CLAT Exam Pattern 2020
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CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 - The CLAT Consortium of NLUs has approved the changes to CLAT 2020 exam pattern. The changes in the exam pattern of CLAT 2020, include reducing the number of questions to 150 from 200 as asked earlier. Also, the question paper will now include comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections. Candidates appearing in CLAT PG must note that the conducting body has introduced cut off marks in CLAT 2020 LLM. Only on qualifying the objective paper, the subjective answers will be evaluated. The full details of CLAT exam pattern 2020 are given in this article.
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As per the CLAT 2020 exam pattern, the entrance exam will be conducted via offline mode like earlier. Candidates must know the CLAT exam pattern 2020 which forms the base of their preparations. The exam pattern of CLAT 2020 includes the sections that UG/PG Law programme aspirants need to prepare, types and total number of questions, marking scheme etc. In this article, candidates will find all the required details of CLAT 2020, read below to know more.

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What's new in CLAT exam pattern 2020?

  1. The number of questions has been reduced to 150 from earlier figure of 200.
  2. The reduction in the number of questions has been done because "asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not right as it puts students under a lot of mental stress" said Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR
  3. The standard of entrance test for CLAT - IG will be of 12th standard.
  4. Quantitative aptitude will be of class 10th standard.
  5. Comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning will be part of the paper.
  6. Under CLAT 2020 LLM, the conducting body has, from this year, introduced the minimum cut off marks as 40% (35% for SC/ST/PWD candidates) for objective test paper. The evaluation of descriptive/essay type paper is now subject to the candidate's qualification status in the objective test paper, ie. candidates will now have to secure at least minimum cut off marks to be considered for evaluation of the subjective paper.
  7. The changes in exam pattern have been made with an eye on attracting students who have improved competence in reading texts and who have demonstrated skills in inferential reasoning.

Exam pattern of CLAT 2020

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The exam pattern of CLAT 2020 as mentioned above is set to undergo some major changes. The table below lists the exam pattern of CLAT from last session. It will be updated once the full details of the exam pattern is released.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Overview




Common Law Admission Test

Abbreviated Name


Exam Date

May 10, 2020


2 hours


Offline (pen-paper mode)

Type of Questions

Multiple Type Questions (MCQs)

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

Each objective question (both UG and PG) will carry 1 mark. An incorrect question will invite a penalty of 0.25 marks.

In case of PG exam, the two (2) subjective questions will each carry 25 marks.

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Exam Sections

A table of topics that need to be covered by the law aspirants while preparing for CLAT 2020 are given below. The topics have been bifurcated on the bases of the degree - CLAT for BA LLB for undergraduates and CLAT for LL.M for postgraduates.

CLAT sections for UG/PG Law

Undergraduate Law Programme (LL.B)

Postgraduate Law Programme (LL.M)

English (Comprehension & grammar-based)

Law of Torts

Legal Aptitude

Family Law

Logical Reasoning

Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics (Including Numerical Ability)

International Law

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Property Law


Law of Contracts

Intellectual Property Law

CLAT exam pattern 2020 - Marks Distribution for UG/PG Law courses

In the exam pattern for CLAT 2020, candidates will find the section-wise marks distribution for both undergraduate and postgraduate common law entrance tests. With the latest changes introduced in the exam pattern, CLAT - UG, 2020 subject - wise marks distribution have also been changed accordingly. Candidates may refer to the subject - wise marks distribution of last year from the given table.

CLAT exam pattern 2020 - Subject wise marks distribution

Subject/topicsNumber of questionsPercentage weightage
English Language
28-32 questions
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
35-39 questions
Legal Reasoning
35-39 questions
Logical Reasoning
28-32 questions
Quantitative Techniques
13-17 questions

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Marks Distribution for CLAT (PG) (MCQs only)


Number of MCQ questions


Constitutional Law



Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.






Importance of CLAT Exam Pattern 2020

In order to achieve a goal, one needs to have a systematic plan that will help a student to move forward with their preparation. Following are the points that will explain the importance of knowing an exam pattern.

  • It saves time - Candidates can be time-efficient while preparing for CLAT only if they are aware of the exam pattern. As exam pattern contains detailed information about the exam, students can structure their preparation which then leaves them with time for revision.

  • Makes you systematic - Knowing exam pattern helps candidates to structure their preparation. The candidates are able to evaluate their weak and strong points when they know the exam pattern. It also helps them to manage time while attempting the exam.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: How many questions will be asked in CLAT - UG 2020?


As per the latest update in the exam pattern, there will be 150 questions in CLAT 2020 (UG)  exam.

Question: When will CLAT 2020 be conducted?


CLAT 2020 will be conducted on May 10, 2020.

Question: How many NLUs will participate in CLAT - 2020


As of now, there are 21 NLUs that will participate in CLAT - 2020.

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what is clat question paper pattern?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Feb, 2020


For CLAT UG will be conducted for a duration of two hours with 150 objective type questions, each carrying one mark, while 0.25 marks shall be deducted for every wrong answer. It will be comprehension based exam and questions from each subject will be set in similar manner.

The entrance test consists of five subjects;

  • English(Comprehension and grammar based)
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques(Based on 10th level)

While, in case of CLAT paper for PG course it consists of two section with questions in a mix of subjective and objective.  For the first section of Objective Paper - One needs to have a thorough knowledge of all the subjects at Undergraduate program of Law covering fundamentals of law, constitutional Law and other law subjects comprising of International , Law of Contracts, Law of Torts etc. This paper carries 100 question carrying one mark for each, while there's deduction of 0.25 marks for each incorrect answer. The second section is subjective, and two descriptive essays are to be written.

For more details regarding this, visit official website of CLAT at


Sir I have done msc c/s and I want to apply for L.L.B in Jawaharlal Nehru University. is Clat exam is applicable for jnu admission. If not then how I can prepare for this exam and from where I have receive its study material. And how I have prepare best for this exam.

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 28th Feb, 2020


Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi doessn't offer LLB. It only offers MPhil and PhD in Law and Governance.

For LLB, you can try fo the following entrance test conducted by top universitites;

DU LLB conducted by Delhi University


LSAT, which entrance scores are accepted by many universities

TS- LAWCET- Law Common Entrance Test is conducted by colleges and universities in Telangana

As of now, registration for CLAT is open at

and registration for BHU is open at

For more details regarding CLAT for syllabus, preparation tips, sample papers and other relevant exam information, visit


how to apply.ihave already applied for clat

Yash Dev Student Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello student you need not to apply again if you're already applied for clat once and paid for the application form successfully. In case if a candidate fill the form more than one time and pay for it also. Then in that case the last filled application form is countable only and no refund will be given.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


What exactly to study like we know the subjects but I camt find any detailed syllabus for CLAT

Manisha Gupta Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

CLAT syllabus for undergraduate entrance test will include topics like general knowledge & current affairs, English, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. To know the detailed syllabus of CLAT, You can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


Can I study llm in abroad after Finishing llb @ christ University??

Suryashis Chakraborty 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Tony,

Pursuing a LLM course abroad strain the candidates because if the need to fulfill a lot of formalities but is highly rewarding.

Firstly, it is imperative to know about which course to specialize in. General LLM courses

Here are some of the best colleges to pursue permit Law students to take up a number of unrelated subjects like International Arbitration Law with Entertainment Law or Intelligence Law. Secondly, a candidate needs to work on his/her financial budget before applying as different universities across different regions require different degrees of investment. Letters of recommendation must be kept in handy as most colleges seek students to have one.

Some of the best institutions to study Law abroad are as follows:

University of Alberta, Canada

McGill University, Canada

University of Windsor, Canada

University of Calgary, Canada

Stanford University, USA

Dalhousie University, Canada

RMIT University, Australia

University of Hertfordshire, UK

Middlesex University, UK

University of Leeds, UK

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!


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