CLAT 2023: Counselling(Started), Result(Out), Application Form, Exam Dates, Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern

Last Modified on : 09 May 2024

CLAT 2023 was conducted on 18th December 2022, as announced by the Consortium of National Law Universities through an official press release. The Consortium has also announced the date for the 2023 exam. It was held on 18th December 2022. Thus, two CLAT exams will be held next year. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is conducted for admission to UG and PG Law courses. Few changes have been introduced in the pattern of the exam. Check out the exam pattern section for the same.

A degree in Law opens promising career opportunities for candidates across various fields – the Government sector, corporate sector, firms, and, of course, the good scope for private practice. There are many law entrance exams conducted at the national and state level for admission into LLB, BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLM, etc., programs. Some of the popular Law exams at the National level are CLAT, AILET, LSAT, DU Law Entrance Exam, BHU UET, Christ University LET, IPU CET Law, ULSAT, JMI Law, SET Law, etc. Of these, the CLAT Exam is one of the most popular and toughest national-level entrance exams that paves the way for admission into integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. The exam is conducted on a rotational basis by the NLUs.

Here are complete details related to the CLAT exam, such as eligibility, important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, the application process, admit card, result, etc.

CLAT 2023 Latest Updates - 

  • The CLAT counselling started on 28th December 2022.
  • The result was declared on 23rd December 2022.
  • The application form was released on 8th August 2022 and the last date to fill out the form was 18th November 2022.
  • As per the press release, the Consortium has also reduced the counselling fee. The fee for the General category candidates will be ₹ 30,000/- (earlier, it was ₹ 50,000), and for the reserved category candidates, it is ₹ 20,000.

CLAT 2023 application form dates and other dates will be announced soon on the official website. Interested candidates must keep a check on the official website at Candidates can apply for CLAT 2023 online mode only on the official website. Candidates filling out the application form for CLAT have to complete each step correctly, including registration, filling up the form with personal and academic details, uploading a photograph as well as signature, and the fee payment.

CLAT Exam 2023 – Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Law Test (CLAT)

Exam Conducting Authority

National Law University Odisha

Official website

Purpose of the examination

Admission to UG and PG law courses

Occurrence of the examination

Once a year

Examination type

National level

Mode of examination

Pen-and-Paper Based (Offline)

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CLAT Exam 2023 Important Dates

The complete CLAT 2023 exam schedule will be released soon. Here are the tentative dates:



Submission of the online application form begins

8th August 2022

Last Date for submission of the online Application form

18th November 2022

Download admit card/hall ticket

6th December 2022

CLAT 2023 examination

18th December 2022

Answer key publication

18th December 2022

Last date for submitting objections against the answer key

19th December 2022

Final Answer Key Publication

23rd December 2022


23rd December 2022


28th June 2022

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CLAT Exam 2023 Pattern & Syllabus

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern

The Consortium of National Law Universities has decided to introduce some changes in the exam pattern as under:

New changes in the CLAT Exam Pattern w.e.f. 2020

  • The total number of questions has been reduced to 120-150 from 200 in the UG level exam.
  • As per a statement from the Consortium, “Comprehension-based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.”
  • PG-level exams will also have comprehension-based questions. The descriptive portion will remain the same.
  • The consortium has also asked the Executive Council to study the possibility of introducing cut-off marks for the L.L.M. courses.

CLAT UG Level Exam Pattern - New

The CLAT exam is conducted for admission to both UG and PG courses. The exam pattern is different for both UG and PG courses. Let’s have a look at both.

The new exam pattern for the exam is as discussed below:

  • Mode of Exam: Pen-an-Paper Based
  • The medium of the Question Paper: English
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions
  • Scheme of Marking: 1 mark for every correct answer. ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours

The exam will consist of 5 sections with a total of 120-150 questions. Till now (2019 exam), a total of 200 MCQs have been asked from all the subjects. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

120 to 150

120 to 150

Legal Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

English (including comprehension)

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

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CLAT Exam Pattern for PG Courses

The exam will consist of 3 sections with a total of 150 questions. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Constitutional Law






Remaining topics such as Torts, Contract, IPR, International Law, Criminal Law, etc






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CLAT 2023 Syllabus

Syllabus for UG Courses

General Knowledge & Current Affairs: Questions on National and International current events.

Legal Aptitude: Question on legal propositions, candidate’s knowledge of the law, problem-solving skills, and research aptitude.

Logical Reasoning: Questions on patterns, and logical links, rectify illogical arguments, syllogism, analogies, logical sequences, etc. No questions on visual reasoning.

English (including comprehension): Questions on comprehension passages, the meaning of words therein, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, correction in grammatically incorrect sentences, etc.

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): Questions on Mathematics studied up to the 10th standard.

Syllabus for PG Courses

Read the syllabus of the subjects studied in the UG degree.

CLAT Exam 2023 Eligibility

The candidate must fulfill certain criteria to become eligible for the exam. Scroll down to learn the details:

Eligibility Conditions for UG Courses

  • A candidate should have done the 12th standard or equivalent from any recognized Board with a minimum aggregate of 45% marks. The reserved category candidate (SC/ST) is required to score only 40% to become eligible for the exam.
  • Those candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination are also eligible to appear for the CLAT 2023 exam. However, at the time of admission, such candidates should submit their passing certificates.
  • There will be no upper age limit in CLAT 2023.

Eligibility for the PG Courses

  • A candidate should have passed LL.B/Five-year integrated LL.B/any other equivalent exams with a minimum of 55% marks. Candidates who belong to the reserved categories (SC/ST) should have a score of 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • Those candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2023. But, at the time of admission, such candidates should produce their passing certificate.
  • There is no upper age limit in CLAT 2023 for PG course admissions.

CLAT Exam 2023 Application Process

Application Form for CLAT Exam 2023 -

Candidates can apply for the exam only through the online mode; there is no other mode for registration. The candidate should keep a printout of the confirmation page for future use. Candidates have to pay ₹ 4,000 as the application fee if they belong to categories such as General/ Other Backward Class (OBC) /Persons with Disability (PWD)/ Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)/ Non-Resident Indian (NRI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIO). For Scheduled Caste (SC)/ Schedule Tribe (ST)/ Below Poverty Line (BPL) category candidates, the CLAT application fee payable is ₹ 3,500 only.

Requirements for filling CLAT Application Form

Before you begin the CLAT application process, keep the below-mentioned documents as scanned files on your system:

  • A working email ID
  • A working mobile number
  • Class 10th and 12th mark sheet details
  • Details mentioned in ID and address proof (Aadhaar Card/ Driving License/ PAN Card)
  • Scanned Passport size photograph (Format: JPEG, Maximum size: 500 KB)
  • Scanned signature (Format: JPEG, Maximum size: 100 KB)
  • Scanned copy of the state of domicile certificate (Format: PDF, Maximum size: 2 MB)

How to Apply?

  • Candidates should visit the official website of the exam -
  • Click on the button "Apply Online". You will be redirected to the registration page.
  • Click on the "Click Here for New Registration" button on the top right of the page.
  • Complete the registration process by providing your basic details. Please make sure that you enter the correct details as per your class X mark sheet.
  • After the registration process is complete, you will receive your registration id and password on the email id provided.
  • Now, you can use these credentials to complete the registration process.
  • A candidate should fill in all the required columns of the application form, such as Educational Qualifications, Address, Mother’s Name, Father’s Name, etc.
  • Along with the application, the form candidate should upload a scanned copy of his photograph and signature. Please make sure that the images meet the specified format and size.
  • The candidate should also upload scanned copies of his Identification card and Certificates.
  • After making the application fee payment, the registration process will be complete.

Application Fee

Every applicant is required to pay the application fee. The application process will be considered incomplete without application fee payment. Once paid, the application fee will not be refunded. Following are the details of the application fee for different categories (as per the 2022 official notification):


Application Fee

General/ OBC/SAP

₹ 4,000/-


₹ 3,500/-

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If candidates want to get previous years' question papers, they are required to pay an additional price of ₹ 500.

Mode of Application Fee Payment

  • The application fee can be paid through both online and offline modes. Online it can be paid by Debit Card/ Credit Card/pay wallet/RuPay/Net Banking etc. Offline payment can be made through an e-challan generated online. Such payments are to be made in CASH only.
  • Candidates have to bear the bank transaction charges themselves for both online and offline payments.

Things to Keep in Mind While Filling CLAT Application Form –

Some of the things that candidates need to keep in mind at the time of filling CLAT application form include:

  1. No hard copy of the filled-in application form will be sent to the CLAT Consortium Office.
  2. CLAT application form correction facility is not available. Therefore, candidates are advised to furnish all details in the online application form very carefully. 
  3. It is not mandatory to complete the CLAT application process in one sitting. Candidates can save the CLAT application form at any stage and always come back and continue from where they left off. The system automatically shows the page from where candidates need to continue.
  4. Candidates must spell their parents’ and their names correctly, as mentioned in the certificates/ mark sheets/ identity proof. Any alteration in the name of the candidate or his/ her parents may disqualify the candidature.
  5. Candidates should ensure that all the information provided to them in the application form is correct and authentic.
  6. No change in the preference order for the 21 NLUs is allowed after the final submission of the application form. Therefore, candidates are advised to give their preference for NLUs very carefully.  

In case candidates fill out more than one application form, only their last online application form is considered. CLAT application fee for previous forms, in such cases, is not refunded.

CLAT Exam 2023 Other Details

CLAT Admit Card

CLAT admit card 2022 was released online by the CLAT consortium on 6th December 2022. Applicants can download their CLAT 2023 admit card through login. To download CLAT admit card 2023, candidates must log in with their registered mobile number and password.

The admit card is considered a hall ticket for entry to the exam centers. It has the candidate's personal details, the allotted center name, exam date, exam venue, and timings. Candidates appearing for CLAT 2023 should cross-check these details on their admit card, and if any discrepancy is found, they should contact the exam helpdesk.

CLAT admit card is an essential document without which candidates will not be allowed entry to the exam center. Therefore, candidates should carry at least two printouts of the CLAT 2023 admit card to carry on the exam day.

CLAT Answer Key 2023

The CLAT answer key is a way to evaluate your performance in the entrance exam. The answer key was uploaded online to the official website on 23rd June 2022.

The answer key of CLAT is released in two stages i.e. provisional key and final answer key. Candidates can cross-check their responses against each question from the CLAT 2023 question paper, and if any discrepancy is found, then they can file objections within the specified time.

Once the objection filing process is completed, the consortium will verify the same and release the final answer key for CLAT 2023.

How to Download CLAT Answer Key?

With an aim to ensure easy availability of the CLAT 2023 answer key, the authority will publish the same online and make it available on the exam portal. For those students, who are unable to reach or access the answer key of the CLAT 2023 exam, stepwise information to download the same has been provided below:

  • Visit the official exam portal i.e.
  • Find and click on the link for CLAT 2023 Answer key.
  • A new document will open on the screen in PDF format
  • Download the answer key and keep a hard copy of the same for further need.

CLAT Result 2023

CLAT 2023 results will be announced on 23rd December 2022 at the official exam portal. Candidates can check the result from the official website i.e.

Centralized online counselling will be conducted after the CLAT result. Seats will be allotted on the basis of CLAT rank, the order of preference, categories selected by the candidate, and the number of seats available in each NLU.

How to check CLAT Results From The Official Site?

The Consortium of National Law Universities has made the complete examination system online. Hence the declaration of CLAT 2023 Results will also be done on its official website only. Candidates who are not very much familiar with the online procedure for checking CLAT 2023 Results can follow the simple stepwise instructions provided below to access their CLAT Scorecard 2023:

  • Visit exam portal -
  • Find and click on the link for CLAT 2023 Results.
  • Log onto the portal using your registered credentials.
  • Click on CLAT 2023 Scorecard Link.
  • Your CLAT 2023 Result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the Scorecard in Digital Format.
  • Take a printout of the scorecard for future reference.

Click here for Updated CLAT Exam Frequently Asked Questions.

CLAT Exam Frequently Asked Questions

Download the CLAT exam admit card from the official website.

It will be conducted in offline (pen-paper) mode.

The medium of the exam is English.

For a few days, the correction window will be opened during which candidates can rectify their application form.

The exam has objective-type questions. From the year 2021, the number of questions has been reduced from 200 to 150.

There is no upper age limit for the CLAT exam.

The Application fee for General category candidates is Rs 4000 and for reserved category candidates, it is Rs 3500.

The exam conducting authority is the Consortium of National Law Universities.

19 National Law Universities (NLUs) are participating in the exam.

One can get the application from 8th August 2022. 

As per the official notification, the exam was held on 18th December 2022 via offline mode – pen and paper.


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