Major Changes Introduced in CLAT Exam 2023

Author : Tanya Kaushal

Updated On : April 3, 2023


Reader's Digest: Do you know these changes announced by the Consortium of National Law Universities regarding CLAT? We bet you might not know all of these significant changes. Read this blog post to discover the latest updates on the major changes in CLAT 2023. Get updated with the new changes, the CLAT exam pattern, and more. Happy Reading!

Breaking News About the Changes in CLAT 2023

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2023 -  On October 31, 2022, the Consortium of National Law Universities, via a press release, stated that CLAT 2023 would be conducted only ONCE for the A.Y. 2023-24. 

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2022 - Common Law Aptitude Test to be held twice this year. New changes include a reduction in the counselling fee. 

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2019 - November 21, 2019, as per the recent news, the CLAT Exam Pattern will include a class 10 Mathematics paper with fewer questions. Another primary subject, Legal Aptitude, has been added to the exam pattern, which will be the new exam pattern for the upcoming CLAT Exam.

Know the Latest Changes in the Final Exam Pattern & Syllabus of CLAT 2023

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for candidates to get admission into top-notch Law Universities.

After the Consortium's Permanent Secretariat meeting in Bangalore, the CLAT 2023 is scheduled for December 18, 2022. As per the recent CLAT 2023 notification, the CLAT answer key is available for both UG and PG programs.

The Consortium of NLUs has announced a finalized syllabus and exam pattern after its changed pattern in the press release published on November 21, 2019.

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  • The exam sections will include English Language, Current Affairs (including basic GK), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
  • The English section will include passages of 450 words each, with questions based on the same.
  • Legal reasoning will also include passages based on facts, situations, or scenarios involving legal matters.
  • Logical reasoning will again be a passage-based section with one or more questions based on each passage.
  • The quantitative techniques section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions.

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2023

On October 31, 2022, the Consortium of National Law Universities, via a press release, stated that CLAT 2023 would be conducted only ONCE for the A.Y. 2023-24. 

Common Law Admission Test for the A.Y. 2022-23 was held twice a year. CLAT 2022 was held during Summer and Winter in June and December, respectively. 

The Common Law Admission Test 2023 (CLAT 2023) is scheduled for December 18, 2022. The provisional answer key is expected to be released on December 19, 2022.

Following the previous year's pattern, most law aspirants expected that the CLAT 2023 would be held twice a year. So, this might result in heartbreak for the CLAT aspirants.

  1. The press release reads, “no second or additional CLAT examination shall be conducted for admissions commencing in the Academic Year 2023-24.”
  2. All admissions to the 5-year integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), and LL.M. programs that commence in the Academic Year 2023-2024 at the 22 participating NLUs shall be through the CLAT 2023 to be held this December. 
  3. However, the final answer key and the result will likely be released by the fourth week of December, and the counselling will commence in January 2022. 
  4. Candidates who seek admission in the Academic Year 2023-2024 must register for CLAT 2023 by November 13, 2022

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2022

In order to give more chances to students, the Consortium announced some major changes in the Common Law Aptitude Test 2022. 

Refer to the following points to acquaint yourself with the major changes introduced in CLAT. 

  • The Common Law Aptitude Test (CLAT 2022) will be twice a year for effective admission.
  • As most of the CLAT aspirants come from CBSE schools. As per the latest notice, CBSE has introduced some significant changes in the examination pattern of term one and term 2.
  • Students were engaged with their board's preparation till April and did not get enough time for the CLAT preparation.
  • The counselling fee for CLAT has been decreasing to lighten the financial burden of law students. Thus, it will allow more students to appear for the exam.
  • Now, the students belonging to the unreserved category must give 30,000 INR.
  • CLAT aspirants belonging to reserved categories must give 20,00 INR. 

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2020

For candidates willing to appear for this year's Common Law Aptitude Test, there are new changes introduced by the exam conducting authority. Check them and start preparing as per the recent changes in the CLAT Exam Pattern.

  1. The total number of questions has been changed to 150.
  2. The new exam pattern is designed as per class 12 students' mental ability and understanding.
  3. In GK & Current Affairs Section, previously only current affairs were asked, but now it will include both General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
  4. Previously Legal Aptitude was removed from the exam pattern, but now it is added back with the same number of questions. 
  5. Only bar graphs and tabulation were included in the Mathematics section, but now class 10 Mathematics is included for ten marks only.
  6. In the English section, vocabulary was removed, but it is not yet announced whether it would be included.
  7. The Logical Reasoning section has no change.

In the meeting, the Consortium of NLUs introduced a few changes in the question paper pattern for the upcoming year. The number of questions will be reduced from 200 to 120-150. The exam will remain in offline mode for 2 hours.

For the UG, comprehension-based questions will be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. Similarly, there will be comprehension-based questions for the PG admission test. There is no change in the Descriptive pattern for UG. 

Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, said, "Asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not correct as it puts students under a lot of mental pressure. The idea behind this change is to get better students to National Law Universities who have competence in reading texts and demonstrate skills in inferential reasoning." 

CLAT Online Coaching

CLAT online coaching

The consortium has also launched a scheme of scholarship and fee concession for students of NLUs, which will undertake faculty development programs in the colleges and help upgrade the Library, IT facilities, and other infrastructure. 

Apart from these changes, Prof. V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor of NLIU, Bhopal, was elected as the new President, and Prof. Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor of RGNUL, Punjab, was elected as the Vice-President.

Hence, many changes were made in CLAT 2020, including switching online exams to offline and adding a descriptive portion to the PG Exam pattern. Also, candidates will be provided with a carbonized copy of OMR sheets for the first time. 

Hence, as per the latest CLAT Notification, the CLAT Application process will begin on January 1, 2020, in online mode. 

Check the Detailed CLAT Syllabus (Section-wise)

The examination conducting authority will also release model question papers and the CLAT 2023 Notification

  • Go through the CLAT exam dates 2023 and prepare beforehand for the upcoming exam.
  • Know about the new significant changes in the exam pattern of the upcoming CLAT Exam.
  • Before sitting for the exam, all interested candidates must be aware of the CLAT Exam Pattern.

CLAT 2023 Important Dates

Interested candidates should go through the CLAT Exam Dates Consortium of NLU and have released CLAT's important dates, which are tabulated below. This table below

Events Dates 
Starting Date to Apply 08 August 2022
Last date to apply 13 November 2022
Last date for online fee payment 13 November 2022
Admit Card Release Date The first week of December 2022
CLAT 2023 Exam Date 18 December 2022
Answer key Release Date To be Notified
Result Date To be Notified
Admission Process To be Notified

CLAT Mock Tests

CLAT Mock Tests

Summing Up - We can conclude by telling all the major changes in the CLAT exam pattern and syllabus. Don't keep this a secret. Share this with your friends. Good luck with your preparation! 

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