We have covered all the necessary details about CLAT 2020 for you in this blog post. All the important dates, eligibility criteria, application process, syllabus, exam pattern and latest changes have been listed below.
Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the most coveted of all the entrances in India after Class XII. The Supreme Court of India mandated a common entrance exam for the then existent National Law Schools, and this judgment found animation in the form of the Common Law Entrance Exam or CLAT. Since then almost all National Law Schools, the notable exception being National Law University Delhi, admit students on their CLAT scores.
The table below includes all the important dates related to CLAT 2020.
|Issue of Notification||1st week of October, 2019|
|Opening of online application form||1st week of January, 2020|
|Closing of Application Form||31st March, 2020|
|Issue of Admit Card||Last week of April, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 Exam Date||May 10, 2020|
|Release of Official Answer Key||3rd week of May, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 Results||Last week of May, 2020|
|Counseling||Last week of May, 2020|
CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 are primarily based on two factors:
- Educational Qualification
- Age Limit
Educational Qualification: 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
Age Limit: There is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT 2020 Exam
CLAT 2020 Application Process and Fee
Candidates seeking admission to undergraduate 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 the 4th week of May. The steps to fill CLAT 2020 application form is given below-
- Online registration
- Filling of the application form
- Uploading of documents
- Application fee payment
|General, OBC||Rs 4000|
|SC, ST||Rs 3500|
CLAT 2020 Exam Centres
The Consortium of NLUs 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.
Latest Changes in CLAT
What is new in CLAT 2020?
- The number of questions has been reduced to 150 from the earlier figure of 200.
- 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.
- The standard of entrance test for CLAT will be of 12th standard.
- Comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning will be part of the paper.
- 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, which means candidates will now have to secure at least minimum cut off marks to be considered for evaluation of the subjective paper.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus (for UG)
- Comprehension passages
- Elementary mathematics, i.e., maths up to 10th Standard
General Knowledge & Current Affairs:
- Static general knowledge
- Current affairs- national
- International news
- Logical and Analytical reasoning skills
Legal Aptitude Study of law:
- Research aptitude
- Problem-solving ability
- Questions based on hypothetical situations
Exam Pattern of CLAT 2020
- The CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted in pen-and-paper mode
- Question paper for the UG program will include 150 multiple-choice types (MCQs) questions
- UG paper won’t include subjective questions
- PG paper will, however, have two types of questions – objective (100 questions) and subjective (2 questions)
- Each objective type question will carry 1 mark, whereas, for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted
- Meanwhile, the two subjective (in case of PG) questions will each carry 25 marks, for a combined total of 50 marks
- Candidates will be given OMR sheets, where they have to enter their responses by circling the correct option (objective questions only)
CLAT 2020 Overview
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