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How Many Candidates Appear for CLAT Exam? Previous Trends, Success Rate, Comparison

How Many Candidates Appear for CLAT Exam? Previous Trends, Success Rate, Comparison

Edited By Shubham Bhakuni | Updated on May 21, 2024 04:15 PM IST | #CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the most popular law entrance exams in India. CLAT is a gateway to 24 national law universities (NLUs) making it one of the most preferred law entrance exams among LLB aspirants. Rising from the controversies of 2018, CLAT has become a more organised and well-managed exam over the past few years. The exam is now conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs), a permanent body established in 2017 to promote legal education in India.

NLUs are spread in around 22 states and a union territory, Delhi making it reasonable for students across the country to appear for the entrance exam. The consolidation of all NLUs (except NLU Delhi) into the CLAT Consortium also helped the law entrance exam become one of the most sought-after entrance exams for the study of law. As a result, over 60,000 candidates have appeared in CLAT every year since 2018. The CLAT registrations spiked to 75,183 in 2020 followed by a gradual decline. After touching a low of 54,253 in 2023, the registration improved again in 2024 and rose to 71,243.

How Many Candidates Appear for CLAT Every Year - Last 5-years data

How Many Candidates Appear for CLAT Every Year - Last 5-years data


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*data covers both UG and PG CLAT exams

CLAT in comparison to other major law entrance exams

Apart from CLAT, there are several other law entrance exams conducted in India at national, state and university levels. The most prominent among these are the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) conducted by National Law University, Delhi, the Symbiosis Law Admission Test (SLAT) conducted by Symbiosis International University and the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

At the state level, Maharashtra Common Entrance Test — Law is one of the most popular law entrance exams. Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala also have state-level law entrance exams.

However, in comparison to CLAT, the next biggest entrance exam, MH CET Law has around 25,000 candidates for 5-year LLB which is almost one-third of CLAT candidates. MH CET 3-year LLB which is a graduate-level entrance exam has over 60,000 candidates appearing every year.

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Seat intake of NLUs and low passing rate

The success rate in CLAT like any other national entrance exam is very low. Only 4-6% of the total candidates who participate in CLAT make it to NLUs. Such low success rate in CLAT is mainly linked to limited seats offered by NLUs and high competition among students.

The remaining 95% of candidates either appear in other law entrance exams or use their CLAT scores for admission to CLAT-affiliated law schools.

In the last 5-years, the number of national law universities (NLUs) has increased from 21 to 25. Accordingly, the overall seat intake has also improved in CLAT. Among NLUs, NLSIU is the only university that offers 300 seats in BA LLB. NLIU Bhopal which offers BA LLB and BSc LLB has an intake of around 202 seats. All remaining NLUs offer less than 200 seats.

Overall, 25 NLUs offer a combined intake of around 3300 - 3500 with various combinations of integrated LLB programmes. In comparison to other national-level entrance exams, the intake is low. IITs offer over 17,000 seats whereas 21 IIMs have a combined intake of approximately 5,500 seats through the Common Admission Test (CAT).

Affiliate Colleges; Where 95% of CLAT Candidates Can Apply

There are 60+ CLAT-affiliated law schools in India that accept CLAT scores. Among the government colleges, the University of Delhi and IIM Rohtak are the most preferred law schools among students. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and its affiliated law colleges also accept CLAT scores.

However, a majority of law schools affiliated to CLAT Consortium are private law schools. The prominent private law colleges accepting CLAT scores are Nirma University, Gujarat, UPES Dehradun, BITS Law School, Alliance University and SVKM'S NMIMS University.

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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.


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:

Hope this information will help you. Best wishes ahead!


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.


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.

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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.


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Rs. 3,20,000

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

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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?

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'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

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

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

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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.

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The accused is guilty of rape.  

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The accused is not guilty.

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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

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Option: 3 None

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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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