CLAT Syllabus

Updated on 14th April 2023 | 11:00 AM | #CLAT2024Syllabus

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the only entrance test held for admissions into NLUs in India*. The test can help the students take up courses like BA LLB, BBA LLB, or various other combinations available. It is paramount for candidates who wish to qualify for CLAT 2024 to know the CLAT syllabus. This article lists all sections and section-wise syllabi which should be covered in order for the candidate to score well on the test.

*NLU Delhi is the only NLU that doesn’t accept CLAT scores. AILET is the entrance test conducted by NLU Delhi. Find information about AILET towards the end of this article.


  • CLAT 2024 is to be held on December 3, 2023, as announced on the official website of the Consortium of NLUs. The website will also provide details about the syllabus, application, and counseling process.
  • AILET 2024 is to be held on December 10, 2023, as announced on the official website of NLU Delhi. AILET's test duration would be 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The website will also provide details about the admission date and release application forms.

CLAT 2024: Test sections

The CLAT 2024 syllabus is expected to be divided into five sections:

  • Current Affairs including General Knowledge 
  • Legal Reasoning 
  • Quantitative Aptitude 
  • Logical Reasoning 
  • English 

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CLAT 2024 Test Syllabus

More than the theoretical portions in the preparation process, consistent reading and practicing of the five sections in the test are very important.

Current Affairs including General Knowledge

This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions that were asked earlier. The passages would again be 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals, etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such a question can cover the static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading newspapers daily, specifically, articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.


Ancient, Medieval, Modern, and World History


Economics (Outline of Indian Economy, Five Year Plans, National Income of India, Indian Tax Structure)

Science and technology

Environment & Ecology

General Science

National & International Burning topics

Books and Authors



Major Industries in India


Awards and Achievements

Legal Reasoning

This section will test the candidate's interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The 450 words passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. 

Indian Constitution

Indian Penal Code

Indian Contract Act

Family Law

Law of Torts

Legal fundamentals and terms

Legal Maxims

Important Landmarks, Supreme Court Judgements

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Technique or Maths section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.


Areas, Volumes

Commercial Mathematics

Interest, Profit, loss and Discounts, Percentage, Partnership

Modern Mathematics

Permutation & Combination Probability, Clocks & Calendars

Data Interpretation

Graphs, Charts


Number system, H.C.F, and L.C.M, Logarithms and, Functions, Fractions, and decimals, Roots and Indices, Simplification, Ratio and proportions, Time and work, Average

Logical Reasoning

The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, and logical links, and rectify illogical arguments. The questions would be based on the passage of 300 words.

Statement & Assumptions

Statement & Conclusions

Statement & Arguments

Statement & actions

Assertion – Reason


Number test

Direction and distance test

Coding and Decoding

Blood Relationships




The English section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical, etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The inference would be critical here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.


Synonyms, Antonyms, Homonyms, Word definitions, Analogies


Idioms and Phrases, One-word substitution, Sentence improvement & rearrangement, Fill in the blanks with suitable words, Subject-Verb Agreement, Conditionals, Nouns, Pronouns, Articles & Conjunction, Adjective, and Determinants

Usage Errors

Grammatical errors- tense, voice, preposition usage, speech errors, Correct Spelling, Spotting errors, Inappropriate use of words


Based on the passage provided, various questions will be asked. It is advisable to go through the questions and then read the passage. Doing this will help them to point out the answers and gather information relating to the questions.

CLAT2024: Section-wise Question Distribution

The questions in the CLAT paper aren't distributed equally amongst the five sections, and hence, the candidate should allocate their time carefully to every section.


Number of Questions


English Language

28-32 questions

28 - 32

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

35 - 39

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

35 - 39

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

28 - 32

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

13 - 17




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Frequently Asked Questions

CLAT 2024 will be held in December 2023.

CLAT 2024 will be conducted in offline mode.

The one-time application fee which is non-refundable for CLAT 2024 is:

  • INR 4,000 for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.
  • INR 3,500 for SC/ST/BPL candidates.

To be eligible to appear for CLAT 2024, candidates should have passed 10+2 (or its equivalent examination) with

  • 45% marks (or an equivalent grade) for General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates.
  • 40% marks (or an equivalent grade) for SC/ST categories.

Candidates appearing in their qualifying examination in March/April 2023 are eligible to appear for CLAT2024. However, they are required to submit the passing certificate of the qualifying examination on completion. In case the certificate isn’t produced, the candidate will not be eligible for admission to the course.