CLAT 2020: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak across the country, NUSRL, Ranchi has postponed the CLAT 2020 from May 10 to May 24. The last date to submit the CLAT application form has also been extended from March 31 to April 25. The test is for admission to law courses offered by the 22 participating NLUs; in addition a number of private universities will also use CLAT 2020 scores. The application form for the exam is open now and can be filled in online mode. A total of 2538 undergraduate and 742 LLM seats offered by the NLUs will be filled based on CLAT scores. CLAT 2020 will be of two hours duration, with questions being asked from English, aptitude, reasoning, etc. The result of the exam will be declared on May 24, which will be followed by counselling and seat allotment for qualified candidates.LATEST: CLAT exam postponed due to Coronavirus, application form extended
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Common Law Admission Test
Mode of exam
Number of seats
UG - 2538 seats
PG - 742 seats
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.
Start of online application Form
January 1, 2020
Application form closes (Extended)
New date - April 25, 2020
Old date - March 31, 2020
Issue of admit card
First week of May 2020 (Tentative)
CLAT 2020 exam (Postponed)
New date - May 24, 2020
Old date - May 10, 2020
Publication of the provisional answer key
May 25, 2020
Publication of the final answer key
To be notified
Declaration of result
Start of counselling
2nd week of June 2020 (Tentative)
The candidate has to qualify in the national-level exam CLAT exam. Such candidates who qualify in the exam will be called for counselling. The seat allotment of CLAT 2020 will be done on 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 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 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.
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 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 be have exam centres at following cities:
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 had made key 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.
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.
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.
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.
The exam conducting body not will declare the result of CLAT 2020 on May 24 as notified earlier, as the exam has been postponed; new date will be updated here once it is notified. 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:
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 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)
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 24.
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.
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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CLAT will be held in pen and paper mode this year as well. As of now the registrations have been extended until April 25th and the exam is likely to be conducted on May 24th after being postponed due to Corona. You can check the exam pattern, syllabus in our article:
CLATsyllabus has been changed and to give you a gist of the changed syllabus,
The no.of questions asked will be reduced from 200 to 150 but the time duration will be the same
English: There will be no more direct vocabulary questions
GK: Static GK will be removed and only your knowledge on current affairs will be tested
Mathematics: Only DI based questions.
Logical Reasoning: More emphasis on critical reasoning questions
Legal Aptitude: No Legal GK questions but the reasoning questions will remain.
The AILET Syllabus for BA LLB program is given below:
1. English :
Fill in the blanks
Idioms and Phrases
Jumble words and Sentences
Choosing the correct words
2. Elementary Mathematics:
Profit and Loss
Time and Work
Average, Speed and Distance
Permutation-Combination and Venn diagrams
3. General Knowledge :
4. Reasoning :
5. Legal Aptitude :
Study of law
Problem solving ability
The AILET Syllabus for LLM exam is given below:
The syllabus of CLAT PG examination is given below:
1. Constitutional Law
2. Law of Torts
3. International Law
5. Intellectual Property Law
6. Law of Contracts
7. Criminal Law
Well there are many coaching institutes that provide video lectures and also gives assignments and take tests online for students who are not in the reach of the offline coaching study centre. So you can simply search for your desired institute online and can enquire about it on their website.
I hope my answer helps.
All the best.
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