CLAT 2022 Pattern (Released): Mode, Types of Questions, Marking Scheme, Section-Wise Weightage

Common Law Admission Test 2022 ( CLAT )

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CLAT 2022 exam pattern - The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has released the exam pattern for CLAT 2022 exam. It contains important details about the structure and format of the exam. Candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern thoroughly before starting with the CLAT 2022 preparation. Going through the CLAT exam pattern will help in gaining a complete understanding of question weightage, marking scheme, subjects, and other key features. Further, this page also carries an overview of CLAT syllabus 2022 to indicate important topics from each section of the law entrance exam.

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Candidates appearing for CLAT PG 2022 can check the exam pattern of their question paper here - CLAT PG 2022 exam pattern

CLAT Exam Pattern Highlights 2022 

Here are the main features of the new CLAT exam pattern with details about the type of questions, test medium, and other details:

Particulars CLAT Exam Pattern Highlights

Exam mode

Pen-and-paper exam

Exam duration

2 hours

Test language

English 

Type of questions

Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)

Exam subjects

5 (English Language, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques)

Total questions

150 MCQs

Maximum marks

150 marks

Marking scheme

+1 for correct answer

-0.25 for incorrect answer

Section-Wise CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern & Weightage

The CLAT question paper for UG course admissions will comprise total 150 passage-based multiple-choice questions of 150 marks. Candidates need to complete the paper in a duration of two hours. Check the section-wise number of questions that will be asked in the exam along with their weightage below:

Sections

MCQs per section

Maximum Marks

Approximate Weightage (in %)

English Language

28-32 

28-32 

18.66 - 21.33

Current Affairs including General Knowledge

35-39 

35-39 

23.33 - 26

Logical Reasoning

28-32 

28-32

18.66 - 21.33

Legal Reasoning

35-39 

35-39

23.33 - 26

Quantitative Techniques (Elementry Mathematics up to Class 10)

13-17 

13-17 

8.66 - 11.33

Total 

150 

150

 

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CLAT 2022 Marking Scheme 

Check out the CLAT marking scheme 2022 for UG courses below:

  • For every correct answer, candidates are awarded one mark

  • For every wrong attempt, 0.25 marks are deducted from their total score 

  • No marks are awarded or deducted for questions not left un-attempted

CLAT Marking Parameters Marks Awarded
Correct answer +1
Incorrect answer -0.25
Un-attempted question 0

CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 - Key Highlights

  • Passage-based questions: Except for the Quantitative Technique section, the remainder of the four sections will include passage-based questions. The English, Current Affairs, and Logical Reasoning sections will include 450-word passages. The Logical Reasoning section will have short passages of about 350 words. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions. 
  • Quantitative Techniques section: The section will include short sets of facts, propositions, graphs, pictorial representation, etc. The candidate has to derive answers from such passages, representations, etc.
  • Total questions and marks: The CLAT UG exam will contain 150 multiple-choice questions; each question will carry 1 mark. There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for an incorrect answer.
  • Exam difficulty level: The difficulty of CLAT exam 2022 will be of Class 12. Questions asked in Quantitative Techniques are of Class 10 difficulty level.
  • Skills to be evaluated: The CLAT UG question paper will test the comprehension and reasoning skills of candidates. So, rote learning won't cut the ice.  

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CLAT Syllabus 2022

The CLAT 2022 syllabus for UG includes details on the type of questions asked in the exam. The syllabus also contains important topics and books that candidates must refer to prepare well for the exam. Some of the important CLAT topics that candidates should prepare for the upcoming exam include:

CLAT Sections Important Topics
English Language
  • Grammar (correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, fill in the blanks, etc.)
  • Vocabulary
Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • Static GK (Arts & Culture and History)
  • Knowledge of all events happening nationally and internationally
Logical Reasoning
  • Relationships
  • Analogies
  • Logical Sequences
  • Arguments
Legal Reasoning
  • General awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues
Quantitative Techniques
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Basic Algebra
  • Mensuration
  • Statistics

Also ReadImportant topics to study from CLAT 2022 syllabus

CLAT Books 2022

Check few important section-wise CLAT books that you can refer to prepare for the exam:

CLAT Sections Important CLAT Books
English Language
  • English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
Current Affairs including General Knowledge
  • General Knowledge 2022, 2020 by Arihant Publications
  • Manorama Year Book
Logical Reasoning
  • A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Arihant’s A New Approach to Verbal and Analytical Reasoning
Legal Reasoning
  • Pearson's Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning
  • Pearson’s Guide to the CLAT
Quantitative Techniques
  •  NCERT Class 10 Book
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal

FAQs regarding CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Q: When will the CLAT exam be held?

A: The Consortium of NLUs will conduct the CLAT 2022 exam date on June 19, 2022.

Q: Is CLAT an online exam or offline exam? 

A: The CLAT 2022 exam will be held in offline mode as a pen-and-paper based test. While the exam is usually held in offline mode, only in 2020 due to the spread of COVID-19, the law entrance exam was conducted as an online test. 

Q: Is CLAT a tough exam? 

A: The national-level law entrance exam is considered to be one of the toughest admission tests in India because of various reasons such as competition, exam pattern, number of seats, and cut off marks. Check  CLAT exam analysis for previous years. 

Q: Is Mathematics compulsory for CLAT? 

A: No, it is not compulsory to have studied Mathematics at Class 12 level as per the  eligibility criteria of CLAT 2022. However, the CLAT question paper does have a section based on the subject. Although, questions asked in 'Quantitative Techniques' will be based on Class 10 level Mathematics only. 

Q: Where can I download question papers of CLAT 2022? 

A: Candidates could request for CLAT previous years papers while filling up the application form on payment of an additional fee. Also, Shiksha has a collection of  CLAT previous year papers which are available free of cost.

Q: Which is the most difficult section of the CLAT exam? 

A: The upcoming CLAT exam will have five sections including, Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs including GK, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. It depends on the preparation level of candidates, in which section they will find difficulty in attempting the questions..

Q: Is the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT removed?

A: The Legal Aptitude section of the exam has not been removed, however, the name has been changed to Legal Reasoning. 

Q: Is the exam pattern of CLAT PG changed? 

A: In 2021, the CLAT Consortium had removed the descriptive section from the LLM question paper pattern. The exam contained 120 objective questions of 120 marks. However, whether the Consortium will follow the same pattern in 2022 is yet to be seen.   

Q: What is the pattern of CLAT exam? 

A: The CLAT exam for UG courses is an offline test of 150 marks. Candidates are asked total 150 MCQs in the exam that they need to complete in a duration of two hours. Subjects from which questions are asked in the exam include English, Current Affairs including GK, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques. 

Q: How to prepare for CLAT 2022 exam? 

A: To prepare for CLAT exam, candidates should take note of the changed exam pattern besides syllabus and subjects that will be asked in the question paper. Also, they should consistently prepare for all the sections for at least six months. A good preparation strategy should be made before starting the exam preparation.  Also Read:  CLAT 2022 Preparation Strategy.  Candidates can watch here the video for last minute preparation tips to crack CLAT exam: 

Q: What type of questions are asked in CLAT exam?

A: Passage-based objective-type questions are asked in CLAT exam. This means that each section of CLAT 2022 will contain passages followed by a series of questions. 

Q: What is the level of questions asked in CLAT exam?

A: The difficulty level of the questions (barring Quantitative Techniques questions) asked in CLAT UG exam is of Class 12. The difficulty level of Quantitative Techniques section is of Class 10.

What is new in CLAT 2022?

The consortium of NLUs will conduct TWO CLAT examinations in 2022. CLAT 2022 will be held on June 19, 2022 (rescheduled from May 8), followed by CLAT 2023 on December 18, 2022. 

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How much time is required to prepare for the CLAT entrance exam?

Reply to Zakir Ansari

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

a week ago

Dear aspirant, CLAT does not require a whole year of preparation, especially a drop year. This trend applies to IIT JEE, NEET or UPSC examinations (which may not be completely justified either). Majority of people who crack CLAT do so in less than 4 months of preparation. If you found it useful t...Dear aspirant, CLAT does not require a whole year of preparation, especially a drop year. This trend applies to IIT JEE, NEET or UPSC examinations (which may not be completely justified either). Majority of people who crack CLAT do so in less than 4 months of preparation. If you found it useful then upvote or thumbs up my answer. Good luck.

Because I missed my CLAT form so is there any other exam for which I should apply?

Reply to kirti sharma

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

Dear student, first of all, don't take so much tension and don't worry if you fail to apply for CLAT, then you can also apply for DU LL.B. This is also a good university and similar to CLAT.

Can Maharashtra students apply for CLAT? Are they only eligible for MH-CET?

Reply to Shama Offical

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

2 weeks ago

Hello,MHCET Law In 2016, the Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education launched a uniform entrance test for candidates seeking admission to the state government's law institutions. Directorate of Technical Education administers the online exam to select candidates for the five year integrate...Hello,
MHCET Law In 2016, the Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education launched a uniform entrance test for candidates seeking admission to the state government's law institutions. Directorate of Technical Education administers the online exam to select candidates for the five year integrated Law programme following class 12th and the three year law programme following graduation. CLAT is a National level admission test organised by 21 NLUs on the basis of rotation. It is held for admission to Law Courses at 21 NLUs as well as numerous private universities and colleges. The test grants admission to 3 and 5 year integrated LL. M. and LL.B. Courses on the basis of CLAT scores.

Is the CLAT entrance exam is completely in the written form?

Reply to Urmi singh

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Vinay kr Pandey

Guide-Level 15

3 weeks ago

Dear aspirant
Kindly check the below link for information related to your query.
https://www.shiksha.com/law/clat-exam-pattern.

I am doing B.Com. Can I write CLAT exam for LLB?

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Pankaj

Contributor-Level 9

3 weeks ago

It is my pleasure to help you and give your question's answer
first of all CLAT exam is 12th based exam so anyone who cleared their 12th board exam can sit for CLAT exam and as you said you are doing B.Com so you can give CLAT exam.

I'm a 12th grader for batch 2021- 2022. I would like to ask that is it suitable for me to give CLAT Exam 2023.

Reply to Sriti Rai

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Harshita Kumari

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

Hello! Sriti, Yes, right after your 12th, if you think you are prepared enough to sit in this exam, then you can go for it. As 2023 will be the next year, you can still give your 1st attempt in 2022, but if you want to give next year it's fine too.

How to prepare for CLAT law entrance examination after 12th?

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a month ago

You can visit the link given below for information-
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Is it compulsory to appear for CLAT if I want admission in IP University for BA LLB? Can I give IPUCET for the same?

Reply to Sandli

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Ashutosh Srivastava

Beginner-Level 3

a month ago

IP University, Delhi, usually takes admission via IPU CET but nowadays they are giving admission on CLAT scores as well, so, if you are applying for CLAT you can simultaneously fill the IP UNIVERSITY forms as well and accordingly you will be allotted the college.

What is the fees of 3 years and placements offered after clearing CLAT exam?

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Harshita Kumari

Contributor-Level 9

a month ago

Hi Aishwarya, NLU's fees vary from NLU to NLU and they can be anywhere from 1,00,000 to 2,00,000 per annum. For placements and more visit the link below. Check out this link https://www.shiksha.com/law/articles/nlu-placements-blogId-24937. For more details visit Shiksha. Com.

How can I join presidency university for the course B.A LL.B. with CLAT score?

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rekha

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2 months ago

B.A. LL.B. (Hons. ). At School of Law, Presidency University, Bangalore such as cutoff, placements, fees, admission, ranking & eligibility. Refer link: https://www.shiksha.com/college/school-of-law-presidency-university-yelahanaka-bangalore-154659/course-b-a-ll-b-hons-234556.

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