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CLAT 2023- Exam Date, Pattern, Colleges, Eligibilty Criteria

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CLAT 2023 

The CLAT 2023 Exams are scheduled to begin on 18th December 2022, in offline mode. Usually, the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) is held in the first week of May every year, but CLAT 2023 will be held in December, way before the usual schedule. As the CLAT 2023 Exams are going to be held in December, they will avoid a clash with Board Exams which are usually held in May. Students, however, will have less time to prepare for the CLAT 2023 Exams as the exams are being held five months before the usual schedule. So, students should prepare for the exams accordingly. The candidates will have to pay admission fees at the time of submitting the CLAT 2023 Application form. The candidate has to pay Rs 4000 in case he/she is from the general category and Rs 3500 in case the candidate is from SC/ST Category.

CLAT 2023 Highlights

The Consortium of National Law Universities is ready to release the CLAT 2023 Application forms. The CLAT 2023 Application Form will be made available in August 2023. The CLAT 2023 Application Forms will be available on the official website of the Consortium of National Law Universities, www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Check brief information about CLAT 2023 given below in the table: 

Particulars Description
Exam Name Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Body conducting the Exam The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Exam Mode Offline  Mode
Total Number of Questions in the Exams 150 for UG CLAT, 120 for PG CLAT
Question type MCQs
Total Number of Seats CLAT-based seat Intake: 5-year integrated LLB program – 2538 seats

LLM program – 742 seats

NLUs taking part 22
Purpose of exam Admission to:

BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM

Official website consortiumofnlus.ac.in

CLAT 2023 Exam Dates

Events Dates
CLAT 2023 Application Forms Registration Date 8th August 2022
CLAT 2023 Application Forms Last Date 4th week of August 2022
CLAT 2023 Admit card Release Date 1st week of December 2022
CLAT 2023 Exam Date December 18, 2022 (Out)
CLAT 2023 Answer key 4th week of December 2023
Objection against CLAT 2023 Answer Key 4th week of December 2023
CLAT 2023 Result 4th week of January 2023
CLAT 2023 Counselling March 2023

CLAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

As the CLAT 2023 Exams are set to begin in December, so it is important for the students who want to appear for the CLAT 2023 to know the Eligibility Criteria. If the candidate fails to meet the Eligibility Criteria, they shall not be allowed to appear for the CLAT 2023 Exams. Interested Candidates need to fulfil the following criteria:

  • In case the candidate wants to appear for the CLAT UG 2023 Exams, they should have passed the Class 12 Examination or an equivalent Examination, scoring at least 45% aggregate marks ( 40% aggregate marks in case the candidate is SC/ST)
  • In case the candidate is studying in Class 12, exams which are going to be held in April/May 2023, then the CandidateCandidate will be eligible to appear for the CLAT 2023 Exams, but they have to fulfil the Minimum Marks criterion.

Another point that the Candidates should keep in mind is that if they are not eligible for admission in the Integrated LLB Programmes offered by the NLUs, then they shall not be considered eligible for the Examination even if they pass the examination.  

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern

The CLAT Exam covers a total of five subjects, namely, English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Math, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning. Students should have a good understanding of the CLAT 2023 Syllabus to prepare well for the upcoming CLAT 2023 Exams. A timely reference to the CLAT 2023 Syllabus will help the Candidates to know the important topics, expecting the type of questions to be asked and the books and other materials to refer to while preparing for the CLAT 2023 Exams.

Category UG program PG program
Duration 2 hours 2 hours
Mode Offline mode Offline mode
Type of Questions Objective-type, comprehension-based questions Objective-type, comprehension-based questions
Number of Questions 150 120
Sections
  • English Language
  • Current Affairs, including GK
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Constitutional Law
  • Other Law Subjects, including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.
Total Marks 150 marks 120
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 2023 Number of Questions expected to be asked from each subject

Subjects Number of Questions expected 
English Language 28-32 questions
Current Affairs, and  General Knowledge 35-39 questions
Legal Reasoning 35-39 questions
Logical Reasoning 28-32 questions
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 question

CLAT 2023 Syllabus

Check Here full CLAT Syllabus 2023 

Subject Topics Covered
English Passages, Reading, Comprehension, Inference and Conclusion, Summary, Vocabulary etc.
Current Affairs Contemporary Events of National and International Significance, Art and Culture, International Affairs, Historical Events of significance
Legal Reasoning Rules and Passages of Law, Application of the rules and passages, etc.
Logical Reasoning Argument – Premise and Conclusion, Inference, Relationships and Analogies, Contradictions and Equivalence, etc.
Quantitative Techniques Basic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, Ratio and Proportion etc.

CLAT 2023 Important Tips

Let us now discuss the various important preparation tips which will be helpful for the Candidates who are going to appear for the CLAT 2023 Exams.

Preparation Tips for Legal Aptitude

Legal Aptitude is expected to have a weightage of 25% in the CLAT 2023 Exam. Generally, around 35 questions are expected from this subject. Legal Aptitude happens to be one of the most important topics. It is advised that the students should work on their Fundamentals in this part. The Legal Aptitude is divided into two parts Legal Current Affairs and Legal Concept and Terminology.

Preparation Tips for Current Affairs and General Knowledge

In the CLAT 2023 Exams, the Current Affairs and General Knowledge have a weightage of 25%, and it is expected that in the CLAT 2023 Exams, more than 35 Questions will be asked about this subject. Current Affairs and General Knowledge will test the Candidate’s knowledge of ongoing affairs in the Country and the World. The questions will be asked in the Comprehensive Manner, the student will have to read them before answering them. The main focus will be to test the Candidate’s knowledge of Current Affairs and General Know, which is important for any Law Aspirant. Some questions can be answered by referring to the Comprehension itself, while some of the Questions will challenge the Candidate’s conceptual understanding.

Preparation Tips for English

The English Section has a weightage of approximately 20%, and it is expected that the CLAT 2023 Paper will have around 30 questions from this paper. The English paper will test the Students reading as well as analytical and grammar skills. Questions are expected to be asked from the paragraphs. It is advisable for the Candidates to read the newspapers daily and grammar books to develop their grammar and reading skills. To prepare better for the Exams, students can practice and solve some sample papers to be more confident about appearing. 

CLAT 2023 Colleges

CLAT 2023 Participating Colleges
National Law School of India University National University of Study and Research in Law
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research National Law University and Judicial Academy
National Law Institute University Tamil Nadu National Law School
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
National Law University Jodhpur Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Hidayatullah National Law University Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
Gujarat National Law University Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law National University of Advanced Legal Studies
Chanakya National Law University National Law University Odisha

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CLAT 2023- FAQs

Q1. When will the CLAT 2023 Exam be held?

The CLAT 2023 Exams will be held from the 18th of December, 2022. Normally the CLAT Exams are held in May, but CLAT 2023 is set to be held in December.

Q2. When will the Consortium of National Law Universities release the CLAT 2023 Application Forms?

The Consortium of National Law Universities will release the Application Forms for the CLAT 2023 Exams in August. The CLAT 2023 Application form will be available on the official website, www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in.

Q3. Who will be eligible to appear for the CLAT 2023 Exams?

To appear for the CLAT UG 2023 Exams, the candidate should have cleared the Class 12th or any other equivalent examination with at least 45% marks (40% in case of SC/ST. In case a candidate is going to appear for the Class 12th Examination in April/May 2023, they shall also be eligible for CLAT 2023 Exams subject to fulfilling the minimum marks criteria.