CLAT 2023 will take place five months before December 2022 instead of May 2023. The consortium has also reduced consulting fees from Rs 50,000 to Rs 30,000 for applicants in the unreserved category. For students in the reserved category, the fees will be Rs 20,000.
The Consortium of National Law Universities (CNLU) decided to take the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) in December instead of May each year, saying it will provide “respite for students and reduce anxiety related to exams “.
CNLU Founding President and Vice Chancellor of NALSAR Law University, Hyderabad, Faizan Mustafa, said: “The discussion to postpone the law entrance exam has been ongoing since 2019. May to June and it becomes difficult for the students to sit in their place. “
The CLAT often comes up against other coveted exams like the JEE and state entrance tests. Also in 2021, applicants appearing for both CLAT and JEE were invited to apply to the consortium for a date change.
V Vijayakumar, vice-chancellor of the National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, and a permanent member of the CNLU, said early CLAT will allow students to breathe and reduce anxiety related to testing.
“The first suggestions were to hold CLAT in January. But northern regions, such as Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and J&K, receive snowfall at the same time. December therefore seemed like the perfect time. Either way, students in class 12 are under pressure due to multiple exams i.e. pre-boarding, boarding, national and national entries. If one test collides with the other or is postponed, it affects student morale. Thirteen months’ notice will help avoid a last minute chaos situation,”he said.
CLAT is usually held on the first Sunday in May and the National Law University (NLU) Delhi Entrance Exam takes place the following Sunday. NLU Delhi Vice Chancellor Srikrishna Deva Rao welcomed the decision, saying different times for entering law will provide better opportunities for students.
“Students often have a good time preparing their tickets. If a student cannot pass the CLAT 2022, they will only have to wait another six months for the next attempt. The outcome of CLAT 2023 will be announced in a month or two. Therefore, applicants will still have approximately four months to take the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET), which will continue to take place in May, ”Rao added.
Applicants are also happy with the consortium’s decision to host CLAT 2023 in December. The consortium has also reduced consulting fees from Rs 50,000 to Rs 30,000 for applicants in the unreserved category. For students in the reserved category, the fees will be Rs 20,000. For many students, arranging the counseling fee followed by the admission fee in a short period of time has proven difficult. Often they have lost their admission for the same reason. Lower fees and early exams are positive decisions for students. Taking the exam as early as the December exam will also help students process their student loan applications on time.