CLAT 2020 breaking news: The last date of registration for CLAT 2020 is extended to 18th May. Also the exam date is further postponed to 21st June. The latest notification comes from the Consortium of National Law Universities conducting the Common Law Admission Test for UG, PG law program admissions in 22 NLUs in India.
About CLAT 2020
|Name of exam||CLAT|
|Different Exams||CLAT-UG, CLAT-PG|
|Full form||Common Law Admission Test|
|Conducting body||Consortium of National Law Universities|
|For admission to colleges||22 National Law Universities|
|List of NLUs||NLSIU Bengaluru, NALSAR Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, WBNUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur, HNLU Raipur, RMLNLU Lucknow, RGNUL Punjab, CNLU Patna, NUALS Kochi, NLUO Odisha, NUSRL Ranchi, NLUJA Assam, DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, TNNLU Tiruchirapalli, MNLU Mumbai, MNLU Nagpur, HPNLU Shimla, DNLU Jabalpur, DBRANLU Haryana|
|Purpose of CLAT UG||Admission to BA LLB, BBA LLB and other UG Law programs|
|Purpose of CLAT PG||Admission to LLM and other UG Law programs|
|Mode of both exams||Offline|
|Duration of each exam||2 hours|
|Maximum marks in each exam||150|
|Number of questions in CLAT UG||150|
|Number of questions in CLAT PG||100|
|Type of questions in CLAT UG||MCQs of 1 mark each|
|Type of questions in CLAT PG||100 MCQs of 1 mark each , 2 essay type questions of total 50 marks|
|Syllabus for CLAT UG||English language, Current affairs including general knowledge, Legal reasoning, Logical reasoning, Quantitative techniques|
|Syllabus for CLAT PG||Constitutional law, Other areas of law such as Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law|
|Cut Off||In CLAT PG, candidates who get 40% (35% in case of SC, ST, PWD) in objective section will qualify for evaluation of descriptive section|
CLAT 2020 Exam Date
|CLAT 2020||Exam Dates|
|Commencement of online application form submission||01 Jan 2020|
|New last date of CLAT application form 2020|
|Issuance of CLAT 2020 admit card at consortiumofnlus.ac.in||Jun 2020|
|New CLAT 2020 exam date|
|Issuance of official answer key of CLAT 2020 exam|
|Candidates can submit objections against answer keys|
|Publication of final answer key|
|Declaration of CLAT 2020 result|
CLAT 2020 Application Form – Last Date For Registration Extended
The process of applying for Common Law Admission Test 2020 is simple and straightforward. Nevertheless, here are some key points to keep in mind first and foremost.
Mode of applying: There is only one mode to apply for CLAT 2020 and that is online, at consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
How to apply for CLAT 2020?
1st Step: Click here to go to the CLAT 2020 online application form.
2nd Step: You will see a login form with fields for entering mobile number and password. Below that, is the register button. Click “Register“.
3rd Step: Popup saying “Register for CLAT” opens up. Here, enter your name, mobile number, password (you have to set up a password here), and then confirm the password. Then click the Register button. Immediately a message pops up on the screen that says “Your account is successfully created. You will be receiving an OTP in your registered mobile number. Use the OTP to activate your account“.
4th Step: Click the OK button. Now open the sms and check the OTP. Then enter that OTP in the form and click ‘Activate‘. Immediately ‘Account Activated‘ pop up comes.
5th Step: Now login with mobile number and password.
6th Step: Now select whether you want to apply for CLAT UG or CLAT PG.
7th Step: Enter your personal details, communication details, qualifying exam details.
8th Step: Now pay the application fee.
CLAT 2020 Application Fee
|Application Fee for Gen, OBC, PWD, NRI, PIO, OCI||Rs 4000|
|Application Fee for SC, ST, BPL||Rs 3500|
|Cost of previous year question papers||Rs 500|
The mode of paying fee is online only. Candidates get the various options to pay fee online in the last step of CLAT 2020 registration.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus
Where is the official CLAT 2020 exam syllabus given? Consortium of NLUs have published the official syllabus for CLAT UG and CLAT PG at consortiumofnlus.ac.in. To check it from there, candidates need to go to consortiumofnlus.ac.in >> CLAT 2020 >> Undergraduate >> Syllabus and Guide (for UG), or >> Post graduate >> Syllabus and Guide (for PG).
Syllabus & Exam Pattern of CLAT UG 2020
Mode of exam: CLAT 2020 UG exam will be offline.
Total questions: There will be 150 multiple choice questions.
Marking scheme: You will get +1 for correct answer, and -0.25 negative marking for incorrect answer.
Duration: The exam will be of 2 hours.
|Subject||Number of Questions||Question Type|
|English Language||28-32||Passage based questions|
|Current Affairs Including General Knowledge||35-39||Passage based questions|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39||Passage based questions|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32||Passage based questions|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17||Data passages based questions|
About RC passages in CLAT 2020 exam English Language Section: There will be 450 words passages on contemporary or historically significant fiction / non-fiction of 12th standard that you can read in 5-7 minutes. There will be questions on them of the following kind
- Draw inferences, conclusions
- Compare and contrast arguments
- Word and phrase meanings
About RC passages in CLAT 2020 exam Current Affairs Section: Again there will be 450 words passages from news and other sources. There will be questions on legal information or other knowledge given in the passage. To answer the questions, you should have knowledge of the following
- Ongoing events in India and the world
- Arts and culture
- International affairs
- Historical events of continuing significance
About RC passages in CLAT 2020 exam Legal Reasoning: Here too the passages will be around 450 words long. There will be facts and situations involving legal issues, public policy, and moral grounds. There is no need to have prior knowledge of law. The questions will require you to do the following:
- Identify and draw inference on rules and principles
- Apply those rules to other situations
- Comprehend how rules changes lead to change in application in different situations
About RC passages in CLAT 2020 exam Logical Reasoning Section: Here there will be 300 words passages. Questions will be as follows
- Arguments, premise, conclusion recognition
- Argument identification
- Critical analysis of pattern, change of conclusions with premises and evidence
- Inference and use of it in different situations
- Relationships and analogies, contradictions and equivalence, effectiveness of arguments
About data passages in CLAT 2020 exam Quantitative Techniques Section: There will be short sets of facts, graphs, other text or pictorial data of numerical type. They will be followed by questions of the following types.
- Use the data given in the passage
- Use basic class 10th math operations like ratios and proportions, algebra, mensuration, statistical elimination
Syllabus of CLAT PG 2020
Mode of exam: CLAT 2020 PG exam will be offline.
Total questions: There will be 100 multiple choice questions, and 2 subjective questions.
Marking scheme: You will get +1 for correct answer, and -0.25 negative marking for incorrect answer in the MCQs. And 25 marks for each essay type question.
Duration: The exam will be of 2 hours.
There will be 2 sections in the exam.
|Section 1||Objective||This will have 100 objective questions of 1 mark with negative marking 0.25. If candidate scores at least 40% (35% for SC, ST, PWD), then their section 2 will be checked.|
|Section 2||Descriptive||This will have 2 descriptive essay questions.|
About the objective section in CLAT 2020 PG exam: There will be excerpts from legal material such as court discussions. Then there will be questions on them where one has to do the following:
- Comprehend matter talked in the passage, arguments, views.
- Be aware of issues, legal issues, facts, judgements, statutes
- Do summary of the passage
- Apply knowledge in the fields of law
About the subjective section in CLAT 2020 PG exam: There will be a list of questions. Candidates have to answer any 2 questions. Answers have to be in 800 words. The answer must include the following:
- A demonstration of your legal awareness, factual knowledge, philosophical aspects.
- Good structure should exist in the answer, which clearly outlines the arguments, perspectives, and have a conclusion.
For the PG exam, you should study the standard syllabus of UG law program that includes Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.
CLAT 2020 Sample Paper
CLAT 2020 sample paper released: Consortium of NLUs says “The first sample paper for UG-CLAT 2020 is now available online for all students with a registered account who have initiated the online application process. Log into your account to attempt it.”
How to get the CLAT 2020 sample paper? In order to download the sample paper, candidates need to go to https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/ and login with their mobile number and password. After logging in, they can see the sample paper for download. Or, click here to download the sample paper.
CLAT 2020 Eligibility – Who can appear in CLAT exam?
|Criteria||Eligibility for CLAT 2020 UG||Eligibility for CLAT 2020 PG|
|Age Limit||No upper age limit||No upper age limit|
|Qualifying exam||Class 12th||LLB|
|Minimum marks in qualifying exam for General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI||45%||50%|
|Minimum marks in qualifying exam for SC / ST||40%||45%|
Like every law entrance exam, there are some restrictions on who can, and who cannot apply and appear in the exam. It is the responsibility of candidate to check eligibility before applying. If NLUs find at any stage that an ineligible candidate has applied, then even if that candidate has cleared the exam and got a seat, he/she will be disqualified.
How To Prepare for CLAT 2020 – Official Guide By Consortium of NLUs!
Making the CLAT 2020 preparation easier, the Consortium of National Law Universities have provided some wonderful insights.
To prepare for CLAT 2020, you should do the following:
- Go through the official material provided for CLAT 2020 exam such as question papers, sample questions, model papers, instructional materials at consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
- Check the official learning platform at consortiumofnlus.ac.in. You can access this after completing the CLAT 2020 application form.
- Read a lot and develop your reading comprehension skills.
- Read newspapers daily to be at par with the happenings around the world.
- For CLAT 2020 UG exam, brush up your class 10th standard Maths skills.
- For CLAT 2020 PG exam, make the UG course textbooks your trusted aides and be proficient in all the topics.
CLAT 2020 Answer Key – PDF, Date, Question Papers
Consortium of National Law Universities release the CLAT 2020 answer key PDF at consortiumofnlus.ac.in as per schedule. The date of release of answer key is one day after the exam.
Candidates can download Set A, Set B, Set C, Set D question papers and answer keys from the website as per schedule.
You will get the following question papers:
- CLAT 2020 Question Paper Set A
- CLAT 2020 Question Paper Set B
- CLAT 2020 Question Paper Set C
- CLAT 2020 Question Paper Set D
And you will get the following answer keys:
- CLAT 2020 Answer Key Set A
- CLAT 2020 Answer Key Set B
- CLAT 2020 Answer Key Set C
- CLAT 2020 Answer Key Set D
Submission of objections on the CLAT 2020 answer key: Consortium of National Law Universities give the candidates a chance to submit their grievances on the answer key. They can do so by going to consortiumofnlus.ac.in and logging in. To do so, they have to click the relevant link for provisional answer key objections, select the question / answer to object, give reason for it, and submit it.
CLAT 2020 final answer key: After considering all objections on the provisional answer key, the consortium publishes a final version of the answers. This is the final answer key. They will not make any more changes to the answers after this version.
CLAT 2020 Result: Date, Time, How To Check, Direct Link, Score Card
Date and time of declaration of CLAT 2020 result: Consortium of NLUs publish the CLAT 2020 result as per the exam dates schedule. On the scheduled date, the result can be out at any time. Last year the result was declared at
How to check result?: The result is announced online. Candidates need to follow the following steps in order to check their CLAT result 2020.
- Visit consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
- Login with mobile number and password.
- The result will be visible in your dashboard. Download score card.
What is displayed in the CLAT 2020 score card? The score card will contain the following details:
- Marks in the exam
- All India General Rank
- All India OBC Rank
- All India SC Rank
- All India ST Rank
Rank will be displayed as applicable to candidate’s category. Besides, registration number, roll number, candidate name, course applied for, date of birth, and address are also mentioned in the score card.
Tie breaking process for CLAT 2020 UG exam
- Higher marks in legal aptitude section of the CLAT 2020 UG test
- Higher age
- Draw of lots
CLAT 2020 Merit List (Seat Allotment)
After the Consortium of NLUs release the result, each of the National Law Universities publish their merit lists. These are the provisional seat allotment results. Through the 1st, 2nd, 3rd merit lists, NLUs tell the names of students who are provisionally given a seat in the NLU. The merit lists contain rank, student name, admit card number, category.
There are separate CLAT 2020 merit lists for each NLU, and each program (5 yr integrated law program, and LLM).
CLAT 2020 Counselling
Candidates whose names feature in the merit list / seat allotment results, they have to attend the CLAT counselling 2020. Seat allotment is on the basis of CLAT 2020 Rank, and preference order given by the candidate.
Those who get a seat, have to go to the university as instructed to deposit admission fee.
CLAT 2020: Participating Institute – List of National Law Universities
|Name of NLU||Founding Year||UG Seats||PG Seats||Brochure||Official Website|
|National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru||1986||80||50||Download||nls.ac.in|
|The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal||1997||102||60||Download||nliu.ac.in|
|NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad||1998||120||60||Download||nalsar.ac.in|
|The West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences (WBNUJS)||1999||103||40||Download||nujs.edu|
|National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur||1999||104||50||Download||nlujodhpur.ac.in|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi||2002||60||60||Download||nuals.ac.in|
|Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur||2003||160||60||Download||hnlu.ac.in|
|Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar||2003||156||52||Download||gnlu.ac.in|
|Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow||2005||160||24||Download||rmlnlu.ac.in|
|Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab||2006||175||38||Download||rgnul.ac.in|
|Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna||2006||120||0||Download||cnlu.ac.in|
|National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack||2008||159||44||Download||nluo.ac.in|
|Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhpatnam||2008||120||24||Download||dsnlu.ac.in|
|National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam||2009||60||30||Download||nluassam.ac.in|
|National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi||2010||120||40||Download||nusrlranchi.in|
|Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirappalli||2012||114||20||Download||tnnlu.ac.in|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai||2014||100||50||Download||mnlumumbai.edu.in|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur||2014||106||20||Download||nlunagpur.ac.in|
|Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla||2016||120||40||Download||hpnlu.ac.in|
|Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad||2017||60||0||Download||mnlua.ac.in|
|Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur (M.P.)||2018||110||0||Download||mpdnlu.ac.in|
|Dr. B R Ambedkar National Law University Sonipat, Haryana.||2019||120||0||Download||dbranlu.ac.in|
Frequently Asked Questions
Which NLU is conducting CLAT 2020 exam?
The Consortium of National Law Universities is conducting the 2020 CLAT exam. Previously, NLUs used to conduct the Common Law Admission Test on a rotational basis. However now it is conducted by EC of Consortium.
Where to apply for CLAT exam?
Candidates can apply for CLAT exam in online mode only, at consortiumofnlus.ac.in.
What is the age limit to apply for the Common Law Admission Test?
There is no upper age limit in either CLAT UG or CLAT PG.
Which newspaper should one read to crack the CLAT exam?
All national level newspapers are good to read to score well in the Common Law Admission Test.
Is there negative marking in CLAT?
Yes. 0.25 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer.
What type of GK questions are asked in the CLAT test?
As per previous year paper analysis, 70% GK questions are on current affairs and rest is static GK. However candidates must refer to the official syllabus in order to know the latest GK syllabus and also practice the official CLAT exam sample paper in order to get a strong hold on the topic.