Frequently Asked Questions on CLAT Exams

How and when CLAT exam started?

Till 2007, each of the then existing National Law School conducted their own entrance examinations, often on patterns different from each other. This led to candidates spending thousands of rupees over buying multiple forms, travelling from one city to another (not every city had an examination centre for every national law school), besides spending money on buying multiple guides. Though it gave independence to each law school in preparing an entrance examination paper of their choice, it often ended up being unfair to a huge stratum of candidates, including those who wanted to take other (non-law) entrance examinations but had to sacrifice those examinations whose dates clashed with those of law entrance examinations.

This led to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) being filed against the existing system. Following the PIL, the Ministry of Human Resource Development put forward the proposal of a common admission test to National Law Schools - they accepted it. They decided that each year, one National Law School would conduct CLAT, on a rotation basis.

NLSIU, Bangalore conducted the first CLAT exam on May 11th, 2008, and seven National Law Schools accepted its result. Also, three other National Law Schools (CNLU, Patna, RMLNLU, Lucknow, and RGNUL, Patiala) agreed to use the CLAT scores in principle.

How many universities are participating in CLAT 2020 exam?

As of 2020, the number of National Law Schools accepting the CLAT scores has increased to 22 and a few private universities have also started accepting CLAT scores now.

Are private universities also accepting CLAT scores?

Yes. Presently about 50 private universities have signed a MOU with the Consortium of NLU to use the CLAT scores.

Keeping in mind the negative marking, what should be my strategy in the exams?

Remember that a negative marking of 0.25 marks per wrong question is not a gigantic one. It would take four wrong answers to negate the effect of one right answer. So, do not leave a lot of questions.

As a general rule, you should only leave those questions in which you have absolutely no idea about the right answer, and you cannot rule out any of the given options. This usually happens in General Knowledge questions.

In questions where you can rule out even one option as incorrect, attempt it. For obvious reasons, you then have a better chance of hitting the right answer in such questions, even with fluke.

Which is official website for CLAT exams?

The official website for CLAT exam is

Is CLAT exam online?

No, absolutely not. It is pen and paper based test.

What is precondition for me to register for CLAT exam?

You are first required to register yourself at the CLAT website by using personal mobile number and e-mail Id. Upon registration, an OTP will be sent to the given mobile number for validation. Once your mobile number is validated, you can login using your mobile number and the password you provided at the time of registration.

Which documents should I upload on CLAT website with online application?

Following documents must be uploaded in pdf format:

- Front facing passport size recent photograph with plain background

- Signature

- Category certificate if you are applying under SC/ST/OBC

- Relevant certificate issued by competent authority if you are applying if candidate is P.W.D

- Relevant certificate issued by competent authority if you are coming under BPL category

What is admission fee for CLAT 2020?

Application fee for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates is ₹ 4,000/- and application fee for SC/ST/BPL category candidates: ₹ 3,500/-. The fee must be paid in online mode only.

How to get my admit card for CLAT exam?

The Admit Card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by logging into your account. The exact date on which the hall tickets will be made available will be intimated on the CLAT  website.

What is the difference between AILET and CLAT?

Exam mode: The exam will be conducted in a pen-paper mode only in both CLAT and AILET exams.  

Exam timings: Timing for CLAT is 3 pm to 5 pm and that for AILET is 10 am to 11:30 am. 

Type of questions: Objective-type of question-based on Comprehensive passages of 450 words in each section in CLAT exam. However, in AILET only multiple choices based questions are asked. 

Total questions: 150 in both the exams. 

Negative Marking: Yes, in both the exams. There will be a deduction of 0.25 marks for each wrong attempt from the total score. 

Which is tougher – CLAT or AILET?

Before appearing for the law entrance exams, the aspirants want to know which one of is difficult to crack. If you compare the number of applicants per seat then definitely AILET is a tougher exam as compared to CLAT. It can be confirmed as under:

Approximately 59,000 candidates appear for 3283 seats of 22 NLUs 

Approximately 19,000 candidates appear for 180 seats at NLU Delhi

Thus, in CLAT approximately 17 candidates compete for a seat in at CLAT participating NLUs, whereas in AILET there are around 105 candidates compete for a seat at NLU, Delhi.

However, an important fact to consider is that the majority of the applicants apply for both AILET and CLAT exam. Since NLU Delhi is ranked among the top 5 NLUs of India which makes it tougher to get admission in. Whereas, the difficulty level of CLAT question paper and AILET questions paper can be understood by the fact that the latter exam has tougher questions in Legal Aptitude which is based on core law topics. Moreover, now the CLAT consortium has modified the test paper by increasing comprehensive type of questions, to make it easier for candidates.