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CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

Introduction

The Consortium of NLUs has released the CLAT 2021 exam pattern in their official website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/ To check the updated exam pattern

  • 1.Firstly, visit the website.
  • 2. Click on either the Undergraduate or Postgraduate dropdown menu.
  • 3. Click Syllabus and Guide both for UG and PG dropdown menu and read.

The exam pattern guides candidates who are preparing for the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT). Through this pattern, candidates will know the type and number of questions asked in the exam.

Last year, the Consortium of NLUs made major changes in the exam pattern. It has introduced comprehension-based questions in both CLAT UG and PG. The number of questions has been reduced from 200 to 150 in CLAT UG.

The exam was held online as a Computer Based Test (CBT). CLAT LLM has two sections; Objective and Subjective. There was no subjective section for the UG paper.

CLAT 2021 test pattern will remain the same as that of last year.

CLAT Exam Pattern

  • Each section (UG), except for Quantitative Techniques, will have multiple passages of 300-400 words each.
  • These passages will be followed by a set of MCQs.
  • The objective section of PG CLAT will also ave passage-based questions.
  • Only CLAT PG will have 2 essay-type questions. Candidates will have to answer these questions within 800 words.
  • CLAT UG will have 150 questions and PG will have 120 questions.
  • For the UG exam, the question will be from the class 12 syllabus
  • The question in the Quantitative section will be based on graphs, passages, pictorial representations, etc.
CLAT EXAM Pattern
Exam Duration 120 minutes
Language English
No. Of questions
  • UG- 150
  • PG- 102 (including 100 MCQs + 2 essays)
Subjects
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Legal Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Techniques
Type of questions MCQ
Maximum Marks 150( for UG and PG)
Marking Scheme
  • each question will carry 1 mark ( for UG and PG)
  • 0.25 for incorrect answer.

UG CLAT

UG-CLAT 2021 is a 2-hour test. It will have 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. The questions will come from the following 5 subjects:

  • English Language
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques
Subject wise Question and Weightage.
Sections Number of Questions Weightage (in %)
English Language 28-32 20
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 35-39 25
Legal Reasoning 28-32 20
Logical Reasoning 35-39 25
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 10
Total 150 150

English Language

  • In this section, candidates will be provided passages of 450 words each.
  • These passages will be from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing.
  • The question will be from the 12th standard.
  • Candidates may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.
  • The questions in each passage will test the candidate’s comprehension and language skills.

General Knowledge

This section will have 450 words in a passage. The passages can be from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. The questions will not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will test candidates’ knowledge of current affairs and general knowledge.

Legal Reasoning

This section will also have 450 words in a passage. Topics will be from legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries.

Logical Reasoning

  • This section will short passages of 300 words.
  • Each passage will be followed by one or two questions. Candidates will have to
    • Recognize conclusions, argument
    • Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage
    • Critically analyse patterns of reasoning
    • Draw relationships and analogies

Quantitative Techniques

This section will have:

  • short sets of facts or propositions
  • graphs, or other textual,
  • pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information.

The passage will be followed by a series of questions. Students have to find information from such passages and apply mathematical operations to such information.

PG CLAT

PG CLAT 2021 emphasizes the comprehension abilities of the students. It shall be of 120 minutes duration, with one section.

  • The first section will include 100 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each.
  • There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • In the second section, candidates will have to write 2 descriptive essays.

Objective Section

Candidates will be provided passage from primary legal materials. These extracts can be important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes or regulations. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions. Candidates will have to:

  • Explain in short the passage
  • Understand the issues discussed in the passage
  • Apply their law education discussed in the passage.

Descriptive Section

In this section, candidates will have to write essays. They will have to answer any 2 questions from amongst the list of questions supplied. The answer should be within 800 words. The answer should reflect:

  • Awareness of the legal, factual, and philosophical issues
  • Ability to structure the answer
  • Provide various arguments and perspectives related to the topic and
  • Draw a conclusion based on the above

For detailed information about CLAT Exam visit consortiumofnlus.ac.in and contact IESOnline.

NLU going to conduct the CLAT Examination on June 13,2021 .
Candidate is advised to visit the page for re-printout of application form, generate the printout and keep the hard copy and soft copy (printout) of the application.
Yes, you are eligible for the CLAT 2021 examination.
CLAT 2021 examination will be conducted through online mode.
There is no age limit for appearing in the exam.
The examination would be conducted by the consortium of National Law Universities (NLU)
Each year the CLAT exam is attempted by more than 50,000 candidates.
LST session is conducted usually for two hours in which a student is acquainted with the basic concepts of the topic in hand with the help of examples and instances for the best possible understanding. Much emphasis is laid on practice as it is considered to be the key to crack competitive exams. Class exercises are handed over to the students followed by rigorous discussion. CL believes in interactive learning so that the students are at ease and do not hesitate to come up with doubts or clarifications.
This completely depends on one's ability to grasp concepts and to learn. Anything between 8 to 16 months is good for preparation, depending on the average number of hours invested per day and the quality of preparation.
Yes. Being Government institutions, there are reservations in different National Law Universities. All NLUs have reservations for SCs and STs and quite a few of them have seats for OBCs as well. Fewer have regional quotas and some also have reservations for women, wards of defense personnel and even NRI sponsored Candidates.
Yes. Though law is a subject of humanities, students of any stream can sit for the law exam. The paper is evenly balanced so that no particular stream is given a complete edge over the other. In fact, most of the students who sit and qualify the law exam over the years have been science students as it was the most popular stream. It is only in recent years that Arts and Commerce students are also seen appearing in sizable numbers.

Apart from CLAT, which is the gateway to the 18 National Law Schools in India' certain other entrance exams which any law aspirant should keep in mind and appear for are:

  • AILET - All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for admission in National Law University (NLU), Delhi.
  • Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) conducted by the Symbiosis International University to get admission into Symbiosis Law School.
  • CET IPU - The Common Entrance test conducted by Indraprastha University, Delhi for various law colleges situated in Delhi and NCR including Amity Noida.
  • LSAT-India is a standardized test adopted as an admissions criterion by multiple law colleges across India.
  • Christ University Law Entrance Exam - conducted by Christ University, Bangalore for admission to School of Law, Christ University.