CLAT 2024 Test Pattern

Updated on 14th April 2023 | 11:00 AM | #CLAT2024ExamPattern

This page contains detailed information about the CLAT 2024 exam pattern, eligibility criteria, marking scheme, and admit card. These are crucial to help you find a well-structured test day preparation plan.

The test is held in December every year, and the score is used for admission to NLUs in the upcoming academic year. For example, CLAT 2024, was conducted for admissions in the academic year 2024, and will be held in December 2023.


  • 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 Pattern Highlights

This is how CLAT 2024 test is expected to happen.



Duration of test

120 minutes (2 hours)


Offline mode

Type of Questions

Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

Number of Questions

CLAT UG - 120
CLAT PG- 120

Test Sections

  1. English Language

  2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

  3. Legal Reasoning

  4. Logical Reasoning

  5. Quantitative Techniques

Marking scheme

Total marks: 120 marks

Objective questions will each carry 1 mark. 0.25 marks to be deducted for an incorrect answer.



Download Updated CLAT Syllabus

CLAT Section-wise breakdown

Candidates will have to secure at least minimum cut-off marks to be considered for evaluation of the subjective paper.

Legal Reasoning

Legal aptitude has comprehensive passages either tending to legal concepts, or terminologies, usually both. Candidates should be proactive in their approach and try to connect legal issues with traditional legal concepts. The section may contain 8 passages of 250 words each, followed by a series of questions on each passage.

Topics covered in last year's CLAT paper were:

  • Constitution
  • Family Law
  • International Law
  • UNSDGs
  • Contracts

Current Affairs and General Knowledge

CLAT has recently made this section passage based as well, with 6-7 questions for every passage, and a total of 7 passages. The section was held to be the most complex out of the rest, as many topics were unexpected. However, it is important to stick to one's preparation and not expand their GK intake at the last moment.

Last year's CLAT paper covered the following topics:

  • ISRO
  • Sagarmala
  • Russia-Ukraine
  • Drone Policy
  • CSR
  • Green Technology

Quantitative Techniques

Comparatively a lighter section with the syllabus from class 10th curriculum. Students will be tested on Data Interpretation questions, and complicated Time and work-based questions will not be asked.

Logical Reasoning

A more interpretation-based passage, hence factual knowledge shouldn't be prioritized in this section. 6 passages with an average of 220 words can be expected.

Last year's paper has passages from journals,, TOI, and The Hindu. More such sources should be explored by the candidate.

English Language

Comprehensive passages that test memory, using vocabulary, synonyms, etc. 5-6 passages of 500 words each can be expected. The sources from last year's CLAT were both domestic and international papers.

CLAT 2024 Eligibility Criteria

  • Passed Class 12 or have an aggregate 45% score currently in Class XII (40% in the case of SC and ST candidates). There are no age-restrictive criteria.
  • In case two students have the same CLAT score after taking the test, there will be a tie-breaker round that uses the following condition:
    • Candidates with higher grades in legal reasoning will be ranked higher in the selection process.
    • After a second tie, the older candidate will be given priority over the other.
    • A computerized drawing of lots will determine how the candidates will be ranked if a tie cannot be broken in the first round

CLAT Section-wise weightage

Often, the student focuses on mastering only a few sections and neglects others. However, all sections have a certain weightage, and not being able to score well can hinder the selection/cut-off procedure. After the updated test pattern, the weights will tentatively be distributed in the following manner.


Number of questions

Percentage weightage

English Language

225 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

330 questions


Legal Reasoning

330 questions


Logical Reasoning

225 questions


Quantitative Techniques

120 questions

8 %




CLAT 2024 Admit Card

CLAT admit card is necessary for the student to be able to attempt the test. They are made available on the official Consortium website a week before the test. Candidates can follow the steps mentioned below to download their admit cards.

  • Visit the official website of the NLU Consortium
  • The CLAT 2024 link will redirect you to the registration portal
  • Enter your details to receive the admit card via the dashboard link
  • Download the document and make sure to take a printout.

Information available on the CLAT Admit Card

The admit card mentions the following details.

  • Name of the candidate and date of birth
  • Passport size photograph
  • Roll number, application number
  • Parent’s name
  • CLAT exam center name and address
  • CLAT exam date and reporting time

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