Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018

Last Updated - November 27 2017

CLAT Exam Pattern 2018 will be decided by NLUs, the exam conducting authority for CLAT. The exam pattern of CLAT will provide information regarding mode of exam, type and number of questions asked, time duration of the exam, and marking scheme etc. Candidates appearing for CLAT 2018 are advised to check latest CLAT Exam Pattern 2018 to stay updated.

CLAT 2018 is a national-level law entrance exam conducted by 19 National Law Universities for admission to Bachelor and Master Degree Programs in Law. CLAT Registration 2018will start from January, 2018 and will end in March, 2019. CLAT 2018is scheduled to be held in May, 2018. Based on CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern, you can know more about CLAT Exam Pattern 2018 here.  

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern:

Exam ModeOnline, Computer-Based
Number of SectionsLL.B - 5 sections LL.M- 3 sections
Number of questionsLLB – 200 LLM - 150
Question Paper TypeObjective
CLAT 2018Total Marks200 marks (1 mark for each question)
Negative Marking0.25 marks for every wrong answer
Exam Duration 2 hours
Exam Language English

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern for LLB

There are 5 sections in CLAT Exam Pattern 2018 which test candidates’ knowledge of the following sections:

  • Legal Aptitude
  • General Knowledge
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • English
  • Logical Reasoning

Candidates need to complete 200 questions of CLAT 2018 in a total duration of 2 hours. One mark will be awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates can check the section-wise breakup for CLAT Exam Pattern 2018for LLB course.

SectionTotal QuestionsMaximum Marks
English (including Comprehension)4040
GK and Current Affairs5050
Elementary Mathematics2020
Legal Aptitude5050
Logical Reasoning4040
Total200 Questions200 Marks

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern for LLM

CLAT 2018is also conducted for PG courses i.e. LLM admission in NLUs. The exam pattern is similar that of LLB course with MCQs but with less questions and different subjects. Candidates need to answer 150 questions for 150 marks in 2 hours duration with similar negative marking scheme. Check section-wise breakup of CLAT LLM Exam Pattern 2018here.

SubjectNo. of QuestionsMarks allotted
Constitutional Law5050
Other Subjects5050

Important Points regarding CLAT Exam Pattern 2018

    • All questions will be multiple choice type and candidates have to choose 1 correct answer out of the 4 answer options available.
    • Each correct answer will be given 1 mark, while for each incorrect response, there is negative marking of 0.25 mark. For questions that are not attempted, no marks or zero marks will be given.
    • The total time duration for the exam is 2 hours and there is no time limit to attempt any section. So, candidates can take up any question anytime from any of the 4 sections and solve rest of the questions later.

    CLAT 2018 Syllabus

    There is no prescribed syllabus as such for CLAT 2018 by NLUs. The questions for UG law courses are asked from English and Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Mathematics of up to 10th class, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning sections.

    For PG courses, the questions are asked from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights topics.

    English and Reading Comprehension

    • Vocabulary: Antonyms, Synonyms.
    • English Proficiency: Idioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Improvement and Rearrangement, Fill in the blanks and Cloze Tests.
    • Finding Errors: Spotting inappropriate usage of words, Spelling Mistakes (English Usage), Use of Correct Word.
    • Reading Comprehension: Paragraph with questions.


    Number Systems

    Surds and Indices

    Square Roots

    Fractions and Decimals

    HCF and LCM


    Ratio and Proportion

    Average and Logarithms



    Profit and Loss

    Partnership and Discounts

    Areas and Volumes.

    Legal Aptitude

    This section assesses your interest towards law and problem-solving ability. The questions will be based on legal propositions and set of facts satisfying the propositions. Following are some important topics:

    • International Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Indian Constitution
    • Legal Terms
    • Legal Maxims
    • Family Law
    • Contracts and Torts.

    General Knowledge and Current Affairs

    General Knowledge syllabus is really vast and can’t be defined. However, there will be questions from current event form following areas:

    • Economics
    • Science &Technology
    • Sports
    • Persons and Places
    • Static GK & Latest Happening
    • Books and Authors.

    Logical Reasoning

    • Analogy
    • Classification
    • Series Completion
    • Nonverbal Reasoning

    Important topics from CLAT Syllabus 2018 for LLM course for each subject based on last year’s question papers are mentioned below:

    • Constitutional Law consists various rules, practices, and doctrines that govern the functioning of a modern state and other political communities. Candidates will be asked questions based on concepts that they have studies in their graduation.
    • Jurisprudence, known as the “philosophy of law” is classified into three branches - analytical, sociological, and theoretical. The questions in this section will be set on the basis of the syllabus prescribed in the graduation degree course.
    • The Tort Law is comparatively a recent common law development in India based on codifying statutes including statutes related to damages. Some of the crucial tortious obligations like Negligence, Nuisance and Defamation should be revised in detail.
    • Contract can be referred to as a piece of legal document which is a mutual agreement made by two or more parties, enforceable at law. Important decisions made by Supreme Court and High Court in relation to modern day commercial activities form a very crucial part of this subject.

    Some Important Instructions:

    Candidates must abide by certain rules for CLAT 2018 exam and follow a set of instructions and the same have been mentioned below.

    • The test will be conducted in a single slot from 10.00 am and candidates’ exam center will be mentioned on CLAT Admit Card 2018which is the most important document for exam.
    • The timings will also be mentioned on CLAT Admit Card and candidates are advised to reach the exam center an hour before the exam time.
    • Candidates are not allowed to bring any other personal belongings such as mobiles and they should bring a pen for the purpose of rough work. Blank sheets will be provided. Calculators and log tables are not allowed as well.

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