CLAT 2020
Updated on Jan 30, 2020 - 5:36 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti

CLAT 2020: NUSRL, Ranchi will conduct the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020) on May 10 in offline mode. The CLAT application form 2020 was released on January 1 and the last date to submit the application form is March 31. CLAT 2020 is being conducted for admissions to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by the 22 National law universities (NLUs) which together will offer around 2622 undergraduate seats and 720 seats in LLM courses. The CLAT 2020 will be conducted for a duration of two hours, during which candidates will be tested for their knowledge of law subjects, English, aptitude, reasoning, etc. The CLAT 2020 result will be declared on May 24 while the admissions will be offered after the counselling and seat allotment rounds.

LATEST: CLAT application form 2020 has commenced. Apply now!

This year, the consortium has announced major changes to the CLAT exam pattern, including a reduction in the number of questions for the UG test, which will now have 150 objective type questions instead of 200. Also, comprehension-based questions will be asked in both UG and PG exams. Further, cutoff marks have been introduced for the PG objective paper. Go through the complete article to learn full details of CLAT including event schedule, the application process, syllabus, etc.

What's new in CLAT UG 2020?

  1. CLAT 2020 will have 22 participating NLUs. DBRANLU Haryana is the new addition to the list of CLAT participating institutes.
  2. The seat intake for the UG program is now around 2620
  3. The number of MCQs to come down to 150 from 200.
  4. CLAT 2020 test paper will be of 12th standard level.
  5. The quantitative section will be based on 10th standard content.
  6. Comprehension-based questions to be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
  7. Questions will be asked from - English language, Current affairs including general knowledge, Logical reasoning, legal reasoning, quantitative aptitude.

What's new in CLAT PG 2020?

  1. PG paper will have 100 objective type questions
  2. Cut off marks have been introduced for objective paper. Candidates need to score minimum 40% (35% in case of SC, ST & PWD) marks in the objective paper, only then their descriptive paper will be evaluated.
  3. Comprehension-based questions will also be asked

CLAT 2020: Snapshot

Particulars

Description

Name of the exam

Common Law Admission Test

Common name

CLAT

Conducting body

NUSRL, Ranchi

Mode of exam

Offline

Number of questions150
Question typeMCQs

Number of seats

Around 2622 for UG and 720 for postgraduate (NLUs only)

Number of test-takers

More than 50,000

Participating NLUs

22

Courses offeredBA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM


CLAT Important Dates 2020

Candidates by following important dates of CLAT 2020 can track all upcoming events, like the release of exam notification and start of application form. The CLAT 2020 important dates have been presented in a chronological manner in the table below.

CLAT 2020 Exam Dates

Events

Dates

Start of online application Form

January 1, 2020 (Open now)

Application form closes

March 31, 2020

Issue of admit card

First week of May 2020 (Tentative)

CLAT 2020 exam

May 10, 2020

Publication of the provisional answer key

May 11, 2020

Objection window opens
May 12, 2020 - May 15, 2020

Publication of the final answer key

May 18, 2020

Declaration of result

May 24, 2020

Start of counselling

2nd week of June 2020 (Tentative)

CLAT Admission Process 2020

The candidate has to first successfully fill the application form of CLAT 2020 and then qualify in the national-level exam. The seat allotment of CLAT 2020 will be done in merit-cum-preference basis. This means both the CLAT 2020 rank and choices opted (in the order of preference) will be considered for allotment. Choice filling for all 22 NLUs (which must be done in the order of preference) has to be done at the time of filling the CLAT application form itself. The result of seat allotment will be released alongside CLAT result.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

The terms and conditions that the candidate has to fulfill for appearing in CLAT 2020, depending on whether the candidate is seeking admission to UG or PG law course, are covered by CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria.

Eligibility criteria for UG program:

  1. Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.
  2. Marks in qualifying exam: A minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying degree is required to appear in CLAT 2020. SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks.
  3. Age limit: There is no upper age limit.
  4. Others: Such candidates who are appearing in qualifying exam in March/April 2020 may also apply, subject to such candidates producing evidence of passing the qualifying exam at time of admission.

Eligibility criteria for PG program:

  1. Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed LLB or equivalent exam from a recognised university.
  2. Marks in qualifying exam: A minimum of 55% marks or its equivalent is required for candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories. SC/ST candidates are eligible for 5% relaxation in minimum marks.
  3. Age limit: There is no upper age limit.
  4. Others: Candidates appearing in qualifying exam in April/May 2020 may also apply.

CLAT Application Form 2020

Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by participating NLUs need to fill the application form of CLAT 2020, which has opened in online mode on January 1. Last date to fill CLAT application form is March 31. In such cases where the candidate fills more than one application form, only the last one will be considered.

Steps to fill CLAT application form

  1. Get registered by entering details like name, email id and mobile number

  2. Next fill in all relevant sections in the application form, including personal, academic and contact details.

  3. Upload scanned copies of signature, photograph and other documents in prescribed specification

  4. Finally pay the application fee and then submit the completed application form.

CLAT 2020 application fee

Category

Fee

Mode of payment

General category/ OBC

Rs. 4000

Online

SC/ST category

Rs. 3500

Online


Application correction facility: Last year exam conducting authorities didn't have a CLAT application correction window. So, it is unlikely CLAT application form correction facility will be available this year as well. It is therefore important that candidates takes proper care when filling the CLAT 2020 application form so as to keep mistakes away.

CLAT Exam Centres 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi will release the list of exam centres of CLAT 2020 where the national-level exam will be conducted. The exam will be conducted at more than 60 test centres across the country.

The candidate is generally allotted a CLAT test centre opted by him/her at the time of filling out the application form, unless there is an unforeseen event, in which case one will be allotted an alternate centre. Candidates can check the details of the allotted test centre, like name and address, on the CLAT admit card.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 (REVISED)

When preparing for the exam, it is recommended that one goes through the exam pattern of CLAT 2020. It will help the candidate get vital details about the exam, like the types of questions asked, total and section-wise questions asked, marking scheme, and mode of exam. Please note that CLAT consortium has announced a slew of changes to the CLAT exam pattern including reduction in the number of questions and inclusion of comprehension based questions Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.

The detailed exam pattern would be updated here once it is released along with exam notification in the last week of December 2019.

Exam pattern of CLAT 2020 - A quick glance

  1. The CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode.
  2. Question paper for UG program will include 150 multiple-choice type (MCQs) questions. In the previous session there were 200 questions.
  3. UG paper won't include subjective questions.
  4. PG paper will however have two types of questions - objective (100 questions) and subjective (2 questions).
  5. Each objective type question will carry 1 mark, while for incorrect attempt 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  6. Meanwhile, the two subjective (in case of PG) questions will each carry 25 marks, for a combined total of 50 marks.
  7. Candidates will be given OMR sheets, where they have to enter their responses by circling the correct option (objective questions only).

CLAT Syllabus 2020

Candidate can find out what subjects and topics are covered in CLAT exam by consulting the official syllabus of CLAT 2020. CLAT authorities publish CLAT syllabus outlining details like subject-wise topics, pattern of questions, and marking scheme for both UG and PG courses. CLAT syllabus 2020 will help the candidate stay on track and not waste time on irrelevant stuff.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus (UG program)

SectionsTopics
EnglishComprehension passages
Grammar
MathematicsElementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/Standard.
General Knowledge & Current AffairsStatic general knowledge
Current affairs- national and international news
Logical ReasoningLogical and Analytical reasoning skills
Legal AptitudeStudy of law
Research aptitude
Problem solving ability
Questions based on hypothetical situations


CLAT Sample Papers 2020

When preparing for a national-level exam like CLAT, one must try every trick in the book. And one very useful trick the candidate should adopt is solve CLAT sample papers, which have similar type of questions to those asked in the exam. Consequently, the candidate will be able to prepare at a level which is required for the exam; this will build confidence in the candidate. Also, the more sample papers of CLAT 2020, the problem solving ability will keep on increasing, which in turn will help in time management. Previous years’ CLAT questions papers are another very dependable preparation material.

CLAT Mock Test 2020

In the last month leading up to the exam, one must also include CLAT 2020 mock tests in their preparation routine. Since mock tests are simulations of the real thing, the candidate by participating in CLAT mock tests will learn about the layout of the exam, For example, different sections will be presented in the mock tests just like they would be on the CLAT exam. Also, mock tests would also have a clock that will indicate time passed and time left. This way the candidate will learn time management, which is such an integral ingredient to succeed in an exam like CLAT. To tune the body clock with the exam day timings, one may even take the mock test of CLAT at the same time of the day (around 3 pm).

CLAT 2020 preparation tips

Currently, eight (8) out of the top 15 law colleges listed in NIRF rankings list are participating institutes of CLAT. NLSIU Bangalore is ranked number one, while NULSAR came in third. With so many top colleges in the fray, it is only natural that CLAT exam attracts a large number of applicants making the competition hard. To succeed then would require that the candidate doesn't do things in half measures, but instead takes a holistic approach to CLAT 2020 preparation. Here are some tips that the candidate need to incorporate in the their preparation.

Tips to ace CLAT 2020

  • Make it a point to start your preparation early, may be at least an year in advance.
  • This way you will have enough time to cover the entire syllabus, instead of cherry picking.
  • Make a study time table that is designed as per your strengths and weakness, and is actionable
  • Get surrounded by good and reliable books. Also do ensure that the language of these books is easily digestible; or else you may have to spend more time deciphering the meaning of a word that understanding the underlying meaning of a concept (s)
  • Solve sample and previous years question papers of CLAT
  • Take mock tests to get into exam mode and to get an exam-like vibe
  • Also, all through the preparation don't forget to do ample revision. More difficult a topic, more revision it will need.

CLAT Admit Card 2020

The admit card of CLAT 2020 is an important document that is not only required for sitting in the exam, but also for completing other admission formalities like counselling. So, the candidate must keep the CLAT 2020 admit card safe and in an undamaged condition until the admission process is over. The admission authority will release the CLAT admit card in online mode around the 2nd week of May. To download the admit card, one has to go to the official website and login by entering one’s registration id and password.

CLAT Answer Key 2020

After completion of CLAT exam, exam officials will first release provisional answer key of CLAT 2020. The provisional CLAT 2020 answer key will be released for all the four paper codes - A, B, C, and D - and will contain code-wise keys to all questions asked in the exam. Also, the answer key will be different for the UG and PG programs.

Candidates may go through the provisional CLAT 2020 answer keys and compare their answers with the official version and thus calculate probable scores. Also, if the candidate feels like any key in the answer key is wrong, they may challenge the key (s). The final CLAT answer key 2020 will be published after considering all such grievances of candidates, before declaration of result.

CLAT Result 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi, which is the exam conducting body, will declare the result of CLAT 2020 on May 24. CLAT 2020 result can be checked online by logging into the result portal by entering one’s application or registration number and date of birth. Important details like the qualifying status of the candidate, marks and rank obtained in the exam will be displayed in the CLAT result.

CLAT Merit List 2020

Candidates who have appeared in the offline exam would be able to check CLAT 2020 merit list at the time of declaration of result. CLAT authorities will release a total of three provisional merit lists of CLAT 2020. Also, the merit lists would be institute-specific and contain details like the name of the merit list candidate, category, state and category-rank. A key feature of CLAT merit rank 2020 is it will be used for shortlisting candidates for counselling and making seat allotments.

CLAT Counselling 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi, is responsible for conducting the CLAT 2020 counselling and seat allotment process, which will be held in online mode. The counselling process is open to CLAT-qualified candidates only; eligible candidates would be issued counselling call letters, which have to be downloaded. The eligible candidate has to next get registered for counselling, participate in choice filling and locking process. Once should take care when filling choices during counselling of CLAT, as apart from the merit rank, opted choices will also be taken into account when making seat allotments.

CLAT Seat Allotment 2020

The admission conducting authority will make the seat allotment of CLAT 2020 for the 22 participating NLUs in three rounds, for both UG and PG courses. The first round of CLAT 2020 seat allotment will be declared sometime in the second week of June. CLAT seat allotment result would include details like the state (or All India) rank of the candidate, category, admit card number, and also the status of admission. Candidates who have been allotted seats will have to pay the necessary fees and complete other formalities to confirm their seats. Any candidate who wishes to withdraw/shift seats can do so before the start of subsequent rounds of CLAT seat allotment 2020.

CLAT Cutoff 2020

To get admission into a participating NLU, the candidate needs to meet the CLAT 2020 cutoff for the specific institute and the category they belong to. It is because the CLAT cutoff 2020 is usually the last rank (or score) for which admission is offered. Any candidate who scores below the CLAT 2020 cutoff rank will have little chance of admission.

CLAT Cutoff marks for the objective paper (LLM)

Candidates need to score minimum 40% (35% in case of SC, ST & PWD) marks to qualify in the objective paper. The descriptive paper of only such candidates will be evaluated who qualify in the objective paper. The paper will have 100 objective type questions.

CLAT Last year Cutoff

Name of NLUGeneralSCST
Opening
Rank
Closing
Rank
Opening RankClosing RankOpening RankClosing Rank
NLSIU Bangalore1583632018692575
NALSAR Hyderabad50129144356417774533
NLIU Bhopal1483763097494058408374
WBNUJS Kolkata822271862489128536849
NLU Jodhpur763542268535045338468
HNLU Raipur32963849408070771211822
GNLU Gandhinagar1244684984730555698001
RMLNLU Lucknow3426944259119161231129911
RGNLU Patiala4429265207103391043516406
CNLU Patna62310917313188982034925719
NUALS Kochi4749834891157151952819528
NLU Odisha Cuttack465953627610310983221681
NUSRL Ranchi6881091770711546720718557
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli43614125681120511338319587
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam830129220733251362041344885
MNLU Mumbai3835125734188331815235981
MNLU Nagpur589119011256253633332155856
MNLU Aurangabad710134414219266534120153549
NLUJAA Guwahati968129612648310222154242768
HPNLU Shimla62214716896120421346421253
DNLU Jabalpur99114478550118271112120359


CLAT Participating Institutes 2020

There are 22 NLUs that are participating institutes of CLAT 2020; the NLUs are government institutes. As participating institutes, the NLUs will use CLAT 2020 scores for admitting candidates to their undergraduate and postgraduate law programs.

Apart from the NLUs, there are 52 other private institutes and one university that also use CLAT scores for admission purpose.

CLAT 2020 - Participating NLUs

S. No

Name of NLU

UG Seats

PG seats

1

NLSIU Bangalore

80

50

2

NALSAR Hyderabad

105

50

3

NLIU Bhopal

122

60

4

WBNUJS Kolkata

115

42

5

NLU Jodhpur

120

50

6

HNLU Raipur

180

45

7

GNLU Gandhinagar

180

60

8

RMLNLU Lucknow

160

20

9

RGNLU Punjab

180

40

10

CNLU Patna

140

-

11

NUALS Kochi

60

40

12

NLUO Odisha

180

50

13

NUSRL Ranchi

120

50

14

NLUJA Assam

60

30

15

DSNLU Visakhapatnam

120

24

16

TNNLU Tiruchirappalli

120

18

17

MNLU Mumbai

100

50

18

MNLU Nagpur

120

20

19

MNLU Aurangabad

60

-

20

HPNLU Shimla

60

20

21

MPDNLU Jabalpur

120

-

22DBRANLU Haryana
120

Total

2622

719


CLAT Fee 2020

The fee structure for undergraduate and postgraduate programs may vary from one NLU to another, and also as per the category of the candidate; consult the tables below for institute-wise fee structure.

UG Fee Structure

S.no

NLUs

General

SC/ ST

1

NLSIU, Bangalore

Rs.2,62,000 p.a.

2,58,875 p.a.

2

NALSAR, Hyderabad

Rs.2,42,000 p.a.

2,36,000 p.a.

3

NLIU, Bhopal

Rs.2,40,250 p.a.

Rs.2,40,250 p.a.

4

WBNUJS, Kolkata

Rs.1,96,200 p.a.

-

5

NLU, Jodhpur

Rs.1,41,500 p.a.

-

6

HNLU, Raipur

Rs.1,75,000 p.a.

-

7

GNLU, Gandhinagar

Rs.2,36,000 p.a.

-

8

RMLNLU, Lucknow

Rs.1,19,000 p.a.

-

9

RGNUL, Punjab

Rs.2,06,000 p.a.

-

10

CNLU, Patna

Rs.2,04,000 p.a.

-

11

NUALS, Kochi

Rs.2,07,000 p.a.(outside Kerala)

Rs.2,06,800 p.a. (in Kerala)

-

12

NLUO, Odisha

Rs.1,71,000 p.a.

-

13

NUSRL, Ranchi

Rs.2,27,000 p.a.

-

14

NLUJA, Assam

Rs.2,19,000 p.a.

-

15

DSNLU, Visakhapatnam

Rs.2,00,000 p.a.

-

16

TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli

Rs.2,23,000 p.a.

-

17

MNLU, Mumbai

Rs. 2,02,000 p.a.

-

18

MNLU, Nagpur

Rs.2,20,750 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs.2,47,000 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)

-

19

MNLU, Aurangabad

Rs.2,13,490 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs.2,45,250 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)

-

20

HPNLU, Shimla

Rs.2,20,500 p.a.

-

21

MPDNLU, Jabalpur

Rs.2,70,000 p.a (Girls)

Rs.2,50,000 p.a.(Boys)

-


CLAT PG Fee Structure

S.no

NLUs

General

SC/ ST

1

NLSIU, Bangalore

Rs.1,89,500 p.a.

Rs.1,86,375 p.a.

2

NALSAR, Hyderabad

Rs.1,75,000 p.a.

Rs.1,69,000 p.a.

3

NLIU, Bhopal

Rs.2,06,250 p.a.

-

4

WBNUJS, Kolkata

Rs.1,45,000 p.a.

-

5

NLU, Jodhpur

Rs.1,14,000 p.a.

-

6

HNLU, Raipur

Rs.1,03,500 p.a.

-

7

GNLU, Gandhinagar

Rs.1,80,000 p.a.

-

8

RMLNLU, Lucknow

Rs.79,000 p.a.

-

9

RGNUL, Punjab

Rs.1,62,000 p.a.

-

10

NUALS, Kochi

Rs.1,48,000 p.a. (outside Kerala)

Rs. 1,47,800 p.a. (for Kerala)

-

11

NLUO, Odisha

Rs.1,11,000 p.a.

-

12

NUSRL, Ranchi

Rs.2,03,000 p.a.

-

13

NLUJA, Assam

Rs.1,89,500 p.a.

-

14

DSNLU, Visakhapatnam

Rs.1,80,000 p.a.

-

15

TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli

Rs.1,74,000 p.a.

Rs.1,68,000 p.a.

16

MNLU, Mumbai

Rs.2,15,000 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs. 2,26,000 p.a. (All India)

-

17

MNLU, Nagpur

Rs.1,54,250 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs. 1,73,000 p.a. (All India)

-

18

HPNLU, Shimla

Rs.1,71,500 p.a.

Rs.1,68,500 p.a.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT 2020

Question: 1: Is there any change in the exam pattern for CLAT 2020?

Answer:

From the new session, CLAT 2020 will include fewer number of questions: 150 (down from 200 earlier). Also, comprehension-based questions will now be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.

Question: 2: Will CLAT authorities email the CLAT admit card/hall ticket to the candidate?

Answer:

The admit card will be available only through candidate log-in accounts, and will not be sent by email or any other means.

Question: 3: Is there an upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for admission to UG or PG law courses?

Answer:

There is no upper age limit.

Question: 4: When will the application form of CLAT 2020 open?

Answer:

CLAT 2020 applications will open from January 1 onward. Applications will be available in online mode only.

Question: 5: When will CLAT 2020 entrance exam be conducted?

Answer:

The pen-and-paper (offline) based exam will be conducted on May 10.

Question: 6. Why should one give CLAT 2020 exam?

Answer:

CLAT 2020 is the gateway to 21 participating NLUs, which are among the top ranked law colleges in the country. Then many other private and public colleges also accept CLAT scores. 

Question: 7. Who will conduct CLAT 2020 exam?

Answer:

National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 exam.

Question: 8. Can I crack CLAT 2020 with self-study?

Answer:

Certainly, provided you are willing to work hard and study smartly. Clear all concepts, solve sample papers, take mock tests, be persistent and resilient. If you get stuck in your preparation take help from friends, check on-line help sites, approach your teachers, but don't spend prodigious time on a difficult topics.

Question: 9. How many candidates appear in CLAT?

Answer:

Every year CLAT exam is attempted by more than 50,000 candidates.

Question: 10. Will admission to all law courses in the country be based on CLAT scores?

Answer:

No, only participating NLUs and a few private colleges use CLAT scores for admission. Meanwhile, institutes like NLU Delhi and many others conduct their own test for admission purpose.

Question: 11. Is there negative marking in CLAT 2020?

Answer:

The pen-and-paper based CLAT 2020 will have negtive marking for multiple-choice questions. For each incorrect answer 0.25 marks will be deducted. Each MCQ carry 1 mark.

Question: 12. Can I change my choice of college (s) at any time during counselling?

Answer:

No, the option to edit entered choices is available only till payment of counselling fee. Once the payment is made, no further change is allowed.

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