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CLAT 2022: Exam Dates (Out), Eligibility, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, and Result

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Kumar Shiwam

University Data Specialist | Updated On - Jan 14, 2022

CLAT 2022 Exam Dates have been announced by the Consortium of NLUs. The authorities will conduct CLAT 2022 on May 8, 2022. The CLAT exam will be conducted twice in 2022. CLAT 2023 exam will be conducted in the same year as CLAT 2022. The authorities have specified no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2022. However, the candidates need to satisfy the eligibility criteria for the course in which they are seeking admissions. CLAT 2022 will be held in pen and paper mode. The candidates who will ace the exam will be eligible for admissions to the 5 year LLB and LLM program. 

What is CLAT?

CLAT is a national-level Common Law Test. It is the gateway for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programs. These programs are offered at 22 participating NLUs and more than 60 affiliated colleges/universities. 

CLAT 2022 Highlights

CLAT 2022 Full Form Common-Law Admission Test
Conducting Body Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Exam Level UG and PG
Mode of Application Online
Mode of Exam Offline (pen and paper) 
Exam Frequency Once a year.  Except CLAT 2022 and CLAT 2023 which will be conducted on May 8, and December 18, 2022
Exam Duration 120 Minutes
Number of Questions 150
Question Type Objective type Question
Application Fees INR 4,000/-
Total Seats Offered UG courses - 3,012 seats (2021)
PG courses - 997 seats (2021)
Applications per Year 70,277 (2021)
Number of Exam Centres 82
Official Website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/
CLAT 2022 Helpline 08047162020

CLAT 2022 Exam Dates

Below are the important dates that candidates must know if they are preparing for CLAT 2022.

Events Important Dates
CLAT 2022 Notification Release  November 14, 2021
CLAT 2022 Online Registration begins 1 January 2022 (tentative) 
CLAT 2022 Online Registration closes 1st week of March 2022 (tentative)
CLAT 2022 Admit Card 3rd week of April 2022 (tentative)
CLAT 2022 Exam Date May 8, 2022 
CLAT 2023 Exam Date December 18, 2022
CLAT 2022 Answer Key Release Date 1st week of May 2022
CLAT 2022 Result  3rd week of May 2022
CLAT 2022 Counselling Begins To be notified

CLAT 2022 Courses Offered

There are various Law colleges all over India that accept the CLAT score exams to provide admission to its UG and PG law courses. If one cracks the CLAT 2022 exam, the candidate will be eligible for admissions to BA LLB, BSc LLB, BCom LLB, BTech LLB, BBA LLB, BA LLB (Hons.), BSc LLB (Hons.), BCom LLB (Hons.), BBA LLB (Hons.), and LLM courses.

CLAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates from any board and stream can apply for CLAT 2022. There are separate eligibility criteria for CLAT UG and PG Program. For details go through the following table. 

Particulars CLAT UG CLAT PG
Minimum Educational Qualification Candidates must pass 10+ 2 or equivalent The candidate must have passed 3-year LLB or 5-year integrated LLB Exam
Minimum qualifying marks
  • For Gen/OBC/PWD candidates- 45 % 
 
  • For SC and ST candidates- 40%
  • Unreserved /OBC - 50%
  • SC/ ST category - 45%
Age Limit There is no age limit There is no age limit

CLAT 2022 Application Form

The Registration dates for CLAT 2022 have not been disclosed by CNLUs yet. The consortium will release the online application form of CLAT 2022 tentatively in the 1st week of January 2022. Eligible candidates can fill the CLAT 2022 Application form when the link will be activated on the official website. The candidates need to follow the steps mentioned below to fill the Application Form of CLAT 2022.

  • Step 1: Visit the official website of CLAT
  • Step 2: To register, candidates are required to fill in the details like name, email address, mobile number, and create a password.
  • Step 3: After completing the registration, log in using your newly created ID and password.
  • Step 4: Fill in all the relevant details asked in the form carefully.
  • Step 5: Choose your preferences among the 22 national law universities.
  • Step 6: Pay the CLAT 2022 Application Fees using Net Banking/UPI/Credit Card/Debit Card.
  • Step 7: Upload the scanned copy of the following documents in jpg/jpeg format: Photograph (500KB), Signature (100KB), category certificates (2 MB).
  • Step 8: Click on the Submit button and take a printout of the CLAT 2022 Application Form same.

CLAT 2022 UG Application Fees

Here are the CLAT 2022 Application Fees for all categories. 

Category Application Fee
General/OBC and other category candidates ₹ 4000/-
SC/ST category candidates ₹ 3500/-

CLAT 2022 Application Form Correction

The Consortium of NLUs usually does not provide a further chance to correct the CLAT application forms. However, CLAT 2021 was an exception as the CNLUs increased the number of Exam cities due to COVID-19. Therefore, candidates were allowed to update their preferences for cities, as well as review and edit their name, date of birth, and reservations category if it needs any correction.

CLAT 2022 Exam Centers

While filling the CLAT 2022 application form, candidates can choose up to three CLAT test cities according to their preference. Depending on the number of candidates opting for CLAT 2022 each city will have multiple exam centers. The list of expected CLAT 2022 Exam Centers is as follows. 

Agra Ernakulam Jodhpur Pune
Ahmedabad Faridabad Kanpur Raipur
Allahabad Gandhinagar Kanyakumari Rajahmundry
Amravati (Maharashtra) Gangtok Kolkata Ranchi
Amritsar Ghaziabad Kota Salem
Aurangabad Gorakhpur Kottayam Shillong
Barasat Greater Noida/ Noida Kurnool Shimla
Barrackpore Gurugram Kurukshetra Siliguri
Bengaluru Haldwani Lucknow Sonepat
Bhopal Hisar Madurai Srinagar
Bhubaneshwar Hooghly Mangalore Surat
Bilaspur Hubli / Dharwad Meerut Thane
Calicut Hyderabad Mohali Thiruvananthapuram
Chandigarh Imphal Mumbai Tiruchirappalli
Chennai Indore Muzaffarpur Tirunelveli
Chittoor/Tirupati Jabalpur Mysore Vadodara
Coimbatore Jaipur New Delhi Varanasi
Cuttack Jalandhar Patiala Vellore
Dehradun Jammu Patna Vijayawada
Durg Jamshedpur Puducherry Visakhapatnam

CLAT 2022 Admit Card

CLAT 2022 Admit Card will be released by NLU on the 3rd week of April 2022 tentatively. The candidates who have successfully applied for the CLAT 2022 exam will be eligible to download the CLAT 2022 admit card from the official website. Make sure candidates have their CLAT 2022 registration number and password handy, as it will be required to download the same.

How to Download the CLAT 2022 Admit Card

If you need assistance to download the CLAT Admit Card 2022 you can follow the below-mentioned steps.

Step-1: Open the official website of the CLAT consortium.

Step-2: To log in to your registered account, submit your user ID and password and click on the “Login” button.

Step-3:  'Download Admit Card' link will be displayed on your screen.

Step- 4: Submit your CLAT application number carefully and download your CLAT 2022 admit card.

Step- 5: Take a printout of the CLAT 2022 Admit Card and cross-check all the details mentioned in the same.

CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Subject/Section Topic
English Language 28-32 (20% of the paper)
Quantitative Aptitude 13-17 (10% of the paper)
Logical Reasoning 28-32 (20% of the paper)
General Awareness 35-39 (25% of the paper)
Legal Aptitude 35-39 (25% of the paper)
Total Marks 150
Total Time (min) 120
Negative Marking 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

Given below are the marks allotted for each section in CLAT 2022. 

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

CLAT 2022 Syllabus

The candidates need to go through the following table to have an idea about the CLAT 2022 Syllabus. 

Name of the Sections Topics
English Synonyms, Antonyms, Word Rearrangement, Analogies, Spelling Errors, Cloze Test, Spotting Errors, Idioms & Phrases, Reading Comprehension, Sentence Improvement, Sentence Rearrangement, Fill in the blanks,  One Word Substitution. 
Logical Reasoning Alphabet Test, Classification, Analogy, Coding-Decoding, Number Test, Distance and Direction, Blood Relations, Ranking, Series, Syllogism, Time & Sequence, Statement & Assumption/ Conclusion/Argument/ Course of action. 
Numerical Ability Averages, Number Systems, Surds & Indices, Fractions & Decimals, Percentage, Ratio, Proportion, Square Roots, Simplification & Approximation, Partnerships, HCF & LCM, Discounts, Interest, Profit & Loss, Areas, and Volumes. 
Legal Aptitude Important Supreme Court Judgments; Important amendments of the legislature; Important topics from Contract law, Criminal law, and Constitutional law; Legal GK and current affairs; International treaties, etc.
General Knowledge & Current Affairs Current happenings, Static GK, Science & Technology, Economics, Books, Authors Persons, Sports, and Place. 

CLAT 2022 Preparation Tips

To ace CLAT 2022 exam, it is crucial that candidates apply a proper strategy and are consistent with their preparation. Go through the following points for every five areas individually to know the right strategy to follow. 

  • General knowledge and Current Affairs: GK, though the toughest topic for most of the candidates carries 35 to 39 questions in the CLAT paper. Other than GK books, reading daily newspapers, following editorial and national pages help a lot in improving GK and CA sections. You can also practice GK questions from GK Today, Cloud Affairs, TCY, etc. websites. 
  • Legal Reasoning: Keep a track of the latest legal happening around the world, new amendments, the important judgments, etc. Follow some good legal blogs, read newspapers daily to increase your reading speed. Some basic concepts from constitutional law, contract law, tort law, etc must be understood while preparing for CLAT 2022 for better results. 
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Candidates are advised to complete the syllabus once and then keep practicing more and more questions to achieve 100% accuracy and increase their speed. Practicing questions will strengthen your base so you will be able to solve any questions under that topic. 
  • Logical Reasoning: Try to identify your way of solving the Reasoning. Puzzle, number series, coding-decoding all need the right approach to solve them. Practice daily 1-2 hours from your reasoning book, follow the right, easy and fast solution, and keep practicing thoroughly. 
  • English Language: As RC is a crucial part of the English section, find a book with plenty of Reading comprehension. Make a habit to read Newspapers, magazines, blogs to improve your vocabulary. 

CLAT 2022 Recommended Books

Given below are the books that the candidates need to refer to for enhancing their CLAT 2022 Preparation.

Books Authors/Publishers
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
Fаst Trасk Оbjeсtive Аrithmetiс Rajesh Verma,
Objective General English SP Bakshi
Manorama Yearbook 2021  Mammen Mathew
Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude  AP Bhardwaj
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning  RS Agarwal

CLAT 2022 Answer Key

CLAT Answer key is very helpful for candidates as by referring to the answer key candidates can easily calculate their CLAT 2022 marks. The result will be published along with the CLAT 2022 final answer key.

To check the CLAT 2022 Answer Key candidates can follow the mentioned steps below. 

  • Click on the link to visit CLAT 2022 website
  • Enter your registered ID and password to log in to your account. 
  • Click on the CLAT 2022 answer key link. 
  • The CLAT 2022 answer key will be downloaded in PDF form. 

How to Raise Objection Against CLAT 2022 Answer Key

There is also an option available for candidates to raise objections in case the CLAT 2022 answer key contains some incorrect answers or discrepancies. The expert committee will review all the objections, and if your objections are valid they will revise the key accordingly. 

If candidates want to raise their objections against the answer key they have to follow the below-mentioned procedure. 

  • On the CLAT registration portal candidates will find a "Raise objections" button, under the 'Answer Key' section. 
  • Enter the question number candidates have objections about. 
  • Complete your payment, and your objection is raised. 

Please note that the objection raise fee against the CLAT 2022 answer key is Rs 1000 per question. Candidates have to record their objections within 24 hours and after that, the window will be closed and no further objections will be entertained. 

CLAT 2022 Result

CLAT 2022 Result will be declared a few days later after the CLAT 2022 exam. Candidates can access the result online by following the below-mentioned steps. 

  • Step-1: For viewing CLAT Results, first click on the “Result” option on the official site. The link will be activated after the CLAT 2022 Results Declaration.
  • Step-2: Click on the tab “View Result”
  • Step-3: Enter your CLAT application number and password. 
  • Your CLAT 2022 Results will be displayed on your screen. 

CLAT 2022 Rank Card

The admissions to the NLUs or top Law Colleges of India are granted by considering your rank in the merit list. 

CLAT 2022 Rank Card

The CLAT 2022 Rank Card will have personal information, result details, and other details listed below. 

  • Name of Candidates. 
  • Roll Number. 
  • Application Number. 
  • CLAT 2022 UG Score. 
  • Category Name (Gen/ OBC/ SC/ ST). 
  • All India Rank (AIR). 
  • Category Rank. 

CLAT 2022 Rank Card - Tie-Breaking Criteria

If two or more candidates secure the same score, CLAT Consortium will break the tie of two or more candidates to allot their ranks by adopting some tie-breaking rules given below. The CLAT 2022 tie-breaking rules are as follows:

  • The candidate who will get higher marks in the Legal Aptitude section will be ranked higher.
  • The older candidate among them will be ranked higher.
  • If the tie is still unresolved after two rules, the CLAT authority will do the computerized draw for ranking.

CLAT 2022 Counselling

The Consortium of NLUs conducts CLAT 2022 Counselling for the invited candidates through an online centralized process. The CLAT 2022 Counseling process will be done as per the CLAT 2022 Exam Dates scheduled by the conducting authorities. You can expect the Counselling to be conducted soon after the publication of the CLAT 2022 Result and Merit list. 

The stepwise procedure for attaining the CLAT 2022 Counselling Process is as follows:

  • Step 1: After the publication of CLAT 2022 Results and Merit lists, based on rank, the first list for CLAT 2022 counseling will be released. 
  • Step 2: Candidates have to choose 5 NLUs taking into consideration their achieved rank and score against the seats available. 
  • Step 3: After filling up their choices candidates must pay INR 30,000 as a Registration Fee to be provisionally selected. 
  • Step 4: The candidates who have registered successfully for the Seat Allotment Lists will be published for them on the official website. 

CLAT 2022 Seat Allotment

To get eligible for CLAT 2022 Seat Allotments process candidates have to register themselves for the Counselling session. After CLAT 2022 Results are published, shortlisted candidates will be allotted seats according to their preference. 

  • For CLAT 2022 Seat Allotment Process shortlisted candidates will be invited via their registered contact details. 
  • Candidates have to log in to the counseling website using the login details sent to them. 
  • Candidates have to choose their preferred NLUs. They can select a minimum of five NLUs for their CLAT 2022 SEAT Allotment. 
  • Required fees must be submitted to complete the registration process.

CLAT 2022 Cut-off

The CLAT 2022 Cut Off will be released after the declaration of the results. Candidates are advised to study the past year's CLAT cutoff to have an idea about the same and also analyze the competition. 

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 2022 Facts and Figures

  • This year NLU has reduced the CLAT 2022 Counselling Fees from Rs 50,000 to Rs 30,000 for General candidates whereas, for SC, ST, OBC, EWS, BC, PWD candidates, the counseling fee is Rs 20,000.
  • Around 53,532 Candidates appeared for CLAT 2021 UG Exam to compete for 2522 LLB seats. 
  • Manhar Bansal, CLAT 2021 topper scored 125.5 marks out of 149 chose to pursue BA LLB (Hons) from NLSIU Bangalore.

CLAT 2022 FAQs

Q: Can I apply for both CLAT 2022 and CLAT 2023? 

Ans. Yes, you can apply for both sessions. You have to register yourself twice by submitting separate CLAT application fees. 

Q: Is there any sectional cut-off for the 5 sections in CLAT 2022?

Ans: There is no sectional cut-off for the 5 sections CLAT. Candidates have to clear the overall cut-off to get admission to the law college. 

Q: Can Btech students appear for CLAT 2022 Exam?

Ans: Students from any stream can appear for CLAT 2022 Exam. They have to pass 10+2 with a minimum of 45% marks. There is no particular degree required to apply for the CLAT 2022 UG exam. 

Q: What are the best Law colleges in India? 

Ans: There are 23 top National Law Universities all over India. Some of the top law colleges are NLSIU Bangalore - NLU Hyderabad, NUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur. 

Q: What is the fees structure of NLSIU Bangalore? 

Ans: The fee for NLSIU Bangalore is ₹2.14 Lakhs (1st Year Fees). The NLUs are not government funding colleges, they are self-financing institutions leading to charging a high fee.

Q: Can I take the CLAT 2022 exam for an Integrated LLB after completing graduation? 

Ans: If you have already completed your graduation, there is no need to apply again for a 5-year integrated law program. You can go for a 3 year LLB degree. Some of the colleges that offer 3 year LLB are Faculty of Law, DU, Symbiosis Law College, Pune, Government Law College, Mumbai, ILS Law College, Pune.

Q: Where can I find the CLAT practice paper? 

Ans: If you are preparing for CLAT 2022, you must go through the previous year's papers, and practice them thoroughly to achieve a good score. 

Q: What was the CLAT 2021 closing rank NLSIU Bangalore and Hyderabad? 

Ans: The NLSIU Bangalore and Hyderabad are the top Law colleges in India, so the cut-off goes very high in these colleges. The CLAT 2021 closing rank for NLSIU Bangalore and Hyderabad were 80, and 163 respectively. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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