NLSAT 2023: Dates, Eligibility, Fees, Pattern

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NLSAT 2023

NLSAT 2023: The National Law School of India University (NLSIU), widely regarded as one of the premier law schools in India, recently announced the opening of admissions in their three-year LLB (Hons) program. The program is a postgraduate professional degree that is open to graduates from any discipline and will act as an entry point into the legal profession.

The program aligns with all the requirements of the Bar Council of India (BCI) and candidates interested in this program are required to clear a qualifying exam in the form of the National Law School Admission Test (NLSAT). In this blog, we will be discussing the exam process as well as other relevant details associated with this exam. 

Particulars Relevant details
Conducting Body National Law School of India University (NLSIU)
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Application Process Online
Official Website 
Total Number of Available Seats 60
Mode of Exam Offline (subject to COVID restrictions)
Language English
Levels Two (2) – One examination and one Interview
Exam Date April 30, 2023
Exam Timing 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

NLSAT Exam Dates 2023

The relevant dates for the upcoming NLSAT exam for the year 2023 are yet to be notified. However, we have provided a table for the expected dates below. It contains information on tentative dates. Note down the NLSAT 2023 exam dates mentioned here so you do not miss any major events of this important exam.

Event Tentative Date
Commencement of Registration January 16, 2023
Closing of Application Forms April 6, 2023 (11:59:59 PM)
Date of exam April 30, 2023
Interviews  May 2023
Final admission list June 2023

NLSAT Eligibility Criteria 2023

Mostly each and every conducting body specifies eligibility criteria that each candidate should fulfil in order to appear in the exam. The same is the case for the NLSAT 2023 exam. In order to take the NLSAT exam, candidates must fulfil the below-mentioned criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised national or international university with a minimum of forty-five (45) per cent aggregate in total. There is a five (5) per cent relaxation on the total aggregate percentage for students belonging to SC/ST category. 
  • Interested candidates in the final year of their bachelor’s degree can also apply for the exam. However, their admission will be contingent on the fulfilment of the above-mentioned criteria.
  • The candidates still appearing for the qualifying exam must provide proof of completion on or before December 31, 2023. 

NLSAT Application Process 2023

The application process is online and candidates must visit the official website to fill out the required details to get themselves registered for the exam. Upon successful registration, candidates must fill out the application form by logging in with the received credentials. After the completion of the application process, candidates will be eligible for receiving the admit card and thereafter take the exam. 

Application Fees

The application fee for NLSAT 2023 will be as per the category to which the candidate belongs. Reserved category students will get a relaxation in the application fee. To know the application fee for NLSAT 2023, refer to the table below:

Category  Fee
General INR 2500

Also Read: GLAET 2023: Notification, Exam Dates, Syllabus

Exam Pattern for NLSAT 2023

Candidates appearing for the NLSAT exam will be faced with the challenge of clearing a question paper comprising of two (2) parts, i.e. Part A and Part B. Part A consists of multiple choice questions (MCQs) and Part B consists of subjective questions. As per the criteria set by NLSIU, only those candidates who qualify for Part A will get their responses in Part B evaluated. Candidates must aim to score more than zero (0) marks in Part A.  

Candidates belonging to the General/EWS category must score above the 75th percentile in Part A. While candidates belonging to the SC/ST/PWD/OBS-NCL must score above the 50th percentile in Part A.

Once the candidates clear both Part A and Part B, they will be required to appear for an interview. For the interview round, candidates will be evaluated based on reasoning, original thinking, and passion for law. The exam pattern is discussed below:

Particulars Details
Duration of exam One hundred and fifty (150) minutes
Language of Exam English
Question Type Objective and Subjective
Section-wise Questions Part A (Objective) – Seventy-Five (75) 
Part B (Objective) – Ten (10) + One (1) essay-type question
Marks Per Section Part A – 75 Marks
Part B – 75 Marks
Total marks One hundred and fifty (150)
Negative Marking Yes.
One-fourth of the marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer in the objective section.

NLSAT Syllabus 2023

The detailed syllabus for the NLSAT exam is discussed below. It is vital that candidates keep themselves updated on the latest current affairs and legal developments to have a better chance of clearing the exam. Having clear knowledge about the NLSAT syllabus can help you in preparation.



English Comprehension

  • Synonyms
  • Idioms
  • Spotting errors
  • Sentence correction
  • Parts of speech
  • Sentence re-arrangement

Current affairs


  • National and international news
  • Historical events of significance
  • Arts and Culture

Critical reasoning

Legal aptitude/reasoning

  • This section will consist of ten (10) problem-based questions 

Current Affairs


  • This section will require candidates to write an essay on one of the three (3) options for the topics provided. 

Selection Process for NLSAT Exam

Once the candidate clears the written examination, there will be a personal interview (PI) for ten (10) marks. During the interview, candidates will be judged on their legal aptitude, reasoning, and overall intelligence. After the interview stage, a final list of selected candidates shall be prepared based on performance in Part B of the exam as well as the interview. Based on this list, candidates will be selected for admission to the three-year LLB (Hons) program at NLSIU.

NLSAT Preparation Tips 2023

In light of the fact that NLSIU is one of the premier law schools in India and the fact that there are only sixty (60) seats available, it is important that candidates develop and implement a strategy to achieve their goals. Here are a few tips for candidates preparing for the NLSAT exam:-

  • Be well-versed with the syllabus and try not to keep any parts of the syllabus unfinished or untouched.
  • Stay updated with the latest developments in the relevant fields to gain an edge over the competition. 
  • In the event you are selected for an interview, follow a formal dress code and dress sharply. 
  • During the interview, answer confidently but without any hint of arrogance.


How many stages are there in the NLSAT 2023 exam?

There are a total of two stages, i.e., examination and interview. Candidates must clear both stages to get shortlisted for enrolment in the desired program.

Is the NLSAT exam objective or subjective?

The NLSAT exam contains both objective and subjective questions. Candidates need to practice for both types of questions.

Do I need to have a law degree or prior legal knowledge for the NLSAT exam?

No! A law degree or prior legal knowledge is not essential to take the NLSAT exam. Just fulfil the required eligibility for the exam.

Will the interview for the NLSAT exam be conducted offline?

Yes, as there won’t be any online interviews. If a candidate gets selected after the written exam, they need to appear for an in-person interview.

What is the official website for NLSAT 2023 for the three-year LLB (Hons) program?

The official website for NLSAT 2023 for the three-year LLB (Hons) program is

Who conducts NLSAT?

The National Law School of India University (NLSIU) conducts the NLSAT exam for selecting meritorious candidates for admission to their three-year LLB (Hons) program.

We hope that you got all the major information about NLSAT 2023. Keep an eye on our Indian Exams page for more such information. Do not forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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