CLAT Syllabus 2021 (Download PDF) - Subject Wise Syllabus, Important Topics

CLAT Syllabus 2021 (Download PDF) - Subject Wise Syllabus, Important Topics

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CLAT Syllabus 2021 - The NLU Consortium has released CLAT 2021 syllabus on its official website - consortiumofnlus.ac.in. The syllabus of CLAT 2021 contains the topics from which questions will be framed in the examination. CLAT 2021 aspirants by consulting the syllabus would be able to identify which topics are important and which are not. This can help add efficiency to one's CLAT exam preparation and reduce time wastage.

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The consortium has also released section-wise questions asked and weightage. This information can help you prioritize topics and devise a strategy. For example, focusing on topics that carry more weightage will give you more chances of score higher.CLAT UG paper has five sections - English Language, Current Affairs, including GK, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques. CLAT PG paper will be based on common subjects of 3-year LLB and 5-year LLB courses and covers topics like Constitutional law, Family law, Law of Torts, Law of Contracts, etc. CLAT 2021 will be a comprehension-based test with MCQ-type questions only (for CLAT PG), the essay section has been dropped form the test structure. The CLAT exam 2021 will be held on July 23, 2021.

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for UG - Sections, weightage, number of questions

Subjects

Number of Questions

Marks

English Language

28-32 questions

28 - 32

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

35 - 39

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

35 - 39

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

28 - 32

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

13 - 17

Total

150

150

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CLAT 2021 Syllabus - An Introduction

Last year, the consortium made certain changes in the syllabus of CLAT UG and PG.

Comprehension-based questions that test the reading, critical thinking, and analytical skills of students were introduced. Less emphasis was given to rote learning.

CLAT Syllabus 2021 - Undergraduate

The CLAT UG paper will have FIVE sections:

  1. English Language
  2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  3. Legal Reasoning
  4. Logical Reasoning
  5. Quantitative Techniques

Now let's take a closer look at each of these sections, like what types of questions are asked, how will they be presented, skills and abilities tested, and much more.

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for English language

The English language section of CLAT 2021 will include 28-32 questions; note each question will be of 1 mark. The section will have four to five comprehension passages of about 450 words each. The content of the passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing. Each passage will be followed by four to five objective-type questions. The English section of CLAT 2021 will test the reading ability of students.

CLAT 2021 English language section

  • Total weightage: 20%
  • Type of questions asked: Comprehension-type passage-based questions
  • Source material: Passages will be drawn from contemporary / historically significant fiction & non-fiction writing
  • Ability tested: Comprehension and language skills
  • Standard of questions: 12th standard

Also, read - How to prepare for CLAT English and comprehension

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for Current affairs, including general knowledge

The Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, section will include around 35-39 questions, which is around 25% weightage of the question paper. Questions will be asked from comprehension passages, each 450-words long. The passages will be drawn from the topics like news, legal editorials, and opinions, journalistic sources, non-fiction writing.

CLAT 2021 Current affairs, including general knowledge section

  • Total weightage: 25%
  • Type of questions asked: Comprehension-type passage-based questions
  • Source material: News, journalistic sources, and non-fiction writing.
  • Ability tested: Awareness of current affairs and general knowledge
  • Standard of questions: 12th standard

Also read - How to prepare for CLAT current affairs

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for Legal Reasoning

The Legal Reasoning section of the CLAT 2021 question paper will contribute around 35-39 questions, or carry 25% weightage. Each question will be of 1 mark; -1/4 mark for an incorrect answer. Questions will be asked from 450-word passages, which will be drawn from fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions, or moral philosophical inquiries.

CLAT 2021 Legal Reasoning Section

  • Total weightage: 25%
  • Type of questions asked: Objective-type questions based on 450-word passages
  • Source material: Fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions, or moral philosophical inquiries.
  • Description: No prior knowledge is required to answer these questions.
  • Skills required: Candidates may benefit if they have a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues.

Also read - How to prepare for CLAT logical reasoning

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CLAT 2021 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

This section will carry 20% weightage and contribute 28-32 questions. There will be around four to five comprehension passages of around 300-words each. Each question will be of 1 mark, while for an incorrect response, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

CLAT 2021 Logical Reasoning section

  • Total weightage: 20%
  • Type of questions asked: Passage-based (300-word long) objective questions
  • Skill tested: Recognize argument, its premises, and conclusions; analyze patterns of reasoning; make inferences; draw relationships and analogies, contradictions and equivalence, etc
  • Marking scheme: Each question carries 1 mark, while there is a negative marking of 1/4 mark for an incorrect answer.

Also read - How to prepare for CLAT legal reasoning

CLAT 2021 Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques

The quantitative section will be of Class 10th level. There will be questions from short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information. Candidates will be required to derive information from such facts, diagrams, passages, graphs, or other representations and apply the mathematical formulas and operations to answer the questions. Overall, there will be around 13-17 questions, each carrying 1 mark.

Topics to be studied: Ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistical estimation, percentage, loss, and profit, etc.

CLAT 2021 Quantitative section

  • Total weightage: 10%
  • Total questions: 13-17
  • Question type: Objective questions
  • Description: The 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.
  • Marking scheme: Each question carries 1 mark, while there is a negative marking of 1/4 mark for an incorrect answer.

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CLAT PG 2021 Syllabus

The PG question paper will be divided into two sections; the objective section and the descriptive section. It may be noted that the descriptive section has been restored again. The descriptive section, which includes two essays, was last year removed from the syllabus give the exam was conducted in online mode.

CLAT PG - Objective section

The PG-CLAT 2021 objective section will be a comprehension-based test in which extracts from primary legal materials such as important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes, or regulations will be provided. Each comprehension passage will be followed by a series of multiple-choice questions that will test the following skills:

  • Read and understand legal issues given in the passage, and identify arguments and viewpoints.

  • Awareness of issues discussed in the passage. Legal aspects, facts and knowledge related to the topic discussed.

  • Awareness of the judgment or statute on which the passage is based on.

  • Summarising the passage and ability to apply the knowledge of law discussed in the passage.

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CLAT PG Syllabus - Descriptive Section

In this section, candidates will be asked to write TWO essays. The word count of each essay should not be more than 800 words. In this section, candidates will be required to demonstrate the following abilities.

  • Awareness of legal, factual, and philosophical issues arising out of the given essay (or question).

  • Ability to structure your answer, and clearly set out various arguments and perspectives related to the topic set out in the questions, and draw conclusions.

CLAT LLM Syllabus 2021 - Topics to Study

The content of the passages and the questions may be drawn from various legal reports, judgments, status etc. However, the candidates will be required to have a conceptual understanding of the basic legal subjects as mentioned below.

CLAT Syllabus 2021 for LLM

Constitutional Law

Law of Torts

Administrative law

Criminal Law

Family law

Labour and industrial law

Property law

Public international law

Jurisprudence

Company law

Intellectual Property Law

International Law

Tax law

Law of Contracts

Environmental law

CLAT 2021 LLM Syllabus - Section-wise distribution of marks (New)

Subjects

Number of MCQ questions

Marks

Constitutional Law

60

60

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

60

60

Total

120

120

CLAT LLM Test Structure (Old)

S No.

Subjects

Number of Questions

Marking scheme

Marks

1

Objective section

100

  • Each question will carry 1 mark
  • -0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer

100

2

Descriptive section

02

  • Each question will be of 25 marks

50

Total

102

150

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

The consortium has also revised its exam pattern which tells about the test structure and other related rules. As per the CLAT test pattern, the exam will be held in offline mode and two hours will be given to the candidates to answer all the questions. OMR sheets will be used to record the responses of the candidates. The details of the exam pattern are mentioned below.

CLAT 2021 test pattern - Updated

Particular

CLAT UG

CLAT PG

Mode

Offline, Pen and paper-based

Offline, Pen and paper-based

Duration

Two hours

Two hours

Language

English

English

Type of questions

Multiple choice type questions from comprehension passages

  • Multiple choice type questions from comprehension passages

  • Two Essays

Number of questions

150

  • Objective section - 120 questions

  • No descriptive section

Marking scheme

  • Each question will carry one mark

  • Each incorrect answer will invite a penalty of 0.25 marks.

  • Each multiple-choice questions will carry one mark

  • Essay/descriptive questions will each carry 25 marks

  • For objections questions, each incorrect answer will invite a penalty of 0.25 marks.

Total marks

150

120

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