CLAT Exam Pattern

The CLAT exam pattern contains detailed information about the exam, which will be useful for candidates to structure their preparation. Candidates can easily make use of the time they have for preparing for the exam and can be way more productive. In its 13th edition of CLAT, the consortium in a press conference held on 21st November 2019 announced some major changes in the CLAT exam pattern. The details of the CLAT 2021 exam pattern are further given in the article.

CLAT Exam Pattern Highlights



Duration of exam

120 minutes (2 hours)


Offline mode

Type of Questions

Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

Number of Questions

CLAT UG - 150 

Exam Sections

  1. English Language

  2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

  3. Legal Reasoning

  4. Logical Reasoning

  5. Quantitative Techniques

Marking scheme

Totak marks: 150 marks

Objective questions will each carry 1 mark. 0.25 marks to be deducted for an incorrect answer.



CLAT Exam Pattern:

  • Until 2019 the numbers of the question in CLAT were 200. In CLAT 2020 and 2021 the number of questions has been reduced to 150. So, far there has not been any official notification suggesting any change in the exam pattern for the 2022.
  • The quantitative aptitude section of CLAT will be from the class 10th curriculum.
  • Candidates will have to secure at least minimum cut off marks to be considered for evaluation of the subjective paper.
  • Data Interpretation – Hardcore mathematics questions like Time and Work will not be asked. Instead, students will be tested on Data Interpretation questions. Maths, already known as the big bad of CLAT could now be one of the easiest sections of CLAT.
  • No Vocabulary – As stated earlier, since CLAT is no more a test of memory, there won’t be any direct questions pertaining to vocabulary, synonyms, etc.
  • CLAT Exam Pattern: Outline

    • CLAT 2021 will be conducted in offline mode.
    • The duration of CLAT 2022 will be 120 minutes i.e. 2 hours.
    • The exam will be in MCQ format and will have 150 questions.
    • The exam will have five sections.

    marking scheme-

    • For each correct answer, 1 marks will be awarded
    • For each incorrect answer, 0.25 mark will be deducted
    • If any question is left unanswered, marks will neither be awarded nor deducted

    CLAT Exam Sections

    CLAT exam is divided into five sections

    • English Language
    • Legal Reasoning
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Techniques
    • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

    CLAT Exam sections – PG

    CLAT PG will majorly be divided into seven sections

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • i>Law of Torts
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Property Law
  • International Law
  • Law of Contracts

CLAT- PG marks distribution


Number of MCQ questions


Constitutional Law



Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.






CLAT Exam pattern: Section-wise weightage


Number of questions

Percentage weightage

English Language

28-32 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions


Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions


Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions


Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions