CLAT 2021: Application Form, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern & Result


CLAT 2021 to be held via offline mode on 23rd July 2021 as announced by the Consortium of National Law Universities through an official notice. The examination will now conduct only through offline mode. On the other hand, candidates can access CLAT 2021 application form by 01st January 2021. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is conducted for admission to UG and PG Law courses. Few changes have been introduced in the pattern of the exam. Check out the exam pattern section for the same.

A degree in Law opens promising career opportunities for candidates across various fields – Government sector, corporate sector, firms and, of course, the good scope for private practice. There are many law entrance exams conducted at the national and state level for admission into LLB, BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLM etc. programmes. Some of the popular Law exams at the National level are CLAT, AILET, LSAT, DU Law Entrance Exam, BHU UET, Christ University LET, IPU CET Law, ULSAT, JMI Law, SET Law etc. Of these, CLAT Exam is one of the most popular and toughest national-level entrance exams that paves the way for admission into integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) of India. The exam is conducted on a rotational basis by the NLUs.

Here are complete details related to the CLAT exam such as eligibility, important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, the application process, admit card, result, etc.

CLAT 2021 Latest Updates - 

  • 13th July 2021: CLAT 2021 Admit Card has been released on the official website.
  • The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) has been postponed to 23rd July 2021. The examination was earlier scheduled to be held on 13th June 2021.

The authorities had to defer the examination due to a clash of dates with the CBSE Board exams. CLAT is a national level entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes. “The Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities met on 6th January 2021 to consider rescheduling the date of the CLAT 2021 exam due to clashes with the CBSE Board examination schedule announced last week.

CLAT 2021 application form was released on the official website of the national-level law entrance exam by NLU Consortium on 01st January 2021. Interested candidates can submit their applications for the law exam till 15th June 2021 at Candidates can apply for CLAT 2021 in the online mode only on the official website. Candidates filling the application form of CLAT have to complete each step correctly including, registration, filling up the form with personal and academic details, uploading a photograph as well as signature, and the fee payment.

CLAT Exam 2021 – Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Law Test (CLAT)

Exam Conducting Authority

National Law University Odisha

Official website

Purpose of the examination

Admission to UG and PG law courses

Occurrence of the examination

Once a year

Examination type

National level

Mode of examination

Pen-and-Paper Based (Offline)

Available Application Forms

CLAT Exam 2021 Important Dates

Check out the complete CLAT 2021 exam schedule released by the officials.



Submission of online application form begins

1st January 2021

Last Date for submission of online Application form

15th June 2021 (Extended)

Download admit card/hall ticket

13th July 2021

CLAT 2021 examination

23rd July 2021 (Rescheduled)

Answer key publication

August 2021

Challenge answer key

August 2021

Last date of submitting objections against the answer key

August 2021

Final Answer Key Publication

August 2021

Result Declaration

August 2021

CLAT Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The Consortium of National Law Universities has decided to introduce some changes in the exam pattern as under:

New changes in the CLAT Exam Pattern w.e.f. 2020

  • The total number of questions have been reduced to 120-150 from 200 in the UG level exam.
  • As per a statement from the Consortium, “Comprehension based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.”
  • PG level exam will also have comprehension based questions. The descriptive portion will remain the same.
  • The consortium has also asked the Executive Council to study the possibility of introducing cut-off marks for the L.L.M. courses.

CLAT UG Level Exam Pattern - New

The CLAT exam is conducted for admission to both UG and PG courses. The exam pattern is different for both UG and PG courses. Let’s have a look at both.

The new exam pattern for the exam is as discussed below:

  • Mode of Exam: Pen-an-Paper Based
  • The medium of Question Paper: English
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions
  • Scheme of Marking: 1 mark for every correct answer. ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours

The exam will consist of 5 sections of total of 120-150 questions. Till now (2019 exam), a total of 200 MCQs were asked from all the subjects. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

120 to 150

120 to 150

Legal Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

English (including comprehension)

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

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CLAT Exam Pattern for PG Courses

The exam will consist of 3 sections of total of 150 questions. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Constitutional Law






Remaining topics such as Torts, Contract, IPR, International Law, Criminal Law, etc






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CLAT 2021 Syllabus

Syllabus for UG Courses

General Knowledge & Current Affairs: Questions on National and International current events.

Legal Aptitude: Question on legal propositions, candidate’s knowledge of the law, problem-solving skills, and research aptitude.

Logical Reasoning: Questions on patterns, logical links, rectify illogical arguments, syllogism, analogies, logical sequences, etc. No questions on visual reasoning.

English (including comprehension): Questions on comprehension passages, the meaning of words therein, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, correction in grammatically incorrect sentences, etc.

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): Questions on Mathematics studied up to 10th standard.

Syllabus for PG Courses

Read the syllabus of the subjects studied in the UG degree.

CLAT Exam 2021 Eligibility

Candidate must fulfil certain criteria to become eligible for the exam. Scroll down to know the details:

Eligibility Conditions for UG Courses

  • A candidate should have done the 12th standard or equivalent from any recognised Board with a minimum aggregate of 45% marks. The reserved category candidate (SC/ST) is required to score only 40% to become eligible for the exam.
  • Those candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination are also eligible to appear for the CLAT 2021 exam. However, at the time of admission, such candidates should submit their passing certificate.
  • There will be no upper age limit in CLAT 2021.

Eligibility for the PG Courses

  • A candidate should have passed LL.B/Five-year integrated LL.B/any other equivalent exams with a minimum of 55% marks. Candidates who belong to the reserved categories (SC/ST) should have a score of 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • Those candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2021. But, at the time of admission, such candidates should produce their passing certificate.
  • There is no upper age limit in CLAT 2021 for PG courses admissions.

CLAT Exam 2021 Application Process

Application Form for CLAT Exam 2021 -

Candidates can apply for the exam only through the online mode; there is no other mode for registration. Application for the CLAT Exam 2021 will begin from 1st January 2021 and continue till 15th June 2021. The candidate should keep a print-out of the confirmation page for future use. Candidates have to pay ₹ 4,000 as the application fee if they belong to categories such as General/ Other Backward Class (OBC) /Persons with Disability (PWD)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/ Non-Resident Indian (NRI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIO). For Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Schedule Tribe (ST)/ Below Poverty Line (BPL) category candidates, the CLAT application fee payable is ₹ 3,500 only.

Requirements for filling CLAT Application Form 2021

Before you begin the CLAT application process, keep the below-mentioned documents as scanned files on your system:

  • A working email ID
  • A working mobile number
  • Class 10th and 12th mark sheet details
  • Details mentioned in ID and address proof (Aadhaar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card)
  • Scanned Passport size photograph (Format: JPEG, Maximum size: 500 KB)
  • Scanned signature (Format: JPEG, Maximum size: 100 KB)
  • Scanned copy of the state of domicile certificate (Format: PDF, Maximum size: 2 MB)

How to Apply?

  • Candidate should visit the official website of the exam -
  • Click on the button "Apply Online". You will be redirected to the registration page.
  • Click on the "Click Here for New Registration" button on the top right of the page.
  • Complete the registration process by providing your basic details. Please make sure that you enter the correct details as per your class X mark sheet.
  • After the registration process is complete, you will receive your registration id and password on the email id provided.
  • Now, you can use these credentials to complete the registration process.
  • A candidate should fill all the required column of the application form such as Educational Qualifications, Address, Mother’s Name, and Father’s Name etc.
  • Along with the application form candidate should upload the scanned copy of his photograph and signature. Please make sure that the images meet the specified format and size.
  • The candidate should also upload the scanned copies of his Identification card and Certificates.
  • After making the application fee payment, the registration process will be complete.

Application Fee

Every applicant is required to pay the application fee. The application process will be considered incomplete without application fee payment. Once paid, the application fee will not be refunded. Following are the details of the application fee for different categories (as per 2019 official notification):


Application Fee

General/ OBC/SAP

₹ 4000


₹ 3500

If candidates want to get previous years' question paper, they are required to pay an additional price of ₹ 500.

Mode of Application Fee Payment

  • The application fee can be paid through both online and offline mode. Online it can be paid by Debit Card/ Credit Card/pay wallet/RuPay/Net Banking etc. Offline payment can be made through an e-challan generated online. Such payments are to be made in CASH only.
  • Candidates have to bear the bank transaction charges themselves for both online and offline payment.

Things to Keep in Mind While Filling CLAT Application Form 2021 –

Some of the things that candidates need to keep in mind at the time of filling CLAT application form include:

  1. No hard copy of the filled-in application form is to be sent to the CLAT Consortium Office.
  2. CLAT application form correction facility is not available. Therefore, candidates are advised to furnish all details in the online application form very carefully. 
  3. It is not mandatory to complete the CLAT application process in one sitting. Candidates can save the CLAT application form at any stage and always come back and continue from where they left. The system automatically shows the page from where candidates need to continue.
  4. Candidates must spell their parents’ and their names correctly as mentioned in the certificates/ mark sheets/ identity proof. Any alteration in the name of the candidate or his/ her parents may disqualify the candidature.
  5. Candidates should ensure that all the information provided by them in the application form is correct and authentic.
  6. No change in the preference order for the 21 NLUs is allowed after the final submission of the application form. Therefore, candidates are advised to give their preference for NLUs very carefully.  

In case, candidates fill more than one application form, only their last online application form is considered. CLAT application fee for previous forms, in such cases, is not refunded.

Other Details

CLAT Admit Card

CLAT admit card 2021 will only be released online by the CLAT consortium. Applicants can download their CLAT 2021 admit card through login. To download CLAT admit card 2021, candidates have to log with their registered mobile number and password.

The admit card is considered as a hall ticket for entry to the exam centres of CLAT 2021, as it mentions details of candidates' as well as, the allotted centre name, exam date and timings. Candidates appearing for CLAT 2021 should cross-check these details on their admit card, and if any discrepancy is found, they should contact the exam helpdesk.

CLAT admit card is an essential document without which candidates will not be allowed entry to the exam centre. Therefore, candidates should carry at least two printouts of the CLAT 2021 admit card to carry on the exam day.

CLAT Answer Key 2021

CLAT answer key is a way to evaluate your performance in the entrance exam. The answer key for CLAT 2021 is likely to be out in the month of May 2021. The answer key of CLAT is released in two stages i.e. provisional key and final answer key. Candidates can cross-check their responses against each question from the CLAT 2021 question paper and if any discrepancy is found then they can file objections within the specified time. Once the objection filing process is completed, the consortium will verify the same and release a final answer key for CLAT 2021.

How to Download CLAT 2021 Answer Key?

With an aim to ensure easy availability of the CLAT 2021 answer key, the authority has published the same online and made it available on the exam portal. For those students, who are unable to reach or access the answer key of the CLAT 2021 exam, step-wise information to download the same has been provided below:

  • Visit official exam portal i.e.
  • Find and click on the link for CLAT 2021 Answer Key
  • A new document will open on the screen in PDF format
  • Download the answer key and keep a hard copy of the same for further need.

CLAT Result 2021

CLAT 2021 result will be announced in the month of June 2021 at the official exam portal. Candidates can check the result from the official website i.e. Centralised online counselling will be conducted after the CLAT result. Seats will be allotted on the basis of CLAT rank, the order of preference, categories selected by the candidate and the number of seats available in each NLU.

How to check CLAT 2021 Results From The Official Site?

The Consortium of National Law Universities has made the complete examination system online, hence the declaration of CLAT 2021 Results will also be done on its official website only. Candidates who are not very much familiar with the online procedure for checking CLAT 2021 Results, can follow the simple step-wise instructions provided below to access their CLAT Scorecard 2021:

  • Visit exam portal -
  • Find and click on the link for CLAT 2021 Results.
  • Log onto the portal using your registered credentials.
  • Click on CLAT 2021 Scorecard Link.
  • Your CLAT 2021 Result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the CLAT 2021 Scorecard in Digital Format.
  • Take a printout of the scorecard for future reference.


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