All About CLAT UG 2021!


What is CLAT?

CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and postgraduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The responsibility of conducting the exam is rotated and given on the basis of seniority in the establishment. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Postgraduate degree programmes. The 22 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal (NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University, Orissa (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
  19. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
  20. HP National Law University, Shimla
  21. Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
  22. DR.B.R.Ambedkar National Law University, Haryana

CLAT 2021 Dates and Events

CLAT EventsDatesSalient Features
CLAT 2021 official notification for exam date27-Dec-2020CLAT Consortium has announced the exam date for CLAT 2021 and has shared the exam details on the official website.
Online registrations for CLAT 202101-Jan-2021 to 31-Mar-2021The CLAT application form window is open on the official website from January 1 to March 31. 
Release of admit cardApril 2021The Consortium of NLUs is likely to release the CLAT admit card 2021 in April. Candidates will be issued admit cards in the online mode on the official website to appear for the examination.
CLAT 2021 exam date09-May-202113-Jun-2021Earlier, CLAT 2021 was scheduled to be held on May 9 but was postponed due to a clash with CBSE board exams. Now, the CLAT exam will be held on June 13 from 2:00-4:00 PM. The exam is to be taken at the allotted test centre mentioned on the admit card.
Display of CLAT 2021 results and merit listJune/July 2021The CLAT consortium will declare the results of CLAT 2021 as well as publish the merit list for each NLU on the official website. 
CLAT counsellingTo be announcedCandidates are allotted seats in their respective law courses and colleges through CLAT counselling. The Consortium of NLUs is yet to announce the CLAT counselling dates 2021.

CLAT Eligibility for UG Course (LL.B.)

CLAT Age Limit

As per the revised standards, there will be no upper age limit for the UG Program in CLAT 2021.

CLAT Eligibility

  • Academic Qualification – A candidate must have secured minimum marks required in 12th standard, as per the category to which he/she belongs:
  • For Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories – A minimum of 45% marks required.
  • For SC/ST Category – A minimum of 40% marks required.
  • General Criteria – Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2021 are eligible to register for Common Law Admission Test. They must submit evidence of their successfully clearing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they will lose their right to be considered for admission.
  • Submit the result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) at the time of CLAT Admission.
  • In case of equal marks, the tie-breaking procedure is as follows:
    • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2021
    • Higher age
    • A computerized draw of lots

CLAT Eligibility Criteria for NRI Students

NRI/ NRI Sponsored category candidates are offered seats under the NRI Quota. Admissions are carried out by the concerned universities independently on the basis of CLAT merit. 

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Candidates must contact the concerned university directly for the admission formalities, eligibility, documents required and other related queries for seeking admission under the NRI/NRI sponsored category.
  • WBNUJS, Kolkata (West Bengal) has different criteria for admissions. It is as follows:
    • There are a total of 17 seats for the candidates aspiring for admissions in the undergraduate courses whereas there are no seats available for the postgraduate program.
    • Through CLAT Office: CLAT Office will issue the list of students eligible for taking admission under this category.
    • Documents required by the NRI Candidates at the time of CLAT Admission:
      • Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Student
      • Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months
      • Certificate from the local embassy stating that the person is an NRI/OCI or PIO Card
    • Documents required by NRI Sponsored Candidates at the time of admission:
      • Copy of Valid Indian Passport of the Sponsor
      • Copy of Visas obtained in the last 12 months by the Sponsor
      • Certificate from the local embassy stating that the Sponsor is an NRI/ OCI or PIO Card
      • An affidavit by the sponsor indicating the interest shown in the education affairs of the student and willingness to fund the education of the student over the next 5 years.

Sponsors for NRI Sponsored Students

  1. The person who willingly sponsors candidates for admission is required to be a first-degree relation of the student and shall be residing abroad as a Non-Resident Indian.
  2. In case the student has no parents or near relatives or taken as a ward by some other nearest relative, such students also may be considered for admission. The guardian must have legally treated the applying candidate as a ward. Such guardians shall file an affidavit mentioning the interest in the education of the candidate and also their relationship with the candidate. It is mandatory for that person to also be a Non-Resident Indian and ordinarily residing abroad.

UG CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Mode Offline – Pen and Paper
Duration120 Minutes
Nature of QuestionsCLAT UG – Objective
Number of QuestionsCLAT UG – 200
Total Marks200
Marks Awarded1 mark per correct answer
Negative Marking0.25 marks wrong answer

CLAT UG 2021 Sections

Undergraduate Law Programme (B.A.LLB)
English (with Comprehension)
Current Affairs
Legal Reasoning
Logical Reasoning 
Quantitative Techniques

Section-wise Marks Distribution in CLAT UG 2021

CLAT UG is divided into 5 sections overall. Each section covers a different subject, and each section also carries a different weightage. The aim of the Exam is to test the candidates’ ability to understand the law as opposed to prior knowledge of the law. CLAT UG also tests for the candidates’ basic language, general knowledge and mathematical ability. Here is the section wise distribution of marks for CLAT UG 2021.

SubjectsMarks AllottedNumber of Questions
English (with Comprehension)4040
Current Affairs5050
Legal Reasoning5050
Logical Reasoning 4040
Quantitative Techniques2020

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for B.A.LLB

CLAT 2021 questions will come from 5 different subjects – English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques. Quantitative Techniques was previously also called Mathematical Ability. 

SubjectTopics CoveredFrequently Asked
EnglishPassages, Reading Comprehension, Inference and Conclusion, Summary, Vocabulary etc. Comprehension Passages, Subject-Verb Agreement, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective and Determinants, Adverb, Active/Passive Voice
Current Affairs Contemporary Events of National and International Significance, Art and Culture, International Affairs, Historical Events of significanceOutline of Indian Economy, National Income of India, Indian Tax Structure, Major Industries in India, Banking & Finance
Legal ReasoningRules and Passages of Law, Application of the rules and passages, etc. Legal fundamentals and terms, Legal Maxims and Important Landmarks, Supreme Court Judgments
Logical Reasoning Argument – Premise and Conclusion, Inference, Relationships and Analogies, Contradictions and Equivalence, etc. Logical Puzzles, Statement, Conclusions, Derivation of Conclusions, Cause & Effect, Reasoning, Statements, Assumptions and Statements, Arguments
Quantitative TechniquesBasic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, Ratio and Proportion etc. Numbers, HCF and LCM, Fractions, Logarithms, Percentage, Time & Distance, Ratio & Proportion

CLAT UG 2021 Recommended Books

CLAT is one of the most competitive and tougher law exams in India. The competition is very high, as a large number of students attempt CLAT every year. To optimize your preparation and improve your chances at CLAT 2021, go through these books – 

SubjectName of BookPublisher/Author
EnglishWord Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren & Martin 
Current Affairs Manorama Yearbook 2021Manorama 
Current Affairs Yearly 2021Arihant 
Legal ReasoningLegal Awareness Legal ReasoningBhardwaj
Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance ExaminationsBhardwaj
Logical Reasoning Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance ExamsJain Prateek
Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Agarwal
Quantitative TechniquesUniversal’s Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)Jain Prateek
Quantitative AptitudeRS Aggarwal

How to Fill CLAT Application Form 2021?

Candidates can apply online for CLAT 2021 on the official website of the exam. Candidates can apply for the exam in four steps – registration, application, document uploading and payment of application fee. Check out a few quick steps to fill in the CLAT 2021 application form below:

  1. Visit the official website of the exam –
  2. Click on the Register button
  3. Fill and submit the CLAT registration form 2021
  4. Once registered, enter the mobile number and OTP on the displayed window to activate the account
  5. Login to the registered account using your mobile number and password
  6. Click on the Apply button and fill the CLAT application form
  7. Preview the filled-in online form and click on the Submit button to submit the form
  8. Upload scanned photo, signature and category certificate (if valid) as per the prescribed specifications
  9. Pay CLAT application fee in the online (debit card/credit card/internet banking) or the offline (bank challan) mode

CLAT Application Fee 2021

CLAT application fee differs  for different  categories of the candidates. 

CategoryCLAT Application Fee (in Rs)
CLAT previous years’ question papers500

CLAT UG 2021 Online Course

Designed to aid students for better preparation for CLAT 2021, ixamBee has come up with an online course for CLAT UG 2021 which will provide ample practice opportunities along with video lessons, study notes, mock tests and expert guidance to the students. CLAT UG Online Course consists of:

  • 150+ Video Lessons covering the whole syllabus as per the latest exam pattern.
  • 50+ Study notes in PDF format wherever required for easy learning and quick revision.
  • 5 Full-Length practice tests for the CLAT UG exam
  • 120+ Difficulty Based Chapter Tests and 50+ Section Tests comprising Questions divided into Easy, Moderate, and High Levels.
  • Live Classes for doubt clarification with the subject experts where you can get all your queries related to any subject clarified.

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