CLAT 2021 exam pattern: Descriptive section makes a comeback in PG exams

The last session, the descriptive section was dropped and CLAT PG included only objective-type questions.

CLAT 2021 exam pattern: Descriptive section makes a comeback in PG exams
Manashjyoti | Mar 24, 2021 - 12:03 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has made some key changes to the CLAT PG exam pattern. This includes bringing back the descriptive section, reducing the number of objective questions and introducing cutoff marks for the objective section.

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The CLAT PG question paper will now have 100 objective-type questions, down from 120 in the last session. In its place, two essay-type questions (objective-section) each worth 25 marks have been added. The answer for an essay-type question must not exceed 800 words.

Note that the descriptive section will be evaluated only if the candidate manages to secure 40% (35% in case of SC, ST, and PWD) marks in the objective section. This means those who fail to qualify in the objective paper, they will be automatically disqualified from the CLAT 2021 PG admission process.

The following abilities will be tested by the descriptive section:

  • The candidates’ awareness of legal, factual and philosophical topics relating to the topic at hand.

  • The ability to provide arguments in favour of the answer, which is cogent and provides perspectives.

CLAT 2021 exam pattern




2 hours


Pen-and-paper mode

Type of Questions

Objective-type (PG question paper will also have descriptive questions)

Number of Questions

Undergraduate: 150 objective-type questions

Postgraduate: 100 objective-type questions + 2 essays (800-word each)



Marking scheme

  • Objective-type questions: will each carry 1 mark.

  • Descriptive-type questions: The PG question paper will two subjective questions of 25 marks each

The Consortium conducts the CLAT PG exam for admission to LLM courses offered by the 19 participating NLUs. The combined seat intake for the LLM programme is 783. The application form for admission to PG programme is the same as that for the UG programme; the candidate has to select their programme of study at the time of filling the CLAT application form.

The CLAT 2021 application, which opened on January 1, can be filled till March 31. Meanwhile, the CLAT 2021 exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode on January 13.

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