The CLAT website, updated after long, delivered a few surprises today. The General Knowledge component of CLAT 2013 will have static GK too. Also there will be negative marking in CLAT 2013.

The website’s notification reads: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 mark will be deducted for each of the wrong answers to multiple choice questions.

To read CLATapult’s take on handling negative marking click here.

The overall distribution of marks remains unchanged.

Total Marks: 200
Total number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each: 200
Duration of examination: Two Hours

Subject areas with weightage:

  • English including Comprehension: 40 Marks
  • General Knowledge/ Current Affairs: 50 Marks
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): 20 Marks
  • Legal Aptitude: 50 Marks
  • Logical Reasoning: 40 Marks

Here is a summary of what the CLAT website says about CLAT 2013 pattern.

English Including Comprehension

Comprehension passages and grammar.

General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

General awareness including static general knowledge.


Elementary mathematics, i.e. mathematics taught up to Class X.

Legal Aptitude

This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Principle + Facts based questions too can be asked.

Logical Reasoning

Syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. Visual reasoning will not be tested.


In the event of equal marks scored by two or more candidates in the CLAT-2013, the tie will be broken by the following procedure and order:

  1. Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT-2013
  2. Higher age
  3. Computerized draw of lots

See the full details here.

Ordering old CLAT question papers:

Here is what the CLAT website reads: “Old Question Booklets for UG as well as PG courses will be available at the designated branches of SBI and participating Universities/Institutes including the organizing university (i.e. HNLU, Raipur) at a cost of Rs. 200/- per booklet.

The Question Booklets will also be made available on the CLAT Website ( and can be downloaded by making online payment of Rs. 200/- through net banking, debit card, credit card, etc. In addition to making online payment of Rs. 200/-, the applicant will have to bear the bank transaction cost for remitting the charges online.

In case, the question papers are sent on request through registered/speed post, the candidates will have to bear an additional cost of Rs.100/- towards the postage charges.”

Also, in case you don’t know, CLAT 2013 is on May 12; from 3 pm to 5 pm.

4 Response Comments

  • Jay KaulDecember 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I guess we have no other option but to help each other as much as we can! I found this link.. Filled with free and helpful resources. Now that negative marking is something we have to deal with, I guess we better start practicing as much as we can!

  • Jay KaulJanuary 5, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Since we are all helping each other with information, I thought of sharing this link. Lots of free resources, previous years’ papers etc. It was and still is really helpful for my CLAT preparation. Give it a look!

  • anshumanFebruary 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    what is research aptitude in clat

  • SAchin MalikJune 17, 2013 at 11:40 am

    As Discussed the static GK is being introduced in the CLAT paper.
    You must have to prepare for it in the serious way.
    For cracking static GK of CLAT you have to prepare for various sections of Static GK like Sports GK, Science and technology GK, Geography GK, History GK, Polity GK etc.
    Like if you see the GK junction of Bulls eye the have all these kind of section for GK for CLAT
    You have to study these different sections of GK for cracking GK of CLAT.


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