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CLAT 2024 Exam Date [Official] Announced!

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : June 8, 2023

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Reader's Digest: What is CLAT Exam? It's a national-level law entrance exam for admission to the integrated law programme after the 12th standard. You'll be eligible for admission to 26 NLUs (subject to change). We are unfolding important details of this exam as you read further!

If you're eyeing the CLAT 2024, you'll get the slightest details and important updates about the exam here!

Keeping everything aside, we have some very important and latest news for you! The Consortium has published a Press Release on its official website announcing the CLAT 2024 Exam Date!

Yeah! You need to buckle up your shoes and start preparing since the exam is approximately 6 months from now! The CLAT Exam Date as per the Press release, is December 03, 2023.

However, The CLAT website has not yet been updated for 2024, as the last few lists and processes for the ‘23 CLAT are ongoing. The PR mentions that the Syllabus or Registration Process announcement will soon follow. Stay Tuned!

Breaking News - The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), conducted for admission to NLU in India, might undergo an interesting change. In a recent meeting on May 20, the possibility of CLAT being conducted in Hindi was discussed. 

This decision was prompted by a query from the Delhi High Court, and the Consortium responded by forming a committee to develop a plan for implementing this change.

Although the decision is not final, the committee will work on creating a framework to include Hindi as a medium of the CLAT paper. Their findings will be presented in a report within the next month.

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We're sharing answers to a few common queries about the CLAT 2024 Notification:

  • Who can apply for the CLAT 2024? Students applying for UG courses must have cleared their Class XII or appeared for their Class 12 exams this year. The criteria also entail that in 10+2 qualifying examinations, the candidate must secure 45% or its equivalent grade if the candidate is from General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories, and 40% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories. (Don't stop scrolling – there's more to explore!)
  • What does the exam consist of? The exam is divided into five sections: English, General Knowledge, Quantitative Techniques, Legal Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. (Continue scrolling to learn even more!)
  • I will be in my Class 12 with effect from April 2023. Am I eligible for CLAT 2024? Yes, you are! Anyone who will give their Class 12 exams in May 2023 can apply for this exam. 
  • I am from a Science background. Can I apply for CLAT? Yes, this exam is open for all streams. The exam also gives opportunities to science students to explore careers beyond engineering and medicine. (Keep going to the end for more information!)

Press Release by Consortium on the CLAT 2024 Exam Date

CLAT 2024 Exam Highlights

Look at the table below to get an overview of the CLAT Notification:

CLAT Full Form Common Law Admission Test
Conducting Body Consortium of NLUs
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Level National Level
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 4000 Rs [Online]
Exam Mode Offline
Participating Colleges 26 (*subject to changes), only 24 of them accepting admission through CLAT
Exam Duration 2 Hours
Number of Seats 3000+ Seats (as of 2023)
CLAT Official Website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/

CLAT 2024 Exam Date & Schedule

Check out the table below for the important CLAT dates:

CLAT 2024 Exam Dates  CLAT 2024 Exam Date
CLAT 2024 Starting Date to Apply To Be Announced
CLAT 2024 Last date to Apply To Be Announced
CLAT 2024 Last Date for Online Fee Payment To Be Announced
CLAT 2024 Admit Card Release Date To Be Announced
CLAT 2024 Exam Date December 03, 2023 (Announced)
CLAT 2024 Answer key Release Date To Be Announced
CLAT 2024 Result Date  To Be Announced

Are you a PG aspirant? Check more updates on CLAT PG Exam here.

CLAT 2024 Exam Eligibility Criteria [UG & PG]

The CLAT Consortium has set mandatory criteria to apply for the CLAT entrance exam for either of the courses. We've enlisted them for both UG and PG below:

CLAT 2024 Eligibility for UG Program

You must satisfy the following CLAT eligibility criteria to apply for the law undergraduate courses:

  • There is no upper age limit for UG. 
  • Following the official notification, you must have completed your 10+2 or equivalent examination with at least 45% marks if you belong to the General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories.
  • If you belong to the SC/ST category, you must have scored at least 40% marks.
  • If you are appearing for your 10+2 examination in the current academic year (March/April 2024), you are also eligible to apply.
  • To be eligible for the exam, you must be an Indian citizen, and NRIs and foreign nationals may also be eligible to apply for the exam. Still, they should check the eligibility criteria for each participating college separately as it may vary from one college to another.

CLAT 2024 Eligibility for PG Program

The PG exam is conducted for those aspiring to secure admission for Post Graduation courses, i.e., Master of Law in top Law Universities. 

Have a look at the detailed CLAT PG Eligibility Criteria for exact requirements:

  • There is no upper age limit for the PG Program.
  • Those belonging to the General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories must have a minimum of 50% of marks in the LLB degree or its equivalent grade.
  • According to the official notification, those belonging to SC/ST categories must have secured 45% marks in an LLB degree or equivalent grade.
  • You must have cleared your final semester or final year of the qualifying paper on the admission date.
  • To be eligible for the exam, you must be an Indian citizen, and NRIs and foreign nationals may also be eligible to apply for the exam. Still, they should check the eligibility criteria for each participating college separately as it may vary from one college to another.

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How to Apply for CLAT 2024?

The CLAT Registration Form can only be filled in online mode. Four stages are involved while filling out the application form, i.e., online registration, filling out the form, uploading documents, and payment of the application fee.

Follow the below steps to complete the process smoothly:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website, i.e., https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/
  • Step 2: On the Home page, click the link "REGISTER" to complete the registration process by entering your name and mobile number and setting a password.
  • Step 3: Enter the OTP received on the registered mobile number. This completes the registration process. 
  • Step 4: Log in to the portal using the registered mobile number and password. 
  • Step 5: Complete the application form by entering all the correct details.
  • Step 6: Upload necessary scanned images, documents, and signatures in the specified format.
  • Step 7: Pay the fee through the different online payment modes to complete the application process. 

Photo & Signature Dimensions for CLAT Registration 2024    

Refer to the dimension and format below to complete the registration form for the Common Law Admission Test:

Dimensions Image Size (Maximum) Format 
Photograph 500 KB .jpg/.jpeg
Signature 100 KB .jpg/.jpeg

CLAT Registration Fees 2024

The application fees vary for each category. Check out the table below for the CLAT registration fees per your category.

Category CLAT Exam Fees
General / OBC / PWD/ Rs. 4000
NRI / PIO / OCI candidates Rs. 4000
SC / ST / BPL candidates Rs. 3500

CLAT 2024 Admit Card

You can download the CLAT Admit Card only from the official website. The admit card will be released at least 15 days before the exam date.

You can follow the steps below to download the admit card:

  • Visit the official website.
  • On the homepage, click on the link "Download Common Law Admission Test Admit Card 2024."
  • Enter your login credentials and click on the submit button.
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen. 
  • Download and take a printout of the admit card for future reference.

CLAT 2024 Exam Pattern 

The CLAT notification 2024  has not been released yet! So, here is the CLAT exam pattern based on last year's notification. 

CLAT UG 2024 Exam Pattern

The following table shows the question paper pattern for the undergraduate courses:

Attribute Details
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Centers Designated national exam centres
Exam Duration 2 hours
Question Type Multiple-choice questions (comprehension-based)
Total Questions 150
Sections 5 sections
1. English Language 28-32 questions (comprehension passages, grammar, vocabulary)
2. General Knowledge & Current Affairs 35-39 questions (current events, general knowledge)
3. Quantitative Techniques 13-17 questions (basic mathematical skills)
4. Legal Aptitude 35-39 questions (legal propositions, law-related facts)
5. Logical Reasoning 28-32 questions (analyzing and solving problems logically)

CLAT PG 2024 Exam Pattern 

Check out the table below for the detailed CLAT PG Exam Pattern:

Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of Question Paper English (only)
Type of Exam Objective
Duration 2 hours
Type of Questions Objective Type
Number of Multiple Choice Questions 120
Marks Obtained for Correct Answer +1
Marks Deducted for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Topics Asked in MCQ Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Property Law, Company Law, Labour Law, Environmental Law, etc.

CLAT 2024 Syllabus [UG & PG]

The CLAT Syllabus lists the critical topics from the exam point of view. As per the CLAT notification, the UG and PG programs syllabus is similar to last year.

CLAT UG 2024 Syllabus 

Check out the table below to learn the detailed syllabus for CLAT UG:

Subjects Syllabus
English Language - 450 words passage based on contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing
- 5-6 questions testing comprehension and language skills
- Read and comprehend the main points, arguments, and viewpoints in the passage
- Draw inferences and conclusions, summarize, compare and contrast arguments or viewpoints
- Understand the meaning of words and phrases used in the passage
Current Affairs & GK - 450 words passage based on news, journalistic sources, current affairs, and general knowledge, covering:
- Contemporary events of significance from India and the world
- Arts and Culture
- International affairs
- Historical events of continuing significance
Legal Reasoning - 450 words passage involving legal matters, public policy questions, or moral philosophical enquiry
- Identify and infer rules and principles in the passage
- Apply rules and principles to various fact situations
- Understand how changes to laws or principles may alter their application to different fact situations
Logical Reasoning - Series of short passages (about 300 words each)
- Recognize arguments, premises, and conclusions
- Read and identify arguments in the passage
- Critically analyze patterns of reasoning and assess the effectiveness of arguments
- Infer from the passage, apply inferences to new situations, draw relationships, and identify contradictions or equivalences
Quantitative Techniques - Short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations
- Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information from passages, graphs, or other representations
- Apply 10th-standard mathematical operations, such as ratios and proportions, introductory algebra, measurement, and statistical estimation

CLAT PG 2024 Syllabus

The PG syllabus is also based on comprehension-based questions. The descriptive section was removed from the syllabus as per last year's CLAT notification. 

Have a look at the table below to learn the CLAT PG Syllabus:

Constitutional Law Jurisprudence Administrative Law Law of Contract
Torts Family Law Criminal Law Property Law
Company Law Public International Law Contemporary Judgements Environmental Law
Labour Law Industrial Law - -

CLAT 2024 Preparation Tips

Preparing for the Common Law Admission Test can be daunting, but you can easily crack the exam with the right strategy and approach. Choose the CLAT prep tips from below:

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023

The Common Law Admission Test is conducted annually to offer UG and PG programs admission. The analysis can help you know the exam's difficulty level, the number of reasonable attempts, and more.

Here is the brief previous year's CLAT Exam Analysis for the UG Exam:

  • 93.6% of candidates appeared for CLAT UG 2023 and 91.7% for CLAT PG 2023.
  • Logical Reasoning: lengthy but moderately solvable questions.
  • Conceptual questions tested topic clarity.
  • English: moderate difficulty, more vocabulary-based questions.
  • Mathematics: difficult for average students, some unusual questions.
  • General Knowledge: moderate level, 1-2 challenging passages.
  • Legal Knowledge: lengthy but moderately difficult.
  • CLAT 2023 had a few unpredictable topics and was more difficult than 2020 and 2022.
  • A score between 110 and 115 is considered a good attempt.

CLAT 2024 Answer Key 

After the completion of the exam, the Consortium of CLAT releases the provisional answer key. If any objections are to be raised, you can send them via the official website. Based on the objections received, the final answer key of CLAT is released.

Here are the steps that can be followed to download the CLAT Answer Key for both UG and PG programs:

  • Visit the official website.
  • On the homepage, click the "Common Law Admission Test Answer Key" link available in the Notification section of the website.
  • Enter your login credentials and submit them.
  • Now, you can view the answer key for your respective course and set.
  • Verify the answers; if there is any error, objections must be raised within the stipulated time.
  • Download and take a printout of the answer key PDF for future reference

CLAT 2024 Final Result 

The CLAT Result is prepared based on the final answer key. The result is released as a merit list of shortlisted aspirants through the Law Entrance Test score for the counselling procedure.

Results can be viewed only from the official website. Before the merit list, the scorecard of the exam will be released.

Here are the steps you need to follow while checking the results of the CLAT Paper:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the link "Common Law Admission Test Result."
  • Enter the Registration Number & Password and click on submit
  • Click on the scorecard tab after logging in
  • A new page will open, showing the results & the scorecard
  • Save and download the scorecard PDF for future reference

CLAT Cut-Off Marks

The Consortium decides the CLAT Cut Off based on various factors like the difficulty level of the exam, the number of seats, and the number of students appearing for the exam.

While the official announcement of the cut-off for CLAT results is still pending, anticipation runs high among the aspirants. Although the final details are yet to be revealed, we have compiled some information based on the 4th provisional allotment list.

NLUS  General (Opening Rank - Closing Rank)  OBC (Opening Rank - Closing Rank)  SC (Opening Rank - Closing Rank)  ST (Opening Rank - Closing Rank) 
NLSIU Bangalore  1-114 171-923  181-2674  1781-4059 
NALSAR Hyderabad  25-177 931-1116  702-3388  4600-6174 
WBNUJS Kolkata  136-256 588- 4217  6121- 7792 
NLIU Bhopal  186-449 591-1268  4505- 5311 8143- 10960
NLU Jodhpur  70-378 2360- 4457 6615- 8076 
HNLU Raipur  425 -805 1877 - 2061  6710 - 7137  10117 -11277 
GNLU Gandhinagar  147 - 441 1150 - 1878 3680 - 5683    7852 -10837 
RMLNLU Lucknow  432- 749
RGNLU Punjab 537 -1281 - 5693-8811 10300 - 15585
CNLU Patna  628 -1497
NUALS Kochi  552 -1441
NLU Odisha  504 -1163 5789 -7950 12030 -16910
NUSRL Ranchi  939 -1821 1888- 2748  7695 -9503 16626 -18477
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli  577- 1918 2509 -3862 5122- 10032 14452 
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam  538- 1914
MNLU Mumbai  325- 574
MNLU Nagpur  606 -2019
MNLU Aurangabad  1578 -2447
NLUJAA Assam 1102- 2271
HPNLU Shimla  822- 2558 8337 -11639 13021 -20514
DNLU Jabalpur  1521 - 2558 3021 -3181  10030 - 11639  17883 - 20514 
NLU Sonipat  767- 2519 2931 -4373 8628 -10841 10923- 21673
GNLU, Silvassa  810- 1591 2435-3669 8339 - 9581  13276- 14846 

CLAT 2024 Merit List

The merit list is generally released after the results by the Consortium of NLU. 

The CLAT Merit List will be released only on the official website separately for UG and PG. 

  • The merit list will be released separately for all counselling rounds.
  • The Merit List includes the category-wise merit rank of the applicant who has qualified in the exam.
  • It is prepared by using the scores of all aspirants, with the higher scores at the top and followed by the lowest scores.
  • The details on the merit list include your admit card number, All India Rank, and Total marks obtained in the entrance exam.

CLAT 2024 Counselling

The counselling begins after the release of the merit list. The CLAT Counselling is conducted in online mode.

You must online pay Rs. 30000/- for General Category and Rs. 20000/- for ST/SC/OBC/BC/ EWS/ PWD and other reserved categories to register for the counselling process. 

Once the first provisional list is released, you must choose any of the three options:

  1. Accept the allotted seat.
  2. Apply for an Upgrade.
  3. Exit from the admission process.
  • If the first option is chosen, you must upload all the required documents and make payment of a requisite fee to the allotted NLU.
  • Choose the second option, i.e., accept an upgrade. You must pay the specific fees (as mentioned in the CLAT Notification) to the allotted University and upload documents as per the schedule. 
  • If the last option is chosen, the allotted seat will be lost, and you will not be considered for further allotment.

Documents Required in Common Law Admission Test Counselling

You must carry the following documents at the time of counselling:

  • Application Form
  • Scorecard
  • 10th & 12th Marksheets
  • Admit Card
  • Specially-abled Certificate (if applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (if applicable)
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (if applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (if applicable)

CLAT 2024 Participating Colleges & Seat Intake (UG & PG)

The NLU begins the CLAT Seat Allotment according to the merit-cum-preference. Only 2 allotment lists have been released for CLAT admissions on the official website.

Refer to the table below for the college-wise seat intake of the CLAT Participating Colleges for UG & PG courses:

Name of the CLAT Participating Colleges (2023) UG Seat Intake PG Seat Intake
National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru 240 100
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata 108 100
National Law University, Jodhpur 104 50
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar 172 57
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNLU), Patiala 175 58
National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi 88 50
National University of Study & Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi 120 40
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam 120 60
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai 100 50
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad 60 60
Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur 120 50
National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad 132 66
National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal 120 60
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur 170 90
Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow 169 24
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna 138 -
National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack 180 44
National Law University & Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam 60 40
The Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirapalli 120 60
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur 120 60
National Law University Tripura (Nlut), Agartala 106 25
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Silvassa 49 25
Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla 180 80
Dr B R Ambedkar National Law University (DBRANLU), Sonipat, Haryana 120 -
Total (not including supernumerary, NRI, extra, and FN seats) 3071 1249

Note - The table only includes the seats for UG and PG programs and does not account for supernumerary, NRI, extra, and FN seats.

CLAT UG Placement Statistics 2022 (5-year Program) 

Check out the below table to learn about the placement statistics for the year 2022:

Name of NLU  No. of students graduating No. of students placed Median Placement Package(Rs.)
National Law School of India University (NLSIU ), Bangalore 76 65 16,00,000 (Sixteen Lakh Only)
National Law University (NLU), Delhi 85 59 19,00,000 (Nineteen Lakhs Only)
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad 118 96 16,00,000 (Sixteen Lakh Only)
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata 127 80 16,00,000 (Sixteen Lakh Only)

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CLAT PG Placement Statistics 2022 (1-Year Program)

Here is detailed information about the CLAT PG Placements for 2022:

Name  No. of students graduating No. of students placed Median Placement Package(Rs.)
National Law School of India University (NLSIU ), Bangalore 40 28 8,25,000 (Eight Lakh Fifty-Two Thousand Only)
National Law University (NLU), Delhi 70 43 10,00,000 (Ten Lakh Only)
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad 66 48 7,00,000 (Seven Lakh Only)
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata 82 54 10,00,000 (Ten Lakh Only)

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Conclusion

In this captivating CLAT overview blog, we took you on a thrilling journey, exploring the ins and outs of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - a vital gateway to your dream law school. As we navigated this legal labyrinth, we uncovered essential insights just for you:

  • CLAT's significance in securing admission to premier law schools.
  • A comprehensive breakdown of the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Techniques to conquer CLAT with confidence and finesse.
  • The critical role of diligent preparation and smart strategies.

So, brave legal aspirant, fearlessly strides forward, armed with the knowledge bestowed in this blog, and embrace your destiny in the esteemed world of law.

Frequently Asked Questions

The NLUs which are part of Law entrance Test has the basic eligibility condition of 45% or above marks in aggregate in Class XII. Other than that, no consideration is given to class XII marks.

While applying for Law entrance Test, every candidate is required to submit the preference of the National Law Universities. The preference matching to the rank of the candidate is considered while allotting the National Law University. Apart from domicile, gender, caste category is also considered as each NLU has different seat allocation for each category of student.

There is no upper age limit applicable to anyone who wants to apply for the exam. But, the lower age limit has to be 20 years old and for the candidates who belong to SC/ST and PhD (Physically Disabled) categories, and for others the lower age limit is 22 years old.

There is no official news about the CLAT Exam Date in 2024. It is to be held in the month of December.

No, it is actually not important to clear the minimum CLAT cut off for the proceedings of the admission. If any student who fails this step, it will make them uneligible to get admitted in any law school that only accept candidates on the basis of CLAT score.

Horizontal Reservation refers to reservation of seats from each category of seats available. For e.g., many NLUs offer horizontal reservation for female students, which refers to seats reserved for women candidates from the list of seats in all the categories (Gen., SC, ST, etc.).

To apply for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections) seats, one must have the EWS certificate. To be eligible for EWS, one’s family income should be less than 8 lacs per annum and other criteria in terms of ownership of land/plot/flat must be fulfilled.
Absolutely! With the right mindset, determination, and preparation, CLAT can be easy to pass. Many students have successfully cleared this exam, and you can be one of them. All it takes is a well-structured study plan, consistent practice, and smart test-taking strategies. Believe in yourself and your capabilities, and you'll be one step closer to acing the CLAT and securing your spot in a top law school.
Indeed, a 93 in CLAT is an achievement worth celebrating! Delving into past records, we've observed that general category aspirants with a minimum score of 100 are likely to find their way into the top two NLUs. But fear not, for with a score of 93-95 out of 150, the gates to esteemed National Law Universities (NLUs) are wide open for you.

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