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Update on: 06 Sep 2021 12:36:18 PM

The Consortium of NLUs has released CLAT 2021 counselling fourth seat allotment list for admission of candidates to the law universities and colleges. Know the complete CLAT 2021 Counselling Schedule, Fees, Centres and Process here.

CLAT counselling 2021 - CLAT 2021 third seat allotment list has been released at consortiumofnlus.ac.in on 16th August 2021 for both UG and PG level courses. The CLAT seat allotment list is important to check as it carries the candidate's name, AIR, and, reservation details.  Candidates can seek admission to any of the 22 Law Universities that accept only CLAT scores to offer admission. Candidates are advised to make the fee payments before August 18, 2021 (5pm) to book their seats.      

CLAT counselling is conducted for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law degree programs after the announcement of the result. The courses are offered by CLAT participating institutions which include NLUs, government, and private institutions. After a few days of the declaration of the written result, the authority releases the merit list in which candidates can check their names. Candidates whose names appear in the merit list are called for counselling.

CLAT 2021 – Schedule for Counselling Process

The CLAT 2021 counseling second seat allotment list has been released. Take a look at the CLAT 2021 timeline as shared by the exam conducting body:

Counselling Registration Process (By invitation to approximately
five times the number of seats in each category)
July 29-30, 2021 
Publication of First Allotment List and payment of the fee to the
respective NLUs 
August 1-5, 2021
Publication of Second Allotment List and payment of the fee to the
respective NLUs 
August 9th, 2021
Publication of Third List and payment of a fee to the respective NLUs  August 13th, 2021
Publication of Fourth Allotment List and payment of a fee to
respective NLUs 
August 16th, 2021
Publication of Fifth and Final List and payment of a fee to the
respective NLUs 
August 20-21, 2021


  • Declaration of result & releasing of merit list
  • Releasing of 1st seat allocation list - List has been released
  • Payment of counselling fee & exercising option
  • Releasing of 2nd seat allotment list - List has been released on 9th August 2021
  • Counselling fee payment & exercising options
  • Date for locking of allotted seats after exercising option for shifting or withdrawing from the admission process against the second allotment list
  • Last date of withdrawal from the Admission Process
  • Releasing of 3rd allotment list
  • Payment of full fees by the candidates whose names appear for the first time in the third allotment list to the allotted Universities
  • Receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) in the CLAT office
  • Closing of the admission process

Who can attend CLAT Counselling 2021

  • Test-takers of CLAT 2021 who are issued call letters need to attend the CLAT 2021 counselling. They will have to follow these steps:
  • Click on the link of CLAT 2021 counselling as given below
  • In the given space enter the registration id and password
  • After that click on ‘counselling’
  • An indicative seat allotment list will open
  • Candidates whose names feature in the allotment list released will be required to pay an amount as counselling fee (Rs. 50,000/-) The CLAT counselling fee can be paid via online mode through the CLAT log in. 
  • Exercise ‘Seat Lock’ option given against the allotted NLU
  • Then save a copy of the allotment list for future references.
  • To participate in CLAT 2021 counselling - Click here (Link will be activated by the first week of June 2021)

CLAT 2021 counselling Process – Overview

  • Publication of first admission list

CLAT authorities publish the first indicative list on merit-cum-preference basis online on the official website of the CLAT exam. The first indicative list is published university-wise.

  • Pay CLAT counselling Fee

Provisionally selected students have to deposit Rs 50,000 as counselling fee.

Candidates who are selected provisionally need to deposit the counselling fee and perform any of the below-mentioned activities:

  • Publication of second admission list

Once the admission process of candidates whose names feature in the first merit list is complete, the CLAT authorities publish a second list with names of aspirants who have paid the counselling fee and thereafter secured a seat in colleges accepting CLAT scores. The official website informs: “A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released in the second list that is provisionally selected against dropped out candidates if any”. It is further shared that, “The additional candidates are also required to pay the required counselling fee of INR 50,000 and reserve their seat within the prescribed time period as per the CLAT calendar”.

  • Publication of third admission list

This admission list consists of the names of aspirants who have paid their fee and thereafter reserved a seat in one of the NLUs.“The comprehensive list shall include the name of candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative lists. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released along with the third allotment list that is provisionally selected against dropped out candidates”, informs the official Common Law Admission Test 2021 (CLAT 2021) website.

  • Completing admission formalities

The official website states: “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”. 

Candidates should remember one important thing i.e. if any candidate who does not report to their allotted NLU after the CLAT 2021 merit list is published and further fails to complete the CLAT 2021 admission formalities will not be given admission on the basis of their CLAT score and their entire counselling fee (Rs 50, 000) would also be forfeited.

CLAT 2021 Counselling Process – Documentation Process

Those candidates who have secured their names on the merit list are supposed to bring the following documents with them.

  • CLAT Admit Card 2021 – Download Now
  • CLAT Score Card
  • Class 10th Marks-sheet (Date of Birth proof)
  • Class 12th Marks-sheet (Academic Qualification/ Eligibility Criteria)
  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • Call Letter issued by CLAT authority
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)
  • Specially-Abled Certificate (If applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (If applicable)
  • Current passport size photographs
  • CLAT 2021 Application Form

CLAT Counselling Process – Lock, Withdrawal and Upgrade of Seats


Any candidate who selects the 'lock' option at the time of CLAT 2021 counselling is considered to confirm his/her choice of NLU. Such an aspirant will not be considered for being shifted to any other NLU if a vacancy arises at any subsequent stage of counselling.


The candidates choosing ‘Upgrade’ option shall be considered against any vacancy arising in NLUs of his or her higher choice (upward shifting) via subsequent allotment list. There shall ONLY be upward shifting in the order of the candidates’ preferences provided in the application form depending on the availability of vacancies. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the counselling procedure by the CLAT 2021 office.


This option is accessible to the candidates in two ways (i) If any candidate attending counselling of CLAT 2021 fails to deposit the requisite amount of counselling fees, he/ she will lose the chance to get admission in NLUs of his/ her choice as his/ her name will be dropped from the admission merit list and this is the first way to withdraw an NLU seat, this can be done intentionally or can happen by mistake.

(ii) All the candidates who have been allotted NLUs will be offered a ‘Withdrawal’ option before the final seat allotment list, during the third round of counselling.

The candidates who wish to withdraw their candidature from the NLU admission process by the said date will be allowed to withdraw from the admissions and their deposited counselling fee will be transferred to their bank accounts after a deduction of Rs. 10,000 from deposited counselling fee.

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