CLAT 2024: Application Form (till 3 November), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Counselling

The official date of the CLAT 2024 exam has been announced by the authority. The entrance test is going to be held on 3 December 2023 in offline mode. The online registration link for the same will be available soon on the official website.

CLAT officially known as Common Law Admission Test is a national-level entrance exam for admissions to UG &PG law courses offered by 22 National Law Universities in India. Candidates seeking admission to India’s top NLUs need to secure a good rank in the CLAT exam. A few self-financed and private law colleges in India also use CLAT scores for law admissions.

This entrance test is managed by the Consortium of National Law Universities, including representative universities. It is one of the toughest entrance exams of India. Aspirants can fill out the CLAT application form online by visiting the official website of the authority.

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There will be five exam sections in CLAT entrance test 2024 including English, Legal Reasoning, Current Affairs and GK, Quantitative Mathematics, and Logical Reasoning for undergraduate program. Complete details on CLAT are provided below.

Latest: CLAT 2024 application form has been released, candidates can apply till 3rd November 2023.

CLAT 2024 Exam Date

CLAT 2024 important dates such as the date of exam, online registration, result announcement, counselling dates, etc are mentioned below.

Events Dates (tentative)
Release of official announcementAnnounced
Availability of CLAT Application Form 2024Now available
Last date for receiving application 3rd November 2023
Release date of CLAT Admit cardTo be announced
CLAT Exam date 20243 December 2023
Display of provisional answer keyTo be announced
Closing date to raise objectionsTo be announced
Release of final answer keyTo be announced
Announcement of CLAT ResultTo be announced
CLAT Counselling datesTo be declared

Eligibility criteria 

The CLAT is organized for admission to integrated undergraduate courses in Law such as BA/ BBA/ B.SC/ B.COM/ BSW LLB and Postgraduate courses in law such as Master of Laws (LL.M). The CLAT Eligibility criteria for UG and PG courses are mentioned below.

CLAT 2024 Eligibility for UG courses

Candidates must have cleared Senior Secondary School/ 10+2 or its equivalent examination from a recognized Board with at least 45% marks in aggregate (40% in case of candidates belonging to reserved category).

Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam can also apply for the test. However, they have to show their passing certificate for the same at the time of admission, failing which they will lose their right to be considered for admission.

There is no upper age limit for the CLAT Exam.

Eligibility for PG Courses

Candidates must have passed Ll.B. Degree or an equivalent examination with no less than 50% marks (45% marks in case of reserved categories).

There is no upper age restriction for the CLAT.

CLAT 2024 Registration Process and Application Form

CLAT 2024 registration window is open from 1st July 2023. The registration is being conducted in online mode only. To register, candidates have to provide their mobile number and email ID at the CLAT website. Once the registration is done successfully, an OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number for verification.

After that, candidates will be allowed to access the application form by using their login credentials including their registered phone number and the password provided at the time of registration. Applicants are advised to fill the form carefully because no changes will be made once the form is submitted.

Candidates have to pay a prescribed application fee in online mode via credit or debit cards, or net banking. Applicants who want to opt for last year’s question papers will have to pay an additional Rs 500.

CLAT Application Fee

Candidates belonging to the General/ PIO/OBC/ NRI/ PWD/ OCI category will have to pay Rs 4,000/ as CLAT 2024 Application fee.

For reserved (SC/ST/BPL category) the application fee will be Rs 3.500/.

Note: The application fee is non-refundable.

Documents required at the time of Online application

Passport size photograph

Scanned copy of signature

Proof of category certificate (for reserved category)

Exam Pattern

The CLAT question paper for UG programs will consist of a total of 150 questions of one mark each from five different sections. For PG programs, the question paper will contain a total of 120 MCQs of 1 mark each. The duration of the exam is 120 minutes. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong response.

Subject-wise weightage of the question is provided below.

SubjectNumber of questions (approx.)
English Language28-32 questions
Legal Reasoning35-39 questions
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge35-39 questions
Logical Reasoning28-32 questions
Quantitative Techniques13-17 questions

CLAT Admit Card

Candidates can download the CLAT Hall ticket by logging into their accounts. Candidates should provide their application number and date of birth on the login page to retrieve the admit card.

The actual date to download the CLAT admit card has not been announced yet. It is expected that the admit card will be available on the official website at least 15 days before the date of exam.

A hall ticket is an important document to carry at the time of the exam. No candidate will be allowed to sit in the exam without having a valid CLAT admit card.

CLAT 2024 Examination Centres

The conducting body will release the list of CLAT exam cities along with the application form. While filling the CLAT Application form, candidates will be allowed to opt for at least 3 cities as their preferred exam centre. As per last year’s exam, the consortium NLUs arranged 127 examination centres in 22 states across the country.

CLAT Exam Syllabus

The purpose of conducting UG CLAT 2024 is to evaluate the reasoning skills and abilities of candidates along with the understanding of required aptitude skills for legal education. The complete details on CLAT UG Syllabus are given below.

Subjects Topics
CLAT UG English languageSpotting Errors, Antonyms, Analogies, Spelling Errors, Synonyms, Word Rearrangement, One Word Substitution, Cloze Test, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, Idioms & Phrases, Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks
General Knowledge & Current AffairsCurrent happenings, Static GK, Science & Technology, Economics, Sports, History, Politics and Geography
Quantitative TechniquesPercentage, Areas, Volumes, Simplification and Approximation, Ratio, Profit & Loss, Fractions & Decimals, HCF & LCM, Partnerships, Discounts, Proportion, Interest, Square Roots, Averages, Surds and Indices and Number Systems.
Legal AptitudeImportant Supreme Court Judgments, Important topics from Contract law, Important and recent acts and amendments of the legislature, tort law, Criminal law, and Constitutional law, current affairs and legal GK; International treaties and conventions affecting national legal framework etc
Logical ReasoningSyllogism, Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Time & Sequence, Distance and Direction, Argument/ Statement & Assumption/ Course of action/Conclusion/ Series, analogy, Number Test, Alphabet Test and Classification

Answer Key

The consortium will release the answer keys within 24 hours after the successful conduction of the exam. Initially, the authority will release the provisional CLAT answer keys in which the candidates are allowed to raise objections. After considering the objections, a final answer key will be released. The answer key represents the right options against each question asked in the CLAT question paper.

CLAT Cut-off 

The conducting body will release the NLU-wise cut-off for admission to 5-year integrated UG Courses and one-year LLM programs. The CLAT Exam cut-off will show the minimum qualifying marks that a candidate needs to achieve in one’s given category to become eligible for admission.

The cut off will be decided after considering various factors including the total number of seat intake, number of participating candidates, exam difficulty level, highest score and NIRF Ranking (if applicable) for the applied NLU.

Exam Analysis 

The analysis of CLAT Exam helps to understand the difficulty level of the exam along with the format of questions, topics covered in each section, expected cutoff, section-wise analysis, and more. Below, we have described the previous year’s CLAT Exam Analysis, section-wise difficulty level, and number of questions.

Test SectionQuestions asked in the paperDifficulty level
Legal Reasoning40Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs, Including GK35Moderate to Easy
Logical Reasoning30Moderate
Quantitative Techniques15Moderate to difficult

CLAT 2024 Result 

CLAT result will be announced most probably in December 2024. The authority will announce the result along with the score card online at the official website. The CLAT scorecard will include details like total marks and Merit rank secured by a candidate in the exam.

To download the result, candidates need to provide their login details such as application number, DOB/registered mobile number at the CLAT website. Take the printout of the score card for future use.

CLAT Counselling and Admission Process 

Selection of CLAT qualified candidates will be done on the basis of counselling process followed by a merit list. During the CLAT Counselling process, seats will be allotted to candidates in their preferred order of the NLU filled in the application form.

Note: Admission to preferred NLU is based on the availability of seats and merit list.

Details on CLAT Seat intake under the participating NLUs

CLAT CoursesSeat intake at NLUs
Bachelor of Science LLB Honour (BSc LLB (Hons)) 



Approx 3,213 seats

Bachelor of Arts LLB Honours (BA LLB (Hons))
Bachelor of Business Administration LLB Honours (BBA LLB (Hons))
Bachelor of Social Work LLB Honours (BSW LLB)
Bachelor of Commerce LLB Honours (BCom LLB (Hons))
Master of Laws (LLM)          1, 217 seats

List of CLAT participating NLUs

                                                      National Law Universities of India  
National Law Institute University, BhopalDr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow
Chanakya National Law University PatnaNational Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad
Hidayatullah National Law University, RaipurNational Law University Odisha, Cuttack
National Law University & Judicial Academy, AssamDharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Maharashtra National Law University, NagpurThe Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli
National Law School of India University, BangaloreHimachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, HaryanaThe West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
National Law University, JodhpurNational University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, PatialaGujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
National University of Study & Research in Law, RanchiMaharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University, AurangabadDamodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) Visakhapatnam


Is CLAT very tough?

Yes, it is one of the toughest exams in India.

What is the purpose of conducting CLAT?

For offering admission to 22 NLUs (national law universities) and more than 70 affiliated law colleges

What is the good rank in CLAT?

To get admission to the top NLUs, candidates need to achieve a rank between 95-100.

Which exam is more CLAT OR AILET?

As per the expert’s view, the level of AILET is more difficult as compared to CLAT.

What is the frequency of CLAT exam?

Once a year

How many times can I attempt CLAT?

There is no maximum limit on the number of attempts for CLAT.

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