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CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for the candidates who want to get admissions into Under-graduate(UG) and Post-graduate(PG) law courses offered by National Law Universities (NLU) and all other major colleges accepting this exam.

CLAT is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities which was set up by all the NLUs in 2019 to conduct this exam. Its headquarters is based in NLSIU Bangalore and it comprises of:

  • An Executive Committee
  • CLAT Convener of the current year. (NUSRL, Ranchi for CLAT 2020)
  • The CLAT Convenor for the following year
  • Two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLUs.

21 National Law Universities (NLUs) participate in the CLAT exam to offer UG and PG law courses with 2500 seats available for the UG course and 720 seats are available for PG course. The National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct the offline based exam. Along with NLUs, 52 private institutions and DBRANLU Sonipat, Haryana accept this exam for admissions

What's new in CLAT 2020?

  • The number of questions is reduced from 200 to 120-150. The Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR, Prof. Faizan Mustafa quoted, Asking students to solve 200 questions in 2 hours (120 minutes) is not right as it puts the candidate under a lot of mental pressure.
  • The website for CLAT is changed this year as a new body is formed by the NLUs to conduct the exam. New website- www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in
  • There are a few additions in the question type also this year as comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, and Deductive Reasoning will be asked
  • The Consortium is also thinking of introducing cut-off marks for LLM admissions
  • Some major changes in the seat matrix of NLUs
    National Law Universities Changes/ Additions in the seat matrix
    Maharashtra National University (MNLU), Nagpur Candidate belonging to Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC) and who has the Maharashtra Domicile ONLY is eligible to update his/her reservation category in the Application form. It is available in both UG and PG courses
    Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam

    NRI Sponsored Category is added for both UG and PG courses.

    NOTE- No action is required from the applicant if he/she has already selected ˜YES' to the question œ Do you belong to the NRI Sponsored category? in the application form, this category will be automatically applied
    Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar

    NRI Sponsored Category is added for both UG and PG courses.

    NOTE- No action is required from the applicant if he/she has already selected ˜YES' to the question œ Do you belong to the NRI Sponsored category? in the application form, this category will be automatically applied

    The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata

    NRI Sponsored Category is added for UG Course only and All India OBC category has been revoked for both the courses.

    NOTE- No action is required from the applicant if he/she has already selected ˜YES' to the question œ Do you belong to the NRI Sponsored category? in the application form, this category will be automatically applied

    Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

    Candidate belonging Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category and who has Maharashtra Domicile ONLY is eligible to update his/her reservation category in the Application form. It is available for both UG and PG courses

    Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla

    Candidates from BC/OBC and All India EWS category are eligible to update their reservation category in the Application form for the PG course ONLY

    Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad

    PG course has been added to this Institution. Applicants can update their order of preferences as required

    National Law University of Odisha (NLUO)

    Eligibility Criteria for Odisha Domicile Reservation- Candidates who have passed 12th or equivalent examination from the State of Odisha and secured at least 60% marks (or its equivalent grade) in the said examination from any recognized college/university in the State of Odisha

CLAT 2020 Overview

Particulars Description
Name of the exam Common-Law Admission Test
Common name CLAT
Conducting body NUSRL, Ranchi
Mode of exam Offline
Number of questions 150
Question type Multiple Choice Questions
Number of Applications Around 59,000
Participating NLUs 21
Programs offered BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM

CLAT 2020 Important Dates

CLAT Consortium had released the exam calendar of CLAT 2020 but because of the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, they had to make changes in the exam calendar. Here are some changes in the exam calendar according to new announcements made by the Consortium

Events Dates
Issue of notification December 14, 2019
Commencement of Online Registrations January 1, 2020 (Announced)
Last Date of Online Registrations July 01, 2020
Release date of Admit Card To be Announced
Exam Date To be Announced
Disclosure of Provisional Answer key To be Announced
Disclosure of Final Answer key To be Announced
Declaration of Results To be Announced
Commencement of Counseling procedure To be Announced
Disclosure of Provisional Merit list To be Announced
Disclosure of Final Merit list To be Announced

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for Undergraduate Program
  • Candidate must have cleared Class 12th examination or any other examination which has an equivalent status from any recognized board/university
  • Candidate should have obtained a minimum of 45% marks (General Category/OBC/ Specially-abled Category) and a minimum of 40% marks (SC and ST category) in the qualifying examination
  • The upper age limit for the UG program has been revoked after the decision of the Bar Council of India (BCI).

Eligibility Criteria for Postgraduate Program

  • Candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in law like LLB, both 5-Year and 3-Year LLB degrees are accepted or any degree which has an equivalent status
  • A candidate should have obtained a minimum of 55% marks (General/OBC/Specially-abled Category) and a minimum of 50% marks (SC and ST category) in the qualifying examination
  • The upper age limit for the PG program has been revoked after the decision of the Bar Council of India (BCI).

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria Highlights

  • A candidate applying for any course UG or PG has no upper age limit providing that he/she meets the other conditions fully
  • A candidate studying in his final year of Bachelor's Degree or who has appeared to Class 12th examination or any equivalent exam is also eligible to appear for CLAT 2020
  • Candidates belonging to SC and ST category are given a relaxation of 5% in the qualifying examination
Documents required by the NRI/NRI Sponsored Category for Admissions
  • A copy of the valid Indian Passport of the Student
  • A copy of the valid Indian Passport of the Sponsor. (NRI Sponsored Category).
  • Visa acquired in the last 12 months by the Applicant
  • Visa acquired in the last 12 months by the Sponsor
  • A certificate from the local embassy stating that the applicant is NRI/OCI/PIO card
  • A certificate from the local embassy stating that the Sponsor is NRI/OCI/PIO card
  • An affidavit by the Sponsor which indicates his/her interests in the educational affairs of the candidate and willingness to fund the education of the candidate for the period of his/her course

CLAT 2020 Application Form

How to fill CLAT application form:

The Consortium of National Law Universities had started the application form on January 01, 2020, but due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, the Consortium has decided to extend the last date to submit the Application form. Below is the process to fill the Application form stepwise


Step to fill the CLAT Application form:

Step 1: Registration

  • Visit the official website of the Consortium of NLUs, œ www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in œ
  • Click on the ˜New Registration' button
  • The candidate has to fill basic contact information such as Name, Mobile Number, Email ID, and create a password and confirm it
  • After filling all the details, click on the ˜Register' button
  • After successful registration, the candidate needs to activate his account by entering a One Time Password (OTP) which is auto-generated and would be sent to the registered mobile number or Email ID

Step 2: Filling of application form

  • Personal details- Under this section, the candidate has to fill all the personal information; Full name, Gender, Date of birth, Father's Name, Mother's Name, Nationality, All India Category(General/OBC/SC/ST/BPL), NRI/NRI Sponsored category, if a Person with Disability (PwD) and percentage of disability (If applicable) and if the candidate wants to request the services of the scribe. All this information needs to be filled and checked properly
  • Communication Details- Fill the address, state, district, and pin-code of correspondence. If the current address and permanent address are different then enter the details of permanent address, state, district, and pin-code
  • Course Selection- A candidate has to choose a course between Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG).
  • Academic Qualifications- According to the course, the candidate should fill the details of Qualifying examination, Name of Board/University, Exam status (Passed/Appearing/Appeared), Percentage, and Year of passing
  • If the Candidate requires previous years' question papers. (Extra charges applied)
  • The candidate can select the City preferences for the CLAT examination
  • Before submitting the above-filled information the candidate can preview the form to verify all the details and then submit the form
  • Once the form is submitted the candidate has to mark a list of NLUs according to his/her preference from Most preferred NLU to the least preferred NLU

Step 3: Uploading of documents

In this step photograph, signature and state of domicile certificate have to be uploaded in the prescribed specification; refer the table below.

Document Image size (maximum) Format
Photograph 500 KB Jpeg/jpg
Signature 100 KB Jpeg/jpg
State of domicile certificate 2 MB PDF

Step 4: CLAT Application Fees

Category Fees
General/OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO/OCI INR 4000
SC/ST Category INR 3500

NOTE- INR 500 extra for purchasing previous year



CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The CLAT Consortium of NLUs had held a conference on November 21, 2019, to announce the CLAT exam and some major changes in the exam pattern. The major changes were the reduction in the number of questions from 200 to 150 as the candidates undergo a lot of mental stress and changes in the question type such as comprehension based questions on English, Quantitative Techniques, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge including Current affairs.

Marks wise Distribution of CLAT (UG)-

Section Number of Questions Marks
English 28-32 28-32
Legal Aptitude 35-39 35-39
Logical Reasoning 28-32 28-32
General Knowledge with Current affairs 35-39 35-39
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 13-17
Total 150 150

NOTE- 0.25 marks (Negative Marks) will be deducted for every wrong answer

Marks wise Distribution of CLAT (PG)-

Section Number of Questions Marks
Constitutional Law 40 40
Other Areas (Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, Family Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Property Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labor and Industrial Law) 60 60
Descriptive Type Questions 2 (Essay questions) 50
Total 102 150
NOTE- 0.25 marks (Negative Marks) will be deducted for every wrong answer

CLAT 2020 Syllabus


CLAT Syllabus for UG

Verbal Ability Quantitative Ability Logical ReasoninG General Knowledge and Current affairs Legal Aptitude
  • Comprehension passages
  • Grammar
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Erroneous Statements
  • Fill in the blanks with appropriate words
  • Algebra
  • Profit and loss
  • Time and work
  • Average, speed and distance
  • permutation-combination and venn diagrams
  • numerical ability
  • Analytical Skills
  • Inferring the information from the passage and applying it to other facts and situations
  • Analyze the patterns and forming a chain of arguments
  • Contemporary events of significance in India and around the world
  • Static General Knowledge
  • Historical events
  • Events related to Arts and Culture
  • Study of law
  • Research aptitude
  • Problem tackling ability
  • Questions based on hypothetical situations

CLAT Syllabus 2020: LLM Syllabus

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Torts
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law of Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Family Law
  • Company Law
  • Tax Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Labor and Industrial Law
  • Public International Law

CLAT 2020 Admit Card

The Consortium of NLUs had declared the exam calendar of CLAT 2020 in the last week of December but because of the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, all the dates had to be postponed accordingly

Events Details
Release Date of Admit Card To be Notified
Mode of disclosure of Admit Card The online mode only.

How to download CLAT admit card 2020?

  • Log on to the official website of the CLAT Consortium of NLUs, www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in
  • The candidate can log in into his/her account by entering the mobile number and password which was used to fill the Application form
  • Once the candidate has logged in, there will be an option on the dashboard itself. Click on the ˜Download Admit Card' button
  • The candidate gets a preview option of the Admit card, verify and ensure all the details like Name of the candidate, examination center, registration number, etc
  • Download at least 2-3 copies of admit card on an A4 size paper and sign the Admit card to validate it
  • The candidate has to carry the admit card to the examination center

CLAT 2020 Answer Keys

National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi is the head of conducting the CLAT Consortium for this term but the exam has been postponed three times already due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. After the examination, National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will declare the answer key for Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) programs separately. Firstly, the Provisional Answer key will be disclosed on the official website of CLAT Consortium in PDF format for the candidates as they can check all the answers according to the questions and verify the answers

Release of final CLAT 2020 answer key

After the disclosure of the Provisional Answer key, if any discrepancies are found by the candidates, they can file an objection to the CLAT Consortium for the same. After taking into consideration all such objections the CLAT Consortium will declare the Final Answer key. A candidate can get a fair idea about his/her scores after the declaration of Final Answer key and analyze the chances of getting in the preferred NLU by comparing it to last year's cut-offs

CLAT 2020 Result

How to check CLAT Result 2020

  • Visit the official website of CLAT Consortium, www.consortiumofnlus.ac.in
  • Log into the account by filling your registration details and password
  • On successful registration, the result link will be flashed on the dashboard only
  • Check your CLAT score, rank, and qualifying status
  • Download the CLAT Score Card and take printouts of the result sheet

CLAT 2020 Cut Off

National University of Study and research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will declare the cut-offs after the announcement of results. The experts will declare the estimated cut-offs after analyzing the paper on the examination day itself. Cut-offs are the minimum marks or the least rank at which the candidates are offered seats for admission. Cut-offs are dependent on various parameters such as difficulty level of the exams, total intake of NLUs, and other colleges accepting CLAT and the number of applicants.

Due to some major changes in the exam pattern this year like reduction in the number of questions to 150 from 200 the cut-offs are expected to go high. However, comprehension based questions are going to be included this year which will reduce the level of difficulty of the exam. This changed/new exam pattern was introduced in the month of January 2020 so the candidates have less time to get acquired with this new exam pattern which makes the prediction of cut-offs more difficult. CLAT Consortium will declare the cut-offs for three rounds of Counselling procedure separately and the candidates who have scored less than the cut-offs of Round-1 can take part in the Round-2 and subsequently

CLAT 2020 Counselling 

The dates given below is a tentative CLAT calendar for this year

Events Dates 
CLAT 2020 - Result Second week of August, 2020
Disclosure of First Seat Allocation List To be Announced
Date of Payment of Counseling Fees To be Announced
Disclosure of Second Seat Allocation List To be Announced
Date of Payment of Counseling Fees To be Announced
Disclosure of Third Seat Allocation List To be Announced
Date of Payment of Counseling Fees To be Announced

Following is the step-wise procedure of Counseling Rounds

Step-1:

  • The CLAT Consortium will release the First Seat Allocation List of limited students from all the categories who will be allotted seats in the NLUs depending on their ranks and scores and the allotted students have to deposit the counseling fees of INR 50,000 in a specific period mentioned by the CLAT Consortium. If any student fails to pay the above- mentioned amount in the time specified by CLAT Consortium then his/her name would be removed from the list and that candidate would not be considered for further admission process
  • The candidates can exercise these options after paying the counseling fees-
    • Lock:- This option can be used by the candidates to fix the seats in the allocated NLUs by the CLAT Consortium on the list. After choosing the lock option their seat will be frozen in the NLU and won't be included in the next rounds of admission
    • Upgrade:- If the students wish to upgrade the seat allotted to them by the CLAT Consortium in the next rounds of admission process then they can exercise this option and wait for allotment of better seats in the desired NLU in subsequent rounds of the admission process
    • Withdrawal:- The candidate can exercise this option simply by not depositing the counseling fees in the specified time frame. The name of the candidates will be dropped from the merit list and students lose their right to consideration in the admission process of CLAT
  • The CLAT Consortium will deduct a nominal fee of INR 10,000 and refund the remaining fees to the registered bank accounts of the candidates

Step-2:

  • The CLAT Consortium will release the Second Seat Allocation List of the students of all categories including the students who chose the Upgrade option in the first round of selection. The Consortium will also release a waitlist of students who are provisionally selected in the place of students who will withdraw from the admission process
  • The candidates who are allotted the seats in the second list have to deposit the counseling fees of INR 50,000 in the specified time frame
  • After depositing the counseling fees the entire process is repeated as the first round

Step-3:

  • The CLAT Consortium will release the Third Seat Allocation List of the students of all categories including the students who chose the Upgrade option in the second round of selection. The Consortium will release a waitlist of students who are provisionally selected in the place of the students who will withdraw from the admission process
  • The candidates have to deposit the counseling fees with the CLAT Consortium and fix their seats in the allocated NLUs

Step-4:

  • After the students are allotted seats in the respective NLUs, they are required to inform the allotted NLUs and confirm their seats and complete the admission process
  • The candidates have to produce all the documents with the NLU for the verification and all the universities verify the original documents issued by the competent authorities
  • The admission of the students will be cancelled if he/she fails to produce the required documents/certificates or to meet the eligibility criteria

CLAT 2020 Documents Required

  • CLAT 2020 Application Form
  • CLAT 2020 Admit Card
  • CLAT 2020 Score Card
  • Receipt of Payment of Counseling Fees
  • Class 10th Marksheet and Passing Certificate
  • Class 12th Marksheet and Passing Certificate
  • Caste/Tribe Certificate. (If applicable)
  • Caste/Tribe Validity Certificate. (If applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate. (If applicable)
  • Specially-Abled Certificate. (If applicable)
  • NRI Certificate. (If applicable)
  • NRI Sponsored Certificate. (If applicable)

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