Exam Pattern for CLAT

By | 27/12/2017

Exam Pattern for CLAT (Common Law Admissions Test), Tips and Tricks to crack Exam without Coaching

How to prepare for CLAT without coaching

Are you ready to serve the Judiciary of the Country and planning to pursue, legal education from one of the reputed law schools of the country? If yes, then the first step is to register for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) and lot more to do.  Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT) is a centralized test for admission to 18 prominent National Law Universities across the country for admission to Undergraduate and post graduate law program. The two-hour admission test consists of Elementary Mathematics or Numerical Ability, English with Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Legal Aptitude and Legal Awareness and Logical reasoning.

Exam Pattern for CLAT

More than 40,000 students take CLAT and there are nearly 2,000 seats in all 18 National Law Schools of the country. Consequently, CLAT is competitive exam and requires blend of strategic preparation, systematic hard-work along with meticulous planning


Time Management is most necessary as there are 200 Objective Type Questions which have to be solved in 120 minutes. This means an average of only 36 seconds per question is available. Consequently, it is crucial to understand and analyze format of the paper. The student should focus on easier sections first.

Exam Pattern for CLAT Exam

The format of the paper is here under:

Total Marks: 200

Number of Questions: 200

Duration: 120 minutes

Pattern of Common Law Admissions Test (CLAT)
Subject Number of questions Marks
English 40 40
Elementary Mathematics 20 20
General Knowledge/Current Affairs 50 50
Logical Reasoning 40 40
Legal Reasoning 50 50
Negative Marking: There is negative marking of .25 for every wrong answer.


Educational Kit is as follows

Below are some of the recommended books for CLAT exam

Butterworth’s Lexis Nexis

Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide


Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis


English is Easy by Chetnanand Singh


Analytical Reasoning by M. K.Pandey
Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal


Objective Arithmetic by R.S. Aggarwal
Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
GK Today
Manorama Year Book


India Year Book


  1. Selection of Questions

First, select sure shots –questions that guarantee speed and accuracy both. If you are stuck on a particular question, leave it and save time for other questions which can be solved.

  1. Avoid uneducated guesses.

If you don’t attend a question you will get zero marks. However, if you answer wrong option your marks would be decreased by .25.  By making guesses, If 2 wrong options are eliminated, then you would have more chances of getting right option.

  1. Mock Tests

Mock test removes exam-anxiety. Mock Tests simulates the actual exam along with  SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats ) Analysis. SWOT Analysis provides

Performance Feedback and prepares you for improvement. Moreover, as the exam is online, computer literacy is must that can be achieved by taking Mock Tests.

  1. More weight age to current GK

50 questions are asked from General Knowledge and Current affairs. However, on close observation, you would find that more weighted is given to current GK rather than static GK. So read one reputed newspaper and one exam-oriented exam magazine regularly.

  1. Legal Aptitude

This is the area where you would have to move ahead in life. This section would evaluate your legal aptitude.50 questions are asked in this section. Broadly this section covers the four areas: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Criminal Law and legal GK.

  1. English

Learning English is not one-month exercise. So read as much as you can. It will serve two purposes: increasing Vocabulary and prepare you for Reading Comprehension. Start your vocabulary section with “Word Power Made Easy” by Norman Lewis and use the vocabulary in everyday usage.

  1. Logical Reasoning

It contains 40 questions and evaluates your logical skills and reasoning: Deduction or Syllogism, logical sequence, syllogism, analogy, deductions, odd man out, statements and assumptions etc.

  1. Mathematics

This section has 20 questions and Maths till High Secondary level is asked. You have already read this section in previous exams. However, for getting speed or accuracy, you need a regular practice.

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