Changes in CLAT exam pattern

The Common Law School Admission Test (CLAT) has come out with significant changes for the 2011 exam.CLAT result is used by 11 of the National Law Universities and the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS) is the organising university for CLAT 2011.


1.No static GK questions will be asked (When did Humayun die?). Only current affairs questions (questions between May 2010 and May 2011) will be asked.

2.No legal knowledge will be tested. Only legal aptitude/legal reasoning will be tested. Which means students don’t need to study legal principles before they write the exam, only their process of reasoning will be tested.

3.This year CLAT has tied up with the Indian post office to distribute the forms much more widely. Last 2-3 years, it was only 2-3 banks per State (and mainly States having metro cities). This year, forms will be distributed through all major post offices in every State, so that there is greater awareness and all sections of society have access to forms. It will be much more accessible to all aspirants and will also increase the number of people taking the CLAT.

Marks Count: 200 questions with a grand total of 200 marks need to be answered within 2 hours.

English including Comprehension 40 marks: The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based comprehension passages and grammar.

General Knowledge/ Current Affairs 50 marks: This section will only test students on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between May 2010 and May 2011).

Mathematics 20 marks: This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till the class 10.

Logical Reasoning 45 marks: Logical reasoning will be tested on syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.

Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness 45 marks: This section will test students only on “legal aptitude”. Candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts.

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