CLAT is an offline admission test conducted to offer admission to law aspirants in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. This year, some major changes have been introduced in the CLAT Exam Pattern by the Consortium of National Law Universities to ensure the intake of better students to the NLUs. These changes were introduced on December 11, 2019, have a look to know CLAT Latest Updates 2020. 

CLAT Latest Updates 2020

As per the CLAT Latest News, Consortium of National Law Universities have introduced major changes and have come up with the following notifications:

  • May 18, 2020: The Executive Committee of Consortium of National Law Universities has again extended the CLAT Registration until 1st July 2020. The CLAT Exam Date has not yet been notified. 
  • April 21, 2020: The Consortium of National Law Universities has extended the online applications until 18th May 2020. The CLAT Exam is also postponed to 21st June 2020.
  • March 27, 2020: CLAT 2020 Exam Date postponed to May 24, 2020. The registration date extended to April 25, 2020.
  • January 1, 2020: CLAT 2020 Application Form released on the official website.
  • December 23, 2019: Consortium of NLUs’ official website updated with the schedule, new exam pattern, syllabus, marking scheme, list of participating institutes, etc.
  • December 11, 2019: All the major changes to the exam pattern get approval by the CNLU
  • November 21, 2019: CNLU announced important dates for CLAT 2020 and discussed proposed changes in the exam pattern in order to admit students with better competence in reading texts and demonstrate inferential reasoning skills.
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CLAT Latest News 2020

Due to the current situation, the exam has been postponed. The Consortium of National Universities has continuously extending the online application dates and postponing the exam date, Currently, as per the CLAT Latest News, the new exam date is not yet announced. As the application dates are extended until 1st July 2020, candidates can fill the applications and enhance their preparations. Check expert CLAT Preparation Tips to boost your preparations and score more marks.

What is CLAT?

Common-Law Admission Test, also known as CLAT, is an offline test conducted by the CNLUs in order to admit eligible candidates to the undergraduate and postgraduate law courses. The list of participating institutes goes up to 21 NLUs, 53 private and participating colleges. This year, due to the wake of the current situation, the exam has been rescheduled to be held on May 24, 2020, between 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM. 

Changes in CLAT Exam Pattern

As per the CLAT Latest Updates 2020, the following changes have been introduced in the CLAT Exam Pattern. Here are the major changes listed as per the CLAT Latest News. Enhance your preparation by following these changes.

  • The number of questions in CLAT 2020 for undergraduate aspirants has been reduced to 150 from 200 questions. 
  • Earlier, the level of the examination was determined on the basis of 10th standard students, however, now the questions for CLAT UG 2020 exam will be according to students of 12th standard.
  • However, the quantitative aptitude section will be based on the level of class 10th standard.
  • CLAT 2020 Syllabus will cover questions from English, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning, and Quantitative Abilities.
  • The marking scheme will include the deduction of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. 
  • For CLAT PG (conducted for LLM admissions), the cut-off system has been introduced. Candidates will have to score a minimum of 40% marks (35% marks for SC/ST/PwD students). 
  • PG aspirants will be able to take descriptive tests only if they qualify for the objective test.

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FAQ's

When is the Last Date to apply for CLAT 2020?

You can fill your applications until April 25, 2020. The filling up of applications has been extended. Whoever has not filled the applications and willing to apply can fill the form before the last date.

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. This year, the CLAT 2020 Exam is scheduled on 24th May 2020.

What is the mode of CLAT 2020 Exam?

The CLAT exam is conducted in offline mode. From 2019, the exam has been decided to be conducted in offline mode which is the pen-paper mode. Before 2019, the exam was an online computer-based test.

What is the age eligibility condition to apply for CLAT 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.

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