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CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 13 Oct, 2021 13:47

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CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern (Revised)

The Consortium of National Law Universities updated the LLM exam format for the CLAT 2021 exam. Earlier, the consortium had re-introduced the descriptive section as well as minimum cutoff marks for the year 2021 but it was cancelled for CLAT PG 2021 in view of the coronavirus pandemic. In the year 2020 as well, the consortium had decided to remove the subjective section along with the minimum CLAT Cutoff criteria due to the COVID-19 outbreak. No changes have been introduced to CLAT UG 2022 exam pattern.

For the preparation of CLAT 2022, students must first know the detailed exam pattern and syllabus. It is very essential to be familiar with the CLAT exam pattern because it will help in examining the structure of the examination. The exam pattern of CLAT 2022 comprises the total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. Understanding the exam pattern will help in better preparation for CLAT 2022. Read further to know about the CLAT 2022 exam pattern

CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Highlights

Check the table given below to know the basic details of the CLAT 2022 exam pattern. The highlights of the CLAT 2022 exam pattern have been provided here.






2 Hours



Type of Questions

UG: Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

PG: Multiple Type Questions (MCQs) & Subjective (Updated)

Number of Questions

CLAT UG - 150

CLAT PG - 102

Marking Scheme

For every correct answer: +1

For every incorrect answer: -0.25

For every unattempted question: 0

Total Marks

CLAT UG - 150 marks

CLAT PG - 150 marks

New Exam Pattern for CLAT UG 2022

CLAT 2022 exam pattern for UG and PG will be the same as that of 2021. The exam pattern of CLAT 2020 was revised in November 2019 due to several reasons. Let us have a look at the revised pattern of CLAT UG exam which will be followed most likely for CLAT 2022. Since there is no information regarding CLAT 2022 UG exam pattern as of now, let's take a look at the changes that have been made in the UG exam of CLAT 2021. 

  • CLAT 2021 had Comprehensive Based Questions which will be asked from Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, English and Quantitative Techniques. 
  • CLAT 2021 had 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.

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Changes in CLAT PG Exam Pattern 2022

So far, there has been no information regarding CLAT 2022 exam pattern. However, the following changes have been made in the PG exam pattern of CLAT 2021:

  • CLAT PG will comprise 100 MCQs and 2 subjective-type questions to be answered in 120 minutes.
  • The descriptive portion of the exam that was cancelled for 2020 has been restored for the year 2021.
  • Cutoff marks will be introduced for the LL.M course.
  • The maximum number of marks of the exam is 150.

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

Section-Wise Division of CLAT Question Paper 2022

The section-wise CLAT 2022 weightage has been updated below.

CLAT UG 2022 Subject-Wise Weightage



English Language

28-32 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 paper

Logical Reasoning

    28-32 questions, or around 20% of the paper

Quantitative Techniques

    13-17 questions, or around 10% of the paper

CLAT PG 2022 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 2022 Exam

Candidates appearing for CLAT 2022 must note that the mode of the examination is offline, pen-paper/ centre-based. 

CLAT 2022 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 2022 Syllabus. 


Marks (per Question)

Correct Answer for MCQs

+ 1 Marks

Correct Answer for Descriptive Type

+ 25 Marks

Incorrect Answer

- 0.25 Mark

Unanswered/ Unaemptted Question

0 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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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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