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CLAT Exam Pattern 2023: Exam Date(Dec 18), Exam Mode, Marking Scheme, Weightage

CLAT Exam Pattern 2023 has been declared by the Consortium of NLUs on the official website; consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The candidates can prepare well for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2023) with the help of the CLAT Exam Pattern 2023. The candidates can get all the information related to the Clat 2023 format from the exam pattern.

The LLM exam format for the CLAT 2023 has been uploaded by the Consortium of National Law Universities. The descriptive section and the minimum cutoff marks are also re-introduced for the year 2023 by the consortium. The decision to remove the minimum cut-off criteria and subjective section was taken by the consortium in the year 2020 because of the outspread of COVID-19. The exam pattern of CLAT LLB 2023 is considered to be the same this year as well.

Registration for CLAT 2023 began on August 8th. The exam date has been made public. Click here

Click here for more info regarding the Application Form.

Exam date for CLAT 2023 has been made public. It will take place on December 18, 2022. Find out more about the exam Important Dates.


Admissions Open for 2023
Karnavati University Design College Admissions Open Apply
Manipal University Admissions Open Apply
Amrita University Admissions Open Apply
NIIT University Admissions Open Apply

CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern Highlights

The applicants need to refer to the following table stated below to get a complete overview of the CLAT Exam Pattern.

UG CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode Pen and Paper Based-Offline
Questions TypeObjective
Duration of Exam120 Minutes
Total Number of Questions200
Maximum Marks200
Exam mediumEnglish
Marks Assigned1 mark for each right answer
Negative Marking0.25 marks deduction for the wrong answer

PG CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern

Exam Mode  Pen and Paper Based-Offline
Questions TypeObjective and Descriptive
Duration of Exam120 Minutes
Total Number of Questions102
Total Marks200
Exam mediumEnglish
Marks Assigned1 mark for each right answer
Negative Marking0.25 marks deduction for the wrong answer

CLAT Exam Pattern 2023

There have been some important and relevant changes announced by the CLAT Consortium related to the CLAT Exam Pattern last year. The changes include the reading comprehension type of questions that have been introduced, the number of questions has been reduced and the CLAT UG standard has been set to the level of Class 12. Check the following points to get a fair idea about the CLAT exam pattern of 2023.

Assessment of the Skills: According to the CLAT 2023 exam pattern designed by the Consortium of NLUs, the main focus is to assess the reading ability, analytical skill, and critical thinking of the candidates. It is a bit different from the previous year where the CLAT papers were prepared in a way to assess the knowledge of different topics and subjects of the candidates.

Questions Type: According to the exam pattern of CLAT 2023, the questions asked for UG and PG course will be of comprehension type. The test paper comprises several passages each with a word limit of 300 – 450 words. There will be a number of multiple-choice questions along every passage. The applicants need to mark the answer from the available passages only. The candidates need not required to have previous knowledge in several sections. Although, if the applicant does have knowledge from before then it will help them in understanding the passages properly.


Admissions Open for 2023
Karnavati University Design College Admissions Open Apply
Manipal University Admissions Open Apply
Amrita University Admissions Open Apply
NIIT University Admissions Open Apply

CLAT 2023 Marking Scheme

This year the exam pattern is the same as the previous year as per the official website of CLAT. Candidates are advised to start the preparation according to the updated CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, and Syllabus.

ResponseMarks (per Question)
Right Response for MCQs+ 1 Marks
Right Response for Descriptive Type+ 25 Marks
Wrong Response– 0.25 Mark
Unanswered Question0 Mark

CLAT UG/PG 2023 Sections

Undergraduate Law Programme (LL.B)Postgraduate Law Programme (LL.M)
English (with Comprehension)Section 1(Objective)
Quantitative TechniquesSection 2(Descriptive)
Current Affairs
Logical Reasoning 
Legal Reasoning

Section-Wise Division of CLAT Question Paper 2023

The Consortium of NLUs have released the revised pattern of the CLAT 2023 question paper section-wise has been released the Consortium of NLUs. Refer to the weightage of CLAT 2023 section-wise in the following table”:

CLAT UG 2023 Subject-Wise Weightage

SectionWeightage
English Language28-32 questions, or approx 20% of the paper
Logical Reasoning28-32 questions, or approx 20% of the paper
Legal Reasoning35-39 questions, or approx 25% of the paper
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge35-39 questions, or approx 25% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques13-17 questions, or approx 10% of the paper

CLAT PG 2023 Subject-Wise Weightage

SectionWeightage
Constitutional Law50% of the paper or 60 questions,
Other subjects of law such as Torts, Contract, International Law, Criminal Law, IPR and Jurisprudence50% of the paper or 60 questions

Admissions Open for 2023
Karnavati University Design College Admissions Open Apply
Manipal University Admissions Open Apply
Amrita University Admissions Open Apply
NIIT University Admissions Open Apply

Section-wise Marks Distribution for CLAT

Section-wise Marks Distribution in CLAT UG 2023

There is a total of 5 sections in CLAT UG overall. There are different subjects in each section, and there is a different weightage of marks for each section. The main purpose of the exam is to assess the ability of the applicant’s knowledge in law, general knowledge, basic language, and mathematical ability. Refer to the following marks distribution section-wise for CLAT UG 2023. 

SubjectsMaximum MarksNumber of Questions
English (with Comprehension)4040
Logical Reasoning 5050
Legal Reasoning5050
Current Affairs4040
Quantitative Techniques2020
Total200200

Section-wise Marks Distribution for CLAT PG 2023

The variety of topics at the Undergraduate level is asked in CLAT PG 2023 questions. The subjects cover a variety of legal topics such as Contract Law, Family Law Property Law, and etc. The main aim of the section is to judge the applicant’s knowledge of the law and their ability in the legal arguments. CLAT 2023 Test includes both the theoretical and application knowledge. Refer to the Section-wise Marks Distribution for CLAT PG 2023

SectionType of QuestionNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Section 1Objective100100
Section 2Descriptive250

CLAT Exam Pattern 2023 Important POINTS

In the year 2020, there were some changes made by the Consortium of NLUs in the exam pattern, the candidates must remember the following points given below while preparing for the CLAT 2023:

  • The main focus of the CLAT question paper is to assess the reasoning ability and reading comprehension skills of the applicants. The official website states that “Overall, it is designed to be a test of aptitude and skills that are necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge, though prior knowledge occasionally may be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section,”
  • The question difficulty level available in the test is more or less of the 12th Standard level
  • There will be comprehensions in every section of the Question paper of CLAT UG 2023. It implies that exam every section comprises propositions, reading passages, or a few short sets of facts, graphs, etc along with the question series. The applicants need to go through the comprehensions and then answer the questions accordingly.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2023 FAQ’S

Will I be able to appear for CLAT 2023 in my native language?

No, the applicant is not allowed to solve the question paper in their native language as the medium of the exam is English set by the university as the standard language for writing the paper.

How many marks does each correct answer carry in CLAT?

There is one mark assigned for every correct answer in CLAT.

What is the section-wise marks distribution for UG in CLAT 2023?

Refer to the following section-wise marks distribution for UG in CLAT 2023

English (with Comprehension)
40
Logical Reasoning 
40
Current Affairs
50
Quantitative Techniques
20
Legal Reasoning
50
Total
200

Is there any negative marking CLAT 2023?

Yes, as per the university norms there will be a deduction of -0.25 as the negative marking if the applicant marks any wrong response in the concerned exam

Is CLAT a tough exam?

CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam and is also considered a tough exam in India. There are several reasons behind the consideration like excess competition, availability of seats, changed exam pattern, and cut-off marks. Refer to the previous year’s exam analysis of CLAT.

Why is it important to understand CLAT 2023 Exam Pattern?

In the first place, the applicants must get the complete details about the CLAT 2023 exam pattern and then prepare a strategy keeping in mind each of the sections.

What are the alternatives to CLAT?

In the following points we have mentioned CLAT alternatives :
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
IPU CET LLB- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Common Entrance Exam
Banaras Hindu University Law Admission Test (BLAT)
Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET)
AILET

What is the level of questions asked in CLAT?

The level of questions asked is somewhat of the 12th standard level in CLAT UG. In the section, the Quantitative Techniques will be asked of Class 10th level. The question asked in the CLAT PG is likely to be of Undergraduate level.

How many National Law Universities are there?

In the year 2020, a new addition is made, DBRANLU. Now there is a total of 22 National Law Universities. And there may be more rise in the NLU’s because of the increasing demand for seats.

What is the medium of CLAT 2023?

The medium of instruction of CLAT 2023 is English.

What is the acceptance rate of CLAT?

Due to the limited amount of seats, there is a low acceptance rate of around 3%. In the year 2020, a new addition is made, DBRANLU. And this has enhanced the admission chances.

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