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CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 - Live Review, Section-Wise Detailed Review, Difficulty Level & More

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : April 3, 2023


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The Consortium of National Law Universities conducted the CLAT 2023 on 18 December 2022 from 2 pm to 4 pm. The Common Law Admission Test was conducted across 127 test centres in 23 states and two union territories of India. 

Put a full stop to all your anxieties and curiosities about CLAT 2023 analysis because LegalEdge presents a LIVE CLAT analysis for all the CLAT aspirants.

Many candidates might not be aware, but the analysis is the ultimate key to succeed in CLAT 2023. A detailed year-wise exam analysis of the question paper will give you more clarity on the preparation strategy. 

Therefore, CLAT exam analysis gives the candidates a detailed insight into the following:

  • The difficulty level of the paper
  • Section-wise weightage
  • Good attempts
  • Expected CLAT cut off
  • College-wise closing score

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 (Overall Analysis)

The analysis was provided based on feedback from students who had appeared for the exam.

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The following are some key highlights of the CLAT Entrance Exam 2023:

  • 93.6% of the candidates registered for the CLAT UG 2023 and 91.7% of the candidates registered for the CLAT PG 2023 appeared for the test.
  • In the Logical Reasoning section, 2-3 paragraph-based passages were asked. However, the questions in LR were lengthy but moderately solvable with the right formula and fast calculation speed. 
  • In CLAT 2023, many conceptual questions were asked to test the conceptual clarity of the topic. 
  • Usually, the questions from the English section were lengthy, but the difficulty level was moderate. Moreover, this year, more vocal-based questions were asked. So, the students with an excellent preexisting vocabulary will bear the golden fruits.
  • The Mathematics section of CLAT 2023 was difficult for an average student. However, a few odd questions were asked. These types of queries have never been asked in previous exams of CLAT. 
  • The General Knowledge section was of moderate level. Almost all questions were easily solvable except for 1-2 passages. 
  • Like every year, the students encountered a few unpredictable topics also. 
  • A few questions based on static orientations were also asked.
  • One passage was simple and easily doable among all the passages asked in the GK section of CLAT 2023.
  • The Legal Knowledge section was lengthy, but the difficulty level was moderate. 
  • The first impression of most students who appeared for CLAT 2023 was that the paper was lengthy. 
  • Overall, the CLAT Exam 2023 didn't surprise the students with a new pattern of questions except for a few unpredictable topics from GK and QT.
  • In comparison to the question paper designed in 2020 and 2022, this year's paper was on the difficult side. However, a few sections or passages were simpler.
  • Keeping in mind the difficulty level of the paper, a score between 110 and 115 can be taken as a good attempt.


Our expert team from LegalEdge has shared a detailed review of the Common Law Admission Test in the following sections:

  • English
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques

Check out the table below to know the overall difficulty level of the exam, section-wise CLAT 2023 exam analysis, and more:

Section No. of Questions Number of Passages Good Attempts Difficulty Level
English 30 6 28-30 Easy to Moderate
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 35 7 30-35 Moderate to Difficult
Legal Reasoning 40 8 32-34 Easy to Moderate
Logical Reasoning 30 6 25-27 Moderate
Quantitative Techniques 15 3 8-9 Difficult
Total 150 30 110+ Moderate-Difficult

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 for Current Affairs

Though there were a few irrelevant questions, the overall difficulty level of the CLAT current affairs section was easy.

Refer to the comparative year-wise CLAT analysis below:

2023 2022 2021
Moderate to Difficult Easy to Moderate Easy

To know the overall CLAT 2023 analysis of the Current Affairs section, read the following points:

  • Less standard questions were asked. To be specific, current affairs questions for 2020 were also asked. 
  • Most of the passages seemed weird and vague to the students. 
  • The reason is that only one passage of the Presidential election was to-the-point and easily doable.
  • Fewer questions were asked from the most critical topics for GK.
  • Each passage consisted of 1-2 questions related to static GK.
  • Some static orientation questions were also asked.
  • The two main things with which the GK section of CLAT could be handled easily were a good presence of mind and extensive knowledge of happenings in India and worldwide.
  • Most of the questions were from these topics: Cryptocurrency, India's changing agricultural landscape, Droupadi Murmu, AI CHATBOT: LaMDA, and FIFA World Cup 2022.

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 Exam Analysis for Legal Reasoning

Compared to the previous year's question papers, the difficulty level of CLAT's legal section was easy to moderate.

Refer to the comparative year-wise CLAT analysis below:

2023 2022 2021
Easy to Moderate Easy Easy

Refer to the exam analysis of the CLAT legal reasoning section from the following:

  • This section was of moderate level because the passages were lengthier, and the students had to spend more time reading the questions instead of solving them.
  • All those with good reading speed had the upper hand in the Legal Knowledge section.
  • The questions asked were easily doable and straightforward, and the passages seemed familiar.
  • So, the students were pretty much confident about this section.  
  • There were a few questions on hypothetical scenarios.
  • Questions were asked on the following topics:
  1. Surrogacy
  2. NALSA
  3. Electoral bond scheme
  4. Criminal Procedure Code
  5. Consumer Protection law
  6. Section 498A and Section 69A of the Indian Penal Court

Read more: Expected cut-off marks for CLAT 2023 exam

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CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 for Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning was challenging compared to last year's CLAT question paper, and the level was moderate to difficult.

Refer to the comparative year-wise CLAT analysis below:

2023 2022 2021
Moderate Easy to Moderate Easy

Refer to the following points for a detailed CLAT exam analysis:

  • Most conceptual questions were asked, and fewer contextual questions were asked this year. 
  • Not more than 45 minutes were to be allotted for attempting the questions with 90% accuracy. 
  • Mostly straightforward questions were asked. This section was relatively more accessible in comparison to the other sections. 
  • There were a total of 6 passages followed by five questions each.
  • It was a win-win situation for the students with good clarity of concepts.
  • A few passages were lengthier, with multiple paragraphs.
  • All the questions in this section were from common critical reasoning topics like central/main Idea, strengthening of the author's argument, drawing a conclusion from the passage, title of the passage, and inference from the passage.
  • Also, there were a few questions on assumptions and 1-2 questions on inferences.
  • Those who have solved mock tests in a time-based manner and know when to skip questions and when to spend time re-doing them would score relatively well in this section.
  • The questions were asked on the following topics:
  1. Challenges for print media post-COVID
  2. Depreciation of the Rupee and challenges before RBI
  3. Stereotypes that affect middle-aged women's career
  4. Effects of new-age media on our thinking
  5. Carbon emissions
  6. Renewable energy 

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 for English

The English section of CLAT  was of an easy to moderate level compared to the previous year, and most of the questions were challenging to understand as the passages were quite long.

Refer to the comparative year-wise CLAT analysis below:

2023 2022 2021
Easy to Moderate Easy (but lengthy) Easy

Refer to the following points for the analysis of English for CLAT:

  • The English section was quite lengthy compared to the previous year, and most of the questions were challenging to understand as the passages were quite long.
  • The average length of each passage was around 250-300 words. 
  • Almost all questions were based on inferences. However, eight vocabulary-based questions were asked. 
  • A total of 30 questions were asked, five questions per passage. Mainly, passages were asked from the books. 
  • A wide variety of passages was seen, including narrative, descriptive, literary, historical, and more.
  • Just one passage was asked from a magazine.
  • More contextual questions were asked.
  • The nature of the questions was straightforward.
  • It was the easiest section of the CLAT 2023 Exam.

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 for Quantitative Techniques

As per our experts from the LegalEdge, the Quantitative Techniques section was the most difficult for the students.

Refer to the comparative year-wise CLAT analysis below:

2023 2022 2021
Difficult Moderate Easy

Go through the below-mentioned points for a complete exam analysis of the Quant section of CLAT:

  • The overall difficulty level of the section was high, and it was the most challenging section of the CLAT 2023. 
  • Less standard questions were asked in the previous CLAT papers, and questions about the government reports were asked.
  • Many irrelevant information was given in the Data Interpretation questions to make them lengthy and confusing. 
  • The paper had complicated questions. However, 8-10 questions could be attempted with good accuracy. 
  • The maximum time allotted for this section should be 15 minutes. 
  • All those who tried to solve all the questions and gave it preference over other sections could be in an unsafe position. 
  • Also, the distribution pattern of topics was quite similar to the last year.

CLAT Exam Analysis 2023 - What is a Good Score?

As per CLAT 2023 paper analysis, an excellent ideal score will fall between 100-110.

Candidates who score 95-100 can secure a spot in one of the top three NLUs.

Check out the table below to know the last rank of CLAT colleges:

CLAT Participating Institutes Closing Rank for CLAT 2023
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 58
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad 128
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata 226
National Law University, Jodhpur 354
Gujarat National Law University 468
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala 926
National Law Institute University 376
National Institute of Advanced Legal Science 983

CLAT 2022 Exam Analysis (Student's Review)

Overall, the CLAT 2022 exam was easy compared to previous years.

A total of 120 MCQs had to be answered in 150 minutes. Last year, the CLAT question paper was not controversial and fair.

Last year there were so many unexpected questions, but this year questions were predictable and doable.

You can scroll down to learn subject-wise analysis by our mentors from LegalEdge:

  • All the passages and questions were predictable and less lengthy than the previous year, which increased the number of attempts.
  • Compared with last year, the passages in the English language were easy this year.
  • All questions were predictable, and they were to the point. Current Affairs and GK were straightforward.
  • Passages were based on PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh, United Nations, and SAARC.
  • Standard questions were asked from the Legal Reasoning.
  • Questions were based on topics like Hindu Marriage Act, IPC, Jurisdiction, and Contract Law.
  • In Logical Reasoning, there were three passages based on ongoing virus outbreaks and one on climate change.
  • The section was easy to moderate. One passage was highly lengthy.
  • Most of the questions were on standard topics like inference, strengthen and weaken, etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude was also easy.
  • Surprisingly there were no graphs or tables given.
  • There were only paragraph-based questions.
  • As the question paper was easy,  the number of attempts was high.
  • It would be best if you also had good accuracy, as a good number of attempts with less accuracy doesn't fetch you a good score.

Subject-Wise CLAT Exam Analysis 2022

Get an in-depth review of each subject of CLAT 2022 here.

Know each CLAT subject's difficulty level, reasonable attempts, and questions. 

Section No. of Questions Level of Difficulty
English 30 Easy
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 35 Easy
Legal Reasoning 40 Moderate but lengthy
Logical Reasoning 30 Moderate
Quantitative Techniques 15 Easy
Total 150 Easy to Moderate

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CLAT Exam Analysis of Quantitative Aptitude 

The quantitative aptitude section might be a cakewalk if you thoroughly practise all the basic concepts.

Refer to the following points for the detailed analysis:

  • All the 15 questions in quant were easy. 
  • It was so surprising that no questions were based on graphs or tables.
  • The entire section included passage-based questions.
  • You had to interpret the data in table or graph format to solve the questions asked.
  • All the questions were doable, and there were not many calculations.
  • There were 3 cases based on the current situation.
  • Refer to the list of common topics that were asked in all shifts:
  1. Simplifications
  2. Profit and loss
  3. Income and expenditures
  4. Percentages
  5. Ratios
  6. Averages

CLAT Exam Analysis of GK and Current Affairs 

Refer to the following points for the detailed analysis:

  • The GK and current affairs sections were straightforward. 
  • Passages were based on PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh, the United Nations, the Line of Actual Control, the TSO KAR Wetland Complex, and SAARC. 
  • All questions were to the point, and there were no tricky questions. 
  • Compared to the previous year, questions were doable, and no tricky questions. 

CLAT Exam Analysis of English 

Overall, the English section was quite accessible and scoring, if you have done 80% preparation of the English section for CLAT.

Refer to the following points for the detailed analysis:

  • In the English section, the section break-up was exactly like it was in CLAT 2020.
  • There were a total of 6 passages followed by five questions each. So, there were a total of 30 questions in this section.
  • Out of 6 passages, five passages are based on non-fiction based, i.e., related to education, ongoing virus outbreak, Truth & Reconciliation, etc.
  • One friction-based, i.e., story related to Sherlock Holmes.
  • All the questions were direct and to the point.

Read more: Short tricks to enhance your CLAT English preparation

CLAT Exam Analysis of Legal Reasoning 

Legal reasoning was a bit tricky and required innovative elimination of options.

Refer to the following points for the detailed analysis:

  • With 40 questions, the legal reasoning section was the lengthiest and most time-consuming section in CLAT 2023.
  • Overall the difficulty level was moderate, but the section was quite lengthy.
  • There were eight passages followed by five questions each.
  • Students had to spend a lot of time on each passage as there were around 450 words each.
  • Most of the questions were static and technical.
  • Passages were based on the following topics of legal reasoning for CLAT were asked:
  1. Contract Law
  2. Compassionate Appointment
  3. Law of Crimes
  4.  Family Law- Marriage
  5. Res Judicata- CPC
  6. Law of Torts- Volenti Non-Fit Injuria.

Read more: Short tricks to enhance your CLAT GK preparation

CLAT Exam Analysis of Critical Reasoning 

Refer to the following points for the detailed analysis:

  • Easy and Tricky passages none of the questions came from AR and was primarily based on critical reasoning.
  • Six passages with five questions came in the Critical Reasoning section of CLAT.
  • 2-3 questions were seen as more straightforward in maximum passages.
  • Overall Level of difficulty is easy.
  • Refer to the list of common topics:
  1. Covid-19
  2. Socio-economic status in schools
  3. Climate change impact on Asia and India and its neighbours

Summing Up - We hope this blog post resolved all your doubts about the CLAT Exam Analysis. For more educational blogs on CLAT Preparation 2023, visit the toprankers website. Good luck with your preparation! Happy Reading! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Overall, the CLAT Exam 2023 was slightly lengthy but had a moderate level of difficulty. So, the students who chose good questions, managed time, and had a good level of preparation will be able to crack CLAT 2023 easily. 
Based on the feedback received from students on the day of the CLAT Exam, we provide the LIVE exam analysis for CLAT 2023. 
The CLAT analysis includes various information like the number of questions asked from each subject, the difficulty level of each section, and the number of good attempts. Also, students can know which questions were asked in the exam.
Along with studying the entire syllabus, solving previous year's papers, attempting mock tests, and analysing your preparation level is recommended.  
Yes, you can expect repeated questions in the CLAT exam. Hence, it is recommended to solve as many previous year papers as possible for complete preparation. 
Try to revise the topics of incorrect solutions. This way you can improve your score. Focus more on your weaker areas. 
Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer in CLAT 2023.
This is highly confidential, but it could be set 30-45 days before to check if there are any errors or discrepancies. 


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