CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Samiksha Rautela on 24 Nov, 2020 15:06

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CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CLAT 2021 is all set to be conducted in a computer-based, online mode. For the preparation of CLAT 2021, students must know the exam pattern and syllabus first. It is very essential to understand the CLAT exam pattern because it will help in examining the structure of the examination, which is to be faced. The exam pattern of CLAT 2021 comprises the total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. Understanding the CLAT exam pattern will help in better exam preparation. Read on to know about the CLAT 2021 exam pattern.

New Exam Pattern for CLAT UG 2021

CLAT 2021 exam pattern for UG and PG exam has been revised, and let us have a look at the revised pattern of CLAT UG exam 2021. The following are the changes that have been made in the UG exam of CLAT 2021-

  • CLAT 2021 will have Comprehensive Based Questions which will be asked from Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, English and Quantitative Techniques. 
  • CLAT 2021 will have only 150 questions instead of 200, totalling the marks of the exam to 150.
  • The total duration of the exam is 2 hours.

The following sections are included as per the CLAT New Exam Pattern for UG -

  • English Language
  • Current Affairs & General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques

These are the changes that have been made in the exam pattern of CLAT UG 2021.

Changes in CLAT PG Exam Pattern 2021

The following changes have been made in the PG exam pattern of CLAT 2021:

  • CLAT PG will comprise 120 MCQs to be answered in 120 minutes.
  • The descriptive portion of the exam has been cancelled for 2021.
  • Cutoff marks are expected to be introduced for the LL.M course.
  • The maximum marks of the exam are 120.

The following sections are included as per the New Exam Pattern of CLAT PG -

  • Constitutional Law
  • Other Subjects of Law such as Criminal Law, Contract, Torts, International Law, IPR & Jurisprudence


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Section-Wise Division of CLAT Question Paper 2021

The revised section-wise division of CLAT 2021 question paper has been released the Consortium of NLUs. The section-wise CLAT 2021 weightage has been updated.

CLAT UG 2021 Subject-Wise Weightage

English Language28-32 questions, or around 20% of the paper
Legal Reasoning    35-39 questions, or around 25% of the paper
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge    35-39 questions, or around 25% of the pape
Logical Reasoning    28-32 questions, or around 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques    13-17 questions, or around 10% of the paper

CLAT PG 2021 Subject-Wise Weightage



Constitutional Law

60 questions, or 50% of the paper

Other subjects of law such as Torts, Contract, International Law, Criminal Law, IPR and Jurisprudence

60 questions, or 50% of the paper

Mode of CLAT 2021 Exam

Candidates appearing for CLAT 2021 must note that the mode of the examination is computer-based, online, centre-based. 

CLAT 2021 Marking Scheme

According to the official website of CLAT, the exam pattern has not been changed from its previous version. Candidates must start preparing for it keeping in mind the latest exam pattern and marking scheme along with the CLAT 2021 Syllabus. 

Correct Answer+ 1 Marks
Incorrect Answer0.25 Mark
Unanswered/ Unaemptted Question0 Mark

In order to get well-versed with the CLAT exam pattern, interested applicants must also practice CLAT Mock Test and CLAT Previous Years Questions here. 

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The cutoff for NALSAR University, Hyderabad has been captured below.

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The counselling fee of the unselected candidates is refunded after the completion of the CLAT Counselling Process. No information regarding the date of the refund day has been released by the Consortium of NLUs, however, it is officially declared that the fee will be fully returned soon after the counselling process.

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FAQs about CLAT Exam Pattern

How many exam centres are available for the CLAT exam?

Around 203 exam centres are available across 67 locations for the CLAT exam.

How many subjects should I study for the CLAT UG exam?

For the CLAT UG exam, candidates must go through five subjects including the English Language, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, Current Affairs & General Knowledgeand Quantitative Techniques.

How many marks does each correct answer carry in CLAT?

Each answer carries one mark in CLAT.

How many marks will be deducted for unanswered questions in CLAT?

For unanswered questions, no marks are deducted in CLAT.

Does CLAT follow the negative marking scheme?

Yes, CLAT follows a negative marking scheme where 0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer.

In what mode is the CLAT exam conducted?

CLAT exam is generally conducted in an offline mode. However, for the year 2020, due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic, the exam will be held in a computer-based, online, centre-based mode.

Did the exam pattern of CLAT change for the year 2020?

Yes, the exam pattern for CLAT 2020 is different than in 2019. 150 questions are being asked in the CLAT UG exam instead of 200 and maximum marks have also decreased. For CLAT PG, the descriptive portion of the exam was scraped off. It has 120 questions with each carrying one mark.

What are the maximum marks for the CLAT exam?

The UG exam has 150 as the maximum marks while the PG exam has 150 as the maximum marks.

Is the exam pattern for CLAT UG and CLAT PG different?

No, the exam pattern for CLAT UG and CLAT PG is different. UG exam comprises 150 questions while the PG exam consists of 120 questions. Also, the syllabus for both the exams is different.

What is the total duration of the CLAT exam?

The total duration of the CLAT exam is 2 hours or 120 minutes.

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