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The CLAT exam is of 2 hours and has 200 questions. For every correct answer, you get one mark and for every incorrect answer, 0.25 marks are deducted. The CLAT paper has five sections with English and Logic of 40 marks each, then GK and Legal of 50 marks each, and finally Maths which is of only 20 marks.

The English section consists of 40 marks and should not be taken lightly. It is probably the most important subject of the CLAT paper. Good command over English will not only help you in the English section but also other sections such as the Legal section and the Logic section. Good command over English will help you interpret the questions faster and increase your overall speed in the paper.

Next, we have the Logic section. The Logic section has two types of questions. The first is Critical Reasoning. Now Critical Reasoning has more English related questions, therefore, good command over English will help you in this section as well. And the next kind of questions are the analytical questions. Analytical questions are Maths related and good command over maths will help you in this section as well as the Maths section which is of 20 marks. Next, we come on to the Maths section. Maths section comprises of only 20 marks and many students who are weak in maths tend to ignore this section however this should be done at their own peril because maths in itself is a very high scoring subject and often separates the toppers from the other students.

Now we come onto the most dreaded section of the CLAT paper which is the Legal section. The Legal section comprises of two parts Legal GK section and the Legal Reasoning section. Ideally, for the Legal Reasoning section, you should have no prior knowledge of law however having some knowledge of basic concepts of law definitely helps. For e.g. you should know the concept such as double jeopardy and damnum sine injuria. For Legal GK you should focus on concepts such as law and constitutional news.

Lastly, we have the GK section which comprises of 50 marks and is often the make or break section. The GK section comprises of two types of questions which are static GK and the current GK. Static GK contains questions from history, geography, polity, etc. and then we have current GK which includes current affairs from June of last year to mid-April of this year. A couple of years ago the CLAT exam went online. However, there were a lot of mismanagement issues because of which the decision was reverted, and the CLAT exam is offline again. Another good news is that a permanent CLAT body has been set up to look after the management of the exam.