CLAT Exam Pattern 2021: New Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme, Total Marks

Apr 7, 2021 | Law


The Consortium of National Law Universities releases the CLAT exam pattern 2021 and syllabus along with the official notifications for the exam. Candidates should check the syllabus and exam pattern for CLAT 2021 carefully before starting their preparation process for the exam. The CLAT exam pattern 2021 gives candidates a look into the structure of the exam in the regards to the number of sections and marks distribution, whereas the syllabus contains all the topics that candidates need to study in preparation for the exam. Through the CLAT 2021 exam pattern, candidates will be able to come up with a strategy for scoring the maximum marks in the examinations. The exam pattern of the CLAT 2021 exam is as follows:

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021
Mode of Exam Offline
Medium English
Duration of Exam 2 Hours or 120 Minutes
Type of Question Paper Objective/ Multiple Choice Queries (MCQ)
Number of Sections 5
Total No. of Questions 150
Total Marks 150

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

The Consortium of National Law Universities has introduced some changes in the exam pattern of CLAT 2021. The CLAT new exam pattern includes the reduction in the number of questions in the paper, the introduction comprehensive-type questions, and adjusting the standards of the syllabus to that of Class 12. The additional changes to the CLAT exam pattern 2021 are as follows:

  • Testing Criteria: Prior to 2021, the CLAT exam use to mainly test the knowledge of the candidates on the various subjects and topics as prescribed by the syllabus. For CLAT 2021, the candidates will be tested on their critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Question Type: As of 2021, the questions that will be asked in the CLAT exam will be comprehension based. Each section will have passages of about 350 to 400 words each. The passages will be followed by multiple-choice queries (MCQ) where candidates will have to choose the right answer. It is not necessary for candidates to know the topics beforehand but having prior knowledge of the subject matter will definitely give an edge to the candidate.
  • Total Marks: The CLAT exam was previously for 200 marks. However, as per the CLAT exam pattern 2021, the total marks of the CLAT exam has been set to 150 marks.

CLAT Marking Scheme

The CLAT 2021 marking scheme is as follows:

CLAT Marking Scheme
Response Marks
Right Answer +1
Wrong Answer -0.25
Unattempted Question There is no negative marking for CLAT

CLAT Sectional Weightage

The CLAT 2021 exam has 5 sections in total; English Language, Current Affair (including GK), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques. Each section will have passages of 350 to 400 words from which multiple-choice queries will be asked. Each section has a different number of questions and weightage attached to it. The sectional weightage of the CLAT 2021 exam are as follows:

CLAT Sectional Weightage
Section No. of Questions Weightage (%)
English Language 28 - 32 20%
Current Affairs (including GK) 35 - 39 25%
Legal Reasoning 35 - 39 25%
Logical Reasoning 28 - 32 20%
Quantitative Techniques 13 - 17 10%
Total 150 -

CLAT Syllabus 2021

Since the CLAT 2021 exam will test the candidate's critical thinking and analytical abilities, the CLAT syllabus 2021 won't be confined to particular set of subjects that a candidate needs to focus on. Candidates will have to spend a lot of time reading various materials related to the law and jurisprudence. The Legal and Logical Reasoning sections carry the most weightage in the paper, accounting for 25% of the total marks each. It will be helpful for candidates to read legal journals, editorials and opinion pieces and non-fiction writing. Candidates need to stay up to date with their knowledge of current affairs, international events, developments in art and culture, and historical events of continuing significance. For the Quantitative Aptitude section of the paper, candidates will have to brush up on their Class 10 Mathematics.


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