As we all know, the CLAT Consortium had announced major changes in the pattern of the exam last year. If you are an aspirant for the CLAT exam, then you must be aware of the new exam pattern as this will help you examine the structure of the examination.

The consortium had introduced comprehension-based questions in the paper. Also, the number of questions has been reduced from 200 to 150 in the CLAT UG paper.

As per the recent announcement, essay questions have been removed from the CLAT PG paper.

Are you looking for the detailed exam pattern of the CLAT exam? Well, read through the post that will give you a complete insight into CLAT Exam Pattern such as the number of questions, marking scheme, type of questions, time duration, etc.

Latest Updates: On the official website of the Consortium of NLUs, the CLAT 2021 admission card has been issued. Using your registration number and date of birth, you may download the CLAT Admit Card. 

CLAT UG Exam Pattern 2021

The CLAT exam pattern for the LLB Program includes a total of 5 sections: English, GK, Logical Reasoning, and Quant which evaluates your capability to solve a problem with logic and understanding and the Legal Aptitude section examines your interest level as well as your knowledge of Law.

Exam mode Offline
Exam duration 120 minutes (2 hours)
Test language English 
Type of questions Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)
Number of Sections 5
Total questions 150
Total Marks 150
Negative Marking Yes

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Section-wise Weightage for CLAT UG

Check out the table below to know the number of questions asked from each section in the CLAT Exam.

Subject Number of questions Percentage weightage
English Language 28-32 questions 20%
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 35-39 questions 25%
Legal Reasoning 35-39 questions 25%
Logical Reasoning 28-32 questions 20%
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 questions 10%

CLAT 2021 PG Exam Pattern

It is important for you to go through the detailed CLAT 2021 Syllabus and exam pattern to better succeed in the exam. The below table explains the detailed exam pattern for the LLM course.

Subjects Number of MCQ questions Marks
Constitutional Law 60 60
Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR, and Jurisprudence. 60 60
Total 120 120

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CLAT 2021 Marking Scheme

  • For each correct answer, you will be awarded a +1 mark
  • 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrongly answered question
  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for unanswered questions
  • Attempt CLAT Mock Tests to analyze your preparation levels and know different types of questions asked in the exam. 
Response Marks
Correct Answer + 1 Marks
Incorrect Answer 0.25 Marks
Unanswered/ Unattempted Question No Marks

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Will there be an Essay Section in CLAT LLM Exam?

  • Due to the ongoing crisis across the country, the Consortium of NLUs had announced that the essay section was removed in CLAT LLM.
  • In addition, the number of objective questions has been increased from 100 to 120. 
  • So, now the CLAT exam for the LLM program will be conducted for a total of 120 marks.

What type of Questions are asked in the CLAT Exam?

As per the CLAT new pattern, you will be tested on your logical skills rather than testing on the knowledge of the subject

  • The entire question paper shall comprise 450-500 words passages followed by 5-6 multiple-choice questions. 
  • Each section includes passages and related questions. Hence, reading skill is very important. 
  • You need to quick in reading and understand the passage in one go. 

FAQ's

Is CLAT Exam tough?

The Common Law Admission Test is considered one of the toughest law exams in India due to its high competition level, CLAT exam pattern, number of seats, cut off marks. But, this year, the consortium has made some changes in the exam pattern to make it less difficult for all candidates.

What are the subjects in CLAT LLM?

The subjects asked in CLAT LLM/ PG question paper include Constitutional Law, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence, Law topics, and Contemporary Issues.

Is the legal aptitude section of the CLAT Exam removed?

No, the question paper of CLAT 2021 will include questions from the 'Legal Reasoning' section.

Who conducts CLAT?

The CLAT exam is conducted by any one of the 19 NLUs on a rotational basis.

Is Mathematics compulsory in CLAT Exam?

No, it is not compulsory to study mathematics at the Class 12th level as per the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2021, however, the question paper will include the section based on the subject. Though, the section of 'Elementary Mathematics' will be based on class 12th/ basic numerical ability only. 

Are there any alterations that were announced in the mode of law examination?

Yes, from the year 2019 onwards, The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT has to be directed in an offline mode only. But before that, the exam used to take place in an online (computer-based) mode.

What is usually the medium of the CLAT Exam?

Just as in previous times, the Common Law Admission Test takes place in an English medium only 

Are there any modifications that have been observed in the CLAT Exam Pattern by the official authorities?

Yes, the exam conducting authorities have announced the changes in the CLAT  exam pattern of LLB and LLM paper.

Mode of ExamOfflineOffline
Medium of ExamEnglishEnglish
Duration of Exam120 minutes120 minutes
Type of QuestionsMCQsMCQs + Subjective
No. of Questions150100+2
Marking Scheme+1/ -0.25+1/ 0.25 (MCQ), 25 Marks (Subjective)

Is it true that the exam pattern of AILET and CLAT is exactly similar?

No, the exam pattern for the AILET Exam and CLAT exams are totally different. The paper pattern for both the exams are mentioned below:

Mode of ExamOfflineOffline
Number of QuestionsFor LLB – 150 For LLM – 100+2For LLB – 150 For LLM – 100
Duration of Exam120 minutes90 minutes
Total MarksFor LLB – 150 marks For LLM – 150 marksFor LLB – 150 marks For LLM – 100 marks

What is the CLAT Marking Scheme?

As per the CLAT marking scheme, candidates will be awarded +1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrongly answered question.