CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

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CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

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CLAT Exam Pattern 2021 


What's new in CLAT exam pattern 2021?

  1. The number of questions has been reduced to 150 from earlier figure of 200.
  2. The reduction in the number of questions has been done because "asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not right as it puts students under a lot of mental stress" said Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR
  3. The standard of entrance test for CLAT - IG will be of 12th standard.
  4. Quantitative aptitude will be of class 10th standard.
  5. Comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning will be part of the paper.
  6. Under CLAT 2021 LLM, the conducting body has, from this year, introduced the minimum cut off marks as 40% (35% for SC/ST/PWD candidates) for objective test paper. The evaluation of descriptive/essay type paper is now subject to the candidate's qualification status in the objective test paper, ie. candidates will now have to secure at least minimum cut off marks to be considered for evaluation of the subjective paper.
  7. The changes in exam pattern have been made with an eye on attracting students who have improved competence in reading texts and who have demonstrated skills in inferential reasoning.

Here are the main features of the new exam pattern with details about the type of questions, test medium and other details.

Features Details

Exam mode

Pen-paper mode test

Exam duration

120 minutes

Test Language


Type of questions

Multiple choices based questions


Five subjects 

Total questions

150 questions.

Are there any subjective questions?

There will be no descriptive questions for CLAT UG paper.

Total Marks

150 marks


CLAT UG 2021 Sectional Weightage

The question paper of CLAT 2021 will comprise a total of 150 questions and the section-wise allotment is as under:


Questions per section

Percentage weightage

Marks per section

English including Comprehension

28 - 32 MCQs


28 - 32 marks

Current Affairs including General Knowledge

35 - 39 MCQs


35 - 39 marks

Logical Reasoning

35 - 39 MCQs


35 - 39 marks

Legal Reasoning

28 - 32 MCQs


28 - 32 marks

Quantitative Techniques (Elementry mathematics up to class 10th)

13 - 17 MCQs


13 - 17 marks

Total Questions*

150 MCQs


150 marks



CLAT 2021 Marking Scheme 

Unlike the exam pattern. the marking scheme of CLAT will remain the same as earlier, i.e.

  • For every correct answer, candidates are awarded one mark.

  • However, for every wrong attempt, 0.25 marks are deducted from their total score. 

  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for questions not attempted.



Marks Distribution for CLAT (PG) (MCQs only)


Number of MCQ questions


Constitutional Law



Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.







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CLAT sections for UG/PG Law

Undergraduate Law Programme (LL.B)

Postgraduate Law Programme (LL.M)

English (Comprehension & grammar-based)

Law of Torts

Legal Aptitude

Family Law

Logical Reasoning

Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics (Including Numerical Ability)

International Law

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Property Law




Law of Contracts


Intellectual Property Law



FAQs regarding CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Q: When will be the CLAT exam held?

A: The national-level law entrance exam will be held on May 24 in pen-paper based test mode. 

Q: Is CLAT an online exam or offline exam? 

A: CLAT, as per the change in the exam mode last year remains an offline exam i.e. candidates will get question papers and OMR sheets to attempt the CLAT 2021 exam. 

Q: Is CLAT a tough exam? 

A: The national-level law entrance exam is considered to be one of the toughest admission tests in India because of various reasons such as competition, exam pattern, number of seats and cut off marks. However, this year, the Consortium of NLUs has made some changes in the exam pattern of CLAT 2021 to make it less difficult for candidates. 

Q: Is mathematics compulsory for CLAT? 

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

Q: Where can I download question papers of CLAT 2021? 

A: The candidates can request for previous years papers of CLAT exam while filling up the application form on payment of an additional fee. Also, Shiksha has a collection of CLAT previous year papers which are available free of cost.

Q: Which is the most difficult section of the CLAT exam? 

A: The upcoming CLAT exam will have four sections including, Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. It depends on the preparation level of the candidates, in which section they will find difficulty in attempting. However, this year as per the announcement made by the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad, there will be more comprehensive questions in all the sections.

Q: Is the legal aptitude section of CLAT question removed?

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

Q: Which NLU will conduct CLAT 2021? 

A: This upcoming CLAT exam will be conducted by NUSRL, Ranchi. The Consortium of NLUs will be headed by Prof. V. Vijayakumar, the Vice-Chancellor of NLIU Bhopal - The National Law Institute University.

Q: Is the exam pattern of CLAT PG changed? 

A: As per the latest announcement by the consortium, there will be no changes in the exam pattern of CLAT PG question, it will be same as last year with descriptive questions. 

Q: What are the subjects for CLAT LLM? 

A: The subjects asked in CLAT LLM/ PG question paper includes Constitutional Law, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence, Law topics and Contemporary Issues. Also Read: Syllabus for CLAT LLM paper

Q: How to prepare for CLAT exam? 

A: To prepare for CLAT exam, candidates should take note of the changed exam pattern besides syllabus and subjects that will be asked in the question paper. Also, they should consistently prepare for all the sections for at least 6 months. A good preparation strategy should be made before starting the exam preparation.

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