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Common Mistakes to Avoid on CLAT 2023 Exam Day

AindrilaUpdated On: September 08, 2022 05:04 pm IST | CLAT

CLAT 2023 is almost here and candidates are geared up for the exam. Go through this article to know some common mistakes that you can avoid on the exam day of CLAT 2023.

Common Mistakes to Avoid on CLAT Exam Day

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national-level entrance examination that is conducted every year for admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses. The CLAT exam is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) headed by NLSIU all over the country. At present 22 NLUs participate in the CLAT entrance exam out of which all 22 NLUs offer UG courses while only 19 NLUs offer PG courses. Not only NLUs but there are several other colleges in India that accept CLAT scores. 

CLAT 2023 is going to be held on December 18, 2022. CLAT is an offline examination that will be conducted by the Consortium of NLUs in over 80 cities and more than 200 test centres all over the country. CLAT 2023 aspirants who are well aware of the exam pattern, CLAT 2023 syllabus, best books, and preparation tips can crack the exam very easily. In these last few days, students should not stress too much about the exam but revise their already prepared topics. It is very important for the students to take proper rest and be very confident about the CLAT 2023 exam and their preparation. Students must take extra care of all the important things of the CLAT 2023 entrance exam. It will be really helpful for the students if they plan their last few days wisely. By going through this article, CLAT 2023 aspirants can avoid some blunders. 

Mistakes to Avoid on CLAT 2023 Exam Day

As the CLAT exam is almost here, the candidates must avoid the mistakes given below on the exam day:

  • Not reaching the examination centre timely

The students should try to reach the test centre at least 30 minutes before to avoid any last-minute hassle. On the day of the exam, there is not much to study for the students, so they must leave their house early to reach the exam centre before time. 

  • Answering the questions without proper reading

To avoid wasting time, some students have been found answering the questions immediately after receiving the question paper. While doing this students might save time but their answer won’t be the appropriate one. It is very important to read the questions thoroughly before writing down the answer. The candidates must not forget that each wrong answer will deduct 0.25 marks.

  • Not following the COVID-19 safety guidelines

By now the Central government along with state governments are not really strict with the COVID-19 safety precautions such as wearing face masks, using hand sanitiser or maintaining a safe distance from other individuals. As cases are rising every day, the exam authorities have asked the CLAT 2023 applicants to follow the COVID-19 safety protocols. Before the students head out for their CLAT exam, they must go through the guidelines released by the exam authority. 

  • Not examining the doubts 

It is very important to clear the doubts beforehand otherwise on the day of your exam, you won’t understand certain portions of the question paper and leave those answers blank. Even if there is a single doubt, it should be clarified before the exam. There is high competition in CLAT examinations so the chances of clearing the exam will decrease if you do not answer the complete paper. 

  • Not carrying the relevant documents

On the day of the exam i.e., 19th June 2023, students must carry their hall ticket positively. Not only the admit card but the students have to carry one valid government-issued identity proof. Students have to make sure that the ID proof has the photograph of the examinee. For PwD students (Scribe approval) or students that have to show certificates to sit for the exam must carry the relevant certificates with them. The students must try to arrange their file consisting of the admit card, ID proof and special certificates on the night before the exam.

  • Carrying mobile phones, bags and books

The officials in charge of the exam will not provide any facility to deposit mobile phones, bags/handbags, books/study materials or headphones of the candidates. The students may be allowed to keep their belongings inside the test centre but the officials won’t be responsible for the loss of items. It is already stated by the exam officials that, “The candidates are NOT permitted to carry cell phones or any other electronic gadgets (including mobile phone, calculator, digital watches, headphones of all types). The candidates will be asked to leave such gadgets outside the examination hall and the staff on duty at the test centre will not be responsible for any loss of property/gadgets of the candidates”. 

  • Forgetting to carry test-taking items

The CLAT aspirants have to take their own test-taking materials like blue/black ballpoint pen, face mask, sanitizer, face shield and hand gloves. The candidates cannot ask the exam centre officials to provide any such items for taking CLAT 2023 examination. 

  • Not applying shortcuts or techniques

It was already discussed in the preparation tips for CLAT 2023 that the students should look for shortcuts and techniques to answer the questions. It is good to do hard work but for exams like CLAT 2023 students should do smart work. While preparing for CLAT 2023, students can learn and apply techniques and shortcuts for solving questions. If you find yourself successful in applying these techniques then you can do the same on the final exam day. It will not only save your time but also help you to solve difficult questions within a few seconds. 

  • Not carrying water bottles

It is advised for the students to carry water bottles on the day of the exam. The students can carry transparent water bottles (without a label) with them inside the test centre as said by the exam authority. So, the students should carry their own water bottles as the test will be conducted for 2 hours and the temperature outside might be unbearable and the students can fall sick. 

  • Wasting time while giving the test

As CLAT is a lengthy paper and contains questions from the English language, Quantitative aptitude, Current affairs, Logical reasoning and Legal reasoning, therefore it is very important to complete the test on time. The students should first attempt that section in which they have full confidence. While giving mock tests try to prepare this way to save time and get the maximum number of marks in CLAT 2023. 

  • Ignoring health

It is very common for students to get anxious before and on the day of the CLAT exam. The students should not put too much stress on themselves as this would directly affect their health and they could not focus on the exam. Even if there is a little bit health problem or the students are not able to manage their stress, they should immediately visit a counsellor. 

Also Read:CLAT 2023: Last Minute Tips, Do's and Don'ts

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern Highlights

Go through the table below to get an idea of the CLAT 2023 exam pattern for both UG and PG courses. 






2 Hours



Type of Questions

UG- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

PG- Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) & Subjective Questions 

Number of Questions

CLAT UG- 150 

CLAT PG- 120 

Marking Scheme

Each correct answer: +1

Each incorrect answer: -0.25 

Unattempted question: 0

Total Marks

CLAT UG- 150 marks

CLAT PG- 120 marks

Also Read:CLAT 2023: Important Exam Day Instructions

CLAT 2023 Last-week Preparation Tips

As only a few days are left for CLAT 2023 entrance exam, aspirants must focus on a thorough revision of each topic. Revise only those portions that you have prepared in the last few months because starting a new topic now will make you nervous and you will tend to forget already well-prepared portions. Make a timetable for revision but don’t forget to take proper rest, and give mock tests daily. Let’s take a look at the UG and PG level exam pattern

CLAT UG 2023 Exam Pattern

CLAT Subjects

Number of Questions


Current Affairs including General Knowledge

35-39 Questions

35-39 marks (25% of the total marks)

Legal Reasoning

35-39 Questions

35-39 marks (25% of the total marks)

English Language

28-32 Questions

28-32 marks (20% of the total marks)

Logical Reasoning

28-32 Questions

28-32 marks (20% of the total marks)

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 Questions

13-17 marks (10% of the total marks)

Total Weightage

150 Questions

150 Marks

CLAT PG 2023 Exam Pattern




Section 1: Constitutional Law

60 Questions

60 marks

Section 2: Other areas of law such as Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law and Labour & Industrial Law

60 Questions

60 marks


120 Questions

120 Marks

Also Read:CLAT 2023: List of Documents Required on Exam Day

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