CLAT 2023 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria, Pattern

CLAT 2023: Common-Law Admission Test is a centralized examination that gets conducted for admission of eligible candidates to 21 National Law Universities in India into various Integrated Law Courses, Undergraduate, and Postgraduate courses. Exam gets organized every year by NLUs on the rotation base. The exam will be based on the online computer based pattern. You can check complete details about CLAT 2020 from here

CLAT 2023 Overview

EXAM NAME CLAT 2023 (Common Law Admission Test)
ORGANIZING INSTITUTE National Law University
EXAM TYPE National Level Entrance Examination
PROGRAMS OFFERED Undergraduate & Postgraduate law programs
MODE OF EXAM Online Mode (Computer-Based Test)
NUMBER OF QUESTIONS 200 questions (for UG) & 150 questions (for PG)
SECTION Five Sections for UG & Three sections for PG
TOTAL MARKS 200 marks (for UG) & 150 marks (for PG)
TYPE OF QUESTIONS Multiple choice/Objective type
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA 10+2 for UG & LLB/5 years Integrated LLB (Hons.) for PG
EXAM DATE May 2023

CLAT 2023 Important Dates

Events Exam Dates (Tentative)
The release of the Online Application Form 2nd week of January 2023
Last date of Application Submission along with the order of preferences for NLUs 2nd week of March 2023
Availability of  CLAT Admit Card 2nd week of May 2023
CLAT 2023 Examination Date 4th week of May 2023
Publishing of Answer Key 3rd week of May 2023
The announcement of Result (issue of merit list) 4th week of May 2023
Counselling Commence 1st week of June 2023
Closing process of Admission 1st week of July 2023

Eligibility Criteria

  • Indian National candidates can apply.
  • NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates can apply for those NLUs where such category is admitted.
  • Foreign National candidates can apply directly to the concerned institutions.
  • There will be no upper age limit to apply for UG Integrated & PG courses.

For UG Courses:

  • Passed 10+2 examination from the recognized board with a minimum 45% marks (40% marks for SC/ST categories).

For PG Courses:

  • Passed LLB/5 years Integrated LLB (Hons.)/any other equivalent examination with a minimum of 55 % marks (50% marks for SC/ST categories).

CLAT 2023 Application Form

CLAT Application Form will be filled & submitted online only. Applicants can avail of the application form from the official site. The first step is to register them by creating a log-in an account using an E-mail ID. At the time of filling the application form, students were required to fill the preference order for NLU’s Uploading the scanned signature & photograph in the application form. Don’t send the hard copy of the application form to the authority office which is valueless, as mentioned above the application form will be submitted through online mode only.

Procedure to fill CLAT Application Form:

  • You can fill the CLAT Application form through online mode only.
  • Students must have a valid email id for the online registration.
  • You are required to create a user id and password to upload the scanned copies of the document, Signature.
  • Visit the CLAT official website.
  • On the home page click on to the link in which Click Here For New Registration is mentioned.
  • The registration page will open
  • You are required to mention the name, email ID, and mobile number for the registration.
  • Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated after filling in the asked details and uploading the required comments click on the submit button.
  • The payment page will open.
  • You need to pay the application form fee by using bank Challan or via Credit Card, Debit Card, or Internet Banking.
  • After the successful registration, you will receive the confirmation e-mail or SMS at their registered mail ID and number.

Application Fee

Category Fee
General/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) & other categories Rs. 4000 + extra charges
Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) Rs. 3500 + extra charges
  • Candidates can pay the fee through credit card/debit card/net banking/pay wallet/RuPay, etc.
  • The fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

Exam Pattern

For UG Courses

  • The question paper comprises 200 marks.
  • 1 mark for each correct answer will be awarded.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong response.
  • The duration of the examination will be 2 hours.
Subjects Marks
English including comprehension 40 marks
General knowledge & current affairs 50 marks
Elementary mathematics (numerical ability) 20 marks
Legal aptitude 50 marks
Logical reasoning 40 marks
Total 200 marks

For PG Courses

  • 150 MCQ-type questions will be asked in the exam.
  • The duration of the exam will be 2 hours.
  • 1 mark will be rewarded for each correct response.
  • There will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong response.
Subjects Marks
Constitutional Law 50 marks
Jurisprudence 50 marks
Other subjects such as contracts, torts, criminal law, international law, IPR, etc. 50 marks
Total 150 marks

Cut Off

  • The cutoff is the minimum score declared by the institute for the admission process.
  • It is calculated considering multiple factors such as availability of seats, average marks scored in the test, difficulty level of the paper, and total test population.

CLAT 2023 Counseling

Candidate must indicate their NLUs preference online where they want to take admission. Via centralized counseling, admission to UG and PG courses in CLAT Counselling participating universities will be done. Based on the merit – cum – preference, the allocation of seats will be done.

Seats in Participating NLUs

UG seat to be filled through CLAT

NLU All India Category Seats State Category Seats Special Category Seats
NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka 75 0 5
RGNUL Punjab 175 0 21
CNLU Patna, Bihar 60 60 20
WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal 94 10 23
NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan 100 0 15
HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh 82 80 27
NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana 86 22 15
NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 80 28 20
GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat 56 0 31
RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 80 80 18
NUSRL Ranchi, Jharkhand 60 60 0
NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam 45 15 0
NUALS Kochi, Kerala 33 27 08
NLUO Cuttack, Odisha 159 0 21
MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra 25 25 10
MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra 30 30 0
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 48 60 12
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 52 52 6
Total seats 1436+2 548+1 252

PG seat to be filled through CLAT

NLU All India Category Seats State Category Seats Special Category Seats
RGNUL Punjab 38 0 6
CNLU Patna, Bihar 0 0 0
NLIU Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 25 15 0
WBNUJS Kolkata, West Bengal 40 0 2
NLU Jodhpur, Rajasthan 80 0 0
HNLU Raipur, Chhattisgarh 45 0 4
NLSIU Bangalore, Karnataka 50 0 0
NALSAR Hyderabad, Telangana 40+2 10+1 10
GNLU Gandhinagar, Gujarat 52 0 11
RMLNLU Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 10 10 7
NLUJAA Guwahati, Assam 10 0 0
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh 10 12 2
NUALS Kochi, Kerala 21 19 0
NLUO Cuttack, Odisha 44 6
SRL Ranchi, Jharkhand 10 10 0
MNLU Mumbai, Maharashtra 2
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 0
MNLU Nagpur, Maharashtra 9 11 0
Total seats 484+2 87+1 50


English including comprehension

  • This section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English.
  • It will be based on comprehension passages and grammar
  • The grammar section requires filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, etc.
  • Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc in the comprehension section.


  • It will test the candidate’s knowledge of elementary mathematics.

Logical Reasoning

  • This section includes a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
  • This section will test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments.
  • However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

  • Current Affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.
  • General awareness including static general knowledge will be asked.

Legal Aptitude

  • The legal aptitude will test the candidate’s interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability.
  • With the help of legal propositions, questions will be framed, and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.
  • Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense.
  • Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

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