Changes in CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 Explained

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    CLAT is one of the most yearned for law entrance examinations that many students wish to appear after class XII. The journey which began in 2008, today has more than 55,000 students writing the test every year. The aim of the students is to grab a seat in any one of the participating NLUs including Harvard of the East - NLSIU Bangalore.

    Managed by The Consortium of NLUs, CLAT 2020 will be conducted on May 10, 2020, the application process for which is open and will last till March 31, 2020. 

    Apply for CLAT 2020. Click here

    Major changes have been introduced in CLAT 2020 exam pattern. Students who will be appearing for the examination this year to take admission into various UG and PG courses need to take a note of the following changes:

    1. Number of questions – Earlier the paper comprised of 200 questions that were to be attempted in 120 minutes. With the change in paper pattern, the number of questions have been reduced to 150 (to be attempted in 120 minutes). This change will in turn help students to focus more on questions while attempting and dedicate more time to questions in which they get stuck.
    2. Increase in Comprehension Based questions – CLAT 2020 will carry more comprehension based questions. Aspirants can expect such types of questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
    3. Question format in GK section – General Knowledge section has always played the role of a ‘game changer’. For CLAT 2020, do not expect a large number of questions from static GK. Instead, questions hailing from Current Affairs will rule the section. As per previous trends, 50% to 70% of the questions from the section have come from Current Affairs. The number is expected to rise. 

    Know in detail CLAT 2020 Syllabus. Check here

    In respect to the changes made in CLAT 2020 exam pattern, the Consortium will be releasing model papers (probably 3 model papers) for registered students in order to provide them a better understanding of the paper and the kind of questions that will be coming in the sections.

    The model papers will be released one month before the exam date.

    Looking for CLAT 2020 Mock Test? Take CLAT 2020 Practice Papers.

    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    For CLAT 2020, the exam pattern has been summarised below:

    • The paper will have 5 sections namely- English language, Current affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques.
    • There will be 150 Objective type questions with a time frame of 2 hours.
    • The question standard of CLAT 2020 will remain as that of class 12th standard.
    • Quantitative analysis will be based on class 10th mathematics content.

    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern Explained. Click here

    Note: For LL.M. Admission Test, the candidate who secures 40% marks (35% for SC/ST/PWD) in the objective test (comprising of 100 MCQs) will qualify for the descriptive test.

    With the beginning of the CLAT registration, students may lack the ability to discern how the application form has to be filled and how the entire examination process will be conducted.

    A student has to provide his/her NLU preferences at the time of filling up the application form. With the commencement of the exam, the results will be out on May 25, 2020, post which the first merit list will be out in the last week of May 2020 (tentative). 

    CLAT results can be accessed by registered students individually by logging into their registered accounts at CLAT official website.

    The entire admission process to UG and PG programs to participating NLUs in CLAT 2020 will be completed with the counselling rounds conducted by CLAT Consortium Office.

    A separate list of participating NLUs along with the courses they offer, their fee structure and their reservation criteria has been released by The Consortium. Students can check the list here. The link is provided below.

    CLAT 2020 Participating NLUs List available. Click here



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