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    What led to the introduction of NLAT 2020? Reasons cited by NSLIU Bangalore

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    The current pandemic has changed the face of education drastically, while educational ministries and institutions struggle to keep it as feasible as possible. NLAT is a law entrance examination held for students wishing to take up the LLB course at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore- a premium law school in India. It is scheduled for 12th September this year . This law entrance examination has been introduced in an online mode through home-centres subject to the current pandemic of the COVID-19.

    Table of Contents

    1. Important Highlights

    2. Important Dates

    3. NLAT 2020 Application Process

    4. NLAT 2020 Syllabus

    5. Difference b/w NLAT & CLAT

    6. NLAT 2020 FAQs

    On September 3rd 2020, The National Law School of India University, Bangalore ‘completely disassociated’ itself with the CLAT ( Common Law Admission Test) Consortium and has specified that the Law school will only be accepting scores from the NLAT test conducted solely by the school.

    On 6th September 2020, a press release was made by the NLSIU stating the withdrawal. This quick decision was made owing to the following reasons:

    • LEGAL IMPACT: The new CLAT entrance examination pattern is in derogation of the bye-laws of the Consortium, which is deemed unfit by the NLSIU;
    • DIFFERENCE IN OPINION: Another fall back was the discussion among the executive council to postpone the CLAT examination to 18th September , which apparently was not made unanimously. It has also been known that the Vice Chancellor of the NLSIU is an integral member of the board, which gives ignition to various speculations regarding the credibility of the present consortium;
    • FEAR OF UNDERGOING A ‘ZERO YEAR: One of the major setbacks of complying with the CLAT is the administrative barrier and the fear of a ‘zero year’ for NLSIU. Since a trimester system of academic calendar is followed by the NLSIU, failing to complete admissions before the end of September would lead to a zero year for the institution;
    • REJECTION OF ALTERNATIVE PROPOSALS: According to the NLSIU , alternatives for conducting the law entrance examinations were submitted to the consortium. Some of the alternatives included conducting examinations in two phases, allowing NLUs to conduct individual examinations, which were rejected due to other reasons;

    The NLSIU has also notified that it has withdrawn from CLAT consortium in all terms – administrative as well as executive. Following which, the Vice Chancellor of NLSIU who was also the Secretary-Treasurer in the General Body has withdrawn participation this year.

    NLAT 2020 Important Highlights

    DATE OF EXAMINATION12TH SEPTEMBER
    APPLICATION WINDOW3RD SEPTEMBER- 10TH SEPTEMBER
    APPLICATION FEERS. 150
    EXAMINATION MODEONLINE
    MOCK TEST BY NLSIU9TH SEPTEMBER – 11TH SEPTEMBER
    EXAM DURATION45 MINUTES – UG NLAT 40 MINUTES – PG NLAT
    NUMBER OF QUESTIONS40 QUESTIONS – UG NLAT 30 QUESTIONS – PG NLAT
    NEGATIVE MARKINGYES (0.5 PER NEGATIVE ANSWER )
    MODE OF PAYMENTONLINE

    Important Dates for NLAT 2020

    EVENTDATE
    OPENING OF APPLICATION WINDOW3rd – 10th SEPTEMBER
    MOCK TEST WINDOW9th – 11th SEPTEMBER
    PROVISIONAL ANSWER KEY FOR MOCK TEST12th SEPTEMBER
    EXAMINATION DATE12th SEPTEMBER
    FINAL ANSWER KEY14th SEPTEMBER
    RESULT DECLARATION15th SEPTEMBER
    ACADEMIC YEAR COMMENCEMENT18th SEPTEMBER

    NLAT 2020 Application Process

    1. The application window has been opened from 3rd September to 10th September where the application form can be accessed online at the application portal of NLSIU ;
    2. The following documents are required for the application :
      • A scanned copy of passport size photo;
      • A scanned copy of ID card approved by the Government of India;
      • Address of the candidate
      • Personal details
      • Academic records ;
      • Reservation information ;
    3. The application fee for the examination is as follows :
    GENERAL CATEGORYRS . 150/-
    SC/ ST CATEGORYRS. 125/-
    1. Since the examination can be given at test-centres in selected cities, candidates must register for the same by notifying through email at info@testpanindia.com along with the following information :
      • Name of the candidate
      • Email ID of candidate
      • Phone number
      • Current city

    The following agency can also be contacted for further information : Mr. Yogender Chauhan, Testpan India Pvt. Ltd., +91 7428461194.

    NLAT 2020 Guidelines for PWD Candidates. Click Here

    NLAT 2020 Syllabus & Subject Weightage

    The NLAT will consist of a similar set of subjects as in CLAT for the entrance examinations this year. The subjects are :

    1. English language
    2. Logical reasoning
    3. Legal reasoning
    4. Current affairs ( Static questions included)
    5. Quantitative aptitude

    The per subject weightage of the NLAT 2020 will be as follows :

    SUBJECTWEIGHTAGE
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE08 QUESTIONS OUT OF 40 QUESTIONS
    LOGICAL REASONING08 QUESTIONS OUT OF 40 QUESTIONS
    LEGAL REASONING08 QUESTIONS OUT OF 40 QUESTIONS
    CURRENT AFFAIRS08 QUESTIONS OUT OF 40 QUESTIONS
    QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE08 QUESTIONS OUT OF 40 QUESTIONS

    NLAT Syllabus and Paper Format for admissions at NLSIU

    NLAT Exam Mode, Exam Centre & Requirements

    The NLAT examinations 2020 which will be conducted on online mode has also been introduced in selected test-centres in various cities. Originally, the examinations could be accessed only through home-centres. After facing dissent from the candidates due to factors like availability of uninterrupted internet connectivity, specified electronic devices along with other specifications, the institution has decided to introduce 15 test-centres in selected cities where examinations will be conducted apart from the individual home-centres. Although certain technical requirements have been mentioned by the institution, the body has been working on relaxing these specifications to suit all sections of the candidates:

    The examination body is working on reducing the required internet bandwidth, data access on various devices including the android and mac phones. Suitable proctoring algorithms are also being worked on, without lowering the integrity of the institution;

    The scribe provision has also been enabled by the examination body which allows students with special needs upon presenting the required medical certificates to the institution.

    Read Technical Requirements to write NLAT 2020

    How is NLAT different from CLAT in terms of Question Paper?

    Although most of the question patterns are same for both the examinations, the following differences are :

    BASIS OF DIFFERENCECLATNLAT
    NO. OF QUESTIONS120 QUESTIONS40 QUESTIONS
    MARKING SCHEME1 MARKS PER QUESTION
    -0.25 PER NEGATIVE ANSWER
    2 MARKS PER QUESTION
    -0.5 PER NEGATIVE ANSWER
    REVISITING QUESTIONS THROUGH NAVIGATIONALLOWEDNOT ALLOWED ONCE ANSWER IS SUBMITTED

    NLAT vs CLAT Debate: Know the Difference between the two Law Entrance Tests

    NLAT 2020 FAQs

    Ques. How can the NLAT results be accessed ?

    Ans. The NLAT 2020 results will be declared on the 15th September and can be accessed on the online portal of the website.

    Ques. Can the CLAT fee be refunded if one opts to appear for NLAT?

    Ans. NLAT and CLAT are two separate bodies. Any queries related to CLAT can be directed to the CLAT consortium.

    Ques. Will the NLAT examination be conducted using artificial proctors?

    Ans. Yes. The examination will be conducted through proctors using a combination of artificial, technological and human proctors.

    Ques. What is the marking scheme for the examination ?

    Ans. For the UG candidates, the entire question paper consists of 40 questions, each question carrying two marks and a negative marking of 0.5 per incorrect answer. The same marking scheme is applied for the PG candidates, the total number of questions being 30.

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