CLAT 2021: Exam Date (July 23), Exam Centre CHANGE Option (OPEN), Admit Card, Preparation Tips

CLAT 2021: Exam Date (July 23), Exam Centre CHANGE Option (OPEN), Admit Card, Preparation Tips

Exam: CLAT

CLAT 2021: The consortium of NLUs has STARTED the CLAT 2021 application correction and test center edit option on July 1; also the list of test centers has been updated with 18 new centers added to the previous list. Using the CLAT 2021 exam center edit option, candidates can change test center preferences. The last date to update test center preferences is July 4 (up to 23:59). The increase in test centre has been done so that candidates can pick a nearby centre and reduce travel time.

Latest Updates for CLAT

  • 21 hours ago:

    CLAT 2021 test centre edit option OPEN; to edit preferences - Click Here; Descriptive section DROPPED from CLAT PG; check updated CLAT exam pattern 2021.

  • 15 Jun 2021:

    CLAT 2021 exam pattern CHANGED for LLM; exam to be conducted offline following all COVID 18 safety protocols.

  • 22 Apr 2021:

    To score well in CLAT 2021, you need to practice mock tests; Here is a FREE full-length mock test with in-depth performance analysis - Click here

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CLAT 2021 will be conducted on July 23 (2 pm to 4 pm) in pen-and-paper mode following strict COVID-19 safety protocols. The Descriptive section has been dropped from CLAT PG 2021 (LLM) question paper. The LLM paper will now include only objective-type questions. CLAT 2021 application form is now closed. NLSIU Bangalore introduces a 25% reservation for "Karanataka students."

CLAT 2021 admit cards will be issued a few weeks before the exam and include COVID 19-specific protocols that candidates have to follow, along with exam-day guidelines.

The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is a national-level exam conducted by the consortium of NLUs for admission to UG and PG law programs offered by participating NLUs. Click here to download the official notification.

CLAT 2021 Latest news

  • July 1: CLAT 2021 test center edit option has commenced; 18 new exam centers added.
  • June 22: NLSIU Bangalore has introduced a 25% horizontal compartmental reservation for students who have studied at least 10 years in an educational institute in Karnataka under the ‘Karnataka Students' category.
  • June 14: If a candidate wishes to change their preferred exam centers, they can do so after the closure of the application form. Exam centre edit window will be notified soon.
  • June 14: CLAT to be held on July 23. The descriptive section dropped from CLAT LLM this year. Exam to be conducted in offline mode.
  • May 15: The consortium announced the postponement of the CLAT 2021, which was scheduled to be held on June 13. Application last date also extended to June 15.
  • April 28: The last date for submission to online applications extended to May 15.
  • April 19: With COVID-19 cases exploding, the consortium announced that the exam date that was announced earlier (June 13) will be reviewed in the first week of May.
  • January 6: To avoid clash with CBSE board exams, the CLAT 2021 exam was postponed. It was scheduled for June 13.

CLAT 2021 - Highlights



Name of examination

CLAT, or Common Law Admission Test

Conducting body

Consortium of National Law Universities

Mode of CLAT exam


CLAT Registration Statistics (in 2020)

Number of Registered Candidates - 75,183

No of appeared candidates

  • CLAT UG - 53226
  • CLAT PG - 6217

Number of seats offered

5-year integrated LLB programs - 2622 seats

LLM program - 808 seats

Participating institutes

22 NLUs

PSU Recruitment through CLATA number of PSUs recruit through CLAT for jobs like:Executive Trainee (Law), Assistant Law Manager, Assistant Legal Adviser (E1 Level):Recruiters include:
  • ONGC
  • OIL
  • IOCL, etc.
CLAT 2021 official
Courses offered through CLAT



CLAT 2021 Exam Dates



Release of admission notification

December 26, 2020

CLAT 2021 registration starts

January 1, 2021

Last date to register for CLAT 2021 (Application Closed)

June 15, 2021

Last date to pay the application feeJune 17, 2021 (11.59 pm)
CLAT 2021 application correction AND Change preferred exam center option (OPEN)July 1- 4, 2021 up to 11.59 pm

Admit card release date

To be notified

CLAT 2021 exam date and time (Announced)

July 23, 2021 (2pm - 4pm)

Provisional answer key

To be notified

Release of final answer key

To be notified

CLAT result date

To be notified

Counselling dates

To be notified

CLAT Exam Centres 2021

The consortium has added 18 new exam centres to the existing list. Also, CLAT 2021 test center edit option is now open. Using the option, candidates can change CLAT test center preferences and select a nearby location and reduce travel time. Also, an increase in test center means there will be fewer candidates in each center.

Updated CLAT Exam Centers

AmritsarChennaiGreater Noida
HooghlyAmrawati (Maharashtra)Hubli / Dharwad

Note: Newly added TEST CENTRES have been highlighted in bold.

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CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

The consortium has prescribed the following program-wise eligibility criteria for CLAT 2021.

CLAT UG eligibility criteia

The candidate should have passed Class 12th with at least 45% marks (40% for SC/ ST candidates) from a recognized university. Candidates appearing for the board exam in May-June, 2021, are also eligible to apply.

CLAT LLM eligibility criteria

For admission to the LLM the candidates should have completed LLB graduation from a recognized university securing at least:

  • General - 50% aggregate marks
  • SC and ST candidates - 45% aggregate marks

Age limit - There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT.

CLAT 2021 Application Form 2021

Exam authorities released the CLAT 2021 application form on January 1. The last date to fill CLAT form 2021 is June 15. Go through the steps below to learn how to fill CLAT form 2021 online.

How to apply for CLAT 2021?

  • CLAT Registration - To access the application form, candidates need to get registered. The CLAT registration can be completed by filling in details like name, mobile, email id, and password.
  • Filling of CLAT application form 2021 - After registration, login again and open the application form.
  • While filling the application form, upload a passport size photo and signature, enter personal information, communication details, and educational details.
  • NLU selection: Select the NLUs in the order of preference and THREE preferred exam centers.
  • Payment of CLAT application fee - Pay the fee using an online payment gateway; credit card, debit card, UPI or net banking facilities are available.



General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category

Rs. 4000

SC/ST/BPL category

Rs. 3500

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CLAT 2021 - Syllabus 2021

To understand the question paper, refer to the CLAT syllabus. It tells about subject-wise topics from which questions will be framed.

To download CLAT 2021 syllabus PDF - Click here

CLAT UG syllabus 2021



Weightage in CLAT exam


Comprehension passages, Grammar

28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the

Quantitative Techniques

Elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/Standard.

13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

Static general knowledge, Current affairs- national and international news

35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper

Logical Reasoning

Logical and Analytical reasoning skills

28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper

Legal Reasoning

Study of law, Research aptitude, Problem-solving ability and Questions based on hypothetical situations

35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper

CLAT PG Syllabus 2021

Constitutional Law

Law of Torts


Company law

Intellectual Property Law

International Law

Family law

Labour and industrial law

Property law

Public international law

Administrative law

Criminal Law

Tax law

Law of Contracts

Environmental law

How can I prepare for CLAT 2021?

It is vital that a student has some good CLAT preparation tips up their sleeve to ace the exam.

The best way to get hold of some useful tips is to find out how the toppers prepared for the exam. What did they do, and didn't do? Did they did the same thing differently but more effectively than others?

  1. Start with the CLAT syllabus and exam pattern to know which topics to study and how best to plan for the exam.
  2. Create and implement a study timetable that is exclusive for CLAT exam 2021. Make sure all topics from CLAT syllabus are covered and there is ample time to revise the same.
  3. Regular reading of newspapers, good magazines is important for general knowledge, current affairs sections.
  4. Check out Topper and expert tips on how to crack CLAT exam with success. Also, check out the best CLAT 2021 books that you can rely on to achieve your goal.

CLAT toppers interview; Books, important topics, and preparation tips

CLAT toppers 2020Interview

Jai Singh Rathor, AIR-3

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Anand Kumar, AIR-5

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Shailja Beria AIR - 6Read here
Ishan Thakur, AIR-19Read here
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  • For more details on CLAT previous year toppers - Click Here
  • To know about CLAT 2019 toppers - Click Here

CLAT 2021 - Reference Books


Recommended books

Legal Reasoning

  • Universal’s CLAT Guide

  • Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj

  • LexisNexis Butterworths

  • Bare Acts of Indian Constitution

English language

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin

  • English is Easy by Chetananand Singh

  • Objective General English by RS Aggarwal

  • Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

Logical Reasoning

  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey

  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Quantitative Techniques

  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal

  • Class 10th NCERT Textbook

Current affairs, including general knowledge

  • Lucent’s General Knowledge

  • Manorama Year Book

  • India Year Book

  • Competition Success Review

  • Pratiyogita Darpan

  • Read leading newspapers like Hindu, Indian Express

Also, read - How to prepare for CLAT 201 without coaching

Analysis of last year's CLAT question paperr

In 2020, CLAT was conducted in online mode. The Consortium conducted the first comprehension-based CLAT amid COVID-19. The test was lengthy and moderate to difficult. Here is an analysis of the UG-CLAT exam.

CLAT exam analysis
SectionGood AttemptsLevel of DifficultyRemarksNo. of Passages
English Language22 +Moderate
  • Some very typical Passages which many would have found difficult to comprehend.
  • There were also straight questions from Vocabulary, Figures of Speech and Idioms/Phrases.
  • Surprisingly, there were no questions testing English Grammar.
6 Passages
Logical Reasoning25 +Moderate
  • The section was on expected lines with more weightage given to Critical Reasoning
  • Only a few questions coming from Analytical Reasoning.
  • The passages were from Current Events, making the overall understanding of the passage a lot better.
  • The answer options though were close and students should have sound knowledge of CR concepts to crack it.
5 Passages
Legal Aptitude20 +Moderate
  • This Section was on the expected lines with a lot of passages covering the Current News around Legal Affairs.
  • The section also expected you to have a basic idea of the important legal terms for a better understanding of the Questions.
  • Someone who was well-read with the current legal events would have found the passages quite familiar.
8 Passages
Quantitative Techniques5 +Tough
  • As per the feedback received from students, this section was tricky and lengthy (even for those who are generally comfortable with numbers and calculations).
  • One of the passages in QT might have some error as per the feedback from the students.
3 Passages
General Knowledge15 +Tough
  • The section caught students off-guard.
  • The reason being the section was Analytical and not factual.
  • Only someone who was well-read and had done a thorough analysis of the most important topics of the year could have got the right answers.
  • Events like NEP, COVID, UAE-Israel Peace Deal, Atmanirbhar Scheme etc. were covered in the exam.
7 Passages
Overall110 +29 Passages

To check the detailed exam analysis and student reaction - Click here

CLAT 2021 - Question Papers

The previous year's papers are useful during preparation. They not just allow students to know the type of paper to expect during the exam but also allows them to practice better. The links to download CLAT previous year question papers and sample papers are given below.

CLAT question papers


Question paper

CLAT 2020

Click here

CLAT UG 2019

Code B - Click here

Code C - Click here

Code D - Click here

CLAT PG 2019

Click here

CLAT 2018

Click here

CLAT 2017

Click here

CLAT 2016

Click here

CLAT 2021 Mock Tests

The consortium will soon release mock tests at: Once the CLAT mock tests 2021 are released, candidates can simply use them to practice for the actual exam. CLAT mock tests are modelled on the actual exam and students who attempt them will have better practice to write the exam. The link for the CLAT 2021 mock tests will be updated here after they are released.

CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

It is vital to know what the exam pattern of CLAT 2021 will be before attempting the exam. Given below are the complete details of the CLAT exam pattern 2021.

CLAT 2021 exam pattern





2 hours

2 hours


Pen and paper-based only

Pen and paper-based only

Type of Questions

Objective type questions

Objective-type questions

Number of Questions

150 questions

120 questions

CLAT Exam Medium



Total Marks in CLAT 2021

150 marks

120 marks

Marking scheme

1 mark for a correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for an incorrect answer

1 mark for a correct answer and 0.25 marks deducted for an incorrect answer

Note: The Descriptive section has been dropped from the CLAT PG 2021 question paper.

Possibility of online CLAT 2021?

Amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the possibility of an online CLAT is also rising. Note that, in the last session, the exam was held in online mode to ensure the safety and protection of candidates. To accommodate an online CLAT, the authorities had also changed the CLAT LLM test pattern by removing the descriptive section and increasing the number of questions in the objective section.

CLAT 2021 - Admit Card

Students who have successfully applied for CLAT exam 2021 can download the admit card. The admit card of CLAT exam can be downloaded through the candidate portal. It will contain details like exam date and time, roll number, and exam day instructions. It is mandatory to carry the admit card and a valid ID proof on exam day.

How to download the CLAT admit card 2021

  • Visit the official website of CLAT;

  • Enter your mobile number and password

  • On login, the admit card will be displayed on the screen

  • Download and take a printout of the CLAT 2021 hall ticket

  • Check all details mentioned therein

CLAT 2021 - Answer Key

The authorities will release the provisional answer key of CLAT exam 2021 soon after the examination. The answer key of CLAT will contain the answers to the questions asked in the examination. Candidates will be given a few days to raise objections against the provisional answer key for CLAT exam. The final answer key will be released after considering all objections.

CLAT 2021 - Result

The NLU consortium will declare CLAT results on its official portal shortly after the release of the answer keys. Candidates details as well as sectional and overall marks obtained in CLAT 2021 and All India Rank (AIR) will be mentioned in the result . The merit lists for CLAT exam will be prepared on the basis of the result to be used for shortlisting of candidates for admissions. The CLAT score card pdf is required for counselling and admissions.

CLAT 2021 - Merit List

Candidates who have appeared for CLAT exam can access the merit list (UG or PG). The consolidated merit list will contain the roll number and CLAT 2021 scores obtained by the candidates. Candidates will be called for counselling in the order of the CLAT merit rank.

CLAT 2021 - Counselling

Once the merit lists are released, candidates will receive call letters if they are shortlisted for the same. The merit rank obtained in CLAT 2021 will be the basis for shortlisting. Counselling for CLAT exam will be held in three rounds with a separate invite for each round.

The counselling process of CLAT 2021 includes candidates logging in, providing their preferences for NLUs and payment of Rs.50,000 as counselling fee which will be adjusted with the fee once admissions are completed. Seat allotment is the last step in the process followed by admissions.

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CLAT Seat Allotment 2021

After each round of counselling, CLAT 2021 seat allotment list is released. Each seat allotment list of CLAT exam (round wise) will list out names of the shortlisted candidates and their CLAT admit card number. Candidates will have to submit the course fee to confirm their admissions. The fee will be minus the counselling fee (Rs 50,000) paid earlier.

CLAT 2021 - Cut Off

Once each round of counselling is completed, the NLU Consortium will release the respective category wise, NLU wise cut off for the round. CLAT cutoff is the last rank that secured admissions to an NLU programme for the particular category. Students can gauge the rank required to avail admissions to their prefered NLU and programme. The following table can used to understand the metrics of shortlisting in CLAT exam. The table with the NLU Cutoff can be checked below on this page.

CLAT expected cut off 2021

Chances of call letter

Expected Cut off for 2021

Top 3 NLUs


Top 10 NLUs


For at least one NLU


Previous year cut off for CLAT

NLUGen CategoryNLUGen Category
NLSIU Banglore98NUALS Kochi1076
NALSAR Hyderabad177NLUO Odisha1052
NLIU Bhopal427NUSRL Ranchi1290
WBNUJS Kolkata226NLUJA Assam1584
NLU Jodhpur323DSNLU Visakhapatnam1518
HNLU Raipur772TNNLU Tiruchirappalli1799
GNLU Gandhinagar470MNLU Mumbai557
RMLNLU Lucknow738MNLU Nagpur1575
RGNLU Punjab1012MNLU Aurangabad1947
CNLU Patna1256HPNLU Shimla2005
DBRANLU Haryana2074MPDNLU Jabalpur2000

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CLAT 2021 - Participating Institutes

After the results, candidates normally have to apply for admissions at colleges accepting CLAT scores. While the counselling of CLAT 2021 will be for the NLUS, the CLAT exam scores can also be used for admissions to around 77 government and private law colleges.

CLAT participating colleges (NLUs)

Name of NLU


CLAT PG seats

NLSIU Bangalore12050

NALSAR Hyderabad



NLIU Bhopal



WBNUJS Kolkata



NLU Jodhpur



HNLU Raipur



GNLU Gandhinagar



RMLNLU Lucknow



RGNLU Punjab



CNLU Patna






NLUO Odisha



NUSRL Ranchi






DSNLU Visakhapatnam



TNNLU Tiruchirappalli



MNLU Mumbai



MNLU Nagpur



MNLU Aurangabad



HPNLU Shimla



MPDNLU Jabalpur









Colleges other than NLUs that accept CLAT scores

Alliance University, Bangalore

Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, Jaipur

Jaipur National University

Lloyd Law College

Geeta Institute of Law

NIMT Institute of Method and Law ( NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanun Sansthan )

Aryans College of Law, Rajpura, Chandigarh

Kalinga University

RNB Global University

Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science

Amity University

ITM University Raipur

Indore Institute of Law

Maharshi Law School, Maharshi University of Information Technology

Teri Schools of Advanced Studies

Renaissance Law College

How to contact CLAT consortium

CLAT 2021 Helpdesk
To submit your query in online mode - Click here

Email - no - 08047162020, 10:00 am to 05:00 pm on all working daysOfficial webiste -

Recruitment through CLAT 2021

Many public sector undertakings such as IOCI, OIL, PGCIL, BHEL etc. The CLAT PG candidates may apply for such recruitments. To shortlist the candidates, the PSUs will prepare a merit list based on CLAT PG scores of the candidates. Candidates will be able to check all updates regarding PSU recruitments through CLAT in the following section.

PGCIL Recruitment through CLAT 2021

The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) has announced recruitment for executive trainee (law) based on CLAT LLM scores. Interested candidates have to appear in CLAT 2021 LLM and apply for the post of executive trainee. There are 9 vacancies in POWERFRID and CTUIL. The application form of PCIL recruitment through CLAT 2021 will be available on May 1. Following the CLAT exam, the PSU will conduct an interview round. The merit list for selection will be prepared based on the candidate's CLAT score and performance in the personal interview.