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What to Expect From CLAT 2023?

Debanjalee Sen
Debanjalee SenUpdated On: September 13, 2022 04:28 pm IST | CLAT

CLAT 2023 exam date is December 18, 2022 and the admit card will be out a few days before the test. This article covers all the major details and information about CLAT 2023 which law aspirants must go through.

CLAT 2023 Exam Details

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the most popular and widely taken law entrance exams of India. More than 70,000 law aspirants register for CLAT every year in order to enrol in some of the best law schools in India. CLAT is conducted by the CLAT Consortium for shortlisting candidates primarily for the National Law Universities (NLUs) but there are innumerable other law colleges that accept CLAT for their law admissions.

The exam date of CLAT 2023 has been announced. CLAT for admission to the academic session of 2023-24 has been scheduled to December 18, 2022. The last date for application submission is November 13, 2022 and students must be thorough with their CLAT preparation. This article provides a comprehensive explanation of what to expect from CLAT 2023. The candidates who have applied for CLAT 2023 can find all the details pertaining to the exam along with some major areas of concern. 

Will CLAT 2023 get Cancelled?

The exam date of CLAT 2022 was re-scheduled for the last academic session and was not cancelled. Hence, students must note that the CLAT 2023 will be held per the official dates announced.

How will Law College Admissions take place if CLAT 2023 gets Cancelled?

It is quite unlikely that CLAT 2023 will be cancelled. However, it is wise as well as advisable for the students to be vigilant and have a Plan B. One of the primary concerns of law aspirants this year is how law admissions will take place if CLAT 2023 is cancelled. 

In case CLAT 2023 gets cancelled, other law colleges and universities will adopt different methods to admit students. There are many private law universities that accept CLAT for admissions. These universities will either conduct their own entrance exam or shortlist students on the basis of merit obtained in the qualifying degree. Apart from that, there are several law colleges conducting admissions on the basis of class 12 marks. The law entrance exams of  NLSAT 2023LSAT India, SLAT, KLEE, etc. are also scheduled to be carried out soon, therefore, some law colleges might also accept these exams for their selection process.

It is assumed that if CLAT 2023 were to be cancelled, the private law colleges accepting CLAT scores will either organise their entrance test through the online medium or shortlist students after a round of personal interview. In any case, the law admissions of India 2023 will not be hampered even if the exam were to be scrapped for this year. 

Will CLAT 2023 be Postponed like CLAT 2022?

Now since the CLAT 2023 exam date has been announced, it is unlikely that the exam will be postponed. Considering that last year several entrance exams were conducted either through the mode of remote-proctored from home, pen-paper based or via a centre-based exam system, it is believed that CLAT 2023 might also change its exam mode if the situation demands.

However, for now, the exam is scheduled to be held offline and all the CLAT exam centres will adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols as prescribed by the government. Complete details regarding the safety protocols will be released by the Consortium later. The Consortium has also advised all candidates to get vaccinated. 

They must be thorough with their CLAT preparation while also working on some backup options.

Are there any Changes / Modifications in the CLAT 2023 Application Process?

In terms of the CLAT 2023 online registration process, nothing has changed from the previous year. The application process is available from August 8, 2022, and will end on November 13, 2022.

Students can take the Common Law Admission Test if they are at least 17 years old and have a 12th-grade grade point average (GPA) of at least 45%.

They can submit their application using the website.

Any Changes in the Number of Attempts in CLAT 2023?

According to the notification, candidates may take the CLAT as many times as they choose. To take the CLAT, one must, however, meet the CLAT Eligibility Criteria with regards to minimum age, educational background, and nationality.

Those who are eligible will be allowed to attempt the Common Law Admission Test in 2023.

Will CLAT 2023 be Conducted in Remote Proctored Mode?

No, CLAT 2023 will be conducted in offline mode. The number of total applicants of CLAT 2023 is way too high to organise the exam in the RPT mode, CLAT also does not have foolproof software that can ensure the smooth and fair completion of the examination. It will require a lot to arrange an AI-enabled (Artificial Intelligence) test which applicants can give from their homes.

Apart from that, the Consortium also has to keep in mind that it is not possible for all candidates to have the necessary facilities for giving a remote proctored test like laptops/ desktops, internet access, power back up, etc. In 2020, some students had submitted a petition to the Delhi High Court for organising CLAT in the RPT mode but the exam was held in an online CBT mode. Therefore, it can be concluded with significant certainty that CLAT 2023 will not be conducted in remote proctored mode.

Will there be changes in the CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern?

CLAT 2023 exam pattern for LLM has undergone a major change as the descriptive section has been removed from the paper. All the candidates who registered for CLAT LLM have to attempt only 120 MCQs in 120 minutes.

New Exam Pattern for CLAT UG 2023 

The UG-CLAT 2023 will evaluate candidates' comprehension and reasoning ability. The new CLAT UG 2023 exam pattern is provided here.

  • Overall, it is intended to be an assessment of aptitude and skills necessary for a legal education.
  • However knowledge may be useful in answering questions in the Current Affairs section.
  • The UG-CLAT 2023 test will last two hours and will consist of 150 multiple-choice questions costing one point each.
  • 0.25 marks will be penalized for each incorrect answer.

New Exam Pattern for CLAT PG 2023 

The PG-CLAT 2023 will place more value on students' comprehension skills. It will run 120 minutes and have one section. The following changes have been made to the CLAT 2023 PG test pattern.

  • The first segment would include 120 objective-type questions, each representing one point.
  • Every wrong answer will cost the aspirant 0.25 points.
  • Students will be provided extracts from primary legal sources, such as key court decisions in various domains of law and regulations.

Will CLAT 2023 Syllabus be Reduced?

The syllabus of CLAT 2023 has already been revised for Master of Law (LL.M). The major area of concern is how to conduct CLAT 2023 while ensuring the maximum safety of students. The government and officials are figuring out ways to organise the exam while enabling the exam takers to abide by the social distancing norms.

Are there any changes in the CLAT Syllabus 2023?

CLAT 2023 UG Syllabus 

No. The syllabus is the same as previous year, which means that the test-taker will be examined on English, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude in the CLAT UG exam.

The Common Law Admission Test for Undergraduate Programs will be of class 12 standard.

Below is the list of CLAT 2023 UG sections - 

CLAT UG 2023 Sections


Grammar, Antonyms, Adverb, proverbs, Synonyms, Vocabulary, One-word substitution, English Comprehension

GK & Current Affairs

Arts, culture, Contemporary Events from India & world, International Affairs, Historical events

Elementary Mathematics

Percentage, Algebra, Areas, Statistical Estimation, Ratios, and Proportion, Number system, time, speed, distance, Profit, Loss, Probability, 

Legal Aptitude

Constitution, Law, Polity

Logical Reasoning

Analogies, series, calendar, clocks, seating arrangement, syllogisms, sequence and matching, blood relation

CLAT 2023 PG Sections

The paper will be based on the undergraduate program's mandatory subjects, which will include Administrative Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Torts, Family Law, Property Law, Company Law, Criminal Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.

Everything You Need to Know About CLAT 2023

The links provided in the table given below provide information about the basic details of CLAT 2023. Candidates can find the registration process, eligibility criteria, important dates, documents required, etc. The links provided below will be helpful for those who have decided to sit for the exam.

CLAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria

CLAT 2023 Important Dates

CLAT 2023 Application Process

CLAT 2023 Admit Card

CLAT 2023 Syllabus (New)

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern (New)

CLAT 2023 Answer Key

CLAT 2023 Basic Details

Also Read: How to Prepare for CLAT 2023 amid COVID

CLAT 2023 Preparation Tips

Preparing for CLAT 2023 in the correct way will lead to excellent results. Referring to the best study material for CLAT and following the ideal preparation tips and strategy will be extremely helpful in getting a good score in the exam. With the right preparation strategy, students can ace the exam without much difficulty and increase their chances of getting into the desired college. Here are some resources that will help the aspirants in preparing for CLAT in the best way.

How to Prepare for CLAT 2023

CLAT 2023 Previous Year Question Papers

CLAT 2023 Mock Tests

Best Books for CLAT 2023

Preparation Tips for English Language Section of CLAT 2023

Preparation Tips for Current Affairs Section of CLAT 2023

Preparation Tips for Quantitative Techniques Section of CLAT 2023

Preparation Tips for the Logical Reasoning Section of CLAT 2023

Preparation Tips for Legal Reasoning Section of CLAT 2023

How to Prepare for CLAT 2023 Without Coaching

2 Month Study Time-Table for CLAT 2023


CLAT 2023 Cutoff, Merit List, Result, and Reservation

The table given below provides a list of articles that will explain the reservation policy followed for CLAT along with the cutoff, results, merit list, and paper analysis of CLAT.

CLAT 2023 Results

CLAT 2023 Cutoff

CLAT 2023 Merit List

CLAT 2023 College Predictor

CLAT 2023 Paper Analysis

CLAT 2023 Reservation

CLAT Cutoff - Round 1

CLAT Cutoff - Round 2

CLAT Cutoff - Round 3

CLAT Marks vs. Rank

CLAT 2023 Selection Process and Accepting Colleges

Find all the information about CLAT 2023 counselling process and accepting colleges via these resources.

CLAT 2023 Participating Colleges

CLAT 2023 Counselling Process

CLAT 2023 Seat Allotment

CLAT 2023 Rank Predictor

CLAT 2023 Accepting Colleges and their Seat Matrix

Private Law Universities Accepting CLAT Scores

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Also Read: How to Prepare for CLAT 2023 Without Coaching

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What are the main topics the aspirant needs to study for the CLAT 2023 PG?

Administrative Law, Company Law, Tax Law, Criminal Law, Public International Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Torts, Family Law, Property Law, Environmental Law, and Labour and Industrial Law will be the major topics or areas the aspirant needs to study for the CLAT 2023 PG.


Are there any modifications in the CLAT 2023 UG syllabus?

No. The syllabus is the same as CLAT 2022. This means that the CLAT UG exam will include questions on English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.


What is the exam mode of CLAT 2023?

The CLAT 2023 exam will be executed in an offline format. The exam is set to take place between 2 and 4 p.m. If necessary, the timings may be revised by the Consortium.

Are there any limitations in the number of attempts for the CLAT aspirants?

Individuals may take the CLAT as many times as they want. However, to take the CLAT, one must meet the CLAT eligibility criteria in terms of minimum age, academic level, and nationality. The aspirants who satisfy the eligibility criteria will be allowed to sit for CLAT.


Is the application process of CLAT 2023 same as CLAT 2022?

The application process of CLAT 2023 remains the same as CLAT 2022. To register for the CLAT exam, students will have to provide details like name, active cell phone number, email address, and set their password. Once the login credentials are activated, the test-takers can log in and fill the CLAT 2023 application form. Students have to use the official website to submit their applications.


How will the law schools conduct admissions if CLAT 2023 gets cancelled?

CLAT 2023 is highly unlikely to be cancelled. If CLAT 2023 is cancelled, other law schools and universities will use alternative procedures to admit students. Numerous private law schools accept CLAT for admission. These universities will either have their own entrance exam or choose candidates based on their performance in the qualifying degree. Candidates can also appear for the law entrance tests such as AILET 2023, NLSAT 2023, LSAT India, SLAT, KLEE and join the participating colleges for law studies.


Was the last CLAT exam cancelled?

CLAT for the 2022 -23 session was not cancelled but instead moved to a new date. Students should note that the CLAT 2023 will occur on the dates specified until the Consortium notifies of any changes.


When is CLAT 2023 scheduled?

The date of the CLAT 2023 examination has been released. The Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) for 2023–24 will take place on December 18, 2022. The application deadline is November 13, 2022.

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