CLAT 2020
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CLAT 2020: National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct the offline-based CLAT 2020 exam tentatively in the 4th week of May 2020. The national-level exam is held for admission into UG and PG law courses offered by the 21 participating NLUs, who conduct the exam on a rotational basis. The NLUs have a combined intake of around 2500 undergraduate and 720 postgraduate seats. Apart from the NLUs, 52 private universities and DBRANLU Sonipat, Haryana, also use CLAT scores for admission. Application form of CLAT 2020 will open in online mode around 2nd week of January, 2020. Admit cards will be issued around 2nd week of May. Candidates who qualify in the exam will be eligible for CLAT counselling. Go through the complete article to learn full details of CLAT including event schedule, application process, syllabus, etc.

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Interestingly, despite being an NLU, National Law University (NLU), Delhi is out of CLAT ambit. The institute instead conducts the AILET exam for admission to its 5-year integrated and postgraduate law programs.

CLAT 2020: Snapshot

Particulars

Description

Name of the exam

Common Law Admission Test

Common name

CLAT

Conducting body

NUSRL, Ranchi

Mode of exam

Offline

Number of questions150
Question typeMCQs

Number of seats

Around 2500 for UG and 720 for postgraduate (NLUs only)

Number of test takers

More than 50,000

Participating NLUs

21

Courses offeredBA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM


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CLAT Important Dates 2020

Candidates by following the important dates of CLAT 2020 can keep track of all upcoming events, release of exam notification and start of application form. The CLAT 2020 important dates have been presented in a chronological manner in the table below. Please note that the dates mentioned are tentative only, and will be updated once the details for new session is available.

CLAT 2020 Exam Dates

Events

Tentative Dates

Issue of Notification

To be notified

Start of online application Form

2nd week of January, 2020

Application form closes

3rd week of April, 2020

Issue of admit card

2nd week of May, 2020

CLAT 2020 exam

4th week of May, 2020

Publication of the provisional answer key

Last week of May, 2020

Publication of the final answer key

1st week of June, 2020

Declaration of result

2nd week of June, 2020

Start of counselling

2nd week of June, 2020

CLAT Admission Process 2020

The candidate has to first successfully fill the application form of CLAT 2020 and then qualify in the national-level exam. The seat allotment of CLAT 2020 will be done in merit-cum-preference basis. This means both the CLAT 2020 rank and choices opted (in the order of preference) will be considered for allotment. Choice filling for all 21 NLUs (which must be done in the order of preference) has to be done at the time of filling the CLAT application form itself. The result of seat allotment will be released alongside CLAT result.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

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 requirement for UG program:

  1. Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.
  2. 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.
  3. Age limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020
  4. Others: Such candidates who are appearing in 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 requirement for PG program:

  1. Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed LLB or equivalent exam from a recognised university.
  2. 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.
  3. Age limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020
  4. Others: Candidates appearing in qualifying exam in April/May 2020 may also apply.

CLAT Application Form 2020

Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by the participating NLUs need to fill the application form of CLAT 2020, which will open in online mode sometime in the second week of January. The last date to fill the application form of CLAT will be tentatively 3rd week of April. Candidates must note that the application for UG and PG courses is the same; one can opt for any one of them at the time of filling the application form. In such cases where the candidate fills more than one application form, only the last one will be considered.

Steps to fill CLAT application form

  1. To start the application process, the candidate has to first get registered by entering details like name, email id and mobile number

  2. The candidate has to next fill in all relevant sections in the application form, including personal, academic and contact details.

  3. Next upload scanned copies of signature, photograph and other documents in prescribed specification

  4. Finally the candidate has to pay the application fee and then submit the completed application form.

CLAT 2020 application fee

Category

Fee

Mode of payment

General category/ OBC

Rs. 4000

Online

SC/ST category

Rs. 3500

Online


Application correction facility: Last year exam conducting authorities didn't have a CLAT application correction window. Going by that trend, 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.

CLAT Exam Centres 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi will release the list of exam centres of CLAT 2020 where the national-level exam will be conducted. In the current academic session also, it is expected that there will be 40 test centres of CLAT where the offline exam will be conducted, like last year. In case CLAT authorities decide to add or deduct to the existing number of CLAT 2020 exam centres, it will be updated here.

Typically a candidate will be 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 Syllabus 2020

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)

SectionsTopics
EnglishComprehension passages
Grammar
MathematicsElementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/Standard.
General Knowledge & Current AffairsStatic general knowledge
Current affairs- national and international news
Logical ReasoningLogical and Analytical reasoning skills
Legal AptitudeStudy of law
Research aptitude
Problem solving ability
Questions based on hypothetical situations


CLAT Exam Pattern 2020

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. Check the details of CLAT 2020 exam patter below.

Exam pattern of CLAT 2020 - A quick glance

  1. The CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode.
  2. Candidates will be given OMR sheets, where they have to enter their responses by circling the correct option.
  3. Question paper for UG program will include 200 multiple-choice type (MCQs) questions. No subjective questions will be asked.
  4. PG paper will however have both types of questions - subjective (100 questions) and objective (2 questions).
  5. Each objective type question will carry 1 mark, while for incorrect attempt 0.25 marks will be deducted.
  6. Meanwhile, the two subjective questions will each carry 25 marks, for a combined total of 50 marks.

CLAT Sample Papers 2020

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.

CLAT Mock Test 2020

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 NLUs. NLSIU Bangalore is in fact the number one ranked institute in the country, while NULSAR came in third. With so many top colleges in the fray, it is only natural that the CLAT exam will be very competitive. 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 can fall back upon if they need any help.

Tips to ace CLAT 2020

  • Make it a point to start your preparation early, may be at least an 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.

CLAT Admit Card 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.

CLAT Answer Key 2020

After completion of CLAT exam, exam officials will first release a provisional answer key of CLAT 2020 around the last week of May. It will contain keys to all questions asked in the entrance exam. 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 can even challenge the key (s). The final CLAT answer key 2020 will be published after considering all such grievances of candidates, before declaration of result.

CLAT Result 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi, which is the exam conducting body, will declare the result of CLAT 2020 tentatively in the second week of June. 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.

CLAT Merit List 2020

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.

CLAT Counselling 2020

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.

CLAT Seat Allotment 2020

The admission conducting authority will make the seat allotment of CLAT 2020 for the 21 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.

CLAT Cutoff 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 Last year Cutoff

Name of NLUGeneralSCST
Opening
Rank
Closing
Rank
Opening RankClosing RankOpening RankClosing Rank
NLSIU Bangalore1583632018692575
NALSAR Hyderabad50129144356417774533
NLIU Bhopal1483763097494058408374
WBNUJS Kolkata822271862489128536849
NLU Jodhpur763542268535045338468
HNLU Raipur32963849408070771211822
GNLU Gandhinagar1244684984730555698001
RMLNLU Lucknow3426944259119161231129911
RGNLU Patiala4429265207103391043516406
CNLU Patna62310917313188982034925719
NUALS Kochi4749834891157151952819528
NLU Odisha Cuttack465953627610310983221681
NUSRL Ranchi6881091770711546720718557
TNNLS Tiruchirappalli43614125681120511338319587
DSNLU Vishakhapatnam830129220733251362041344885
MNLU Mumbai3835125734188331815235981
MNLU Nagpur589119011256253633332155856
MNLU Aurangabad710134414219266534120153549
NLUJAA Guwahati968129612648310222154242768
HPNLU Shimla62214716896120421346421253
DNLU Jabalpur99114478550118271112120359


CLAT Participating Institutes 2020

There are 21 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


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

S.no

NLUs

General

SC/ ST

1

NLSIU, Bangalore

Rs.2,62,000 p.a.

2,58,875 p.a.

2

NALSAR, Hyderabad

Rs.2,42,000 p.a.

2,36,000 p.a.

3

NLIU, Bhopal

Rs.2,40,250 p.a.

Rs.2,40,250 p.a.

4

WBNUJS, Kolkata

Rs.1,96,200 p.a.

-

5

NLU, Jodhpur

Rs.1,41,500 p.a.

-

6

HNLU, Raipur

Rs.1,75,000 p.a.

-

7

GNLU, Gandhinagar

Rs.2,36,000 p.a.

-

8

RMLNLU, Lucknow

Rs.1,19,000 p.a.

-

9

RGNUL, Punjab

Rs.2,06,000 p.a.

-

10

CNLU, Patna

Rs.2,04,000 p.a.

-

11

NUALS, Kochi

Rs.2,07,000 p.a.(outside Kerala)

Rs.2,06,800 p.a. (in Kerala)

-

12

NLUO, Odisha

Rs.1,71,000 p.a.

-

13

NUSRL, Ranchi

Rs.2,27,000 p.a.

-

14

NLUJA, Assam

Rs.2,19,000 p.a.

-

15

DSNLU, Visakhapatnam

Rs.2,00,000 p.a.

-

16

TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli

Rs.2,23,000 p.a.

-

17

MNLU, Mumbai

Rs. 2,02,000 p.a.

-

18

MNLU, Nagpur

Rs.2,20,750 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs.2,47,000 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)

-

19

MNLU, Aurangabad

Rs.2,13,490 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs.2,45,250 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)

-

20

HPNLU, Shimla

Rs.2,20,500 p.a.

-

21

MPDNLU, Jabalpur

Rs.2,70,000 p.a (Girls)

Rs.2,50,000 p.a.(Boys)

-


CLAT PG Fee Structure

S.no

NLUs

General

SC/ ST

1

NLSIU, Bangalore

Rs.1,89,500 p.a.

Rs.1,86,375 p.a.

2

NALSAR, Hyderabad

Rs.1,75,000 p.a.

Rs.1,69,000 p.a.

3

NLIU, Bhopal

Rs.2,06,250 p.a.

-

4

WBNUJS, Kolkata

Rs.1,45,000 p.a.

-

5

NLU, Jodhpur

Rs.1,14,000 p.a.

-

6

HNLU, Raipur

Rs.1,03,500 p.a.

-

7

GNLU, Gandhinagar

Rs.1,80,000 p.a.

-

8

RMLNLU, Lucknow

Rs.79,000 p.a.

-

9

RGNUL, Punjab

Rs.1,62,000 p.a.

-

10

NUALS, Kochi

Rs.1,48,000 p.a. (outside Kerala)

Rs. 1,47,800 p.a. (for Kerala)

-

11

NLUO, Odisha

Rs.1,11,000 p.a.

-

12

NUSRL, Ranchi

Rs.2,03,000 p.a.

-

13

NLUJA, Assam

Rs.1,89,500 p.a.

-

14

DSNLU, Visakhapatnam

Rs.1,80,000 p.a.

-

15

TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli

Rs.1,74,000 p.a.

Rs.1,68,000 p.a.

16

MNLU, Mumbai

Rs.2,15,000 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs. 2,26,000 p.a. (All India)

-

17

MNLU, Nagpur

Rs.1,54,250 p.a. (for Maharashtra)

Rs. 1,73,000 p.a. (All India)

-

18

HPNLU, Shimla

Rs.1,71,500 p.a.

Rs.1,68,500 p.a.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CLAT 2020

Question: 1: Will candidates be allotted an CLAT 2020 exam centre of their choice?

Answer:

One will be allotted an exam centre one has opted at time of filing CLAT 2020 application form. It is only in unavoidable circumstances that another centre would be allotted.

Question: 2: Will CLAT authorities email the CLAT admit card/hall ticket to the candidate?

Answer:

The admit card will be available only through candidate log-in accounts, and will not be sent by email or any other means.

Question: 3: Is there an upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for admission to UG or PG law courses?

Answer:

There is no upper age limit, so candidates of any age group can apply for CLAT 2020.

Question: 4: What is the benefit of opting for upgrade option during CLAT 2020 counselling?

Answer:

If one opts for upgrade option, one may be offered a higher preference seat in subsequent rounds of counselling, provided there are available seats.

Question: 5: Can I change my choice of college (s) at any time during counselling?

Answer:

No, the option to edit entered choices is available only till payment of counselling fee. Once the payment is made, no further change is allowed.

Question: 6. Why should one give CLAT 2020 exam?

Answer:

Candidates who qualify in CLAT 2020 will be eligible for admission to the 21 participating NLUs, which are among the top law colleges in the country.

Question: 7. Who will conduct CLAT 2020 exam?

Answer:

National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 exam.

Question: 8. CLAT will be conducted in offline mode or online mode?

Answer:

Candidates can give CLAT only in offline (pen-and-pencil) mode. Online mode is not available.

Question: 9. How many candidates appear in CLAT?

Answer:

Every year CLAT exam is attempted by more than 50,000 candidates.

Question: 10. Will admission to law courses in the country be based on CLAT scores?

Answer:

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.

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How to prepare for clat 2020? Which books and study material is the best for clat examination? Please suggest me.

Mayank Chowdhary 15th Nov, 2019

Get focused from today itself... Stay honest with yourself I'll say that is Quality matters over Quantity. So know what and how are you studying and follow the schedule and timetable that you make.

For the books I will tell you to go with Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis and a book of English and Grammar by Wren and Martin for English subject. Coming to the next subject which is Logical Reasoning, go for RS AGGARWAL boook. A modern approach to logical reasoning by MK Pandey is also another good book.  For Maths, again go with RS AGGARWAL. And for the Legal Aptitude, go with Pearson and AP Bharadwaj.

For the last subject that is GK and current affairs, read Pearson and Lucent for GK and for current affairs, stay updated by all the ways you can that is by seeing news, reading newspapers, or reading blogs and articles.

To get more preparation tips in detail refer to our website...

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And to know about the books needed in detail for the CLAT exam, refer to the link below.

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There is no age limit for CLAT as per the rule..But is there any upper age limit in NLUs ??

Sanjanaleekha 13th Nov, 2019

Hi there,

As per the recent notification for CLAT 2020 there is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT at UG and PG level, although NLU's have there separate eligibility criteria in regard upper age limit like NLSIU has upper age limit of 20 in case of general category for admission in UG programme, so I would suggest you to visit the website of the NLU for which you are aiming and check the eligibility criteria of the same, other necessary details in regard eligibility is given in the link below,

https://law.careers360.com/articles/clat-eligibility-criteria

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Is the preparation for clat just like preparation course for jee?

Arya 13th Nov, 2019

The Common Law Admission Test is held every year for admissions to the  21 National Law Universities in India and is starkly different from the Joint Entrance Examination, which is an annual exam for admissions to various Engineering, Architecture and Pharmacy colleges of India.

Firstly, CLAT is much easier to crack as compared to JEE as the difficulty level and competition in JEE is much higher.

JEE-Mains consists of 90 MCQ-type questions ( 30 each from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) based on 12th standard syllabus. 4 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for a wrong answer. The exam is out of 360 Marks.

CLAT has 200 MCQ-type questions ( 40 each from English Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, 20 from Elementary Mathematics and 50 each from Legal Aptitude and Current & World Affairs). 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The exam is out of 200 marks.

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which books are best for clat preparation

Mayank Chowdhary 11th Nov, 2019

Yes I'll enlist down some of the top books that will help you in the CLAT preparation. For improving your English and Grammar you can go with High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin, you can take help of Word Power made Easy by Norman Lewis as well. For Analytical and Logical reasoning, go with RS AGGARWAL AND MK PANDEY books. For Legal Aptitude, AK Bharadwaj is quite famous. For mathematics, use RS AGGARWAL and for GK and Current affairs, use Pearson GK Today and read newspapers and blogs regularly to keep yourself updated.

Kindly refer to our website to get a detailed information...

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Best wishes. Thank you.

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i started the clat 2020 preparation yet so when i should start current affairs section ? what in the ideal time to start it?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

hey,

current affair is a section which you need to revise every day. other wise there is chances for forgetting it. so I would suggest you to daily follow any one of the news paper or you may follow bankers adda magazine. every day spend 1 hr for studying. you will surely get success.

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