CLAT Syllabus 2021: Important Topics, Books and Sample Papers

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    CLAT 2021 is a national level entrance examination for admission into National Law Universities(NLU’s), and the syllabus is set by the consortium of NLU’s. The CLAT UG syllabus broadly tests your legal aptitude and general ability. For CLAT PG, it tests the core skills you have learned during LLB. CheckCLAT 2021 Exam Calendar

    The syllabus for UG CLAT consists of 5 different subjects overall. Whereas CLAT PG will test the subjects only related to legal aspects. CLAT 2021 is a highly competitive exam with an acceptance rate of 3%. The total number of seats for UG in all the NLU’s is about 1,308 whereas for PG it is about 621. To ensure your seat in an NLU, make sure you go through the syllabus and Important Topics thoroughly. Read more about CLAT Seat Allotment

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    CLAT 2021 Syllabus - Marks Distribution

    There was a change in the 2020 syllabus of CLAT due to COVID-19 restrictions. The syllabus for CLAT 2021 is expected to follow the same pattern as that of the CLAT exam held before 2020. Make sure you are thorough with mark distribution for CLAT as it will give you an idea . Here is a detailed breakdown of the Marks Distribution of CLAT 2021 - 

    CLAT 2021 Syllabus for UG- Subject-wise Marks Distribution

    SubjectsMarks AllottedNumber of Questions
    English (with Comprehension)4040
    Current Affairs5050
    Legal Reasoning5050
    Logical Reasoning 4040
    Quantitative Techniques2020
    • Each correct answer will award you 1 mark and each wrong answer will cost you 0.25 marks. 

    CLAT 2021 Syllabus for PG- Subject-wise Marks Distribution

    SectionQuestion TypeNumber of QuestionsMarks Allotted
    Section 1Objective100100
    Section 2Descriptive250
    • Each correct answer will award you 1 mark and each wrong answer will cost you 0.25 marks in Section 1. 
    • In section 2, each Descriptive Question will be worth 25 marks. 
    • You will have to write an essay of 800 words related to any subject og UG Level. 

    CLAT 2021 Syllabus for English

    This section will consist of a few passages of around 450 words each. Each passage will be derived from culturally or historically significant fiction or nonfiction. The passages will be of Intermediate level(12th). The passages are also set in a manner that you will be able to read them in around 5 to 7 minutes. 

    You have to read the passages and answer the objective type questions that will be asked related to that passage. The English language section tests your comprehension and language skills. The kind of questions that may be for CLAT UG English are as follows:\

    • Reading and Comprehension: Focus on the main point of the passage, and the arguments and perspectives discussed. 
    • Inferences and Conclusion
    • Summarisation
    • Comparison and Contrast
    • Vocabulary 

    How to prepare for CLAT English Section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – English Section

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
    High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren & Martin 
    A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Agarwal
    English Is EasyChetananand Singh
    Pocket Guide to VocabularyBarron

    CLAT 2021 Current Affairs Syllabus

    CLAT Current Affairs/general knowledge section will also consist of passages that are around 450 words each. The passages will be from contemporary news articles/Journalistic pieces of national, international, cultural and historical significance. The passages would not require any additional knowledge of law beyond the passage. 

    Questions can be asked from the current affairs from the period of March 2020 to April 2021, tentatively. The areas where the questions may come from in the CLAT Current Affairs section include:

    • Events of National and International Interest
    • Arts and Culture
    • History

    How to prepare for CLAT GK and Current Affairs section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – GK Section

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Manorama Yearbook 2021Manorama 
    Current Affairs Yearly 2021Arihant 
    General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's WhoRPH Editorial Board
    Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020Pearson
    Pratiyogita DarpanUpkar Prakashan

    CLAT 2021 Syllabus for Legal Aptitude

    This section will also consist of a few passages of 450 words. The passages will describe factual or legal scenarios, based on which a few objective type questions will be asked. The core knowledge tested here is that of contemporary legal and moral knowledge and application of the same. 

    CLAT Legal Aptitude tests your knowledge in the following areas: 

    • Identification and inference of rules and principles
    • Application of the rules and principles
    • Consequences of the changes in the rules and principles

    CLAT Preparation Books – Legal Aptitude Section

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Legal Awareness Legal ReasoningBhardwaj
    Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance ExaminationsBhardwaj
    Universal’s CLAT GuideUniversal
    Legal AptitudeRK Gupta
    Universal's Constitution of India Bare Act with Short NotesUniversal

    CLAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

    The CLAT section of Logical Reasoning is designed to test the candidates Reasoning ability. This section will consist of a few questions of around 300 words each. The questions asked in the passage will test your knowledge in the following areas: 

    • Arguments: Recognition, Premise and Conclusion. 
    • Critical Analysis: Ability to understand and critically evaluate reasons, conclusions and premise or evidence. 
    • Inference: Identification and Application. 
    • Identification: of Relationships, Analogies, contradictions and equivalence. 

    How to prepare for Logical Reasoning Section in CLAT? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – Logical Reasoning Section

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance ExamsJain Prateek
    Verbal and Non-Verbal ReasoningRS Agarwal
    Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
    Analytical and Logical ReasoningRS Agarwal
    Logical ReasoningR K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta

    CLAT Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques

    This section of CLAT UG will consist of around 20 questions. The questions may be in the form of graphs, propositions, facts, or numericals in textual or pictorial format. The questions will be 10th standard level. This section may consist of questions that tests your knowledge in the following areas: 

    • Derivation, Inference and Manipulation of Mathematical Information
    • Application on information provided

    How to prepare for CLAT Mathematics section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – Quantitative Techniques

    Name of BookPublisher/Author
    Universal's Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)Jain Prateek
    Quantitative AptitudeRS Aggarwal
    Mathematics for 10th stdNCERT
    Mathematics for CLAT & AILETLAWGICIANS
    Mathematics for CLATShailesh Kumar

    CLAT 2021 LLM Syllabus and Preparation Books

    PG CLAT 2021 will primarily test your knowledge in legal comprehension. The exam will be in two sections, Objective and Descriptive. The objective section will consist of around 100 questions in the MCQ format. The descriptive section will have 2 descriptive type questions for which you will have to write 800 word essays. 

    Here is the detailed PG CLAT 2021 syllabus and CLAT LLM Preparation Books: 

    SubjectName of Book
    Constitutional Law
    1. Indian Constitutional Law by M.P. Jain
    2. The Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi
    3. The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of A Nation by Austin Granville
    1. Introduction to Jurisprudence Avtar Singh and by Harpreet Kaur
    2. The Elements of Jurisprudence for BSL & LL.B by Noshirvan H. Jhabvala
    3. Legal Eagles by Indu Bhan
    Administrative Law
    1. Administrative law by I P Massey
    2. The Indian Administrative Law by Mangal Chandra Jain Kagzi
    Law of Contract
    1. Contract Law in India by Akhileshwar Pathak
    2. The Indian Contract Law Act by Mulla
    3. Indian Contract Act by Dr. Paras Diwan
    1. The Law of Torts by Ratanlal and Dhirajlal
    2. Law of Torts by R K Bangia
    3. Law of Torts by P. Jaganathan and Usha Jaganathan
    Family Law
    1. Modern Indian Family Law by Werner Menski
    Criminal Law
    1. The Code of Criminal Procedure by Ratanlal and Dhirajlal
    2. Criminal Law by P.S.A Pillai
    3. The Indian Penal Code by Ratanlal and Dhirajlal
    Property Law
    1. Property Law by Poonam Pradhan Saxena
    Company Law
    1. Company Law by B.K. Goyal
    Public International Law
    1. An Introduction to Public International Law by S. K. Verma
    Tax Law
    1. Kanga and Palkhivala's The Law and Practice of Income Tax by Jamshedji Behramji Kanga and Nanabhoy Palkhivala
    2. Accounting Standards & IFRS by CA Kamal Garg
    Environmental Law
    1. Indian Environmental Law: Key Concepts and Principles by Shibani Ghosh

    Prepare Better with CLAT Quizzes by CollegeDunia

    Topic NameReference Links
    PrepositionsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    AnalogiesQuiz 1Quiz 2
    SpellingsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    AntonymsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    Sentence CorrectionQuiz 1Quiz 2
    SynonymsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    Para JumblesQuiz 1-

    CLAT Syllabus 2021 FAQs

    Q1. Why is the syllabus and exam pattern different for CLAT 2020?

    Ans. The Exam Pattern and Syllabus of CLAT 2020 was different because of COVID-19 restrictions. The exam was held online and to prevent contraction the exam was moved online and the total marks was reduced. 

    Q2. Is this the final syllabus for CLAT 2021?

    Ans. The syllabus is subject to change as per the decision of the consortium of NLU’s. Whenever any change will be announced, the same will reflect on this page.

    Q3. Will there be any difficulty in preparing for CLAT UG if I am a science student? 

    Ans. No, you will not face any difficulty in preparing for CLAT UG if you are a science student. The exam tests your ability to study law as opposed to your knowledge of the law. 

    Q4. Which is the most important section for CLAT UG?

    Ans. The most important section of CLAT UG is often considered to be the General Knowledge Section. It has a lot of weightage(50 marks) and if you are prepared enough you can score very well in this section. 

    Q5. What is the best way to prepare for CLAT?

    Ans. The most efficient way to prepare for CLAT 2021 is to practise regularly. Solve mock tests frequently. This will build your confidence and improve your timing as well. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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