The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is a national level entrance exam for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered at 22 National Law Universities (NLU's) and several other Law colleges/ universities. As we know the Online application of CLAT is going on right now, before going for exam it is very important to go through the exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. It will help to strategics in your preparation. CLAT 2020 is a 120 minutes test conducted in offline mode.
Here we are providing all the CLAT Aspirants with the detailed syllabus and exam pattern for CLAT 2020 Exam.
CLAT offers admission for the graduate course right after passing 12th and admission for a postgraduate course, therefore the syllabus will be different for each of them. The question paper will be based on the English language, Quantitative Techniques, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
CLAT tests the aptitude and skills that are necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge, though prior knowledge occasionally may be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section.
Level of questions - The level of CLAT syllabus for each section of CLAT question paper will be as under:
➤ English language - Class 12th level
➤ Current affairs including General Knowledge - Class 12th level
➤ Legal Reasoning - Class 12th level
➤ Logical Reasoning - Class 12th level
➤ Quantitative Techniques - Class 10th level
The UG-CLAT 2020 shall be a 2-hour test, with 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
|No. of Questions||150|
|Marks per Question||1|
|Negative Marking||0.25 for wrong answer|
|Subjects||Approximate Number of Questions|
|English Language||28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper|
|Current Affairs, including General Knowledge||35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper|
As you know that the syllabus for CLAT will be mainly based on the 12th standard with five sections as given below.
➤ English language
➤ Current affairs including General Knowledge
➤ Legal Reasoning
➤ Logical Reasoning
➤ Quantitative Techniques
Let us now discuss the syllabus for each of the subjects.
For UG-CLAT 2020 English Language, passages of about 450 words each will be provided. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and would be of a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to:
➤ Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage
➤ Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage
➤ Summarise the passage
➤ Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage and
➤ Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.
Passages of up to 450 words each will be given. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including:
➤ Contemporary events of significance from India and the world
➤ Arts and culture
➤ International affairs and
➤ Historical events of continuing significance.
Passages of around 450 words each will be given. The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.
Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:
➤ Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage
➤ Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations and
➤ Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.
The Logical Reasoning section of the UG-CLAT 2020 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:
➤ Recognize an argument, its premises and conclusions
➤ Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage
➤ Critically analyse patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence
➤ Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations
➤ Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence, and assess the effectiveness of arguments.
This section of CLAT Syllabus UG will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information.
The questions will require you to:
➤ Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations and
➤ Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.
Through CLAT PG Entrance Exam, the candidates will be able to pursue post-graduate Law courses in Indian Universities.
CLAT PG Exam will be a 2-hour duration exam of 150 marks. This will include Multiple Choice Questions as well as Subjective Questions.
CLAT Exam for PG Course will be a two-hour exam of 150 marks.
➤ CLAT Syllabus for UG will have two sections i.e., Multiple Choice Questions and Subjective Questions.
➤ The first section would include 100 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
➤ The second section would require candidates to write 2 descriptive essays
➤ Candidates who secure 40% (35% in case of SC, ST, and PWD) marks in the objective section will qualify for the evaluation of their answers in the descriptive section.
|Marks per MCQ||1|
|Marks per Subjective Question||50 Marks|
|Negative Marking||0.25 for wrong answer in MCQ's|
As you know that there will be two papers for CLAT PG Exam, therefore the syllabus for each of the papers is described below.
In this section of the PG CLAT 2020, you will be provided extracts from primary legal materials such as important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes, or regulations. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate the:
➤ Ability to read and comprehend the issues discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage
➤ Awareness of the issues discussed in the passage, as well as of legal issues and facts related to and arising out of the passage and the judgment or statute from which it is extracted
➤ Summarize the passage and
➤ Ability to apply your knowledge of the fields of law discussed in the passage.
For the subjective or the descriptive part, the candidates will have to write essays on any two questions from amongst the list of questions supplied. The word limit for the essay must not exceed 800 words each. The topics for the essay is given below.
➤ Constitutional Law
➤ Other areas of law such as Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.
Q 1. For how many Subjects are there in CLAT UG.?
Ans. There are five subjects in CLAT UG.
Q 2. Is there negative marking in CLAT UG.?
Ans. Yes, there is 0.25 marks of negative marking in CLAT UG.
Q 3. How many questions are there in CLAT PG.?
Ans. There are 100 MCQs and 2 Subjective questions in CLAT PG.
Q 4. How many questions are there in CLAT UG.?
Ans. There are 150 MCQ in CLAT UG.
Q 5. Does CLAT have subjective questions.?
Ans. Only CLAT PG have 2 subjective questions.