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Is CLAT Exam Tough?: Detailed analysis on success rate, difficulty of question papers

Is CLAT Exam Tough?: Detailed analysis on success rate, difficulty of question papers

Edited By Marar Sumeet Sudarshan | Updated on Jun 21, 2024 10:05 AM IST | #CLAT PG

The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is often considered tough and why not? After all, it is one of the top law entrance exams in India. The Consortium of NLUs conducts CLAT for admissions into the top NLUs in the country. In all, there are 24 participating NLUs in CLAT offering around 3,243 seats in 5-year LLB programmes and 1,373 seats in LLM programmes. CLAT scores are also accepted by 60+ affiliated colleges across the country for admission into LLB and LLM courses.

Why is CLAT considered tough?

CLAT is considered tough for two main reasons;

  • First, is the number of candidates appearing for the exam as compared to the available CLAT seats.

  • The second reason is the intensive CLAT syllabus which requires good preparation.

Let’s look at the two factors one by one.

Number of candidates for CLAT

As per the statistics available for CLAT 2024 exam, 60,295 candidates registered for CLAT UG, out of which 58,504 appeared, recording an attendance of 97.03%.

The ratio for the number of seats to the number of candidates who appeared in CLAT UG comes at approximately 5.5%. This means, at the most, only 5.5% of the appearing candidates will succeed in getting a seat in an NLU.

An additional aspect to understand about the success rate is that not all NLUs are equally preferred by candidates. Instead of opting for a lower-ranked NLU candidates may decide on joining a well-known affiliate college that also accepts CLAT scores. This makes CLAT even tougher in terms of competition for a seat in one of the top NLUs.

In CLAT 2024 PG, 10,948 candidates registered for the exam of which 10,282 candidates appeared for the exam, recording an attendance of 93.92%. The ratio of the number of available seats to the number of candidates comes to 13.3%. This means at the most around 13% of the candidates could obtain admission to an NLU.

Success rates in CLAT


Number of registered candidates

Number of appeared candidates



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Intensive CLAT syllabus

The second reason why CLAT is considered tough is the intensive CLAT syllabus. CLAT is one of the lengthiest and most reading-intensive exams. The exam tests a broad range of skills that require effective preparation.

  • The English language tests the candidate’s proficiency in reading and comprehension.

  • The GK section is a test of the candidate’s general awareness.

  • The legal awareness section evaluates a candidate’s understanding of legal principles.

  • The logical reasoning section tests the candidate’s ability to solve complex problems and think logically.

  • Finally, the quantitative techniques or maths section assesses the candidate’s basic arithmetic skills.

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The CLAT question paper structure consists of 4-6 passages of around 450 words each in each of the five sections. The passages are often derived from journalistic and non-fictional sources. The difficulty level of the passages is of class 12 level. There are a total of 120 questions based on the passages and candidates get two hours to complete the exam. Thus, CLAT requires good time management skills to attempt maximum questions within the given time.

The CLAT PG question paper tests the candidate’s knowledge about different areas of law. It also consists of passages followed by a total of 120 multiple-choice questions based on the passage.

Last year, the Consortium made changes in the CLAT exam pattern and reduced the number of questions in CLAT UG from 150 to 120 to make the exam more student-friendly. The CLAT 2024 exam analysis also showed that the exam was easier last year. However, an easy exam also means a higher CLAT cut-off for everyone which will even out any difference due to the easy nature of the CLAT question paper.

CLAT 2024 Exam Analysis


Difficulty level



General knowledge


Quantitative aptitude

Easy to moderate

Legal Reasoning


Logical reasoning

Easy to moderate



Quick Tips to Ace CLAT

While CLAT is certainly considered tough, it doesn’t have to be so. Ultimately, everything depends on how well-prepared the candidate is for the exam. Here are a few quick tips for CLAT.

  • Well thought out Study Plan: Aspirants should start with a study timetable allocating appropriate time for each section according to its importance and the candidate’s proficiency level.

  • Referring to the right study material: Candidates must focus on building a good conceptual understanding by referring to the right study material and resources. Good CLAT books for section-wise preparation are easily available and aspirants must refer to them.

  • Solving mock tests: Candidates must practice with CLAT sample papers and the previous year's question papers to improve speed and perform better during the exam.

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Time Management: In a lengthy paper, time management is key for a good CLAT score. Time management is important both during one’s preparation and also while attempting the exam. Devoting adequate time to each section, as per the situation’s requirement will give optimum results.


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Questions related to CLAT PG

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The authorities will conduct Andhra Pradesh Law Common Entrance Test to admit students into 3-year LLB and 5-year LLB programmes of participating colleges in Andhra Pradesh. The AP LAWCET 2024 exam will be held in offline mode in English and Telugu versions.

Candidates desirous of appearing for AP LAWCET 2024 must keep track of the dates. It must be noted that all the dates are tentative and will be updated upon release of official AP LAWCET 2024 notification.

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CLAT CUT OFF changes every year. For NLU Kolkata BA LLB and LLM programs it will depend on several factors like -

Number of candidates for CLAT 2023

Number of candidates preferring NLU Kolkata during counselling

Number of places offered by the university in BA LLB and LLM programmes

University Reservation Policy

Category of candidates



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SC- 3172

ST - 3113

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Practicing with past year's question papers provides an authentic exam experience, replicating conditions like time constraints and performance pressure. It serves as a crucial method to evaluate the candidate's preparedness level.

Please refer this link to download the model question paper for clat pg 2023:

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You have to appear in the exam of CLAT through the official website of clat exam. The last date of CLAT 2023 is 8december 2022. You have to apply inthe link given in the website.If you have 45% marks in class 12with any group of subjects you can apply for appearing in CLAT exam.Thre is 150auestionfir UG CLAT exam.Time duration is 2hrs.1narjs for each correct answer and 0.25,marks is deducted for wrong answers Total marks is 150 for ug clat exam.Admit card should be download from the link for CLAT exam.
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The official notification regarding the conduction of CLAT 2023 has been released today, 8th August, 2022.

The notification stated that the deadline for submitting the CLAT application form 2023 is November 13, 2022.

CLAT 2023 will be held in offline mode on December 18, 2022.

Hope this answers your query.

Regarding the updates related to CLAT, you should follow the link below to stay updated about CLAT schedule, results, syllabus and question papers-

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