CLAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021 – Detailed Guide

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CLAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern 2021 – Detailed Guide

CLAT is considered to be the most sought after exam among legal aspirants. CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test and is conducted by the consortium of NLUs to enrol candidates in various undergraduate law courses in 22 NLUs across the country.

The national-level law entrance exam has been rescheduled to June 13 from May 9 in light of the CBSE Board exams beginning from May 4. The entrance test will be conducted in offline mode from 2 PM to 4 PM. CLAT 2021 registration has extended till April 30, 2021.

The candidates applying for the exam must have complete information about the CLAT Syllabus and CLAT Paper Pattern.  In this article, you will get complete information regarding the same. 

CLAT Paper Pattern

Mode Offline – Pen and Paper
Duration120 Minutes
Nature of QuestionsCLAT UG – Objective
Number of QuestionsCLAT UG – 200
Total Marks200
Marks AwardedOne mark per correct answer
Negative Marking0.25 marks wrong answer
MediumEnglish
  • The UG-CLAT 2021 shall be a 2-hour test, with 150 Multiple Choicehoice Questions carrying one mark each. There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. 
  • These questions would be divided across the following five subjects:
    • English Language
    • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
    • Legal Reasoning
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Techniques

CLAT Syllabus

English Language 

In this section of the UG-CLAT 2021, you will be provided passages of about 450 words each. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and would be a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage; Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage;  Summarise the passage;  Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage, and Understand the meaning of various words and Phrases used in the passage. 

Current Affairs Including General Knowledge 

In this section, you will be provided passages of up to 450 words each. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including Contemporary events of significance from India and the World;  Arts and culture;  International affairs; and  Historical events of continuing significance. 

Legal Reasoning 

In this section, you will be expected to read passages of around 450 words each. The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. You will not require any prior knowledge of law. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios. Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:  Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage;  Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations; and  Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations. 

Logical Reasoning 

The Logical Reasoning section of the UG-CLAT 2021 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:  Recognize an argument, its premises and conclusions;  Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage;  Critically analyse patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;  Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations;  Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence, and assess the effectiveness of arguments. 

Quantitative Techniques 

The Quantitative Techniques section of the UG-CLAT 2021 will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations and apply mathematical operations to such information. The questions will require you to derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations; and  Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistical estimation.

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