CLAT 2020 is a national level entrance exam for admissions to candidates in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered at 22 NLUs and several other colleges/ universities.
CLAT is held by the Consortium of National Law Universities headed by NLSIU. The CLAT 2020 Exam has been postponed until further notice. The exam is held for admissions in UG and PG programs offered by the National Law Universities.
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CLAT 2020 Postponed
While the CLAT 2020 Exam was originally scheduled to be held in May 2020, the current circumstances caused by the Coronavirus pandemic has led to repeated rescheduling of the CLAT 2020 Exam.
According to the latest notification by the Consortium of National Law Universities, the CLAT 2020 Exam will be held on August 22nd, 2020 in an online mode. The registrations for the exam have been extended till 10th July 2020.
CLAT 2020 Online exam
CLAT 2020 will use a “Social Distanced Computer Based Testing” model which will enable a rapid restart of assessments with due compliance to social distancing norms and other key precautions to be taken to ensure prevention of virus spread.
CLAT 2020 Important instructions
- All candidates with temperature over 99.14 will be heading to the isolation lab for taking the examination.
- In case of candidate with scribe, both the candidate and the scribe must bring their own N95 mask
- Candidates will be permitted to carry following items with them into the venue:
Personal transparent water bottle
Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
A simple pen
Exam related documents (Admit Card, ID card, etc.)
CLAT 2020 Important Dates
|Issue of Notification||December 31, 2019|
|Start of online application form||January 1, 2020|
|Application form closes||July 10, 2020|
|Issue of Admit Card||TBA|
|CLAT 2020 Exam||TBA|
|Publication of Official Answer Key||TBA|
|CLAT 2020 Results||TBA|
|Start of Counselling||TBA|
CLAT 2020 Exam Highlights
Before we get into the details of the CLAT 2020 Exam, we can have a look at the highlights of the exam which will give you a bird’s eye view about the CLAT Exam. The exam highlights for CLAT 2020 is given below:
|Exam Name||CLAT (Common Law Admission Test)|
|CLAT Exam Conducting Body||Consortium of National Law Universities|
|CLAT Exam Level||UG and PG|
|CLAT Exam Frequency||Once a year|
|CLAT Exam Mode||Online|
|CLAT Exam Duration||120 Minutes|
|CLAT Exam Language||English|
|CLAT Exam Purpose||Admissions to BA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, BBA LLB, BSW LLB, LLM courses|
CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
The CLAT exam is a test of one’s aptitude and reasoning abilities. It comprises of five sections namely: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude.
Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.
|English Language||28-32 (20% of the paper)|
|Quantitative Aptitude||13-17 (10% of the paper)|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 (20% of the paper)|
|General Awareness||35-39 (25% of the paper)|
|Legal Aptitude||35-39 (25% of the paper)|
|Total Time (min)||120|
|Negative Marking||0.25 marks for each wrong answer|
CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria:
The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 are primarily based on two factors:
- Educational Qualification
- Age Limit
CLAT 2020 Educational Qualification: Any candidate who has completed 10+2 or equivalent examination is eligible to apply for CLAT 2020 Exam.
Minimum marks required for different categories are listed below:
- 45% marks for General/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Specially abled persons categories
- 40% marks for Scheduled Class (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories
Note: Candidates appearing for their Class 12th examination in March/ April 2020 are also eligible for CLAT 2020 Exam. Such candidates need to give evidence of passing their Class 12th exam at the time of admission. Candidates who fail to fulfill this will lose their right for admission through the CLAT exam.
CLAT 2020 Age Limit: There is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT 2020 Exam.
CLAT 2020 Application Form
Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate law courses offered by the participating NLUs need to fill the application form of CLAT 2020, which can be done on the official CLAT website (consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/.) The last date to fill the application form of CLAT is 10th July, 2020. The steps to fill CLAT 2020 application form is given below-
- Online registration
- Filling of the application form
- Uploading of documents
- Application fee payment
Documents required for CLAT 2020 application process
Given below is a list of documents that a student will need while applying for CLAT 2020
Category Certificate for SC/ST/OBC candidates
Relevant Certificate for P.W.D. candidates
Relevant Certificate for BPL candidates
CLAT 2020 Application Fees
|General, OBC||Rs. 4000|
|ST, SC||Rs. 3500|
Note: If a candidate decides to withdraw their application for CLAT 2020, INR 400 will be refunded to SC/ST candidates and INR 500 will be refunded to all other candidates towards processing charges.
CLAT Admission Process 2020
The admission process to UG and PG programs in participating universities under CLAT-2020 is completed through centralized online counseling conducted by the CLAT Consortium Office. The admission process for CLAT 2020 starts with filling of the application form and then qualifying in the national-level exam. At the time of filling up the form, the candidate has to fill, in order of preference, the choice of NLUs. The seat allotment of CLAT 2020 will be done based on merit-cum-preference. This means both CLAT 2020 rank and choices opted (in the order of preference) will be considered for allotment. The result of seat allotment will be released alongside the CLAT result.
The steps to fill CLAT 2020 application form is given below-
- Online registration
- Filling of the application form
- Uploading of documents
- Application fee payment
CLAT 2020 Admit Card
All the candidates who have successfully registered and applied for CLAT 2020 will be able to download the admit card for the CLAT exam from the official website of CLAT consortium
Details Mentioned on the CLAT 2020 Admit Card
Given below are the details that will be mentioned on the CLAT 2020 admit card
- Candidate’s name
- Date of birth.
- Roll number
- Father’s name
- Test date
- Test time
- Test City
- Examination reporting time
- Application number
- Category applied for
- Course applied for
- Specimen signature
- Invigilator signature
- Candidate’s signature
What to do in case of an error in CLAT 2020 admit card?
In case of any discrepancy in the CLAT 2020 admit card, the candidates must immediately contact the exam conducting authority and try to rectify the issue. Hence, candidates are advised to download the CLAT 2020 admit card as soon as possible. This gives you enough time in hand to deal with any sort of discrepancy on the admit card. Note: While filling the application form for CLAT 2020 candidates should multiple check the information they have provided to dodge any kind of discrepancy later.
CLAT 2020 Result
CLAT results can be accessed by individually logging in to the registered account on the official CLAT website. In the result, the candidate will be able to check their score, All India Rank, and category rank (if published).
After the declaration of the CLAT 2020 Results CLAT will also publish the College Allotment List, after which the candidates who have been allotted the seat in an NLU, will be required to pay the counseling fee of Rs. Fifty Thousand Only, within the stipulated dates, failing which the candidate will lose his/her seat and will not be considered for further process of admission in 2020.
How to check the CLAT 2020 result?
- Candidates may check their CLAT 2020 results at the official website of CLAT consortium.
- Candidates need their CLAT 2020 application form number to check their CLAT 2020 results.
- Candidates will also need to mention their registered email address and date of birth to check the result.
- It is advisable to download the result and keep a print of it for future reference.
CLAT 2020 Cut Off
The cut-offs for each Institute are individually declared by every CLAT Participating Institutes. CLAT Cut Off is important as it forms the basis of counseling and seat allotment.
The cut-offs are calculated considering multiple factors listed below:
- CLAT Paper difficulty level
- Availability of seats
- Average marks scored by students in the CLAT Exam
- Total test population.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus
CLAT 2020 shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:
English language English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical, etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The inference would be key here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.
Current Affairs including General Knowledge: This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions that were asked earlier. The passages would again be of 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals, etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such a question can cover static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading Newspapers daily, specifically, articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.
Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative Technique or Maths section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.
Legal Reasoning: This section will test the candidate’s interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. The passages would be approximately 450 words each.
Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links, and rectify illogical arguments. The questions would be based on the passage of 300 words.
CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips
To get a fair idea of how to prepare for CLAT i.e. the Common Law Admission Test, we have listed below important points for CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips:
- Be well-versed with CLAT Exam Pattern and CLAT Syllabus
- Practice CLAT Mock Tests and CLAT Sample Papers to get a good grip over the CLAT Exam.
- Study hard and study smart
- Do a regular revision
- A study from the best books suggested for the CLAT Exam
CLAT 2020 Exam Analysis
The detailed analysis of CLAT 2020 will only be available once the CLAT exam is conducted on August 22nd, 2020 (According to the recent updates). However, The CLAT exam pattern has been changed for the year 2020.
- Mentioned below are some changes that candidates can expect in CLAT 2020.
- Lesser number of questions as compared to CLAT 2019
- Sufficient time to attempt all the questions as the exam duration remains the same
- No technical glitches as the exam will still be conducted in offline mode (pen-paper mode)
- As per the new exam pattern, candidates may expect new comprehension based question in all the sections.