Everything about CLAT exam that applicants should know.


A significant upcoming milestone for young aspiring law students is the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2023, a centralized national-level entrance test. Acing this examination opens multiple avenues for aspirants, significantly improving their chances of admission into any of the 22 prestigious National Law Universities (NLUs) and Law colleges in India.

As one would expect, this examination is one of the most grueling and competitive among other law entrance exams. Since most private and autonomous law schools in the country also consider these scores for any applicant's admission. Students appear for it after their 12th grade to enter courses for undergraduate degrees (BA LL.B) and post-graduate Master's programs (LL.M) in Law offered by these universities. 

Most of the significant public sector undertakings, including BHEL, Coal India, Oil India, and the Steel Authority of India, consider the CLAT Post Graduation results to recruit candidates for top-paying legal positions in their companies. So, scoring well in this exam is quintessential to initiating a fruitful career in the field of Law.

Applicants need to be well-rehearsed and ready to crack the CLAT 2023 and to help students hack their preparation procedure, we have put together the key factors to consider and deadlines to meet in this article. 

The CLAT 2023 will be conducted offline, with the standard written examination format. Following the result announcements, students can apply with their scores for admission to all top NLUs for their renowned 5-year LLB and LLM courses.

CLAT 2023: Examination Overview 

Listed below are the important dates all applicants must bear in mind for the CLAT 2023:

Exam Name Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Date of Conduct 18 December 2022
Conducted by The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Official Website consortiumofnlus.ac.in
Percentage Criteria 55% for General/OBC/SAP
50% for SC/ST
Applicability for admission BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM

CLAT 2023: Important dates for the exam

Follow the dates in the following table to prepare yourself as per the exam schedule:

Admission Notification 15 July 2022
Application form 08 Aug 2022
Last Date of Registration 18 Nov 2022
Last Date of Form Submission 20 Nov 2022
Release of Admit Card 06 Dec 2022
Exam Date & Time 18 Dec 2022 (14:00 - 16:00)
Result Declaration Last week of December

Documents required for the CLAT 2023 Application

Eligible applicants can fill out the CLAT 2023 form online. Part of the application process involves uploading certain documents and information regarding the candidate’s educational qualifications and background. We have listed them out below: 

  • Mark sheets and certificates of the 10th and 12th-grade results 
  • BPL certificate (If applicable) 
  • Domicile certificate (if applicable) 
  • Caste certificate (if applicable) 
  • Email ID and Mobile Number 
  • Photo ID and applicant signature (scanned in the required format) 

Step-by-Step Procedure to Apply for the CLAT 2023 

The CLAT 2023 is of paramount significance, to begin with, your legal education. While scoring well in this challenging examination may seem like a Herculean feat to accomplish, well-prepared candidates need not worry. Let us walk through the application process:

Applicants must visit the official website for the CLAT 2023 - consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Select the relevant CLAT 2023 link to access the registration panel, which will be displayed once admission is announced in January 2023. Click on the "Register" link to fill out the CLAT 2023 form with your name, email ID, and mobile number and submit these details. The applicant will soon receive an OTP via the registered number and email ID. The applicant can complete the registration process by entering the OTP on the CLAT 2023 login page. 

Following this, candidates will be granted access to the application form for CLAT 2023. This form consists of 5 sections as follows: 

Personal Information: 

This requires applicants to enter their full name, date of birth, gender, father's full name, mother's full name, category, nationality, residential status, and, in case applicable, NRI category status. Additionally, they must upload their signature and a recent passport-size photograph as specified.

Communication Details:

Under this section, applicants must fill in the address to their permanent residence and their correspondence address, followed by their contact number and email ID. Remember to save each page's details before proceeding to the next section. 

Qualifying Examination Details: 

Here, candidates need to fill in their education history. For the Undergraduate CLAT, the 10th and 12th-grade details are needed, while candidates applying for LLM must also include their graduation details and school information. The education details needed are listed as follows: 

  • Qualifying Examination 
  • Name of the Board / University 
  • Passing status - Appearing/Appeared or Passed 
  • The month of Passing 
  • Year of Passing 
  • Overall Percentage
  • Exam Center Preference 

In their order of preference, applicants will be given the option to choose any three examination centers for the CLAT 2023 out of the plethora of cities across India that conducts the examination. The CLAT is held in over 80 cities, giving applicants the convenience of selecting the nearest possible option as their exam center. 

Domicile reservations are being offered by a majority of the national law universities, permitting candidates to select their reservation status, provided they are eligible for the reservation offered by any of the National Law Universities. All the CLAT-affiliated universities currently offer domicile reservations except for NLU Jodhpur. All applicants for domicile or any other form of case reservation must provide a valid document attesting to the same issued by the competent authority.  

Finally, once all these sections have been filled and double-checked, candidates must sign the declaration box and submit the application form. 

The last step in the application procedure is the Fee Payment for CLAT 2023. The application fee is generally INR 4000, INR 3500 for all SC, and ST applicants. This amount must be submitted via online payment by the candidate, using a credit card, debit card, or net banking services.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus for the exam

The table below contains all the subjects included in the CLAT 2023 syllabus with a number of questions to be attained in the exam.


No. of Questions

English 28 - 32
Current Affairs 35 - 39
Logical Reasoning 35 - 39
Legal Reasoning 28 - 32
Quantitative Aptitude 13 - 17

CLAT 2023 Syllabus for exam

Here is a fee structure for the CLAT 2023 application form submission:



Registration Fees 4000/ - (General Category)
3500/ - (SC/ST/BPL)
Question Papers 500


1) Who is the conducting authority of CLAT 2023?

The official conducting authority for the CLAT exam 2023 is the Consortium of National Law University (CNLU).

2) What is the exam date of CLAT 2023?

CLAT 2023 will be conducted on Dec 2022.

3) What is the expected result date of CLAT 2023?

CLAT result 2023 will be declared by the end of December 2022.

4) Who is eligible for the CLAT examination 2023?

Candidates who are appearing for CLAT 2023 must have passed Class 12 (10+2) or an equivalent examination from a recognized Board, University, or Institution. Students who are appearing for their 12th class examination in March/ April 2023 are also can apply for CLAT 2023 Exam.

5) What is the age limit for CLAT 2023?

There is no age limit for CLAT 2023.

6) Would the CLAT exam 2023 be conducted online or offline?

Clat exam 2023 will be conducted offline.

Rest The Case hopes this article helps applicants with the application and examination process for the CLAT 2023 and sincerely wishes the very best of luck to all the bright, young aspirants of this noble profession– the barristers, advocates, and lawyers of our future!