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CLAT Syllabus

Recently the Consortium of NLUs released an official notification for CLAT 2023. The CLAT 2023 exam date was released long back, but the Consortium recently released the essential details about the exam. The notification included crucial information about the CLAT 2023 syllabus, CLAT 2023 eligibility, CLAT 2023 exam pattern etc. 

Even though there is no prescribed syllabus for the CLAT exam, the Consortium has given specific outlines of the CLAT 2023 syllabus. With the information provided by the Consortium and the analysis of CLAT’s previous years’ papers, we have tried to lay down the CLAT 2023 syllabus in a comprehensive manner. The candidates can refer to the below-given syllabus and start their CLAT preparations.

Highlights of CLAT 2023 exam

CLAT is a centralised entrance exam for admission to the course of legal studies. Various public and private law schools accept entries through CLAT. The CLAT exam is held once every year. It is usually administered in May. Since board exams are also conducted in May, CLAT 2023 has been postponed to avoid clashes. So, this year CLAT will be held twice. The CLAT 2023 exam is scheduled for 18 December 2022. 

Name of the Examination Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Conducting body The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Exam timings 2 PM – 4PM (Might be subjected to changes if needed)
Mode Pen and Paper 
Total no. of questions CLAT UG- 150 Questions

CLAT PG- 120 Questions

Maximum Marks CLAT UG- 150

CLAT PG- 120 

Question Type MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions)
Participating Institutions 22 NLUs except for NLU, Delhi and other private institutions.
Total Sections 5 Sections (English Language, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Current Affairs including General Knowledge and Quantitative Techniques.
Negative Marking Yes, a Deduction of 0.25 for every wrong answer.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: Undergraduate

The CLAT UG syllabus 2023 is divided into sections. The CLAT 2023 official website includes the areas to be assessed in each section.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: English Language

Questions asked 28-32 Questions
Length of the Passage 450 Words
Abilities to be assessed
  • Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage and any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage.
  • Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage.
  • Summarise the passage.
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage and
  • Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.
Important Topics Sentence Sequence Arrangement, Phrase Replacement, Synonyms & Antonyms, Tenses, Spotting Error, Fill in the blanks, Active and Passive Voice.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: Current Affairs

Questions asked 35-39 Questions
Length of the Passage Upto 450 Words
Areas to be Assessed Contemporary events of significance from India and the world

Arts and Culture

International affairs and

Historical events of continuing significance.

Important Topics National & International Affairs, Government Schemes, Science and Technology, Summits and Conferences, Foreign Affairs, Arts and Culture, Awards and Honours, Sports, Science and Technology.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: Legal Reasoning

Questions asked 35-39 Questions
Length of the Passage 450 Words
Areas to be Assessed Identify and infer the rules and principles laid out in the passage;

Apply rules and principles to similar and varied scenarios; and

To infer the impact of alteration in rules or principles on different scenarios.

Important Topics Important Supreme Court Judgements, Tax Law, Environmental Law, Contract Law, Legal Maxims, International Treaties & Conventions affecting National Legal Framework, Public International Law, Public Policy Questions.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: Logical Reasoning

Questions asked 28-32 Questions
Length of the Passage 300 words
Areas to be Assessed Understanding the argument, its premises and conclusions.

Read and identify the arguments set out in the passages.

Critically analyse patterns of reasoning and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence.

Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations.

Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence and assess the effectiveness of arguments.

Important Topics Syllogism, Statement & Course of Action, Statement & Assumption, Inference of Statements, Cause and Effect, Analogy.

CLAT 2023 Syllabus: Quantitative Technique

Questions asked 13-17 Questions
Areas to be Assessed Deriving, inference and manipulation of numerical information given in the paragraphs or the form of other representations; and

Application of 10th standard mathematical operations like ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.

Important Topics Permutation and Combination, Average and Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Time, Distance and Speed, Fractions and Equations, Mixtures and Allegations


The topics mentioned in the above lists are the topics from where questions appear almost every year. Therefore, these must be treated as necessary. Rest you should not limit yourself to these essential topics, keep the areas to be assessed at focus and prepare accordingly. Knowing the syllabus will help you choose better study material and plan effective preparation strategies. 

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