CLAT Exam Pattern

CLAT is designed to test the aspirants on their knowledge of English, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge and Quantitative Techniques. The exam has been designed in such a way that it tests all the essential parameters of the students such as knowledge, speed, accuracy, comprehending abilities and interpretational skills. Each and every skill required to become a successful lawyer gets tested in CLAT. In order to ace CLAT, an aspirant must have an in-depth understanding of the CLAT exam pattern to devise a strong strategy for the exam and to be able to attempt all the 5 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:
Number of Sections 5
Sections English including comprehension; General Knowledge and Current Affairs; Legal Reasoning;Logical Reasoning;Quantitative Techniques
Total no. of questions 150
Total marks 150
Marks per question 1
Negative Marking Yes (0.25 deducted for a wrong answer)
Mode of Examination Offline

Sr.No. Subjects Questions(approx)
1 English including Comprehension 28-32
2 General Knowledge and Current Affairs 35-39
3 Legal Reasoning 35-39
4 Logical Reasoning 28-32
5 Quantitative Techniques 13-17
**Negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer
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The most significant change was that there would be no Legal Aptitude Section in CLAT 2020.
There was a major change in the CLAT test pattern from year 2020. Students should expect comprehension based questions from English, Quantitative techniques, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
  • Another major change was the reduction in the number of questions.
  • In CLAT 2021, students can expect 150 questions and total marks will be 150.
  • The CLAT exam will be pen-paper based. No change in the mode of exam, it will be held off-line.
  • There is no change in the duration of the exam. The CLAT 2021 will be for 120 minutes.
  • The change in the pattern clearly indicates the stress on reading abilities of the CLAT aspirant. Students have to be skilled in inferential reasoning and students with a good reading habit will be in a better position to crack CLAT.
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