CLAT exam pattern 2022

The Consortium of NLUs has released the CLAT 2022 exam pattern on its official website – The CLAT exam pattern carries details related to the structure and format of the exam, including the mode in which CLAT 2022 will be conducted, the type and number of questions, section-wise weightage, marking scheme, test duration, etc. The candidates appearing for the CLAT 2022 should thoroughly go through the complete exam pattern. So the aspirants can align their preparation as per the exam requirements. 

The CLAT undergraduate test paper will have 150 questions, while CLAT postgraduate paper will have 120 questions. To know more about the exam pattern, you must read this article. 

CLAT Exam Pattern Highlights 2022

Here are the main features of the CLAT new pattern with other details:

Medium of CLAT examEnglish 
Mode of Exam Pen-and-paper
Exam duration2 hours
Type of questionsMultiple-Choice Questions (MCQs)
Total Number of Questions150
Maximum marks150
Total No. of SectionsEnglish LanguageLegal ReasoningLogical ReasoningQuantitative TechniquesCurrent Affairs, including General Knowledge
Marking schemeMarks for Correct Answer: 1Negative Marking: 0.25

Section-Wise CLAT Exam Pattern & Weightage

CLAT UG paper is divided into 5 sections. Weightage of each section is different. Check the section-wise number of questions and their weightage below:

English Language28-3228-3220%
Logical Reasoning28-3228-3220%
Quantitative Techniques13-1713-1710%
Legal Reasoning35-3935-3925%
Current Affairs including General Knowledge32-3532-35 25%
Total150 Questions150 Marks100%

Analysis of CLAT Exam Pattern

Passage-based questions: The question paper, excluding the Quantitative Techniques section, will have passages of around 400-450 words. A series of questions will follow each passage. 

Quantitative section: The section will include short sets of facts, propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial, or diagrammatic representations of numerical information. The candidate has to derive answers from the passages/representations.

Standard of questions: The CLAT undergraduate exam will be of 10+2 standard.

Skills tested: The CLAT UG exam will test your reading skills, critical thinking, and analytical thinking. 

Important Topics for CLAT 2022

English Language: 

  • Grammar (fill in the blanks, correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, etc.)
  • Vocabulary

Logical Reasoning:

  • Relationships
  • Logical Sequences
  • Analogies
  • Arguments

Legal Reasoning:

  • General awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues

Quantitative Techniques:

  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Mensuration
  • Basic Algebra
  • Statistics

Current Affairs including General Knowledge:

  • Static GK (Arts & Culture and History)
  • Understanding of all events happening nationally and internationally

Quantitative Techniques:

  • NCERT Class 10 Book
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal


Q1. Is CLAT a tough exam to crack?

Ans. CLAT is a national-level law entrance exam. It is considered to be one of the toughest law exams in India for various reasons such as exam pattern, number of seats, and cut-off marks. 

Q2. Which is the most difficult section of the CLAT exam? 

Ans. As per the latest CLAT exam pattern, it has five sections, including English, Quantitative Techniques, Current Affairs including GK, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. It differs from candidate to candidate as to which section they find difficulty in. 

Q3. What type of questions are asked in the CLAT exam?

Ans, Passage-based objective-type questions are asked in the CLAT exam. It means each will have passages followed by a series of questions. 

Q4. What is new in CLAT 2022?

Ans, The NLU consortium will conduct two CLAT examinations in 2022. The first CLAT exam will be held on May 8, 2022, followed by CLAT 2023 on December 18, 2022.