The Consortium of NLUs will begin the counselling process for UG and PG programs at the participating institutes tentatively in the first week of July 2021. Those who will score above the cut-off in the CLAT 2021 have to register for counselling by visiting the official website.

Note that the counselling will be held in three rounds and at the end of each round, the consortium will release the seat allotment list for all participating NLUs.

This post takes you through detailed information about CLAT Counselling 2021.

How to Register for CLAT 2021 Counselling Process?

You have to register online mode if you are invited for counselling and seat allotment process. You can follow the steps given below to register for CLAT 2021 counselling through online mode.

  • Visit the official website of CLAT i.e.
  • Login using your registered number and password
  • In the login account, click on the counselling registration and fee payment
  • Update your preferences among the participating NLUs
  • Click on the "Submit" button
  • Pay the counselling fee of Rs.50,000 in online mode 
  • After making payment, you will receive a confirmation message on the registered mobile number and e-mail.

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clat Colleges

CLAT 2021 Counselling Dates

Check out the table below to know all the important events related to the CLAT Counselling process.

Event Dates (Tentative)
Result Declaration and Issue of Merit List Last week of June 2021
CLAT Counselling Registration The first week of July 2021
Publication of the first allotment list July 2021
The date for payment of counselling fee of INR50,000 July 2021
Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee July 2021
A date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list) July 2021
Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process July 2021
Publication of the 3rd allotment list July 2021
Payment of full fee July 2021
The date for completing formalities at allocatedNLU To be announced
The date for receiving the status of admissions from the participating NLU To be announced

Documents Required in CLAT Counselling

Candidates who have been shortlisted and their names are in the merit list should carry these documents at the time of CLAT Counseling 2020: 

  • CLAT 2020 Application Form
  • CLAT 2020 Admit Card
  • CLAT Score Card
  • Date of Birth Proof Required (Class 10th Mark sheet)
  • Class 12th Mark sheet required for Academic Qualification /Eligibility Criteria.
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Especially – Able Certificate (if applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (if applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI certificate (if applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (if applicable)
  • Call letter issued by CLAT authority
  • Current passport size photographs.

CLAT Counselling Process

 The CLAT counselling procedure is done via an online centralized system. It is conducted separately for UG and PG programs. The entire process will be done as per the CLAT calendar created by the conducting authorities. You can go through the step-wise procedure for final admissions to the NLUs from the post bvelow.

Step 1: Online Registration

You will receive an SMS or E-mail to register for the counselling process if you score above the CLAT Cut Off. The information related to counselling will be uploaded on the official website. You have to log in to your CLAT account to register for the counselling process.

The register process consists of two steps:

Updating NLU Preference where you can provide a fresh list of NLU preferences during the registration. You have the option to choose the preferences of only those NLUs in which you are interested or you can choose all the NLUs. You are advised to give a minimum of five preferences.

  • It is important to provide your preferences carefully considering all options and your marks and ranks.
  • Note that requests for change of preference after the final submission will not be accepted by the consortium.
  • Preferences provided in the application form will be considered if preferences are not updated by you during the registration.

Making Online Payment of Rs.50,000: You have to make an online payment of Rs.50,000 through your login ID to register for the counselling process of CLAT 2021. Ensure to make the payment on or before the last date to avoid payment-related issues. Requests to make payments after the last date due to transaction failure or other issues will not be considered and Consortium will not be responsible for any issues relating to payments.

Step 2: Publication of First Provisional Allotment List

The consortium will release the first provisional merit list based on those who have completed the counselling registration process. The merit list to shortlist students for final admissions will be released on the official website of CLAT. The list will be prepared on a merit- cum-preferences basis.

  • In counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of students from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • You have to deposit counseling fees of Rs. 50000/- after the release of the 1st CLAT counseling list 2021.
  • Adjustable fees deposited with the CLAT office by you will be transferred to the NLU in which you have taken admission after completion of the admission process.
  • If in any case, you fail to deposit the fees in the given span of time, you will lose your right to consideration for admission under CLAT.
  • And your names will also be dropped from the merit list.

a) Accept the Allotted Seat (Lock Seat) In these options, you are given an opportunity to lock the seat you have been offered confirming the seat and debarring to shift your choice to any other NLU in the current counselling round. This is an option that is activated every counselling round after the publication of the symptomatic seat allotment list.

b) Apply for Upgrade This is an option that is made open to you in the second round of counselling. Also, this option is applicable to only those who have participated in the first round and not yet locked their seats. Here, the seats are offered to you automatically against any vacancy arising in the preferred NLU through your choice via the subsequent allotment list.

c) Exit from CLAT Admission Process You will lose the currently allotted seat and you will not be considered for allotment in the subsequent lists if you choose to exit from the admission process. There is an option to withdraw the fee in two ways as mentioned below.  

  • Failing to deposit the requisite fee of Rs. 50000/-
  • Choosing the option of withdrawal before the final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling.

 Step 3:-Publication of Second Provisional Allotment List

  • A second list will be published by the CLAT office for those who have paid counselling fees and locked seats on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a waitlist of students selected provisionally against dropped-out students, if any.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per the CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is expected to be reserved.
  • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
  • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

Step 4:- Publication of Third and Final Provisional Allotment List

  • A comprehensive third allotment list will be published by the CLAT office. Those who have paid their counselling fee and reserved their seats in the participating NLUs make this list.
  • Those who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second symptomatic list are included in this list
  • A list of waitlisted students, who are provisionally selected against dropped-out students, will also be released.

Step 5: Refund Rules (Counselling Fee)

As per the notice, the total amount of Rs.50,000 will be refunded to you if you do not get a seat after the release of three provisional lists by the consortium.

  • An amount of Rs.40,000 will be refunded if you choose to exit the counselling process or do not accept any of the seat offered by the exam conducting body.
  • If you are found ineligible based on document information provided at the time of verification, an amount of Rs.40,000 will be refunded.

Step 6: Uploading Documents

Those who will accept the allotted seat or who will opt for degradation need to upload all the documents mentioned above. You are advised to visit the websites of member NLUs for details such as the fee to be paid and documents to be submitted for acceptance of the candidature.

Step 7: Completion of admission

  • You need to approach the allotted NLU to make the remaining fees.
  • For the completion of admission, You need to carry relevant documents and certificates required both original & scanned copy.
  • After the publication of the CLAT Merit List, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited if you fail to report at the allotted NLU.
  • If in any case, you do not have any of the certificates or documents required, then, unfortunately, you will be dropped by the NLU.

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clat selection process

CLAT 2021 Participating Institutes

A total of 21 NLUs are participating in CLAT 2021. You can go through the table below to know the list of CLAT Participating Colleges.  

National Law School of India University, Bangalore National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
National Law University, Nagpur Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
National Law University, Delhi National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi Chanakya National Law University, Patna
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
National Law Institute University, Bhopal West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
National Law University, Jodhpur -

The following institutions are having MoU (Memorandum of understanding )with the CLAT 2021 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:

.Alliance University, Bangalore
Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
Asian Law College, Noida
DIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi
Dr. K.N. Modi Unversity, Rajasthan
Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot
Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh
Gitam School of Law, Visakhapatnam
Harlal School of Law, Greater Noida
Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat
ICFAI University, Dehradun
ICFAI University, Tripura
IFIM Law College, Bangalore
IIMT University, College of Law, Meerut
IMS Unison University, Dehradun
Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura
Indore Institute of Law, Indore
ISBR Law College, Bangalore
Jain University, Bangalore
Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater Noida
Kalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur
Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University
Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR
Madhya Pradesh Dharamshastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, Jaipur
Manipal University, Jaipur
Mewar Law Institute, Ghaziabad
MSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur
NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater Noida
NMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
PES University, Bangalore
Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan
Renaissance Law College, Indore
Reva University, Bangalore
RNB Global University, Bikaner
Sandip University, Nashik
Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, Gurugram
Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun
SRM University, Haryana
The NorthCap University, Gurgaon
United world School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar
Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

CLAT 2021 Seat Allotment

The Consortium will publish a total of 3 seat allotment lists for admission through CLAT 2021. Each NLU has a different number of CLAT Seats offered and reservation policies. This year, the CLAT Seat Allotment process will begin tentatively in the month of August 2021.

The basis of the allotment of seats in CLAT is a merit-cum-preference list. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of the score secured by you in CLAT. The preference list of institutes is given in the application form.

It is mandatory to indicate your preferences along with the application form. Based on the merit list and preference list, the first seat allotment list of CLAT 2021 will be announced by counselling committee.


Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?

Yes, the waiting list is there in the CLAT Counselling, but it will be issued along with the Provisional Allotment List from the first 2500 applicants who have been undertaken the counselling after remitting the fees. 

The list will be prepared by selecting the candidates proportionately from different categories like- General/ SC/ ST/ OBC/ PWD/ DFF/ NRI, etc both from the All India and State (Domicile) category of candidates.

What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2021?

The National Law University released a cut off list separately for all the categories of the candidates. Candidates do not need to go through any minimum cut off score/ sectional cut off to qualify the CLAT. For admission in NLU's, candidates only have to show their performance in the entrance exam in order to merit list.

Will there be any subsequent merit lists after the first allotment list is published for CLAT?

The candidates who will fail to report to the Universities and complete the formalities of the admission within a stipulated date will be forfeited their claim for the admission and their seats will fill up by the University by following its own process, not by the CLAT Office.

The respective Universities will report the admission details to the CAT Office long with the number of vacancies that might remain same due to non-reporting of the candidates allotted under the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Actual Allotment List, which helps to the CLAT Office to make the declaration of the final allotment.

What is the CLAT counselling fee?

Candidates have to deposit a counselling fee of INR 50,000. This counselling fee will be adjusted in the admission fees in the college allotted by the NLU.