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CLAT Entrance Exam 2023: Dates, Eligibility, Application Form, Syllabus & Pattern, Cut off

CLAT Entrance Exam 2023:- The Consortium of NLUs will conduct the CLAT 2023 exam on Dec 18, 2023. In another major development, the consortium has also announced that it will conduct the CLAT 2023 exam on December 18, 2023. So, it will mark the first time the CLAT exam is being held twice in the same year. CLAT Exam 2023 and CLAT 2023 applicants will also rejoice at the fact that the counseling fee has been reduced for all categories - Rs. 30, 000 for General (down from Rs. 50,000) and Rs.20,000 for reserved categories.      

CLAT ENTRANCE EXAM 2023 Detail in Hindi

The consortium hasn't yet released the CLAT EXAM 2023 application form and CLAT 2023 application form dates, but it is likely that the CLAT application form 2023 will commence sometime in December. The CLAT exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode, include MCQs and will be of 2 hours duration. CLAT 2023 question paper will include questions from five topics - English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quants. CLAT 2023 exam scores will be used for admission to 5-year LLB and one-year LLM courses offered by the 22 participating NLUs. The application fee is Rs. 4000 for open and Rs. 3500 for SC/ST/BPL candidates. Interested candidates who meet the prescribed eligibility criteria must apply before the last date.       

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What is CLAT Exam?

The Common Law Admission Test, or CLAT, is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the Consortium of NLUs for admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programs offered by 22 participating NLUs. Currently, UG courses are offered by all the 22 NLUs, while PG courses are offered at 19 NLUs. The exam is conducted in offline mode; UG paper comprises 150 MCQs from five subjects like Current Affairs, English, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.   

Note that NLU Delhi is the only NLU that doesn't accept CLAT scores; it conducts its own entrance exam, AILET.

Apart from the NLUs, which tend to be the first choice of candidates:

  1. There are 61 other private affiliate colleges that accept CLAT exam scores. 
  2. Some public organizations such as ONGC and BHEL also use CLAT-PG scores for recruitment.

CLAT Exam 2023 Highlights and Key Statistics

The table below indicates some key highlights of the CLAT exam important for candidates to know.  



Exam name

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Conducting body

Consortium of NLUs (aka the CLAT Consortium)

Exam frequency

Twice a year

- CLAT 2023 will be conducted on July 1, 2023

- CLAT 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2023

Exam purpose

Admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered by 22 participating NLUs 

Exam fee

Rs 4,000 (General category) and Rs 3,500 (Reserved category)

Exam mode

Pen-and-paper exam

Exam duration

2 hours

CLAT syllabus

UG courses

  • Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques

PG courses

  • Law subjects such as Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Torts, Criminal Law, etc.

Number of applications

70,277 (2021)  

Number of test-takers

62,106 (2021)

Number of seats

UG courses - 3,012  

PG courses - 997

Number of test cities



Candidates will be shortlisted for counseling based on their CLAT 2023 (or CLAT 2023) merit ranks.

- Typically, candidates five times the number of available seats are invited for counseling.

Accepting colleges

There are 22 members NLUs of the consortium that accepts CLAT scores for admission to 5-year LLB and LLM courses.

  • In addition, there are 61 affiliates, which are private universities, that have signed MOUs with the consortium to use CLAT scores.  

Exam helpdesk number 


Official website

CLAT Entrance Exam 2023 Dates and Events

CLAT Entrance Exam will be held on May 8. Further, CLAT 2023 exam dates also announced and will be held on December 18; so we have two CLAT in 2023. Refer to the table below to stay updated with CLAT 2023 and CLAT 2023 exam dates.


CLAT 2023

Release of admission notification 

November 14, 2023

Online registration starts

1st week of January 2023 (Tentative)

Release of CLAT admit cards

4th week of April 2023

CLAT exam

May 8, 2023 (Announced)

Official CLAT answer key releases

To be notified

Window to raise objections

To be notified

Release of final answer key

To be notified

Declaration of results 

To be notified

Commencement of counseling

To be notified

CLAT Entrance Exam Eligibility 2023

The consortium will release the updated eligibility criteria of CLAT Exam 2023 for admission to 5-year LLB and LLM courses on its official website. These criteria will include parameters like academic qualification, minimum marks, age limit, etc. 

Course-wise CLAT Exam eligibility criteria:


UG programme

PG programme

Qualifying exam

The candidate must have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam

The candidate must have passed 5-year integrated or 3-year LLB exam.

Minimum marks

General - 45%

SC/ST - 40%

General - 50%

SC/ST - 45%

Age limit

No upper age limit has been prescribed for UG courses.

There is no upper age limit for admission to PG courses.

CLAT Exam Registration 2023

The NLU Consortium will release CLAT Exam application form 2023 tentatively in the 1st week of January, 2023. The CLAT application form will be available in online mode only at To register for CLAT Exam 2023, you need to have a valid email ID and phone number. Upon registration, you can fill the various fields in the form like applicant details, upload documents, select the exam center, and pay the application fee. 

How to fill the CLAT 2023 application form

  • Registration - Go to the consortium website and click on the "Register" button. In the form that opens, enter your mobile number and email id
  • Fill the form - There will be different fields like personal information, communication details, qualifying examination status, preferences (exam center and NLU), and reservation. You need to duly fill all the fields.   
  • Pay the application fee - In the penultimate step, you need to pay the application fee, which is category-specific, in online mode using credit or debit cards, or net banking.
  • Submit the form - Before submitting the form, ensure that it is complete in all respects. 

CLAT Exam application fee 2023


CLAT Application Fee (in Rs)





CLAT previous years' question papers fee


CLAT Exam Pattern 2023

The consortium will release the CLAT exam pattern for the admission batch 2023 at its official website - The exam pattern would highlight details like the format of the CLAT 2023 exam, types of questions asked, marking scheme, and topics one needs to prepare for the exam. To prepare for CLAT 2023 exam, you need to carefully go through the syllabus and align your preparation accordingly. A snapshot of CLAT exam pattern 2023 for both the UG and PG is given below.

CLAT 2023 exam pattern - Mode, Topics, Marking Scheme, Number of Questions


UG program

PG program


2 hours

2 hours


Offline mode

Offline mode

Type of Questions

Objective-type, comprehension-based questions

Objective-type, comprehension-based questions

Number of Questions




  1. English Language
  2. Current Affairs, including GK
  3. Legal Reasoning
  4. Logical Reasoning
  5. Quantitative Techniques
  1. Constitutional Law
  2. Other Law Subjects, including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.

Total Marks

150 marks


Marking scheme

+1 mark for a correct answer. 

-0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer. 

+1 mark for a correct answer. 

-0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer. 

CLAT Exam Syllabus 2023

CLAT Exam syllabus 2023 will be prescribed by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) and include details like the subjects and subject-wise topics one needs to prepare for the pen-and-paper exam. Further, the CLAT Exam syllabus will help you:

  • Identify the important topics
  • Check the topic-wise distribution of marks or weightage carried by various topics.

The awareness of which topics are needed for CLAT Exam 2023, along with the knowledge of which topics are important and which aren't, would help you prepare more effectively and thereby zero in on scoring opportunities. In the table below, we bring you the subject-wise topics and the number of questions asked.

CLAT Exam Syllabus - Subjects, subject-wise, and total questions


Number of Questions


Weightage (%)

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge


35 - 39

23.33 - 26

English Language


28 - 32

18.66 - 21.33

Logical Reasoning


28 - 32

18.66 - 21.33

Quantitative Techniques


13 - 17

8.66 - 11.33

Legal Reasoning


35 - 39

23.33 - 26





Key takeaway from CLAT syllabus 2023

  • The Legal Reasoning and Current Affairs sections carries the maximum weightage. 
  • The 2nd most important sections are English and Logical Reasoning sections. 
  • The least important section is Quantitative techniques 
  • Finally, while the weightage varies between sections, you can't overlook any section if you want to get a good rank and secure a top-ranked NLU like NLSIU Bangalore.


In CLAT Exam LLM, questions are asked from Law subjects such as Constitutional Law, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence, and more. 

CLAT Exam Preparation Books 2023

While preparing for CLAT Books 2023, it is important for candidates to have a plan in mind. This is how candidates should plan their CLAT Exam preparation: 

  • Have a proper section-wise CLAT preparation strategy in place
  • Know CLAT exam pattern and thoroughly go through CLAT syllabus for UG courses
  • Pick the best CLAT books to study
  • The aim should be to score well in each section of CLAT question paper 2023
  • Focus on your time management skills and improving speed of answering questions on Quantitative Techniques  
  • Solve as many CLAT mock tests, sample papers and previous years' question papers as possible to know your strong and weak areas for the exam


National Law School of India University - [NLSIU], Bangalore
NALSAR University of Law - [NALSAR], Hyderabad
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences - [NUJS], Kolkata
National Law University - [NLU], Jodhpur
Gujarat National Law University - [GNLU], Gandhi Nagar
National Law Institute University - [NLIU], Bhopal
National University of Advanced Legal Studies - [NUALS], Ernakulam
Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh
Rajeev Gandhi College, Bhopal
KLE Society's Law College, Bangalore
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