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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Do I need to upload EWS Certificate along with CLAT Application form

Md Azmer 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

No there is no notification came out regarding to submit EWS certificate with the CLAT 2020 form. I suggest you to go the link before filling the form.


I hope this will solve your query.

Good Luck


can i get admission in Indra Prastha university on the basis of my rank in CLAT

akshat a. jha 24th Jan, 2020

No, IPU or GGSIPU conducts its own exam for entrance in its various courses.

The exam for law courses to get admission in IP university is IPU CET Law.

The Last date of Application submission for the exam is 1st week of May 2020 .

The Date of exam  and Result date would be 3rd  week of May 2020  and 4th week of May 2020  respectively.

The application fees is 1000 Rs for all category students. The exam is of 600 marks and has 150 questions in total to attempt in 150 minutes.

About Clat, The Clat exam provides admission in several other law colleges all over the country including all the NUL's.

For further information on Clat exam you can visit:-

and for For IPU CET Law:-


I am 28 now. Can i get admission in basis of CLAT ot LSAT Score

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program as well as in CLAT PG exam. So if you are able to fetch decent score, then you can get admission on the basis of that score. There is also no upper age limit for appearing in LSAT India Examination. But you can check the age limit specified by individual colleges wherein you want to seek admission.

CLAT PG 2020 best books can u please help me with the best books which should be needed for the preparation of CLAT PG i repeat CLAT PG not CLAT UG cause i can not get CLAT PG books in my locality if u suggest me i can purchase it online

Khushi 23rd Jan, 2020

Hi Harsha

These are the best books for CLAT PG 2020

  • Universal’s LLM Entrance Guide
  • Lexis Nexis Butterworths
  • Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Hope this helps!


I am appearing for 12 this year , can i apply for CLAt this year?

ayush mishra 23rd Jan, 2020

Yes, you can surely apply for the Common Law Admission Test while appearing for the board exams of class 12 for admission to UG courses. The eligibility criteria for CLAT states that the candidates who have passed their class12th Board Examination or The Senior Secondary School Examination can apply for the exam. In addition to it, the aspirants have to secure a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying exam for General Category and for SC and ST candidates, they need to secure 40% marks in qualifying exam. However, not only the students who have passed their class 12 examination can apply but also the candidates who are appearing in their qualifying exam can appear. In the case of admission to UG courses, this qualifying exam refers to Class 12 examination and hence you have all the rights to appear for it and there is no problem in applying for the exam but you also have to ensure that you fulfill the educational (and also other) eligibility criteria for the exam. If you want to know more about CLAT 2020, you can refer this link

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