CLAT 2024, Exam Date, Application Registration Forms

About CLAT 2024

CLAT 2024 – The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has released the third sample paper for CLAT 2024 on October 3. The CLAT application form 2024 is currently open on its official website – The last date to fill CLAT 2024 application form is November 03, 2023. This year, eligible candidates must also fill CLAT 2024 NLU preferences before submitting the application. The consortium has also revised syllabus of CLAT 2024. The number of questions in CLAT 2024 has been reduced from 150 to 120. CLAT exam 2024 will be conducted offline on December 3, 2023. The law entrance exam will be held in over 127 exam centres across the country. The exam duration will be two hours.

CLAT 2024 Highlights

Full Exam NameCommon Law Admission Test
Short Exam NameCLAT
Conducting BodyConsortium of NLUs
Frequency of ConductOnce a year
Exam LevelNational Level Exam
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOffline
Mode of CounsellingOnline
Participating Colleges61
Exam Duration2 Hours
Number of Seats3361 Seats

CLAT 2024 Exam Date

The consortium has announced in a recent notification that CLAT 2024 will be conducted on December 3, 2023. The detailed CLAT exam schedule will be announced very soon.

CLAT Important Dates 2024

CLAT 2024 application formJuly 1, 2023 (Released)
Last date to applyNovember 3, 2023
Release of CLAT 2024 admit cardNovember 2023
CLAT 2024 exam dateDecember 3, 2023 (Announced)
Release of answer keyDecember 2023

CLAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to appear in CLAT 2023 must fulfil the eligibility criteria given by the consortium. The course-wise CLAT eligibility criteria are mentioned below.

CLAT eligibility criteria 2024

Eligibility criteriaUG-CLATPG-CLAT
Education qualificationClass 12 or equivalent exam with at least 45% marks (40% for SC and ST categories)Graduation in Law (3-year LLB or 5-year LLB) with at least 50% aggregate marks (45% in case of SC and ST candidates)
Candidates appearing in qualifying exam are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2024
Age limitNo age limit
AttemptNo limit (Candidates who appeared for CLAT 2023 can also appear in CLAT 2024)

CLAT 2024 Application Form

The consortium released the CLAT 2024 application form on July 1, 2023. Candidates will be able to access the CLAT 2024 application form from the official website of NLU Consortium – The CLAT 2024 registration fee will be Rs. 4,000 for general category candidates and Rs. 3,500 for SC and ST candidates. This year, the consortium has introduced the option of entering NLU preferences at the time of application only.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2024

Candidates appearing for CLAT 2024 should be well-versed in the test pattern. The CLAT exam pattern informs the candidates about the number of questions that will be asked in the exam, the type of questions, the marking scheme, duration and several other important details. Candidates can check the table below to learn about the test pattern.

CLAT 2024 exam pattern

Mode of examinationOffline
DurationTwo hours
Number of questionsCLAT UG – 120CLAT PG – 120
Type of questionsMultiple choice type questions from comprehension paragraph
Marking scheme1 mark for each correct answer-0.25 marks for each incorrect answer

CLAT 2024 Syllabus

Candidates preparing for the national-level law entrance exam should refer to the CLAT syllabus to know about the subjects they need to study. There has been slight changes in the CLAT syllabus 2024. The total number of questions in the exam have been reduced from 150 to 120. The CLAT question papers will be strictly designed as per the syllabus given by the consortium. The UG CLAT syllabus and PG CLAT syllabus are completely different and are as mentioned below.

UG CLAT syllabus 2024

Subject Areas with weightage:(approximate number of questions)*likely to change
English Language22 – 26 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge28 -32 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Legal Reasoning28 – 32 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Logical Reasoning22 -26 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques10 -14 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper

CLAT LLM 2024 syllabus

The CLAT 2024 LLM syllabus has been given below:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence,
  • Administrative Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Torts, Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law
  • Company Law
  • Public International Law
  • Tax Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Labour & Industrial

CLAT 2024 Preparation Tips

Candidates will need around 8 to 12 months of preparation time to crack the CLAT 2024 exam and secure a really good rank. Based on previous years’ CLAT cut-off trends, a CLAT score of 100 to 105 is considered ideal for admission to the top two national law universities – NLSIU Bangalore and NALSAR Hyderabad. Therefore, effective CLAT preparation is crucial.

Here are some tips to help the candidates streamline their preparation.

Subject Wise Preparation Tips for CLAT 2024

The national-level law entrance exam, CLAT 2024 will have four subjects. Candidates can check the subject-wise preparation tips below.

CLAT 2024 Legal Aptitude Preparation Tips

Legal aptitude is a crucial section in the CLAT question paper. Candidates need to be familiar with key concepts of law. A basic understanding of the Law of Contract, Law of Torts, Family Law, and Constitutional Law will be helpful for candidates in answering the questions.

Candidates should prepare for CLAT legal aptitude from standard books such as Legal reasoning by A. P. Bharadwaj. In addition to this, reading newspapers, editorials and legal journals would be helpful in CLAT preparation.

CLAT 2024 English Preparation

This section tests both comprehension reading and vocabulary skills. Candidates preparing for CLAT English should work on grammar skills and simultaneously improve their reading speed and vocabulary. Referring to English newspapers and books such as Word Power Made Easy would help the students prepare for this section effectively.

CLAT Current Affairs, General Knowledge Preparation

This is one of the most important sections of CLAT 2024. Even in this section, candidates will be asked questions from comprehension passages. However, the content of the passage will be derived from the newspapers, current affairs and events of historical, legal, and political importance.

Having a decent level of awareness of current events of national and international importance is crucial for this section. Such awareness will help the students create a background while reading the passages and answering questions.

Candidates are advised to read the newspapers, news analysis, and monthly current affairs for CLAT current affairs preparation.

CLAT 2024 Maths Preparation

The CLAT maths carries only 10% weightage in the examination. But, this section becomes a game changer for candidates who are really good in maths. Candidates who prepare well for CLAT maths can answer the questions and secure 10-12 marks due to their accuracy. For other sections, the accuracy of answers may become doubtful as the questions are mostly based on tricky statements.

To prepare for CLAT maths candidates should refer to a decent book that covers topics such as puzzles, interest, profit and loss. Candidates preparing for CLAT maths should practice the CLAT previous year’s question papers and identify the topics, and their difficulty level and prepare accordingly.

National Law Universities Participating in CLAT Exam 2024

There are 23 national law universities that will accept CLAT 2024 scores. Only National Law University Delhi, NLU Tripura and NLU Meghalaya are not a participant of CLAT 2024 as they conduct separate entrance exams. The list of NLUs is mentioned below.

CLAT 2024 participating NLUs and seats

NLUsCLAT SeatsState quota (Domicile and Category)All India seats
National Law School of India University, Bangalore18025%135
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad13225%99
National Law Institute University, Bhopal12050%60
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata13236%91
National Law University, Jodhpur12027.5%87
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur17050%85
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar17225%156
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow16952%81
Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala18010%162
Chanakya National Law University, Patna13866%54
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi6051%31
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack10625%79
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi12050%60
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati6048%31
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam13840%54
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy11450%57
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai15063%55
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur12062%46
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad6062%23
Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla12025%90
Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (MPDNLU)12040%48
Dr B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Haryana12025%90
GNLU Silvassa Campus4935%32

CLAT Admit Card 2024

The Consortium of NLUs will release the CLAT 2024 admit card in online mode few days before the date of exam. Candidates must keep in mind that the admit card of the CLAT exam 2024 is an important document that every candidate needs to produce on the day of the exam. No candidate will be allowed entry inside the exam hall without the admit card. The CLAT admit card will comprise of important details like date and time of the exam, details of the CLAT exam centre with detailed location, centre code and other general details like candidate name, category etc.

CLAT Result 2024

The Consortium of NLUs will release the CLAT 2024 result in online mode tentatively in the last week of December 2023. Candidates who appeared for the entrance exam will be able to check their results by logging in to the official portal of the Consortium of NLUs. To check their CLAT results, candidates will have to log in to their registered account with valid credentials. The result page will comprise of important details like marks secured by candidates, overall rank, category rank etc.


1. What is the CLAT exam?

  • The CLAT is a centralized entrance test used for admission to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programs at various National Law Universities (NLUs) and other institutions in India.

2. Who conducts the CLAT exam?

  • The CLAT is organized by one of the National Law Universities on a rotational basis. The Consortium of National Law Universities is responsible for conducting the exam.

3. What are the eligibility criteria for the CLAT exam?

  • The eligibility criteria may vary slightly from year to year, but typically, candidates should have passed the 10+2 examination for UG CLAT and a relevant bachelor’s degree for PG CLAT.

4. How can I register for CLAT?

  • Registration for CLAT is done online through the official CLAT website. You need to create an account, fill out the application form, and pay the application fee.

5. What is the exam pattern for CLAT UG and PG?

  • CLAT UG consists of multiple-choice questions covering areas such as English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques. CLAT PG consists of multiple-choice questions and descriptive questions that assess a candidate’s knowledge of law.

6. Is there negative marking in CLAT?

  • Yes, there is negative marking for wrong answers in CLAT. Typically, 0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer.

7. What is the validity of the CLAT score?

  • CLAT scores are generally valid for one year. They can be used for admission into law programs in the year of the test and the following year.

8. How can I prepare for CLAT?

  • CLAT preparation involves a combination of self-study, coaching (if desired), and taking practice tests. Many coaching centers and online resources are available to help candidates prepare effectively.

9. How are the ranks and counseling process determined?

  • Candidates are ranked based on their CLAT scores. The counseling process for admission to NLUs and other institutions is usually centralized and conducted by the CLAT authorities.

10. Can I apply for both UG and PG CLAT in the same year?

– Yes, you can apply for both UG and PG CLAT, but you need to complete separate applications for each.

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