CLAT Counselling 2020

CLAT Counselling

CLAT Counselling 2020 is commencing. The CLAT Result Declaration is followed by the Counselling Process. All selected candidates receive a call letter to attend the CLAT counselling session.

  • The first seat allotment is released on the basis of the merit list.
  • In general, a total of 3 seat allotment lists are released based on which students are shortlisted and called for the procedure of counselling.

CLAT Counselling 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 Counselling by the second week of June 2020. They will lead the admission procedure to the UG/PG program at the participating universities via CLAT Centralized Online Counseling. This procedure will begin after the declaration of CLAT Result 2020.  Candidates will be required to attend the counseling of CLAT 2020 in online mode.

Candidates whose name will feature in the merit list of CLAT 2020, will be issued call letters to attend the CLAT Counseling 2020 as a medium to seek admissions into 20 NLUs participating in the CLAT.

CLAT Counselling

The first provisional list of CLAT Seat Allotment will start from the 2nd week of June 2020. There will be no. of processes included in the CLAT 2020:

  • Online registration,
  • Making a choice of NLU,
  • Allotment of seats in NLUs,
  • Payment of CLAT Counseling fees &
  • Upgrading of seats and then reporting to the allotted NLUs.

As per previous year trends, there will be a minimum of 3 rounds of counseling. Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seats during the admission procedure. It is advised to all the candidates to read and understand the counseling procedure to avoid confusion while attending the CLAT 2020 Counseling. Do check the CLAT Cut Off to know about your chances of making it through.

Highlights of CLAT Counselling

Conducting Authority CLAT Office
Mode Of Counselling Online
Minimum Eligibility CLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form
Total Participating Colleges 19 NLUs & 45+ Private colleges
Total Seats 3000 approx. (NLUs)

CLAT Counselling Dates 2020

The table given below shows the dates of the events for CLAT Counselling 2020:

Event Date (tentative)
Result Declaration and Issue of Merit List 24th May 2020, 2nd Week of June 2020
Publication of the first allotment list 2nd Week of June 2020
The date for payment of counselling fee of INR50,000 2nd/ 3rd Week of June 2020
Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling fee 4th Week of June 2020
A date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list) 4th Week of June 2020
Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process 4th Week of June 2020
Publication of the 3rd allotment list 4th Week of June 2020
Payment of full fee 4th Week of June 2020
The date for completing formalities at allocatedNLU Last week of June
The date for receiving the status of admissions from the participating NLU First Week of July 2020


NOTE: – There shall be no refund of counseling fees after the last day of withdrawal from the admission process i.e., JUNE 2020. The counseling fees of those candidates who withdraw up to Last Week of June 2020, will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10000/-

 Documents Required in CLAT Counselling 2020

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

CLAT Counselling Process

 The CLAT counselling procedure is done via an online centralized system. It is conducted separately for UG programs. The entire process will be done as per the CLAT Calendar created by the conducting authorities.

The Step-wise Procedure For Final Admissions To The 19 NLUs Is As Follows:-

 STEP 1:- Publication of 1st Symptomatic List

  • The merit list to shortlist candidates for final admissions will be released on the official website of CLAT 2020
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  • The list will be prepared on the merit- cum-preferences basis.

 STEP 2:- Counseling Fees Payment, Lock, Upgrade & Withdrawal of Seats

  • In counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • Selected Candidates have to deposit counseling fees of Rs. 50000/- after the release of the 1st CLAT counseling list 2020.
  • Adjustable fees deposited with the CLAT office by the candidates will be transferred to the NLU in which the candidate has taken admission after completion of the admission process.
  • If in any case, candidate fails to deposit the fees in the given span of time, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. And their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
  • After depositing The Payment fees candidates have to do exercise one of the options i.e.,
Lock Seats

In these options, candidates are given an opportunity to lock the seat they have been offered confirming the seat and debarring to shift their 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.


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

Withdrawl of Seats

There is an option to withdraw the fee in two ways.

1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee of Rs. 50000/-

2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before the final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling.

 STEP 3:-Publication of the 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counseling fees.

  • A second list will be published by the CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and locked seat on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a waitlist of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, 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 3rd list allotting seats to candidates

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

STEP 5: Completion of admission

  • Candidates need to approach the allotted NLU to make the remaining fees.
  • For the completion of admission, the candidates need to carry relevant documents and certificates required both original & scanned copy.
  • If in any case candidate doesn’t have any of the certificate or documents required with him then, unfortunately, they will be dropped by the NLU.
  • 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 to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.

  CLAT Counselling 2020 Participating Institutes

Following is the list of participating National Law Universities (NLUs) is as follows:   

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

CLAT Counselling

The following institutions are having MoU (Memorandum of understanding )with the CLAT 2020 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 Seat Allotment 2020

The Seat Allotment Process of CLAT 2020 will begin from the 2nd Week of June 2020. The basis of allotment of seats in CLAT 2020 is a merit-cum-preference list. A merit list will be prepared on the basis of the score secured by candidates in CLAT. The preference list of institutes is given in the application form. It is mandatory for candidates to indicate their preferences along with the application form. Based on the merit list and preference list, the first seat allotment list of CLAT 2020 will be announced by counselling committee.

CLAT 2020 Centralized Counseling

CLAT 2020 counselling will be conducted by the CLAT office through centralized counselling for taking admissions in participating institutions to undergraduate courses.

  • Candidates having their names on the first list need to deposit the counselling fee within a stipulated time.
  • After payment of the fee, the CLAT counselling committee will issue seats for the 2nd allotment.
  • In the second round of allotment, candidates get an option to lock, withdraw or upgrade their choice.
  • In case a candidate doesn’t exercise any option, it will be assumed by default as an upgrade option.
  • Candidates having allotted seats as a result of the vacant seats arising out in the first round need to remit the prescribe counselling fee against the seat allotted to them.
  • After remittance of prescribed counselling fee within a specified time frame, counselling committee will declare a third allotment list of based on seat vacancy.
  • Candidates, to whom seats have been allotted, need to remit the balance fee and submit the original certificates to the respective NLU by reporting there. In the case of non-report, the respective NLU will follow their own procedure to fill seats.

CLAT Counselling Breaker for Undergraduates

  • There is a procedure for tie-breaking if the scores of two candidates or more than two candidates are equal. It will be done on the basis of conditions mentioned below in the order of their applicability:
  • The tie will be decided on the basis of marks scored in the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2020. Candidate with the better score will move ahead in the merit list
  • In case the tie is not decided on the basis of the first condition then the candidate with higher age will be placed higher on the merit list
  • If both the above-mentioned conditions are not successful in breaking the tie then the decision will be made on the basis of computerized draw

CLAT Counselling FAQs 2020

Q- Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?

Ans- 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.

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

Ans- 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.

Q-  What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2020?

Ans- 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 the admission in NLU’s, candidates only have to show their performance in the entrance exam in order to merit list.

Q- What is CLAT counselling fee?

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


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