The Consortium of National Law Universities, consisting of representative universities, conducts the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) examination in a traditional pen-and-paper format in the offline mode. The exam administration is rotated across the participating NLUs based on the seniority of each institution. This is an all-India Entrance Examination for law aspirants that is used by the National Law Schools/Universities (NLUs) and many other law colleges and universities in India to select students for their undergraduate and graduate law programmes.
The CLAT exam scores are also utilised by PSUs to find qualified individuals for positions like Law Officer, Legal Advisor, and Legal Executive. Such companies announce their final recruits based on the top 50 PG-CLAT ranks. All PSUs issue specific notifications for interested and eligible candidates. CLAT 2023 will be used for all admissions to the 5-year integrated Ll. B and Ll.M. integrated programme beginning in the 2023–2024 Academic Year.
Registration for CLAT 2023 began on August 8, 2022. The fees for the CLAT examination was Rs 4000 for general/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates and Rs. 3500 for the SC/ST/BPL applicants. The last date for accepting fresh applications (for both U.G. and P.G. programmes) was November 13, 2022, which was further extended to November 18, 2022.
Candidates were given three practice tests to become acclimated to the format and nature of the questions they would encounter in CLAT 2023. The Consortium of NLUs released the first sample question set in September 2022 and the second set of sample questions was released on October 14, 2022. Recently, the Consortium uploaded the third sample set of questions on its website.
CLAT 2023 is scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 18, 2022 (2.00-4.00 P.M.) and National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack, will conduct CLAT 2023. It will be conducted solely in offline (Pen and Paper) mode in the MCQ (multiple-choice question) format. There is only ONE sitting of the exam for the entire academic year but a candidate can appear for the examination, every successive year without any limit on the number of attempts.
There is no upper age limit to appear for the CLAT examination. Individuals who took the June 2022 CLAT but were not accepted to their preferred school may retake the exam in 2023 provided they re-enroll for the test. The eligibility criteria for CLAT vary with the courses, which are as follows:
Candidates applying for the 5-year integrated Ll.B degree need to meet the following pre-requisites for CLAT 2023:
CLAT 2023 applicants for Ll.M courses must meet the following requirements:
There have been some official changes made to the UG-CLAT paper pattern and syllabus for 2023. These include:
It is essential to remember that the CLAT syllabus for undergraduate and postgraduate courses is entirely different. Studying for CLAT requires a thorough familiarity with both the Undergraduate and Post-graduate Syllabi.
The UG-CLAT 2023 tests the general aptitude, comprehension, and reasoning capabilities of the candidates. Overall, it is designed to assess a candidate’s skills essential for a legal education rather than their prior legal knowledge. One must keep themselves up-to-date with current affairs in order to perform well in the written examination and subsequent interviews.
In the UG-CLAT 2023, there shall be negative marking and the penalty for an incorrect answer is a deduction of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. The syllabus covers five broad subjects, namely:
The PG-CLAT 2023 will consist of 120 MCQ-type questions carrying one mark each. Every incorrect answer will result in a 0.25 mark deduction. The paper will cover subject-specific topics covered in the undergraduate degree such as constitutional law, labour Law and industrial law jurisprudence, torts, administrative law, tax law, contract law, family law, property law, criminal law, company law, public international law, and environmental law.
The will be one objective section that will test the candidates on the following parameters:
The CLAT 2023 will be conducted across various centres thought the country. When completing the application, the candidates can select up to three separate test centres. The NLUs will conduct CLAT 2023 in the following centres:
|Hubli / Dharwad
|Greater Noida /Noida
CLAT 2023 has a vast scope of syllabus, which can make a prospective law student find CLAT more challenging than other entrance tests. Considering this, it is important to select reliable study material for preparation and have a practical strategy that will ensure a good rank in the entrance test.
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As a general thumb rule, the aspirants must improve their reading comprehension skills, keep up with current events by reading reputable newspapers and magazines, and improve their speed. Following are certain tips that can help you prepare for the upcoming CLAT 2023 examination:
1. Subject-Specific Preparation: Focus individually on the five portions included in CLAT 2023 exam, namely, Reading Comprehension and Grammar, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and General Knowledge and Current Affairs. Towards this:
2. Time Management Is Crucial: Attempt mock tests in order to attempt maximum questions accurately within the stipulated time limit of 120 minutes. Focus on accuracy and speed as negative marking coupled with limited time is a combination that needs to be handled with care.
3. Consistency Is The Key: Prepare a realistic timetable and make sure to follow it diligently. Study from credible sources and prepare personal notes so that revision becomes an easy task near the exams.
4. Remain Updated: In order to target a good CLAT score, being aware of the previous year’s cut-off is crucial. This will allow candidates to streamline their preparation to meet the predicted cut-off, which is often roughly the same as or slightly higher or lower than last year’s qualifying score.
5. Follow the Latest Pattern: As per the updated pattern of CLAT in 2020, Legal Reasoning and General Awareness have been given a weightage of around 35-40 questions in each section, followed by Logical Reasoning and English with 28-30 questions each. Hence, it is imperative that all CLAT 2023 candidates are familiar with the exam format and pattern to prepare accordingly.
The following are some things to remember for the PG-CLAT in 2023:
1. Study U.G. syllabus: Thoroughly revise the undergraduate syllabus and analyse the previous years' papers to identify crucial focus areas.
2. Remain up-to-date: Important constitutional and legislative provisions should be reviewed, with particular emphasis on those that may have been mentioned in recent court decisions.
3. Strengthen Legal and Critical Analysis: Revisit landmark judgments and ponder over the implications of various issues pertaining to them. Ensure you are familiar with the history of the case law and amendments pertaining to such sections so you can better comprehend the difficulties involved.
4. Prioritise Subjects: Focus on areas that carry the maximum weightage like Constitutional Law, International Law, and Jurisprudence.
5. Consistent Practice and Time Management: Mock tests are necessary to improve one’s ability to solve problems within the time limit. Reading newspaper is also important as it enhances reading speed and helps the candidates in solving comprehension-based essay-type MCQs.
The Consortium released CLAT 2022 results on June 24, 2022. Generally, for the UG-CLAT, a score of 100-105 marks would be required to get admission to one of the top three or four NLUs. In the UG-CLAT 2022, Rishabh Shivani obtained 121 marks and topped the examination. On the other hand, Samriddhi Mishra topped the PG-CLAT 2022 with 94 marks.
The Consortium will begin CLAT 2023 Counseling in January 2023. Candidates with questions about CLAT 2023 should contact email@example.com or dial 08047162020.