CLAT 2021: Exam (postponed), Registration (extended till 15th June, 2021), Exam pattern, syllabus

The CLAT 2021 Exam is a national level law entrance exam held for admission into the top law colleges in India for the academic year 2021. CLAT 2021 will be held by the Consortium of National Law Universities which is a body that constitutes representatives of all the NLUs. The CLAT 2021 exam will be held for admissions in UG and PG programs offered by the National Law Universities. The application form for CLAT 2021 is available as of 1st January, 2021 and will be available till 15th June, 2021 on the official website.

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.

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic the Consortium of National Law Universities has decided to reschedule the CLAT 2021 exam until further notice.


Tentative Dates

Start of online application form

1st January, 2021

Application form closes

15th June, 2021

Issue of Admit Card


Exam Date (offline)

Postponed till further notice

Time of Examination


Publication of Official Answer Key




Start of Counselling


To get a better idea of what lies ahead, have a look at the video below:

CLAT 2021 Exam Highlights

Before we get into the details of the CLAT 2021 Exam, we can have a look at the highlights of the exam which will give you a bird’s eye view about the CLAT Exam. The exam highlights for CLAT 2021 is given below:

Exam Highlights


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


CLAT Exam Duration

120 Minutes

CLAT Exam Language


CLAT Exam Purpose

Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM courses

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 Form

In order to register for the CLAT 2021 Exam, you need to follow the given steps:

  • Online registration
  • Filling of the application form
  • Uploading of documents
  • Application fee payment

The CLAT 2021 Application form opened from 1st January 2021 on the official CLAT website ( with the last date to fill the CLAT 2021 application form being 15th June, 2021.

For help regarding filling of the CLAT 2021 form, the following video should be helpful:

Documents required for CLAT 2021 application process

There are some documents which need to be submitted as a part of the CLAT 2021 Registration. The list of documents is given below:







Category Certificate for SC/ST/OBC candidates


Relevant Certificate for P.W.D. candidates


Relevant Certificate for BPL candidates


CLAT 2021 Application Fees

After filling the CLAT 2021 Registration form, the final step to complete the CLAT 2021 Registration is to pay the CLAT 2021 Application fee which is given below:



General, OBC

Rs. 4000


Rs. 3500

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 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.



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


Total Time (min)


Negative Marking

0.25 marks for each wrong answer

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 Preparation Tips

To get a fair idea of how to prepare for CLAT i.e. the Common Law Admission Test, we have listed below important points for CLAT 2021 Preparation Tips. They will give you a basic guideline with regards to how to prepare for CLAT 2021:

  • Be well-versed with CLAT Exam Pattern and CLAT Syllabus
  • Practice CLAT Mock Tests and CLAT Sample Papers to get a good grip over the CLAT Exam.
  • Break down the syllabus into topics and further into your strengths and weaknesses
  • Do a regular revision
  • A study from the best books suggested for the CLAT Exam

CLAT 2020 Exam Analysis

The CLAT Exam is always slightly unpredictable with regards to the difficulty level. As it moves back offline from the online exam last year, the CLAT 2021 Exam may be easier than last year but there is no guarantee for this. In order to get some idea about the CLAT 2021 Exam Analysis, it makes sense to have a look at the CLAT 2020 Exam Analysis.
The difficulty level of CLAT 2020 exam was moderate to tough. The exam was as per the guidelines announced by CLAT Consortium. A majority of candidates may have attended most of the questions. The general knowledge section of the exam was a little tough but the English as legal reasoning section were fairly moderate.

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:

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 Bhopa

CLAT 2021 Admit Card

All the candidates who have successfully registered and applied for CLAT 2021 will be download the admit card for the CLAT exam from the official website of CLAT consortium. Candidates are advised to carry a valid ID proof with their admit card.

Details Mentioned on the CLAT 2021 Admit Card

Given below are the details that will be mentioned on the CLAT 2021 admit card

  • Candidate's name
  • Date of birth.
  • Roll number
  • Father's name
  • Test date
  • Test time
  • Test City
  • Examination reporting time
  • Application number
  • Category applied for
  • Course applied for
  • Photograph
  • Specimen signature
  • Invigilator signature
  • Candidate's signature

What to do in case of an error in CLAT 2021 admit card?

In case of any discrepancy in the CLAT 2021 admit card, the candidates must immediately contact the exam conducting authority and try to rectify the issue. Hence, candidates are advised to download the CLAT 2021 admit card as soon as possible. This gives you enough time in hand to deal with any sort of discrepancy on the admit card. Note: While filling the application form for CLAT 2021 candidates should multiple check the information they have provided to dodge any kind of discrepancy later.

CLAT 2021 Result

CLAT results can be accessed by individually logging in to the registered account on the official CLAT website. In the result, the candidate will be able to check their score, All India Rank, and category rank (if published). After the declaration of the CLAT 2021 Results CLAT will also publish the College Allotment List, after which the candidates who have been allotted the seat in an NLU, will be required to pay the counseling fee of Rs. Fifty Thousand Only, within the stipulated dates, failing which the candidate will lose his/her seat and will not be considered for further process of admission in 2021.

How to check the CLAT 2021 result?

  • Candidates may check their CLAT 2021 results at the official website of CLAT consortium.
  • Candidates need their CLAT 2021 application form number to check their CLAT 2021 results.
  • Candidates will also need to mention their registered email address and date of birth to check the result.
  • It is advisable to download the result and keep a print of it for future reference.

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.
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