Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an All-India centralized examination that allows the students to get admission in the 21 National Law Universities in India for law courses such as LLB and LLM. CLAT is an exam attempted by more than 50,000 students annually as it is a sought-after exam for law school aspirants.
Latest News/ Updates on CLAT 2020
- September 16, 2020: CLAT 2020 Admit card released. Click here to download CLAT admit cards.
- August 28, 2020: The CLAT 2020 Exam is postponed to September 28, 2020. The admit card will be released soon.
- What is CLAT?
- CLAT 2020 Exam Date Postponed
- CLAT 2020 Eligibility
- CLAT 2020 Syllabus
- CLAT 2020 Application Form
- CLAT 2020 Registration
- CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
- CLAT 2020 Admit Card
- CLAT 2020 Exam Centres
- CLAT 2020 Results
- CLAT 2020 Cut-off
- CLAT 2020 Counseling
- CLAT 2020 Reference Books
- CLAT 2020 Exam Instructions
- Contact Details
- CLAT Related Law Exams
What is CLAT?
CLAT is a National Level Law entrance exam that helps the students to get admission into government and private law colleges in the country. A national law university is responsible to conduct the exam every year. CLAT 2020 will be conducted by National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack.
This examination is conducted once every academic year and it is conducted offline i.e. Pen and Paper Based Test -PBT (New Pattern).
- Qualification: Candidates who have cleared their 12th are eligible to appear for this LLB entrance exam.
- Admissions: CLAT 2020 scores help candidates to get admission in courses such as BA LLB (Hons), B.Com LLB (Hons), B.Sc LLB (Hons), BBA LLB (Hons), BSW LLB (Hons) and LLM programs that are offered by various National Law Universities.
- Attempts: There are no restrictions on the number of attempts for CLAT.
- Availability of Seats: About 2,700 seats are available for admission under CLAT for the LLB program while the intake for LLM courses across the national law universities is about 700 seats.
- Placement: Some public sector companies (PSUs) like ONGC, BHEL, and Power Grid Corporation of India use the CLAT score of LLM aspirants while recruiting candidates for legal posts.
- New in CLAT 2020: Due to technical glitches in the previous years, this year onwards CLAT was to be conducted offline (Pen and Paper Based Test) as per the official notification released by the CLAT Consortium of NLUs but now because of the COVID-19 situation it will be conducted in online mode again i.e. it will be a computer-based test.
- As CLAT Exam is a national level entrance test for candidates seeking admission into any of the law programs mentioned above, they CLAT Score is acceptable all over the country for most of the law programs still it is recommended students check the eligibility criteria for admission for their intended college. Students can register for the CLAT 2020 Exam from the official website which is given below in the highlights table. The score obtained by the students in the CLAT 2020 Exam will be then used for the admission process and the CLAT 2020 Counselling process. Interested candidates who want to appear for the CLAT 2020 Exam can read more about the exam below.
CLAT 2020 Highlights
The candidates who clear CLAT can obtain seats in 16 National Law Universities in India. It has been reviewed as one of the toughest exams in India.
|Exam Name||Common-Law Admission Test|
|Conducting Body||National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack|
|Category||Both Undergraduate and Postgraduate|
|Mode of Exam||Offline i.e. Pen and Paper-based Test (PBT)|
|Duration||2 Hours or 120 Minutes|
+91 97415 21069, 94825 67257(Bengaluru), +91 84807 18979 (Odisha)
|CLAT Official Website||clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in|
Note: The candidates can check other common exams accepted by law colleges to know which exam suits them. Because students have to take an entrance exam after completing 12th science to avail seats at top law colleges.
CLAT 2020 Exam Date
Candidates can register for the examination till August 15, 2020 and they should satisfy all the eligibility criteria to be allowed to appear for the examination. The authorities have announced the exam date for CLAT 2020 Exam and it is to be conducted on September 28, 2020 as a centre-based online exam. Dates for other events will be released eventually.
Previously the CLAT 2020 exam was supposed to be conducted on August 22, 2020. Then the dates were postponed to September 7, 2020. The CLAT Exam 2020 has been postponed again. The new dates are given on the following table. The confirmed dates for the answer key release and the results are yet to be announced.
For more information regarding the CLAT 2020 exam dates candidate can check the schedule mentioned below:
|Important Events||Tentative Exam Dates|
|First admission notification||December 31, 2019|
|CLAT 2020 Online Application starts||January 1, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 Online Application ends||August 15, 2020|
|Availability of CLAT 2020 Admit card||September 16, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 Examination Date||September 28, 2020 (New Date)|
|CLAT 2020 Result Date||October 5, 2020 [tentative]|
|CLAT 2020 Counselling||To be announced|
CLAT 2020 Eligibility
The CLAT 2020 aspirants must read the CLAT eligibility criteria and must meet all the required criteria before proceeding to fill the CLAT 2020 Application form. The CLAT 2020 eligibility is given in detail below.
The CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria is different for undergraduate admissions, postgraduate admissions, and NRI applicants. Usually, the CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria considers factors like age, nationality, and education. In case of a tie during admissions, a person with higher age, higher score in legal aptitude will be considered.
Applicants who are NRI will have different admission processes for CLAT Exam. These candidates will be given admission through the NRI quota in each university or college. NRI candidates are advised to contact the concerned educational institute directly and find out about the Eligibility criteria. NRI Candidates will have to present a valid passport, copy of visas of last 12 months as well as a certificate from the local embassy that proves the NRI status of the candidates. NRI candidates should visit the official website for more information.
Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 are divided into two sections, one is for undergraduates and another on are postgraduates and are given below.
Upper Age Limit: As per the CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria, there is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT 2020.
Qualification Criteria for Undergraduate Students
- Candidate should be 12th pass by scoring a minimum 45% aggregate for Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories
- Candidate should be 12th pass by scoring a minimum 40% aggregate for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.
- Candidates who are appearing in the 12th examination in March/April of 2020 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020 entrance examination but the candidate needs to should show the evidence of them clearing the qualifying examination at the time of admission.
|Education||10+2 or equivalent|
|Age Limit||No Age Limit|
Qualification criteria for Postgraduate students
- Candidate should have graduated from a related course (LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exams) with a minimum 55% aggregate score for Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories.
- Candidate should have graduated from a related course (LL.B./Five-Year Integrated LL.B. (Hons.)/any other equivalent exams) with a minimum 50% aggregate score for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories.
- Candidates who are appearing for the final year examination of their bachelor's degree are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020 entrance examination but the candidate needs to show the evidence of clearing the qualifying examination during the counselling.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus
The CLAT 2020 Exam will have 5 sections in it. These 5 sections are English, Quantitative Techniques, Logical Reasoning, Current Affairs, and General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning. The CLAT 2020 Syllabus is mostly covered in books up to class 12, candidates can refer class 10 books for the quantitative techniques section. In the English section, candidates will be evaluated on their comprehension skills. The Quantitative Techniques section will test the mathematical skills of the candidate whereas Legal Reasoning will examine candidates in law-related topics. Logical reasoning will test the analytical skills of the candidate and the GK section will test the knowledge of candidates on current happening in the country and around the world.
The candidate should know about the examination syllabus for the preparation of the exam. The mentioned syllabus is based on last year's examination syllabus. Candidates can check the CLAT 2020 syllabus below-
For UG Programmes
English including comprehension- Includes correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling in the blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs- Includes national and international current affairs and GK.
Mathematics- Includes 10th Standard maths.
Aptitude- Includes legal propositions and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Logical Reasoning- Includes logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
For PG Programmes
Constitutional Law- Includes laws related to the nation etc.
Jurisprudence- Includes legal systems, legal reasoning, legal institutions, and their role in society.
Other Law Subjects such as Contract Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR- These section includes family laws, cyber law, civil law, etc.
CLAT 2020 Application Form
The application form for CLAT 2020 was available on the official website till August 15, 2020. The mode of filling the application form is always kept online. The candidates need to fill their valid details in the application form. Steps involved in filling the application form are- giving out candidate's personal details, qualification details, uploading of signature and photograph, and payment of the application fee.
CLAT 2020 Application Fee
The below-mentioned fee details are based as per last year's fee details.
- INR 4000 for General, OBC, PWD/SAP
- INR 3500 for SC/ST
|Registration Fee||General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI - INR 4000
SC/ST/BPL - INR 3500
|CLAT Previous Years Question Papers Request||INR 500 [Optional]|
|Photograph Size||20 KB to 50 KB|
|Signature Size||10 KB to 20 KB|
CLAT 2020 Registration
The CLAT 2020 Application is done online. The registration process of the CLAT 2020 Exam is divided into 4 parts which are registration, application form filling, uploading documents, and payment of the fee. Candidates who fit the eligibility criteria of the exam can go to the official website and register for the exam. The step by step procedure for applying to the CLAT 2020 Exam is given below.
How to apply to CLAT 2020 Exam?
- Visit the official website of the CLAT 2020 Exam and click on the option that reads "New Registration".
- Candidates will need to fill in details like their name, email address, mobile number. Then candidates will choose a password and rewrite the password to confirm it.
- New account will be created upon the successful completion of the registration. Candidates will receive an OTP on their registered mobile number. This OTP is to be entered in the portal for account activation.
- To complete the application process, applicants have to login to their accounts by using registered email id and password. Candidates will have to enter their personal details, educational and academic details, and address of correspondence, permanent address etc. Once all the information has been filled, candidates should check the entered details again before submitting. After verifying the information, candidates can click on "Submit".
- The next step is to upload documents on the portal. Candidates have to upload scanned copies of their photo, signature and domicile certificate in the specified dimensions.
- After uploading the documents, candidates can make the payment of the application fees. They can use credit card, debit card or net banking for paying the fees. Application process will be over after the successful payment of the application fees.
CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
For the preparation of CLAT exam, the candidate should know about the exam pattern. Information regarding the CLAT 2020 exam pattern is given below. The mentioned information is based on last year's information.
- Duration: 2 Hours
- Maximum Marks: 150
- Type of Questions: MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
- Mode of Examination: Online
- Marking Scheme: +1 for each correct answer and -0.25 marks for each wrong answer
|Mode||Offline i.e. Pen and Paper-based Test (PBT)|
|Question Type||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)|
|Duration||2 hours or 120 Minutes|
|Total Marks||UG - 150 Marks PG - 150 Marks|
|Marking Scheme||+1 Marks for Correct Answers -0.25 Marks for Incorrect Answers|
CLAT 2020 Admit Card
After registering successfully online, All applicants can download the admit cards from the official website. CLAT 2020 Admit Card is an important document that needs to be carried in the exam hall at the time of the CLAT 2020 Exam. Without the CLAT 2020 Admit Card, candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam. The CLAT 2020 Admit card will have many important details about the candidate and the exam, such as the exam centre and the time, candidate's roll number, and application number, important rules and guideline that the candidate must follow on the exam day, etc. The CLAT 2020 admit card must be downloaded and candidates must take a print out of the same.
- Availability: The CLAT 2020 Admit card has released. The candidates can download the admit card here on the link given above or on the official website of CLAT. All candidates must download the CLAT 2020 admit card.
- Login Credentials: Enter your CLAT 2020 login credentials i.e. Registration No. and Password to access the CLAT admit card.
- Valid Proof: Candidate should carry a valid photo ID proof (Aadhar Card/ Voter ID/ Passport/ Driving license) along with the admit card to the examination centre.
How to download CLAT 2020 Admit Card?
- Go to the official website of the CLAT 2020 Exam, i.e. clat.ac.in
- The website will have an option called, "Download Admit Card". Click on the "Download Admit Card".
- Now, applicants will need to login using registered email id and password.
- Click on the option that says "Login" or "Submit".
- Once the candidates login to their accounts, they will be able to view the CLAT 2020 Admit Card.
- Candidates can download the admit card and take prints of the card for future reference.
CLAT 2020 Exam Centres
- Exam Cities: CLAT 2020 will be conducted in 66 cities across the country.
- Preference: Candidates can choose a maximum of three cities as the preferred exam centres while filling their CLAT 2020 application form.
- ID Proof: It is mandatory to carry a valid photo ID proof along with the hall ticket to the CLAT exam centre.
- The authorities will try their best to provide an exam Centre in the city of the Candidate's first preference. However, the authority reserves all rights to allocate the candidate a test centre in any of the three cities he/she has already chosen.
CLAT 2020 Result
The CLAT 2020 Result will be announced on the official website of the CLAT Exam after a few weeks of the date of the CLAT 2020 Exam. The CLAT 2020 Exam is scheduled to be conducted on September 28, 2020 after which the CLAT authorities will release the result. Candidates will be able to download the result from the official website. The result will be needed at the time of CLAT 2020 Counselling. The date of the CLAT 2020 Result has not been declared yet. Candidates can find more information about the CLAT 2020 Result below.
- Credentials: Login ID and Password will serve as the credentials to check and download the results once it has been published on the official website of CLAT 2020.
- Scorecard: The result will be released in the form of a scorecard, having details such as Roll Number, Category, Score, Ranks, and Qualifying Status.
- Authority: Admission to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in participating universities under CLAT 2020 shall be completed through centralized online counselling conducted by the CLAT Consortium Office after the declaration of CLAT 2020 Results.
- Details on the scorecard: The CLAT 2020 Result scorecard will have details of the candidate like name of the candidate, roll number, the application number, date of birth, category of that candidate, CLAT score, Category rank, All India Rank. If the candidates have applied through NRI quota then he/she will also have details like NRI Rank, NRI Sponsored Rank in addition to the other details.
How to check the CLAT 2020 Result?
Following are the steps which candidate can follow to check his/her CLAT 2020 Result once it is announced.
- Candidate needs to go to the official website of the CLAT 2020 Exam.
- Then find the link that says "CLAT 2020 Result" and click on it.
- Enter login credentials.
- Click on the "Submit" button.
- After this candidate will be logged into his/her CLAT Account. Now find a tab that says "Score Card" and click on it.
- Check the CLAT 2020 Result, it will include rank, score, and the status of the qualification.
- Then candidates can download the CLAT Exam scorecard as well as result sheet for future references. These documents will be needed at the time of CLAT 2020 Counselling.
CLAT 2020 Cut off
The cutoffs for CLAT 2020 will be announced shortly after the declaration of results as per the schedule laid out by the Consortium of National Law Universities. The dates are expected to change by a little according to the situation. The cutoffs for this year's exam are based on the data and the trends that have been observed in the last few years.
The most sought after universities of law, for example, NLSIU Bangalore and NALSAR Hyderabad tend to close their admissive ranks by the count of 100-120. You can check the details for CLAT 2020 Cut-off here.
CLAT 2020 Counseling
- Counselling: After the declaration of results, candidates need to take part in Centralised Counselling conducted by the CLAT authorities.
- Counselling Rounds: As per previous year trends, there will be a minimum of 3 rounds of Counselling.
- Seat Allotment: The seat allotment will be done on a merit-cum-preference basis. This means that the admissions are done based on the CLAT 2020 Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate in the CLAT 2020 application form and the category/categories selected by the candidate in the online application form and the number of seats and their division/break-up as available in each of the participating NLU.
- Counselling Fees: Candidates must deposit INR 50,000 for securing allotted seats during the admission procedure.
- Get more information about CLAT 2020 Counselling.
CLAT 2020 Reference Books
As mentioned in the CLAT 2020 Syllabus, there are a total of 5 sections in the CLAT 2020 Exam which are English, Legal Aptitude, Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques, and General Knowledge. Candidates must be well versed with the syllabus and exam pattern. Additionally, in order to do well in the exam, it is very important that candidates practice for the exam well in advance. They can use different books and preparation material for the exam. Following given are some books for each section which applicants can use as study material for the CLAT 2020 Exam.
- Word Power Made Easy - Norman Lewis
- Six Weeks - Wilfred Funk
- Objective General English - Dr R. S. Agarwal
- Better English - Norman Lewis
- Vision for a nation: Paths and Perspectives - Dr Manmohan Singh
- Privacy 3.0: Unlocking our data-driven future - Rahul Matthan
- The Constitution of India: Miracle, Surrender and Hope - Rajeev Dhawan
- India's Founding Moment: The Constitution of a Most Surprising Democracy - Madhav Khosla
- A People's Constitution - Rohit De
- Data Interpretation - R.S. Agarwal
- Data Interpretation - Arun Sharma
- NCERT class 6 to class 10 Mathematics Textbooks
- Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning - R.S. Agarwal
- Analytical Reasoning - M. K. Pandey
- Logical Reasoning - Arun Sharma
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
- Newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Telegraph, Hindustan Times
- India Year Book
- Manorama Year Book
- Lucent's General Knowledge
- Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020
CLAT 2020 Important Instructions:
- Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies, and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs.
- The candidates are, therefore, advised to thoroughly go through the rules, policies, and the fee structure of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG as well as PG courses, and also for the NRI/ NRI Sponsored and Foreign National seats.
- Information provided in the e-Brochure regarding the intake, reservation policy, fee, courses offered, and the subjects taught at various levels including the areas of specialization, etc., has been specified very briefly.
- For detailed information regarding the same, the candidates may refer to the information available at the websites of the participating NLUs.
- In the event of unforeseeable incidents resulting in the cancellation of a Test city or center, or insufficient or extra number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convenor, CLAT reserves the right to cancel such a City/ Centre and shift the applicant to an another City/ Cente.
- To claim the benefit of reservation, the candidate must produce the relevant certificates as prescribed by the Government of India/ State Government and as required by the respective NLU at the time of admission, as notified by them.
- The CLAT 2020 Application Fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.
- Over 59,300 candidates appeared in the CLAT 2018 for LLB and LLM seats, with around 300-500 students attempting at each test centre. And last year there were 260 test venues across the country.
- Participating in National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. The reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned Government from time to time.
- If a candidate has filled-in more than one online Application Form, the candidate's last online application form only will be considered. In such cases, the application fee for the previous application forms will not be refunded.
- The allotment of seats and the offer for admission under CLAT 2020 shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate.
- Candidates are advised to visit the CLAT 2020 website regularly for updates.
CLAT 2020 Instructions related to COVID-19
- When entering the exam hall, temperature of the candidates will be checked. Candidates having temperature above 99.14 will be taking the CLAT 2020 Exam from the isolation lab.
- All the candidates are required to wear N95 masks in the exam hall. If a candidates has opted for a scribe, the scribe as well as the candidate are needed to wear the N95 mask.
- Due to the COVID-19, candidates will be allowed to carry items like gloves, mask, transparent water bottle, hand sanitizer, pen along with other necessary documents like hall ticket and ID proof.
CLAT 2020 Examination Guidelines:
- Reporting Time: The candidate is advised to report to the exam venue as per the reporting time mentioned on the CLAT Admit card 2020.
- Note: Candidates are not allowed to enter the examination hall after the commencement of the examination.
- Rough Work: Scratch papers are provided to all candidates for rough work at the examination hall. Rough work cannot be done any other paper sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. Upon completion of the test, candidates will have to hand back all the scratch paper to the administrator.
- Personal Belongings: The candidate is not allowed to carry any personal belongings to the CLAT 2020 exam center including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phones, calculators, etc., In case of candidate carry the personal item, it will have to be kept outside the examination hall at your own risk. The examination centre will not responsible for any loss or damage to such items.
- Punctual: If the candidate completes the exam before the scheduled end time, he/she will not be allowed to leave the exam hall. The candidate is allowed to leave the exam only after the scheduled three hours of the exam are over.
- Photograph and Signature: Candidates should ensure that the signatures appended and photographs uploaded by them in their Application Form and Admit Card should be identical and there should be no variation of any kind.
CLAT 2020 Contact Details:
- Address: National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Kathajodi Campus, Sec – 13, CDA, Cuttack, Odisha, India, Pin - 753015.
- Helpline: +91 97415 21069, 94825 67257 (Bengaluru), +91 84807 18979 (Odisha)
- E-mail: [email protected]