A Complete Guide for CLAT Exam 2022

CLAT is commonly known as Common Law Admission Test, are a centralized national level entrance examination for admission of candidates in Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) law courses at 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) and other colleges and universities. The test is taken after Higher Secondary Examination or 12th standard for Integrated under graduation programs in Law and after Graduation in Law for Master of Laws (LL.M) program.


Most of the Private and self-financed law schools in India accept this score for admission. Public Sector Undertaking (PSUs) lie Coal India, ONGS, SAIL, BHEL, etc. also accept the post-graduation (CLAT-PG) scores for recruitment of legal positions.


CLAT is conducted by a permanent body formed by the Universities named as Consortium of NLUs. The Consortium has its headquarter at NLSIU Bangalore and it comprises of the following:


  • An Executive Committee
  • The CLAT Convenor of the current year (DNLU Jabalpur 2020)
  • The CLAT Convenor of the following year
  • Two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLU


List of 22 NLU Through CLAT

S. No NLU NIFR Ranking UG Seat PG Seat
1 National Law School of India University, Bangalore 1 80 50
2 National Law University, Delhi 2 80 80
3 National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad 3 105 50
4 The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 6 127 44
5 National Law University, Bhopal 17 80 80
6 National Law University, Jodhpur 5 104 50
7 Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur Not Ranked 187 84
8 Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 7 187 63
9 Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow 11 178 32
10 Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala 10 196 44
11 Chanakya National Law University, Patna Not Ranked 140
12 National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi Not Ranked 68 59
13 National Law University Odisha, Cuttack Not Ranked 180 46
14 National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi Not Ranked 140 50
15 National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam 16 60 30
16 Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU) Vishakhapatnam Not Ranked 120 24
17 The Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli Not Ranked 120 18
18 Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai Not Ranked 122 62
19 Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur Not Ranked 120 20
20 Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad Not Ranked 60 32
21 Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur Not Ranked 120
22 Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonipat Not Ranked 120


Courses Offered at NLU’s


NLUs Offer Both Undergraduate And Postgraduate Courses Mentioned Below


UG Course

PG Course

BA LLB (Hons.) (Five-year Integrated Law course) LLM
BBA LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course) LLD
BSc LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course) Ph.D. in Law
BLS LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course) PG Diploma in Urban Environmental Management and Law (NLU Delhi)
BCom LLB (Five-year Integrated Law course) Post Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Environmental Law (NLU Delhi)
BBA LLB (Hons.) Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law and Policy  (NLU Delhi)
BSW LLB (Hons.)


Highlights of the Exam




Exam Name Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Conducting Body Consortium of NLUs
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Offline
Number of Registration 60,000
Number of College accepting CLAT score 123
Official Website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/



  Exam Proposed Month

Event Tentative Month
CLAT Notification December
CLAT Admit card July
CLAT Exam August
CLAT Result October



Eligibility Criteria



  • Indian citizens can apply for Exam
  • Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) can apply for Exam
  • Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) can apply for Exam
  • Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) can apply for Exam
  • Foreign Nationals can apply for Exam

Age limit:

There is no upper age limit set for appearing in CLAT UG and CLAT PG exams.


Educational Qualification:



Candidate must hold a 10+2 degree or an equivalent with a minimum of 45% marks or its equivalent in case of General/OBC/ NRI/PWD/PIO/OCI and 40% in case of SC/ST from a recognized board or its equivalent. Candidate must hold an LL.B degree or an equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks or its equivalent in case of General/OBC/ NRI/PWD/PIO/OCI and 45% in case of SC/ST from a recognized University or its equivalent.
Appearing and result awaited candidates are also eligible to appear for the exam.


Appearing and result awaited candidates are also eligible to appear for the exam.


The number of attempts:

There is no fixed number of attempts for the exam, candidates can appear any number of times for the exam.


Exam Pattern 


Category Details
Exam Mode Online
Exam Format MCQs from given passages
Exam Duration 2 hours
Exam Language English
Number of Questions UG-150


Total Marks UG-150


Marking Scheme 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer


Subject Wise Marks Distribution

Subject Number of Questions Weightage
English Language 28-32 20%
Current Affairs 35-39 25%
Legal Reasoning 35-39 25%
Logical Reasoning 28-32 20%
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 10%


Subject Wise Marks Distribution: CLAT PG


Number of MCQ Question


Constitutional Law 60 60
Other law subjects, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence 60 60
Total 120 120


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