CLAT FAQs 2023 - Common Law Admission Test Frequently asked questions

CLAT FAQs 2023 -  Common Law Admission Test Frequently asked questions

CLAT FAQs 2023 - The Consortium of National Law Universities will conduct CLAT 2023 on December 18, 2022, in offline mode. This will be the first time when CLAT is being conducted in December, not in the months of May-June. The application form of CLAT will be released around the first week of August 2022. The CLAT 2023 admission process is tedious involving many stages. The candidates may have several faqs in mind regarding the Common Law Admission Test, admission process, result, pattern etc. Considering this, CareersToday has in this article brought a complete series of Frequently Asked Questions (faqs) related to CLAT 2023. The article covers CLAT faqs 2023 related to eligibility criteria, application form, pattern, syllabus, result, counselling and the complete admission process. Thus, CLAT 2023 faqs will be a one-stop solution to answer all your queries regarding the examination. We have tried to cover all aspects of CLAT including the latest announcements and updates by the Consortium of NLUs. Read the complete article to get answers to all CLAT FAQs 2023.

CLAT 2023 Frequently Asked Questions

General overview of CLAT

Question - What is CLAT?

Answer - The full form of CLAT is Common Law Admission Test. It is a national-level law entrance exam conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities.

Question - What law programmes are offered after clearing CLAT?

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Answer - CLAT is conducted at both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. CLAT UG paves way for admissions in 5-year integrated law programmes whereas clearing CLAT PG is conducted for admissions to LLM programmes.

Question - Where can I get admission after clearing CLAT 2023?

Answer - There are 22 national law universities that give admission only on the basis of CLAT score. Apart from NLUs, more than 70 law schools also accept CLAT scores for admission purposes. You can use the CLAT score for admissions to the participating colleges.

Question - How many seats are available in national law universities participating in CLAT 2023?

Answer - Through CLAT scores, the national law universities will offer over 2800 seats in UG law programmes and around 1000 seats in LLM programmes.

Question - Who will conduct CLAT 2023?

Ans - The CLAT 2023 will be conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities, a permanent body based at NLSIU Bangalore.

CLAT faqs related to eligibility criteria

Question - Who can apply for CLAT UG 2023?

Ans - As per the CLAT eligibility criteria, any candidate who has passed Class 12th with a minimum 45% marks may apply for CLAT 2023. To appear in CLAT PG, the candidate is required to have completed LLB graduation with a minimum 50% marks.

Question - Are NRI candidates eligible for CLAT 2023?

Ans - Yes, the NRI candidates are also eligible for appearing in CLAT. They may select their category as NRI for taking benefits of the NRI category.

Question - Is there any age limit for appearing in CLAT 2023?

Ans - No, there is no age limit for appearing in CLAT examination.

Question - Will clearing CLAT 2023 guarantee me admission to any National Law University of India?

Answer - No, clearing CLAT will only make you eligible for admission to national law universities. You will need to fulfill all the eligibility requirements of NLU you want to take admission in.

CLAT 2023 Faqs related to application form

Question: How can I apply for CLAT 2023?

Answer: You will have to fill the CLAT application form 2023 which will be released around the first week of August, 2022.

Question - Can I apply for CLAT in offline mode?

Answer - No, the application form of CLAT will be available only in online mode. You cannot apply in offline mode.

Question - What is the application fee for CLAT 2023?

Answer - For General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category candidates, CLAT application fee is Rs 4000. For SC, ST and BPL category candidates, the application fee is Rs 3500.

Question - What documents do I need to upload for filling the CLAT application form?

Ans - You will need to upload a recent passport size photograph, a scanned copy of your signature and a domicile certificate while filling the application form of CLAT.

Question - I have uploaded incorrect information and uploaded a blurred photo while submitting the application form. How should I make corrections to my application form?

Ans - Generally, The Consortium allows the candidates to correct the application form till the last date of submitting the application form. You can log in again to edit your application form and make corrections. In case the last date is over, you should contact the exam authorities by sending them a mail related to this matter.

Question: What details should I retain after completion of CLAT applications?

Answer: The CLAT aspirants should retain the following details after completion of the application form –

  • Hard-copy of CLAT 2023 application form

  • Fee receipt detail

  • Auto-generated id and password

Question: What if I receive a zero/blank application number after submitting the CLAT form?

Answer: It means that the application form of CLAT 2020 has not been submitted successfully and you’ll be required to fill the application afresh.

Question: How many times can I change/modify/make changes in CLAT application?

Answer: A CLAT aspirant can make changes in the application form as many times as he/she wishes before paying the CLAT application fee. No changes can be made after the payment of fees and once the application form has been submitted.

Question: Do I need to send hard copies of any document or filled CLAT applications to the CLAT Office?

Answer: The candidates need not send any document or CLAT application form to the CLAT office. However, it is advised that candidates should keep a hard copy of the filled-in CLAT 2023 application form for his/her own record and future correspondences with the CLAT office.

Question: When can I provide my choice options for NLUs?

Answer: Candidates can provide their NLU choices while applying for CLAT.

Question: Can I change my NLU choices subsequently?

Answer: No, once a candidate has indicated and submitted his/ her choices of NLUs, it’ll be treated as final. However, in case of multiple applications for CLAT, the last submitted form will be treated as final.

CLAT frequently asked questions related to exam pattern and syllabus

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Question - How many questions will be asked in CLAT 2023?

Ans - The CLAT UG will have 150 objective type questions and the CLAT PG will be consisting of 120 objective type questions.

Question: What is the examination mode of CLAT 2023?

Answer - CLAT is conducted in offline, pen and paper mode.

Question: When will the Common Law Admission Test be conducted?

Answer: CLAT 2023 will be conducted on December 18, 2022.

Question - What type of questions are asked in CLAT examination?

Ans - With the change in exam pattern last year, CLAT is a comprehension based test. Questions in both CLAT UG and LLM are asked from the comprehension passages.

Question - What is the exam duration of CLAT 2023?

Ans - CLAT is conducted for two hours excluding the time required for reporting at the test centre.

Question: Is there any arrangement for Specially-Abled Persons (SAPs)?

Answer: Yes, the specially-abled persons can opt either to arrange for his/ her own scribe or to make a request to the CLAT office to provide one for them. In the case of the first option, candidates will need to download the scribe declaration form at the time of filling the CLAT application form. Moreover, the SAPs will be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.

Question: Will I be given extra sheets/papers for rough work and calculations?

Answer: Yes, examination centres will be providing the rough sheets for calculations. However, no electronic devices will be allowed in the CLAT examination centres.

Question: Is there any negative marking for CLAT 2023?

Answer: CLAT 2023 will have a negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

Question: How can I practice for online CLAT?

Answer: Candidates can take mock tests provided by the consortium and candidates can also solve CLAT sample papers as they will help in practising for the online CLAT. The sample papers and well mock tests will prove quite helpful because they provide a look and feel of the format of the actual Common Law Admission Test.

CLAT faqs related to admit card and exam day instructions

Question: How can I receive the CLAT 2023 admit card?

Answer: CLAT admit card 2023 will be issued a few days before the exam. It can be downloaded by accessing your login account using your CLAT user id and password. Candidates should note that no hard copy of admit card will be sent to any of the candidates or not even through e-mails. Candidates must ensure that every information printed on the CLAT admit card is correct and in case of any misprint including spelling mistakes, they should immediately bring it to the notice of CLAT authorities.

Question - I forgot my CLAT password, how can I access my admit card now?

Answer - You will need to reset your account by clicking on the “Forgot password” option. To create a new password, you will need to enter your registered mobile number and request an OTP. Enter the OTP at the given space and create a new password to access your admit card for CLAT 2023.

Question: What things do I need to carry to the CLAT exam centre on the day of the exam?

Answer: You must carry the admit card of CLAT 2023 along with valid identity proof (Aadhar Card/ Voter Id card/ Driving License/ Passport, etc.) to their respective examination centres. You will also need to carry personal sanitisation items as mentioned above.

CLAT 2023 faqs on result, merit list, counselling and seat allotment

Question - When is the CLAT answer key released?

Answer - The CLAT answer key will be released 1-2 days after the conduct of the exam. Candidates will be given a few days to raise objections against the provisional answer key.

Question - How can I access the CLAT result?

Answer - The result of the Common Law Admission Test is declared at You can download the scorecard by logging into the candidate portal.

Question - What is the CLAT invite list?

Answer - The invite list of CLAT is released before the counselling. It contains the names of the candidate shortlisted for the counselling and seat allotment. Note that, invite list is prepared on the basis of CLAT merit list.

Question: What is the minimum cut-off score/ sectional cut off for CLAT 2023?

Answer: There is no such minimum cut off score/sectional cut off score to qualify CLAT. However, admissions to NLUs will be offered based on candidates’ performance in the law entrance examination, in the order of merit.

Question: What is the CLAT counselling fee?

Answer: Candidates will have to deposit a counselling fee of Rs. 30,000 (Rs 20,000 for reserved category candidates). The counselling fee is not a separate fee but will be adjusted in the admission fees at the time of admission in the allotted NLU.

Question: Will I be refunded the CLAT counselling fee, if I don’t want to take admission?

Answer: Candidates must note that there shall be no refund of the counselling fee after the last date of withdrawal from the admission process, i.e., tentatively in the month of June. Those candidates who have withdrawn their seats up to the last scheduled date will be refunded after deducting Rs. 10,000 from the CLAT counselling fee.

Question: Am I eligible for some reservation if applying under the state domicile quota?

Answer: Yes, some of the participating NLUs offer seats under the state domicile quota. Candidates need to find the details of state domicile seats by visiting each of the official brochures of NLUs.

Question: Are there any reserved seats for women/ female candidates?

Answer: Yes, there are a number of NLUs where seats are reserved for female candidates. Candidates need to look at the details of such seats by visiting official brochures of the NLUs.

Question: Do CLAT participating institutes have common rules of reservation?

Answer: No, the CLAT participating NLUs don’t have common reservation rules. Each of the NLUs has its own set of rules and regulations for reservation prescribed by their Acts/ State Governments.