CLAT Exam Pattern 2024-25 (Changed): Mode, No. of Questions, and Marking Scheme

Latest Update: Consortium of NLUs has released the notification for CLAT 2025. The application dates are live & the last date to register for the exam will be 15th October 2024.
The exam is set to be conducted on 1 December, 2024 (2:00-4:00 PM)
CLAT Exam Pattern 2024-2025
The CLAT exam pattern consists of five sections -English, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Quantitative Techniques. One should clearly know the CLAT paper pattern to crack the CLAT Exam. Read the article in detail about the CLAT Exam Pattern 2024-2025. Also, know the techniques of how to crack the different sections of the CLAT.
The consortium of NLUs has described the CLAT exam pattern to the candidates by explaining the number of sections, types of questions and the exam difficulty level. The exam pattern provides all the details about the CLAT Test modalities. The exam will be conducted in pen and paper mode. It happened the first time that CLAT was conducted twice in 2022. CLAT 2025 exam date is 1 December 2024.
Every skill required to become a successful lawyer gets tested in CLAT. To ace CLAT, an aspirant must have an in-depth understanding of the CLAT pattern to devise a strong strategy for the exam and to be able to attempt all five sections with proficiency and expertise.
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The following analysis would give you a clear picture of the CLAT paper pattern and help in your preparation:
CLAT Exam Pattern: Overview
Highlights
Details
Number of Sections
5
Sections
English including comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning; Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques
Total no. of questions
120
Total marks
120
Marks per question
1
Negative Marking
Yes (0.25 deducted for a wrong answer)
Mode of Examination
Pen and Paper Mode
CLAT Exam Pattern: Section-wise Distribution
Sr.No.
Subjects
Questions(approx.)
1
English including Comprehension
22-26
2
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
28-32
3
Legal Reasoning
28-32
4
Logical Reasoning
22-26
5
Quantitative Techniques
10-14
**Negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer
CLAT Exam Pattern 2024-2025: Weightage
There are five sections in CLAT 2024-2025 UG. Applicants need to understand that each component has a varied marking scheme. Take a look at the below table to get an idea of how many questions you may anticipate seeing on the CLAT exam pattern. 
Sections 
Number of Questions
CLAT Total Marks
Weightage 
English Language
22-26
22-26
20%
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
28-32
28-32
25%
Legal Reasoning
28-32
28-32
25%
Logical Reasoning
22-26
22-26
20%
Quantitative Techniques
10-14
10-14
10%
Total
120
120
100%
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CLAT Exam Pattern: Importance
Candidates appearing for CLAT 2024-2025 must thoroughly know the CLAT Pattern. Upon knowing about the exam pattern, the candidate will learn about the exam mode, sections, the number of questions, marks distribution, duration and difficulty level. It also focuses on helping the candidate understand what questions can be asked and what skills candidates are tested upon. Thus, every candidate needs to be acquainted with the modalities of the exam.
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CLAT Exam Pattern: Key Features
  • Another significant change in the CLAT exam pattern was the reduction in the number of questions. In CLAT 2024-2025, students can expect 120 questions, and total marks will be 120.
  • The CLAT exam will be conducted in the Pen and Paper mode as announced by the consortium in the recent notification.
  • There is no change in the duration of the exam. The CLAT 2024-2025 will be for 120 minutes.
  • The change in the CLAT pattern indicates the stress on the reading abilities of the CLAT aspirant. Students have to be skilled in inferential reasoning, and students with good reading habits will be better positioned to crack CLAT.
  • CLAT exam will comprise passages of 450-500 words containing 5-6 questions.
  • Reading skills are important as each section will contain passages and questions related to it.
  • The candidate needs to be quick in reading and understanding the passages to answer the questions efficiently and in time.
  • Candidates must strategize their time to complete the examination in the given time and with 100% accuracy.
FAQs
Q. What is CLAT Exam Pattern 2024-2025?
CLAT Exam Pattern contains all the important information about the exam structure –no. of questions, marking scheme, no. of sections and weightage. The Consortium of NLUs releases the CLAT pattern for UG and PG exams on their official website. Both the exams contain objective-type questions.
Q. Will CLAT 2024-2025 be held in the offline or online mode?
As per the latest updates, CLAT 2024-2025 will be conducted in offline mode, i.e., pen and paper mode. However, if any changes are introduced, we will notify you.
Q. Were any changes introduced to CLAT exam pattern 2024-2025?
The exam pattern for CLAT 2024 has been made official by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs). The number of questions for CLAT-UG is reduced from 150 to 120.
Q. Will CLAT 2024-2025 will have negative marking?
CLAT 2024-2025 will have a negative marking of 0.25 marks. However, for every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 1 mark.
Q. How many sections are there in CLAT 2024-2025?
There are 5 sections in CLAT 2024-2025 –English including Comprehension, Legal reasoning, Current affairs including General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
Q. What are the total marks for CLAT UG?
CLAT 2024-2025 will be of 120 marks, where 1 mark each is awarded for every correct answer.
Q. Can I appear for CLAT 2024-2025 after 12th?
Yes, if you are appearing for Class 12th or any equivalent exam, you can apply for CLAT 2024-2025. However, candidates must pass the minimum qualifying marks required.
Q. What is CLAT age limit?
There is no upper age limit for CLAT.
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