CLAT 2020- Syllabus, Registration Form, Exam Pattern

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one of the most prestigious law entrance tests in India. It is conducted annually by one of the 19 universities under National Law Universities (NLUs) on a rotational basis. The entrance exam offers an opportunity for the candidates to enroll in various UG and PG programs in the field of law. The admissions through CLAT 2020 will be given according to the merit list released during the result announcement.

Candidates need to apply for the CLAT exam in order to be eligible to taking admission in any of the participating universities falling under NLUs. Through this article, candidates will be provided with complete information on the CLAT 2020 entrance exam such as eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, application form, result, counselling etc. Candidates are encouraged to read the complete article to know all about the CLAT entrance test.

Important Exam Dates for CLAT 2020

Find here the important dates for various events associated to CLAT 2020-

Schedule Date (Expected)
Online application form availability 1st week of January 2020
Last date to submit the form Last week of March 2020
Admit card Releasing 3rd week of April 2020
Exam Date 2nd week of May 2020
Answer key Uploading 3rd week of May 2020
Representation related to exam, answer key or questions (If any) 3rd week of May 2020
Amended answer key uploading (If required) 3rd week of May 2020
Result declaration (merit list announcement) Last week of May 2020
Beginning of the counselling 1st week of June 2020
Admission closing date 1st week of July 2020

Exam Pattern for CLAT 2020

You should carefully review the CLAT 2020 exam pattern before you start preparing for the exam-

Exam Mode Online
Duration Two Hours
Language English
Total Questions For UG: 200 Questions

For PG: 150 Questions

Type of Questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Marking Scheme +1 marks will be awarded for each right answer
Negative Marking 0.25 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

For UG admission

Subject Marks Duration
English Including Comprehension 40  

Two Hours

G.K & Current Affairs 50
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Aptitude) 20
Legal Aptitude 50
Logical Reasoning 40
Total 200

For PG admission

Subject Marks Duration
Constitutional Law 50  

 

 

Two Hours

Jurisprudence 50
Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc.

 

50
Total 150

CLAT 2020 Syllabus

The CLAT 2020 Syllabus for UG courses will be composed of topics such as General Knowledge, English, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude & Reasoning (Logical) .Candidates seeking admission in the UG program can go through the syllabus given below-

English (Including Comprehension): This section is designed to test a candidate’s proficiency and command over English Language. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The grammar section will include correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

General Knowledge & Current Affairs: This section will test the general knowledge of a candidate and his/her understanding of the situation around him/her. The current affair section will cover the important events taking place locally or globally.

Mathematics: This section will contain basic numerical ability of a candidate. The questions will be asked on the basis of level of class 10th.

Legal Aptitude: This section will test the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), 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: This test will assess the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It comprises of questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

The CLAT syllabus for PG courses will entail topics like Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights.

How to Prepare for the CLAT 2020 Exam?

Candidates should follow the below-mentioned tips before starting their preparation-

  1. Always prepare a time-table that you can follow easily. Avoid making a time table with unrealistic goals. Stick to routine mentioned in the time table religiously.
  2. Don’t waste unnecessary time on Mobile Phones or any electronic gadget.
  3. Avoid making lengthy notes. Try to make short notes for quicker revision.
  4. Revise a topic at least three times to grasp the concepts deeply.
  5. Maintain a healthy diet. Indulge in outdoor activities to freshen up the mind.
  6. Brush up the basic concepts first and then progress towards the complex topics/concepts.
  7. Solve last year papers to get an idea of the examination. This will also help in increasing the performance.

Recommended Books for CLAT 2020 Entrance Exam

Candidates can take the help from the mentioned books to prepare for the CLAT examination.

  1. English: Word Power Made Easy, English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  2. Logical Reasoning: Verbal & Non-Verbal reasoning by R.S Aggarwal,
  3. Elementary Mathematics:S Aggarwal, Fast Track Objective Mathematics by Arihant
  4. Legal Aptitude: Universal CLAT Guide, Legal Awareness & Legal Reasoning by A.P Bhardwaj
  5. General Knowledge: Lucent General Knowledge, Manorama Yearbook 2020

CLAT Application Form 2020

The application form for CLAT 2020 will only be available via only mode. Candidates can fill the form by visiting the official website i.e. www.clat.ac.in. Aspirants first need to register for the exam by providing the basic registration details such as Name, Email ID and Mobile Number. After that, a provisional registration number and password will be provided to the candidate. Using these details, candidates need to login to fill the application form. Candidates will also be required to upload the scanned photograph, and signature. Specially-Abled persons will also need to upload a scanned copy of certificate to claim the status of the same. Candidates should fill the form very carefully as once they submit the form, no correction facility will be provided. Aspirants will also need to pay the application fee as per the category they belong to. The application form along with the fee should be submitted within the time specified for it. Candidates can refer to the application fee given below-

Category Application Fee
General/OBC/SAP + Other Rs. 4000/-
SC/ST Rs. 3500/-

The above application fee can be paid by online mode (Credit Card/Debit Card/Pay Wallet/Ru Pay) or through E-Challan.

Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2020

Nationality: Only Indian Nationals/NRI/NRI Sponsored candidates can apply for the exam. Foreign Nationals are prohibited from applying for the CLAT exam.

For UG program

Age Limit: No Upper Age Limit

Qualifying Examination: A candidate must have passed class 10+2 from a recognized board/university.

Minimum Marks: A candidate must have secured 45% aggregate marks (40% marks for SC/ST) in the qualifying exam.

Appearing Candidates:  Candidates appearing in class 12th are also eligible to apply for the exam.

For PG program

Age Limit: No Upper Age Limit

Qualifying Examination: A candidate must have passed L.L.B or 5-Year Integrated L.L.B (Hons.) or its equivalent from a recognized institute/university.

Minimum Marks: A candidate must have secured 55% aggregate marks (50% marks for SC/ST) in the qualifying exam.

Note:  The candidate must have passed/appeared in the final semester/final year examination of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission.

CLAT 2020 Admit Card

The Admit Card/Hall ticket can be downloaded by the candidate by logging into his/her LOGIN account from 3rd week of April 2020. Candidates need to take a print-out of the Admit Card/Hall Ticket and will need to carry the same to the Examination Hall. Candidates should also bear in mind that no physical admit card will be sent to them by the authority via any means whatsoever. The admit card must not be tampered with and must be brought to the exam hall in good condition. For exact date of admit card releasing, candidates are suggested to check the official website on a regular basis.

CLAT Result 2020

The result will probably be announced in the last week of May 2020. Applicants can check their CLAT 2020 result through the official website only. The result will be displayed in form of a merit list based on the scores obtained by the candidates in the examination. Only those candidates will be called for the centralized counselling process whose name appears on the merit list. The admission to various UG/PG programs will be done via the counselling.

CLAT Admission Procedure 2020

The admission to various UG and PG programmes in participating universities under CLAT 2020 entrance exam will be completed through centralized online counselling conducted by the CLAT Office. The Seats will be allotted on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’, i.e., the CLAT Rank, the order of preference given by the candidate, the category selected by the candidate in the application form and the number of seats available in each of the participating universities. The online counselling will begin after the results are announced. Candidates are advised to visit the official website for regular updates on the CLAT 2020 entrance examination. The list of the institutes participating in the CLAT exam will be available on the official website i.e.  www.clat.ac.in.

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