CLAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CLAT exam 2021 was conducted on July 23, 2021, via pen and paper method. In this CLAT 2021 analysis, our experts provide in-depth analysis and a breakdown of the test. A total of 70,277 students had applied for CLAT 2021, 50,843 of which had applied for the UG course.

CLAT 2021 Exam Format and Paper Pattern: 

  • Exam Date: July 23rd, 2021
  • Eligibility: 45% in HSC or equivalent (40% for SC/ST)
  • Format: Social Distancing Computer-based Objective Test
  • Marking System: +1 and -0.25 Negative Marking
  • Duration: 120 min




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Type of Questions

Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

Number of Questions

CLAT UG – 150 MCQs

CLAT PG – 120 questions (Essay section dropped)

Subjects (UG)

  1. English Language
  2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  3. Legal Reasoning
  4. Logical Reasoning
  5. Quantitative Techniques

Total Marks

UG – 150 marks

PG – 120 marks

Marking scheme

Objective questions (both UG and PG) will each carry 1 mark. 0.25 marks to be deducted for an incorrect answer.



CLAT 2021 Verbal Analysis

Section 1: Verbal

Total questions – 30
CLAT 2021 had 6 Reading Comprehensions (5 Questions per Comprehension
covering 30Q in total), 5 of which were non-fiction based (from journals,
newspapers etc. covering Vaccination, Covid, etc) and 1 was fiction based
comprehension (work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; from a short story of Sherlock Holmes). The questions were straightforward and largely based on an understanding of comprehension. Hence, in terms of the overall level of moderate, the Verbal section can be described as of moderate difficulty level. For a student with good preparation, 25+attempts with a 20+ score is easily achievable.


Good Attempts – 25+
Good Score – 20+
Ideal Time – 30 minutes

CLAT 2021 GK Analysis

Section 2: Current Affairs including GK

Total questions – 35
The GK section was along the lines of CLAT Consortium’s official notification as the section comprised completely of current affairs questions. There were 7 passages and total 35 questions. There were passages based on Ramsar Convention, Chabahar Port, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit & Gandhi Peace Prize, United Nations, India-China Border Dispute and World Water Day, etc. All the passages were based on current affairs of 2020 & 2021. The average length of topics was 250-300 words. While the topics are chosen were predictable e.g. India China dispute, Bangladesh War, etc., but some questions in each passage were tricky. Hence, in terms of the overall level of difficulty, the GK section can be described as a moderate difficultly level. For a student following current affairs regularly & thoroughly, 28+ attempts with a 24+ score are easily achievable.


Good Attempts – 28+
Good Score – 24+
Ideal Time – 20 minutes

CLAT Legal Reasoning

Section 3: Legal Reasoning

Total questions– 39
The Legal Reasoning section was not along the lines of CLAT Consortium official notification as the syllabus for the 2021 CLAT was specifically changed to not include passages with any prior legal knowledge. However, we could see passages on the Hindu Marriage Act, Contract Law, Res Judicata- Code of Civil Procedure, Law of Torts- Volenti Non-Fit Injuria, Compassionate Appointment, Law of Crimes, which clearly would have favored people having some prior knowledge. The topics as compared to previous years were standard topics which the students are aware of. The difficulty level of the questions was from easy to moderate. The length of the passages was comparatively short, however, since they were 8 in number, therefore, it was longer as compared to the other sections.

Ideal Attempt: 32-35
Good Score: 27+
Ideal Time: 40 minutes

CLAT 2021 Logical Reasoning

Section 4: Logical Reasoning

Total questions – 30
The Critical Reasoning section had a total of 6 Passages (5 Questions per Passage covering 30Q in total) containing 3 passages on Covid-19, 1 each on the socio-economic status in schools, climate change impact on Asia and India and its neighbors. Most of the questions were asked on inferences/deductions/conclusions with some sprinkle of questions around strengthening and weakening. Barring 5 questions, the rest were straightforward. Hence, in terms of the overall level of moderate, this section was a little easier than last year. For a student with good preparation, 25+ attempts with a 21+ score are easily achievable.


Good Attempts – 25+
Good Score – 21+
Ideal Time – 30 minutes

CLAT 2021 Quantitative Techniques

Section 5: Quantitative Techniques

Total questions – 15
The Quantitative Techniques Section asked questions testing knowledge and concepts on simplifications, profit, and loss, income and expenditures,
percentages, ratios, averages, etc. It was largely revolving around Arithmetic. There were a lot of mistakes in this section one set could be ruled out due to mathematical error and another set due to logical error. Because of a lot of errors the marks ideal score for this section would not make much sense. There were a total of 15Q with 5Q asked in each case.
Hence, in terms of the overall level of moderate, this section was a little easier than last year. For a student with good preparation, 11+ attempts with a 9+ score are achievable.

Good Attempts – 11+
Good Score – 9+
Ideal Time – 15 minutes



Good score for top 3 NLU’s 91+

Good score for top 10 NLU’s 83+

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