CLAT 2021 instructions released for exam day; check details here

The consortium has released exam-day instructions covering bell timings, code of conduct, allowed and barred items, and how to mark questions in the OMR sheet.

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shubham.bhakuni | Jul 22, 2021 - 6:35 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Consortium of National Law Universities has today released another series of exam-day instructions for candidates appearing in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) exam tomorrow, July 23, 2021. The CLAT 2021 exam day instructions include general guidelines for appearing in the exam and related to COVID-19 protocols.

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To download CLAT 2021 admit card - Click here.

Candidates may read the detailed instructions below.

  • Exam timings - CLAT will be held between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
  • Reporting time - 1 pm
  • Entry into the exam hall - Candidates will be allowed inside the exam hall only after 1:30 pm.
  • No entry will be allowed after 2:15 pm
  • No candidate will be allowed to leave the exam hall before 4 pm.

Bell timings - There will be separate bells to signal various stages of the exam


Type of bell


1:30 pm

Long bell

Entry of candidates inside the centre hall

1:50 pm

Short bell

Distribution of transparent sealed envelopes containing question booklets and OMR response sheets followed by the announcement of important instructions by the invigilators

2:00 pm

Long bell

Exam starts: Candidates can open the sealed envelope

2:15 pm

Short bell

After this, no candidate will be given entry

3:00 pm

Sort bell

Indicating one hour

3:50 pm

Short bell

Warning bell - Only ten minutes left remaining

4:00 pm

Long bell

Completion of the test, OMR sheets will be submitted after this

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Items that candidates can carry inside CLAT 2021 exam hall

  1. Blue/Black Ball Pen

  2. CLAT 2021 admit card

  3. Any Photo I.D. proof issued by the Government.

  4. Transparent Water Bottle

  5. Sanitiser, face shield, and hand gloves

The following items are not allowed

Candidates are not allowed to carry any electronic devices including mobile phones. However, analog wristwatches are allowed.

Security of personal items

The staff at the CLAT exam centre will not be responsible for any loss of property/gadgets of the candidates.

Pre-exam formalities - Admit card, signature, OMR sheet, question booklet

Candidates will have to put his/her signature on the admit card, question paper booklet and the OMR response sheet.

Check question booklet and OMR sheet carefully

  • Check that all the pages and questions in the question booklet are intact before the commencement of the exam. In case of any discrepancy, ask the invigilator for another set of question booklet and OMR response sheet.

  • Answer questions in the OMR sheet by fully darkening the circles. Partly darkened circles will not be considered for evaluation.

  • To darken the circles, use only a black or blue ballpoint pen.

  • Ensure you don’t crample or disfigure the answer sheet before submitting it to the invigilator after the completion of the test.

  • OMR sheets will be carbonized, so candidates can detach the carbon copy of the OMR response sheet and carry them home after the exam. This sheet will be useful while checking the answer key of CLAT 2021.

  • A second blank OMR sheet will not be given except in exceptional circumstances. The same will be approved by the invigilator.

  • Carrying the OMR sheet outside the examination hall will lead to the disqualification of the candidate and it will be treated as an offence.

  • Any kind of rough work has to be strictly done at the space given at the end of the CLAT question booklet.

  • No additional sheet will be given for rough work.

  • A negative marking of 0.25 will be applied for each incorrect answer

COVID protocol to be followed at CLAT 2021 exam centre

  • The candidate must arrive at the exam centre as per the reporting time to locate their seating place; they may consult the Seating Plan that will be displayed at the centre.

  • The security staff at the centre will check the temperature of each candidate with Thermal Guns. Any candidate whose temperature exceeds 99.14° F will be seated in a separate room and will not be allowed to leave the room until other candidates have left the exam premises.

  • Any candidate who has tested COVID-19 positive recently and is under medical surveillance or in isolation, he or she will not be allowed to take the CLAT 2021 exam.

  • The candidate needs to keep wearing a face mask at all times, carry hand sanitisers, and take all safety precautions. Do take care not to spill the sanitiser on the OMR sheet or question booklet.

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