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This article is written by Vanya Verma from O.P. Jindal Global University. This article focuses on how to get into public sector undertaking (PSU) through CLAT PG exam.


There are several benefits of taking the CLAT PG exam. One of them, of course, is the opportunity to attend one of the country’s top law schools, the NLUs. However, there are even more reasons to take CLAT PG 2021 if you are a 3-year or 5-year LLB graduate. It’s because CLAT is used by several of the top public sector undertakings (PSUs) to recruit students.

What are Public Sector Undertakings

A Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) is a commercial corporation in which the Union Government, a state or territorial government, or both control majority shares (minimum 51 percent). In a few cases, the Union and the state governments may each own majority shares of the PSU. These massive corporations necessitate tens of thousands of staff, including a formidable legal team.

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PSU recruitment for legal advisors through the CLAT PG exam

PSUs are commercial enterprises with tens of thousands of employees and a diverse range of economic interests across the country. A competent legal staff, as well as capable administrators and other professionals from diverse fields, is required to govern such a large organisation worth crores of rupees. Members of these PSUs’ legal teams are recruited based on their CLAT 2021 merit rank; shortlisted candidates may additionally be subjected to personal interviews as part of the selection process. CLAT is used by PSUs to recruit Law Officers, Legal Advisors, and Legal Executives. For PSU selection, only the current year’s CLAT LLM score is accepted.

According to the present trend, approximately six public sector organisations (PSUs) express interest in hiring persons based on CLAT scores each year. Legal advisor posts are advertised by PSUs, and CLAT results are used to choose candidates for these positions. Here’s how public-sector utilities operate:

  1. Candidates must apply for open vacancies in each PSU separately, following which the organisations will release their merit list based on CLAT LLM exam scores.
  2. Candidates in the top 50 are usually contacted. So, stay alert; getting an NLU is simple, but getting a call letter from a PSU is difficult.
  3. Each PSU will have its unique qualifying standards; candidates should read each PSUs notification to learn about the prerequisites that must be met before applying for legal adviser positions. (Some PSUs require experience, while others do not.)
  4. The CLAT selection process for executive legal trainees in PSUs will be based on the test takers’ scores.
  5. Candidates will be invited in for subsequent selection phases, which include an interview and a group discussion procedure, based on their CLAT scores. Furthermore, candidates should be aware that while some PSUs accept last year’s CLAT score, others may not; as a result, candidates should examine each PSUs selection procedure.

Eligibility criteria of PSU recruitment through CLAT PG

Before applying for the PSU recruitment through CLAT, the candidate must ensure that they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria. It’s worth noting that each PSU may have its own set of eligibility requirements that the candidate must meet. The basic qualification for qualifying for PSU is as follows:

  1. LLB degree; both 3-year and 5-year LLB graduates are eligible to apply.
  2. Candidates must clear the CLAT PG exam; candidates who have passed the CLAT PG exam in prior years may not be considered for selection.
  3. When applying for a PSU, a student must obtain the required minimum marks in CLAT PG: 55 percent for General/OBC; 50 percent for SC/ST.
  4. An applicant may also be required to score 60 percent or higher in order to be considered for specific PSUs. It differs from one PSU to the other.
  5. When it comes to applying to a PSU, the age limit differs from PSU to PSU.
  6. Predicting the minimum cutoff is difficult; nonetheless, it can be assumed that a candidate must score in the top 30 in PG to be considered for a PSU selection.

Types of PSUs hiring through CLAT 

PSUs in India can be classified into:

  1. Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs), 
  2. Public Sector Enterprises (PSEs), and 
  3. Public Sector Banks (PSBs). 

CPSEs are further categorised into ‘strategic’ and ‘non-strategic’ categories and are given the status of Maharatna, Navratna, and Miniratna.

  1. Maharatna

Companies with Maharatna status have an average annual turnover of Rs 20,000 crore in the previous three years and an average annual net worth or combined value of assets of Rs 10,000 crore.

  1. Navratna 

CPSEs with a Schedule ‘A’ and Miniratna Category 1 status are eligible for Navratna consideration. The designation allows the PSU to invest up to Rs 1,000 crore without seeking government approval.

  1. Miniratna

CPSEs that have consistently produced profits for the past three years and have a positive net worth are eligible to apply for Miniratna status.

Selection process for PSU recruitment

  1. Candidate shortlisting

In the first phase, the PSU will shortlist candidates based on their CLAT merit rank.

  1. Invitation to shortlisted candidates

Candidates will get interview invites; at the time of the interview, the candidate must present the interview call letter, as well as any other papers required, such as the CLAT score card 2021 and academic credentials.

  1. Interview

The mode of the interview (offline or online) will be communicated to the candidates prior to the interview. A group discussion (GD) may be included in the selection process.

List of PSUs recruiting through CLAT 

S.NoList of PSUs recruiting through CLAT 2020
1Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
2Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)
3Power Grid Corporation of India Limited
4Oil India Limited (OIL)
5Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)
6National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)

CLAT 2022 PSU recruitment dates

List of PSUsApplication OpensApplication Closes
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)1st week of April, 20221st week of May, 2022
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)3rd week of March, 20222nd week of April, 2022
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)To be notifiedTo be notified
Oil India Limited (OIL)2nd week of May 2022Last week of May 2022
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)2nd week of July, 20221st week of August, 2022
National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)2nd week of May 2022Last week of May 2022

PSU recruitment through CLAT eligibility company-wise

Company-wise eligibility criteria, pay scale, age limit and other requirements for PSU companies through CLAT are given below:


EligibilityThe candidates must have passed their bachelor/LLB approved by BCI
Age LimitUnreserved/ General: 30 yearsOBC: 33 yearsSC/ST: 35yearsPWD (Person with Disabilities): 40 years
PayscaleINR 24,000 – INR 60,000


EligibilityA graduate degree in LawMinimum 60 percent marks
Professional ExperienceA working experience of 3 years would be preferred
Age Limit30-40 years
PayscaleINR 60,000 – INR 1,80,000


EligibilityA graduate degree in Law with 60 percent or 55 percent for reserved category candidates
Age LimitSC – 35 years OBC/NCL – 33 years J & K Migrants– 35 years Ex-Serviceman (XSM) – 35 years
Professional Experience2 years of proven work experience in the law field
ReservationSC/ST/OBC/PwD posts are reserved as per the guidelines of Government of India
PayscaleINR 60,000 – INR 70,000


EligibilityA graduate degree in Law with 60 percent or 55 percent for reserved category candidates
Age LimitSC – 35 years OBC-NCL – 33 years PwD General – 40 years PwD OBC – 43 years PwD-SC – 45 years J & K Migrants (domiciled between 01.01.80 to 31.12.89) – 35 years Ex-Serviceman (XSM) – as per Govt. of India norms
Professional Experience2 years of proven work experience in the law field.
PayscaleINR 20,600 – INR 46,500


EligibilityCandidates must have passed their bachelor/LLB approved by BCI
Age LimitMaximum 29 years
PayscaleINR 24,900 – INR 50,500


EligibilityCandidates must have a graduate degree in Law along with minimum60 percent (General/OBC-NCL category) 55 percent (PwD candidates) 50 percent (SC/ST candidates)
Age limitMaximum 28 years
Relaxation in age LimitOBC (NCL) – 3 years SC/ST – 5 years PwD – 10 years over and above category relaxation (i.e. 10 years for a PwD candidate belonging to General category, 13 years for a PwD candidate belonging to OBC(NCL) category) J & K migrants/Ex-servicemen/Victims of Riots – As per Govt. of India Directives
ReservationReservations relaxations will be provided as per the Directives of Government of India


It’s never too late, start preparing for your CLAT PG exam to get a placement in PSU. Focus on the syllabus and follow strategies.


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