CLAT counselling 2021 begins; Detailed process explained

CLAT counselling 2021: Candidates who received the invitation for counselling may now register and provide their preferences for national law universities.

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shubham.bhakuni | Aug 4, 2021 - 11:57 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Consortium of NLUs has begun the CLAT 2021 counselling today, on July 29, 2021. It has advised candidates to check their registered email ID, mobile number and CLAT 2021 account to know if they have been invited for CLAT counselling 2021.

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Candidates who have received the counselling invitation letter are further advised to register themselves for CLAT counselling by logging into the admission portal. The last date to register for CLAT counselling is July 30, 2021, till 12 am.

The consortium will not be responsible for the non-delivery of emails or SMS in regard to inviting letters. More details related to CLAT counselling will be uploaded soon at the official website -

CLAT 2021 counselling registration process

Candidates can register themselves for counselling in two steps as mentioned below.

STEP – 1 Update your NLU preferences

Candidates are advised to log in to their CLAT account and select at least 5 NLUs. The NLUs should be selected carefully as any request to change preference will not be considered after the closing date.

While giving their NLU preferences, candidates should consider all options including their marks and ranks in CLAT 2021.

Candidates will be considered for only those NLUs for which they have given their preference.

STEP – 2 Make online payment of Rs. 50,000

Candidates can submit their CLAT counselling fee payment by again logging in to the admission portal. After submitting the payment, candidates must wait till they see a payment successful message. It is strongly advised not to wait till the last minute to make payments. After the last date, no requests related to fee payment will be entertained.

First admission list of CLAT seat allotment (August 1, 2021)

Who will participate?

All candidates registered for counselling and have paid the registration fee before the end of the last date.

Shortlisted candidates will have three options

  1. Accept/Lock the seat and upload documents and pay the fee to the NLU

  2. Apply for upgrade and submit documents and pay the fee to the NLU

  3. Exit admission process

The admission process under the first allotment list will be conducted from August 1 to August 5, following which, the second round of seat allotment will be published.

Second round of seat allotment ( August 9)

Who will participate?

  1. Candidates registered for counselling

  2. Those who applied for upgradation in the previous list

Such candidates will again have three options as available after the first round of seat allotment. The admission process under this round will be conducted from August 9 to August 10, 2021.

After the second round of seat allotment, the consortium will publish the third, fourth and fifth allotment lists by following a common process. The third list will be released on August 13, 2021, while the fourth round of lists will be released on August 17, 2021.

The fifth round, which will be the last round of allotment will be released on August 22, 2021. Being the last allotment list, there will not be any upgrade option. Candidates will either accept or reject the allotment offered by the consortium.

The seat allotments are provisional in nature, so candidates after accepting the seats, must complete the admission process by visiting the allotted NLU.

Admission process after accepting the allotted seat or opting for upgradation

  1. Documents to be uploaded on the website of consortium

  • Class 10 or equivalent marks statement
  • Class 12 or equivalent marks statement
  • Marks Statements of LL.B. / B.L. or equivalent Degree ( Only for LLM candidates)
  • CLAT Admit Card
  • Character Certificate
  • Transfer/Migration Certificate
  • Caste Certificate (SC/ST/OBC etc. if applicable)
  • PWD Certificate (If applicable)
  • Domicile/Residence Certificate (If allotted seat under domicile/resident category)
  • Any other supporting document to claim your seat for the category you have applied (Ex: Wards of Serving/Retired Defence Personnel, EWS certificate, Sons/daughters of Ex-servicemen/Defence service personnel etc.)
  1. Payment of fee at the allotted NLU

Candidates will have to submit their first-semester fee or 50% of the annual fee after deducting Rs. 50,000 to the allotted NLU. The Rs. 50,000 deduction is the adjustment of the counselling registration fee paid earlier by the candidates.

For submitting the course fees, candidates are advised to visit the official website of the allotted NLU and complete the formalities of fee payment and admission.

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