CLAT 2023: Exam Date, Eligibility Criteria, Application Form

CLAT 2023 will be conducted by the Universities under National Law Universities (NLUs) rotationally in the 2nd week of May 2023. Candidates seeking admission in UG and PG law courses from these universities can apply for CLAT exam by filling the online application form. The authority will most probably release the form in the 2nd week of January 2023. Before heading to the application form, candidates should make sure that they fulfill the eligibility requirements needed for appearing in the exam.

CLAT 2023 will be conducted in offline mode where the applicants will be given a question booklet and the OMR answer sheet to mark the answers. The total duration of the examination will be 2 hours. There will be a provision of negative marking for choosing the incorrect option.

CLAT 2023

  • No changes will be permitted in the application form once it has been submitted successfully by the candidates.
  • The application form will only be made available via online mode. No printed application or otherwise shall be accepted by the authority.
  • To claim the benefit of reservation, candidates must produce the relevant certificates as prescribed by the Government of India/State Government and as required by the respective NLU at the time of admission.
  • Selection of the candidates will be done on the basis of marks obtained in the entrance test, the number of seats available and the choice of college/course opted by them.
  • It is mandatory for the applicants to pay the required application fee for the exam. The fee once paid shall not be refunded and will not be adjusted.
  • Allotment of seat and offer of admission under CLAT 2023 will strictly be provisional and candidates cannot claim any right of admission.

CLAT 2023 Important Dates

The tentative schedule for CLAT examination is provided below-

Events Dates (Expected)
Availability of application form 2nd week of January 2023
Last date to submit the form Last week of March 2023
Hall ticket releasing Last week of April 2023
Exam date 2nd week of May 2023
Result announcement Last week of May 2023
Publication of first seat allotment list 1st week of June 2023
Date of payment of counselling fee (Rs. 50,000/-) 2nd week of June 2023
Publication of 2nd seat allotment list 3rd week of June 2023
Date of payment of counselling fee 3rd week of June 2023
Publication of 3rd seat allotment list 4th week of June 2023
Date of payment of counselling fee Last week of June 2023
Candidates to complete the admission formalities at the allotted NLU’s for admission against allotment list. Last week of June 2023
Date for receiving status of admissions from the participating NLU (s) in the CLAT Office 1st week of July 2023
Admission closes on 1st week of July 2023

Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2023

The eligibility criteria for appearing in CLAT examination are provided below-

For UG courses

  • Age criteria: Not defined
  • Educational qualification: A pass in class 12th examination or its equivalent from a recognized board is required. Candidates should have secured minimum 45% aggregate marks (40% for SC/ST candidates).
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in class 12th may also apply for the exam.

For PG courses

  • Age criteria: Not defined
  • Educational qualification: Candidates should have completed LLB or 5-years integrated LLB (Hons.) or its equivalent from a recognized university. They must have obtained at least 55% marks (50% for SC/ST candidates) in aggregate.
  • Candidates must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of admission.

CLAT 2023 Application form

The application form for CLAT can only be filled in online mode. Applicants are required to keep their documents along with the scanned images (photograph and signature) handy. They need to register themselves for the exam by providing their basic details such as name, phone number and email id. After successful registration, candidates need to login into the website to fill the application form. The details in the form should be filled as per the correct knowledge of the candidates and should match the official records. If the information provided by the candidates is found to be untrue then their candidature will be cancelled by the authority. Candidates need not send the form to the authority by post or other means. Incomplete or applications received without the application fee shall be rejected by the authority.

Application fee

  • General/OBC/SAP and other category candidates need to pay Rs. 4000/-.
  • SC/ST category candidates are required to pay Rs. 3500/-.
  • The stated application fee can be paid through net banking, credit card, debit card, pay wallet, RuPay, and through Bank Challan.
  • The fee is non-refundable and won’t be remitted once paid successfully.

CLAT Exam pattern 2023

Candidates can take a reference from the exam pattern given below to know the overall structure of the exam-

  • Exam mode: Offline (Pen and Paper-based)
  • Language: English only
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Type of questions: Objective type
  • Maximum marks: 200 marks for UG and 150 marks for PG
  • Marking scheme: 1 mark will be awarded for correct answer
  • Negative marking: one-fourth marks will be deducted for incorrect answer

UG courses

Subject Maximum marks Duration
English with comprehension 40  



2 hours

GK and current affairs 50
Elementary mathematics 20
Legal aptitude 50
Logical reasoning 40
Total 200

PG courses

Subject Maximum marks Duration
Constitutional law 50  


2 hours

Jurisprudence 50
Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. 50
Total 150

CLAT 2023 Syllabus

The syllabus of CLAT examination covers the following subjects and topics-

  • English including comprehension: word meaning, antonym, synonym, one-word substitution, passage, sentence correction, sentence rearrangement etc.
  • GK and current affairs: Static GK, national and international affairs, environment, history, polity, person in news, awards etc.
  • Mathematics: syllabus prescribed for class 10th
  • Legal aptitude: study of law, research aptitude, problem-solving ability, legal propositions.
  • Logical reasoning: syllogism, direction sense, blood relation, analogies, classification, number series, alphabetical series, sitting arrangement, etc.

Preparation tips

Here are some useful preparation tips for the candidates to ace the exam with flying colors-

  1. Always brush up your basic concepts first and then only study the complex ones.
  2. Do not get carried away with the mobile phone, visit of a relative/friend when the exam is approaching. Try to stay away from such distractions.
  3. Do not waste unnecessary time in collecting books. Simply, grab one book and read from it over and over again.
  4. Practice previous year papers on a regular basis and observe the areas where you need improvement.
  5. Maintain a separate notebook for different subjects and prepare short notes to quicken the revision process.

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CLAT Admit card 2023

  • The admit card can be downloaded by logging into the official web portal of the CLAT.
  • Candidates need to retain a printout copy of the hall ticket and keep it safe for further use.
  • It is mandatory for the applicants to carry the admit card to the exam venue along with a valid govt. id proof failing which they won’t be allowed to take the test.
  • In case of discrepancy in the hall ticket, candidates are suggested to contact the authorities immediately so that the mistake can be rectified soon.

Result and Counselling

  • Candidates can check the result of CLAT 2023 from the official website. The result will likely be released in the last week of May 2023.
  • The result will be presented in form of a merit list stating the name and roll number of the candidates who have cleared the exam.
  • Separate merit list will be prepared for UG and PG courses respectively.
  • Selected candidates will be then invited for the counselling process where they will be asked to indicate their preference for college and course.
  • A seat will be allotted to them after the counselling process, based on the following parameters- availability of seats, choice opted during counselling and the merit rank.
  • Finally, the candidate has to report to the concerned allotted college to complete the admission related formalities.

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