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CLAT 2026: Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern, Preparation Tips

CLAT 2026: Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern, Preparation Tips

Edited By Marar Sumeet Sudarshan | Updated on Jun 07, 2024 02:07 PM IST | #CLAT

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) will open the CLAT 2026 application form tentatively in July 2025. Candidates can register online from the official website, consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The Consortium of National Law Universities will conduct CLAT 2026 tentatively on December 6, 2025. Around 60,000 candidates are expected to appear for CLAT UG and 10000 candidates are expected to appear for CLAT PG. The CLAT 2026 UG syllabus will have sections on English, current affairs, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques. The CLAT PG syllabus covers various areas of law. CLAT 2026 will be conducted in offline mode at exam centres in 131 cities across India.

Candidates can gain admission into 5-year LLB programmes by appearing in Common Law Admission Test. On the other hand, they can gain admission into LLM programmes by appearing in the Common Law Admission Test-PG. Currently, 24 NLUs are participating in CLAT, which together offer around 3400 seats in 5-year LLB and around 1300 seats in LLM.

CLAT 2026: Highlights

Particulars

Details

Name of the exam

Common Law Admission Test

Short name

CLAT, CLAT PG

Conducting body

Consortium of NLUs

Frequency

Once a year

Mode of exam

Offline

Duration

2 hours

Type of questions

MCQs

Courses offered

5-year LLB, LLM

Participating NLUs

24

Seat Intake

5-year LLB - 3,400+


LLM - 12,00+

CLAT 2026 Exam Date

The Consortium of NLUs will notify the CLAT exam date on its official website. Aspiring candidates must keep track of the important dates for CLAT 2026 to successfully register and appear for the exam. The table given below provides the dates for CLAT 2026. The dates are tentative and will be updated upon release of official notification.

CLAT 2026 Dates

ParticularsDates
Release of CLAT 2026 notificationMay 2025
CLAT 2026 application opensJuly 2025
Last date to fill CLAT 2026 application formNovember 2025
CLAT 2026 exam dateDecember 6, 2025

CLAT 2026 provisional answer key

December 7, 2025

Objection raising window

Will be notified

CLAT 2026 result

One week after the exam

CLAT 2026 counselling

Will be notified

CLAT 2026 Eligibility Criteria

The Consortium of NLUs prescribes the CLAT eligibility criteria 2026 on its official website. The CLAT eligibility criteria include conditions about minimum educational qualifications, minimum required passing marks and age limit if any. Candidates must ensure they fulfil the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2026 before registering and appearing for the exam. Candidates who are found to not satisfy the CLAT eligibility criteria at any stage of the admission process will be disqualified.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2026

Particulars

Dates

Educational qualification

10+2 or equivalent

Minimum passing marks

45% for general / OBC and 40% for SC/ST candidates

Age limit

No age limit

CLAT Application Form 2026

The Consortium of NLUs will open the CLAT application form tentatively in July 2025. Candidates can submit the CLAT application form 2026 from the consortium’s official website. To submit the application form of CLAT 2026, candidates must follow steps such as registration, filling out application form details, and payment of the application fee.

Steps to Complete CLAT 2026 Application Form

Candidates must visit the official website, consortiumofnlus.ac.in to submit the CLAT 2026 application form. Given below are the various steps involved in the submission of the application form of CLAT 2026.

Step 1: Registration

Candidates must first complete the initial registration to generate CLAT login credentials which is the first step in the CLAT application form 2026 process. The candidates will be required to provide their email ID and mobile number to set up their CLAT 2026 account. Candidates must preserve these login credentials as they would need to log in to their account at various stages of the CLAT 2026 admission process such as downloading the CLAT admit card, checking the CLAT result, and registering for CLAT 2026 counselling.

Step 2: Filling up details in CLAT 2026 application form

The second step in the CLAT 2026 application process is to fill up the details in the application form. These details include the following:

  • Personal details: This includes providing personal information regarding one’s name, parent's name, date of birth, and category.

  • Educational qualification: The candidate has to provide details about their educational qualification, namely class 10 and Class 12 details.

  • Communication details: Here, the applicant must provide the permanent address and communication address details. However, it must be noted that the entire admission and counselling process is conducted in online mode.

  • Uploading of documents: Candidates have to upload their passport-size photograph and signature as per the prescribed format and specifications.

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Step 3: Providing CLAT exam centre preferences

The next step for the candidate is to provide the CLAT 2026 exam centre preferences. A candidate can provide a maximum of 3 choices in the order of their preference. The consortium will allot the exam centre after considering the availability and the preferences submitted by the candidate.

Step 4: NLU preferences

The applicants are required to submit their NLU preferences at the time of submitting the CLAT 2026 application form. The candidates would be considered for admission in only those NLUs that they have included in their CLAT NLU preference list. It is therefore important for candidates to carefully assess their level of preparation and chances of selection in a given NLU before submitting their preferences.

Step 5: Payment of CLAT 2026 application fee

The last step in the CLAT 2026 application process is the payment of the prescribed CLAT application fee. Only after payment of the application fee will a candidate be able to complete CLAT 2026 registration. The table given below describes the CLAT 2026 application fees.

CLAT 2026 registration fees

Category

Fees

General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category

Rs 4000

SC/ST/BPL category

Rs 3500

CLAT Syllabus 2026

The Consortium prescribes the CLAT syllabus on its official website. The syllabus of CLAT 2026 contains five sections namely English, current affairs including GK, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques. The CLAT PG syllabus includes topics on different areas of law. Aspiring candidates must carefully go through the CLAT syllabus 2026 to chart out a study plan for CLAT preparation. This will help candidates understand the important topics for each section of CLAT.

CLAT UG Syllabus

Sections

Weight

Topics

English language

20%

Grammar and sentence correction, synonyms & antonyms, tense, voice

Current affairs including GK

25%

National and international events, science and technology, science & technology, summits & conferences, sports, awards & honours, arts & culture, important historical events

Legal reasoning

25%

Torts, contract Law, IPC, family law, constitutional law, defamation, child rights, writs, cyber law, basic legal terms

Logical reasoning

20%

Analogies, series, seating arrangement, syllogisms, blood relations, logical sequences and matching, calendars and clocks

Quantitative techniques

10%

Ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, statistical estimation, algebra

CLAT PG Syllabus 2026

Particulars

Details

CLAT LLM topics

Constitutional law, jurisprudence, administrative law, contract law, torts, family law, international law, tax Law, environmental law, labour law, criminal law, property law, company law

CLAT 2026 Exam Pattern

The Consortium of NLUs prescribes the CLAT exam pattern on its official website. The exam pattern of CLAT 2026 provides information on the test structure, the number of questions, sections, and marking scheme in the exam. A thorough understanding of the CLAT 2026 exam pattern is essential to come on top in the exam. The CLAT exam pattern consists of 4-6 passages in each section which are then followed by multiple-choice questions based on the passage. Each question in CLAT 2026 carries one mark and there will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2026

Sections

No. of questions

Marks

Marking scheme

English

22-26

22-26

1 mark per question


0.25 negative mark for every wrong answer

Current affairs including GK

28-32

28-32

Legal reasoning

28-32

28-32

Logical reasoning

22-26

22-26

Quantitative techniques

10-14

10-14

CLAT 2026 Preparation Tips

CLAT2026 is considered one of the most difficult law entrance exams in India. It is very reading-intensive and lengthy and sees intense competition every year. A good level of CLAT 2026 preparation will enable a candidate to bag the limited seats on offer at top NLUs. A few section-wise tips on how to prepare for CLAT are given below.

CLAT English Language Preparation Tips

The CLAT English language section is a test of one’s reading and comprehension skills and proficiency in grammar. Candidates must develop regular reading habits to improve their reading speed. They can also refer to CLAT English books on grammar, and flashcards to develop a good vocabulary.

The passages in the English section are mostly snippets taken from articles appearing in newspapers or magazines. So, candidates must also build a habit of reading daily newspapers and magazines to find it easy during the exam.

CLAT Current Affairs including GK Preparation Tips-

The CLAT current affairs and GK section has questions that focus on recent events or any events from the past that have contemporary relevance. Candidates must stay updated with current affairs by following the news regularly. They can also make use of knowledge encyclopedias such as Manorama yearbook or Lucent’s GK. A regular reading habit for law magazines will keep the candidates updated on legal current affairs.

CLAT Legal Reasoning Preparation Tips

Even though the CLAT legal reasoning section does not require the candidate to have prior knowledge of the law, the questions deal with legal principles and concepts that are covered in a given passage based on which the questions are asked. Therefore candidates must refer to good law books that cover various laws such as Constitutional law, criminal law, child rights, and family law among others.

Regularly reading law magazines will also help the candidates develop good legal aptitude and perform well in the legal reasoning section.

CLAT Logical Reasoning Preparation Tips

The CLAT logical reasoning section tests the candidates to think logically and solve problems and puzzles such as directions, seating arrangements, analogies, and blood relations. Candidates must constantly practice with problems and puzzles that require them to apply logical reasoning to sharpen their thinking abilities. They can refer to books such as A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by R S Agarwal which will help them in building conceptual clarity and also contain enough practice questions.

CLAT Quantitative Techniques Preparation Tips

The CLAT quantitative techniques section is of class 10th level. It tests the candidate's ability to perform basic arithmetic operations, calculating ratios and proportions, profit and loss, and time and work. To prepare for the CLAT maths section, candidates can refer to books such as Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal and the Class 10 NCERT Maths textbook.

Participating NLUs in CLAT 2026

Currently, 24 NLUs are participating in CLAT. While all the participating NLUs offer the 5-year LLB programme, there are a few NLUs that don’t offer the LLM programme or do not admit students into LLM through CLAT. The complete list is given below

CLAT Colleges 2026

NLUs

Courses

UG Intake

LLM Intake

NLSIU Bengaluru

BA LLB (Hons)

300

120

NALSAR Hyderabad

BA LLB (Hons)

132

66

WBNUJS Kolkata

BA LLB (Hons)

132

100

NLIU Bhopal

BA LLB (Hons), B.Sc LLB, LLM

202 (BA LLB 134, B.Sc LLB 68)

60

NLU Jodhpur

BA LLB (Hons)

120

50

HNLU Raipur

BA LLB (Hons)

180

90

GNLU Gandhinagar

BA LLB(Hons.),BCom LLB(Hons.),BSc LLB (Hons.), BBA LLB(Hons), BSW LLB(Hons)

172 (total seats for all the courses)

57

GNLU Silvassa Campus

BA LLB (Hons)

66

33

RMLNLU Lucknow

BA LLB (Hons)

169

48

RGNUL Patiala

BA LLB (Hons)

180

60

CNLU Patna

BA LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons)

138( 69 seats each for BA LLB and BBA LLB

-

NUALS Kochi

BA LLB (Hons)

60

60

NLUO, Odisha, Cuttack

BA LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons)

180 (BA LLB 120, BBA LLB 60)

50

NUSRL Ranchi

BA LLB (Hons)

134

60

NLUJA Assam, Guwahati

BA LLB (Hons)

60

40

DSNLU Visakhapatnam

BA LLB (Hons)

138

69

TNNLU Tiruchirappalli

BA LLB (Hons), B.Com LLB (Hons)

120 (BA LLB 60 , B.Com LLB 60)

60

MNLU Mumbai

BA LLB (Hons) , BBA LLB (Hons)

100

50

MNLU Nagpur

BA LLB (Hons) , BBA LLB (Hons)

120 (BA LLB 60, BBA LLB 60)

60

MNLU Aurangabad

BA LLB (Hons) , BBA LLB (Hons)

120 (BA LLB 60, BBA LLB 60)

60

HPNLU Shimla

BA LLB (Hons) , BBA LLB (Hons)

120 (BA LLB 60, BBA LLB 60)

80

DNLU Jabalpur

BA LLB (Hons)

120

50

DBRANLU, Sonipat, Haryana

BA LLB (Hons)

120

-

NLUT Agartala

BA LLB (Hons)

60

50

Total


3243

1373

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. When will CLAT 2026 be conducted?

CLAT 2026 will be conducted tentatively on December 6, 2024.

2. What are the courses offered through CLAT 2026?

Through CLAT 2026 candidates can get admission into 5-year LLB and LLM programmes of participating NLUs.

3. Who is eligible for CLAT 2026?

Candidates who have cleared 10+2 or are appearing for their class 12 exams are eligible to appear for CLAT 2026. Graduates who have completed either a 3-year LLB or a 5-year LLB are eligible to apply for CLAT PG.

4. Is CLAT 2026 online or offline?

CLAT 2026 will be conducted in offline mode.

5. When will CLAT 2026 application form open?

The CLAT 2026 application form will open tentatively in July 2025.

6. How to prepare for CLAT 2026?

Candidates should refer to good CLAT books to build a solid conceptual understanding. They must also practise with the previous year's question papers of CLAT to build speed and improve performance on the exam day. Additionally, candidates can also enrol for CLAT coaching if they need proper guidance and mentorship during their preparation.

7. What are the sections in CLAT 2026?

The sections in CLAT 2026 are English, current affairs including GK, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques.

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Questions related to CLAT

Have a question related to CLAT ?

Hello aspirant,

Yes, you can definitely give clat exam in 2026 as according to the guidelines a student passed or appearing in class 12 th can give clat exam. So you are definitely eligible for clat in 2026.

I wish you all the best for your future journey.

Work hard!

Thank you

Hope this information helps you.

Hello!

Yes, you are eligible for CLAT exam if you have cleared your class 12 examination from a recognized board with minimum of 45% marks. For SC/ST category students, only 40% aggregate score is required to be eligible for this exam. In addition, students who are currently in their class 12 and are due to pass out in 2025 are also eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link given below:

https://law.careers360.com/articles/clat-eligibility-criteria

Hope this information will help you. Best wishes ahead!


Hello,


To prepare for the CLAT exam:


1. Focus on Legal Aptitude, English Language, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Quantitative Techniques, and Legal Reasoning.

2. Practice solving mock tests and previous papers.

3. Stay updated with current affairs and legal developments.


Hope this helps,

Thank you

Hii There,

Yes, after completing a B.Sc. degree from any recognized university, you are eligible to apply for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to various National Law Universities (NLUs) in India for their integrated LLB programs. You can also pursue a traditional LLB program (3-year) from any university that offers it, provided you meet their specific eligibility criteria. It's important to check the individual university's or college's eligibility requirements for their LLB program.


I hope this answers your question.

Thanks

Hello aspirant,

Hope you are doing great.

As per your question, NO you are not eligible to give CLAT exam this year. Because the eligibility criteria for the CLAT exam provides that, you need to complete your 12th grade and during the filling of application form for the CLAT, you need to put your marks, and without completing 12th you cannot get your marks.

Hope this helps!

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1111112=___________

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


125 toffees cost Rs. 75, Find the cost of one million toffees if there is a discount of 40% on the selling price for this quantity.

 

Option: 1

Rs.3,00,000


Option: 2

Rs. 3,20,000


Option: 3

3,60,000


Option: 4

Rs.4,00,000


14. Find the present value (in Rs.) of Rs.3000 due after 5 years at 10% p.a. simple interest.

Option: 1

1500


Option: 2

1800


Option: 3

2000


Option: 4

2500


24. Raju took a loan at 8% per annum simple interest for a period of 5 years. At the end of five years he paid Rs.10640 to clear his loan. How much loan did he take?

Option: 1

Rs.8500


Option: 2

Rs.8000


Option: 3

Rs.7700


Option: 4

Rs.7600


'A' carelessly left an iron pole across a public road 300 m from that spot was a traffic signal indicating speed limit to be 20 kmph. B, riding a scooter at 80 kmph, noticed the protrusion from a distance, but still could not avoid it, collided with the pole and was injured. In an action by B against A.

Option: 1

B will lose as he was driving very fast


Option: 2

B will lose for some other reasons


Option: 3

B will succeed, because A was careless


Option: 4

B will succeed, because A could have avoided the mishap by putting up a warning


'A' was having a get together with his old friends and on his friend's suggestions, he consumed some alcohol. On his way back to home at night, 'A' heard some footsteps and turning back, he imagined he saw a figure moving towards him with a spear. In fact, it was only a man, 'B' with an umbrella, who was telling 'A' to walk carefully since 'A' appeared to be unsteady. However, 'A' proceeded to attack 'B' with an iron rod leading to grave injuries to 'B'. Is 'A' guilty of causing grievous hurt to 'B'?

Option: 1

No, 'A' is not guilty because in his intoxicated state, the umbrella appeared a spear to him and he exercised his right of private defence.


Option: 2

No, 'A' is not guilty because 'B' could have attacked 'A' with his umbrella


Option: 3

No, 'A' is not guilty because he was intoxicated on the suggestions of his friends and was incapable of knowing that he was savagely attacking a man, who was carrying only an umbrella


Option: 4

Yes, 'A' is guilty because he got intoxicated voluntarily and under the effect of this voluntary intoxication, he attacked and caused grievous injuries to 'B' who posed no threat to him in fart


'A"s cattle was being regularly stolen and 'A' was unable to apprehend the thief. One night, 'A' finally manages to catch 'B' untying his cow from the cowshed under the cover of darkness. 'A' slowly crept up to 'B' and slashed his neck with a sickle leading to the death of 'B' Is 'A' guilty of the offence of culpable homicide?

Option: 1

No, 'A' was only exercising his right of private defence of property


Option: 2

No, 'B' continued stealing of his cattle would have rendered his business inoperable


Option: 3

Yes, 'A' had no reasonable apprehension that 'A' could suffer any grievous hurt if he did not kill 'B'


Option: 4

Yes, 'A' should have first challenged 'B' to surrender before taking any steps to cause 'B's death


A, a 15 year old girl, having been rebuked by her mother leaves her house. At railway station she met the accused who takes her to his house. He provides her clothes, money and ornaments at his house and has sexual intercourse with the girl with her consent. What offence has been committed?

Option: 1

The mother is accused of maltreatment.


Option: 2

The accused is guilty of rape.  


Option: 3

The accused is not guilty.


Option: 4

None of the above.


A, a 15 year old girl, left her mother’s house and joined the accused because her mother has turned down the proposal of her marriage with the accused on the ground that she was too young. While she was with the accused he had sexual intercourse with her against her will. What offence has been committed?

Option: 1 None

Option: 2 None

Option: 3 None

Option: 4 None

A, a chain snatcher, forcibly pulled the ear rings from the ears of an old lady. Both the ear lobes were torn and the old lady suffered pain and suffering for over three weeks. For what offence can A be prosecuted? What offence have been committed?

Option: 1

He is guilty of theft.


Option: 2

A is guilty of voluntarily causing ‘grievous hurt’.


Option: 3

He is guilty of rash and negligent.


Option: 4

None of the above.


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