CLAT Counselling 2019, NLU Fee, Schedule, Procedure

CLAT Counselling 2019: NLU Odisha will conduct the admission procedure to UG/PG programs at participating uniaersities via CLAT Centralised Online Counselling. The procedure will begin after the declaration of CLAT Result whichis expected to be will be declared on May 31, 2019 at the official website i.e.


CLAT Seat Allotment will be based on ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e. CLAT 2019 scores and the order of preference given at the time of registration. As per previous year trends, there will be a minimum of 3 rounds of counselling. Candidates have to deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seat during the admission procedure. Read on to know more about the counselling guidelines of CLAT 2019, schedule, procedure, fee, etc. 

The admission or counselling procedure consists of the following processes 

  • Online registration,
  • Making NLU choices,
  • Allotment of seats,
  • Fee payment and
  • Reporting to the institutes. 
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Highlights of CLAT Counselling

Conducting AuthorityCLAT Office
Mode of CounsellingOnline
Minimum EligibilityCLAT Rank and order of preference in CLAT Form
Total Participating Colleges19 NLUs and 45+ Private colleges
Total Seats3000 approx. (in NLUs)

CLAT 2019 Counselling Dates

Tabulated below is a tentative calendar of events for CLAT Counselling.

EventDate (tentative)
Declaration of Results and Issue of Merit ListMay 31, 2019
Publication of the first allotment listJune 10, 2019
Date for payment of counselling fee of INR 50,000June 10 – 14
Publication of the 2nd allotment list after payment of counselling feeJune 16, 2019
Date for payment of counselling fee (for the candidates appearing for the 1st time in 2nd provisional allotment list)June 17 – 19, 2019
Last date of withdrawal from the Admission ProcessJune 19, 2019
Publication of the 3rd allotment listJune 24, 2019
Payment of full feesJune 28 – 30, 2019
Date for completing formalities at allotted NLUJune 28 – 30, 2019
Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU July 4, 2019
Date of closure of admission process by the CLAT 2019 Office July 6, 2019

Note: There shall be no refund of counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process i.e., June 19, 2019. The counselling fee of those candidates who withdraw up to June 19, 2019, will be refunded after deducting INR 10,000.

Documents required for CLAT Counselling

Candidates having their names on the merit list should have the following documents at the time of CLAT Counselling:

  • CLAT 2019 Application Form
  • CLAT Admit Card 2019 – Download Now
  • CLAT Score Card
  • Class 10th Marks-sheet (Date of Birth proof)
  • Class 12th Marks-sheet (Academic Qualification/ Eligibility Criteria)
  • Caste Certificate (If applicable)
  • Specially-Abled Certificate (If applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (If applicable) 
  • Call Letter issued by CLAT authority
  • Current passport size photographs

Note: The documents should be scanned as per the specified standards.

CLAT Counselling Procedure

The stepwise procedure for final admissions to the 19 NLUs is as follows:

Step 1: Publication of 1st indicative list

  • The merit list to shortlist candidates for final admissions will be released on the official website of CLAT 2019.
  • It will be prepared on the merit-cum-preference basis.

Step 2: Counselling fee payment and option available to exercise by provisionally selected candidates

This step is further divided into sub-steps as given below:

  • In counselling process, participation is allowed to a specified number of candidates from various categories against an actual number of seats available with participating NLUs.
  • The requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 must be deposited by provisionally selected candidates.
  • Adjustable fee deposited with CLAT office will be transferred to the participating NLU in which candidate has taken admission after completion of admission process.
  • In case candidates fail to deposit the fee within a specified time frame, they will lose their right to consideration for admission under CLAT. Besides, their names will also be dropped from the merit list.
  • After payment of fee, candidates have to exercise any one of the options listed below:
    • Lock – Candidates choosing ‘Lock’ option confirms his/ her choice of the allotted NLU. Such candidate shall not be considered for further shifting to any other NLUs of his/ her higher choice in case of any vacancy arising thereafter at the subsequent stage during counselling process.
    • Upward Shifting – candidates choosing ‘Shifting’ option are considered against any vacancy arising in NLUs of his/ her higher choice via subsequent allotment list. There shall be upward shifting in order of candidates’ preferences provided in the application form. There shall be no downward shifting at any stage of the counselling procedure by CLAT 2019.
    • Withdrawal – there is an option to withdraw the fee as well in two ways. 
      • Option 1 – Failing to deposit the requisite fee
      • Option 2 – Choosing the option of withdrawal before final seat allotment list i.e. during the fourth round of CLAT Counselling. 

Step 3: Publication of 2nd list having the names of finalized candidates after payment of counselling fee and additional waitlisted candidates

  • A second list will be published by CLAT office of candidates who have paid counselling fee and reserved seat on participating NLUs.
  • In the second list, CLAT will also release a wait list of candidates selected provisionally against dropped out candidates, if any.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of INR 50,000 is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.
  • From the deposited counselling fee, there will be a deduction of a nominal amount of INR 10,000.
  • The entire amount of counselling fee will be forfeited in case of any withdrawal after a stipulated period.

Step 4: Publication of 3rd list allotting seats to candidates

  • A comprehensive third allotment list of candidates will be published by CLAT office. Candidates who paid their counselling fee and reserved their seat in the participating NLUs make this list.
  • This list will include candidates who have paid the counselling fee against the first and second indicative list.
  • With the third allotment list, A list of waitlisted candidates, who are provisionally selected against dropped out candidates, will also be released.
  • Within the prescribed time period as per CLAT calendar, the requisite counselling fee of is required to be paid and their seat is required to be reserved.

Step 5: Completion of admission formalities at the allotted NLUs

  • Candidates need to approach allotted NLU to deposit the balance amount towards admission and other fees.
  • Carry relevant certificates/documents in original issue issued by the competent authority in support of the various claims made by candidates
  • Respective universities check certificates in original at the time of admission.
  • No admission in participating NLUS will be allowed to candidates failing to produce required certificates/documents in original or meet the eligibility requirements.
  • After publication of CLAT merit list, the claim for admission and the entire amount of the counselling fee of INR 50,000 is forfeited to candidates who fail to report at the allotted NLU.

CheckCLAT 2019 Counselling Guidelines

CLAT 2019 Participating Institutes

Apart from NLUs, there are other institutes that accept CLAT score for admission to UG – PG Law Courses. The list of participating National Law Universities is as follows:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
  2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
  3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
  4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
  8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
  11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
  15. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
  16. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
  19. National Law University, Nagpur

Check CLAT Participating Colleges

The following institutions are having MoU with CLAT 2019 Office for using CLAT score for admission purposes:  

  1. Alliance University, Bangalore
  2. Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Asian Law College, Noida
  4. DIRD Holambi Khurd, Delhi
  5. Dr. K.N. Modi Unversity, Rajasthan
  6. Faculty of Law, Marwadi University, Rajkot
  7. Galgotias University, Uttar Pradesh
  8. Geeta Institute of Law, Panipat
  9. Gitam School of Law, Visakhapatnam
  10. Harlal School of Law, Greater Noida
  11. ICFAI University, Dehradun
  12. ICFAI University, Tripura
  13. IFIM Law College, Bangalore
  14. IIMT University, College of Law, Meerut
  15. IMS Unison University, Dehradun
  16. Indore Institute of Law, Indore
  17. Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
  18. Institute of Legal Studies and Research, GLA University, Mathura
  19. ISBR Law College, Bangalore 
  20. Jain University, Bangalore
  21. Jims Engineering Management Technical Campus (JEMTEC) School of Law, Greater Noida
  22. Kalinga University, Faculty of Law, Naya Raipur
  23. Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University 
  24. Lloyd Law College, Greater Noida
  25. Madhya Pradesh Dharamshastra National Law University, Jabalpur
  26. Maharishi University of Information Technology, Delhi NCR
  27. Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University, MJRP Academy of Law, Jaipur
  28. Manipal University, Jaipur
  29. Mewar Law Institute, Ghaziabad
  30. MSB Global Law Institute (Maharaja Surajmal Brij University), Bharatpur
  31. NIMT Vidhi Evam Kanoon Sansthan (NIMT Institute of Method and Law), Greater Noida
  32. NMIMS, Kirit P. Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
  33. PES University, Bangalore
  34. Raffles University, Neemrana, Rajasthan
  35. Renaissance Law College, Indore
  36. Reva University, Bangalore
  37. RNB Global University, Bikaner
  38. Sandip University, Nashik
  39. Shree Guru Gobind Singh Tricentenary (SGT) University, Gurugram
  40. Shri Vaishnav Institute of Law, Indore
  41. Siddhartha Law College, Dehradun
  42. SRM University, Haryana
  43. The NorthCap University, Gurgaon
  44. Unitedworld School of Law, Karnavati University, Gandhinagar
  45. Vivekananda Global University, Jaipur
  46. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

Basis of Allotment of Seats

The preference list of institutes is given in application form. It is mandatory for candidates to indicate their preferences along with the application form. Based on merit list and preference list, first seat allotment list of CLAT 2019 will be announced by counselling committee.

CLAT Centralized Counselling

CLAT 2019 counselling will be conducted by CLAT office through centralized counselling for taking admissions in participating institutions to undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • Candidates having their names on the first list need to deposit the counselling fee within a stipulated time.
  • After payment of the fee, the CLAT counselling committee will issue seats for the 2nd allotment.
  • In the second round of allotment, candidates get an option to lock, withdraw or upgrade their choice. 
  • In case a candidate doesn’t exercise any option, it will be assumed by default as an upgrade option.
  • Candidates having allotted seats as a result of the vacant seats arising out in the first round need to remit the prescribe counselling fee against the seat allotted to them.
  • After remittance of prescribed counselling fee within a specified time frame, counselling committee will declare a third allotment list of based on seat vacancy.
  • Those candidates to whom the seats have been allotted need to remit the prescribed counselling fee within a stipulated time frame.
  • In case of any failure to do so by a candidate, their seats will be transferred to next round of counselling as vacant ones.
  • Considering the seat vacancy after the third round of counselling, a fourth and final round of counselling is held.
  • In this round, there is no option to upgrade the seats. The category-wise list of wait-listing candidates will be issued by counselling committee after each round of seat allotment till the third round.
  • A complete refund will be made to candidates to whom seats have not been allotted due to non-availability of vacant seats in any of the rounds.
  • Candidates, to whom seats have been allotted, need to remit the balance fee and submit the original certificates to the respective NLU by reporting there. In case of non-report, the respective NLU will follow their own procedure to fill seats.

Withdrawal Procedure

If a candidate withdraws from admission process within a stipulated time, the amount after making certain deduction will be refunded to them by counselling committee.

CLAT Counselling Fee

CLAT Counselling Fee is required to be paid at different stages of allotment. The amount to be remitted as counselling fee is INR 50000.

Other Admission Related Formalities

The admission related formalities post-counselling procedure are as follows:

  • After counselling procedure, candidates need to report at the respective NLU.
  • The balance fee is required to be submitted by candidates.
  • The original certificates are required to be submitted at respective NLU.
  • NLU will follow their own procedure to fill the vacant seats in case of non-report by any candidate within the stipulated time.

CLAT Counselling – Tie Breaker

CLAT 2019 Tie-Breaking for UG: There is a procedure for tie-breaking if the scores of two candidates or more than two candidates are equal. It will be done on the basis of conditions mentioned below in the order of their applicability:

  • First, the tie will be decided on the basis of marks scored in the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2019. Candidate with better score will move ahead in the merit list
  • In case the tie is not decided on the basis of the first condition then the candidate with higher age will be placed higher on the merit list
  • If both the above-mentioned conditions are not successful in breaking the tie then the decision will be made on the basis of computerized draw

CLAT 2019 Tie-Breaking for PG: CLAT committee will follow a tie-breaking process to decide merit list in case the scores of two or more than two participants are equal. The tie will be decided on the basis of following criterion in order of applicability:

  • The tie will be first decided on the basis of age. Older in age will be ranked higher on the merit list
  • In case, the tie is not decided by age criterion then the computerized draw will be used to break the tie.

CLAT Counselling FAQs

Ques. Will there be any waiting list for CLAT Counselling?
Ans. A list of waitlisted candidates will also be issued along with the Provisional Allotment List, from the first 2500 candidates who had undertaken the counseling after remitting the fees. The comprehensive list will be prepared by picking up candidates proportionately from various categories such as General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD/DFF/NRI etc. both from the All India and State (Domicile) category of candidates.

Ques. If a student does not take/fails to take admission to an NLU, will the initial registration fee be refunded?

Ans. After depositing the required amount of fees and taking part in the counseling session with the CLAT office by the stipulated date, if the waitlisted candidates fail to get a seat/does not take a seat in any of the Universities due to non-availability of vacancy, the entire amount of Rs.1,00,000/- deposited by such candidates will be refunded to them without any deduction.

Ques. Will there be any subsequent merit lists after the first allotment list is published for CLAT?

Those candidates who fail to report to the Universities and complete the admission formalities within a stipulated date will forfeit their claim for admission and their seats will be filled-up by the University by following its own procedure and not by the CLAT Office. The respective Universities will be reporting the details of admission to the CLAT Office including the number of vacancies that might remain due to non-reporting of the candidates allotted under the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Actual Allotment List. This would help the CLAT Office make the declaration of the final allotment.

Ques. What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2019?

Ans. There is no such minimum cut off score/ sectional cut off score to qualify CLAT. However, admissions to NLUs will be offered based on candidates’ performance in the law entrance examination, in the order of merit. Check CLAT Cut Off

Ques. What is CLAT counseling fee?

Ans. Candidates will have to deposit a counseling fee of INR 50,000 at the CLAT office. The counseling fee is not a separate fee but will be adjusted in the admission fees at the time of admission in the allotted NLU.

Ques. Will I be refunded the CLAT counseling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?

Ans. Candidates must note that there shall be no refund of counseling fee after the last date of withdrawal from admission process. Those candidates who have withdrawn their seats up to a defined date will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000 from the CLAT counseling fee.

Ques. Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?

Ans. No, once a candidate has indicated and submitted his/ her choices of NLUs, it’ll be treated as final. However, in case of multiple applications for CLAT, the last submitted form will be treated as final.

Ques. Is there any seat available for NRI/ NRI sponsored/ foreign national candidates?

Ans. Yes, some of the NLUs offer seats to BRI/ NRO sponsored/ foreign national candidates. Candidates need to go through the official website to know more about NRI seats.

Ques. How will I know which National Law University is allotted to me?

Ans. There are two ways to check it – 

  • Visit the official website and check the allotment list and see whether your name is mentioned or not.
  • Log in to your CLAT account to check the status of your allotment. 

Ques. How will CLAT counselling session be conducted?

Ans. CLAT counselling will be done via online centralized system under the authority of CLAT office. No individual NLUs will not be conducting the counselling sessions.

Ques. I am unable to deposit my CLAT counselling fee. What should I do?

Ans. If you fail to deposit the requisite fee before the last date specified, you will lose the right to be considered for admission into the NLU for that year.

Ques. Can I change my preferences once CLAT counselling session begins?

Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to change their preferences once the CLAT results are out and Counselling is in progress. In case, you’re allotted your 2nd preference NLU during a counselling session and in the subsequent session a seat opens up in a higher preference NLU of your choice (for whatever reason), you will be allowed to ‘Upward Shift’ to that seat. You will only be allowed to shift to a higher preference NLU of your choice. No downgrading will be possible.

Ques. What is Upward Shifting in CLAT Counselling?

Ans. When a candidate opts for upward ‘Shifting’, her/his candidature at a higher NLUs preference will be considered if the vacancy arises and he/she is in the Merit List of the higher preference NLU.   

Ques. Is there any reservation under State Domicile Quota?

Ans. Yes, some NLUs have reserved seats for candidates belonging to their state. This is called as State Domicile Quota. Candidates will have to provide proof of domiciled status by producing relevant DFF documents. Check CLAT Reservation

Ques. What does ‘Lock’ option mean during the seat allotment round?

Ans. If a candidate is satisfied with her/his allotted NLU during first/second/third Allotment list, he has the option of ‘Locking’ his seat. When a candidate exercises his/her lock option, it means she/he is happy with the NLU that has been allotted to him/her and will not be allowed to shift/change to a higher preference NLU, even if a vacancy arises.

Ques. What if I forget to use the ‘Lock’ option?

Ans. In case a candidate’s forgets to/or is unable to lock, her/his default choice will be locked. The default choice will be based on her/his All India Rank and if there is a vacancy in his choice of NLUs. 

Ques. Do individual NLUs conduct CLAT counselling and seat allotment?

Ans. No, CLAT counselling is conducted by the CLAT office on behalf of the 19 NLUs. Counselling sessions are done online through a centralized system.

Ques. I have been waitlisted. What should I do?

Ans. Each Seat Allotment List will have two categories (Selected Candidates and Waitlisted Candidates), first will be those who have provisionally been granted admission and the second will have the waitlisted candidates. If vacancies arise due to some students dropping out in the subsequent Seat Allotment List, then highest ranked waitlisted candidates will be provisionally given admission.