CLAT 2023 – Official Sample Papers Released, Check Other Details

New Delhi, October 27, 2022: The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has released the official sample papers for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) examination for candidates who had registered and paid the fee for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2023. Eligible candidates can register for the CLAT exam 2023 on the official website: consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The CLAT examination will be conducted on December 18, 2022. The entrance exam will be held in offline mode and the duration of the exam will be two hours (120 minutes).

Note: The Consortium of NLU will conduct the CLAT examination for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 NLUs across the country.

CLAT 2023 – Schedule

Start date of CLAT online application form August 8, 2022
Last date to submit application form November 13, 2022
Release of admit card Fourth week of November 2022 (Expected)
CLAT exam date December 18, 2022

CLAT 2023 – Overview

Exam mode Offline
Exam duration 2 hours
Test language English
Type of questions Multiple-choice questions (MCQs)
Exam subjects
  • English Language
  • Current affairs including General Knowledge
  • Legal reasoning
  • Logical reasoning
  • Quantitative techniques
Total questions 150 MCQs
Maximum marks 150 marks
Marking scheme
  • +1 for correct answer
  • -0.25 for incorrect answer

CLAT 2023 – UG & PG Eligibility

UG Eligibility

  • There is no upper age limit for candidates appearing for the UG programme through the CLAT 2023.
  • Candidates must secure the following minimum percentage of marks in Class 12 or an equivalent examination:
    • Forty-five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories
    • Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in the case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  • Candidates who may be appearing for their qualifying examination in March/April 2023 are also eligible to appear for the CLAT examination. However, they shall be required to produce evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
  • The result of the qualifying examination (Class 12) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission, failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the course they may have applied for.
  • If more than one candidate secures an equal number of marks in the CLAT 2023, the break of the tie shall be by the following procedure and order as follows:
    • Higher marks in the component/section on Legal Aptitude in the CLAT exam
    • Higher age
    • Computerised draw of lots

PG Eligibility

  • An LLB. degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of fifty percent (50%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and forty-five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  • Candidates appearing for their qualifying examination in April/May 2023 are also eligible to apply.
  • There is no upper age limit for appearing for the CLAT 2023.
  • Tie Breaker Rule : In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
    • Higher age
    • Computerised draw of lots

CLAT 2023 – Syllabus

Sections Important topics
English Language
  • Grammar (correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, fill in the blanks, etc.)
  • Vocabulary
Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • Static GK (Arts & Culture and History)
  • Knowledge of all events happening nationally and internationally
Logical Reasoning
  • Relationships
  • Analogies
  • Logical Sequences
  • Arguments
Legal Reasoning General awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues
Quantitative Techniques
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Basic Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

CLAT 2023 – Preparation Booklist

Subjects Books
English Language
  • English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • General Knowledge 2021-2022, 2020-2021 by Arihant Publications
  • Manorama Year Book
Logical Reasoning
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Arihantโ€™s A New Approach to Verbal and Analytical Reasoning
Legal Reasoning
  • Pearson’s Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning
  • Pearsonโ€™s Guide to the CLAT
Quantitative Techniques
  • NCERT Class 10 Book
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal

How to Check CLAT 2023 Sample Papers?

To access the official sample papers of CLAT 2023, candidates can follow the steps below:

  • Visit the official website of CLAT consortium
  • Click on the link for CLAT application or use direct link
  • Login with registered user name (phone number) and password and click on โ€˜Access Sample Paperโ€™.
  • Candidates have to click on โ€˜Attempt Sample Paperโ€™ and a window with sample paper instructions will appear.
  • Once the candidates read all the instructions, and click on ‘Start Sample Paper’, all the questions with a timer will appear on the screen.ย 
  • Candidates can attempt the sample paper any number of times to improve their test-taking skills.ย 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When will CLAT exam be held?

The Consortium of NLUs will conduct the CLAT on December 18, 2022.

Will CLAT exam be held in offline mode?ย 

The CLAT exam will be held in offline mode as a pen-and-paper-based test.

Is there a negative marking in CLAT exam?

Yes. 0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer in CLAT exam.

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