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CLAT 2020: Exam on Aug 22, Application Form (Extended), Syllabus, Mock Tests and Cut off
CLAT 2020 exam date has been announced by the Consortium. The paper will now be conducted on August 22, 2020 in SD-CBT Mode (Social Distanced Computer Based Testing), for which application window has been extended till July 10, 2020. The demand for conducting CLAT 2020 in vernacular languages has led the Bar Council of India to constitute a committee. Decision will be announced later. Click here to apply for CLAT 2020
The Consortium has requested all students who have paid fees for CLAT 2020 to get their email address verified by clicking on ‘Validate Email’ button visible after account log in. Earlier, the consortium had asked student preferences to plan final format of the exam by conducting an online survey which had options of:
- Online proctored exam at home.
- Online Proctored exam at the centre
- Online proctored exam at nearest NLU
Candidates who will be appearing for LLM program under CLAT 2020 will have no descreptive section in the paper. They will have to answer 120 MCQs in 120 minutes. To ease pressure from students’ shoulders, Consortium has time-to-time released study material, preparation guide, and CLAT 2020 PG & UG Mock Test. Candidates are advised to attempt the tests and go through CLAT 2020 syllabus and pattern carefully. Looking for CLAT 2020 PG Sample Test? Click Here
CLAT 2020- Most Recent Updates
- June 30, 2020- CLAT 2020 to be conducted on August 22, 2020. Application extended till July 10.
- May 18, 2020- CLAT exam dates to be announced by July 1, 2020. Registration extended till same date.
- April 21, 2020- CLAT postponed for June 21, 2020. Registration extended till May 18, 2020
- April 15, 2020- The Consortium releases official mock test for PG-CLAT 2020.
- March 27, 2020- CLAT 2020 Registrations extended till April 25, 2020.
- March 27, 2020- The exam is postponed for May 24, 2020 (3:00 pm to 5:00 pm).
- January 1, 2020- The Consortium makes the application form for CLAT 2020 available online on its official website
CLAT 2020 Postponement Notice by The Consortium
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How will CLAT 2020 be conducted in COVID-19?
How will CLAT 2020 be conducted under threats presented by COVID-19?
To ensure prevention of virus spread, CLAT 2020 will be conducted by usign SD-CBT model wherein adequate measures will be undertaken at various stages of examination. CLAT 2020 will follow a model where:
- Staff will be deployed for Crowd Management and orderly movement.
- Staff with Thermo Guns will be present at entry gate
- Sufficient cleaning staff, center administrators and invigilators with face masks and hand gloves will be deployed.
- Spray machines with disinfectant liquid will be used to sanitize examination centers thoroughly.
- Sufficient hand sanitizer and hand soap will be present across the test centers and washrooms.
- Candidates with fever or COVID symptoms will not be permitted inside the exam venue. A separate isolation lab will be set up to accommodate these candidates.
- PPE kits will be made available for staff in isolation labs.
- 3 ply masks and gloves will be provided to isolated candidates
Important Instructions for Candidates:
- All candidates with temperature > 99.14 will be directed 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.)
- Candidates will be told to switch off their mobile phones, and deposit it at the designated location, to be collected while exiting.
CLAT 2020- Exam Highlights
|Exam Name||Common Law Admission Test|
|Conducting Body||Consortium of NLUs|
|Exam Type||National Level Entrance Test|
|Exam Timing||120 Minutes (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)|
|CLAT Official Website||consortiumofnlus.ac.in|
When is CLAT 2020?
When is CLAT 2020?
With the change in the entire exam schedule due to the current health crisis all across the nation, there’s a confusion as to when will CLAT 2020 be held. Below mentioned are the official dates of all events associated with CLAT 2020.
|Begining of Registration||January 1, 2020|
|Last date to register||July 10, 2020|
|Admit cards release date||To be notified|
|Exam Date||August 22, 2020|
Who can appear for CLAT 2020?
Who can appear for CLAT 2020?
The Consortium has prescribed the eligibility criteria for both CLAT UG and CLAT PG programs specifying the age limit and academic qualification required to appear for the test. Below mentioned is the CLAT eligibility criteria for both programs.
CLAT UG 2020 Eligibility Criteria
- Age Limit: As per revised rules, there is no upper age limit for CLAT 2020.
- Academic Qualification: Candidate must have passed 10+2 or any equivalent examination with at least 45% marks, 40% in case of SC/ ST students.
CLAT PG 2020 Eligibility Criteria
- Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for LLM program.
- Academic Qualification: Candidate must have an LLB or any other equivalent degree with atleast 55% marks, 40% in case of SC/ ST students.
Wish to know whether you are eligible for CLAT 2020 or not? Read CLAT Eligibility Criteria in detail
How to fill CLAT Application Form?
CLAT 2020 Application Form- Fill Online
CLAT 2020 Registration window has been extended till July 10, 2020. Visit the CLAT Official Website to access the application form of CLAT 2020. Completing CLAT 2020 Registration primarily involves four steps –
Step 1: Law aspirants have to register first to get a provisional Registration ID and Password.
Step 2: Login with the provisional ID and Password, and upload the documents as per the defined guidelines. CheckPhoto and Signature Size Format
Step 3: Proceed to fill in the other required details like personal and qualification details, and preference for NLUs in the application form.
Step 4: The final step is to pay the stipulated application fee. It can be paid via online (Debit/Credit or Net Banking) or offline (Bank Challan). CLAT Application Fee 2020 is Rs.4000 for students from General/OBC/PWD/NRI and Rs.3500 for SC/ST/BPL.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus – UG & PG
CLAT 2020 Syllabus – UG & PG
The consortium of NLUs releases the official CLAT Syllabus, and there are no changes in the curriculum. CLAT Syllabus for UG & PG program as mentioned on the official website is as follows:
|CLAT UG Syllabus||CLAT PG Syllabus|
|English Language Grammar, Comprehension Passages, Word Meanings, Correct/Incorrect Sentences||Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs Static general knowledge including History, Polity, Geography, Environment, etc. & Current affairs based on events of national and international importance, sports, new appointments, awards and honours etc.|
|Legal Aptitude Study of law, Research aptitude, Problem-solving ability, Questions based on hypothetical situations, Important court verdicts|
|Logical Reasoning Logical and Analytical reasoning skills|
|Quantitative Techniques Algebra, Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Speed & Distance, Venn Diagrams, Permutation & Combination, Statistics, Mensuration|
How to Prepare for CLAT 2020?
How to Prepare for CLAT 2020?
Lakhs of students appear for CLAT every year, but only a few qualify. Right preparation strategy and correct understanding of the questions in the paper can help students ace the examination. Since the exam has been delayed, candidates have got more time to replenish their preparation. Here we will be discussing how the new pattern can pose a challenge to students, and how should a candidate prepare. The discussion is primarily for CLAT 2020 UG Program.
UG CLAT 2020 is designed to test a candidate’s necessary aptitude and skills for legal education rather than the prior knowledge. The paper will evaluate the candidate’s comprehension and reasoning skills.
|CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips for UG Programme|
|English Language||This section carries 20% weightage in the exam. The paper will have passages of about 450 words each, which will be derived from contemporary or historically significant writings and fictional or non-fictional sources.|
CLAT Prep Strategy: Read newspapers and magazines religiously along with books used by question setters. Read the editorial section of newspapers which will also help you in enhancing your GK and Current Affairs. Get indulged into regular group discussions. Read the same passage and then discuss variant view points. Practice grammar from good 10th standard grammar textbooks. It is difficult to develop vocabulary at this point of time, but note down the words and meanings you come across while reading. Going through all practice papers and sample papers is a must for this section.
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||The section carries roughly 25% weightage in the exam. The questions will not judge a candidate’s “Fact Knowledge” but will test in depth understanding of issues and events of significance. CLAT Prep Strategy: The best way to prepare for this section is to have a long term habit of reading newspapers, periodicals, or may be good editorial pieces available online wherein various directions of a topic are deciphered. Another good way is to discuss the latest events with your peers that will help you in analysing the topic better.|
|Legal Aptitude||Carrying roughly 25% weightage, the complexity of this section from this year is that the principle and facts will not be supplied separately. One needs to identify the principles set out in it. |
CLAT Prep Strategy: Attempt previous year papers. Since Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and English Language are somewhat related, preparation tips for these sections remain similar.
|Logical Reasoning||Having 20% weightage means primarily questions with Premises & Conclusions. Candidates are required to identify the overall theme, point, or conclusion to the passage along with premises and conclusions.|
CLAT Prep Strategy: Though the format is very different from previous years’, questions from logical games or syllogisms can be included. Get a good hold on previous year question papers along with the preparation tips suggested for English Language and Legal Reasoning.
|Quantitative Techniques||The section includes reading a passage or analysing a set of graphical information before attempting any question.|
CLAT Prep Strategy: The best way to prepare for this section is to go back to 10th &12th standard books, good practice material and religious practice of previous year questions.
Download CLAT 2019 Question Papers & Answer Keys
CLAT UG 2019 Question Papers
|Series||Question Paper||Answer Keys|
|English Comprehension||Click Here||Click Here|
|Current Affairs & General Knowledge||Click Here||Click Here|
|Legal Aptitude||Click Here||Click Here|
|Logical Reasoning||Click Here||Click Here|
CLAT PG 2019 Question Papers
|Series||Question Paper||Answer Keys|
|LLM Question Paper||Click Here||Click Here|
CLAT 2020 Changed Exam Pattern
CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
The national law entrance exam will be of two hours duration. The online mode exam will have 150 objective type questions for UG, and 120 MCQs for PG (pattern changed). 1 mark will be awarded for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted as a penalty for every wrong answer.
Exam Pattern for CLAT LLB
The section-wise distribution in CLAT 2020 question paper is mentioned below:
|Subjects||No. of Questions|
|English (including comprehension)||28-32|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||35-39|
|Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||13-17|
Exam Pattern for CLAT LLM
Distribution of questions in each section is indicated in the table below:
|Subjects||No. of Questions||Maximum Marks|
|Multiple Choice Questions||120||120|
CLAT UG 2020- Sample Papers by Consortium
The Consortium has released official sample papers for both UG and PG programs. Candidates who have successfully registered for CLAT 2020 can get access to these sample papers by logging into their respective accounts. For candidates who cannot get access and wish to get a clue of questions, we have posted clip of some sections from the sample papers below.
Expected Cut Off for CLAT 2020
Expected Cut Off for CLAT 2020
Cut off is the minimum score that needs to be secured to participate in the counselling procedure. CLAT Cut Off forms the basis of counselling and seat allotment. The minimum mark requirement is calculated considering multiple factors listed below:
- The difficulty level of the paper,
- Availability of seats,
- Average marks scored in the test
- Total test population.
Tabulated below is the expected cut off of CLAT 2020 by the experts. The cut off has been predicted considering that the level of the paper will be easy.
|NLU||Expected Cut Off|
|NLSIU, Bengaluru||119.5 - 120.5|
|NALSAR, Hyderabad||114 - 115|
|NLIU, Bhopal||107 - 108|
|NUJS, Kolkata||112 - 113|
|NLU, Jodhpur||109 - 111|
|HNLU, Raipur||103 - 104|
|GNLU, Gandhinagar||106 - 107|
|RAMNLU, Lucknow||100 - 102|
|RGNUL, Patiala||99 - 100|
|CNLU, Patna||95 - 96|
|NUALS, Kochi||99 - 100|
|NLUO, Cuttack||97 - 98|
|NUSRL, Ranchi||94 - 95|
|NLUJA, Guwahati||93 - 94|
|DSNLU, Vizag||92 - 93|
|TNNLS, Tiruchirapalli||92 - 93|
|MNLU, Mumbai||105 - 106|
|MNLU, Nagpur||91 - 92|
|MNLU, Aurangabad||91 - 92|
|MPDNLU, Jabalpur||90 - 91|
|HPNLU, Shimla||89 - 90|
|Dr. B. R. Ambedkar NLU||87 - 88|
CLAT 2020 Result vs Rank vs College
CLAT 2020 Result vs Rank vs College
CLAT 2020 results declaration date will be notified by the authorities. Candidates who will be appearing for the examination are required to login to their respective acounts using their registered Email ID and Password to access CLAT Results. The document is released in the form of scorecard containing CLAT Scores along with All India Rank (AIR) and Category Rank in CLAT. A candidate is required to score above 115 to get a rank between 1-200 by which s/he can take admission in reputed NLUs.
The table below can help students get a clue about the ranks required to get admission in top NLUs by analysing previous years’ trends.
|National Law Universities (NLUs)||2019(Rank)||2018(Rank)||2017(Rank)||2016(Rank)|
Which Colleges accept CLAT Score?
Which Colleges accept CLAT Score?
With the declaration of CLAT 2020 result, students will begin with the counselling rounds. However, they might be sceptic as to which college should they prefer keeping in mind points like the ranking of institute, study environment, and placement opportunities.
For all law aspirants, we at collegedunia have prepared a comprehensive table highlighting the NIRF Ranking of top law institutes along with their placement opportunities in the past few years.
CLAT UG (5 Year Program)- Placement Statistics
|NIRF 2020 Ranking||Name of NLU||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)|
|1||National Law School of India University, Bengaluru||82||51||15,20,000||77||39||14,50,000||69||42||14,50,000|
|2||National Law University, Delhi||81||26||13,80,000||81||30||15,00,000||73||15||11,80,000|
|3||Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad||74||58||15,00,000||73||58||15,00,000||78||53||14,00,000|
|4||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur||29||24||7,40,000||37||26||8,00,000||29||20||7,25,000|
|6||The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences||114||87||15,00,000||117||76||15,00,000||103||87||15,00,000|
CLAT PG (1 Year Program)- Placement Statistics
|NIRF 2020 Ranking||Name||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)||No. of students graduating||No. of students placed||Median Placement Package(Rs.)|
|1||National Law School of India University, Bengaluru||49||16||6,00,000||53||8||4,71,000||48||8||6,00,000|
|2||National Law University, Delhi||23||2||6,00,000||39||20||7,00,000||47||15||5,50,000|
|3||Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad||63||46||8,50,000||57||45||7,00,000||54||42||6,00,000|
|4||Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur||8||4||6,00,000||13||7||6,00,000||NA||NA||NA|
|6||The West Bengal National University of Juridicial Sciences||35||10||6,00,000||36||12||5,00,000||40||11||4,00,000|
PSU Recruitment through CLAT 2020
Candidates who have applied for CLAT LLM programme can also apply to Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) recruitment via CLAT. Many PSU’s hire candidates as Legal Executives and Legal advisors to handle all legal affairs of the organization. Below mentioned is the list of PSUs that either use CLAT Score, or directly hire through CLAT entrance test.
|Organizations/PSUs using CLAT Score||PSUs Hiring through CLAT Exam|
|Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)||Oil India Limited (OIL)|
|Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC)||Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL)|
|Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO)||Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)|
|-||National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC)|
|-||Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL)|
Eligibility Criteria for PSU Recruitment
- A student applying for PSU needs to meet the minimum marks scored when applying for PG (LLM)- General/OBC: 55%; SC/ST/: 50%
- For certain PSUs, a candidate may also be required to score 60% marks or above. It varies from PSU to PSU.
- There’s no upper age limit for applying to PSU.
- Minimum cut off prediction is tough at this hour, however, we can safely say a candidate needs to be in Top 30 in PG score for getting selected for PSU.
Salient FAQs on CLAT 2020
CLAT 2020 FAQs
Ques. When is CLAT exam conducted every year?
Ans. The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May every year. Nearly 50 thousand candidates register online for the law entrance examination.
Ques. What is the age wise eligibility to appear for CLAT Exam?
Ans. From the year 2016, the authorities removed the upper age limit. But, the lower age limit to apply online is below 20 years of age as on 1st July 2020 (22 years in case of SC/ST and Persons with Disability candidates).CheckCLAT Eligibility
Ques. Is there an option to write CLAT in offline mode?
Ans. Due to the current pandemic situation, CLAT 2020 will be conducted in SD-CBT mode. Earlier, the paper was to be conducted in offline mode.
Ques. Is there any requirement of computer skills for appearing in CLAT 2020?
Ans. Law aspirants’ appearing for CLAT only needs to operate the computer mouse.
Ques. How many seats are there in National Law Universities?
Ans. For the year 2020, there are 19 NLUs offering admissions to law aspirants as per candidates score in CLAT 2020. The National Law Universities will offer a total of 2984 seats. As two new NLUs have been added, the number of seats has also increased.CheckCLAT Reservation.
Ques. Can a student apply to any other Law School / University using CLAT Score?
Ans. Yes, students can apply to several other private colleges using CLAT score. Some of the top Law Schools/ Universities, which accept CLAT Scores, are listed below.
- Alliance University, Bangalore
- Asian Law College, Noida
- Amity University, UP
- Azim Premji University, Bangalore
- Delhi Institute of Rural Development, Holambi, Delhi
- Institute of Law, Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
- University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
- School of Law, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
- Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
- Manipal University, Jaipur
- REVA University, Bangalore
- SRM University, Delhi NCR
Ques. What are the other major Law Entrance Exams for Law at the undergraduate level?
Ans. Some of the other major law entrance exams in India are listed below:
- Christ CET
- Army Law School Entrance Test
- Jamia Millia Islamia University, Faculty of Law – Common Entrance Test
Ques. If I do not clear the minimum CLAT Cut off 2020, will I still be eligible for final admissions?
Ans. No, it is necessary to qualify the minimum cut off for CLAT for further admission procedure. Failing in this step will make you ineligible to get admissions in any of the law schools accepting CLAT Scores.
Ques. When and how will I receive my CLAT Admit Card 2020?
Ans. Candidates who registered successfully will be issued their admit card online at clat.ac.in. The document will not be sent via post. Last date to download it is May 15, 2020.Know DetailsCLAT Admit Card
Ques. In case I lose or misplace my admit card at the exam center, can I download it later?
Ans. Yes, you must contact the concerned authorities and report the incident to them. They will help you with downloading the duplicate admit card.
Ques. On what occasions do students need to make payments on the CLAT website?
Ans. In the entire procedure for getting finally enrolled in the NLUs, candidates have to make payments on the following occasions:
- Submitting the Online Application Form
- If interested in downloading the Previous Year’s Question papers and
- While participating in the counselling session.
Ques. Will I be given extra sheets/ papers for calculations/ rough work?
Ans. Yes, candidates appearing for the law entrance examination will be given sheets for rough work or calculations at the exam center by the invigilators. However, no candidate can carry his or her notebooks or copies for any rough work.
Ques. How does CLAT Committee decide which NLU will hold the law exam?
Ans. The order is decided as per the NLU's year of establishment.
Ques. Can you list down the items that are banned from being carried at CLAT Exam Center 2020?
Ans. Listed below are the items or material that are strictly prohibited at the centre:
- Mobile Phones
- Books/ chits/ sheets
- Electronic Gadgets
Ques. Which are the colleges, which offer placements with salaries of 10 Lakh – 14 Lakh per annum?
Ans. Colleges, which offer placements with salaries of 10 Lakh – 14 Lakh per annum are:
- National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore
- NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
- The National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
- The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata
Ques. Which are the colleges, which offer placements with salaries of 7 Lakh – 10 Lakh per annum?
Ans. Colleges that offer placements with salaries of 7 Lakh – 10 Lakh per annum are:
- National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur
- Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
- Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
- National Law University, Delhi
- Symbiosis Law School, Pune
- Symbiosis Law School, Noida
- Government Law College, Mumbai
- Indian Law Society, Pune
Ques. Who are the major Law Firms who recruit from National Law Universities?
Ans. The major Law Firms who recruit from National Law Universities are:
- Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co
- AZB & Partners
- Khaitan & Co
- J Sagar Associates
- Luthra & Luthra
- Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
- Nishith Desai Associates
- Anand and Anand
- Desai & Diwanji
- Economic Laws Practice
- Wadia Ghandy & Co
- Phoenix Legal
- DSK Legal
- Fox Mandal
Ques. Who are the major MNCs who recruit from National Law Universities?
Ans. The major MNCs who recruit from National Law Universities are:
- ITC Ltd.
- ICICI Bank
- HDFC Bank
- P & G
Ques. Is there any arrangement for SAPs or PwDs?
Ans. Yes, there are arrangements made for the categories. They are as follows:
- They can opt either to arrange for his/ her scribe or to make a request to the CLAT office to provide one for them.
- They will be entitled to a compensatory time of 40 minutes.
Ques. How can I get past years CLAT question papers?
Ans. The past years CLAT question papers will be available at clat.ac.in. To download the previous year papers, a requisite fee need to be paid. For this year, INR 400 needs to be paid to access the papers.
Ques. Other than CLAT which other Law Exams should be kept in mind?
Ans. Apart from CLAT, there are various other state and a national level law examination that one should be aware of. They are as follows:
- AILET - All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) for admission in National Law University (NLU), Delhi.
- Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) conducted by the Symbiosis International University to get admission into Symbiosis Law School.
- CET IPU - The Common Entrance test conducted by Indraprastha University, Delhi for various law colleges situated in Delhi and NCR including Amity Noida.
- LSAT-India is a standardised test adopted as an admissions criterion by multiple law colleges across India.
Ques. What is the meaning of ‘Merit-cum-Preference’ basis in CLAT Counselling?
Ans. The term means that the allotment of seats will be given as per the candidate’s score in CLAT 2020 and the order of preference given by them at the time of registration.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College