Institute University, BhopalBA LLB (Hons.) – 122 seatsLLM – 60 seats182 seats  
Hidayatullah National Law University, RaipurBA LLB (Hons.) – 160 seats160 seats  
Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, LucknowBA LLB (Hons.) – 178 seats including supernumeraryLLM – 31 seats including supernumerary201 seats
Chanakya National Law University PatnaBA LLB (Hons.) and BBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seats120 seats
National Law University Odisha, CuttackBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats180 seats
National Law University & Judicial Academy, AssamBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 30 seats90 seats  
The Tamil Nadu National Law School, TiruchirapalliBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsBCom LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 18 seats  138 seats
Maharashtra National Law University, NagpurBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 20 seats140 seats
Himachal Pradesh National Law University, ShimlaBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 40 seats160 seats 
Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, HaryanaBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seats120 seats
Total seats__3133 seats 

This was all that is really important and something that every CLAT Aspirant Must know.



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