CLAT PG Exam Pattern & Question Paper Format 2022

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) conducts the CLAT PG exam annually to provide admission to LLM courses offered by 22 NLUs.

Generally, the PG question paper consists of both objective and subjective type questions. However, due to a pandemic, the exam mode changed from offline to online, consortium has been taking the Exam in Objective mode since last year.

This year, the exam is conducted in offline mode. Hence, it is expected that the Consortium might include the subjective part in the question paper. So, be prepared well in advance.

If there are any changes in the question paper format, authorities will publish it in the official notification.

Here is the detailed CLAT PG Exam Pattern, such as marking scheme, type of questions, exam duration, and more.

CLAT PG Question Paper Format 2022

Earlier, the question paper had 100 objective questions for 100 marks, while the subjective part had 2 essay-type questions of 25 marks each.

But in the last two years, the CLAT PG Entrance Exam had only 120 objective-type questions based on reading comprehension.

You will be provided extracts from primary legal materials such as important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes, or regulations followed by 10 or 6 (based on 2020 and 2021 paper pattern) objective-type questions.

The Consortium further resolved to reduce the Counselling fee from 50,000/- to Rs.30,000/- for the General category candidates and Rs.20,000/- for ST/SC/OBC/BC/EWS/PWD and other reservation candidates.

Check out the table below to know the key highlights of the CLAT PG exam pattern.

Particulars Past Two Years CLAT PG Exam Pattern Expected CLAT PG Exam Pattern 2022
Exam mode Online Offline 
Exam duration 120 minutes (2 hours) 120 minutes (2 hours)
Test language English  English 
Type of questions Objective  Objective and subjective (tentative)
Exam subjects Various law subjects and related contemporary judgments Different law subjects divided into two sections
Total questions 120 100+2
Total marks 120 150
Negative Marking Yes Yes


If the Consortium includes a subjective part in the question paper, you have to score a minimum of 40% in the objective paper, and then only your subjective paper will get checked.

Section-wise CLAT PG Paper Pattern & Weightage 

According to the PG Syllabus for CLAT, the questions will be based on the Constitution Law, Contracts Law, Law of Torts, Family Law, Jurisprudence, etc.

 Last year, the question paper had only 120 objective-type questions for 120 marks, which means each carries one mark.

Based on the last two year's paper analysis, we have provided the number of questions asked from each topic.

Topic No. of Questions asked in 2020 No. of Questions asked in 2021
Constitutional Law 50 36
Jurisprudence 20 6
Administrative Law 10 0
Family Law 10 12
Law of Contracts 0 18
International Law 10 18
Criminal Law 10 24
Labour Law 10 0
Environmental Law 0 18

Expected Section-wise CLAT PG Paper Pattern & Weightage

Look at the table below to know the CLAT LLM paper pattern that the Consortium of NLUs usually follows.

Type of Questions Subjects Number of MCQ questions Marks
Objective Constitutional Law and Other Law subjects 100 100
Subjective Law and Contemporary Issues 2 50
Total 102 150

CLAT PG Marking Scheme 2022

As per the CLAT PG Exam Pattern, you will be awarded +1 marks for each correctly answered question, while 0.25 marks are deducted for the wrongly answered question.

Also, no marks are awarded or deducted for unattempted questions.

Response Marks
Correct Answer + 1 Marks
Incorrect Answer 0.25 Marks
Unanswered/ Unattempted Question No Marks


What is the paper pattern for CLAT PG Exam?

Usually, the CLAT PG question paper consists of both objective and subjective questions. However, in 2020 and 2021, the paper had only objective-type questions. The subjective paper has been removed by the Consortium.  

What is the mode of CLAT PG Exam 2022?

The CLAT PG Exam 2022 will be conducted in offline mode i.e., pen and paper based test.

is there negative marking in the CLAT PG Exam?

Yes. There is a negative marking in the CLAT PG Exam. As per the CLAT PG Exam pattern, 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrongly answered question.

What is the difficulty level of CLAT PG Exam?

Generally, the difficulty level of the CLAT PG Exam will be moderate to difficult level.

Are there subjective questions in CLAT PG Exam 2022?

Usually, there are two subjective questions in the CLAT PG exam. However, the subjective part was removed from the last two years. Whether the CLAT Consortium will follow the same pattern as last year or re-introduce the subjective section in the exam is yet to be announced.