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CLAT 2023: The Consortium of National Law Universities will release the CLAT application form 2023 tentatively in August 2022. The CLAT 2023 application form will be available at the official website - . The CLAT 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2022, in offline mode. This is for the first time that the Common Law Admission Test or CLAT will be as early as December instead of its usual time, i.e., the first week of May. In some ways, it is good for the candidates as CLAT will not clash with board exams. However, aspirants should also consider the fact that they will have less time to prepare for CLAT 2023 . So, they are advised to kickstart their preparation accordingly. And, that is why, it becomes very important to know about CLAT 2023, its syllabus, pattern along with preparation tips. In this article, CLAT 2023 aspirants can know all exam-related details, including preparation tips, sample papers and more.

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CLAT 2023 - Highlights



Name of the exam

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Conducting body

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)

Mode of exam

Pen-and-paper mode

Number of questions

150 for UG CLAT, 120 for PG CLAT

Question type


Number of seats

CLAT-based seat Intake: 5-year integrated LLB program - 2538 seats

LLM program - 742 seats

Participating NLUs


Purpose of exam

Admission to:


Official website

CLAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who want to appear in CLAT 2023, must meet the eligibility criteria. Candidates who are not eligible for admission to integrated LLB programmes offered by NLUs will not be considered for admission even if they pass the examination. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for the candidates to fulfil the CLAT eligibility criteria .

  1. For UG-CLAT 2023, the candidates should have passed Class 12 or an equivalent examination with at least 45% aggregate marks (40% in the case of SC and ST candidates).

  2. If you are currently studying in Class 12 or an equivalent course and set to appear in the board examination in May or April 2023, you are eligible to appear in CLAT 2023. However, admission will again be subject to meeting the eligibility criteria which also includes the criterion of minimum marks in Class 12).

CLAT application form 2023

The Consortium of NLUs will release the CLAT 2023 application form tentatively in the first week of August 2022 . The application form will be available online, at the official website of CLAT 2023 - . The application process for CLAT 2023 is given below.

CLAT 2023 Registration - Visit the official website of CLAT, and register using your mobile number and email ID.

Fill out CLAT application form 2023 - Enter the personal and communication details, and educational qualifications, and select the test centres and reservation status.

Preview application form - Check all the details to verify that all details are entered correctly.

Submit CLAT application form 2023 and fee payment - After verification, submit the application form, and pay the application fee. The CLAT 2023 application fee is Rs 4,000 for general category candidates and Rs 3,500 for SC and ST candidates .

CLAT Syllabus 2023

Candidates preparing for CLAT 2023 should refer to its syllabus to know about the subjects from which questions will be asked in the examination. Referring to the syllabus of CLAT 2023 will clear all ambiguity regarding the book selection, important topics and test structure. Therefore, candidates should keep referring to the official syllabus during their preparation. The CLAT syllabus covers five subjects, these are - English, general knowledge and current affairs, elementary maths, legal aptitude, and logical reasoning. The subject-wise distribution of marks for CLAT 2023 is given below.

CLAT syllabus 2023 and subject-wise distribution of marks


Number of questions

Percentage weightage

English Language

28-32 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions


Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions


Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions


Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions


Also read: CLAT 2023 exam pattern

Subject wise important preparation tips to prepare for CLAT 2023

Candidates preparing for CLAT 2022 should follow the below-mentioned preparation tips.

CLAT legal aptitude 2023

Legal aptitude is an important section of the CLAT examination. Candidates preparing for CLAT 2023 legal aptitude should work on their fundamentals of legal aptitude. Candidates should prepare for legal aptitude in a comprehensive manner. There are two aspects of legal aptitude; legal current affairs and legal concepts & terminology. Candidates should focus on both aspects and try to connect current legal issues with the traditional legal concepts.

For legal aptitude, candidates can follow the below-mentioned resources

  • Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj

  • LexisNexis Butterworths

  • The Hindu or The Indian Express

  • Legal magazines, judgments and editorials

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CLAT current affairs and general knowledge preparation

The current affairs are a dynamic section. It will test the candidate’s awareness of contemporary issues of national and international importance. The general knowledge section will have static topics from history, polity, economics and environment. However, the questions in these sections will again be asked from comprehension paragraphs which the candidates will have to read before answering the questions. They will be able to find some of the answers in the paragraph itself, however, conceptual understanding of current issues and general knowledge will not only help them attempt more questions but will also help in answering the questions quickly.

Therefore, to prepare for CLAT general knowledge and current affairs candidates should follow the tips mentioned below.

  • Read a daily newspaper such as The Hindu, The Indian Express or The Live Mint

  • Read articles, editorials from newspapers as well as from the internet

  • For general knowledge, read History, polity, economics and environment of Class 12 and make notes.

  • Read a monthly current affairs magazine

  • Practice sample papers for CLAT 2023

How to Prepare for CLAT English

The English and comprehension section of CLAT 2023 would test candidates reading ability as well as analytical and grammatical skills. Therefore, candidates have to work on all these fronts. Since all questions in CLAT English will be asked from paragraphs, therefore, it is important to focus on reading skills and grammar first.

Candidates can prepare for CLAT 2023 English by reading newspapers, articles, editorials and by referring to a good grammar book. While preparing for CLAT 2023, candidates should make a notebook specifically for vocabulary, legal terminology and idioms and phrases. Before appearing in the exam, candidates should also practice a good number of sample papers in the format of the CLAT exam pattern. This will help them in shaping their preparation as per the requirements of the test.

Interesting facts about CLAT 2023

  • This is for the first time that two CLATs are being conducted in the same year. CLAT 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on June 19, 2022. And, CLAT 2023 will be held on December 18, 2022.

  • Candidates who appear in CLAT 2022 may also appear in CLAT 2023 if they fail to qualify in the May examination.

  • CLAT 2023 will be conducted for admission to 22 national law universities . Only National Law University Delhi will not participate in the CLAT 2023 examination as it conducts a separate entrance examination - The all India Law Entrance Test.

  • Around 70,000 candidates register for CLAT every year, making it one of the toughest examinations in the country.

  • Candidates appearing in CLAT 2023 may also use their CLAT scores for admission to several law colleges other than NLUs. These colleges will be called CLAT affiliated colleges as they sign agreements with the NLU Consortium.

  • The academic year in national law universities will start from around July or August 2021. The counselling will be conducted based on CLAT scores.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT 2023: Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria, Preparation Tips, Syllabus & Pattern

Question: When will CLAT 2023 be conducted?


CLAT 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2022, in offline, pen and paper format.

Question: I am studying in Class 12, can I apply for CLAT 2023?


Yes. If you are studying in Class 12 and will appear in the board examination in April-May, you can apply for CLAT 2023.

Question: Is the CLAT exam difficult?


Yes, CLAT is one of the toughest law entrance exams. However, if one prepares for 6-7 months consistently, one can secure a decent CLAT score.

Question: How many candidates appear in the CLAT exam?


Around 60,000 candidates appear in the CLAT exam every year. The exam is conducted for admission to both UG and PG courses offered by national law universities.

Question: How many seats are offered by national law universities through CLAT?


The NLUs offer around 2622 seats in 5-year integrated LLB programmes through the CLAT exam. For LLM, the universities offer around 850 seats.

Question: When will the CLAT 2023 application form be released?


The application form of CLAT 2023 will be released tentatively in the first week of August, 2022.

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what is the chapters of verbal reasoning for clat?

Anamika Vats 29th Jun, 2022

Dear Roshini,

According to the new CLAT pattern introduced in 2020, there is no fixed syllabus for logical reasoning. It has become more of an aptitude based exam.

Therefore, instead of focusing on chapters which do not exist, just try practicing mocks, sample papers, and previous year question papers (especially from 2020, 2021 and 2022). You must also develop an above average reading speed as logical reasoning questions are paragraph based usually of 450 words.

Hope this helps!


what is the syllabus of reasoning for clat? is both verbal and non verbal reasoning are in syllabus?

Anamika Vats 29th Jun, 2022

Dear Rohini,

According to the new pattern of CLAT introduced in 2020, it is only verbal reasoning that is part of the syllabus. You can expect to get several 450 word paragraph and multiple choice logical reasoning question based on that paragraph. Logical reasoning is an integral part of legal education. To practice for this section you may want to read newspapers every day to increase your reading speed and solve Previous Year Question Papers and mocks.

You can also try logical reasoning section of exams like LNAT, LSAT or GMAT.


What are the colleges which accept CLAT score

LALBEE 29th Jun, 2022

Hello Aspirant,

Hope you are doing great. The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) administers the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) to select applicants for admission to both undergraduate and graduate law programmes. Although many private colleges and universities also accept CLAT marks for entrance to law programmes, the exam is primarily held for admissions to NLUs in India.

Some of the top colleges that are accepting the score of CLAT:

  • Alliance School of Law, Alliance University, Bangalore
  • GITAM School of Law, Visakhapatnam
  • IFIM Law School, Bangalore
  • IMS Unison University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Rohtak, Haryana
  • Indore Institute of Law, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
  • Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

  • Karnataka Amity Law School, Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh Apex University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  • Arka Jain University
  • Jharkhand Aryans College of Law, Rajpura, Chandigarh, Punjab
  • Asian Law College, Noida, Uttar Pradesh
  • Delhi Institute of Rural Development, Delhi Fairfield School of Law, FIMT, Delhi
  • ITM University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh
  • Jaipur National University, Rajasthan
  • Kalinga University, Chhattisgarh

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I obtained 46.50 in clat 2022.My general rank is 10646 and my obc rank is 1410.Do I have a chance to get in any NLU?



As per your given information the cutoff for this year including the reserved category is much higher than what marks you have got in your CLAT exams this year. At 46.50, even if we are extremely optimistic, the score is too low for you to stand any chance to get into any NLU. However there is a up side to this data and that is you have a rank of 1410 and I would suggest you to put all the top NLU in your list because the closing ranks shown give an optimistic view of you making it to NLU. However, the OBC category ranks are not expressly mentioned anywhere which makes it difficult to predict. So the best option is to go forward and apply for top NLU and also give other Law entrance exams like MH Law CET, SLAT, etc.

Hope this helps


i have scored 40 in clat ,my all india rank is 14520,obc rank is 2210,can i get seat in tnnlu

Yash 29th Jun, 2022


On observing the previous year cut-off trends for BA LLB in NLU there is a chance of you to get admission in NLU.

Last year minimum opening AIR for NLU ( OBC ) - 379

Last year maximum closing AIR for NLU ( OBC ) - 17831

Last year cut off for General / OBC in TNNLU - 1143

2020 cutoff for General / OBC in TNNLU - 1799

You can predict your college through the given link -

You can get more information about previous year cut-off trends of various NLUs - To know more about previous year cut-off trends for TNNLU -

All the best !


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