CLAT vs LSAT India - Law aspirants after completing the school education will have to appear in the entrance exams to get the desired college. So, when one looks out for the popular entrance exams, CLAT and LSAT India are the two exams that will draw the attention of the students.Common Law Admission Test or CLAT 2021 will undoubtedly be an easy choice for most of the law aspirants who want to get into a good national law university. Law School Admission Test-India is the Indian version of LSAT (conducted in the USA) and is mainly conducted for some of the top private law universities of the country. Now, the law aspirants may wonder which exam they should choose. Both the entrance tests are unique in their own ways, be it syllabus or exam pattern or marking scheme candidates may easily understand the difference between CLAT and LSAT India. The article CLAT vs LSAT India covers all the possible aspects of both the exams and provides a detailed analysis, thereby helping candidates in developing an understanding of both these. Read the complete CLAT vs LSAT India article to know all about these exams. LATEST - To apply for CLAT 2021 - Click here
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Conducting body

Consortium of National Law Universities

Pearson VUE

Exam level

National level

National level

Participating institutes

22 National law universities and CLAT affiliated colleges - Check here

More than 50 law colleges

Law programmes offered

5-year integrated LLB and LLM course

3-year LLB , 5-year LLB, LLM

Frequency of exam

Once in a year

Once in a year

LSAT India vs CLAT - Primary difference

The two law entrance exams are different on various fronts. CLAT, on one hand, is primarily for admissions to National Law Universities, LSAT India is just limited to conducting the exam, the scores of the LSAT India are shared with the associated college for admissions.

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Looking at the CLAT vs LSAT India, we also notice that CLAT offers limited law courses, mainly BA LLB, BBA LLB and LLM courses, while LSAT-India, in addition, offers 3-year LLB and other law courses.

LSAT India vs LSAT India - Difference in the nature of the entrance exams

When it comes to the exam pattern of LSAT India and CLAT, the two law entrance exams are fundamentally different. LSAT India has an altogether different exam pattern than several other law entrance exams conducted in India, while the CLAT exam pattern has also been updated with a view to better the candidate screening methodology. The exam pattern of both the entrance tests is given below.

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CLAT exam pattern 2021



Exam mode

Offline (pen-paper mode)


2 hours

Type of Questions

Comprehension based, multiple-choice questions

Number of Questions

Undergraduate Exam (BA LLB) - 150 objective type questions

Postgraduate Exam (LLM) - 100 objective and 2 subjective questions

Total Marks

UG - 150 marks

PG - 150 marks



Marking scheme

UG - Each objective question will carry 1 mark. An incorrect answer will carry a penalty of 0.25 marks.

PG - Each question will carry 1 mark. An incorrect answer will carry a penalty of 0.25 marks.

the two (2) subjective questions will each carry 25 marks.

LSAT India exam pattern 2021



Mode of exam

Online, remote proctored mode (due to COVID-pandemic)

Duration of the exam

2 hours 20 minutes

Number of questions


Section-wise number of questions

Each section will have around 22 - 24 questions

Question format

Multiple-choice type.

Some of the questions will have four answer options, while the rest will have five answer options.

Marking scheme

There is no negative marking

Scoring pattern

Test scores will be provided as a scaled score between 420 and 480, a score band, along with percentile rank.

CLAT vs LSAT India - Qualitative analysis

Both entrance tests are different in terms of the questions asked or the topics covered. While CLAT focusses on a variety of topics such as general knowledge, mathematics, Legal aptitude and others, LSAT India has its focus mainly on the testing candidates’ reasoning ability reading ability and other things. The subjects/topics included in CLAT and LSAT India are given below.

CLAT syllabus 2021

For UG

For PG


Constitutional Law


Law of Torts

General Knowledge

International Law

Current Affairs


Logical Reasoning

Intellectual Property Law

Legal Aptitude

Law of Contracts

Criminal Law

LSAT India syllabus 2021


Total number of questions


Analytical reasoning


35 mins.

Logical reasoning - 1


35 mins.

Logical reasoning - 2


35 mins.

Reading Comprehension


35 mins.






2 hours and 55 minutes

What is more difficult CLAT or LSAT-India?

When it comes to the level of difficulty of the entrance tests, CLAT is certainly a difficult exam to crack and even considered the toughest law entrance exam in India. LSAT India, on the other hand, is a bit on the easier side but cannot be taken for granted. The LSAT India conducting body, Pearson VUE and LSAT itself are very popular globally for their ability to qualitatively test the candidates through the entrance exams.

During CLAT, candidates are required to answer 150 questions within a time duration of two hours. Further, the questions cover a wide range of topics and subjects, making it important for the candidates to cover a vast syllabus. To add on, the marking scheme of CLAT considers negative marking of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer, which is not found with the LSAT India.

Candidates appearing in LSAT India are generally required to answer 115 questions within a time duration of 2hours 55 minutes. To make the exam a bit more tricky, the conducting body has introduced a new section as ‘Variable section’ which is an unscored section and the questions of this will remain unidentified.

CLAT vs LSAT India - Level of competition

Since CLAT is a gateway to the prestigious national law universities, the competition for the entrance exam is very high. Looking at last year’s data, more than 59000 candidates appeared for a mere 2622 (approx) seats.

LSAT India is gradually gaining prominence and seeing the competition at a high level. The popularity and competition are well verified by the fact that last year, more than 70 law colleges came under the fold of LSAT India. This year also, LSAT India has several associated colleges and definitely, some are among the top law colleges of India.

LSAT India vs CLAT - Top participating colleges

Top law colleges accepting CLAT

Top law colleges accepting LSAT India

National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat

NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

ICFAI Law School, Hyderabad

Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai

School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

Alliance School of Law, Bangalore

National Law Institute University, Bhopal

SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat

National Law University, Jodhpur

VIT Law School, Chennai

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala

The NorthCap University, Gurgaon

LSAT India vs CLAT - Convergence on points

With the recent changes introduced in CLAT, the conducting body has given a lot of focus on testing the candidates for complex reading ability, understanding of reading, logical reasoning, while the elementary maths has been awarded a lower weightage. This has brought CLAT and LSAT India closer, as LSAT India also focuses on testing candidates' ability of reading, logical reasoning. Such convergence in the question pattern will be beneficial for the candidates preparing for both the entrance exams as the overlap of the syllabus will make it easy for the students to prepare both the entrance simultaneously.

English is another section which is present in both LSAT India and CLAT so, candidates can also prepare this section

LSAT India vs CLAT - What exam to appear for

Though, the LSAT India and CLAT are all together are very different exams but given that these exams are for formal law education, the candidates should appear for both. The candidate’s interest in the law entrance exam may also be shaped by the fact that a particular college is associated with the entrance test or not. For eg, several candidates aspire for admissions to O. P. Jindal Global University, so appearing for LSAT India is one option that the candidate must consider. Similarly, if the candidates are more interested in national law universities, they must opt for CLAT.

The word of advice will be to appear for both the entrance test and then prepare smartly by giving more time the preferred one. Given the high level of competition in both the entrance tests, one should not miss appearing in any of these as the other one serves as an assurance of having other options.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT Vs LSAT India

Question:How many colleges are participating in CLAT 2021?


There are 22 National law universities that are participating in CLAT 2021, apart from NLUs, several other law colleges will accept the CLAT scores for admissions.

Question:Who conducts LSAT India?


Pearson VUE, on behalf of USA based Law School Admission Councill, conducts LSAT India.

Question:How many colleges participate in LSAT India?


As of now, there are around 52 law colleges that are associated with LSAT India. 

Question:How can I get admission to the top law college of India?


The top law college of India, National Law School of India University, Bangalore gives admissions on the basis of CLAT.

Question:When can I apply for CLAT 2021?


The CLAT application form is released in the first week of January every year. You can apply by filling the CLAT 2021 application form. The last date to submit the application form is March 31. 

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Questions related to CLAT

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If we get more marks in CLAT then after we want to pay NLU fees???

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 16th May, 2021


Yes, you will have  to pay the fee of NLU after qualifying CLAT , even if you top the CLAT examination then also you will have to pay the fee.

This is because,

the CLAT examination is just an entrance examination to shortlist students for admission and not for the exemption of fee.

For example,

As per the fee structure of NLU  Bangalore one year fee for UG course is provided below for different category :-


Fees Structure UG ( For 1 Year)




Rs. 2,58,875.00

You can check the same at


To help you further,

Below is CLAT UG examination pattern, so that you can prepare accordingly  :-

* total number of questions :- 150 questions

* type of questions asked :- mcqs/objective. Basically, your clat question paper will contain several passages of around 300 to 450 words and those passages will be followed by series of mcqs.

* medium of the question paper :- English

* mode of the examination :- it will be conducted in offline mode / pen paper based examination

* total marks :- the examination will be conducted for a total of 150 marks

*Duration of the examination :- 2 hours

*marking scheme :-

.     -) you get one mark for each correct answer .

.      -) here is penalty of 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer

Subject wise number of questions in your clat 2021 examination is provided below:-

*english language :-  28 - 32 questions

*quantitative techniques :- 13-17questions

*Legal Reasoning :- 35-39 questions

*current affairs including gk :- 35-39 questions

*Logical Reasoning :- 28-32 questions

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how to prepare for clat in 60 days with boards

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 16th May, 2021


CLAT will be conducted for two hours carrying 150 MCQs, each question is for one mark, and 0.25 mark is deducted for each incorrect attempt. It  consists of sections such as comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections .

First of all make a timetable, be acquainted with paper pattern and syllabus which you can check out at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2021/ug-syllabus.html and devote time to each section accordingly.

For General Knowledge and Current Affairs, you can go through magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan, the best way to deal with dynamic portion is reading newspaper on a daily basis ,you can choose The Hindu or The Indian Express.For static GK part,you can use Lucent's GK. Also,you can search in Internet there are many sites which have compiled this in an organized manner pertaining to different subjects.

For Aptitude, you can use Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning by A P Bhardwaj o rLegal Awareness and Legal Reasoning by Pearson.

For Logical Reasoning, you can use any reasoning book such as Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey or even Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal. try to get your concepts clear first and then practice in a steady manner.

For Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability, use Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal, you can also use NCERTs book to build the basic concepts.

For Language Comprehension, you can use Wren and Martin for grammar, and Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Easy to build vocabulary, also reading editorials section of The Hindu and The Indian Express will help you immediately to grasp the comprehension part along with enriching your vocabulary.

At last visit the official website at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/ to know more details regarding question paper format, sample paper and other such important aspects related  to preparation of CLAT.


where can I get best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exams.

Devraj Student Expert 16th May, 2021


Some of the best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exam are the following




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Hope this information will help you


Now that CLAT 2021 is postponed, Is the exam expected to be conducted in late July or August ? Please respond ASAP!!!!!!!!

Shubham Dhane 16th May, 2021


Right now it is difficult to predict when the exam will be conducted as the situation in India is not good. Due to the ongoing pandemic the CLAT was postponed so until the situation is under control it is difficult to conduct any exams. So we have to wait for the officials to declare the new dates. The consortium of NLUs has finally postponed the CLAT 2021 exam date due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country, on May 15. A new date for CLAT 2021 will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the official website for the latest information.

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