CLAT 2020: Application (Extended till July 1), Exam, Fees, Syllabus
CLAT 2020: The Consortium of NLUs has notified that CLAT exam date 2020 will be announced on July 1 and candidates will be given prior notice of 21 days for the examination. Earlier the CLAT 2020 exam date was June 21. The last date to submit the CLAT 2020 application form has been extended from May 18 to July 1. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT exam) is conducted every year for admissions to 5-year integrated LLB and LLM courses offered by 22 national law universities of India. The CLAT 2020 will be conducted in offline, pen and paper mode. This year, CLAT Consortium has changed the exam pattern of CLAT by introducing the descriptive type questions and reducing the number of questions from 200 to 150. CLAT 2020 will be a two hours duration exam, with questions being asked from English, aptitude, reasoning, In CLAT PG, the questions are asked from LLB level. The admit card of CLAT 2020 will be issued a few weeks before the conduct of the exam. The CLAT-based seat intake at the NLUs is: 2538 seats for undergraduate and 742 seats for the LLM programs Admissions through CLAT are given on the basis of merit secured by the candidates. The CLAT result 2020 will be declared soon after the conduct of the exam, which will be followed by counselling and seat allotment for qualified candidates. Apply here - CLAT application form 2020 extended to July 1 | LATEST - CLAT exam date 2020 to be announced on July 1
Important - CLAT PG sample papers released - Download here
CLAT 2020 - Latest news and events
- Study material for CLAT 2020 to be released in online mode - Download schedule
- Telegram app: The Consortium of NLUs has notified that it will post all updates about the CLAT 2020 UG on the official Telegram channel of the consortium.
- The Consortium of NLU has released an exam preparation guide explaining in detail the exam pattern and also has book suggestions. The consortium will release more videos on each subject in coming days for each subject complete with preparation tips.
- CLAT 2020 will have 22 participating NLUs, DBRANLU Haryana is new addition.
- The number of MCQs to come down to 150 from 200.
- The question paper will be of 12th standard level.
- The quantitative section will be based on 10th standard content.
- Comprehension-based questions to be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
NLU Consortium has released a UG CLAT 2020 exam preparation guide - Check here
CLAT 2020 - PG
- PG paper will have 100 objective type questions
- 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.
- Comprehension-based questions will also be asked
CLAT 2020: Snapshot
CLAT Full Form
Common Law Admission Test
Mode of exam
|Number of questions||150|
Number of seats
UG - 2538 seats
PG - 742 seats
Number of test-takers
More than 50,000
|Courses offered||BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM|
Candidates by following important dates of CLAT 2020 can track all upcoming events, like the release of exam notification and the start of the application form.
CLAT 2020 Exam Dates
Start of online application Form
January 1, 2020
Application form closes (Extended)
New date - July 1, 2020
Old date - March 31, 2020
Issue of admit card
First week of Auugust 2020 (Tentative)
CLAT exam date 2020
New date - To be notified
Old date - May 10, 2020
Publication of the provisional answer key
New date - To be notified
Old date - May 25, 2020
New date - To be notified
Old date - May 26, 2020 - May 29, 2020
Publication of the final answer key
New date - To be notified
Old date - June 1, 2020
Declaration of result
New date - To be notified
Old date - June 7, 2020
Start of counselling
To be notifed
CLAT Admission Process 2020
The candidate has to qualify in the national-level exam CLAT exam. Such candidates who qualify in the law college entrance test CLAT will be called for counselling. The seat allotment of CLAT 2020 will be done on the merit-cum-preference basis. This means both the CLAT 2020 rank and choices opted (in the order of preference) will be considered for allotment.
The terms and conditions that the candidate has to fulfil 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:
- Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.
- 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.
- Age limit: There is no upper age limit.
- Others: Such candidates who are appearing in the 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:
- Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed LLB or equivalent exam from a recognised university.
- 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.
- Age limit: There is no upper age limit.
- Others: Candidates appearing in the qualifying exam in April/May 2020 may also apply.
Candidates seeking admission to law courses offered by participating NLUs need to duly fill the application form of CLAT 2020 using correct and verifiable data. Please note that information entered in the application form will be checked at the time of document verification process; any candidate found to be sharing misleading information may be disqualified.
Steps to fill CLAT application form
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
|Mode of payment|
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 take proper care when filling the CLAT 2020 application form so as to keep mistakes away.
CLAT Consortium has released the list of exam cities of CLAT 2020 where the national-level exam will be conducted. The exam will be conducted across 67 cities in 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 2020 will have exam centres at following cities:
When preparing for a law college entrance test like CLAT, one should go 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 had made key changes to the CLAT exam pattern including a reduction in the number of questions and inclusion of comprehension based questions Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
Exam pattern of CLAT 2020 - A quick glance
- The CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode.
- Question paper for UG program will include 150 multiple-choice type (MCQs) questions. In the previous session there were 200 questions.
- UG paper won't include subjective questions.
- PG paper will however have two types of questions - objective (100 questions) and subjective (2 questions).
- Each objective type question will carry 1 mark, while for incorrect attempt 0.25 marks will be deducted.
- Meanwhile, the two subjective (in case of PG) questions will each carry 25 marks, for a combined total of 50 marks.
- Candidates will be given OMR sheets, where they have to enter their responses by circling the correct option (objective questions only).
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)
|Mathematics||Elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/Standard.|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||Static general knowledge|
Current affairs- national and international news
|Logical Reasoning||Logical and Analytical reasoning skills|
|Legal Aptitude||Study of law|
Problem solving ability
Questions based on hypothetical situations
The CLAT PG 2020 sample papers have been released on April 15. 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).
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 their preparation.
The consortium has released an CLAT UG exam preparation guide that students can use to not only learn but prepare for the exam. The preparation guide also has CLAT 2020 best book suggestion for exam preparation.
Also, note that one also needs to know they are appearing in the CLAT exam for what end. Because once the objective is framed - like CLAT exam for what end - it will give a clear call to action and prod the candidate to strive harder.
Tips to ace CLAT 2020
- Make it a point to start your preparation early, maybe at least a 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.
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 the 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.
The exam conducting body will declare the result of CLAT 2020 soon after the release of the answer key. 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.
How to check CLAT result:
- Click on the result link (will be provided here once result is declared)
- The candidate will be re-directed to a log-in window
- Enter registration/application number and date of birth
- The result will be displayed on screen in downloadable pdf format.
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 August. 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
|Name of NLU||General||SC||ST|
|Opening Rank||Closing Rank||Opening Rank||Closing Rank|
|NLU Odisha Cuttack||465||953||6276||10310||9832||21681|
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
Name of NLU
CLAT UG Seats
CLAT PG seats
Affiliates ( private universities) that will use CLAT 2020 scores:
What are affiliate institutes?
The affiliate institutes of CLAT 2020 are private universities that have signed a MOU with the Consortium of NLU to use the CLAT 2020 scores for admission to law courses.
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)
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT 2020: Application (Extended till July 1), Exam, Fees, Syllabus
Question: Is there any change in the exam pattern for CLAT 2020?
As per the new CLAT exam pattern 2020, the test 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: Will CLAT authorities email the CLAT admit card/hall ticket to the candidate?
The CLAT admit card will be available only through candidate log-in accounts, and will not be sent by email or any other means.
Question: What is the CLAT exam date 2020?
The CLAT exam date 2020 will be announced on July 1.
Question: When will the application form of CLAT 2020 open?
CLAT 2020 applications will open from January 1 onward. Applications will be available in online mode only.
Question: Is there any age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020?
There is no age limit for appearing in the CLAT 2020.
Question: Why is CLAT 2020 an important exam for law aspirants?
CLAT 2020 is the gateway to 22 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: Who will conduct CLAT 2020 exam?
The consortium of National Law Universities will conduct CLAT 2020 exam.
Question: Can I crack CLAT 2020 with self-study?
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: How many candidates appear in CLAT?
Every year CLAT exam is attempted by more than 50,000 candidates.
Question: Will admission to all law courses in the country be based on CLAT scores?
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: Is there negative marking in CLAT 2020?
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: Can I give CLAT exam after 12th (or after graduation)?
Candidates who have passed 10th exam can appear in CLAT UG, while those who have passed graduation may appear in CLAT PG.
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Questions related to CLAT
I want clat free class and free moke test
You can check the sample papers at the official page: https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/ug-sample-questions.html and for the mock test, login to the official website https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/ with your login credentials and you will be routed to the mock test.
can i give both Clat and Ailet enterance exam or i had to choose one
Check the eligibility criteria-
how many candidates are there in clat enterance examination and how many are selected
Consortium of NLUs conducts CLAT for admission to various Law colleges for different undergraduate and postgraduate law courses.
There are total 2538 seats for undergraduate law courses in different NLUs and 738 seats for LLM is offered through CLAT. For above intake near about 50,000-55,000 students appear for CLAT 2020.
For more details about CLAT 2020 you should refer to the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
when the CLAT 2020exam will held
I am extremely sorry to tell you dear but as of now your CLAT 2020 examination date is not clear
This is because,
In earlier update, your CLAT 2020 was scheduled to be conducted on 21st june but now it has been further postponed due to coronavirus outbreak and the lockdown caused by it till further notice
Also the dates to fill the application form has been extended to 1st july
And as of now, no dates have been released for the exam .The fresh dates are expected to be announced soon.
So you need to wait for the release of notification for examination date
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which are the best book for CLAT preparation?
List of best books for CLAT are listed below subject wise
GK & CURRENT AFFAIRS
Manorama Year Book
General Knowledge 2020 and 2019 by Arihant Publications
Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant Publications
A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning (English) by M K Pandey
Quantitative Aptitude ebook (ALL Parts Solved) by R S Agarwal
Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning by Pearson
Objective Legal Aptitude by Rs Agarwal
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic, Arihant Publications
30 days wonder for Maths ,by S Chand
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Pearson's
Objective General English 2020 by A P Bhardwaj
Objective General English 2020 by R S Aggarwal
Word Power Made Easy by Norman
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