All About CLAT

Test Pattern

CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M). The responsibility of conducting the exam is rotated and given on the basis of seniority in establishment.

Chanakya National Law University, Patna conducted CLAT 2017 on 14th May across the country. Many students heaved a sigh of relief with the paper being on expected lines without any major surprises thrown at them. However, the overall difficulty level was slightly higher than last year, owing to slightly tougher QA, GK and Legal sections. The cutoffs are therefore expected to come down from last year's figures.

Test Pattern
Total Marks200
Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each200
Duration of examinationTwo Hours
Subject areas with weightage:
English including Comprehension40 Marks
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Marks

Let us look at each of the areas in detail

English including Comprehension

  • Level : Easy
  • No. of recommended attempts : 30+
  • The questions were broadly from the following topics:

    Reading Comprehension (5 Qs), Sentence correction (10 Qs), Fill in the blanks (10 Qs), Spellings (10 Qs), Rearranging the sentences (5 Qs)

General Knowledge/Current Affairs

  • Level : Difficult
  • No. of recommended attempts : 30+
  • The broad break up of the questions was as follows. Most of the questions were from the current affairs with questions from the areas like Polity, General Science, Geography, Economics, etc were also there.

Elementary Mathematics(Numerical Ability)

  • Level : Easy and do-able questions but were a little lengthy
  • No. of recommended attempts : 14+
  • The questions were mainly from the topics in Arithmetic viz., Percentages, Profit & Loss, Averages, Time & Work, Time & Distance, etc.

Legal Reasoning

  • Level : Moderate
  • No. of recommended attempts : 40+
  • Legal Reasoning section did not throw any surprises this year. There were no Legal GK questions. However, the test was heavy on Principle-Fact based questions (35 Qs) with the remaining ones based on legal maxims (15 Qs)

Logical Reasoning

  • Level :Moderate- Easy
  • No. of recommended attempts : 32+
  • The questions were broadly from the following topics:

    There were two sets on Puzzles with a total of 10 questions. There were also questions on Blood relationship (5 Qs), Syllogisms (5 Qs), Analogies (4 Qs), etc

Overall Analysis

With the paper being similar to last year's on difficulty level, the cut-offs are expected to be similar or climb up slightly. The cut-offs for the Top 3 schools is expected to cross 145.