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CLAT 2021 Quantitative Techniques Syllabus, Preparation Strategy, Tips and Tricks

Exam: 13 June `21
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Urvashi Singhal

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CLAT Quantitative Techniques section is a section that will test your basic mathematical abilities. It is basically one of the shortest and simplest sections in the paper. The paper only accounts for around 10% of the total predicted weightage for CLAT 2021. 

However, this does not mean that you will get to ignore this section. While also being the shortest, it is also one of the simplest sections of the paper. This section depends entirely on your ability to quickly solve mathematical questions and does not rely on rote knowledge at all. Even if you have some difficulty in maths, you will be able to do well with enough practise, Here are some excellent Study Tips, Guides, Books and Syllabus for CLAT Quantitative Techniques

UG Exam Pattern

CLAT 2021 UG Exam Pattern

Subjects Marks Allotted Number of Questions
English (with Comprehension) 40 40
Current Affairs 50 50
Legal Reasoning 50 50
Logical Reasoning  40 40
Quantitative Techniques 20 20
Total 200 200
  • Each Question will carry 1 mark for the right answer. 
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer. 
  • There will be a total of 200 Objective (MCQ) type questions in the test. 
  • CLAT Exam Duration will be 2 hours.

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UG QT Syllabus

CLAT UG Quantitative Techniques Syllabus

Subject Topics Covered
Quantitative Techniques Basic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, Ratio and Proportion etc. 
  • CLAT Quantitative Techniques will consist of a few questions related to maths. 
  • There will be no passages. 
  • Some information will be presented to you in the form of graphs, facts, propositions, statistics or other numerical information. 
  • Based on these you have to answer a few questions. 
  • All questions will be objective. 
  • The questions will be of class 10th level. 
  • This section will be application based.

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Questions Asked

CLAT UG Quantitative Techniques Questions Asked

Question Type  2019 2018
Interest 2 2
Allegation 1 1
Pipe and Cistern 2 2
Clock and Calendar 2 1
Number Systems 5 2
Profit and Loss 2 6
Time, Speed and Distance 2 2
Percentage 3 1
Mensuration 1 1

CLAT UG 2020 Quantitative Techniques Paper Analysis

  • Many of the candidates found this section to be easy. 
  • There were 3 bar graphs, one table and an area based question. 
  • The section only took around 15 minutes to solve. 

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How to Prepare for QT?

How to Prepare for CLAT Quantitative Techniques?

CLAT Quantitative Techniques section is one of the most scoring sections in CLAT. Preparing well for this section will ensure that you have 20 marks in the bag easily. This section is also extremely quick to solve once you have enough practise with different questions. Here are some CLAT Quantitative Techniques study guides and preparation tips - 

  • Work on your basics: This is the most important step for this section. If your basics are not clear, you will not be able to attempt any question on time. Go back to your 8th standard textbooks if there is something you did not understand. 
  • Practise: This section cannot be aced without regular practise. You do not need to devote a lot of time to it, but give at least 40-45 minutes daily to solving Quantitative Techniques. Incorporate it into your daily schedule. 
  • Solve Mock Tests, Sample Papers and Previous Year Papers: By solving question papers you will have an idea of how the structure of the paper works. You will also recognize how fast you can solve the papers and where you can improve. 
  • Use Shortcuts: There is a better and more efficient way to solve most questions. These methods can be found online on various platforms. When practising for a question, look for such techniques and practise that way. Remember, you will not be getting any marks for the steps. You will just be marked for the right answer. 
  • Work on your accuracy: You have to make sure that the calculations that you do are correct. A silly mistake of any kind will cost you 0.25 of the marks that you have gotten, so your accuracy matters for this section quite a lot. 

Preparation Books

CLAT Preparation Books & Quantitative Techniques

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Universal's Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) Jain Prateek
Quantitative Aptitude RS Aggarwal
Mathematics for 10th std NCERT
Mathematics for CLAT Shailesh Kumar

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CLAT UG QT Mock Tests

CLAT UG Quantitative Techniques Sample Papers and Mock Tests

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Q1. Is it necessary to attempt all the questions in Quantitative Techniques?

Ans. No, it is not necessary to attempt all the questions in the Quantitative Techniques section. You should, however, note that for every wrong answer there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks. So, it is recommended that you should attempt the questions that you are confident about.

Q2. How important is the Quantitative Techniques section for CLAT?

Ans. Quantitative Techniques does not carry a lot of weightage, as it is only around 10% of the total weightage. However, the importance of this section comes from how easy it is to score. It can also be solved within a short time to solve the questions that take longer. 

Q3. What would be a good last week preparation strategy for CLAT Quantitative Techniques?

Ans. The week before the exam should mostly be set aside for revision only. Go through your notes and make sure you have no other doubts which might confuse you during the exam. Solve each kind of question and build your confidence and work on your timing. 

Q4. How to prepare for CLAT Quantitative Techniques as an Arts Student?

Ans. You can score well in Quantitative Techniques regardless of your background. The questions will be asked from 10th standard level only, so you just have to go through the portion that you have already learned. It consists of mostly basic mathematics. 

Q5. How difficult have the past papers been for Quantitative Techniques?

Ans. The past papers have been consistently easier than the other sections in 2018,2019 and 2020. Since it has been consistently easier, it is often recommended to study this section very well. 

CLAT 2021 : 9 answered questions


Ques. What is the benefit of CLAT?

● Top Answer By Ankita Sarkar on 20 Jan 21

Ans. CLAT is a law entrance exam consisting of both UG and PG courses. The selection in CLAT will allow a student to study in National Law Universities (NLUs). As Law is a dynamic subject, hence it cannot be studied in isolation without any association with other subjects like political science, economics, etc. Getting into an NLU will provide students the best environment and platform to study this dynamic field. The following are some of the benefits of CLAT. You will stop seeing movies as mere entertainment. You can analyze the facts discussed in movies like Article 15, Jokar - Dark Knight, are true or not. Law courses open up a lot of different avenues. You will get to learn many things.  Lawyers are not taught only about Law. You will get to learn how to make decisions based on facts and reasoning.  You can choose any specialization you want, such as Criminal, Civil, Corporate, etc. You also do not need to restrict yourself to a single specialization. Getting into top NLUs brings students to the center of attraction of the law firms and corporate. This NLU tag helps in securing well-paid jobs in most reputed companies. These NLUs prepare students for the real-life world, be it practice in court or judiciary. It inculcates students with skills and training to succeed in every career path they choose. Thus, CLAT is not only just getting an NLU tag, it has a lot to offerRead more
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Ques. How do I prepare math for CLAT?

● Top Answer By Aniket Atul Mahulikar on 20 Jan 21

Ans. The math section of CLAT is known as quantitative techniques which consist of charts, diagrams, comprehension questions to gauge students’ inference and interpretation skills. The questions are based on elementary mathematics. Thus, a student does not need to be an expert in mathematics. It requires regular practice to get a good score in this section. The following are some preparation tips for the math section.  Previous Year’s Paper:  Go through the previous year’s question paper. Try to figure out the pattern of the examination.  Clear Basics:  Follow a good mathematic book to clear your basics. R.S Aggarwal is quite popular among students for clearing basics. Practice as much as possible. Memorize some tips and tricks: CLAT is all about speed and accuracy. Thus, to attend the entire question in the math section within the stipulated time, it is important for students to memorize some quick formulas which will help in the faster calculation. But do not skip to short cut without knowing the longer method. Many questions asked in CLAT only require a couple of lines for calculation. Do not be scared of Mathematics. Try your best. Even if you can’t score well even after good preparation, you can secure a decent score by working hard in other subjects.Read more
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Ques. What is the syllabus of maths in CLAT?

● Top Answer By Debdeep Majumder on 20 Jan 21

Ans. CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national level law entrance exam. The new pattern CLAT question paper consists of 150 questions spread over five sections – English language, current affairs including general knowledge, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques. The question paper is designed to test the reasoning and interpretation skills of candidates. Topics: The quantitative techniques section consists of questions based on graphs, pie charts, and tables. The students have to infer and derive answers to the questions from the information provided in those diagrams. This section contains around 13-17 questions. To answer questions in this section, candidates have to apply 10th standard mathematical operations.  Some of the topics which are quite scoring in Mathematics are as follows. Arithmetic: Percentage, Profit & Loss, Average, Ratio-Proportion, Time & Work, Pipe & Cisterns, Time, Speed and Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Simple & Compound Interest, Number System (HCF - LCM, Recurring Digits & Calculation of Unit Digits). Algebra: Simplification, Linear and Quadratic Equation. Modern Mathematics: Trigonometry ( Height & Distance), Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Stocks & Shares. Geometry & Mensuration: Triangle, Circles, Polygons, Solids. Speed Mathematics: Calculation Technique, Approximation Technique, Square and Cubes. To know more about the syllabus in detail visit the official website.Read more
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Ques. Is CLAT a difficult exam?

● Top Answer By Aniket Atul Mahulikar on 20 Jan 21

Ans. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national-level law entrance examination. It is conducted every year by the consortium of NLUs. CLAT question paper is based on MCQ format and consists of 150 questions. The exam tests the critical thinking ability of law aspirants. CLAT is not a difficult exam to crack. Anyone who is well prepared can get into an NLU. However, it can be a bit tough to get into the top five NLUs. The difficulty level of an exam depends on two things, which are as follows. Pattern and level of preparation: The CLAT question paper consists of 150 questions spread over five sections. The five sections are – English language, Current affairs including general knowledge, legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques.  ALL the questions are comprehension based. So, a candidate has to read the entire passage to solve a set of questions. What makes the exam scary is the time frame. Candidates have to complete the entire paper within two hours.  However, practicing a lot of mocks will help overcome this difficulty. Candidates having the habit of reading newspapers will have an edge in this exam.  So, solving various questions, mocks, reading newspapers, and staying updated about the happenings around the world are the keys to achieve success in CLAT. Level of Competition: Every year around 65,000 candidates apply for this exam and the number keeps increasing with each passing year. However, the ratio of selection in CLAT is higher as compared to JEE. In nutshell, CLAT requires planned and smart preparation, and the rest will find its way.Read more
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Ques. How should I prepare for CLAT in two months?

● Top Answer By Meghdeepa Mondal on 20 Jan 21

Ans. For a CLAT aspirant, it is essential to be clear about one’s own goal. For some students the goal is NLS. While others aim for NLU, even the lower-ranked ones. According to the need, preparation is required in all five critical areas. The table below gives the subjects and marks division in them. Subjects No. of Questions Allotted Marks Legal Aptitude 50 50 Logical Reasoning 40 40 English Including Comprehension 40 40 General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 50 Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability 20 20 Preparation Tips: English medium students have little advantage in preparation, having a better grasp of comprehensive skills. General Knowledge and Current Affairs, which is 25% of the examination and is not a conceptual or analytical subject, needs to be mugged up with regular information gathering. Legal Reasoning contains questions generally from a certain number of topics only. These topics need to be sorted according to the previous year's question papers and practiced, which is possible in two months. For the Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability and Logical Reasoning part, it is obvious that the aspirant needs practice, and two months is too short for the same. For maths, concepts must be cleared before problem-solving. Taking help from YouTube, Unacademy, Khan Academy, and other resources from the internet can help a lot in preparation. R.S. Aggarwal and M.K. Pandey are two excellent books for Logical Reasoning practice sets. For English including Comprehension, the candidate needs to understand the type and pattern of questions present in the previous papers and learn the way to tackle them. Having finished all the initial preparation, revision needs to be done in all five divisions. Candidates weak in Mathematics, English including Comprehension or Logical Reasoning must practice a lot in the limited time available.Read more
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