Why is NLU Delhi not part of CLAT? – Check out the Reasons, Objectives, CLAT v/s AILET

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

Why is NLU Delhi not part of CLAT? Currently, India’s legal education is led by 23 National Law Universities (NLUs). National Law University Delhi (NLU Delhi), NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, and GNLU Gandhinagar are just a few notable names.

22 NLUs are on one side because they administer a Common Law Admission Test, whereas the NLU Delhi is on the other side since it administers its own All India Law Entrance Test (AILET).

So, what distinguishes NLU Delhi from other NLUs? And, despite being an NLU, why isn’t NLU Delhi a member of the CLAT Consortium? Let’s look at how NLU Delhi differs from other NLUs, as well as how AILET differs from CLAT.

Objectives of the establishment (National Law University Delhi)

The NLU Delhi Act, approved by the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in 2008, founded the institution. The university’s main goal is to develop and deliver socially relevant, comprehensive, and multidisciplinary legal education. The university works to raise community legal knowledge and attain political, social, and economic justice.

Why is NLU Delhi not part of CLAT

  • The reason behind NLU Delhi’s exclusion from CLAT is straightforward. For admissions to BA LLB, LLM, and Ph.D. programs, NLUD has its own AILET.

  • You may be asking why, although NLU Delhi is a National Law University, it does not recognize CLAT scores. When all other NLUs and many other legal schools in India adopt CLAT for admissions, the question becomes even more pressing.

  • Dr. Ranbir Singh, the founder of NLU Delhi and a key figure in the development of CLAT, told Bar and Bench in 2012 that;

  • One of the reasons was that [NLU Delhi] would be CLAT’s 13th law school. As a result, I would be the 13th pick when students filled out their choices.

  • The VC also highlighted administrative and financial concerns as reasons for NLUD’s exclusion from CLAT.

  • Today, NLUD is one of India’s most prestigious law schools, ranked #2 in the NIRF rating of law schools in 2020. Not only that, but NLU Delhi has been at the top for the previous three to four years.

Success of AILET

In the first year of AILET, NLU Delhi received just 4000 applications. However, the quantity of AILET applications has gradually climbed since then. More than 18,000 students took the AILET at NLU Delhi last year (2019). The success of AILET is also one of the reasons why NLU Delhi wants to carve out a niche in the minds of law students.


CLAT attracts around 65,000 applicants, whereas AILET attracts approximately 18,000 candidates. CLAT’s exam format has changed in 2019. It is now a comprehension-based test that assesses applicants’ reading and critical thinking abilities. AILET, on the other hand, is an objective type test that is used to assess applicants on a variety of topics. CLAT against AILET highlights is included here.

CLAT v AILET – Highlights




Conducting body

Consortium of NLUs

NLU Delhi

Test type

Comprehension based test with MCQs

Objective type test with MCQs

Total number of questions



Participating law schools

22 national law universities plus more than 50 law schools

NLU Delhi

Total number of seats

·       Approx. 2500 in UG CLAT

·       Approx. 724 in PG CLAT

·       110 seats in BA LLB

·       70 seats in LLM

Level of competition


High, but CLAT is considered a tougher exam than AILET

National Law University Delhi

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is managed by the National Law University, Delhi. Through this entrance, test Candidates are shortlisted for the admission into Five-year Law (B.A.LL.B.) (H) Course. This entrance test is India’s toughest entrance examination related to the legal fraternity and it is also the most densely competed law entrance examination in the sub-continent wherein 25,000 students compete for a meager sum of 123 seats. There are some other colleges also which accept the score of AILET for admission.

Other Participating Colleges based on AILET score

Name of College/University

Type of College/University

Courses Offered

Xavier Law School, Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB)


BA.LL.B (Hons.) 

BBA.LL.B (Hons.) 

Faculty of Law, SRM University, Sonepat


LL.B (Hons.)



ISME Law College, Bangalore



School of Law, The Northcap University, Gurugram




Ansal University, Gurgaon


LL.B (Hons.)



Check Here: AILET Test Series 2022

To help you out in your exam preparation, we suggest you take a free trial of CLAT 2022: A Comprehensive Course. Crack CLAT 2022 & Reach Your Dream NLU! So, why wait? 
CLAT 2022: A Comprehensive Preparation Course Batch 5
Start Free Trial Now!
Download the Byju’s Exam Prep App: 
The most comprehensive exam prep app. 
Join Law online coaching to crack CLAT, AILET, SLAT, BHU BLAT, Jamia BA LLB & MH CET Law exams. BYJU’S Exam Prep offers best Law online course which has video lectures, live doubt sessions, free mock tests, quizzes, PDFs and other preparation study material.
Our Apps Playstore
SSC and Bank
Other Exams
GradeStack Learning Pvt. Ltd.Windsor IT Park, Tower - A, 2nd Floor, Sector 125, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201303
Home Practice Test Series Premium