The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for candidates to get admission into top-notch Law Universities. After the meeting at Consortium's Permanent Secretariat in Bangalore, the CLAT 2020 Exam is scheduled for May 10, 2020 (Sunday). As per the recent CLAT Notification, the CLAT Application Form will be available from January 1, 2020.

Final Exam Pattern and Syllabus Published on CLAT Official Website

The Consortium of NLUs has announced a finalized Syllabus and Exam Pattern after its changed pattern in the Press Release published on November 21, 2019.

  • The sections included in the exam will be English Language, Current Affairs (Including basic GK), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques.
  • English section will include passages of 450 words each. There will be questions based on the same.
  • Legal Reasoning will also include passages based on facts situations or scenarios involving legal matters.
  • Logical Reasoning will again be a passage-based section with 1 or more questions based on each passage.
  • The quantitative Techniques section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions.

Check Detailed CLAT Syllabus (Section-wise)

November 21, 2019: As per the recent news, the CLAT Exam Pattern will include Class 10 Maths Paper with a Less number of Questions. Another major subject, Legal Aptitude has been added back to the exam pattern. This will be the new Exam Pattern for the upcoming CLAT Exam. The examination conducting authority will also be releasing Model Question Papers along with the CLAT 2020 Notification

  • Go through the Exam Dates 2020 and be prepared for the upcoming exam beforehand
  • Know about the new major changes in the exam pattern of the upcoming CLAT Exam
  • All the interested candidates must be well aware of the  Exam Pattern before sitting for the exam

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CLAT 2020 Important Dates

The interested candidates should go through the CLAT Exam Dates Consortium of NLU and have released CLAT Important Dates which is tabulated below. This table below

Events Dates
CLAT Notification Release Date & Starting Date to Apply January 01, 2020
Model Question Paper Release Date January 01, 2020
Last Date to Apply March 31, 2020
CLAT Exam Date May 10, 2020 (3 PM - 5 PM)
CLAT Answer Key Date May 12, 2020
Last Date to Challenge Answer Key May 18, 2020
CLAT Result May 24, 2020

Major Changes Introduced in CLAT 2020

Candidates willing to appear for this year CLAT, there are new changes introduced by the exam conducting authority. Check them and start preparing as per the new changes in the CLAT Exam Pattern.

  1. The total number of questions in the CLAT Exam has been changed to 150.
  2. The new exam pattern is designed as per class 12 student's mental ability and understanding.
  3. In GK & Current Affairs Section previously only current affairs was asked but now it will include both General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
  4. Previously Legal Aptitude was removed from the exam pattern but now it is added back with the same number of questions. 
  5. In Maths Section, only bar graph and tabulation were included but now class 10 Maths is included for 10 marks only.
  6. In the English Section, vocabulary was removed but now it is not yet announced whether it would be included or not.
  7. The Logical Reasoning section has no change

In the meeting, the Consortium of NLUs has introduced a few changes in the question paper pattern from the upcoming year. The number of questions will be reduced from 200 to 120-150. The exam will remain in offline mode for 2 hours. For the UG comprehension based questions will be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. Similarly, for the PG Admission test, there will be comprehension based questions. There is no change in the Descriptive patter for UG. 

Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, said "Asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not correct as it puts students under a lot of mental pressure. The idea behind this change is to get better students to National Law Universities who have competence in reading texts, and demonstrate skills in inferential reasoning." 

The consortium has also launched a scheme of scholarship and fee concession for students of NLUs which will undertake faculty development programs in the colleges and help in upgrading the Library, IT facilities and other infrastructure. 

Apart from these changes, Prof. V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor, NLIU, Bhopal was elected as the new President and Prof. Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL, Punjab was elected as the Vice-President. Hence, there were a lot of changes made in CLAT 2020 which includes switching over online exams to offline, adding a descriptive portion to the PG Exam pattern. Also, for the first time, a carbonized copy of OMR sheets will be provided for candidates. 

Hence, as per the latest CLAT Notification, the CLAT Application process will begin from January 1, 2020, in online mode.