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The Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities) has revised the CLAT 2021 exam pattern as well as the syllabus. This year, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) - PG will have two sections - objective and subjective. The consortium has also introduced cutoff marks for LLM (Master in Law) in CLAT. While calculating the marks, the subjective section of CLAT PG will be evaluated only if the candidate has secured the minimum cutoff marks in the first section.
Among the major changes made in the CLAT exam pattern, the consortium had announced that it will introduce the criterion of minimum cut-off marks in CLAT PG for evaluation of the descriptive section. However, in CLAT 2020, the consortium went solely with the objective section and removed the subjective section and minimum cut-off marks because of the COVID-19 outbreak that threw the entire academic schedule in disarray.
CLAT PG 2021 Revised Exam Pattern
The points mentioned below explain the exam pattern of CLAT 2021 for LLM admissions.
CLAT PG 2021 Objective Section
- The objective section of CLAT PG 2021 will consist of 100 questions in total.
- The questions will be multiple choice type (MCQs) and will be asked from several comprehensive passages.
- The passages given will be drawn from the legal reports, important cases, editorials, judgements and statutes.
- Every given passage will be followed by a series of questions that will test the candidate's analytical skills, critical thinking, along with their legal knowledge.
- CLAT PG will be designed for testing the candidate's ability to read and comprehend the issues discussed in the given passage and also to understand the viewpoints and arguments set out in them.
- The exam will also test the candidate's awareness of facts and legal issues discussed in the passages.
- The candidates will be required to apply their knowledge of the fields of law while answering the questions.
CLAT PG 2021 Subjective Section
- In the subjective section of CLAT PG 2021, the candidates will be required to demonstrate their writing skills.
- Two questions will be asked in this section.
- All test-takers will have to write any two essays from the list of questions given in this section.
- The word count of each essay should not exceed 800 words.
- In this section, the candidate's awareness of the law, philosophical issues, and facts around the question will be tested.
- The test of writing skills will also consist of the ability to structure the answer, set the perspectives and arguments in an orderly manner, and draw conclusions.
CLAT PG 2021 Cutoff
The objective section of CLAT PG 2021 will be evaluated only if the test-taker has cleared the cut-off marks of the first section. The table given below provides the minimum qualifying marks for the first section for each category.
|Category||Cutoff for Section 1|
|General/ Unreserved||40 per cent|
|SC/ ST/ PwD||35 per cent|
CLAT PG 2021 Exam Pattern
The table given below provides a basic overview of the CLAT PG 2021 exam pattern for LLM admissions.
|Marks Per Question|
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