Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted by National Law Universities (NLUs) in India for providing admission into courses of BA LLB (Hons), BSc LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BSW LLB (Hons), BCom LLB (Hons), and LLM programs at NLUs. This post takes you through detailed information about CLAT Selection Process 2021.

CLAT Selection Process 2021

The CLAT selection process 2021 will comprise of the following stages:

  1. Written test
  2. CLAT Counselling

Note that you will be shortlisted for the counseling round based on your scores in the CLAT 2021 written exam. 

clat selection process

clat selection process

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

Last year, the Consortium of NLUs introduced a lot of changes in the CLAT Exam pattern. These changes will be followed this year as well. But, the Consortium will intimate if any changes will be made this year. Here is the list of changes introduced in the Law Entrance Test.

  • For UG, the number of questions was reduced from 200 to 150.
  • The CLAT Notification states that the number of questions was reduced from 200 to 120 for the PG program.
  • In PG, the descriptive part of the question paper was completely removed.
  • Both UG and PG included only comprehension-based questions.
  • The new pattern for UG involved short passages followed by 4-5 objective questions.
  • There were five subjects in UG i.e., English Language, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
  • For the PG Admission test, the time duration was 120 minutes during which candidates had to answer 120 objective comprehension-based questions.

UG Exam Pattern 2021

The following table shows the question paper pattern for Under Graduate Examination.

Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Question Paper English (only)
Type of Exam Objective Type
Duration 2hours
Level of the Exam after XII
Type of Questions Objective Type
Total Number of Questions 150
Marks Obtained for Correct Answer +1
Marks Deducted for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Sections in the exam English Language, Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, Current Affairs (inc. General Knowledge) and Legal Reasoning
Weightage of Logical Reasoning 28-32 (roughly 20% of the Test Paper)
Weightage of Legal Reasoning 35-39 (roughly 25% of the Test Paper)
Weightage of Current Affairs (inc. General Knowledge) 35-39 (roughly 25% of the Test Paper)
Weightage of English Language 28-32 (roughly 20% of the Test Paper)
Weightage of Maths Section 13-17 (roughly 10% of the Test Paper)

PG Exam Pattern 2021

The following table shows the question paper pattern for Post Graduate Examination

Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Question Paper English (only)
Type of Exam Objective Type
Duration 2 hours
Type of Questions Subjective Type and Objective Type
Number of Multiple Choice Questions 100
Marks Obtained for Correct Answer +1
Marks Deducted for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Number of Subjective Questions 2 (Essay of 800 words each)
Marks Allocated 50 (25 Marks for each)
Negative Marking for Subjective Type No Negative Marking
Topics Asked in MCQ Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Property Law, Company Law, Labour Law, Environmental Law etc.
Topics Asked in Subjective Questions Essay on Law and Contemporary Issues

clat selection process

clat selection process

CLAT Eligibility 2021

Aspirants willing to apply for Law entrance Test 2021, need to be aware of the detailed eligibility criteria. Here is the brief CLAT Eligibility Criteria explained below for both PG and UG programs separately.

Eligibility for UG Program

The UG exam is the entrance examination for Undergraduate Courses i..e, Bachelor of Legislative Law. Here is the eligibility that one must satisfy to apply for the 3 year BA LLB program:

  • There will be no upper age limit for UG, however, candidates who have passed 10+2 can apply. 
  • As per the CLAT Notification 2021 Candidates must have secured Forty-five percent (45%) marks in 10+2 or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories; Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. 
  • Candidates who are appearing for the 12th examination in March/April 2021 are also eligible to appear in the examination. However, they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission. 

Eligibility for PG Program

The PG exam is conducted for candidates aspiring to secure admission for Post Graduation courses i.e., Master of Law in top Law Universities. Here is the list of criteria to be followed by candidates for the PG Exam 2021.

  • There is no upper age limit for the PG Program.
  • Candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories must have a minimum of Fifty percent (50%) of marks in LLB degree or its equivalent grade.
  • According to the CLAT Notification, Candidates belonging to SC/ST categories must have Forty-Five percent (45%) of marks in LLB degree or its equivalent grade.
  • It is important that the aspirant must have cleared their final semester or final year of the qualifying paper on the admission date.

FAQ's

Can I give CLAT exam after the 12th?

Yes,  you can apply for the CLAT entrance exam after 12th as it for 5 years unified law course which is BA LLB undergraduate course. As the exam will get conducted once a year, so the candidates have only one year to be a part of the UG course of LLB.

What is the Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2021?

Before filling the application form, candidates must make sure that they meet the eligibility criteria. All the candidates must have passed the secondary board of examination with an aggregate of 45 % marks (for UG aspirants) and 55 % marks (for PG aspirants) to meet the Eligibility Criteria for Common Law Admission Test.

Is Mathematics compulsory in CLAT Exam?

No, it is not compulsory to study mathematics at the Class 12th level as per the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2021, however, the question paper will include the section based on the subject. Though, the section of ‘Elementary Mathematics’ will be based on class 12th/ basic numerical ability only.

Is the Syllabus for CLAT the same for LLB and LLM?

No, the CLAT 2021 Syllabus is different for Undergraduate and Post Graduate.