All About CLAT



The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for admissions to candidates in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered at NLUs and other colleges/ universities accepting exam scores.


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Till 2018, the exam was conducted by NLUs on a rotational basis. However, from 2019 onwards it is being conducted by a permanent body formed by the universities i.e. The Consortium of NLUs. The consortium has its headquarter at NLSIU Bangalore and comprises:

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

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2020


To appear for CLAT exam, candidates need to fulfill the eligibility criteria as under:

CLAT Eligibility for five-year Integrated courses:


  • Candidates who have completed 10+2 or equivalent examination for national or state board of education.
  • They should have obtained minimum 45% marks if belonging to General/ Other Backward Class (OBC) / Specially-abled categories and, 40% marks if belonging to Scheduled Class (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories. 
  • Candidates can apply for CLAT 2020 irrespective of their age as the age limit criteria have been removed by BCI. 

CLAT Eligibility for LLM Course:


  • Candidates should have completed their graduation with at least 55% marks if belonging to General/ Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Specially abled person categories and at least 50% marks if belonging to Scheduled Class (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories.
  • Candidates can apply for CLAT 2020 even if they are in the final year of their graduation degree. However, they should submit the proof of qualifying the final examination and completing a graduate degree at the time of admission formalities. 
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for CLAT 2020 exam.
  • CLAT 2020 Application Fees



General, OBC

Rs. 4000


Rs. 3500


CLAT 2020 Highlights


Exam Name

Common-Law Admission Test

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode

Online/ Offline

Exam Duration

2 hours

Test Takers

Approx. 59,000

Accepting Colleges

114 colleges

Official Website


CLAT 2020 Tentative Dates



Tentative Dates

Issue of Notification


Start of online application form

January 1, 2020

Application form closes

July 10, 2020

Issue of Admit Card


CLAT 2020 Exam


Publication of Official Answer Key

September 2020

CLAT 2020 Results


Start of Counselling





CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern


The CLAT exam is a test of one's aptitude and reasoning abilities. It comprises five sections namely: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude.

Each question carries 1 mark and for every incorrect attempt, 0.25 marks will be deducted.



English Language

28-32 (20% of the paper)

Quantitative Aptitude

13-17 (10% of the paper)

Logical Reasoning

28-32 (20% of the paper)

General Awareness

35-39 (25% of the paper)

Legal Aptitude

35-39 (25% of the paper)

Total Marks


Total Time (min)


Negative Marking

0.25 marks for each wrong answer



CLAT 2020 Syllabus


CLAT 2020 shall be conducted in offline mode where the paper will have 150 questions from five different subjects including English (Comprehension), General Knowledge & Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability), Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. Scope and coverage of questions under different subject areas:


English language English section will test the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages. Students will be given passages of about 450 words each and such passages could be fiction/ non-fiction, contemporary/historical, etc. Candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The inference would be key here, candidates will have to comprehend the main idea discussed in the passage including any counter-arguments used in the passage.


Current Affairs including General Knowledge: This section would again consist of passages instead of direct questions that were asked earlier. The passages would again be of 450 words each and the same would be derived from news, journals, etc. Questions based on such passages would be asked. Such a question can cover static portion as well, candidates are therefore advised not to forgo the static portion entirely. Reading Newspapers daily, specifically, articles containing any Bill or Judgments or legal information should help in preparing for this section.


Quantitative Aptitude: The Quantitative Technique or Maths 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. The questions will be in the form of Data Interpretation i.e. candidates would be required to infer information from the given passage and answer accordingly.


Legal Reasoning: This section will test the candidate's interest in the study of law, research aptitude, and problem-solving ability. Questions would again be based on passages relating to facts or scenarios involving legal matters. The passage would contain certain rules and principles which should be identified and accordingly applied to the questions. The passages would be approximately 450 words each.


Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links, and rectify illogical arguments. The questions would be based on the passage of 300 words.

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