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CLAT 2022: Exam Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, and Cut-offs

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Sep 24, 2021

CLAT 2022 Exam Dates are expected to be released by the 1st week of January 2022. Candidates seeking admission in UG & PG programs offered by NLU can fill CLAT 2022 Application Form tentatively from the 2nd week of January 2022. The minimum CLAT Eligibility Criteria to be fulfilled while applying for the exam will be 45% marks in class 12.

CLAT 2022 Syllabus will be based on five sections, i.e. Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, English Language, and Current Affairs. On the other hand, CLAT LLM Syllabus includes law subjects, i.e. Company Law, Constitutional Law, Family Law, and more. Based on CLAT Exam Pattern of the previous year, 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer. To get better clarity on pattern, syllabus and type of questions asked in paper, candidates can download CLAT Practice Papers.

What is CLAT Exam? Common Law Admission Test commonly known as CLAT is a national-level online entrance examination conducted by Consortium for candidates seeking admission in UG and PG programs offered by 22 law institutions. Not only NLU but also various private and self-financed law colleges in India accept CLAT scores. 

CLAT Cut Off 2022 is expected to be released by the last week of August 2022. Read the article to know more about dates, eligibility, pattern syllabus and much more. 

CLAT Highlights

CLAT 2022 Highlights

Conducting Body CLAT Consortium, Bar Council of India
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI - INR 4,000 SC/ST/BPL - INR 3,500
Mode of Exam Offline
Counselling Available 
Courses Offered BA LLB/BBA LLB/B.Sc LLB/LLM
Acceptance Rate 3%
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CLAT Exam Dates

CLAT 2022 Exam Dates

Event Dates (Tentative)
Start of CLAT 2022 Online Application Form 1st week of January, 2022
Last Date to submit CLAT 2022 Application Form 1st week of March, 2022
CLAT 2022 Admit Card Release date 3rd week of April, 2022
CLAT 2022 Exam Date 1st week of May, 2022
CLAT 2022 Answer Key Release 1st week of May, 2022
CLAT 2022 Result Announcement 3rd week of May, 2022
CLAT 2022 Counselling Registration To be notified
CLAT Eligibility Criteria

CLAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

In the below table CLAT Eligibility 2022 are given

Exam Qualification Minimum Marks
CLAT UG 10+2 or equivalent Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI - 45% SC/ST - 40%
CLAT PG LLB/ 5-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons)/ equivalent exam Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories - 50% SC/ ST category - 45%

Note: There is no upper age limit for CLAT Exam.

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How to Apply for CLAT

How to Apply for CLAT 2022?

The process for CLAT Application 2022 is mentioned below. 

  • Go to the official website of the Consortium of NLU’s. 
  • Start the application process through the official website. 
  • Enter the email address and phone number for registration. 
  • After validating the number, log in to the site using the phone number and password.
  • Enter the information carefully and check before going to the submit button. 
  • Enter preferences among the 22 national law universities. 
  • Pay the required amount of application fees through the online mode by using the payment portal of Net Banking/Credit Card/Debit Card/UPI
  • Upload the important documents. 
  • Click on the Submit button. 
  • Take a printout of the same. 

Application Fees for CLAT 2022

In the below table, category wise CLAT Application Fee 2022 are given.

Category Fees
Previous Years Question Paper (not included with application fee) INR 500


  • CLAT Application Fees must be paid through the online mode using their payment portal. 
  • CLAT Application Fees are not refundable under any circumstances.
CLAT Admit Card

CLAT 2022 Admit Card

CLAT 2022 Admit Card will be made available on the official website. The process to download it is given below. 

  • Visit the NLU Consortium’s official website.
  • Press on the “Click Here” tab
  • Login to the site using the credentials such as registered Mobile Number and Password. 
  • An option for downloading the Admit Card will be displayed. 
  • Click on that and Save the Hall Ticket 
  • Take a printout of it

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What is CLAT Exam Pattern?

What is CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern? 

In the below table, CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 for UG and PG programs is given. 

Subjects Marks Allotted
English (with Comprehension) 40
Current Affairs 50
Legal Reasoning 50
Logical Reasoning  40
Quantitative Techniques 20


  • For each question, there will be 1 mark for marking the correct answer. 
  • As a negative marking, 0.25 will be deducted for each incorrect answer. 
  • A total of 200 MCQ type questions will be there in the test. 
  • The duration of the CLAT Exam will be 2 hours. 

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What is the Syllabus for CLAT

What is the Syllabus for CLAT 2022?

Mentioned below are the syllabus of CLAT Exam taken for both UG and PG courses:

CLAT 2022 UG Syllabus

Given below are the topics covered for CLAT 2022 UG Exam:

Subject Topics Covered
English Passages, Reading, Comprehension, Inference and Conclusion, Summary, Vocabulary etc. 
Current Affairs  Contemporary Events of National and International Significance, Art and Culture, International Affairs, Historical Events of significance
Legal Reasoning Rules and Passages of Law, Application of the rules and passages, etc. 
Logical Reasoning  Argument - Premise and Conclusion, Inference, Relationships and Analogies, Contradictions and Equivalence, etc. 
Quantitative Techniques Basic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, Ratio and Proportion etc. 

CLAT 2022 PG Syllabus

Given below are the topics covered for CLAT 2022 PG Exam:

Subject Topics Covered
Constitutional Law Subject-wise and Judicial Power; Constitution of India: Framing, Doctrine, Executive Power; Constitutional Rights; Freedom Rights
Criminal Law Elements of Crime, Group Liability, Abetment, Criminal Conspiracy, Exceptions, Attempt to Commit Offences, Offences Against Public Tranquility, Offences against Body
Torts Classification of Torts, Trespass, Nuisance, Defamation, Liability for Misstatements, Negligence
International Law Origin and Development of International Law and Bodies, International Law of Sea, Air, Land, Overview of International Law
Intellectual Property Rights Nature, Definition and Scope of IPR, Trademarks Act 1999, Patents Act 1970, Copyright Act 1957, IPR in International Perspective

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CLAT Preparation Plan and Tips

CLAT 2022 Preparation Plan and Tips

In the below section, subject-wise preparation strategies for CLAT 2022 are mentioned. 

English Language Preparations

  • All the questions from this section are framed from the 10+2 level syllabus. 
  • The topic of the passage can vary; it can be technical, scientific topics, or current issues, or historical events of significance, but prior knowledge in these subjects is not required. 
  • Understand the main focus of the passage first, followed by 5 W's- Who, What, Why, When, and Where. 
  • Vocabulary questions are of 2 types, i.e. the meaning of a word or phrase or the meaning of a word or phrase in the context of the passage
  • Regularly read the editorial sections of reputed newspapers and magazines, especially if written by imminent lawyers on issues about the law. 
  • With the help of grammar books of 10+2 level, candidates can have a clear idea of all the topics. 

Logical Reasoning Preparations

  • Must identify all the premises along with the conclusion by which the subject matter can be identified. 
  • Analyse all the sets of arguments. 
  • Try to read all the sections carefully and make it a habit to avoid some misleading questions. 
  • Sometimes the same passage can be used for English and Legal Reasoning. Consider this while preparing.
  • Candidates should solve all the previous year’s question papers along with the sample question. Try to use some reputed sources such as the Consortium of NLUs. 

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Quantitative Techniques Preparations

  • Practice all the primary topics from 10th and 12th standard mathematics books to clear any doubts.
  • Questions in the exam comprise graphs, pictorial representations of data, tables, etc. 
  • Do make a formula cheat sheet and try to stick it whenever you see it a lot, like in front of your study table to memorise all the important formulas without any difficulties.

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Legal Reasoning Preparations

  • All types of factual information will be there in the passages. It will help to gain some basic legal awareness. 
  • Divide all the main topics into subtopics to keep the words like ‘AND’ and ‘OR’. A similar case needs to be repeated with facts.
  • Never apply biases or previous knowledge of the law to the answer you mark. Try to answer based on details given to you. 
  • The section of logical reasoning along with legal reasoning and the English language is almost similar. Before preparation, try to keep it in mind.
  • Try to practise all the sections of legal reasoning daily for not less than 30 minutes. 
  • It is very important to go through all the essays and columns by prominent lawyers, judges and other law experts. You can also watch lectures by famous lawyers on YouTube.

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Current Affairs & General Knowledge Preparations

  • Questions can come from any prominent topic. Candidate’s need to be aware of current international and national news. 
  • Try to browse through all the reputed newspapers and magazines daily. 
  • Do watch unbiased news on different topics as it also helps for the preparation for the exam. 
  • Practise a Current Affairs passage daily. 

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CLAT Preparation Books

CLAT 2022 Preparation Books

In the below table, some of the best books are recommended. 

Name of Book Authors Name
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning R S Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning (English) MK Pandey
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Arihant Publications
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Pearson’s

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CLAT Result and Merit List

CLAT 2022 Result and Merit List

Given below is the process to download and view CLAT Results 2022.

  • For viewing CLAT Results, candidate’s must click on the link “Result” on the official site, which will be available after CLAT Results Declaration.
  • Following this, click on the tab “View Result” 
  • After that log in to the site using your phone number and password. 
  • After releasing CLAT Result 2022, candidates will receive a provisional admission to an NLU. Based on preference and merit rank secured in CLAT 2022. 
  • On the website, a merit list containing the name of the colleges will be released on the official website. And it will be placed under the “Result” tab. 

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CLAT Counselling

CLAT 2022 Counselling

Given below are the step-by-step instructions to register for CLAT Counselling.

  • Step 1: Go to the official website and check the merit list of shortlisted candidates for CLAT Counselling
  • Step 2: Through the online mode, enter the preferences for NLU and can choose 6 NLU. 
  • Step 3: Pay the prescribed application fee online at the portal. 

After the completion of the process given above, Seat Allotment Results will be released by the concerned authority and after that, all the shortlisted candidates need to confirm their seats. 

Shortlisted candidates will have 3 options:

  • Accept/Lock the seat.
  • After accepting the seat, candidates need to upload the required documents.
  • After that candidates must pay their admissions fee to the allotted college.
  • Candidates must submit all the important documents and pay the requisite amount to the NLU
  • Exit admission process

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CLAT Previous Years Cut-offs

CLAT Previous Year’s Cut-offs

In the section below, CLAT Cut-offs for the previous years are mentioned.

Colleges Cut Off (2021) Cut Off (2020)
National Law School of India University 59-66 119.5 - 120.5
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research 130-135 114 - 115
National Law Institute University 351-386 107 - 108
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences 213-260 112 - 113
National Law University Jodhpur 343-376 109 - 111
Hidayatullah National Law University 574-657 103 - 104
Gujarat National Law University 453-494 106 - 107
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University 627-668 100 - 102
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law 801-924 99 - 100
Chanakya National Law University 909-1186 95 - 96
National University of Advanced Legal Studies 826-928 99 - 100
National Law University Odisha 1023-1167 97 - 98
National University of Study and Research in Law 1051-1255 94 - 95
National Law University and Judicial Academy 1124-1556 93 - 94
Tamil Nadu National Law School 1151-1571 92 - 93
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University 1180-1432 92 - 93
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai 478-503 105 - 106
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur 1126-1532 91 - 92
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad -- 91 - 92
Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur -- 87 - 88
MPDNLU, Jabalpur -- 90 - 91
HPNLU, Shimla -- 89 - 90
CLAT Participating Colleges

CLAT 2022 Participating Colleges

In the below table, a list of participating colleges in CLAT 2022 is given.

List of CLAT Participating Colleges
National Law School of India University National University of Study and Research in Law
National Academy of Legal Studies and Research National Law University and Judicial Academy
National Law Institute University Tamil Nadu National Law School
West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University
National Law University Jodhpur Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
Hidayatullah National Law University Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
Gujarat National Law University Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law National University of Advanced Legal Studies
Chanakya National Law University National Law University Odisha
Frequently Asked Questions

CLAT 2021 FAQs

Ques. When will CLAT 2022 be conducted?

Ans. CLAT 2022 is expected to be conducted in the second week of May, 2022. The conducting body is yet to release an official notification regarding CLAT 2022. 

Ques. When will the registration process for CLAT 2022 commence?

Ans. The registration process for CLAT 2022 is expected to be started in the first week of January, 2022. The official notification is due to be released on December 2021. 

Ques. What will happen if I apply for CLAT 2021 more than once? 

Ans. Your last application for CLAT 2022 will be taken into consideration If you apply for the entrance test more than once. Based on CLAT Application 2022 last submitted, the result will be released. 

Ques. What are the criteria to break the tie in CLAT 2022 for the UG program? 

Ans. For CLAT 2022 a tie-breaker will be decided based on the factors given below

  • Marks obtained in the legal aptitude section. 
  • Age
  • Computerised draw of lots. 

Ques. Can engineering graduates apply for CLAT 2022 to pursue a PG program?

Ans. As per the eligibility criteria for CLAT 2022, engineering graduates cannot apply for CLAT PG. As eligibility criteria, candidates must hold a UG degree in law. However, they can apply for the CLAT UG program given that they have the minimum qualification of 10+2 of 45% for Gen/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI and 40% for SC/ST.

Ques. What is the minimum rate of acceptance for applying to top NLUs through CLAT 2022? 

Ans. The minimum rate of acceptance for applying to the top NLUs through CLAT 2021 is around 3% as each year, around 70,000 to 75,000 candidates register themselves for the test. But there are only 2,175 seats available in all the NLUs.

Ques. Is AILET or CLAT 2022 more difficult?

Ans. AILET is considered more difficult than CLAT 2022 because of the limited availability of the number of seats. Though both the exam patterns are similar, Delhi Law University comparatively has a small number of seats for the law course to the 23 NLUs in the contentment.

Ques. I did science in 12th standard. Is CLAT 2022 a good option for me?

Ans. CLAT is considered the best option for most of the candidates who want to pursue Law. By taking good preparation for CLAT 2022, one can get a high score and can easily take admission into a top NLU.

Ques. What is the duration I need to take for the preparation of CLAT 2022 and to get into a top NLU?

Ans. It takes 8-16 months to prepare. But it depends on the candidates. For those candidates who are new to this field, the time takes longer than the usual time. For CLAT 2022, you can follow the duration given above. 

Ques. What documents do I need to keep for filling up the application form for CLAT 2022? 

Ans. The document that the candidate needs to submit during CLAT 2022 Application form process is:

  • Aspirant’s Passport size photo (must be front-facing with a white background)
  • Signature of Aspirant
  • Educational Documents
  • BPL Certificate (If Applicable)
  • PWD Certificate (If Applicable)
  • SC/ST/OBC Category Certificate(If Applicable)

Ques. Can I receive CLAT Result 2022 via registered mail ID?

Ans. No, CLAT Result 2022 will not be sent by any mail ID. All candidates must check and download the scorecard only from the official website. 

Ques. Can I download CLAT Admit Card 2022 on the day of the exam?

Ans. Yes. you can download CLAT Admit Card 2022 on the day of the exam. But you need to log in for that. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


ammar zaheer ahmed
Can you provide me a basic exam pattern for the examination?

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) UG and PG is a two hours duration examination. It is held offline and both objective and descriptive based questions will be asked. There are a total of 150 questions in UG exam and 120 questions in PG Exam. Every question carries one mark each. The correct answer gives you 1 mark while for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. 

laxmi mishra
What is the category wise application fee for CLAT?

The application fees of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) varies for different categories. For candidates who belong to General, OBC, PwD, NRI, PIO and OCI Category have to pay an application fees of INR 4000 while the candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes and Below Poverty Line have to pay INR 3500. if you need question papers of previous years, then you will have to pay INR 500 extra.

kunal thakrar
What is the minimum eligibility required to apply for CLAT PG?

The minimum eligibilty to apply for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) LLM or PG is that students must have completed their Bachelors that is three year LLB or five year integrated LLB from a recognised Law College. The candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% in graduation and 45% for SCs and STs. There is no age limit.

divakar sharma
Is there any negative marking in CLAT paper?

Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer in Common Admission Law Test (CLAT). There are a total of 150 questions in the exam and every correct answer carries 1 mark each where the questions are both objective and descriptive type. The marking scheme is same in both UG and PG Paper.

shaik kabeer
Which subjects are included in CLAT LLM syllabus?

The subjects that are included in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) LLM Syllabus are Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law, Property Law and Company Law. 

sheetal chib
How can candidates work on time management regarding CLAT?

Firstly, you should know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Allocate time for each section and don’t spend more than the decided time during the exam. It is advised that you attempt GK section first, followed by Legal Reasonong, Logical Reasoning, English and QA. Attempt easy questions first and don’t spend more time on each question. Move on to the next if a particular question is taking time. Practise ample of mock tests to know where you stand and to manage time. Avoid any distractions and read and attempt all the questions carefully.

Can you suggest me some important topics and books for Legal Reasoning?

Some of the important topics for Legal Reasoning for CLAT are History of Indian Constitution, Important Acts and Amendments, Important Laws like IPC, CrPC, Prepositions and facts, Events related to legal and constitutional development, Rights and Duties, Parliament, Judiciary, Executive and Current events related to Indian polity. Some of the important books to study are Bare Acts of Indian Constitution by LexisNexis Butterworths and Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj.

arushi thankur
What preparation strategy can I use for Current Affairs section?

First and foremost, you need to know if Current affairs is your strongest area or not. If you are going to revise it more than once, then prepare a plan. Make a habit of reading newspapers everyday and revise all the current affairs from 2020 to 2021. Follow the syllabus and prepare notes accordingly. Take mock quizzes time to time and revise whatever you have studied.

In CLAT UG paper, which topic of English should be focused on more?

English section of Common Admission Law Test (CLAT) UG Paper tests the candidates’ language and comprehension skills. To nail this section, you must have excellent grammar and vocabulary knowledge along with good reading ability. The important topics are: Senence correction, adverbs and proverbs, vocabulary, grammar, sentence correction, antonyms and synonyms and comprehension.

shatakshi patki
How many students appear and get selected through CLAT?

For Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), around 50,000-60,000 students appear for the examination. The qualification rate of the exam is around 3%. Number of Private Law Colleges and National Law University (NLU) offers seats to the students. NLU has around 2175 seats in total where 1308 seats are All India seats and 621 seats are reserved for student who belong to the state where the university is located in.

deep jyoti das
Provide me a basic exam pattern for CLAT PG paper.
sinbad chongtham

The CLAT PG examination paper has 120 questions, 60 marks from Constitutional Law, and 60 marks from other topics. The second section will consist of 2 descriptive-type questions worth 25 marks each. The essay should be written in at least 800 words.

sunny pandey
Please provide me a basic exam pattern for the CLAT UG paper.
sinbad chongtham

The CLAT examination is conducted for four two hours, in which candidates have to attempt 200 MCQs. Each question carries one mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. There are five sections viz English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques. 

sadim ansari
Can you suggest me some last minute tips to be followed for CLAT preparation?
sinbad chongtham

There are four main points to be focused on in the last-minute preparation of the CLAT examination. They are avoiding new topics, time management, revision, and solving practice papers. You must avoid new topics to get rid of confusion and focus more on revising what you have gone through. Solving practice papers will check your knowledge level as well as improve your time management skills.

sheetal chib
Suggest some tips regarding Quantitative Techniques?
sinbad chongtham

The best way to prepare for the CLAT Quantitative Techniques section is to go through the Class XI and XII Mathematics syllabus as the majority of the questions will be asked from the topics of Class XI and XII. You can easily ace this section if you practice solving sample papers and take mock tests repeatedly. 

How can candidates opt for the Logical Reasoning section?
sinbad chongtham

The Logical Reasoning section of the CLAT paper will include a series of short passages of around 300 words each from various topics. This section calls for a different preparation strategy. You must be able to identify the various premises and conclusions and identify the overall theme of the passage. Identify and separate the number of argument sets placed in the passage, as some may be in support and some may contradict each other.

arushi thankur
What must be my strategy to opt for the Legal Reasoning section?
sinbad chongtham

The legal reasoning section of the CLAT paper needs very thorough preparation. Often candidates prepare less and find it difficult to answer the questions of this section. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of legal matters, public policy, moral-philosophical inquiries, etc.

Can you suggest some books for GK and Current Affairs?
sinbad chongtham

There are various CLAT preparation books and some of the most recommended ones are mentioned below.

Manorama Yearbook 2021 by Manorama 
Current Affairs Yearly 2021 by Arihant 
General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's Who by RPH Editorial Board
Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020 by Pearson
Pratiyogita Darpan by Upkar Prakashan.

Aspirants are also advised to read newspapers like the Hindu, The Times of India, Indian Express, etc.

shatakshi patki
How can students prepare for the GK and Current Affairs section?
sinbad chongtham

The main key to ace in the General Knowledge and Current Affairs section is to read as much as you can. The bigger your scope of reading is the better is your result. If you are well aware of what happens in the world, you can easily score in this section. 

kunal thakrar
Which topic in English Language requires maximum time for preparation?
divakar sharma
How can students approach the UG English Language section?
sinbad chongtham

The most important thing is to read and practice. You can read from every resource like books, magazines, newspapers, etc. When you have developed a habit of reading you will be able to answer the questions of this section easily. You should keep on practicing by solving questions as this will point out your weak areas and you can improve them.