CLAT 2022 Preparation: Five key takeaways from previous year question paper analysis

CLAT 2022 scores will be used by 22 national law universities (NLUs) for admission to 5-year LLB and LLM programmes.


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Shubham Bhakuni | June 17, 2022 | 04:50 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Over 70,000 candidates are expected to appear in the national-level law entrance exam, Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2022, on June 19, 2022. CLAT is one of the most competitive law entrance exams. Therefore, to get success in the exam, candidates need to prepare well.

As part of CLAT preparation, solving and analysing the previous year's papers is very important as it makes the candidates familiar with the actual test. Candidates by analysing the previous year's exam paper can know the type of questions that may be asked in the examination, and their level of difficulty.

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CLAT question paper analysis

Last year, the question paper for CLAT was very lengthy, making it difficult for the candidates to complete the test within the stipulated time. The test was moderate to difficult according to the test takers and time management was a big challenge.

Section-wise CLAT exam analysis


Number of passages and questions

Level of difficulty

Important topics

English language

6 (30 questions)


5 passages on non-fiction based passages from journals, and newspapers on topics such as vaccination and COVID-19

1 passage on fiction-based comprehension

Current affairs and GK

7 (35 questions)


Prizes, Indo-China relation, Chabahar day/INSTC, Ramsar sites/World Wetland Day, Covid-19 Vaccines Maitri and World Water Day

Quantitative techniques

3 cases (15 questions)


Profit and loss, income and expenditures, percentages, ratios and averages

Critical reasoning

6 (30 questions)

Easy to moderate


Legal reasoning

40 questions

Moderate - difficult

Law of Contracts, legal vocabulary/theory, Hindu Marriage Act, Volenti Non fit Injuria

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Five key takeaways from previous year's CLAT question paper

Speed and time management

Candidates should improve their reading speed as there will be around 28-30 passages each followed by a series of questions. To complete the test within two hours, one has to be really good at reading and comprehension.

Prepare current affairs

Some questions asked in the CLAT exam are straightforward, especially in current affairs including legal current affairs. Most of the comprehension passages are also taken from recent events of national and international importance. Therefore, having a good hold of current affairs will help the candidates solve the questions quickly.

Target score

Candidates should try to attempt around 115 or more questions in CLAT 2022. A good score in CLAT 2022 for the top 3 national law universities (NLUs) may be around 100-105. And, a 92+ score should be good for the top five-six NLUs. Last year, the general category cut-off for GNLU Gandhinagar and NLU Jodhpur was 92.75 and 93.75 marks respectively. The CLAT cut-off for NLSIU Bengaluru was 103.5 marks for candidates in the same category.

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Avoid negative marking

While attempting a good number of questions is important in CLAT 2022, candidates are also advised to avoid negative marking. The questions asked in CLAT are often tricky as most of them seek to test the critical thinking and analysing skills of the candidates. Candidates should pay close attention to the wording of each question while attempting comprehension-based questions in English, legal and logical reasoning.

Practicing previous year's papers and mock tests is crucial

Solving the previous year's question papers for CLAT and AILET before the examination would immensely help the candidates in improving their CLAT scores. Candidates should solve as many mock test questions as possible during the last few days.

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