CLAT 2021 Analysis

CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all-India entrance examination conducted by the Consortium of NLUs for admissions to the under-graduate and post graduate degree programmes (LL. B & LL.M) of 22 National Law Universities in India.

The consortium conducted the CLAT 2021 successfully from 2 PM to 4 PM on 23rd July with Covid-19 safety protocols. The exam was conducted in Paper & Pencil mode. Many students heaved a sigh of relief as the exam was conducted successfully.

Given below is the pattern and the section wise breakup of the paper.

Test Pattern
Total Marks 150
Total number of questions 150 (MCQs)
Duration of examination Two Hours
Marking Scheme Each correct answer: 1 mark,
Each wrong answer: -0.25,
No deduction in marks for unattempted questions
Area No of Questions
English 30
Current Affairs including GK 35
Logical Reasoning 30
Quantitative Techniques 15
Legal Reasoning 40

Let us look at each of the areas in detail:


  • Level: Moderate but lengthy
  • No of passages: Six
  • A brief description is as below:
    • Planning and Execution
    • Democracy
    • Gig Economy
    • Detective
    • Inoculation and Covid-19
    • Education in the era of Covid-19
  • No. of recommended attempts: 23+

Current Affairs including GK 

  • Level: Moderate-Difficult
  • No of passages: Seven
  •  A brief description is as below:
    • World water day
    • Wetlands
    • Trade routes
    • Human Rights
    • Covid-19 vaccines
    • PM Modi's visit to Bangladesh
    • Indo-China conflict
  • No. of recommended attempts: 23+

Logical Reasoning

  • Level: Moderate
  • No of passages: Six (with 30 questions)
  • A brief description of the passages:
    • Indian diplomacy
    • Climate change
    • Covid-19 and India
    • Covid-19 and mental health
    • School as an institution
    • Covid-19 cases on rise
  • No. of recommended attempts: 20+

Quantitative Techniques

  • Level: Easy-Moderate
  • Total no of passages: Three
  • A brief description of the passages is as below:
    • Data on various age groups - Caselet
    • Income on a person (Mr Abhishek) - Caselet
    • Software companies - Caselet
  • No. of recommended attempts: 8+

Legal Reasoning

  • Level: Moderate
  • Total no of passages: Eight
  • A brief description of the passages is as below:
    • Indian Contract Act
    • Res Judicata
    • Law of Contracts
    • Compassionate Appointment
    • IPC 1860 – Consent
    • Law of Contracts
    • Volenti non fit injuria
    • Marriage
  • No. of recommended attempts: 28+

Overall Analysis

With the exam pattern being similar to the last year’s and completely based on comprehension, the cut-offs for the Top 3 NLUs is expected to be around 88(+/-)2. There is no sectional cut-off

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by T.I.M.E. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information

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