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The CLAT full form is the 'Common Law Admission Test'. There total of 19 Law Universities that are participating to conduct the exam as per the official website. The Exam takes place in order to offer admissions to the aspirants into the Undergraduate and PostGraduate Law Programs. Through this paper, the students can get admissions in different universities across India.

Latest: The Consortium of NLUs has released a CLAT notice stating Major Changes in CLAT 2020 and releasing the official exam dates for CLAT. Check the notice to know all the new changes introduced in CLAT Exam.

  • CLAT Notification 2020 will be out soon and will include all the information related to the test. For example, the instructions to the application form, syllabus, exam dates, etc.
  • As per the CLAT 2020 Exam Dates, the notification will be released soon in the last week of December 2019.
  • Attempting this paper will prove to be one of the best decisions of the students because it can get you into the best National Law University
  • Candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria successfully will be able to fill the CLAT Application Form 2020.

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CLAT 2020 Highlights

CLAT Full Form Common-Law Entrance Test
Exam Level  National 
Conducting Body  National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 
Official Website  clat.ac.in 
Periodicity of the Exam  Yearly 
Application Mode  Online 
Application Fee For General/OBC/PWD/NRI - INR4000 For SC/ST/BPL - INR3500 
Exam Mode  Offline (pen-paper mode) 
Syllabus English, Legal Aptitude, Maths, Reasoning & GK

CLAT Notification 2020

As per the latest reports, the CLAT Exam Notification 2020 will be released in the first week of January 2020. The National University of Law releases the CLAT 2020 Notification in PDF format. Candidates aspiring to get admission in top Law Colleges across India are suggested to go through Notification of CLAT 2020 thoroughly. The CLAT Official Notification 2020 includes all the details about the examination like exam dates, how to apply, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, syllabus, exam centers, and many more. Candidates can download the CLAT Notification 2020 PDF from the direct link provided below.

Check CLAT 2020 Notification PDF (Link will be activated on January 1, 2020)

Before applying for CLAT make sure to read the notification and understand the requirements. Candidates are also advised to check the eligibility criteria required to apply for CLAT 2020. As per the CLAT 2020 Notification PDF, candidates who do not satisfy the eligibility will not be able to continue with the application process. Candidates applying for CLAt without checking the eligibility may result in rejection of the candidature.

CLAT Exam Date 2020

The candidates can check the dates for this law entrance exam as follows. Know the dates for all important events of CLAT 2020 from the below table.

Events  Dates (tentative)
CLAT 2020 Notification Release Date  December 2019 
Availability of Application Form  December 2019
Availability of Admit Card  May 2020
Exam Date  May 2020 
Answer Key  May 2020 
Declaration of Result (Merit List)  June 2020 
Counseling June 2020 

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

As per the CLAT 2020 Notification, to apply for the paper, one needs to check the Eligibility Criteria first because there is no point filling the form if one does not satisfy the eligibility criteria. It will only lead to form cancellation. The citizens of India and NRIs who are below the age of 20 and who completed 10+2 or equivalent education with 45% of marks can apply.

CLAT Age Limit 2020: Candidates should be below 20 years of age in case of Unreserved/NRI/NRI sponsored categories.

CLAT Eligibility for UG Program

The students have to fulfill the complete CLAT Eligibility Criteria to appear for LLB Entrance Exam. Read the following for the same:

  • There is no upper age-limit applicable to appear in this exam
  • It is mandatory that the students must have completed their 12th standard or an equal level of the exam from a recognized board or university
  • Candidates must provide the original certificates that show that they have successfully cleared their 12th class during the time of the admission. Candidates who fail to display the same will be disqualified from the admission procedure.

CLAT Eligibility Criteria for PG Program

Check the eligibility conditions for PG Program as follows:

  • There is no application of upper age limit for the PG Program
  • The students must have a minimum percentage in the L.L.B Program (or any other exam of equal level) which is the qualifying exam in order to sit in the PG Course
  • The candidates who belong to the Unreserved category and OBC category must have acquired 55% as minimum marks in the Bachelor's Degree and other categories (SC/ST) are compulsory to get at least 50% marks 
  • It is important that the aspirant must have cleared their final semester or final year of the qualifying paper on the admission date

CLAT 2020 Application Form

The CLAT Registration form will be released in December 2019. Before filling the form, one shall check the Eligibility Criteria because any candidate who does not meet the criteria for eligibility cannot apply for the exam. The candidates can follow the steps below in order to fill the CLAT 2020 form:

  • Visit the official website i.e clat.ac.in
  • Look for the link called Application Form
  • Click on it
  • Click on New Registration
  • Fill the personal details accurately like Name, Phone Number, E-mail ID
  • Register the details and candidates will get Registration Number & Password on their e-mail id and phone number
  • Now, on the next page, log in with the registration credentials
  • Enter the qualification details correctly
  • Upload the scanned documents of identity proof and required qualification documents
  • Upload Photograph and signature according to specifications
  • Proceed to the payment of a fee
  • Take a Print out of Confirmation page

CLAT Application Fee

After filling the form, candidates must pay an Application Fee. Payment of fees can be done only online, no offline mode is available.

Category Fee
Gen/OBC Rs. 4000
SC/ST Rs. 3500

CLAT Mock Test

CLAT Mock Test

CLAT 2020 Admit card

The CLAT Admit Card is always released 10-15 days prior to the examination takes place. In the previous year, it was released in May 2020. Hall ticket is the most important aspect of any exam. The students without the call letter are not permitted into the exam hall. Candidates can follow the steps below in order to download the Admit card for CLAT 2020.

  • Visit the official website i.e www.clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in
  • Look for the link called 'Admit Card' or 'Hall Ticket'
  • Click on it
  • A new page will open
  • Enter registration number and password
  • Click on Submit
  • A new page will appear with the Admit Card of the candidate
  • Candidates must save, download and take multiple print outs of their respective admit cards

CLAT Exam Centers 2020

The CLAT 2020 exam takes place all over India. There are various CLAT Exam Centers spread in different states of the country. 

  • Candidates should compulsorily reach the exam center 15 minutes before the time scheduling of the exam
  • In the exam center, no one shall carry any electronic gadgets like Phone, Bluetooth, etc.
  • The candidates must not create any kind of nuisance while they appear to write the exam
  • In any case, where the students are found guilty, they will face negative consequences

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern 2020

This year, there are a lot of changes introduced in the CLAT 2020 Exam pattern. The below table explains what are differences and changes in the new Exam pattern for CLAT 2020. The exact exam pattern will be released in the CLAT 2020 Notification. In the meantime, candidates can check the changes in the pattern and marking scheme.

Parameters Old CLAT Exam Pattern New CLAT Exam Pattern
No. of Questions 200 150
Standard of Exam up to class 10th Ability As per Class 12th Mental Ability 
GK & Current Affairs Section Included only Current Affairs Includes both GK & Current Affairs
Legal Aptitude Section Was Removed from the Pattern Now Added Back with the same number of questions
Quantitative Aptitude Included only Bar Graph 7 table Graph Entire Class 10 Syllabus is included 
Logical Reasoning No Change No Change
English Section Didn't Include Vocabulary No Intimation about the Change

The following table shows the Exam Pattern for Undergraduate Course (LLB):

Subjects Questions Maximum Marks
English including Comprehension 40 Questions 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Questions 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Questions 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Questions 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 40 Marks
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks

The following table shows the Exam Pattern for Postgraduate Course (LLM):

Subjects Questions Maximum Marks
Constitutional Law 50 Questions 50 Marks
Jurisprudence 50 Questions 50 Marks
Other law subjects 50 Questions 50 Marks
Total 150 Questions 150 Marks

CLAT Syllabus 2020

Knowing the detailed CLAT 2020 Syllabus will help candidates to be aware of which topics to be studied. CLAT includes a large number of topics, hence candidates must make a proper plan to study each and every topic. The below table explains the important topics from each section of the CLAT Exam. The CLAT Notification 2020 will also include the detailed syllabus for the examination.

English Reasoning Legal Aptitude Quantitative Ability General Knowledge
Idioms Analogy International Law Profit & Loss General Science
Synonyms  Coding-Decoding Criminal Law  Interest  Static GK
Fill ups Classification Legal Maxims  Number system Current Affairs
Antonyms  Number Test Series Legal Terms  Surds & Indices Economics
Phrases Assumptions Family Law  Ratio & Proportion  Art & Culture
Cloze Test Arguments Contracts  Percentage  Famous People
Spotting Error  Conclusions Legal Propositions  HCF & LCM Books & Authors
Comprehension  Blood Relations Indian Constitution  Interest  Technology

CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips

Everything will be possible in this world if you have a perfect plan and its implementation. So if you want to clear the exam, get a useful study plan with preparation tips as follows:

  • Read More to improve language. read books, magazines, newspapers, and novels to enhance your vocabulary.
  • Study the basics of grammar and this can be done even from school level grammar books to strengthen your basics. However, one needs to get your grammar right and fix the mistakes to secure a good rank 
  • The books are the most important aspect whenever it comes to cracking an exam, check CLAT Preparation Books 2020
  • For law aspirants, mathematics may not be a big deal as this is just Class 10 mathematics.
  • Go through NCERT Mathematics textbooks of class 9 and class 10. 
  • Legal aptitude continues to be the most important section.
  • Important book references for this would be the Constitution of India and Legal Penal Code. Importance of
  • Moot Courts: Knowledge of arguing cases and knowing various laws at the tip of your tongue is a great thing to know for all aspiring lawyers

CLAT Previous Year Question Papers

By practicing the previous exam papers, the candidates get to understand the type of questions asked in the paper and also the difficulty level of the exam. So it is very important to practice CLAT Previous Year Question Papers to crack the CLAT Exam 2020.

  • During the preparation period, it is suggested for all candidates to solve previous year question papers.
  • Take up one question paper and solve it by keeping a timer so that candidates can improve their speed and accuracy.
  • Know your mistakes and try to improvise on them.

CLAT Answer Key 2020

Before the official CLAT Answer Key releases, a provisional one is released. The provisional answer key is extremely useful to aspirants as it can help them in calculating their tentative score in the CLAT Exam 2020. On the basis of this Provisional Key, candidates can raise objections against any question or answer as given in the Answer Key.

The final answer key is released afterward. The following steps can be followed to download the answer key:

  • Visit the official Website
  • Enter the login credentials like User Id/ Registration Number and Date of Birth/ Password
  • Click on CLAT Answer Key tab & a new page will appear on the screen with the official Answer Key.
  • Save the Answer Key as a PDF and the students can view it for the reference. 

CLAT Result 2020

The CLAT Result for the year 2019 was released on June 14, 2019. The candidates can download the result from the official website directly by following the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Search for CLAT Result 2020 or similar keyword
  • Click on it
  • A new page will appear where students must fill in their Registration Number & Password
  • Enter/Submit the credentials
  • Now, a new page will shoot open viewing the results & the scorecard
  • Candidates can save and download the scorecard

Details Mentioned on the CLAT Scorecard

There are several things mentioned on the scorecard of the Result. The following are those details:

  • Name: Name of the student who has given the test
  • Roll Number: the roll number that is allocated to the student
  • Category: the category to which the student belongs like General, SC, etc.
  • Date of Birth: the candidate's date of birth is mentioned
  • Score: the score achieved by the student
  • Exam Qualifying Status: whether the student has cleared the exam or not
  • All India Rank: the candidate's overall rank across India
  • NRI Rank (students who had applied under NRI Quota)
  • NRI Sponsored Rank (for the students who had applied under NRI Sponsored Quota)
  • Legat Aptitude Marks: the candidate's marks in the Legal Aptitude Section

CLAT Cut off 2020

The CLAT Cut Off releases once the exam had taken place. The following cut off is one of the previous years':

Name of the University Gen SC ST
NLSIU, Bengaluru 157-158 120-121 120-122
NALSAR, Hyderabad 154-155 117-118 110-111
NLIU, Bhopal 147-148 115-116 107-109
NUJS, Kolkata 152-153 110-111 90-92
NLU, Jodhpur 149-151 105-106 85-87
HNLU, Raipur 143-144 100-101 80-81
GNLU, Gandhinagar 146-147 90-91 80-81
RMLNLU, Lucknow 140-142 80-81 75-76
RGNUL, Patiala 139-140 90-91 70-72
CNLU, Patna 135-136 80-81 70-72
NUALS, Kochi 139-140 75-76 65-66
NLUO, Cuttack 137-138 95-96 65-66
NUSRL, Ranchi 134-135 90-91 60-62
NLUJA, Guwahati 133-134 100-101 90-91
DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam 132-133 70-72 65-66
TNNLS, Tiruchirapalli 132-133 90-91 70-71
MNLU, Mumbai 145-146 95-96 80-82
MNLU, Nagpur 131-132 75-76 50-55
MNLU, Aurangabad 131-132 65-67 100-102
MPDNLU, Jabalpur 130-131 60-65 50-55

CLAT Seat Allotment 2020

The NLU begins the CLAT Seat Allotment according to the merit-cum-preference. The seat allotment procedure goes on for around a month. There are always possibilities of fluctuation in the total number of seats:

  • 3 Seat allotment lists are released for admissions on the official website
  • The selected candidates' names, roll numbers and all the information will be mentioned in the list
  • The students can either finalize the allocated seat or go with the option of shifting
  • Once the last date of withdrawal of admission process ends, the students will not get their refund
  • CLAT for the previous year was held for total 2342 seats(All India Seats 1480, Sate wise seats 604, and Special Seats 258) in participating NLU's.

CLAT Counseling 2020

The CLAT Counseling 2020 will start when the results have been announced. The candidates who have their names in the first allotment can pay their Counseling Fee.

  • A Counselling Fee of INR50000 is charged if any student wants to have their name in 1st seat allotment list
  • In the very first round of the counseling, the candidates would need proper access to the account
  • The next list will have the names of those candidates who are shortlisted and who have already paid the counseling fee in the last round along with the waitlisted candidate’ names

Documents Required in CLAT Counseling 2020

Candidates must carry the following documents at the time of counseling:

  • Application Form
  • Scorecard
  • 10th & 12th Marksheets
  • Admit Card
  • Specially-abled Certificate (if applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (if applicable)
  • Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (if applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (if applicable)

List of 19 Indian NLUs

As per the CLAT Notification 2020 PDF, the list of 19 NLU's are listed below. Candidates can check the below table to know where are these Law Universities located.

National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla

FAQ's

In case my admit card is lost, can I get it again?

In case one's admit card is lost, the students must concern the authorities informing them the same. They shall help the student with the issue and as it is a very important thing, they will make sure that the student must get their admit card before the exam.

Can I get extra sheets or papers for calculations and rough work in the exam?

Yes, the students who will appear in the exam hall to write the paper shall get the sheets for calculations or rough work by the invigilators themselves. So, candidates are advised not to carry any kind of papers/notebooks, etc with them in the paper

Are there any items which are banned in the exam hall?

Yes, there are many times which are not permitted in the exam center. Read the following for the same:

  • Electronic Devices (Mobile Phones/Laptops/Bluetooth/Pager/Health Band/Camera, etc)
  • Metallic Items
  • Stationery Items (Pens/Pencil/Notebooks/Textual Material/Books/Chits/Calculator, etc.)
  • Jewelry Items (all sorts)
  • Watches

When does the CLAT Exam take place every year?

The CLAT Exam or the Common Law Admission Test takes place every year in May. Around 50 thousand candidates apply for this exam, annually.

Can this exam be written in an offline mode?

Yes, from the year 2019 onwards, the exam has started to be held in an offline mode which is pen-paper mode. Before 2019, the exam was an online computer-based test.

What is the age eligibility condition to apply for the exam in 2020?

There is no upper age limit applicable to anyone who wants to apply for the exam. This practice has been started in the year 2016. The lower age limit has to be 20 years old and for the candidates who belong to SC/ST and PhD (Physically Disabled) categories, the lower age limit is 22 years old.

Are there any computer skills required in order to apply for this paper?

No, there are no requirements for computer skills as far as one knows how to operate a computer mouse. 

How many seats are usually there in the NLUs?

From the year 2019 onwards, the National Law Universities give admissions to the candidates based on their score in CLAT Exam. They offer around 2900 seats (not total). The number can fluctuate.

If I do not clear CLAT exam according to their cut off, will I be eligible for the final admissions?

No, it is actually not important to clear the minimum CLAT cut off for the proceedings of the admission. If any student who fails this step, it will make them uneligible to get admitted in any law school that only accept candidates on the basis of CLAT score.

When shall I get my admit card and how?

The students, once they have submitted their Application Forms, will get their admit cards 8-10 days before the exam day is scheduled. The students can easily download the hall ticket on the official website once the link has been active. All one needs to do is fill their registration number and password and download it.

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