CLAT Syllabus 2020

In 2020, the CLAT Exam is going to take place in the month of May. Students who are planning to take the exam must check the following post for elaborated CLAT Syllabus as they must be proceeding to prepare for it.

  • As the CLAT 2020 Notification is scheduled to be released on January 1st, 2020, there are few changes expected this year.
  • Candidates aspiring to apply for CLAT can plan their preparation well in advance to score more and clear the examination.
  • In recent times, the consortium of NLU’s have introduced Major Changes in the CLAT 2020 and these will be reflected in the notification.
  • In this post, candidates can find the detailed syllabus for each section and check important topics and questions from each section. The CLAT Syllabus for LLB and LLM Programs are mentioned below.

CLAT LLB Syllabus 2020 (Updated)

The Consortium of National Law Universities (conducting body for CLAT 2020) had initially proposed a few changes in CLAT Exam Pattern. This was as per the previous press release on November 21, 2019.

However, there was recent news about the withdrawal of the proposed changes and keeping the pattern similar but with a few modifications.

Here are the details of the final CLAT UG Syllabus 2020:

CLAT Exam Pattern 2020 (Updated)

CLAT 2020 would be focusing on the evaluation of candidates on their comprehensive and reasoning skills and abilities. Summarizing the previous statement, the exam will be testing the aptitude and skills of a potential candidate that is necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge.

The prior knowledge occasionally may be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section.

CLAT UG 2020 continues to be a 2-hour exam with a set of 150 MCQs. The weightage of each question is 1 mark. Negative marking prevails in the exam with 0.25 marks deducted for every wrong answer. The sections included in the exam are:

  • English Language
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques

CLAT UG Syllabus for English Language (Updated)

The CLAT Syllabus for English Section includes the questions based on passages. The word ount of each passage is 450 words.

The passages will be based on contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and would be of a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.

The passages are followed by a few questions which will test the comprehensive and language skills of the candidate. The abilities that are further tested are:

  • Make sure one reads and comprehends the main point of discussion in the passage. Keep an eye on any arguments and viewpoints discussed or mentioned in the passage.
  • Be careful and draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage.
  • Always summarise the passage for easy understanding.
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage
  • Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.

CLAT Syllabus for Current Affairs (GK included)

In this section, you will be provided passages of up to 450 words each. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including:

  • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world;
  • Arts and culture;
  • International affairs; and
  • Historical events of continuing significance.

CLAT Updated Syllabus for Legal Reasoning

In this section, you will be expected to read passages of around 450 words each. The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical inquiries. You will not require any prior knowledge of the law. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.

Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:

  • Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage;
  • Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations; and
  • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning

The Logical Reasoning section of the UG-CLAT 2020 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:

  • Recognize an argument, its premises, and conclusions;
  • Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage;
  • Critically analyze patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;
  • Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations;
  • Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence and assess the effectiveness of arguments.

CLAT Syllabus for Quantitative Techniques

The Quantitative Techniques section of the UG-CLAT 2020 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. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information.

The questions will require you to:

  • Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations; and
  • Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistical estimation.

CLAT Syllabus 2020

The CLAT Exam 2020 will be conducted in an offline mode. Earlier, the paper used to take place in online mode. The Syllabus for LLB & LLM is separately formulated. Read the following to know more:

  • As per the CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern, the subjects included in the exam are English, General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics
  • A total of 150 questions will be there in the paper
  • Every year, few changes are being introduced in the syllabus in terms of topics and sections.
  • The total exam duration is 2 hours.
  • The questions will be asked in a format of MCQs
  • Candidates are advised to not leave any topic from the syllabus at the time of preparation
  • Go through the CLAT Preparation Tips by Experts for knowing tips & tricks to crack the examination.

CLAT Syllabus 2020 (General English)

Candidates can check out the following content in order to know the CLAT Syllabus 2020 for English Section:

  • The English section will examine the proficiency of students in English on the basis of comprehension passages and grasp on grammar
  • Through Reading Comprehension, the motif is to conclude how well the candidate understood the passage, the central theme of the passage and the meaning of certain words in the passage
  • In the Grammar Section, the candidates are supposed to rectify the grammatical errors in the passage. They also have to fill the blanks using accurate words there

The English Section, mainly, has 3 major areas:

  • Comprehension: To understand how the candidate grasps the theme and overall passage
  • Vocabulary: To examine the candidate’s vocab level
  • Grammar: To know how well they can form sentences and their proficiency in the grammar area
Sections Topics
English Vocabulary Synonyms
Word definitions
English Proficiency Idioms and Phrases
One-word substitution
Sentence improvement & rearrangement
Fill in the blanks
Subject-Verb Agreement
Noun/ Pronoun/ Articles & Conjunction
English Usage Errors Grammatical Errors- tense, voice, preposition, speech errors
Correct Spelling
Spotting errors
Inappropriate usage of words
English Comprehension Passage

Best Books to prepare CLAT English Section

The candidates who think they have issues with the English Section, kindly check the following table for the best books that can help them:

CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
High School English Grammar and Composition Key Wren and Martin
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning R.S. Aggarwal

CLAT Syllabus 2020 for General Knowledge & Current Affairs

The students do not need to get panicky when it comes to GK. We understand there is a lot to prepare for this section but it can be done calmly:

  • The General knowledge test is for examining general awareness of the students that also includes static general knowledge. There will be questions on current affairs too
  • There will be a total of 50 questions from this section that will test the level of awareness students possess about the country and worldwide as well
Sections Topics
Politics Ancient, Medieval, Modern and World History
Geography Economics (Outline of Indian Economy, Five Year Plans, National Income of India, Indian Tax Structure)
Science and technology Environment & Ecology
General Science National & International Burning topics
Books and Authors Environment
Industries Major Industries in India
Agriculture Awards and Achievements

Best Books to prepare CLAT GK Section

The students who find difficulties with the GK Section can check the following table for the best books that can help them:

CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
Manorama Yearbook 2017 Mammen Mathew
Current Affairs Yearly 2017 Arihant Experts
General Knowledge 2017: Latest Current Affairs & Who’s Who RPH Editorial Board

CLAT Syllabus 2020 for Mathematics

Students do not have to worry when it comes to Math. Only 20 questions are going to appear from this section.

  • Students’ knowledge of elementary Maths would be checked here. The question paper level would be of 10th level
  • Maths Section was added to the syllabus to understand the arithmetic skills of the students
  • Usually, the Maths section holds easy to moderate level of difficulty
  • In order to crack this section, students must strengthen their basics as well as the concepts of the paper
Sections Topics
Mensuration Areas, Volumes
Commercial Mathematics Interest, Profit, loss and Discounts, Percentage, Partnership
Modern Mathematics Permutation & Combination Probability, Clocks & Calendars
Data interpretation Graphs, charts
Arithmetic Number system, H.C.F and L.C.M, Logarithms and, Functions, Fractions, and decimals, Roots, and Indices, Simplification, Ratio and proportions, Time and Work, Average

Best Books to prepare CLAT Maths Section

The students who find difficulties with the GK Section can check the following table for the best books that can help them:

CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
Universal’s Elementary Mathematics (Numeral Ability) Jain Prateek
Mathematics for CLAT Shailesh Kumar

CLAT Syllabus 2020 for Legal Aptitude

This section will evaluate the students’ interest in the field of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving skills. The questions in the paper shall consist of legal propositions.

It is possible that some propositions might not be “true” in the actual sense, students will have to assume the “reality” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly

Sections Topics
Indian Constitution Indian Penal Code
Indian Contract Act Family Law
Law of Trots Legal Fundamentals and terms
Legal Maxims Important Landmarks, Supreme Court Judgements

Best Books to prepare CLAT Legal Aptitude Section

The legal aptitude section is one of the most interesting sections in the CLAT Exam. Students who find it difficult can take the help of the following books:

CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance Examinations Bhardwaj
Legal Awareness Legal Reasoning Bhardwaj
Legal Aptitude RK Gupta

CLAT Syllabus 2020 for Logical Reasoning

The motif of the logical reasoning section is to examine the candidate’s skills to recognize patterns, logical links and ability to correct the illogical arguments. It may consist of a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.

There will be a total of 40 questions in the paper.

Statement & Assumptions Statement & Conclusions
Statement & Arguments Statement & actions
Assertion – Reason Syllogism
Number test Direction and distance test
Coding and Decoding Blood Relationships
Ranking Analogy

Best Books to prepare CLAT Logical Reasoning Section

The logical reasoning section is a fun section. The candidates who find it tough can take the help of the following books:

CLAT Books Author/ Publisher
Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT,

LSAT and other Law Entrance Exams

Jain Prateek
Analytical Reasoning M. K. Pandey
Logical Reasoning R K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta

CLAT 2020 Syllabus for PG Course

Read the following for CLAT Syllabus for PG Course:

  • In the PG exam, there will be 3 sections, with a total of 150 objective and subjective type questions. The paper is held in offline mode. The time duration is 2 hours
  • Questions in CLAT 2020 LLM are designed from the same subjects which are there in the LLB Program
  • The question-level is mostly moderate to difficult
  • A candidate’s understanding of basic fundamentals of law in their UG Program is examined in the CLAT for PG
  • Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence will both weigh 50 marks (each) in exam
  • But the rest of the questions will be from separate topics like Criminal law, International Law, etc.

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