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.
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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?
What's new in CLAT PG 2020?
Name of the exam
Common Law Admission Test
Mode of exam
Number of seats
Around 2622 for UG and 720 for postgraduate (NLUs only)
Number of test-takers
More than 50,000
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.
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
Publication of the final answer key
May 18, 2020
Declaration of result
May 24, 2020
Start of counselling
2nd week of June 2020 (Tentative)
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.
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:
Eligibility criteria for PG program:
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.
Get registered by entering details like name, email id and mobile number
Next fill in all relevant sections in the application form, including personal, academic and contact details.
Upload scanned copies of signature, photograph and other documents in prescribed specification
Finally pay the application fee and then submit the completed application form.
CLAT 2020 application fee
General category/ OBC
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.
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.
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
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)
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Name of NLU
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
Rs.2,07,000 p.a.(outside Kerala)
Rs.2,06,800 p.a. (in Kerala)
Rs. 2,02,000 p.a.
Rs.2,20,750 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs.2,47,000 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)
Rs.2,13,490 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs.2,45,250 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)
Rs.2,70,000 p.a (Girls)
CLAT PG Fee Structure
Rs.1,48,000 p.a. (outside Kerala)
Rs. 1,47,800 p.a. (for Kerala)
Rs.2,15,000 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs. 2,26,000 p.a. (All India)
Rs.1,54,250 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs. 1,73,000 p.a. (All India)
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.
The admit card will be available only through candidate log-in accounts, and will not be sent by email or any other means.
There is no upper age limit.
CLAT 2020 applications will open from January 1 onward. Applications will be available in online mode only.
The pen-and-paper (offline) based exam will be conducted on May 10.
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.
National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 exam.
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.
Every year CLAT exam is attempted by more than 50,000 candidates.
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.
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.
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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