CLST Exam Pattern 2020: Check UG & PG Marking Scheme and Question Paper Format

CLAT Exam Pattern

The CLAT Exam 2020 is going to take place in a pen-paper mode in May 2020. The law entrance exam will be held separately in order to enroll individuals to 3 year LLB, 5-year Integrated LLB, and LLM courses. Go through the CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 and gear up your preparations.

  • As the CLAT 2020 Notification was released on January 1st, 2020, there are few changes announced in the pattern of the exam this year.
  • Candidates who had applied for the CLAT exam are suggested to begin their well in advance by checking the detailed CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 (Revised)

In this post, candidates can get the latest information about the changes in the CLAT Exam, section-wise exam pattern and marking scheme.

  • As per the new CLAT Exam Pattern, the total number of questions has been reduced to 150.
  • The standard of the CLAT Exam will be as per the 12th standard Mental Ability.
  • The GK and Current Affairs section includes questions from both the topics unlike previously it included only current affairs. Reading Daily Current Affairs regularly will help to analyze your preparation and answer all questions correctly.
  • The Legal Aptitude section was previously removed from the CLAT Exam Pattern, but now it is added back with the same number of questions.
  • The CLAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude has been increased and it includes the entire class 10 syllabus.
  • There is no change in the Logical Reasoning section and the English section.
  • Each section includes only comprehension based questions. Candidates must read the passage carefully and answer the corresponding questions.
Parameters Old CLAT Exam Pattern New CLAT Exam Pattern
No. of Questions 200 150
Standard of Exam up to class 10th Ability As per Class 12th Mental Ability
GK & Current Affairs Section Included only Current Affairs Includes both GK & Current Affairs
Legal Aptitude Section Was Removed from the Pattern Now Added Back with the same number of questions
Quantitative Aptitude Included only Bar Graph 7 table Graph Entire Class 10 Syllabus is included
Logical Reasoning No Change No Change
English Section Didn’t Include Vocabulary No Intimation about the Change

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 – LLB Program

The exam for the LLB Program is segregated into a total of 5 sections. The first section targets to evaluate a student’s capability to solve a problem with logic and understanding. The other section examines a student’s interest level as well as his/her knowledge for Law.

CLAT UG Question Paper Format 2020

Total Marks 150
Duration of CLAT Exam 2 Hours
Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions
Marking Scheme 1 Mark for each Correct Answer
Negative Marking 0.25 Marks Deduction for Each Wrong Answer
No. of Questions 150

CLAT UG Exam Pattern 2020 – Section-Wise Weightage

The below table explains the subject-wise weightage of questions. Before studying any topic, go through the CLAT Syllabus and  As per the latest CLAT exam pattern, the number of questions from each section is tabulated below.

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 UG Important Topics 2020

It is very important for candidates to study all the important topics from each subject. In order to ease your preparation, we have tabulated subject-wise important topics below. Go through the topics and study well by following the expert’s CLAT Preparation Tips.

GK English Logical Reasoning Mathematics Legal Aptitude
Outline of Indian Economy Comprehension Passages Logical Puzzles Numbers Legal fundamentals and terms
National Income of India Subject-Verb Agreement Statement Conclusions Derivation of Conclusions HCF and LCM Legal Maxims and Important Landmarks
Indian Tax Structure Adjective and Determinants Cause & Effect Reasoning Fractions, Percentages Supreme Court Judgments
Major Industries in India Active Passive Voice Statements Assumptions Logarithms
Banking & Finance Noun, Pronoun, Adverb Statement Arguments Time & Distance

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 – LLM Program

The Exam Pattern for CLAT 2002 LLM course will consist of topics from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR, etc. LLM Exam will be concluded of a total of 150 objective type problems.

CLAT PG Question Paper Form 2020

Total Marks 150
Duration of Exam 2 Hours
No. of Questions 150
Type of Questions 100 Multiple Choice Questions; 2 Essay Questions
Marking Scheme Objective Questions – 1 Mark Each; Essay Questions- 25 Marks each
Negative Marking 0.25 marks Deduction for each wrong answer

CLAT PG Exam pattern 2020: Section-Wise weightage

The below table explains the weightage of objective type questions in the CLAT PG Exam 2020. Go through the table to know how many questions are asked from each section.

Subjects Number of MCQ questions Marks
Constitutional Law 40 40
Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence. 60 60
Total 100 100

CLAT PG Important Topics 2020

The questions in CLAT UG are asked mainly from the below-listed topics.

Constitutional Law Jurisprudence Administrative Law Law of Contract
Torts Family Law Criminal Law Property Law
Company Law Public International Law Tax Law Environmental Law
Labour Law Industrial Law

CLAT 2020 Recommended Books for Preparation

The books that we study from at the time of preparation play a very big role in the results of the paper. The candidates must purchase the books which are given below in order to fuel their CLAT Preparation. Take a look at the CLAT Preparation Books to know which books to refer for.

Name of CLAT Books Author Subject
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis English
Objective General English R. S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations R. S. Aggarwal Mathematics
Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Exam 6th Edition Abhijit Guha
Legal Aptitude For The CLAT – Workbook: A Workbook A.P. Bhardwaj Legal Aptitude
A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning R. S. Aggarwal Logical Reasoning
Analytical Reasoning M K Pandey
Manorama Yearbook 2017 (English) Mammen Mathew General Knowledge

CLAT Exam Analysis 2020

The CLAT Exam Analysis will help candidates to know the difficulty level of the question paper and the different types of questions asked in the exam. It is advised for all candidates preparing for the exam to go through the detailed analysis for CLAT and estimate the difficulty level of the paper.

  • In the previous year, the CLAT Exam was Easy
  • As per candidates feedback received, all the questions were doable.
  • Most of the questions were expected and as per the CLAT Exam Pattern
  • Also, many questions were repeated from previous year exams.

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. Who conducts CLAT?

Ans. The CLAT exam is conducted by anyone of the 19 NLUs according on a rotational basis. So, CLAT 2020 is conducted by the National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi on May 24, 2019.

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

Ans. 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.

Ques. What is usually the medium of the CLAT Exam?

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

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

Ans. Yes, the exam conducting authorities have announced the changes in CLAT  exam pattern of LLB and LLM paper. The paper pattern is as follows:

Particulars LLB Program LLM Program
Mode of Exam Offline Offline
Medium of Exam English English
Duration of Exam 120 minutes 120 minutes
Type of Questions MCQs MCQs + Subjective
No. of Questions 150 150
Marking Scheme +1/ -0.25 +1/ 0.25

Ques. Can I get any tips on how should I prepare for CLAT Exam?

Ans. Other than visiting the coaching centers and studying there, there are several other modes through which one shall fuel their preparation for CLAT. The same is mentioned as follows:

  • Practice more and more CLAT Sample Papers/ Previous Year Papers
  • Attempt more and more CLAT mock tests series
  • Attempt more and more CLAT Quizzes
  • Read more about the CLAT Exam
  • Try to grasp new habits which can help crack the paper

Ques. Is it true that the exam pattern of AILET and CLAT are exactly similar? Ans. No, the exam pattern for the AILET Exam and CLAT Exam exams are totally different. The paper pattern for both the exams are mentioned below:

Particulars CLAT AILET
Mode of Exam Offline Offline
Number of Questions For LLB – 200 For LLM – 150 For LLB – 150 For LLM – 100
Duration of Exam 120 minutes 90 minutes
Total Marks For LLB – 200 marks For LLM – 150 marks For LLB – 150 marks For LLM – 100 marks

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