CLAT 2023: Dates, Exam Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, Admission Process & More


Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be conducted under the authority of the National Law Universities (NLU) on a rotational basis. NLU is the apex of 22 universities. Via CLAT 2023, the candidates will get a chance to get admission into UG and PG law courses offered by NLU. The interested candidates can apply for the entrance test via online mode. For the 2023 legislative session, the CLAT 2023 exam application form was available in August 2022.

The exam will be organized in an online mode, where the students will be allotted a system to answer the questions there on the screen. Aspirants, before filling out the CLAT application form, you must check out its eligibility criteria. Foreign Nationals applying for UG/PG law courses in any of NLU, must connect to the concerned law institute.

CLAT 2023 Highlights

Name of ExamCommon-Law Admission Test
Organizing bodyA consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Level of ExamNational Level Exam
Application ModeOnline
Exam ModePen-Paper Test
Frequency of ExamOnce a Year
Courses offeredUG and PG courses
Official Language 

CLAT 2023 Important Dates

Check out the tentative schedule of CLAT 2023:

Notification Release Date8th August, 2022
Open Campus Visit day for registered candidates22nd October, 2022
Last date for registration18th November, 2022
Last date for application fee payment20th November, 2022
Last date to update Test city 20th November, 2022
Admit card release date6th December, 2022
Last date to fill their Admission Preferences to National Law Universities (NLUs)6th December, 2022
Exam Date18th December, 2022
Answer Key release date18th December, 2022
Objection against CLAT 2023 Answer key19th December, 2022
Result Declaration date23rd December, 2022
Counseling date28th December 2022

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for CLAT 2023 is explained below:

Exam modeComputer-based exam
Language usedEnglish
Duration of the exam2 hours
Type of the questionsMCQ
Maximum marks200 marks for the UG exam and 150 marks questions for PG
Marking scheme1 mark for the right answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for the wrong answer.

Exam pattern for UG courses

SubjectMaximum marksExam duration
English with comprehension403 Hours
GK and current affairs50
Elementary mathematics20
Legal aptitude50
Logical reasoning40

Exam pattern for PG courses

Subject Maximum marks
Constitutional law50
Other subjects like Torts, Contract, Criminal law, IPR, etc50

CLAT Syllabus

English Grammar, jumble words/sentences, sentence correction, antonym work and their meaning, synonym, comprehension, etc.
Mathematics10th level question will be asked :Algebra, geometrical questions, etc.
GK and current affairsThis section will test your general knowledge about what is happening around the world. The candidate must be familiar with information about Indian states, political news, sports news, etc.Legal aptitude This section will test your knowledge in law, problem-solving skills, and research aptitude.
Logical reasoningThis section will test your skills on :Syllogism, blood relations, decision making, direction sense, puzzle, series, analogy, and classification, etc

Recommended Books for CLAT 2023 Preparation

The candidates who want to prepare for the upcoming CLAT entrance can refer to these books:

Books NameAuthors and Details
Logical ReasoningVerbal & Non- Verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Elementary mathematicsFast Track Objective Mathematics by Arihant, R.S Aggarwal
General KnowledgeManorama Yearbook 2020 and Lucent General Knowledge
Legal AptitudeLegal Awareness & Legal Reasoning, Universal CLAT Guide
EnglishEnglish Grammar by Wren & Martin and Word Power Made Easy

CLAT 2023 Application Form

The aspirants need to register their details on the official CLAT website i.e The candidate must have a valid and working email id with a valid mobile number to register for CLAT 2023 exam. Once the aspirants are done with their registration procedure, they will receive a provisional registration Id and password on their email id or mobile number. The same details will be used to fill the application form. And, the candidates must have their scanned copy of their signature, photograph, and certificate with them in a PDF format issued by authorities to support the SAP candidates before they fill the form.

The candidates are not permitted to send any hard copy of the application form. And, you are not permitted to do any editing in the form once you submit it. The candidate must give authentic information, no false information will be accepted. The candidate needs to pay the application fee for the test.

Mode of the payment; The applicants have the authority to pay via online mode. You can pay via Net-banking/debit card/credit card/ pay wallet/ E-challan, etc.

CLAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Nationality: Indian nationals/ NAI and sponsored NRI candidates are eligible to give the CLAT 2023 exam. Foreign Nationals need not apply for the entrance exam.

Eligibility for UG courses

  • No age limit.
  • The applicants need to pass their 12th with at least 45% or its equivalent from a reputed university/board.
  • 45% marks in 12th are mandatory for general students and 40% for SC/ST candidates.
  • Those candidates appearing for their 12th are also eligible to apply.

Eligibility for PG courses

  • No upper age.
  • The applicants must have a valid 5 years LLB degree or LLB Hons, from a recognized college.
  • 55% marks are mandatory for general category students in their qualifying exam and 505 for SC/ST candidates.
  • On the date of admission, the candidate must have a passing mark sheet for every semester.

Admit Card

The candidates can easily download the CLAT admit card via In the third week of December 2023, the CLAT will release the hall ticket. You must take a print of the hall ticket and keep it in a safe place for future reference. Without a hall ticket, you won’t be permitted to enter the exam hall. Any discrepancy in the hall ticket must be communicated to CLAT authorities.

After qualifying for the exam, centralized counseling will be held online in many rounds. The seats will be allotted to the students as per their CLAT rank, merit-based preference, the candidate’s category, and the number of seats available in the participating universities.

Final words

Get ready for CLAT 2023! Students, if your dream is to be the top lawyer, you must work hard for CLAT 2023 and qualify to get admission at a top Law college.

All the best!

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