Consortium of NLUs has extended the last date to apply for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2021 to May 15, 2021. The extension of application dates was intimated to all via a public notice on April 28, 2021, at consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The notice read:
“The Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities met on 28th April 2021. After reviewing recent developments the Committee resolved to extend the application deadline due to difficulties faced by students arising out of bank closures and lockdowns.
The last date for submission of CLAT 2021 online applications has been extended upto Saturday, the 15th May, 2021.”
Also, on April 19, 2021, via an official notice, it was informed that the CLAT 2021 exam date is not being changed as of now and is June 13, 2021. However, a decision for the exam date will be taken the first week of May 2021 after reviewing the COVID-19 situation. The notice read:
“Consortium of National Law Universities is monitoring the COVID- 19 Pandemic situation and will take the stock of the situation in the first week of May 2021 regarding the date of test. Notification will be issued on the website of Consortium subsequently. The applicants are advised not to panic at this stage as the Consortium shall be taking appropriate steps as time and situation demand and shall keep the applicants updated accordingly.”
CLAT is the national level law entrance exam for admission to 22 National Law Universities (NLUs). Admission is offered to their UG ( BA LLB, BBA LLB), and PG (LLM) programs
To apply for CLAT 2021, candidates have to visit consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Application fee for General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI category is Rs 4000, and Rs 3500 for SC / ST / BPL. Form submission process comprises registration, filling of details, uploading documents, fee payment.
Candidates can fill their preferences (in order) for all the 22 NLUs at the time of online application form. No change in the preference is allowed after the form submission. Also, in the online application form candidates have to upload the scanned images of Photograph and signature in JPG / JPEG format.
Also, candidates have to select the exam centres at the time of filling the application form. The entrance test is conducted in 67 cities. Candidates have to select the test centres based on their preferences.
Note that The Consortium of NLU does not provide any form correction facility. Therefore, applicants must mention all the details carefully.
There is no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2021. Candidates must have passed in 10+2 with a minimum of 45% marks (General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCl category), whereas, the passing marks for SC/ST category is 40%. Applicants who are appearing for the qualifying exam (12th) in March/April 2021 can also apply for the exam.
There is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT PG either. The candidates must have LLB degree from a recognized institute and must have secured at least 50% marks (General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories) in their qualifying exam. SC/ST candidates must score at least 45% marks. Those who are appearing for the qualifying exam in April/May 2021 are also eligible for the entrance test.
Approximately 2000 plus seats are filled up across the country through CLAT score. Reportedly, around 50000 candidates apply for CLAT every year.
CLAT 2021 will be held in offline mode. There will be MCQ type questions in CLAT UG) and both MCQ and Subjective Question in CLAT PG. The exam will be held for 2 hours. In CLAT UG, questions will come from English Language, Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques.
In CLAT PG, questions will be asked from Constitutional Law and other areas of law such as Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.