CLAT Syllabus 2020: Check Important Topics, Books & Sample Papers

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    CLAT Core Committee along with the 21 NLUs has formulated the syllabus for CLAT 2020. NUSRL Ranchi will be conducting CLAT 2020, however final dates for the exam will be announced by July 1. The paper has been further postponed in wake of increasing outspread of COVID-19 in the nation. The registrations for the entrance test has also been extended till July 1, 2020. Candidates who haven’t registered for the exam yet can do so by visiting the official website at the earliest.

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    CLAT Syllabus 2020 will include questions from English, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude for undergraduate program. The syllabus is different for LLM program which includes sections of Constituional Law, Jurisprudence, Law of Torts, International Law, and Criminal Law.

    The national level exam grants admission in 3 year & 5 year Integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by the NLU (except NLU Delhi) and other Law Schools accepting CLAT Scores. Last year nearly 54,000 students appeared for CLAT 2019. This number is 93% of those who registered. It is expected that the competition for law entrance exam will be high this year. In order to withstand the competition, law aspirants should optimize their preparation plan according to CLAT Syllabus.  

    Read the changes introduced by The Consortium in CLAT 2020 exam

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    CLAT 2020 Syllabus- Marks Distribution

    CLAT 2020 Syllabus- Marks Distribution

    With the change in CLAT 2020 exam pattern, sectional distribution of marks and weightage in both B.A.LLB and LLM programs has changed. Below mentioned is the weightage of different sections in both programs:

    CLAT 2020 Syllabus for UG- Subject-wise Marks Distribution

    SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
    English and comprehension28-32 questions28 - 32
    Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)13-17 questions13 - 17
    General Knowledge and Current Affairs35-39 questions35 - 39
    Logical Reasoning28-32 questions28 - 32
    Legal Aptitude35-39 questions35 - 39

    CLAT 2020 Syllabus for PG- Subject-wise Marks Distribution

    Multiple Choice Questions

    S.NoSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
    1Constitutional Law4040
    2Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.6060

    Subjective Type Questions

    The paper will have two subjective type questions each of 25 marks, making it a total of 50 marks. The word limit for the essays will be 800 words will be based on law and contemporary issues.

    CLAT 2020 B.A.LLB Syllabus

    CLAT Syllabus for English 

    In this section, proficiency in English will be tested is tested by 28-32 questions related to comprehension passages and grammar. In comprehension section with passages of around 450 words, the candidates will be tested on the basis of their understanding of the passage. The grammar section will incorporate questions on correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

    • Vocabulary – it will majorly cover synonyms, antonyms, and analogies.
    • Grammar – you will have to correct the grammatical errors in questions, fill in the blanks with appropriate words etc.
    • Comprehension – will test the understanding of a passage including its central theme and word meanings. Reading passages will consume 5-7 minutes.

    How to prepare for English Section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books –  English Section

    CLAT Books
    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    High School English Grammar and Composition KeyWren and Martin
    Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
    A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal

    CLAT Mathematics Syllabus 

    It helps to understand the fundamental arithmetic skills of candidates. The level of questions is up to 10th standard. There are 13-17 questions (passages based on short sets of facts, propositions, graphs, pictorials, textuals or diagrammatic representation of numerical data) from this section that are expected to be of easy to moderate level. To score well, make sure to brush up all the basics formulas and concepts of elementary level. Important topics for Elementary Mathematics in CLAT are:


    How to prepare for Mathematics section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – Mathematics Section

    CLAT Preparation Books
    CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
    Universal's Elementary Mathematics (Numeral Ability)Jain Prateek
    Mathematics for CLAT & AILETLAWGICIANS
    Mathematics for CLATShailesh Kumar

    CLAT Syllabus for General Knowledge and Current Affairs 

    This section is considered as make it or break it section of the law entrance exam. There are 35-39 questions from this section that tests a candidates level of awareness within the country and worldwide as well. To prepare for this section, candidates are advised to be up-to-date with news and other topics discussed in mainstream media.

    • This section will also carry passages of around 450 words and will be based on news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writings
    • Questions are asked from the recent topics and current affairs broadly featuring between March 2019 and April 2020.
    • The passages will carry legal information and knowledge besides contemporary events of India and the world.
    • The questions may be from arts and culture, world affairs as well as historical events of continuing significance.

    How to prepare for GK and Current Affairs section? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – GK Section

    CLAT Preparation Books
    CLAT BookAuthor/ Publisher
    Manorama Yearbook 2020Mammen Mathew
    Current Affairs Yearly 2020Arihant Experts
    General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's WhoRPH Editorial Board

    CLAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning 

    This section is devised to evaluate a candidate’s ability to analytically comprehend different aspects of a situation or scenario and logically derive solutions. A total of 28-32 questions are asked in this paper. No visual questions are asked in the section. It covers a variety of logical aptitude questions including syllogism, logical sequences, analogies, etc.


    How to prepare for Logical Reasoning Section in CLAT? – Click Here

    CLAT Preparation Books – Logical Reasoning Section

    CLAT Preparation Books
    CLAT BooksAuthor/ Publisher
    Universal's Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance ExamsJain Prateek
    Analytical ReasoningM. K. Pandey
    Logical ReasoningR K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta

    CLAT Syllabus for Legal Aptitude

    The most interesting area of study among the law aspirants. This section primarily focuses on the legal aptitude of candidates. It covers 35-39 questions CLAT paper.

    • The questions are framed as legal propositions having a set of facts that satisfy the propositions. They will be posed in the form of passages of around 450 words.
    • One has to analyze suitable proposition and answer questions based on the given set of facts. Candidates will be required to read and infer the rules and principles and facts based situations to attempt the questions.

    CLAT Preparation Books – Legal Aptitude Section

    CLAT Preparation Books
    CLAT BooksAuthor/ Publisher
    Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance ExaminationsBhardwaj
    Legal Awareness Legal ReasoningBhardwaj
    Legal AptitudeRK Gupta

    CLAT LLM Syllabus 2020

    CLAT 2020 LLM Syllabus

    Questions in CLAT LLM are framed from the subjects studied in the Bachelors Program. The level of questions is usually moderate to difficult. A candidate’s comprehension of basic fundamentals of law in their UG degree is tested in the examination.

    • Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence will both have an equal weightage of 50 marks each in paper.
    • Whereas, the rest of the questions are from different topics like Criminal law, International Law, etc.

    Check detailed CLAT LLM Exam Pattern

    Constitutional Law 

    Consists of various rules, practices, and doctrines that govern the functioning of a modern state and other political communities. Candidates are asked questions based on concepts that they have studied in their graduation.

    CLAT LLM – Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    Indian Constitutional LawM.P. Jain
    The Constitution of IndiaP.M. Bakshi
    The Indian Constitution: Cornerstone of A NationAustin Granville


    In a broader sense it can be called the “philosophy of law”. It is classified into three branches - analytical, sociological, and theoretical. The questions in this section are set on the basis of the syllabus prescribed in the graduation degree course.

    CLAT LLM – Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    Introduction to JurisprudenceAvtar Singh and Harpreet Kaur
    The Elements of Jurisprudence for BSL & LL.BNoshirvan H. Jhabvala
    Legal EaglesIndu Bhan

    The Tort Law

    It is comparatively a recent common law development in India based on codifying statutes including statutes related to damages. Some of the crucial tortious obligations like Negligence, Nuisance and Defamation should be revised in detail.

    CLAT LLM – Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    The Law of TortsRatanlal and Dhirajlal
    Law of TortsR K Bangia
    Law of TortsP. Jaganathan and Usha Jaganathan


    This can be referred to as a piece of legal document which is a mutual agreement made by two or more parties, enforceable by law. Important decisions made by Supreme Court and High Court in relation to modern day commercial activities form a very crucial part of this subject.

    CLAT LLM – Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    Contract Law in IndiaAkhileshwar Pathak
    The Indian Contract Law ActMulla
    Indian Contract ActDr. Paras Diwan

    Criminal Law

    Also known as Penal Law is aimed at regulation of Social code of conduct and prohibition of any antisocial activity that poses a threat to the safety, property, health and moral welfare of citizens. Significant topics on principles of criminal liability and mens rea (“guilty mind” in Criminal Law) should be given special attention.

    CLAT LLM – Recommended Books

    Book NameAuthor/ Publisher
    The Code of Criminal ProcedureRatanlal and Dhirajlal
    Criminal Law P.S.A Pillai
    The Indian Penal CodeRatanlal and Dhirajlal

    International Law

    International Law as a subject is focused on the set of legal guidelines and contracts that govern the relations between two states or nations. International Laws can be broadly classified into Public International law, Private International Law and Supranational Law. Read about CLAT LLM 2020

    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    CLAT 2020 entrance test will be held on the same date for both undergraduate and postgraduate programs i.e. June 21, 2020 in offline mode. Candidates can go through the below given image to understand the paper pattern of CLAT 2020.


    Prepare Better with CLAT Quizzes by CollegeDunia

    Prepare Better with CLAT Quizzes by CollegeDunia

    Topic NameReference Links
    PrepositionsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    AnalogiesQuiz 1Quiz 2
    SpellingsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    AntonymsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    Sentence CorrectionQuiz 1Quiz 2
    SynonymsQuiz 1Quiz 2
    Para JumblesQuiz 1(-)

    We hope you now have the complete syllabus for CLAT 2020. The exam is scheduled for May 24, 2020. We wish you all the luck!

    Salient FAQs on CLAT Syllabus 2020

    CLAT Syllabus 2020 FAQs

    Ques. As specified by The Consortium, will questions be asked from the given syllabus or even outside?

    Ans. Since the consortium has specified CLAT 2020 syllabus on its website clearly, candidates are advised to follow the given syllabus closely. Questions in the entrance test will be asked from the given syllabus.

    Ques. Are there any changes in CLAT syllabus like that of CLAT exam pattern?

    Ans. No. There are no changes specified for CLAT syllabus. The paper pattern has changed and will now involve more comprehension based questions.

    Ques. How many changes will be there in CLAT UG 2020?

    Ans. CLAT Syllabus 2020 will include questions from English, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude for undergraduate program.

    Ques. Why should I consult syllabus for CLAT 2020?

    Ans. Candidates are suggested to go through CLAT Syllabus carefully as it will not only let them know the subjects in the test, but also the topics that will be covered in the exam.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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