CLAT – About CLAT, Eligibility, Marking Scheme, Cutoffs


Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted of all the law entrances in India after Class XII. CLAT journey started in 2008 and today more than 50,000 students write the entrance every year to secure a seat in one of the participating National Law University including NLSIU Bangalore-the Harvard of the East.

CLAT is conducted every year to select students for 21 National Law Universities in India, other than National Law University-Delhi, which has their own process to select the students. Before the introduction of CLAT, the autonomous law schools in India conducted their own separate entrance tests, requiring the candidates to prepare and appear separately for each of these tests. The matter drew national attention when a Public Interest Litigation was filed by Varun Bhagat against the Union of India and various National Law Universities in the Supreme Court of India in 2006.

The Supreme Court of India mandated a common entrance exam for the then existent National Law Schools, and this judgement found animation in the form of the Common Law Entrance Exam or CLAT. Since then almost all National Law Schools, the notable exception being National Law University Delhi, admit students on their CLAT scores.

The 21 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are: Click Here

Other Relevant Details About The EXAM: – 

Exam Level National
Conducting Body National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
Official Website
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Date December 2023
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Offline, i.e. pen-paper mode
NLUs seat intake 2984
Courses Offered:
BA LLB (Hons) BSc. LLB (Hons)
BBA LLB (Hons) BSW LLB (Hons)
B. Com LLB (Hons) LLM

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has announced that CLAT 2024 will be held in December 2023.

Important Highlights of CLAT 2024

  • CLAT is one of the most-competitive entrance exams for admissions to law courses including five-year integrated LLB and one-year LLM courses in law colleges of India.
  • CLAT is a national-level entrance exam
  • CLAT 2024 will be conducted for admissions to the five year integrated BA, LLB (Hons) and LLM programmes that commence in the academic year 2024-2025.
  • The entrance test will be conducted at the 22 participating National Law Universities (NLUs).
  • CLAT 2024 will be held in offline, pen and paper format

The CLAT syllabus 2024 and exam pattern will largely remain unchanged.

Question Paper

  • The total number of questions in the undergraduate and post-graduate exams is 150 and 120, respectively.
  • Exam duration is of 2 hours
  • The question paper of CLAT for UG courses is based on five subjects i.e. English Language, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques.

Whereas, CLAT question paper for PG courses is based on law subjects including Constitutional Law, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence, as well as, Law topics and Contemporary issues.


UG CLAT syllabus 2024

Subject Areas with weightage:

(approximate number of questions)

English Language

28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper

CLAT LLM 2024 syllabus

  1. Constitutional Law
  2. Jurisprudence,
  3. Administrative Law
  4. Law of Contract
  5. Torts, Family Law
  6. Criminal Law
  7. Property Law
  8. Company Law
  9. Public International Law
  10. Tax Law
  11. Environmental Law
  12. Labour & Industrial

CLAT Marking Scheme

The marking scheme for both UG and PG courses is the same.

CLAT Exam Pattern Marking Parameters

CLAT Marking Scheme

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