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 in offline mode. 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/topics Number of questions Percentage 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 exam date will be announced on July 1

Question: How many NLUs will participate in CLAT - 2020


As of now, there are 22 NLUs that will participate in CLAT - 2020.

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I want clat free class and free moke test

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 6th Jun, 2020

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

SOURANDHI SAHA Student Expert 6th Jun, 2020
Yes, you can appear for both All India Law Entrance Test and Common Law Admission Test. But you need to meet all the criteria for both the exams in order to appear for it. Both the exams are conducted for admission to five year integrated course and LLM program.
Check the eligibility criteria-

how many candidates are there in clat enterance examination and how many are selected

anurag khanna 6th Jun, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

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.

Good Luck!!


when the CLAT 2020exam will held

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 5th Jun, 2020


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

For detailed information go through


Thank you


which are the best book for CLAT preparation?

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 5th Jun, 2020


List of best books for CLAT are listed below subject wise


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

For detailed information go through


Thank you

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