CLAT 2020 Counselling Process – Check Dates, Schedule, Fees, Centres

The CLAT 2020 conducting body will be conducting the process of CLAT counselling 2020 for admission of candidates to the law universities and colleges under its aegis. Know the complete CLAT 2020 Counselling Schedule, Fees, Centres and Process here.

Created On: Aug 11, 2020 09:25 IST
CLAT 2020 Counselling Process – Check Dates, Schedule, Fees, Centres
CLAT 2020 Counselling Process – Check Dates, Schedule, Fees, Centres

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 written result, the authority releases the merit list in which candidates can check their names. Candidates those names appear in the merit list are called for the counselling.

CLAT 2020 – Schedule for Counselling Process

The schedule for CLAT 2020 counselling has not been released as yet. However, based on the timeline of the previous year, a tentative schedule for CLAT 2020 counselling process has been provided below. 

  • Declaration of result & releasing of merit list
  • Releasing of 1st seat allocation list
  • Payment of counselling fee & exercising option
  • Releasing of 2nd seat allotment list
  • 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 name 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 admission process

Who will be attending counselling for CLAT 2020

  • Test-takers of CLAT 2020 who are issued call letters need to attend the CLAT 2020 counselling. They will have to follow these steps:
  • Click on the link of CLAT 2020 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 name feature in the allotment list released will be required to pay an amount as counselling fee
  • Exercise ‘Seat Lock’ option given against the allotted NLU
  • Then save a copy of the allotment list for future references.
  • To participate CLAT 2020 counselling - Click here (Link will be activated by the first week of June 2020)

CLAT 2020 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 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 are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, if any”. It is further shared that, “The additional candidates are also required to pay the requisite counselling fee of 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 list. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be released along with the third allotment list that are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates”, informs the official Common Law Admission Test 2020 (CLAT 2020) website.

  • Completing admission formalities

The official website states: “The candidates seeking admission under various categories specially 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 2020 merit list is published and further fails to complete the CLAT 2020 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 2020 Counselling Process – Documentation Process

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

  • CLAT Admit Card 2020 – 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 2020 Application Form

CLAT Counselling Process – Lock, Withdrawal and Upgrade of Seats


Any candidate who selects the 'lock' option at the time of CLAT 2020 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 2020 office.


This option is accessible to the candidates in two ways (i) If any candidate attending counselling of CLAT 2020 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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