CLAT 2021

It has FINALLY happened! CLAT 2021 was conducted on July 23, 2021. The examination was held in offline mode with proper safety protocols in place. This time, the students got to take back home not only the question paper, but also a carbon copy of their marked OMR sheets for a quick evaluation of their performance.

Overall, the paper could be termed as moderately difficult and extremely lengthy. Compared to the previous year’s paper, it was lengthier and moderately difficult. While last year was the beginning of the new era of the CLAT 2.0 paper pattern, this year’s paper, although expected, can still be termed as tougher than its predecessor.

The English Section had 30 Questions with 6 Passages and was lengthy but moderately easy in terms of the difficulty level. There were no grammar questions in the section.

The GK Section had 35 Questions with 7 Passages but there was a twist here. The GK mainly focused on static topics like questions on the United Nations, Bangladesh war and the China-India Border Conflict from last year. This made the section tough especially for students who focused on current affairs post September (when CLAT 2020 was held).

The Quantitative Techniques section had 15 questions with 3 passages (caselets). There were no direct graphs and it would have taken a while for students to solve. It appeared easy but there were twists in the question sets. Hence, the section can be termed to be of Moderate difficulty.

Coming to Logical Reasoning, the major surprise was that it consisted primarily of Critical Reasoning questions. Logical Reasoning had 30 Questions with 6 Passages each. The difficulty level of the section was moderately easy.

For Legal Reasoning, the section consisted of 40 Questions with 8 Passages. 7 of the passages were moderately easy but 1 passage was difficult. Overall the section could be termed as moderately easy.

The cut off for the top 3 NLUs can be expected to be around 85+. Stay tuned for the complete CLAT 2021 Exam Analysis.

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CLAT 2021 Important Dates

The first thing you need to know about the CLAT Exam is the exam dates so that you have a clear idea about what your plan is going forward. Owing to the competition for the seats at the top NLUs, it is advisable for all CLAT 2021 aspirants to analyse the important dates and develop a study plan taking into account factors like school/college and exams.

Events Tentative Dates
Start of online application form 1st January, 2021
Application form closes 15th June, 2021
Issue of Admit Card 14th July, 2021
Exam Date (offline) 23rd July, 2021
Time of Examination 2:00-4:00 PM
Publication of Official Answer Key 24th July (Expected)
Results TBA
Start of Counselling TBA

CLAT 2021 Exam Highlights

Before we get into the details of the CLAT 2021 Exam, we can have a look at the highlights of the exam which will give you a bird’s eye view about the CLAT Exam. The exam highlights for CLAT 2021 is given below:

Exam Highlights Details
Exam Name CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)
CLAT Exam Conducting Body Consortium of National Law Universities
CLAT Exam Level UG and PG
CLAT Exam Frequency Once a year
CLAT Exam Mode Offline
CLAT Exam Duration 120 Minutes
CLAT Exam Language English
CLAT Exam Purpose Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM cour

CLAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The CLAT exam is a test of one's aptitude and reasoning abilities. It comprises of five sections namely: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude.

Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Subject/Section Topic
English Language 28-32 (20% of the paper)
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 (10% of the paper)
Logical Reasoning 28-32 (20% of the paper)
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 35-39 (25% of the paper)
Legal Reasoning 35-39 (25% of the paper)
Total Marks 150
Total Time (min) 120
Negative Marking 0.25 marks for each wrong answer

CLAT 2021 Syllabus

The CLAT 2021 Exam shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. The CLAT 2021 Syllabus according to the sections is given below:

English language: This section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical, etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The inference would be key here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.

Current Affairs including General Knowledge: This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions that were asked earlier. The passages would again be of 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals, etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such a question can cover static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading Newspapers daily, specifically, articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.

Quantitative Techniques: The Quantitative Technique or Maths section 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. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.

Legal Reasoning: This section will test the candidate's interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. The passages would be approximately 450 words each.

Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links, and rectify illogical arguments. The questions would be based on the passage of 300 words.

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