CLAT 2021 Counselling & Admission

Counselling & Admission of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

The UG and PG program in participating National Law Universities under CLAT shall be made through centralized counseling conducted by the CLAT office. The basis of allotment of seats shall be ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e., CLAT score and order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT application form. Online counseling shall start from 1st June. The entire procedure shall be completed as per the CLAT calendar, which is available on CLAT official website www.clat.ac.in

The stepwise procedure, which shall be adopted by the CLAT office, for admission is as follows:

STEP 1

Publication of first indicative list based on merit cum preference (1st June)

The university-wise first indicative list based on merit-cum-preference will be published on the CLAT website

STEP 2

Payment of counseling fee and exercising of option by provisionally selected candidates
(6th -10th June )

A specified number of candidates from various categories based on merit cum preference will be allowed to participate in the counseling process against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.

The provisionally selected candidates must deposit the requisite counseling fee of Rs. 50,000/- and exercise any one of the following options:

 Lock – The candidates choosing the ‘Lock’ option confirms their choice of the allotted NLU. Such candidate shall not be considered for further shifting to any other NLU(s) of his or her higher choice in case of any vacancy arising thereafter at the subsequent stage during the counseling process

  Shifting – The candidates choosing the ‘Shifting’ option shall be considered against any vacancy arising in NLU(s) of their higher choice via subsequent allotment list. There shall be upward shifting in order of candidates’ preferences provided in the application form. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the CLAT office's counseling procedure.

 Note: Default choice of all candidates shall be selected as ‘lock.’ The candidates failing to deposit the requisite counseling fee through the CLAT website by the specified date will lose their right to be considered for admission under CLAT, and their names will be dropped from the CLAT counseling merit.

The adjustable counseling fee of Rs. 50,000/- deposited with the CLAT-2018 office will be transferred to the respective participating NLU, where the candidate has finally taken admission after completing the entire counseling process.

STEP 3

Publication of the second list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counseling fee and additional waitlisted candidates (13th June )

The CLAT office shall publish a second list of eligible candidates who have paid their counseling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs.

A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released in the second list who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, if any.

 The additional candidates provisionally selected against dropped candidates must pay Rs' required counseling fee. 50,000/- and exercise their option of ‘lock’ or ‘shift.’ (14th-17th June ).

  The provisionally selected candidates can withdraw from the admission process up to 17th June. However, a fee of Rs. 10,000/- will be deducted from the deposited counseling fee (Up to 17th June ).

 Any withdrawal after the stipulated period will result in forfeiture of the entire counseling fee amount.

STEP 4

Publication of third list allotting seats to candidates (20th -22nd June )

The CLAT-2018 office shall publish a comprehensive, third allotment list of candidates who have paid their counseling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs.

The comprehensive list shall include candidates who have paid the counseling fee against the first and second indicative list.

  A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released along with the third allotment list provisionally selected against dropped out candidates.

 These candidates are also required to pay the required counseling fee of Rs. 50,000/- and reserve their seats.

STEP 5

Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs (23rd-25th June )

After the candidates are allotted seats under the third list, they will be required to approach the allotted NLU to balance the admission and other fees.

The candidates will also have to carry relevant certificates/documents in original issued by the competent authority to support the various claims made by them and complete their admission formalities.

The respective universities will check the certificates in original at the time of candidates' admission.

The candidates not possessing the required certificates/documents in original or failing to meet the eligibility requirements will not be allowed to seek admission in participating NLUs.

The candidates seeking admission under various categories, especially those belonging to the reserved categories such as SC/ST/OBC/Specially Abled Person/DFF/NRI and the unreserved category candidates seeking admission under state domicile category, will be required to obtain the relevant and authentic certificates/ documents from the competent authorities and produce the

same at the time of admission in the concerned NLU  Those candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU after the publication of CLAT merit list and fail to complete the admission formalities as per CLAT calendar will automatically lose their claim for admission and their entire amount of the counseling fee of Rs. 50,000/- will be forfeited.

STEP 6

Publication of fourth and final allotment list (29th June )

The CLAT office shall publish a comprehensive fourth allotment list of candidates who have paid their counseling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs.

 The comprehensive list shall include candidates who have paid the counseling fee against the first, second, and third indicative list.

STEP 7

Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs against fourth allotment list (4th-6th July)

The candidates whose names appear in the fourth allotment list will be required to approach the allotted NLU with the total amount towards the admission and other fees. The shifted candidates have to report and fulfill the admission formalities in NLU allotted to them against the fourth list.

 The candidates will also have to carry relevant certificates/documents in original issued by the competent authority to support the various claims made by the candidates and complete their admission formalities.

The respective universities will check the original certificates at the time of their admission.

The candidates not possessing the required certificates/documents in original or failing to meet the eligibility requirements will not be allowed to seek admission in participating NLUs.

The candidates seeking admission under various categories, especially those belonging to the reserved categories such as SC/ST/OBC/Specially Abled Person/DFF/NRI and the unreserved category candidates seeking admission under state domicile category, will be required to obtain the relevant and authentic certificates/documents from the competent authorities and produce the same at the time of admission in the concerned NLU.

Those candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU after the publication of the CLAT merit list and fail to complete the admission formalities as per the CLAT calendar will automatically lose their claim for admission and their entire amount of the counseling fee of Rs. 50,000/- will be forfeited. In case of a waitlist candidate failing to get a seat in any of the NLUs due to nonavailability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs. 50,000/- deposited by such candidates shall be refunded to them without deduction.


ADMISSION PROCEDURE FAQ

QUESTION 15.   Should I send the Application Form's printouts to the CLAT office (Chanakya National Law University) by post?
ANSWER-            NO, the applicant is not required to send the hard copy of the print out of his/her application to the CLAT office.
However, it is strongly advised that the applicant keeps a hard copy of his /her application for his/her own record and future communication with the CLAT Office if required.

QUESTION 16.  I have successfully filled up the Application Form, but now, can I change/correct the details as entered in the Application form?
ANSWER-         NO CHANGE can be made after the Application Form's Final Submission. However, if the time is still left for filling up the Online- Application Form, the applicant has to fill in a Fresh/New Application Form along with the prescribed fee. In such a case, the new ID will be generated by the system, and the fee paid for the previously filled Application form will not be refunded. Make note that the last application form shall be treated as Final.

QUESTION 17.   How will I receive my admit card?
ANSWER-          The eligible candidate has to download his/her Admit Card from the CLAT website (www.clat.ac.in) from 20th April. Please note that the Admit Card will not be sent via e-mail or by post, or by any other means to the candidate. They must carry proof of their identity (issued by GOI or state government) such as identity card, Aadhar Card, voter identity card, driving license, passport, etc., to the examination venue.

QUESTION 18.    If I received a Blank/Zero Registration Number after submitting the Application Form, what should I do?
ANSWER-            It means that the Application Form has not been submitted successfully, and you are required to apply afresh.

QUESTION 19.    What details should I retain after completing the successful submission of my Application Form?
ANSWER-            The candidate must retain the:

    The hard copy of the Filled-in form.
    Fee receipt Detail.
    Auto-generated ID and Password.


QUESTION 20.    Can a candidate apply for CLAT offline?
ANSWER -           NO, a candidate can only apply through the Online mode.

QUESTION 21.    How will I recover my lost password through which I had registered myself and had submitted an online Application for CLAT?
ANSWER-            You are required to click on the ‘forgot password’ button and follow the directions to ‘recover/reset your password.’

QUESTION 22.    How will I recover my login ID?
ANSWER-            Please note that your e-mail ID is your login ID.

QUESTION 23.   What is the procedure to make the payment online?
ANSWER -          The candidate will be able to make the payment using his/her Net-Banking Account/Debit /Credit Cards or other payment options available on the payment gateway of the CLAT online application form. The charges may vary depending on the payment option.
 
QUESTION 24.   How can I get previous years question papers?
ANSWER–          The Previous year’s Question Papers can be downloaded from the CLAT website on Rs' payment. The 400/-through online mode only(which is not included in the CLAT fee of Rs.4,000/-). The CLAT office will provide no hard copy.

QUESTION 25.    What is the procedure of allotment of Law Universities for admission?
ANSWER-            During the online submission of the application form, the candidates will be required to fill up all the 18 available choices of National Law Universities for the UG/PG course in order of their preferences. Seats shall be allotted on merit-cum-choice basis.

QUESTION 26.    Can the candidate change his/her choices of National Law Universities subsequently?
ANSWER-            NO, Choice once indicated and submitted shall be treated as final. However, in submitting multiple application forms, the last submitted form will be treated as final.

QUESTION 27.    Is there any seat available for NRI/NRI sponsored /Foreign National candidates?
ANSWER-            Yes. In some of the participating Law Universities, seats are available for NRIs/NRI sponsored/Foreign National. Candidates are advised to refer to the CLAT website for e-brochure and to visit the website of the respective NLUs.

QUESTION 28.    Is there any minimum cut-off score in CLAT Exam prescribed for admission?
ANSWER-            NO. There is no minimum cut-off score prescribed. Every candidate's candidature shall be considered in their respective category, in order of merit.

QUESTION 29.    Is there any Transfer of a student from one participating university to another participating university after their CLAT admission?
ANSWER-            NO, CLAT Rules do not provide for such transfers. Up-gradation to the University of Higher Choice is done only by the CLAT office during the admission process.

QUESTION 30.    What is the prescribed fee for the CLAT online application form?
ANSWER-            The prescribed fee is:

    For General / OBC / SAP and other category candidates: Rs.4000/-
    For SC/ST category candidates: Rs.3500/-

Please Note: The candidates will have to bear the bank transaction charges for remitting the fee online.

QUESTION 31.    What is the Counselling fee?
ANSWER–          Counselling fee is the payment (Rs.50, 000/-) made to the CLAT office by a candidate to show his/her seriousness/commitment in taking admission in any of the participating NLU(s). Counseling fee is not a separate fee. The adjustable advance is paid to the CLAT office, which subsequently gets adjusted at the admission fee from the fee payable to the respective University by a candidate.

QUESTION 32.     Can I get my counseling fee refunded if I don’t want to take admission?
ANSWER-             Please Note that:

    There shall be no refund of the counseling fee after the last date of withdrawal from the admission process, i.e., 21st June.
    The counseling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to 21st June will be refunded after deducting Rs.10,000/-.


QUESTION 33.    Is there any reservation available on a domicile basis in any law universities?
ANSWER-            YES. Some of the participating Law Universities have the provision of domicile based reservations for which the candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLUs Brochure available on their website and the CLAT website.

QUESTION 34.     Is there any reservation of seats in CLAT for the women candidates?
ANSWER-            YES. Some of the participating universities provide horizontal reservation for female candidates. Candidates are advised to refer to the respective NLU’s Brochure available on the CLAT website in this regard.

QUESTION 35.     Do the CLAT participating universities have common rules of reservation?
ANSWER-            NO. The CLAT participating universities are governed by their respective State Acts and follow the reservation policies/rules prescribed by their Acts/State Governments. The candidates are advised to look into the respective NLUs Brochure's detailed information on the CLAT website to know about the University wise specific reservations.

Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. The reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned State Government from time to time.

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