CLAT Syllabus 2021

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CLAT Syllabus 2021

CLAT 2021 syllabus includes all the topics that law aspirants must cover in order to prepare for the exam. The national-level exam grants admission in 3-year and 5-year Integrated LLB and LLM programmes offered by the 22 NLUs and other Law Schools accepting CLAT Scores. The syllabi for all the programmes are different.

The CLAT 2021 Syllabus clearly describes the subject and the sub-topics that the candidates need to prepare in order to face the examination. Once candidates are aware of the syllabus of CLAT 2021, they can start with their exam preparation. With the help of syllabus of CLAT 2021, candidates will get an overview of the CLAT 2021 Exam pattern in order to score well in the entrance exam.

The exam pattern will help candidates to understand the structure of the question paper. The exam pattern for the UG programme is divided into 5 sections while for PG programme, it is divided into 3 sections. The question paper for postgraduate courses will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions whereas undergraduate courses will have 200 questions to attempt. Once candidates are familiar with the CLAT exam pattern, they can then easily relate to the CLAT exam syllabus.

    CLAT UG 2021 Syllabus for English Language 

    Passages of 450 words each shall be given. The same is taken from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing of a 12th standard student. Each passage will have a series of questions that would test the comprehension and language skills of a candidate.

    Tips to Prepare for the English Language Section of CLAT

    Questions would be based on:

    • Reading and understanding the main point of the question including the viewpoints and arguments mentioned in the passage.
    • Summarising the passages
    • Drawing inferences and conclusions based on the passage
    • Comparing various arguments or viewpoints mentioned in the passage.
    • Comprehending the meaning of various phrases and words mentioned in the passage.

    CLAT UG 2021 Syllabus for Current Affairs and General Knowledge

    These passages will also include 450 words each which will be derived from journalistic sources, news and non-fiction writing. The designed questions will examine the candidate's awareness, legal information or knowledge related to the given passage.

    Tips to Prepare for Current Affairs Section of CLAT

    No additional knowledge beyond the passage will be asked. The Current Affairs and General Knowledge questions will be based on:

    • Arts and Culture
    • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world
    • International affairs
    • Historical events of significance

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    CLAT UG 2021 Syllabus for Legal Reasoning

    Passages in this section would also have 450 words each. These may relate to scenarios or fact situations based on public policy questions, legal matters or moral philosophical enquiries. No prior knowledge of the law is required to answer questions/passages in this section.

    Preparation Tips for CLAT Legal Reasoning Section

    The candidates must only have a general awareness of the latest legal and moral issues in order to apply general principles or propositions to the given scenarios. The passages will ask you to:

    • Identify and infer rules and principles given in the passage.
    • Understand how changing the rules and principles can change their application to different fact situations.
    • Apply the rules and principles to different fact situations.

    CLAT UG 2021 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

    This section of CLAT 2021 shall include short passages of 300 words each.

    Preparation Tips for CLAT Logical Reasoning 2021

    The same will demand the candidate to:

    • Read and identify the arguments given in the passage.
    • Recognise the argument along with its premises and conclusions.
    • Analyse the patterns of reasoning and assess the conclusions depending on the particular premises or evidence.
    • Draw relationships and analogies, identify equivalence and contradictions and identify the effectiveness of arguments. 
    • Infer what follows from the passage 
    • Apply the inference to new situations.

    CLAT UG 2021 Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques

    The CLAT 2021 Quantitative Techniques section will include short sets of facts or propositions, textual or diagrammatic or pictorial, graphical representation of numerical information. The same shall be followed by a series of questions.

    Tips to Prepare for CLAT 2021 Quantitative Techniques Section

    Candidates shall be able to derive information of the given passages, representations, graphs and apply mathematical operations on the provided information. 

    The questions will be based on:

    • Deriving and inferring along with manipulating information given in such passages, graphs or other representations
    • Applying different Class X mathematical operations on the given information such as ratios, proportions, mensuration, basic algebra and statistical estimation. 

    CLAT 2021 PG Exam Syllabus

    PG-CLAT 2021 will be divided into two sections- Objective and Descriptive Sections

    In the Objective section, passages will be followed by a series of questions that will ask the candidate to:

    • Read and comprehend the issues mentioned in the given passage. This may also include arguments, viewpoints discussed in the passage.
    • Summarise the passage.
    • Apply your knowledge of the law to the passage.
    • Be aware of the issues mentioned in the passage along with legal issues and facts related to the passage and the statute or judgement from which it has been extracted.

    In the descriptive section, candidates would be required to write essays and answer 2 questions from the list of questions. Each essay must be of a maximum of 800 words each. These questions would test your:

    • Ability to structure the answer and mention the arguments and perspective clearly and then draw the conclusion accordingly.
    • Awareness of the factual, legal and philosophical issues set out in the given question.

    CLAT PG Topics 2021

    The topics asked in the CLAT PG exam have been given in the table below. 

    Constitutional Law

    Criminal Law

    Administrative law

    Law of Torts

    Family law

    Labour and industrial law

    Company law

    Public international law


    Property law

    Law of Contracts

    International Law

    Tax law

    Intellectual Property Law

    Environmental law


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    FAQs about CLAT Syllabus

    In how much time can I complete the syllabus of CLAT?

    In order to complete the syllabus of CLAT properly, a duration of at least 6 - 12 months is required. It also depends upon your learning speed and prior knowledge of subjects.

    Is the syllabus of CLAT vast?

    The syllabus of CLAT is not too vast and can be covered easily if sufficient time is given to it. The revised CLAT syllabus has been made more comprehensive for reducing the stress of students.

    Which topics should I cover for CLAT General Knowledge and Current Affairs section?

    The General Knowledge and Current Affairs section of CLAT is wide and many topics are included in it. Events of National and international importance, current events in areas of Economics, Science, Technology, Sports, Persons and Places, Static GK and latest happenings, Books and Authors are some of the topics which should not be missed.

    What is asked in the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT?

    The Legal Aptitude or Legal Reasoning section of CLAT comprises questions related to legal propositions and set of facts satisfying the propositions. The propositions may or may not be true but you will have to assume they are true and answer the asked questions accordingly.

    What should I prepare for CLAT English Language section?

    For the English Language section of CLAT, you must prepare the following topics: Antonyms, Synonyms, Analogies, Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Improvement, Rearrangement of Sentence in Paragraph, Rearrangement of Words in Sentence, Fill in the Blanks, Common Errors, Spotting Errors, Inappropriate Usage of Words and Spelling Mistakes (English Usage), Use of Correct Word, and comprehension based questions.

    How much weightage is given to Legal Reasoning in CLAT?

    About 25% of the total questions of CLAT are asked on Legal Reasoning. This comprises about 35 to 39 questions.

    How many questions of General Knowledge and Current Affairs are asked in CLAT?

    Around 35-39 questions of CLAT are asked on General Knowledge and Current Affairs.

    Which topics are asked in CLAT Logical Reasoning section?

    The topics under the Logical Reasoning section of CLAT are Puzzles, Logical Sequences, Family/ Blood Relation, Coding/ Decoding, Seating Arrangement, Number Test, Ranking and Order, Verbal Reasoning, Pairing, Calendar, Jumbles, Questions on Inference, Statement Conclusion/ Assumption, Syllogisms, Directions, and Data Interpretation.

    Has CLAT syllabus been changed?

    The syllabus of CLAT was revised in 2019 and the same will be followed from now onwards. Apart from that, no other changes have been made in the CLAT syllabus.

    What are the subjects of CLAT?

    The subjects of CLAT include Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques, Current Affairs and General Knowledge, and English Language.

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