CLAT : Application Form

After the official notification, what's the next thing Consortium publishes? Yes, it is the CLAT Application Form.

The registrations for both the CLAT-UG and CLAT-PG will beging once the Notification published by the Consortium.

Coming down to the context of this article, we shall simplify the application process for you by giving you clarity on how to fill the form correctly (to be precise).

The common mistakes that one makes while filling the CLAT Application form are enlisted below:

Filling the name incorrectly. It is mentioned to fill the full name as per the Class 12th or Class 10th certificate. Don't miss out on the middle name (if given in the certificate).

Mention the correct category especially in the case of NRI or NRI Sponsored category. You can claim a seat in a better college with this choice if you really have some NRI relative ready to pay for your education at an NLU.

Ignoring the test center preference list by just mentioning the hometown in the first preference. You must make sure the other 2 preferences are closer to your hometown for minimum traveling in case don't get the exam center as per your first choice.

Missing the state-specific reservation you're eligible for. In the hurry to fill the form, we miss out on checking the category reservations we can claim at the college from our state. For example, if I belong to Kolkata, I am eligible to claim seat reservations at WBNUJS, Kolkata. (Check carefully before filling the "Reservation" Tab)

Note: We've highlighted the above points to make sure there isn't any scope of anxiety or cancellation of candidature on behalf of such mere information.

CLAT Application Form Dates

The registration window inviting applications for CLAT session. For more details on the application related important events and details, refer to the table below:



Registrations on the official website begin from


CLAT Registration process ends on


Form Correction window opens from

To be Notified

How to Fill CLAT Application Form ?

This one might not sound so obvious, but this is a common query that students post about. It isn’t about filling the form, but it is undoubtedly about filling it correctly.

The first and foremost is being wholly assured that you meet all the eligibility criteria set by Consortium.

Who’d want a form rejection just because of a small mistake that one could avoid? So here is a brief of how to fill the form (from start to end):

1. The initial step is registration. The online window to register for the exam appears after clicking on the "CLAT" button on the right corner of the official website.

2. The commonly asked registration fields for email ID, Phone Number, and Password shall appear on the screen.

3. A few general instructions and the choice for UG or PG shall appear. Of course, you will have to go for UG/LLB (5-year programme).

4. You then have to enter communication details, qualification details, exam center preferences, NLU preferences, and reservations.

5. Don't worry if you are still in your 12th standard; you can mention the scores as per your pre-board marks. A variation in this number won't lead to the cancellation of candidature.

6. The choice of NLUs and a reservation check is the most crucial step. You must carefully check the category reservation you can claim while filling the form.

7. You can preview the final form or save it as a draft before final submission.

8. The final step is fee payment, which can be done online or offline as per your choice. Keep the receipt for your reference to avoid any discrepancies in the future.

9. For NRI or NRI Sponsored category candidates, you have to carefully see if your preferred NLU has any reservation for your category or not.

10.Try not to fill your category as NRI Sponsored since the fee amount is doubled or quadrupled at institutions for this category. Avoid paying extra if you can spend less and still study at a good college.

CLAT Application Fee

You can pay the CLAT Registration Form Fee via Online or Offline mode. The Online method includes Credit/Debit/Net Banking, whereas the offline mode is e-challan.

The CLAT Online Application Form fee varies from category to category. You have to pay a fee of INR 500 to download the previous year's CLAT question papers.

The following table has the application fee details for all the categories:



Fee (INR)

SC/ST/ BPL candidates


General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI candidates


Question Paper Fee (if opted)


Online-Mode Payment Details

You can pay the application fee with the use of a Debit/ Credit Card/Net Banking. Bank Transaction Charges shall differ depending on the payment option you have chosen.

♦ Card mode: Select the card type-Debit or Credit Card. Then enter the Debit/Credit Card details, including card number, expiry date, and CVV number.

♦ Net Banking Mode: Select the preferred bank from which you want to make the payment, enter the Net Banking User ID & Password and make the transaction online

Offline Payment Mode (E-Challan)

• Offline payment requires an e-challan generation followed by cash payment at the bank.

• You have to take a hard copy of a blank challan to the concerned bank.

• The Cheques, DDs, or other instruments/modes of payment won't be accepted.

• PDF format of an e-challan is available, and it is the only acceptable format for offline or cash payment for CLAT.

Overhead charges for online or offline payment

Those filling in the CLAT apply Online Form are meant to bear extra charges when making the payment through online or offline mode.

You can check the related information in the table below:

Bank Charges Details

Transaction charges on Credit card


Transaction charges on Debit card


Transaction charges on Net Banking

INR 5 for all banks

INR 0 for HDFC Bank

Transaction charges on Diner cards


Transaction charges for offline (challan) payment



Prerequisites for CLAT Registration

You must check the below-mentioned documents required to upload while completing the CLAT Online Form.

1. Class 10th and 12th mark sheets

2. ID and address proof with proper details mentioned (Aadhar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card)

3. Residential address for communication

4. Personal mobile number

5. An official Email ID. The Consortium will send necessary communications to this email.

6. Passport-size photograph with a plain background

7. Signature of the candidate

8. Category certificate if a candidate belongs to SC/ST/OBC category

9. Relevant PWD certificate issued by the competent authority (if applicable)

10. Relevant BPL certificate issued by the competent authority (if applicable)

CLAT Application Form Correction & Status

- As per the references from the last year, it is impossible to make any changes to the CLAT application form after the final submission.

- If you submit any wrong information in the form, you have to apply for a new application with a re-payment of the fee.

- You won't get any refund for previously submitted applications.

- To avoid rejection of the application form, upload all the prerequisite documents in the clarified format.

You can check the status of your application to know whether your application is pending or has been submitted before making a payment for CLAT Registration Form.

Application form status is subject to availability before the release of admit card, or if the hall ticket is issued to you, it indicates that the application is accepted.

How to Recover Password ?

Those who forgot the password can recover it by following the simple steps provided below.

1. Visit the official website

2. Click on the 'Login' window and look for the 'Forgot Password' tab

3. Click on the 'Forgot Password' tab and enter the valid registration number

4. Click on the "Request OTP' tab

5. Enter the one time password received on your mobile

6. Generate new password

7. Login to the account by using the new password

General Instructions for CLAT Registration

There are some important instructions that you should follow regarding the CLAT Registration Process.

1. The applications have to be submitted online only from the official website.

2. Your name and parents' names should be identical to those mentioned in your mark sheet.

3. Any wrong information provided in the application form can cause form-cancellation.

4. A change to information procured in the application form is not liable. Note that information such as category, NLU preference, or exam center preference list is non-editable after final submission.

5. You should read the general instructions carefully and provide correct and authentic information when filling the online form.

6. You shall fill your preference order for all 24 NLUs at the time of the online application itself. Any changes would not be allowed in the preference after form submission.

CLAT : Helpdesk

In case of any discrepancies or issues in CLAT application form, candidates can contact the NLU consortium through the official helpline as mentioned below.

Email -

Contact number - 08047162020 (10:00 am to 05:00 pm on all working days)


Q. How to apply for CLAT Exam?

First, Candidates need to register on the CLAT official website in order to apply for the exam. The authority has made the registration process online. Interested candidates must enter the valid mobile number, Email-Id, and password of their choice to register for the exam.

Once you are done with the registration process, you will get OTP to your registered mobile number. You can use the OTP to activate your CLAT account.

Q. What are the specifications of the documents to be uploaded in the CLAT Online Application form?

The documents to be uploaded in the CLAT Application form should be as per the below specifications:

• photograph: 20 Kb to 50 Kb

• signature: 10 Kb to 20 Kb

• other certificates: 2 MB

Q. How to know whether my CLAT Application Form has been submitted?

You will receive a confirmation message on the window screen after the final submission of the application form. You will also get a confirmation message to your registered mobile number and mail ID.

Q. Can I fill the CLAT application form in offline mode?

The application form for CLAT available in online mode. The official website is created for the same purpose.

All candidates appearing for the exam must have hands-on using the technology since the exam itself is in online mode.

Only Application fee payment can be done in offline mode apart from online mode. No CLAT application form must be printed and submitted to the Consortium.

Q. What to do if I forgot the password for the CLAT login?

In case you forget the password for the CLAT login, you can recover it easily by clicking on the 'Forgot Password' link at the bottom of the login window. For recovering the password an OTP will be sent on your registered mobile number. You need to enter the OTP and click on the 'Reset Account' button to create a new password. You can use the same for future purposes.

Q. Do I need to submit the hard copy of the CLAT Application form to the consortium?

No need to submit the hard copy of the application form to the consortium. students have to fill the form in online mode. The documents to be uploaded and application fees shall also be paid online.

The final submission is also done in online mode. Thus, candidates do not have to post the printed copy of the application form to the authority.

Q. Do I need to submit the hard copy of the CLAT Application form to the consortium?

What can be the reasons for the rejection of the CLAT Online form?

The reasons for the rejection of the Application Form would be :

1. Incomplete application form

2. Non-payment of application fee

3. Unclear uploaded photos or documents

Q. Do I need to attest photo and signature before uploading them ?

No, you do not need to attest photos and signatures before uploading them. The application form will be filled only through online mode. Candidates are allowed to upload all the documents in the specified format only in online mode.