About CLAT 2020
The full form of CLAT is Common Law Admission Test and is a national law entrance exam conducted by the consortium of National Law Universities. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 will be conducted on August 22, 2020. The CLAT application form has also been extended till July 1.
In a major change CLAT 2002 will be now be conducted in online computer-based mode; previously the exam was conducted in pen-and-paper (offline) mode. Also, the consortium has announced that to ensure social distancing norms and ensure pubic safety, more CLAT 2020 exam centres would be added to the existing ones. The full list of CLAT exam centres will be notified on July 1.
Admissions through CLAT are offered in the 22 national law universities of India and other affiliated law schools. At the undergraduate level, the NLUs are offering around 2538 seats while around 742 seats are being offered for the LLM course.
This year, the Consortium of NLUs has updated the CLAT exam pattern for both UG and PG law entrance tests. At the undergraduate level, the number of question asked in the test have been reduced from 200 to 150 and consisting of comprehension type questions. The CLAT syllabus includes fours subjects namely - English language, Current affairs including general knowledge, Logical reasoning, Legal reasoning and quantitative ability. There will be 150 multiple choice questions each carrying one mark. Candidates will be given two hours to answer the questions.
At postgraduate level, the CLAT syllabus includes topics like Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law and others. The paper will include only MCQs, and no descriptive questions; last year there were 100 multiple-choice questions and two essay writing questions.
Candidates appearing in the test will need to carry CLAT admit card at the exam centre. The admit card will be released a few weeks before the exam date. CLAT 2020 result will be declared after the exam. The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in the national-level exam is a 10+2 pass scoring minimum 45% marks (relaxation in minimum marks applies to reserved categories). Also, there is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020.
CLAT 2020 Highlights
|Full Exam Name||Common Law Admission Test|
|Short Exam Name||CLAT|
|Conducting Body||Consortium of NLUs|
|Frequency of Conduct||Once a year|
|Exam Level||National Level Exam|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||4000 Rs [Online]|
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Mode of Counselling||Online|
|Exam Duration||2 Hours|
|Number of Seats||2538 Seats|
CLAT 2020 Important Dates
Upcoming Dates and Events
22 Aug, 2020
Exam | Mode: Online
Past Dates and Events
01 Jan, 2020 - 10 Jul, 2020
Application | Mode: Online
The Consortium of NLUs has prescribed the eligibility criteria for both CLAT UG and CLAT PG. The eligibility criteria of Common Law Admission Test (full form of CLAT) includes educational qualification and age limit and is explained below.
CLAT 2020 - Eligibility for UG program:
- Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.
- Marks in qualifying exam: General category candidates need minimum 45% marks in the qualifying exam, while SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks.
- Age limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020
Candidates appearing in the qualifying exam are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020, however, such candidates will be offered admissions only if they fulfil the other parameters of the eligibility criteria.
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card
CLAT application form 2020 has been released till July 1 on account of lockdown 4.0. The online registration for CLAT 2020 started on January 1. Eligible candidates can visit the CLAT official website for registering themselves. To CLAT application form can be filled only after creating a CLAT account by using the details like name, contact information etc. The detailed CLAT application process is explained below.
How to fill CLAT 2020 application form
Registration: The first step in the application process, the candidate has to register by entering details their name, email id, mobile number, and other details.
Fill in relevant details: The application form will have various sections like personal, academic and contact details which have to be duly filled.
Upload documents: Scanned copies of signature, photograph and other documents in prescribed specification (refer table below) has to be uploaded.
CLAT 2020 - Document specification
Image size (maximum)
State domicile certificate
Application fee: Depending on the category of the candidate, the application fee may vary as shown in the table below.
General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category
Know how to fill CLAT application form 2020 -
|ST, SC||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 3500|
|General, OBC||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 4000|
|General, OBC||PWD||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 4000|
Current affairs, including general knowledge
With the help of CLAT preparation tips 2020, candidates will get a fair idea of how to prepare for the Common Law Admission Test. Candidates can check here the important points of CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips -
- Candidates need to be well-versed with the exam pattern and syllabus.
- Practice sufficient mock tests and sample papers to edify learning and to hone problem-solving skills.
- CLAT aspirants are also advised to follow a proper time-table for preparation.
- Candidates should choose books that are easy to follow, meet the quality standards, and contain lots of practice material to prepare for the exam.
- Regular revision is the key to score good marks in exam.
- Maintaining equanimity is crucial for effective preparation. To achieve that stay in the moment, instead of flying into the future or pondering the past.
The CLAT consortium has changed the CLAT exam pattern. The changes include reducing the number of questions to 150 from 200. Also, comprehension-based questions will be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. The updated CLAT 2020 exam pattern is provided below.
CLAT Exam pattern 2020 (Updated)
|Type of questions||CLAT UG - Objective type test|
|CLAT PG - Objective + Subjective type questions|
|Total number of question||CLAT UG - 150 MCQs|
|CLAT PG - 120 MCQs|
This year no descriptive questions will be asked.
|Exam duration||2 hours|
|Negative marking||0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer|
CLAT Exam Pattern (OLD)
Number of Questions
English including Comprehension
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Elementary Mathematics and Numerical Ability
Candidates appearing in the national-level exam could access the CLAT 2020 mock test online. There are multiple benefits of taking CLAT mock test 2020, some of which are enumerated below:
- Mock tests contain similar type of questions to those asked in the entrance exam. So, solving these problems will help the candidate judge the difficultly level of the exam and plan accordingly.
- The success in mock tests can be taken as indicative of exam readiness or lack of it. If readiness is lacking, one may need to pull up one's socks and try harder.
- Success in these tests would also give the candidate lot of confidence that he/she can carry to the exam.
- Mock tests will teach the candidate time management skills and also how to wriggle out of a tricky problem by keeping a cool head.
- Effective prioritising of questions is an art that can be cultivated by solving CLAT mock test. Students who master this art will be able to lock down all the sure-shot questions first, before moving on to tricky and not-so sure questions.
The Consortium of NLUs will release the CLAT 2020 admit card to all successfully registered candidates. To download the CLAT admit card, the candidate needs to log-in by entering one's mobile number and password. On exam day, the applicant needs to carry with them the admit card of CLAT 2020 without fail, along with a valid photo ID proof.
The CLAT admit card would carry such details like the name and address of the exam venue, date and time of CLAT 2020 entrance exam, and roll number of the candidate. Candidates are also advised to carefully go through all the exam day guidelines mentioned on the CLAT 2020 admit card to stay out of trouble. Keep the CLAT admit card safe until the admission process is over.
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
Documents Required at Exam
- CLAT admit card 2020
- An identity proof in original (Driving License/Aadhaar Card/PAN Card)
The provisional answer key of CLAT 2020 will be released soon after the conduct of exam. By consulting keys given in the provisional CLAT 2020 answer key, the candidate will be able to calculate the number of questions they managed to respond correctly. Now using the official CLAT 2020 marking scheme, the candidate will be able to calculate the probable score, and in turn their chances of admission (use previous years' cutoff data for the purpose). Any candidate who has any objections regarding any of the key (s) will be allowed to filed objections. Authorities, after considering all complaints will release the final answer key of CLAT 2020. The keys given in the final CLAT 2020 answer key will be considered to be the final authority or correct answers to questions asked in the exam.
The Consortium will announce the result of CLAT 2020 soon after the release of the CLAT answer key. Candidates can access the CLAT 2020 result in online mode by logging in using their registration/application number and date of birth. The CLAT result will contain all the important details related to the candidate's performance in the exam. The information on CLAT result includes the qualifying status of the candidate, section-wise and overall marks along with the personal information. After the declaration of the result, candidates will have to appear in the counselling and seat allotment process of participating NLUs. The admissions will be offered on the basis of merit and maximum intake of the universities.
The CLAT cut off will be released by all participating NLUs separately. The Cutoff of CLAT 2020 will be the minimum marks (or lowest rank) for which admissions into an NLU is offered. The various parameters on which CLAT 2020 cutoff would depend include - number of applications received for admission, sanctioned seat intake, the performance of applicants in the entrance exam, etc. Below are the details of the previous year cut-off of CLAT with the details like opening rank and closing rank.
CLAT 2019 Cutoff
NLU Odisha Cuttack
Mode of Counselling: Online
The qualifying candidates are called for attending the CLAT counselling which is conducted in all participating colleges. For appearing in the CLAT 2020 counselling, all eligible candidates will be issued counselling call letters in online mode. Next, the candidate has to register for CLAT counselling 2020 online by clicking on the counselling link and providing user-id/ registration id and password. The objective of the conducting CLAT counselling is to verify the details of the candidates and confirm his/her eligibility for the admission.
As part of the counselling registration, one has to enter their choices of colleges and courses and submit their educational and other documents such as category certificate etc. The CLAT 2020 seat allotment will be based on both the merit rank of the candidate and choices opted for admission, so one needs to bear caution and only enter the best matches.
Documents Required at Counselling
- Printout of CLAT application form 2020
- CLAT admit card 2020
- CLAT score card 2020
- Class 10th marksheet (for date of birth rroof)
- Class 12th marksheet (academic qualification)
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
- Specially-abled certificate (if applicable)
- NRI certificate (if applicable)
- Sponsored NRI certificate (if applicable)
- Domicile certificate (if applicable)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question: What is the full form of CLAT?
The full form of CLAT is Common Law Admission Test. CLAT is conducted for admission to national law universities of India.
Question: What is the eligibility for CLAT 2020 UG?
As per the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2020, the candidate should have completed the Class 12 from a recognized board with a minimum 45 per cent marks (40 per cent for SC/ST category candidates). There is no age limit for appearing in the CLAT examination.
Question: How many college participate in CLAT 2020?
There are 22 national law universities which offer admissions in various law programmes. Further, there are many other CLAT affiliated institutes and other colleges that offer admissions on the basis of CLAT 2020.
Question: What are the changes introduced in the CLAT exam pattern 2020?
The new CLAT exam pattern has been released. the changes include reducing the number of questions from 200 to 150. Now, the questions asked in the exam will be comprehension type, At postgraduate level, the 40 per cent cut-off is introduced, which means candidates scoring less than 40 per cent will be disqualified.
Question: What law courses are offered through CLAT 2020?
There are various UG and PG courses that are offered through CLAT, these include, BA LLB, BBA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, LLM specialisation etc.
Questions related to CLAT
CLAT 2020 is on 22nd August. do I have to fill the application form of private University now or after the declaration of result of CLAT 2020 marks and ranks ?
The best decision will be fill up your application forms of private universities before Clat.
If you wait for clat result then there will be less colleges left out. So, fill your Application form before Clat results.
If u get results of either clat or other private colleges, you will so many choices in your hand and you can walk forward in your life.
All The Best
How much marks are required in clat for OBC non-creamy layer for nlu?
So currently there is no reservation for OBC category in NLU for selection process. The 23 NLU's have already got notice by NCBC regarding the reservation for OBC category. Currently due to lockdown no certain decision has been taken. But last hearing was done on January 20. So their is no such specific marks requirement for OBC.
i am an 3rd year student of BA who want to enter this university to pursue PG diploma in public health care and medical law......should i write CLAT for this???
Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a centralised national level governmental entrance test for admissions to twenty two National Law Universities (NLU) in India. Most private and self-financed law schools in India also use these scores for law admissions.
The eligibility for doing PG Diploma in public health is that a candidate should have M.B.B.S. or BDS or B.Sc. degree in the field of health sciences, nursing or natural sciences or holding a BA degree in social science or any other equivalent examination with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks.
For pursuing medical law you don't have to appear in CLAT, you can get direct admission in some law colleges.
I hope this helps.
what is the marks distribution for clat 2020
here's the marking scheme for you
hope this helps you to prepare for the exam
Questions per section
Marks per section
English including Comprehension
28 - 32 MCQs
28 - 32 marks
Current Affairs including General Knowledge
35 - 39 MCQs
35 - 39 marks
35 - 39 MCQs
35 - 39 marks
28 - 32 MCQs
28 - 32 marks
Quantitative Techniques (Elementry mathematics up to class 10th)
13 - 17 MCQs
13 - 17 marks
All the best for your exam
Is there any chance for clat 2020 to postpone again ?
Dear candidate , you already aware of pandemic is going on and due to pandemic clat is already too late keeping in view all these clat consortium is taking clat in online mode. Clat is held on 22 August according to clat consortium.