CLAT 2024 - Entrance Exam Notification by NLUs; Know all Details

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CLAT 2024 - Entrance Exam Notification by NLUs; Know all Details

The exam date for the CLAT 2024 has been announced by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) for the 2024 session. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to the UG and PG courses for session 2024-25 is scheduled to be held on 3 December 2023. The online application process for the same has already been started at the consortiumofnlus.ac.in. 

There has been a change in the exam pattern for CLAT 2024 by the Consortium. Previously, 150 questions were asked in the objective-type test. The number of questions has been reduced to 120 to make it more student-friendly and the duration of the examination will be two hours. Read on to know more in detail about this highly competitive entrance exam below.  

CLAT 2024 - Overview

The CLAT, or Common Legal Admission Test, is a national-level legal entrance exam in India for admission to 22 national law universities and about 70 affiliated colleges, as you may be aware. The exam is primarily used to gain admission to the 5-year integrated Ll.B. and Ll.M. programs that commence in the upcoming years. 

Approximately 3,000 undergraduate seats and 1,000 postgraduate seats are filled at participating NLUs through the Centralised Admission Process of Seat Assignment. Aside from admissions, CLAT LLM scores are used by Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) to fill various positions in their Legal departments.

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) will administer the CLAT 2024 in pen and paper (offline) mode. Candidates who qualify the CLAT 2024 exam will be eligible for counseling and, subsequently for admission to NLUs and other prestigious law colleges of India for the Under Graduate (UG) or Post Graduate (PG) courses for the academic session 2024-25. A few of the important updates are given in the table below:

CLAT 2024 - Important Updates

Exam Conducting Body

Consortium of NLUs

Name of the Exam 

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

Type of Examination

Entrance examination - For admission to National Law Universities and affiliated universities in India 

Application Dates

1st July 2023 to 3rd November 2023

No. of Seats

  • UG Programme - 3,000+ seats
  • PG Programme - 1,000+ seats

Mode of Application 

Online

Mode of Exam 

Offline (pen and paper) 

Frequency of Exam

Annually (from 2024 onwards)

Selection Process

  • Written Examination 
  • Counselling

Important Dates for CLAT 2024 

The last date of registration for the law admission test for 2024 is 3 November 2023. Candidates willing to take this test must be aware of all the important dates for CLAT 2024. The same has been tabulated below for the convenience of candidates.

Event

Date

Application Start Date

1 July 2023 

Last Date to Apply

3 November 2023 

CLAT 2024 Exam Date

3 December 2023 

Admit Card Release Date

Shall be updated soon 

Answer Key

Shall be updated soon 

CLAT 2024 Result

Shall be updated soon 

Important Links for CLAT 2024

All the Relevant Links for CLAT 2024 (UG/PG) can be found in the table below:

Official Website

consortiumofnlus.ac.in

CLAT 2024 UG Eligibility

Click Here 

CLAT 2024 PG Eligibility

Click Here 

Apply Link

Click Here 

UG Exam Format

Click Here 

PG Exam Format

Click Here 

Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2024

Candidates need to ensure that they satisfy the CLAT 2024 eligibility criteria, before applying for the exam. The Consortium of NLUs has published the required eligibility criteria on its official website. You can apply for the admission test only if you meet these requirements. 

The eligibility criteria have been explained in brief in the following sections. 

  1. Nationality 

  • Indian nationals and NRIs who wish to get admission to UG and PG law programmes can apply for CLAT 2024.
  • Foreign nationals can get admission to the NLUs but they do not need to appear for the CLAT exam. Their admission will be based on the procedure as prescribed by the concerned NLU.
  1. Age Limit

The exam conducting authority, the Consortium of NLUs, has not prescribed any upper age limit for candidates to participate in the exam. 

  1. Educational Qualification for CLAT 2024

Eligibility for both UG and PG programmes are as given in the following table:

Programme Name

Required Educational Qualification

CLAT UG Eligibility 

To be eligible to appear in CLAT 2024 for Undergraduate programmes, candidates must have passed their 10+2 (or equivalent) with the minimum prescribed percentage of marks. 

The minimum marks required to be scored in the qualifying exams are as under: 

  • For General/ OBC/ PwD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories: 45% marks 
  • For SC/ ST candidates: 40% marks

Note: 

  • Candidates who have not yet passed their qualifying exam (10+2) but shall be appearing in the same in March-April 2024 can also participate in the CLAT 2024 exam. 
  • Such candidates shall need to submit proof of having passed the exam at the time of their admission to the university. If they fail to do so, they shall not be granted admission even if they have cleared the CLAT exam. 
  • All candidates are required to submit their 10+2 results at the time of admission to the university. Those who fail to do so will lose their eligibility for the course they have applied to. 

CLAT PG Eligibility 

Candidates who wish to appear in the CLAT 2024 PG exam must possess a Ll.B. Degree or its equivalent with the minimum required percentage. The details are as follows: 

  • For candidates of General/ OBC/ PwD/ NRI/ PIO/ OCI categories: 50% marks 
  • For SC/ ST candidates: 45% marks 

Note: 

Candidates who are in the final year of LLB and would appear in the qualifying exam in April/ May 2024 shall also be eligible to apply and appear for the exam in December 2023.

List of Colleges for CLAT 2024 

The results of the CLAT exam are taken as a basis for admission to 24 National Law Universities and universities affiliated with the CLAT consortium. The list of the NLUs along with the number of tentative seats for UG Programmes in each has been provided below. 

University

No. of Seats (UG)

National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore

300

Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad

132

The National Law Institute University, Bhopal

120

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata

132

National Law University, Jodhpur

115

Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

180

Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

180

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab

180

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

178

Chanakya National Law University, Patna

120

The National Law University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi

60

National Law University Odisha, Cuttack

120

National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi

120

National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam

120

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam

120

Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli

104

Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

50

Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur

120

Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad

50

CLAT 2024 Application Process

The application for CLAT 2024 for admission in NLU courses for the academic session 2024-25 was made live on the official website on 1 July 2023. The application window will remain open till 3 November 2023. Students who have passed their 10+2 examination or are studying in 12th standard can apply to appear in the UG CLAT 2024 exam. Candidates who have completed their graduation in law or are in their final year can apply for the PG CLAT exam. 

For your convenience, the steps to complete the application procedure for CLAT 2024 have been explained below. 

Step 1: First, visit the official website of CLAT 2024 @consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2024

Step 2: You will see a login form at the top right of the home page. 

Step 3: Click on “Register” to create a new account. 

Step 4: Fill in the pop-up form to Register for CLAT 2024. You need to enter your name, mobile number, and email ID, and create a password for your account. 

Step 5: You will receive an OTP to validate the registered mobile number. Activate your account using this, and log in to your account. 

Step 6: Fill in your details carefully. Your Name and Parents' names (as mentioned on your mark sheets/identity proof) must be filled out correctly. 

Step 7: The choice of the UG/PG programme and the category selection should be made with the utmost care since they will not be allowed to be changed later. 

Step 8: Candidates are required to upload scanned copies of their recent passport-size photograph and signature. 

Step 9: Pay the application fee according to the category and submit the application form. 

Step 10: Download and take a printout of the final submission of your CLAT 2024 Application Page for future reference. 

Note:

Candidates must indicate their admission preferences to National Law Universities (NLUs) while filling out their application form. Candidates should keep in mind that they can only change/update their NLU choices until 3 November 2023. Candidates will only be considered for admission to NLUs that they have added to their preferred list.

Application Fees & Mode

The application fee of CLAT exam for 2024 is as under: 

  • For General/OBC/PwD/NRI candidates: Rs. 4000/-
  • For SC/ST/BPL candidates: Rs. 3500/-

Mode of payment 

  • The CLAT application fee can only be paid through online modes of payment. 
  • The bank transaction charges applicable on payment of fees shall have to be borne by the candidates.  

CLAT 2024 Exam Pattern (Revised)

The Common Law Admission Test is composed entirely of objective questions. This exam includes questions from the class 10th and 12th curricula. The CLAT primarily assesses candidates' aptitude and skill. Which is required for the study of law, and questions are prepared in the exam based on this. CLAT is a two-hour exam. 

The UG & PG test contains 120 multiple-choice questions (previously there were 150 MCQs in the CLAT Paper). 1 point will be awarded for each correct answer, and 0.25 points will be deducted for each incorrect response. See the tables given below for more details:

UG Question Paper Format

Subject

Number of Questions (Approx.)

Exam Duration

English Language

22-26

2 hours

Current Affairs (including G.K.)

28-32

Legal Reasoning

28-32 

Logical Reasoning

22-26

Quantitative Techniques

10-14

PG Question Paper Format

Subject

Exam Duration

Constitutional Law

2 hours

Other areas of law such as:

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

CLAT Syllabus 2024 

The CLAT syllabus 2024 has remained largely unchanged so the law students willing to take the Common Law Admission Test in 2024 should start preparing from now. The UG CLAT 2024 syllabus and the PG CLAT 2024 syllabus are different. Where, the UG CLAT 2024 will have questions covering English, legal aptitude, logical reasoning, and general knowledge including current events. On the other hand, PG CLAT will have only law-based subjects and topics.  

The initial step in your preparation should be to go over the Common Law Admission Test 2024 syllabus attentively. 

UG-CLAT 2024 Syllabus

Subject 

Topics - Source/Theme

English Language 

Unseen Passages

  • Inferences and Conclusions
  • Comprehend the main point 
  • Summarise the passage
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments 
  • Word Meanings, synonyms, Antonyms

Current Affairs (including General Knowledge)

You will be given passages of up to 450 words each from news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing in this section. 

Each paragraph will be followed by a series of questions designed to test your knowledge of current events and general knowledge, such as:

  • India and world events of contemporary significance;
  • Arts and culture;
  • International Events
  • Historical events of continuing significance.

Legal Reasoning

There will be a 450-word passage in this section about actual events or scenarios involving legal issues, public policy issues, or moral philosophical inquiries. 

Each passage would be followed by questions that you would have to answer.

  • Determine and infer the principles and rules outlined in the passage;
  • Applying the found rules and principles to various fact situations; and
  • Understanding how changing the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

Logical Reasoning

The UG-CLAT 2024 Logical Reasoning portion will consist of a series of short passages of around 450 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions in which you must:

  • Recognize an argument, its premises, and conclusions;
  • Read the passage and identify the arguments presented.
  • Analyze patterns of reasoning critically and examine how conclusions may depend on specific premises or evidence, and how conclusions may be strengthened or weakened as a result of a change in premises or supporting facts.
  • Determine the passage's implications and apply your conclusions to other contexts.
  • Draw comparisons and links, discover contradictions and equivalents, and evaluate the efficiency of arguments.

Quantitative Techniques

This section will include short sets of facts or propositions, or other textual representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions in which you have to:

  • Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information presented in such passages
  • Solve questions based on 10th-standard mathematical operations on such data, including those from ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistical estimates.

PG-CLAT 2024 Syllabus

Subject

Topics - Source/Theme

Mandatory Law Subject

In this section, you will be provided with extracts from primary legal sources or materials such as important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes, or regulations. Each passage will be followed by a series of such as: 

  • Understanding the topics mentioned in the passage, as well as any arguments and opinions discussed or set out in the passage
  • Comprehend the issues discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage;
  • Finding out the concerns raised in the passage, as well as legal issues and facts relating to and deriving from the passage and the decision or statute from which it is derived;
  • Summarize the passage
  • Applying your understanding of the legal fields covered in the passage.

CLAT 2024 Admit Card

The CLAT 2024 admit card shall be made available on the official website at least two weeks before the exam. The Consortium shall announce the release of the admit card in the “Important Events” section of the home page. Candidates can log in to their account on the website and download their admit card for the December exam.

Candidates need to carry the admit card to the CLAT exam centre since it validates their candidature for the exam. No applicant shall be granted admission to the exam hall without a copy of their admit card. 

You can download your CLAT admit card by following the steps mentioned below: 

Step 1: Go to the official website of the Consortium of NLUs tab and click on the CLAT 2024.

Step 2: Log in using your registered mobile number and password. 

Step 3: Click on the Download CLAT UG Admit Card link. 

Step 4: Ensure that all details mentioned on the admit card are correct. 

Step 5: Download and take a print of your hall ticket to carry to the exam centre. 

CLAT 2024 Answer Key

After the completion of the exam, the NLU Consortium shall release the provisional answer key and the master question paper by the end of the exam day. The announcement for the same shall be available in the Notifications section of the CLAT 2024 page. 

The provisional answer key shall be open to objections by candidates for one day. Candidates may submit their objections if they find any errors in the published questions and answers. The final CLAT answer key shall be released after considering the objections received and making any changes to the same. 

CLAT Result 2024

The Consortium shall announce the release of the CLAT result for 2024 soon after the conclusion of the exam. The declaration of the result is intimated by issuing an official press release. The same shall be available in the Notifications section of the official website. 

Candidates can download their CLAT 2024 Score Card by logging in to their account on the official website. 

What After Clearing CLAT 2024?

After passing the CLAT entrance examination, applicants can enroll in the following courses.

  • BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts LLB)
  • BSC LLB (Bachelor of Science LLB)
  • BCom LLB (Bachelor of Commerce LLB)
  • BBA LLB (Bachelor of Business Administration LLB)
  • BSW LLB (Bachelor of Social Work LLB)
  • LLM (Master of Law)

Job Prospects after CLAT

A legal degree can lead to a variety of professional prospects that other degrees may not provide. This is because only law graduates are eligible to work in all three divisions of government: the Legislature, the Executive, and the Judiciary. Graduates from other fields can hold high-level positions in the legislature and executive, but not in the judiciary.

After passing CLAT and earning your law degree from a law college, you will have several professional opportunities based on your interests and skills. You can pursue the following career paths:

  • Joining Top-notch Legal organizations such as Amarchand Mangaldas, Luthra & Luthra, Trilegal, Khaitan & Co, and many more. 
  • You can work as a civil judge, Assistant District Prosecution Officer, or legal assistant to a higher-level government official in the government sector.
  • As a legal editor, legal analyst, legal reporter, or legal writer, you can work in the media and journalism industry.

These are just a few of the career opportunities accessible to you after passing the CLAT. You might also look into other fields like banking, corporate, or public relations. The possibilities are endless and are determined by your interests and abilities.

Earnings of a LAW Graduate

The financial aspects of a legal job vary greatly according to the field you opt for. Law Graduates from a good university/college can expect to earn between Rs. 3 to 10 lakhs per year if they work for the Indian Government law firms or government undertakings.

Top-tier Indian law firms will offer you a package of Rs. 14 to 18 lakhs per year, as compared to the top corporate houses where one should expect a package of Rs. 6 to 10 lakhs.

FAQ

CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test.

As of now, the exam is only held in English.

The online applications for the CLAT exam have begun on 1 July 2023 and are open till 3 November 2023.

According to the CLAT Consortium, Bar Council of India, CLAT 2024 will be conducted in offline pen-paper mode.

To be eligible for CLAT 2024, candidates must have passed Class 12 or equivalent from a recognized board for UG CLAT and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from a recognized university for PG CLAT.

The exam will last 2 hours and will include 120 multiple-choice questions. Each question will be worth one mark, and each incorrect response will be worth 0.25 points.

Based on the result of the CLAT 2024, candidates can get admission to 24 NLUs and affiliate universities. The list of NLUs is given in the article above.

The counseling for admissions will be held in January 2024.

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