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 Process||1 January 2021|
|Last date to apply for CLAT 2021||31 March 2021|
|CLAT 2021||13 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
- 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 comprehension||40|
|General Knowledge (GK)/ Current Affairs||50|
|Elementary mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20|
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:
- Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude
- Higher age
- 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
- 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 Universities||Courses and Seats||Total Seat Intake|
|The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata||BA LLB (Hons.) and BSc LLB (Hons.) – 127 seatsLLM – 60 seats||187 seats|
|National Law University, Jodhpur||BA LLB (Hons) and BBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM in Corporate Laws and IPR Laws – 50 seats||170 seats|
|Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar||BA LLB (Hons.) – 80 seatsBCom LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBSc LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 25 seatsBSW LLB (Hons.) – 25 seats||180 seats|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala||BA LLB (Hons.) – 180 seats LLM – 40 seats||220 seats|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 60 seats||120 seats|
|National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi||BA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 50 seats||170 seats|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) Visakhapatnam||BA LLB (Hons.) – 138 seatsLLM – 27 seats||165 seats|
|Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai||BA LLB (Hons.) – 100 seatsLLM – 50 seats||150 seats|
|Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats||60 seats|
|Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats||60 seats|
|National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad||BA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 60 seats||180 seats|
|National Law Institute University, Bhopal||BA LLB (Hons.) – 122 seatsLLM – 60 seats||182 seats|
|Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur||BA LLB (Hons.) – 160 seats||160 seats|
|Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow||BA LLB (Hons.) – 178 seats including supernumeraryLLM – 31 seats including supernumerary||201 seats|
|Chanakya National Law University Patna||BA LLB (Hons.) and BBA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seats||120 seats|
|National Law University Odisha, Cuttack||BA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seats||180 seats|
|National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 30 seats||90 seats|
|The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsBCom LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 18 seats||138 seats|
|Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur||BA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seatsLLM – 20 seats||140 seats|
|Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla||BA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsBBA LLB (Hons.) – 60 seatsLLM – 40 seats||160 seats|
|Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, Haryana||BA LLB (Hons.) – 120 seats||120 seats|
|Total seats||__||3133 seats|
This was all that is really important and something that every CLAT Aspirant Must know.