CLAT 2021- Subject Wise Strategy, Weightage of Each Subject and Tips to Crack CLAT 2021

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The  Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance test organized by National Law Universities (NLUs) to provide admissions to law aspirants to 3 years and 5 years integrated LLB and LLM programs. The official notification of  CLAT 2021 will be released on the official website of CLAT in the 3rd week of December 2020. Law aspirants who wish to for the CLAT 2021 exam will be able to apply online from 1st week of January 2021. There are 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) that participate in CLAT examination, along with other private universities that accept admissions based on CLAT 2021 score. 

Check the CLAT 2021 Important Dates here

How to Prepare for CLAT 2021

Candidates need to be avid readers if they want to answer the questions since the pattern is comprehensive in nature. Candidates need to be an attentive reader so that he/she can analyze the meaning of questions and derive answers quickly.
Before we move on to the subject wise strategy the candidates must know the exam pattern and the weightage that each section carries so that he/she can ace their preparation. 

CLAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • All the questions in the CLAT Exam are multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

  • All the questions in the CLAT UG Exam are comprehensive, this means that the candidates will be given a comprehension passage which is readable in 5-7 minutes and then questions are put up based on the information available in the passage 

  • The CLAT Syllabus for 2021 remains the same for all subjects. 

  • The duration of the exam is for 2 hours.

    Source: Safalta

    There is a negative marking for the wrong answers and a penalty of 0.25 marks will be deducted in case the candidate gives the wrong answers.


Number of questions        

Percentage weightage       

English Language

28-32 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge     

35-39 questions


Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions


Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions


Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions



CLAT 2021 Preparation Strategy:

How to Prepare English for CLAT 2021?

Here is the CLAT 2021 subject-wise strategy for preparing the exam. Candidates can focus on these strategies and start their preparation.

CLAT English Including Comprehension:

English cannot be learned in a day. It requires everyday reading and practice. Simply reading doesn't help. Students need to focus on sentence formation and the meaning of a sentence or what the word want to convey. English is equally important as other subjects because the examiner wants to assess your English skills as most of the laws are in English. Hence, proficiency in English is a must for a law student and a strong sense of grammar is also required to score better.

Check the CLAT 2021 Syllabus here. 

CLAT Quantitative Techniques:

This section is considered to be the easiest of all as the questions asked in this section is something that you have been taught in your 9th or 10th standard. Candidates need to Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation. Everyday problem solving will enhance your speed and mental calculation power.

CLAT Logical Reasoning:

The candidates need to have analytical thinking and in-depth understanding of the basic concepts to answer these questions. This section is to assess your ability to identify patterns and logical links. If you want to score good then you must be well versed with Alphabets and sequence. You need to develop problem-solving skills and enhance your thinking power. They must have a grip on both Analytical and Critical reasoning. Candidates need to do a lot of practice daily so that they speed up in identifying correct answers. 

CLAT General Knowledge including Current Affairs:

This is the easiest yet most difficult as the focus of the questions has steadily been on current affairs. Candidates must read newspapers regularly so that he/she is updated with all the current events taking place in India and worldwide. Along with this the candidate can also ready a  monthly current affairs magazine. If you haven’t started your preparation now it better to start it now and you can take an annual magazine which covers all the aspects and news.  The questions are more from November to March but don’t miss April and May as there have been times when CLAT has put up questions on events that have occurred just two days before the exam. Keep on revising questions from Mock Papers as there are many chances that you get the same questions in the exam. 

CLAT Legal Aptitude:

This section assesses the legal knowledge of the candidates and the question in this section is framed accordingly. But as the name suggests it not about knowing the detailed law but the application or the reasoning. Candidates need to apply the correct principle to these questions and he/she is sure to ace it.  As all the questions are comprehension passage hence,  the comprehension skills also play a vital role. Candid should focus on frequently used maxims or foreign words and some important events in the field of law in regard to India and the world. Candidate preparing for this should keep in mind that they need to choose the most appropriate answer. Reading and practising different types of questions help in succeeding and cracking CLAT.

Check the CLAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria here

How to prepare for CLAT 2021 at home?

  • It is difficult to visit coachings due to the pandemic and sit in institutes for hours to prepare for the CLAT. Hence, the easiest and safest place is to study online at home.

  • You are just a click away to gain all the knowledge without going anywhere. 

  • To study at home the candidates need to make their mindset to study online and that is it.

  • You are ready to move with your further preparation. 

  • You need to plan your strategy and execute it. 

  • Start understanding the syllabus and the exam pattern. 

  • Start preparing and taking mock test regularly. 

  • Solve previous years question papers.

  • Now is the time to gear up and start preparing as the exams are due in few months.

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