CLAT UG 2021: Exam Scheme & Syllabus

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CLAT 2021 is organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities consisting of the representative universities.
CLAT 2021 is organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities consisting of the representative universities.

Recent changes made by the organizing Committee:

Recent changes made by the organizing Committee:

Structure of Exam:

Structure of Exam:

CLAT 2021 consist of One Paper divided into five subjects :
CLAT 2021 consist of One Paper divided into five subjects :
Subject No. of Questions Weightage
English Language 28-32 20% of the paper
Current Affairs 35-39 25% of the paper
Legal Reasoning 35-39 25% of the paper
Logical Reasoning 28-32 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 10% of the paper
Subject No. of Questions Weightage
English Language 28-32 20% of the paper
Current Affairs 35-39 25% of the paper
Legal Reasoning 35-39 25% of the paper
Logical Reasoning 28-32 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 10% of the paper

Exam Pattern:

Exam Pattern:

CLAT 2021
Mode of Exam Offline
Duration 2 hours
Total no. of Questions 150
Subjects English Language, Current Affairs (including General Knowledge), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques
Total Marks 150
Marking Scheme
  • Correct Answer – (+1)
  • Wrong Answer- (-0.25)
  • No Response – 0
CLAT 2021
Mode of Exam Offline
Duration 2 hours
Total no. of Questions 150
Subjects English Language, Current Affairs (including General Knowledge), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques
Total Marks 150
Marking Scheme
  • Correct Answer – (+1)
  • Wrong Answer- (-0.25)
  • No Response – 0
Click on the subjects given below to know detailed syllabus of CLAT 2021 along with best book suggestion and preparation tips.
Click on the subjects given below to know detailed syllabus of CLAT 2021 along with best book suggestion and preparation tips.
In this section, students will be given few passages each of 450 words. These passages can be of contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing. The passages will cover the following sections:
Sections Topics
English Vocabulary Synonyms, Antonyms and Analogies
English Proficiency Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Improvement, Rearrangement of Word in Sentence, Rearrangement of Word in Paragraph, Fill in the Blanks and Cloze Tests
English Usage Errors Common Errors Spotting, Errors Inappropriate, Usage of Words and Spelling Mistakes (English Usage)
English Comprehension Types of Comprehension Based Questions and Strategies for Comprehension Based Questions

Best Books of English :

  • High School English Grammar and Composition Key by Wren & Martin
  • Objective General English by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Study Package for CLAT and LLB by A. P Bhardwaj
  • Universal Law Publishing – An imprint of LexisNexis by Manish Arora

Preparation Tips:
English is considered to be much easier than other sections of CLAT 2021. Hence, you should start you preparation with this section.
  • Start reading newspapers and magazines in order to improve your vocabulary.
  • Start practicing basic grammar rigorously using your Class 10th and 12th English Grammar textbooks. It will help you to solve common errors is the passage
In this section, students will be given few passages each of 450 words. These passages can be of contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing. The passages will cover the following sections:
Sections Topics
English Vocabulary Synonyms, Antonyms and Analogies
English Proficiency Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Improvement, Rearrangement of Word in Sentence, Rearrangement of Word in Paragraph, Fill in the Blanks and Cloze Tests
English Usage Errors Common Errors Spotting, Errors Inappropriate, Usage of Words and Spelling Mistakes (English Usage)
English Comprehension Types of Comprehension Based Questions and Strategies for Comprehension Based Questions

Best Books of English :

  • High School English Grammar and Composition Key by Wren & Martin
  • Objective General English by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Study Package for CLAT and LLB by A. P Bhardwaj
  • Universal Law Publishing – An imprint of LexisNexis by Manish Arora

Preparation Tips:
English is considered to be much easier than other sections of CLAT 2021. Hence, you should start you preparation with this section.
  • Start reading newspapers and magazines in order to improve your vocabulary.
  • Start practicing basic grammar rigorously using your Class 10th and 12th English Grammar textbooks. It will help you to solve common errors is the passage
This section is considered to be one of the most important part of any competitive exam.
This section tests the awareness level of candidates about the current events/ happenings in the country and worldwide.
Parts covered in this sections:
Sports & Movies
Sections Topics
General Knowledge Indian History (Ancient, Medieval & Modern)
World History
Geography
Art & Literature
Economy & Industries
Science & Technology
Current Affairs National & International News
Government Policies
Business & Economy
Awards
Science & Technology

Best Books of Current Affairs :

  • Manorama Yearbook 2021
  • Mega Yearbook 2021
  • Lucents General Knowledge (English) by Sanjeev Kumar, Renu Sinha, Manwendra Mukul, Vinay Karna, R. P. Suman
  • Concise General Knowledge 2021
  • Newpapers -The Hindu, Indian Express
  • Magazines – Pratiyogita Darpan, Manorma, India Today.

Preparation Tips:
  • One of the best way to prepare for this section is to read newspaper daily.
  • Go through previous years papers.
  • Watch newspaper regularly.
  • Participate in online quiz competitions.
  • Regularly take online mock tests.
This section is considered to be one of the most important part of any competitive exam.
This section tests the awareness level of candidates about the current events/ happenings in the country and worldwide.
Parts covered in this sections:
Sports & Movies
Sections Topics
General Knowledge Indian History (Ancient, Medieval & Modern)
World History
Geography
Art & Literature
Economy & Industries
Science & Technology
Current Affairs National & International News
Government Policies
Business & Economy
Awards
Science & Technology

Best Books of Current Affairs :

  • Manorama Yearbook 2021
  • Mega Yearbook 2021
  • Lucents General Knowledge (English) by Sanjeev Kumar, Renu Sinha, Manwendra Mukul, Vinay Karna, R. P. Suman
  • Concise General Knowledge 2021
  • Newpapers -The Hindu, Indian Express
  • Magazines – Pratiyogita Darpan, Manorma, India Today.

Preparation Tips:
  • One of the best way to prepare for this section is to read newspaper daily.
  • Go through previous years papers.
  • Watch newspaper regularly.
  • Participate in online quiz competitions.
  • Regularly take online mock tests.
In this section, candidates will be given passages of 450 words which will be related to the fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. For this section candidates are not required to have prior knowledge of law however, knowledge of general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues may benefit you.
Parts covered in this section are :
Topics
Indian Constitution
Indian Penal Code
Indian Contract Law
Legal Terms
Family Laws
Law of Torts
Legal Maxims
Supreme Court Judgements
Legal fundamentals & terms

Best Books for Legal Reasoning :

  • Legal Awareness & Legal Reasoning by Pearson
  • Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance Examinations by Bhardwaj
  • Objective Legal Aptitude by R S Aggarwal
  • Legal Awareness Legal Reasoning by Bhardwaj
  • Legal Aptitude by RK Gupta
In this section, candidates will be given passages of 450 words which will be related to the fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. For this section candidates are not required to have prior knowledge of law however, knowledge of general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues may benefit you.
Parts covered in this section are :
Topics
Indian Constitution
Indian Penal Code
Indian Contract Law
Legal Terms
Family Laws
Law of Torts
Legal Maxims
Supreme Court Judgements
Legal fundamentals & terms

Best Books for Legal Reasoning :

  • Legal Awareness & Legal Reasoning by Pearson
  • Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance Examinations by Bhardwaj
  • Objective Legal Aptitude by R S Aggarwal
  • Legal Awareness Legal Reasoning by Bhardwaj
  • Legal Aptitude by RK Gupta
This part is quite interesting and easy. But it requires a lot of practice to solve the problems based on logical reasoning.
Parts covered in this section are :
Sections Topics
Logical Test Statements Assumptions
Statements Assumptions
Statements Conclusions
Statements Action
Reasoning Test Direction and Distance Test
Analogy Test
Classification (Odd Man Out) Test
Coding Decoding Test
Number Test
Series Test
Alphabet Test
Blood Relations
Assertion-Reason
Time Sequence Test
Ranking

Best Books for Logical Reasoning :

  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey
  • Logical Reasoning by R K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta
  • Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance Exams by Jain Prateek

Preparation Tips:

  • Practice regularly.
  • Solve Previous Years Question Papers.
  • Take online mock tests regularly.
This part is quite interesting and easy. But it requires a lot of practice to solve the problems based on logical reasoning.
Parts covered in this section are :
Sections Topics
Logical Test Statements Assumptions
Statements Assumptions
Statements Conclusions
Statements Action
Reasoning Test Direction and Distance Test
Analogy Test
Classification (Odd Man Out) Test
Coding Decoding Test
Number Test
Series Test
Alphabet Test
Blood Relations
Assertion-Reason
Time Sequence Test
Ranking

Best Books for Logical Reasoning :

  • Analytical Reasoning by M.K Pandey
  • Logical Reasoning by R K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta
  • Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance Exams by Jain Prateek

Preparation Tips:

  • Practice regularly.
  • Solve Previous Years Question Papers.
  • Take online mock tests regularly.
This section requires a lot of practice. But it’s easy score marks in this section if you have practiced regularly.All the topics given in this section are equally important.
Parts covered by this section :
Section Topics
Arithmetic (Number Theory) Number Systems
Surds & Indices
Square Roots
Fractions & Decimals
HCF & LCM
Simplification
Approximations
Time & work
Ratio & Proportions
Average
Logarithms & Functions
Age Problems
Data Interpretation Graphs & Charts
Mensuration Area & Volume
Commercial Maths Profit & Loss
Simple & Compound Interest
Discounts
Percentage
Partnership

Best Books for Quantitative Techniques :

  • Quicker Maths by M.Tyra
  • Mathematics for CLAT by Shailesh Kumar
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Mathematics for CLAT & AILET by LAWGICIANS

Preparation Tips:

  • Practice Daily
  • Solve Previous Years Question Papers
  • Take online mock tests regularly
This section requires a lot of practice. But it’s easy score marks in this section if you have practiced regularly.All the topics given in this section are equally important.
Parts covered by this section :
Section Topics
Arithmetic (Number Theory) Number Systems
Surds & Indices
Square Roots
Fractions & Decimals
HCF & LCM
Simplification
Approximations
Ratio & Proportions
Average
Logarithms & Functions
Age Problems
Time & work
Data Interpretation Graphs & Charts
Mensuration Area & Volume
Commercial Maths Profit & Loss
Simple & Compound Interest
Discounts
Percentage
Partnership

Best Books for Quantitative Techniques :

  • Quicker Maths by M.Tyra
  • Mathematics for CLAT by Shailesh Kumar
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal
  • Mathematics for CLAT & AILET by LAWGICIANS

Preparation Tips:

  • Practice Daily
  • Solve Previous Years Question Papers
  • Take online mock tests regularly
Candidates must following the guidelines given below on the day of examination:
Candidates must following the guidelines given below on the day of examination:
Consortium of NLUs has released the list of Exam Centres for CLAT 2021 :
Consortium of NLUs has released the list of Exam Centres for CLAT 2021 :
State/ UTs Cities
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
Assam Guwahati
Bihar Patna, Muzzafarpur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Delhi Delhi
Gujarat Gandhinagar, Ahmedabd
Haryana Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Kurukshetra
Himanchal Pradesh Shimla, Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengalore, Mysore
Kerala Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Indore
Maharastra Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Pune
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack
Punjab Amritsar, Jalandhar, Mohali, Patiala
Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota
Sikkim Bardang, Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Barabanki, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Nainital
West Bengal Kolkata, Siliguri
State/ UTs Cities
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada, Vishakhapatnam
Assam Guwahati
Bihar Patna, Muzzafarpur
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Delhi Delhi
Gujarat Gandhinagar, Ahmedabd
Haryana Faridabad, Gurugram, Hissar, Kurukshetra
Himanchal Pradesh Shimla, Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengalore, Mysore
Kerala Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Indore
Maharastra Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Thane, Pune
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack
Punjab Amritsar, Jalandhar, Mohali, Patiala
Rajasthan Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota
Sikkim Bardang, Gangtok
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Barabanki, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Haldwani, Nainital
West Bengal Kolkata, Siliguri
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