CLAT Exam Pattern 2021 New Marking Scheme & Pattern

CLAT Exam is a national law entrance scheduled for admission to various top law colleges for LLB, LLM, and Integrated LLB course. It is an offline (pen and paper mode exam) for both UG and PG courses. Go through the detailed CLAT Exam Pattern to know the number of questions asked and marking scheme.

  • The previous year, the CLAT Consortium has been modified the CLAT Exam Pattern after many discussions.
  • There is no change in the CLAT Syllabus for any of the courses. So, candidates can follow the same syllabus for both UG and PG.
  • There are objective type questions in the exam for the UG and PG courses that are asked based on a comprehension passage.
  • Practising Free CLAT Mock Test Series regularly can help in analyzing preparation levels and know the difficulty level of the exam.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021 ( New Pattern)

The Consortium of NLUs had announced CLAT Major Changes in the Exam Pattern. Candidates are advised to follow these CLAT Exam Details accordingly during their preparation.

  • Generally, the CLAT Exam is conducted in offline mode however, last year the exam was conducted in online mode. The duration of the exam for both UG and PG Courses is 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • The number of questions for the UG program was reduced to 150 from 200.
  • The CLAT UG exam is now comprehensive in nature. There is a comprehension with a reading time of 5-7 minutes and the questions are asked based on the information given in it.
  • The revision from Daily Current Affairs and continuous reading is the key to scoring good marks in the exam.

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CLAT Exam Pattern 2021 – 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. Candidates are advised to go through the complete CLAT Exam Day Instructions and follow the rules on the day of the exam.

CLAT UG Question Paper Format 2021

Mode of Exam Online
The medium of Question Paper English (only)
Type of Exam Objective Type
Duration 2hours
Level of the Exam after XII
Type of Questions Objective Type
Total Number of Questions 150
Marks Obtained for Correct Answer +1
Marks Deducted for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Sections in the exam English Language, Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, Current Affairs (inc. General Knowledge) and Legal Reasoning

Note: The exact number of questions in each section will be revealed on the day of the paper itself. The candidates have to prepare themselves accordingly.

Download CLAT Question Paper (Sample Paper)

CLAT Subject Wise Marks 2021

The below table explains the subject-wise weightage of questions. Before studying any topic, go through the CLAT Syllabus, and enhance your preparation. As per the latest CLAT 2021 exam pattern, the number of questions from each section is tabulated below. Here is the brief LLB Entrance Exam Pattern 2021.

clat exam pattern

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 2021

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 as per the latest CLAT Exam Details. Go through the topics and study well by following the expert’s CLAT Last Minute Preparation Tips. The below table provides the LLB Entrance Exam Pattern for each subject.

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
Indian Tax Structure Cause & Effect Reasoning Fractions, Percentages Supreme Court Judgments
in Active Passive Voice Statements Assumptions Logarithms
Banking & Finance Noun, Pronoun, Adverb Statement Arguments Time & Distance

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021 – 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 Pattern 2021

Mode of Exam Offline
The medium of Question Paper English (only)
Type of Exam Objective Type
Duration 2 hours
Type of Questions Subjective Type and Objective Type
Number of Multiple Choice Questions 100
Marks Obtained for Correct Answer +1
Marks Deducted for Incorrect Answer -0.25
Number of Subjective Questions 2 (Essay of 800 words each)
Marks Allocated 50 (25 Marks for each)
Negative Marking for Subjective Type No Negative Marking
Topics Asked in MCQ Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Property Law, Company Law, Labour Law, Environmental Law etc.
Topics Asked in Subjective Questions Essay on Law and Contemporary Issues

CLAT PG Exam pattern 2021

The below table explains the weightage of objective type questions in the CLAT PG Exam 2021. Go through the table to know how many questions are asked from each section as per the latest CLAT New Exam Pattern.

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 2021

The questions in CLAT PG Exam are asked mainly from the below-listed topics. The below-mentioned topics are as per the latest CLAT New Exam Pattern 2021.

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 Marking Scheme 2021

  • In CLAT UG Exam we have 5 sections and in the CLAT PG exam, there are 8 sections.
  • For each correct answer, the candidate is awarded 1 mark and for each wrong answer, 0.25 marks are deducted.
  • As per the CLAT New Exam Pattern, the number of questions varies in UG Exam. But, the CLAT Marking scheme remains the same for both programs.
  • Candidates are advised to keep that there is negative marking in CLAT Exam and hence answer the questions carefully.

CLAT Subjects 2021

The subjects vary for UG and PG courses. As you have studied about the exam pattern in the above section, here are the CLAT Subjects that candidates must study for exam preparation. Check out the below table to know subjects for UG and PG separately.

CLAT UG Subjects
English Language Current Affairs, including General Knowledge Legal Reasoning
Logical Reasoning Quantitative Techniques
CLAT PG Subjects
Constitutional Law Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR, and Jurisprudence.

Best CLAT Books for Preparation 2021

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. While choosing a book, ensure to keep in mind that the book covers all the topics and it is as per the latest CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

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 2021

The CLAT 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 and estimate its difficulty level.

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

CLAT Exam Pattern

Importance of CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

There are many advantages with knowing the CLAT New Exam Pattern that include:

  • candidates can understand the type of questions asked.
  • Know the pattern of the exam.
  • marking scheme can be understood with the exam pattern.
  • Know the important topics in each subject

CLAT Exam Pattern FAQs

Ques. When is the CLAT 2021 Exam?

Ans: The CLAT 2021 Exam is scheduled in May 2021 tentatively in online mode.

Ques. IS CLAT Exam tough?

Ans: The Common Law Admission Test is considered as one of the toughest law exams in India due to its high competition level, 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.

Ques. Where can I get CLAT Previous Year Question Papers?

Ans: You, can download many CLAT Previous Year Papers from this post. Solving question papers is one of the most suggested methods for cracking the exam in one attempt with a high score.

Ques. What are the subjects in CLAT LLM?

Ans: 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.

Ques. Is the legal aptitude section of the CLAT Exam removed?

Ans: No, the question paper of CLAT 2021 will include questions from the ‘Legal Reasoning’ section.

Ques. Who conducts CLAT?

Ans. The CLAT exam is conducted by anyone of the 19 NLUs according to on a rotational basis.

Ques. Is Mathematics compulsory in CLAT Exam?

Ans: 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 ‘Elementry Mathematics’ will be based on class 12th/ basic numerical ability only.

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, the 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 the CLAT  exam pattern of LLB and LLM paper. The CLAT 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 150 100+2
Marking Scheme +1/ -0.25 +1/ 0.25 (MCQ), 25 Marks (Subjective)

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 is 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 – 150 For LLM – 100+2 For LLB – 150 For LLM – 100
Duration of Exam 120 minutes 90 minutes
Total Marks For LLB – 150 marks For LLM – 150 marks For LLB – 150 marks For LLM – 100 marks

Ques. What is the CLAT Marking Scheme?

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

Ques. Is the exam pattern of CLAT PG changed?

Ans. As per the recent announcement made by the consortium, there will be no changes in the exam pattern of the CLAT PG. This year, the CLAT PG exam pattern is the same as last year’s paper.


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