Woah! You made it BIG! All your hard work has just paid off, and you have finally made it to the merit list of CLAT. The ecstatic feeling of seeing your name on the list is overwhelming, and you might be dreaming of it for days. The big day has arrived, and you have proved yourself. Congratulations on your success! 

Now the question arises, “What next?”.  Will I directly have to report to a college? Will there be a counselling process? Are there any more steps in the selection process?  How do I choose the best college? If all these questions are haunting your mind, fear no more as this article will help you solve all your dilemmas about the post-CLAT Result situations. 

CLAT Exam was conducted on 28 September 2020 by the Consortium of NLUs to enrol students in various law courses in the 22 NLUs across the country. The result for this test was declared on 5 October 2020. However, there are still a few steps left that must be completed before you go to the college of your dreams. The admission procedure will begin from 6 October 2020 right after the declaration of the CLAT results. The candidates who get selected must submit an amount of INR 50,000 to secure their seat in the college.  The provisional seat allotment will be conducted as per the merit. A total of 3 lists will be declared for the counselling process.  The amount of INR 50,000 will be adjusted in the fee of the NLU where you get a seat. 

Date Event
5 October  CAT Result 2020
6 October (12 PM) – 7 October (6 PM) Registration for CLAT Counselling
9 October 2020 (10 AM) Declaration of the First Seat Allotment List
October 9 (10 am) – October 10 (10 am) Candidates have to either:Accept/lock the allotted seat, upload required documents, and pay the fee ORRequest for an upgrade, submit required documents, pay NLU feesORQuit the admission process
11 October (6 PM) Declaration of the Second Seat Allotment List
October 11 (10 am) – October 12 (10 am) Newly allotted candidates have to either:•Accept/lock the allotted seat, upload required documents, and pay the fee OR•Request for an upgrade, submit required documents, pay NLU feesOR•Quit the admission process
14 October (6 PM) Declaration of the Third/Final Seat Allotment List
October 14 (10 am) – October 15 (10 am) Newly allotted candidates have to either:•Accept/lock the allotted seat, upload required documents, and pay the fee OR•Request for an upgrade, submit required documents, pay NLU feesOR•Quit the admission process


The schedule for the CLAT Counselling Process is given below:


Counselling Process

The students need to register themselves on the official website of the consortium of NLUs to participate in the counselling process. The counselling process consists of the following steps:

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1. Publication of the First Merit List

The conducting authority will release a different merit list for each National Law University as per the ranks and merit of the students. The candidates can check the cut off of each NLU and participate accordingly. 

2. Fee Payment

The candidates who have had their names on the first list have to confirm their seats by making a fee payment of INR 50,000 within the specified period. Once this step is done, the candidates need to follow the below-given steps:

Lock Option: The candidates can lock the seat, which is allotted to them. Once the seat is locked, the candidate will not be considered in the further lists, and that particular seat will be frozen for the candidate.

Upgrade: If the candidate is not satisfied with the allotment, they can request an upward shifting. If there are vacant seats in the upward choice of the candidate, an upgrade in the seat will be made on the next list. 

3. Publication of the Second List

After the first list, the conducting authority will release the next list for the second round of the allocation process. Along with this, one more list will be released where the waitlisted candidates will be named. These candidates will get a seat if any seats are left vacant after the seat-locking process. These candidates too, like other ones, have to pay the fee. However, the candidates who have frozen their seats can withdraw themselves from this round. If a candidate wishes to quit the admission process, they will have to bear a fee of INR 10,000 from the amount of INR 50,000, which they have paid earlier. In case if a candidate withdraws their admission after the given duration, they will not be liable for any refund.


4. Publication of the Third List

A last seat allotment list will be published along with the waitlisted individuals from the previous round, and the list of waitlisted individuals for next round will be released separately. The waitlisted candidates will get the seats of the candidates who have withdrawn their admission in the previous rounds (if any).

5. Completion of the admission process.

Once the seat allotment process is done, the candidates have to report to their respective NLU’s for further processes like Document Verification and Fee Deposition. The candidates who fail to do so will not be confirmed for the final admission, and no refund will be made to them. In case of being found ineligible during the document verification, no fee will be refunded to the candidate, i.e. INR 50,000 paid as the counselling fee will be forfeited, and their admission will be cancelled. 

Documents Required for the Counselling Process

The candidates appearing for the counselling process must carry the below-given documents with them.

  • Call Letter issued by CLAT 
  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)
  • Admit Card 
  • Application Form
  • Score Card
  • Current passport size photographs
  • Domicile Certificate 
  • Marksheet of Class X 
  • Marksheet of Class XII
  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • PwD Certificate (If applicable)
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