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.
Number of Questions
28 - 32
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
35 - 39
35 - 39
28 - 32
13 - 17
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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.
The CLAT UG paper will have FIVE sections:
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
Law of Torts
Labour and industrial law
Public international law
Intellectual Property Law
Law of Contracts
Number of MCQ questions
Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.
Number of Questions
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.
Offline, Pen and paper-based
Offline, Pen and paper-based
Type of questions
Multiple choice type questions from comprehension passages
Number of questions
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