The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on the rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.

CLAT for Under Graduate Students 2020 [ Notification shall be published soon]


(a) Maximum Marks: 200
(b) Duration of CLAT-2017 Exam : 02:00 Hours
(c) Multiple-Choice Questions: 200 questions of one mark each
(d) Subject areas with weightage:

  1. English including Comprehension: 40 Marks
  2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: 50 Marks
  3. Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) : 20 Marks
  4. Legal Aptitude: 50 Marks
  5. Logical Reasoning: 40 Marks
    (e) Negative Marking: 0.25 mark for each wrong answer


Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:

1. English including comprehension:

The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

Sections Topics
English Vocabulary Synonyms
Word definitions
English Proficiency Idioms and Phrases
One-word substitution
Sentence improvement & rearrangement
Fill in the blanks
Subject-Verb Agreement
Noun/ Pronoun/ Articles & Conjunction
English Usage Errors Grammatical Errors- tense, voice, preposition, speech errors
Correct Spelling
Spotting errors
Inappropriate usage of words
English Comprehension Passage

2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

The General knowledge will be tested on general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of  national and international current affairs.

Sections Topics
Politics Ancient, Medieval, Modern and World History
Geography Economics (Outline of Indian Economy, Five Year Plans, National Income of India, Indian Tax Structure)
Science and technology Environment & Ecology
General Science National & International Burning topics
Books and Authors Environment
Industries Major Industries in India
Agriculture Awards and Achievements

3. Mathematics:

This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard.

Sections Topics
Mensuration Areas, Volumes
Commercial Mathematics Interest, Profit, loss and Discounts, Percentage, Partnership
Modern Mathematics Permutation & Combination Probability, Clocks & Calendars
Data interpretation Graphs, charts
Arithmetic Number system, H.C.F and L.C.M, Logarithms and, Functions, Fractions, and decimals, Roots, and Indices, Simplification, Ratio and proportions, Time and Work, Average

4. Legal Aptitude:

This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

Sections Topics
Indian Constitution Indian Penal Code
Indian Contract Act Family Law
Law of Trots Legal Fundamentals and terms
Legal Maxims Important Landmarks, Supreme Court Judgements

5. 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. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

Statement & Assumptions Statement & Conclusions
Statement & Arguments Statement & actions
Assertion – Reason Syllogism
Number test Direction and distance test
Coding and Decoding Blood Relationships
Ranking Analogy

The pattern of Question Papers for admission to PG Programme in CLAT-2018

The pattern of the question paper for admission to Post-Graduate[LLM] Course for CLAT-2020 is as under:

a. Maximum Marks: 150
b. Duration of CLAT-2018 Exam : 02:00 Hours
c. Multiple-Choice Questions: 150 questions of one mark each

d. Syllabus: Questions will be asked from the following areas of law:-

(i) Constitutional Law: 50
(ii) Jurisprudence: 50
(iii) Other law subjects: 50
such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law
and Human Rights.
e. Negative Marking: 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

The following table shows the Exam Pattern for Undergraduate Course (LLB):

Subjects Questions Maximum Marks
English including Comprehension 40 Questions 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Questions 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Questions 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Questions 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 40 Marks
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks

The following table shows the Exam Pattern for Postgraduate Course (LLM):

Subjects Questions Maximum Marks
Constitutional Law 50 Questions 50 Marks
Jurisprudence 50 Questions 50 Marks
Other law subjects 50 Questions 50 Marks
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

CLAT 2017 Question Paper with Answer for LLB


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