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CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - April 17, 2017

CLAT 2018 exam will be conducted in second week of May 2018. CLAT exam is conducted for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. CLAT exam is conducted in online mode with multiple choice questions to be answered separately for UG and PG courses. Result for CLAT 2018 will be out in fourth week of May.

CLAT UG consists of questions from 5 sections namely, English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning, while CLAT PG comprises questions from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects. Total marks allotted to CLAT UG is 200, for CLAT PG total 150 marks are allotted.


CLAT 2018 exam is expected to be conducted in second week of May 2018. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria as decided by CLAT authorities. The details regarding exam dates have been tabulated below for convenience of the candidates:

EventsExam Dates (Tentative)
Date of ExaminationSecond week of May 2018
Publication of Answer KeyThird week of May 2018
Announcement of Result (issue of merit list)Fourth week of May 2018
Counselling CommenceFirst week of June 2018
Closure of AdmissionFirst week of July 2018

All the dates mentioned above are tentative. Candidates are advised to check the official website regularly for updates.


CLAT 2018 Exam Highlights

CLAT is conducted every year for admission to various law courses across top law universities/institutes. CLAT is conducted for admission to both UG and PG courses. The exam pattern differs for both the levels of CLAT exam. Following are the exam highlights for CLAT 2018:

For UG Courses

CLAT UG will consist of objective type questions to be completed within two hours’ time. Maximum marks for CLAT UG exam is 200. The exam highlights for CLAT UG courses are as follows:

Type of questionsObjective type questions
Maximum marks200 marks
Duration of exam2 hours
Marking scheme+1 mark
Negative marking0.25 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

For PG Courses

CLAT PG exam will comprise Multiple choice questions with the total of 150 marks. The answers have to be submitted within 2 hours’ time. Note that each correct answer will be rewarded with 1 mark, while incorrect answer will be penalized with 0.25 marks of the total marks allotted to particular question.

Type of questionsObjective type questions
Maximum marks150 marks
Duration of exam2 hours
Marking scheme+1
Negative marking0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer

CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CLAT 2018 is scheduled for second week of May 2018. Candidates will have to attempt CLAT 2018 exam in online mode. The medium of exam is English. Sections covered in CLAT UG exam are:

  • English
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning

The detailed CLAT 2018 Exam Pattern for UG courses is as follows:

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English including Comprehension40 Questions40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50 Questions50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Questions20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Questions50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Questions40 Marks
Total200 Questions200 Marks

CLAT PG exam will consist of questions from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects. Note that the number of questions asked from each section will be equal, i.e. 50 questions each will be asked from every section. The other details pertaining to CLAT PG 2018 are as follows:

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Constitutional Law50 Questions50 Marks
Jurisprudence50 Questions50 Marks
Other law subjects50 Questions50 Marks
Total150 Questions150 Marks

CLAT 2018 Answer Key

The authority will publish CLAT 2018 answer key in third week of May 2018.The official answer key bears all correct answers of CLAT 2018. Candidates can submit their request in case of any discrepancy in answer key. With the help of answer key candidates can evaluate their performance in CLAT 2018. To download CLAT 2018 answer key, perform the steps given below:

  • Go to the official website
  • Click on ‘Answer Key 2018’
  • Answer key will appear on your screen.
  • Download it and evaluate your scores.

CLAT 2018 Syllabus

The CLAT 2018 exam syllabus will be prepared by the conducting authority only. The syllabus of CLAT exams varies every year. The syllabus of CLAT 2018 will cover the topics related to:

  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Legal aptitude
  • Elementary mathematics
  • Constitutional laws
  • English including comprehension, etc.

How to Prepare for CLAT 2018

For all the law aspirants, it is important to appear for CLAT exam to get admissions to top law colleges all over the country. Candidates must carefully make strategies and plan out their routines to prepare for this exam. CLAT opens the opportunities for candidates to opt for UG and PG courses offered by various law universities.

  • Make some strategy and prepare a timetable.
  • Make notes of national and international current affairs for general knowledge questions.
  • Keep yourself updated with the latest happenings.
  • Prefer the previous year’s question papers for practice.
  • Complete all the sections within time allotted to each section.
  • Go for mock test.

CLAT 2018 Result

The CLAT 2018 result will be published in fourth week of May 2018. Candidates can go to the official website - www.clat.ac.in to view their results. Follow the steps given below to obtain CLAT 2018 results:

  • Go to the official website of CLAT
  • Click on ‘CLAT 2018 Result’ link.
  • Enter your login details and obtain CLAT 2018 Results.
  • Secure a copy of CLAT 2018 result.

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