CLAT Exam Pattern

CLAT exam pattern is designed to test the aspirants on their knowledge of English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude and Mathematics. CLAT exam pattern aims at short listing aspirants who can combine the attributes of speed and accuracy while taking the exam. In order to ace CLAT, an aspirant needs to understand the CLAT exam pattern and attempt all the 5 sections with proficiency. An understanding of the CLAT exam pattern will help an aspirant in devising a concrete strategy.
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The following analysis would give you a clear picture of the CLAT paper pattern and help in your preparation:
Number of Sections5
SectionsEnglish including comprehension; General Knowledge and Current Affairs; Elementary Mathematics; Legal Aptitude; Logical Reasoning
Total no. of questions200
Total marks200
Marks per question1
Negative MarkingYes (0.25 deducted for a wrong answer)
Mode of ExaminationOnline
SUBJECTSNO. OF QUESTIONSMARKS ALLOTED
English including comprehension4040
General Knowledge and Current Affairs5050
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)2020
Legal Aptitude5050
Logical Reasoning4040

As far as the sectional division of the CLAT is concerned, a consistent trend has been maintained by the paper setters. Though, there have been minor fluctuations within the internal pattern of sections and the type of questions asked.  The difficulty level of the CLAT questions varies between moderate to difficult.

One of the most important sections of the CLAT is Legal Aptitude. This section is considered as the game changing section of the exam primarily because the marks of this section are the tie-breaker in case of equal scores. Also, candidates have no previous preparation of this section at school level unlike the other sections like Mathematics or English.

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