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Common Law Admission Test

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national-level entrance examination for admissions to undergraduate (“UG”) and postgraduate (“PG”) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities in India (NLUs). Several affiliate universities and organizations also use the CLAT exam for admissions and recruitment respectively. The CLAT exam which was originally held in the month of May till CLAT 2022 now happens in the month of December for students who are passing in the subsequent year. So it is important for CLAT aspirants to know knick and knack of CLAT Previous Year Question Papers.

CLAT Previous Year Cutoff

The CLAT cutoff is the minimum marks required by a candidate in the CLAT exam to get admission to top national law universities (NLUs). As per the previous year's trends, candidates who secure 100+ marks stand a good chance to be in the top 3 NLUs (86+ for reserved categories).

However, several factors like exam difficulty level, seat intake, answer key disparities, and the total number of shortlisted candidates influence the CLAT Previous Year Question Papers cut off every year. Therefore,  we have shared all the important details related to CLAT Previous Year Question Papers Cut Off including the previous year's qualifying marks for the top NLUs, and opening and closing ranks for different categories. You must check these all to know the range of CLAT Previous Year Question Papers Cut Off marks that need to be scored to get shortlisted for the final admission process of the top NLUs.

Here is the CLAT 2022 cutoff of the top NLUs:
Name of the Institution Opening-Closing Ranks of different categories
General OBC SC ST
NLSIU Bengaluru 1-85 88-638 431-2224 554-3428
NALSAR Hyderabad 8-162 505-7849 1252-2761 3818-5158
WBNUJS Kolkata 117-257 1989-111472 2503-4933 5084-7238
NLU Jodhpur 70-344 - 2318-5881 1727-7620
NLIU Bhopal 241-451 771-1510 3618-4793 6076-10789
HNLU Raipur 430         756 1721       1980 4918       8797 11785    12027
GNLU Gandhinagar 175         430 752         1747 3779       6527 6155       12014
RMLNLU Lucknow 377         756 902*      3568* 4565*    10476 * 15889*  19504*
RGNLU Patiala 437         1184 - 6134       9434 6449       16179
CNLU Patna 932         1498 1882*    9085* 9825       18386* 29956    29956*
NUALS Kochi 413         1315 2114*    20999* 8411*    25640* 16977*  16977*
NLU Odisha 470         1191 - 5800       9726 13361    17417
NUSRL Ranchi 933         1603 1386       2698 3540*    21084* 13311    31604*
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli 807         1816 1770       3789 6909       12015    15682    16880
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam 1002       1589 8881       11160 10847*  10847* 24160*  24160*
MNLU Nagpur 999         1657 6293*    18196* 16251*  36646* 30004*  30479*
MNLU Aurangabad 1390       2323 19850*  34225 20505*  45669* 44623-   46061*
NLUJAA Guwahati 1131       1979 5542*    39724*  25357*  41911* 16817*  40718*
HPNLU Shimla 1056       2302 - 7229       12507 12778    22145
DNLU Jabalpur 1314       2262 1647       3489 10967    12925 15638    22762
NLU Sonipat 1094       2333 1917       4018 6448       12213 12177    23212

CLAT Mark Vs Rank

CLAT Score Range Rank Range No. of Candidates
125-150 1 1
120-125 2-3 2
115-120 4-5 2
110-115 6 1
105-110 7-9 3
100-105 10-19 10
95-100 20-57 38
90-95 58-173 116
85-90 174-362 189
80-85 363-743 381
75-80 744-1411 668
70-75 1412-2318 907
65-70 2319-3572 1254
60-65 3573-5200 1628
55-60 5201-7284 2084
50-55 7285-9841 2557
45-50 9842-12994 3153
40-45 1299-16746 3752
35-40 16747-21135 4389
30-35 21136-26442 5307
25-30 26443-32188 5746
20-25 32189-38320 6132
15-20 38321-44066 5746
10-15 44067-48884 4818
5-10 48885-51683 2799
0-5 51684-52956 1273

No of Candidates

As per the data provided by the Consortium of National Law Universities for the year 2022, the candidates who had registered for the CLAT UG exam in 2022 were over 70,000. However, the number of candidates who actually appeared for the exam was around 61,500.

Here’s approximate data of the number of candidates that register & appear for the exam:
Year Number of Candidates Registered
Number of Candidates Appeared
2020 75000 59000
2021 70000 60000
2022 72000 61500

CLAT Toppers Score

You can get a fair idea of a good CLAT score from the following table.
Name Rank
CLAT 2023
Marks Obtained
Abhinav Somani AIR 1 116.75 Marks
Sahil Gupta AIR 2 112 Marks
Piyush Gupta AIR 8 107.75 Marks
Kshitika Tyagi AIR 12 106.75 Marks
Priyam Mitra AIR 13 106.75 Marks
Ayesha Khan AIR 17 105.75 Marks
Arunav Ghosh AIR 40 101.75 Marks

CLAT 2023 Analysis

The following are key highlights of the CLAT Entrance Exam 2023 held on 18TH December 2022:
  • 93.6% of the candidates who registered for the CLAT UG exam sat in the actual hall. 
  • The thumb rule for scoring a great score in English Language was to master English Themes, figures of speech and advanced vocabulary levels.
  • In CLAT 2023, many questions were asked to test the conceptual clarity of the topic of a student especially in the GK Section.
  • The General Knowledge section of CLAT 2023 was a bit difficult for a student who was preparing only current affairs for the GK portion. The questions asked were from a wide range to topics and included static Gk questions. An example from CLAT 2O23 original question paper – “Which computer defeated Gary Kasparov”. These types of questions in the CLAT Exam make it important for a candidate to prepare the GK section thoroughly on all counts i.e. Static GK as well as Current Affairs.
  • 2-3 passages were simple and easily doable among all the passages asked in the GK section of CLAT 2023 as they were from topics hugely in news like FIFA World Cup 2022.
  • The Legal Reasoning section in CLAT exam was of moderate level. Almost all questions were easily solvable but if a student had read the passages before then in that case a time advantage over peers could be gained. For example questions based on Criminal Identification Act would be solved very easily by candidates who are well versed with the topic.
  • The Topics of Legal Reasoning have become very dynamic in nature rather than static. In earlier CLAT examinations, great impetus was put upon standard topics of CLAT like Contract, Torts, and Constitutional Law etc. The pattern has changed considerably now and the questions are asked from dynamic topics like Surrogacy, Consumer Protection Act, Electoral Bond etc. 
  • A few questions based on traditional Law topics like Cruelty, Legal Aid were also asked in the exam but there ratio to the dynamic topic ratio is very less.
  • The Mathematics section of the CLAT 2022 exam was not only lengthy but the difficulty level was moderate to difficult for a student who is giving the CLAT exam from Humanities and Commerce Stream.
  • The first impression outside the exam hall and after exam of most students who appeared for CLAT 2023 was that the paper was lengthy and required great concentration of mind.
  • Overall CLAT Exam 2023 didn’t spring up new surprises except with a new pattern of questions in few unpredictable topics from General knowledge and Quantitative Techniques.
  • If we do a comparative analysis of CLAT 2023 with regard to CLAT 2022 exam, then this year's paper was more on the tougher side. There were certain passages which were easy but overall the paper was tougher than 2022. The analysis that can be drawn from CLAT 2023 for CLAT 2024 will be to prepare for long passages and dynamic topics.

CLAT 2022 Analysis

  • All the passages and questions that came in CLAT 2022 were on predictable lines and less lengthy than the previous year. This directly resulted in the number of attempts by students who were appearing as less difficulty level makes it easier to attempt more questions.
  • Compared with last year, the passages in the English language were easy. Both the length and difficulty level of passages were on easier side. The thing to be mastered in this section was vocabulary and identifying the various figures of speech and tones in the passage.
  • All the passages that were asked in the GK were straight forward and a student could have attempted at least 1 or 2 questions even without prior studies just with the help of negation. It could be done with simple knowledge and the marks could have been easily fetched. Overall nature of this section of CLAT exam was simple/easy and marks scoring.
  • Passages were based on ISRO, AFSPA, Ukraine-Russia conflict, Bangladesh visits of PM Modi etc which were in the news prominently 6 months before exam.
  • Legal Reasoning section of CLAT 2022 was not the one with surprises and standard questions from various topics like Hindu Marriage Act, IPC, Jurisdiction, and Contract Law were asked.
  • In Logical Reasoning, there were three passages based on topics such as mental Health, POCSO Act and Covid outbreak. The difficulty level of this section was more on the moderate side and students needed a fine eye to catch right answer.
  • Most of the questions were on standard topics like inference, strengthen and weaken, etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude in CLAT 2022 was the easiest if compared to the previous years.
  • As the question paper was easy, the number of attempts for CLAT 2022 attempt was very high and the cut off for NLS also went up.


CLAT 2024 shall be conducted in online mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:

English including comprehension: The English section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.


 No. of Questions 

 Ideal Attempts 

 Level of Difficulty 





G.K./ Current Affairs




Elementary Mathematics




Logical Reasoning




Legal Aptitude








General Knowledge and Current Affairs Section: The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of national and international current affairs.
Mathematics Section: This section will test candidate's knowledge on Elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.
Legal Aptitude Section: This section will test candidate's interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Logical Reasoning Section: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. The section does not include the questions from Visual reasoning.

clat previous year question papers FAQs

CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) previous year question papers refer to the question papers from previous year's CLAT exams. We at Smartkeeda offer complete set of all the previous 3 years question papers of CLAT.
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You can use the CLAT previous year question papers for your CLAT preparation in many ways. On solving PYP you will get to know the exact exam pattern, you can identify important topics, assess your strength and weakness, practice time management, enhance problem solving skills and most important learn from the mistakes.
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