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CLAT 2021 Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Difficulty Level, Ideal Attempts & Cut Off

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Shekhar Sumann

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Jan 11, 2022

The Consortium of NLUs will release the CLAT 2021 Answer Key after 2-3 weeks of results being announced. Going through the Previous years’ Paper analysis will help the candidate gain an idea of how to answer the questions and how to go approach the preparation process. 

CLAT 2020 was successfully conducted on September 28, 2020 in 203 exam centres across India. Candidates found the paper to be quite lengthy due to the long paragraphs. Overall difficulty level of the CLAT 2020 paper was moderate.

CLAT 2020 Answer Key

Consortium released CLAT 2020 Final Answer Key on October 5, 2020. Previously, On October 03, 2020, Consortium released a clarification stating to drop the questions and answers that are incorrect, since a large number of candidates have raised unnecessary objections. Read More

List of CLAT 2020 Questions dropped from UG and PG question papers. 

Section/ Paper Question Number Modification
Quantitative Technique in CLAT UG 146 Question dropped
147 Question dropped
150 Question Dropped
In CLAT PG 23 Question Dropped

Modification in CLAT 2020 Answer Key (UG). No Modification has been made in the PG answer key. 

Subject Area Question Number Original Key  Final Key
English 08 D A
GK and Current Affairs 35 D C
Quantitative Technique 148 A D
149 A D

The Consortium has also released CLAT provisional answer keys for both UG and PG Programs. Candidates were invited to raise objections to the issued answer key before September 29 (midnight).

Previous Year Paper Analysis

CLAT 2020 - Previous Year Paper Analysis

With the change in CLAT exam pattern, many students were apprehensive of the expected questions and the difficulty level of the examination. To clear all doubts of CLAT aspirants, Collegedunia has prepared an analysis of a few previous year papers. Read below to get a clue about how CLAT paper looked like previously.

CLAT 2020 Paper Analysis

Section Number of Questions Number of Passages Level of Difficulty
English 30 6 Easy
Quantitative Techniques 15 3 Moderate
Current Affair 36 7 Moderate
Logical Reasoning 30 5 Easy
Legal Reasoning 39 8 Moderate

CLAT 2019 Paper Analysis

CLAT Paper Analysis turns out to be a mandate for all law aspirants as it gives a glimpse of how the paper may look like in the upcoming sessions. As for CLAT 2019, the exam was successfully conducted on May 26 in pen-paper (offline) mode. According to the experts, the overall difficulty level of CLAT 2019 was low, though it was lengthy due to several legal reasoning questions. In comparison to the previous year’s paper, several questions in the legal aptitude section were from legal reasoning which made the paper lengthy.

  • All the sections were easy but time-consuming. Surprisingly, no questions were asked from “Constitution of India” and Legal Knowledge. 
  • In the GK and Current Affairs section, 45-46 questions were from Current Affairs and rest 3-4 questions were static which was related to recent events.
  • The questions were asked from the events of the past 3-4 months.
Section Number of Questions Number of Good Attempts Level of Difficulty
English 40 35-36 Easy
General Knowledge 50 40-42 Easy-Moderate
Elementary Mathematics 20 12-14 Easy-Moderate
Logical Reasoning 40 34-35 Easy
Legal Aptitude 50 40-42 Easy-Moderate
Total 200 170-174 Easy

CLAT 2019- Section-wise analysis

Below given is the section- wise analysis for CLAT 2019:

English Language

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Reading Comprehension 10 Easy
Foreign Words 5 Medium
Idioms 5 Easy
Mis-spelt Words 5 Easy to Medium
Para Jumbles 5 Easy
Sentence Correction 10 Easy

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
National 7 Easy
International 7 Easy to Medium
Science and Technology 7 Easy to Medium
Economic Development 7 Easy to Medium
Sports 2 Easy
Awards and Honours 6 Easy
Science & Technology 2 Easy to Medium
Misc. GK 4 Easy to Medium
Books and Authors 3 Easy
Polity 2 Easy
History 1 Easy
Geographical Indicators 2 Easy
Total 50 Easy

Elementary Mathematics

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
SI/CI 2 Easy
Percentages, Profit & Loss 3 Easy to Medium
Ratio, Mixtures, Allegations 2 Easy to Medium
TSD, Time & Work 5 Easy to Medium
Algebra 2 Easy
Number System 1 Easy
Mensuration 1 Easy
Clocks 1 Medium
Calendars 2 Easy to Medium
Venn Diagrams 1 Easy
Total 20 Easy

Logical Reasoning

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Arrangements 14 Easy
Blood Relations 1 Easy
Coding-Decoding 2 Easy
Number Series 4 Easy
Alpha-numeric series 2 Series
Alphabet series 1 Series
Directions 1 Easy
Odd one Out 4 Easy
Analogies 3 Easy
Syllogisms 5 Easy
Connectives 3 Easy
Total 40 Easy

Legal Aptitude

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Contracts 18 Easy to Medium
Criminal Law 11 Easy to Medium
Torts 12 Easy to Medium
Miscellaneous 9 Easy to Medium
Total 50 Easy to Medium

CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis

The law entrance examination had 200 questions spread across five sections – Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, English and Elementary Mathematics. Each question had a weightage of one mark, and a negative marking of one-fourth marks was applicable for each incorrect answer.

Legal Aptitude

  • As per the experts, this was the easiest section.
  • It had close to 35 legal reasoning questions which were simple and direct.
  • There were few questions on Legal Knowledge mostly based on the Constitution.
  • It had 8-10 Legal GK questions, including static LGK questions.
  • A score of around 36-37 can be considered as a safe score for this section.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

  • The questions were on predictable lines, i.e. questions were from Current Affairs.
  • Static GK questions (15 questions) dominated this section.
  • A few questions based on events in early 2018 were asked.
  • As the questions were straightforward, the difficulty level of the section was quite easy.

Logical Reasoning

  • This section had tricky questions, especially the 3 puzzles that were asked.
  • Questions were based on Blood relations, Coding & Decoding, Syllogisms, etc.
  • It was a relatively lengthy but easy section. 


  • Another predictable section, having one reading comprehension with 10 questions.
  • Different questions types were vocabulary (5 Ques.), sentence correction (5 Ques.), short paragraphs with one question each (4 – 6 Ques.).
  • This section can be considered as the most scoring section out of the lot.

Elementary Mathematics

  • This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections.
  • The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. 
  • Even good students did not have a serious attempt above 10-12.

Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2018 (LLB Program) – 

Section No. of Questions Good attempts Score (with 85 % accuracy)
Legal Aptitude 50 40-42 33-35
GK & Current affairs 50 32-33 26-27
Logical Reasoning 40 30-32 25-26
English 40 30-32 26-27
Elementary Mathematics 20 10-11 8-9

CLAT 2017 Paper Analysis

The national level law entrance examination was conducted for UG and PG Programs on the same day and time. The level and type of questions were different.

Legal Aptitude

The questions were from easy to moderate. Out of 50 questions, 35 questions were based on Principle Facts and 15 were Legal GK questions. The majority of students stated that the legal reasoning section was quite easy.

Legal reasoning section was dominated by contract law, criminal law followed by constitutional law and torts questions. Surprisingly, there were no questions from Intellectual Property, Family Law or International law. In all, the section was from easy to moderate level.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Current affairs dominated the section. Unlike previous years, questions on history and static areas were completely missing. More questions were testing a candidate’s knowledge of Personalities, Economy, and International Organizations formed a good part of the section.

Logical Reasoning

The difficulty level of this section was low. Questions were majorly from Arrangements, Directions, Blood Relations, Series, and Syllogisms. Verbal Reasoning had 12 questions based on analogy, vocabulary, odd one out and syllogisms. Questions on topics such as Statement Argument, Statement-Assumption were only one or two in number.


As per the analysis, the section was a bit lengthy and the reading comprehension was quite tricky. Again, the section was considered to be the most predictable one. Fill in the blanks, sentence correction, spelling correction, error detection questions dominated the section. The reading comprehension was lengthy (800 words) and tricky. There were no vocabulary based questions.

Elementary Mathematics

This section was the most difficult and time consuming one out of all the sections. The section was dominated by time and work, speed distance and time questions. There were no questions from the geometry section.

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Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2017 (LLB Program) – 

Section No. of Questions Good attempts Score (with 85 % accuracy)
Legal Aptitude 50 39-40 34-35
GK & Current affairs 50 30-32 26-27
Logical Reasoning 40 34-35 30-31
English 40 35-36 31-32
Elementary Mathematics 20 10-11 9-10

CLAT 2016 Paper Analysis

RGNLU Patiala conducted CLAT 2016 on May 8, 2016. As per the paper analysis, it was considered as the easiest Common Law Admission Test ever. The experts said the paper looked like CLAT 2014 conducted by GNLU.

Tabulated below is the section-wise breakup of CLAT 2016 (LLB Program) –

Section No. of Questions Good attempts Score Level of Difficulty
Legal Aptitude 50 42-44 40+ Easy to Moderate
GK & Current affairs 50 43-45 40+ Moderate
Logical Reasoning 40 34-35 30-33 Easy to Moderate
English 40 36-38 33-36 Easy
Elementary Mathematics 20 10-12 9-10 Moderate

CLAT Previous Year Papers Takeaways

  • Time management and accuracy are essential when it to comes to solving CLAT papers. Candidates must plan and strategise the sections and practise immensely to avoid running out of time during the exam.
  • Keep in mind that there is no sectional time limit. SO aim for the sections which you are good at or is easier before solving the harder sections.
  • It helps to know the exam pattern and syllabus of CLAT to solve the questions without any surprises.
  • Candidates must also familiarize themselves with the range of questions from each section. There s no fixed number of questions from either section.
  • Work on your reading speed and practise reading every day in a way that you do not miss out on any important information while reading long passages.
  • GK questions are asked from recent events. DO mot miss our these while preparing.
  • CLAT questions are not consistent in difficulty. While some questions are easy, others are difficult.
  • Number Systems, Algebra, and Geometry are the most popular topics from Quant Techniques. Probability and Permutation and Combination are not that important.
  • Visual and pictorial questions are common in the quant section and candidates must familiarize themselves with the same.

Paper Analysis 2021 FAQs

CLAT Paper Analysis 2021 FAQs

Q1. Which is the most important section for CLAT Papers?

The most important section for CLAT 2021 is the legal reasoning section. This section carries the most weightage and is considered scoring. 

Q2. How to start preparing for CLAT 2021?

To start preparing for CLAT 2021, tackle the individual questions from each topic first. Then, you can try solving the sample papers. 

Q3. What is the best way to improve speed for CLAT 2021? 

The best way to improve speed for CLAT 2021 is to have plenty of practise in examination conditions. Put a timer and prioritise the questions you know you can solve easily. 

Q4. How to use the CLAT Paper Analysis? 

Using the CLAT Paper Analysis you can understand how to approach the preparation for CLAT. Understand the pattern of questions that comes for each year and approach preparation that way. 

Q5. What is the level of questions asked in CLAT?

Ans. As for CLAT UG, the questions asked will be from 12th standard. The Quantitative Techniques section will be from 10th standard level. Whereas CLAT PG will be of Undergraduate level(LLB). 

*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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