CLAT 2020

What is CLAT?

CLAT 2020 exam date is announced, and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on May 10, 2020. On the other hand, the CLAT 2020 exam has undergone some major changes this year (details are in the exam pattern section of Clat). A Consortium of NLUs headed by National Law School of India University conducts the national level popular law examination CLAT. This CLAT exam is conducted on a yearly basis. CLAT 2020 conducting body, National Law Universities are yet to release all the details required. All the details about CLAT 2020 exam will be available here.

CLAT is conducted for candidates seeking admission in undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB, five-year integrated, and LLM law courses offered at 19 NLUs. Candidates aspiring for admission in NLUs must check all the details about CLAT 2020 here. The paper is usually conducted from 3 pm to 5 pm every year.  

It is also advisable to start preparing for CLAT 2020. A six-month preparation for CLAT 2020 is advisable by experts, and one can get a better score with a good preparation strategy.CLAT 2020 official notification is expected to be released soon. CLAT scores are accepted by NMIMS-Mumbai, UPES Dehradun, Institute of Law, Nirma University Ahmedabad. We have provided the candidate with a 360-degree idea about this examination.

The Common Law Admission Test abbreviated as CLAT is an all India entrance test conducted by 19 participating National Law Universities/Institutes (NLUs) for admissions to five-year integrated undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs offered.  CLAT examination is conducted on a rotational basis by the participating National Law Universities of India. The Law aspirants who wish to seek admission in BA LLB (Hons.), BSc. LLB (Hons.), BBA LLB (Hons.) BSW LLB (Hons.), B. Com. LLB (Hons.) and LLM Programmes offered by NLUs of India have to qualify the examination first.

CLAT 2020 Eligibility

CLAT is a gateway for law aspirants to get admission into UG and PG law programmes such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB, five-year integrated, and LLM law courses offered at 19 NLUs. This year, the CLAT exam will be conducted by the NLU, Cuttack (Odisha). The CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria include the minimum requirements that a candidate must fulfil in order to be eligible to take the exam. The eligibility norms give a fair idea to the applicants of whether or not they are eligible to apply for CLAT. The eligibility criteria describe requirements like age limit, nationality, educational qualification, professional qualification, reservation and relaxation of criteria, etc., for the interested candidates who wish to apply and appear for the CLAT 2020 exam.

Detailed Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2020

The detailed eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 examination is elaborated below –

CLAT 2020 Age Limit:
  • There is no upper age limit for UG & PG Programme in CLAT 2020 because of the Supreme Court’s stay on age bar in 2017.
CLAT 2020 Limit on Number of Attempts
  • Candidates of CLAT can appear in the national level law admission test as many times as they want. 

Educational Qualification Required for CLAT 2020 (UG)

  • The candidate should have cleared 10+2 or equivalent examination in any stream from any recognised board.

  • Candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, need to score at least 45% marks in their qualifying degree. 

  • Those candidates who are appearing for 10+2 examination in March/April 2020 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT 2020 online examination. However, they must submit the proof of passing the 10+2 examination at the time of admission. Failing to submit the proof means that the candidates will lose their candidature. 

Important Note: In case of equal marks, the tie-breaking procedure is as follows: 

  • Higher marks in the section of legal aptitude in CLAT 2020 

  • Higher age

  • A computerized draw of lots

Educational Qualification Required for CLAT 2020 (PG)

  • The candidate should have 3-year LL.B degree/ 5-year LL.B integrated degree or any equivalent degree from an institution approved by Bar Council of India.

  • Candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories, need to score at least 55% marks in their qualifying degree. 

  • It is important that the candidate should have completed the final semester/final year exam of the undergraduate degree examination at the time of admission.

  • In case of those candidates who have appeared in the degree exam, they must submit their final result of qualifying examination within the time given by the respective University/Institute. 

Important Note: In case of equal marks, the tie-breaking procedure is as follows: 

  • Higher age, the tie persists then;

  • A computerized draw of lots will be taken into consideration. 

CLAT UG Reserved Eligibility Criteria

Those candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories need to score 40% in the aggregate of subjects.

CLAT PG Reserved Eligibility Criteria

Candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) categories need to score 50% in their qualifying degree.

What after CLAT 2020 Eligibility Norms? 

After examining the eligibility criteria of CLAT 2020, candidates need to fill the CLAT 2020 Application Form. The CLAT application form 2020 will be issued in the first week of January in online mode. CLAT 2020 online application form filling is expected to close in the last week of March 2020. The official dates of CLAT form filling 2020 will be updated here soon.

CLAT Syllabus 2020

CLAT 2020 syllabus includes all the topics that law aspirants must cover in order to prepare for the exam. NLU will release the official CLAT 2020 Syllabus and there are no changes in the syllabus. The national-level exam grants admission in 3-year and 5-year Integrated LLB and LLM programmes offered by the 19 NLUs and other Law Schools accepting CLAT Scores. The syllabi for all the programmes are different.

The CLAT 2020 Syllabus clearly describes the subject and the sub-topics that the candidates need to prepare in order to face the examination. Once candidates are aware of the syllabus of CLAT 2020, they can start with their exam preparation. With the help of syllabus of CLAT 2020, candidates will get an overview of the CLAT 2020 Exam pattern in order to score well in the entrance exam.

The exam pattern will help candidates to understand the structure of the question paper. The exam pattern for the UG programme is divided into 5 sections while for PG programme, it is divided into 3 sections. The question paper for postgraduate courses will have a total of 150 multiple choice questions whereas undergraduate courses will have 200 questions to attempt. Once candidates are familiar with the CLAT exam pattern, they can then easily relate to the CLAT exam syllabus.

CLAT UG Exam Syllabus 2020

The syllabus of CLAT 2020 for UG courses can be checked below –

CLAT 2020 Syllabus for English with Comprehension

  • The English section analyses the student’s English proficiency based on grammar and comprehension passages. In the Comprehension section, students are given a passage and questions, and they have to answer the questions with their understanding of the passage and meanings of the words given in the passage, its central theme, etc.
  • The Grammar section involves correction of incorrect grammatical mistakes in the sentences, fill-ups in the sentences with suitable words, etc.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus for General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • The General knowledge section evaluates students based on their awareness.
  • Questions based on the current affairs analyse students on the basis of their knowledge of international and national current affairs.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

This section analyses the student’s knowledge of Elementary Mathematics (10th Class/standard).

CLAT 2020 Syllabus for Legal Aptitude
  • This section analyses student’s knowledge of the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability.
  • Questions may consist of 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, students will have to guess the ‘truth’ of these propositions and answer the questions properly.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus for Logical Reasoning
  • The objective of the logical reasoning section is to analyse the students’ ability to identify logical links, examine the patterns, and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as logical sequences, syllogisms, analogies, etc.
  • Visual reasoning will not be tested.

CLAT 2020 PG Exam Syllabus

CLAT 2020 PG Syllabus for Jurisprudence:

  • It is the study of theoretical law to gain a deeper understanding of legal systems, legal reasoning, legal institutions and their role in society.

CLAT 2020 PG Syllabus for Law of Contracts:

  • A contract is able to make one service between two or more parties, provide a product or commit to an act and enforceable by law. There are many types of contracts, and each has specific terms and conditions.

CLAT 2020 PG Syllabus for Criminal Law

  • It is a body that deals with crimes. It involves threatening, harmful, or otherwise endangering the property, health, safety and the moral welfare of anyone’s own inclusive people.

CLAT PG 2020 Syllabus for International Law :

  • It is the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relations between states and between nations. It serves as a framework for the practice of stable and organized international relations.

CLAT 2020 PG Syllabus for Law of Torts

  • It is comparatively a recent common law development in India based on codifying statutes including statutes related to damages.
 

CLAT 2020 New Exam Pattern

CLAT 2020 exam pattern is revised, and the candidates can check the revised and detailed exam pattern of the exam here (scroll down to check the changes in the exam pattern of CLAT). There are some major changes in the exam pattern of CLAT 2020. For the preparation of CLAT 2020, students must know the exam pattern and syllabus first. It is very important to understand the CLAT exam pattern because it will help in examining the structure of the examination which is to be faced. The exam pattern of CLAT 2020 comprises of a total number of questions, total marks, time duration, marking scheme, the number of questions section-wise, exam timing, etc. Understanding the CLAT exam pattern will help in better exam preparation.

New Exam Pattern for CLAT UG 2020

CLAT 2020 exam pattern for UG and PG exam has been revised, and let us have a look at the revised pattern of CLAT UG exam 2020. The following are the changes that have been made in the UG exam of CLAT 2020 –

  • CLAT 2020 will have Comprehensive Based QUestions which will be asked from Current Affairs, Logical Reasoning, Deductive Reasoning, English and Quantitative Techniques. 
  • CLAT 2020 will have only 120-150 questions instead of 200. The Consortium of NLUs felt that making students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not judicial.

These are the changes that have been made in the exam pattern of CLAT UG 2020.

Changes in CLAT PG Exam Pattern 2020

The following changes have been made in the PG exam pattern of CLAT 2020 –

  • Similar to UG exam of CLAT, the PG exam will also have comprehensive based questions.
  • The descriptive portion of the exam remains the same
  • Cutoff marks are expected to be introduced for the LL.M course.

CLAT Results 2020

CLAT 2020 result will be announced by CLAT Consortium in June 2020 in online mode. Candidates who have appeared for the exam will be able to check their CLAT 2020 All India Rank using their Registration Number or Roll Number and Date of Birth. The results will be available online on the CLAT 2020 official website. CLAT 2020 will be conducted for those who wish to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate law programmes. It is a national-level entrance test, which is conducted only once in a year.

The direct link to check CLAT 2020 results will be updated here as and when the result is announced. The candidates can access the CLAT 2020 results through the direct link mentioned here. 

CLAT 2020 Result Dates

CLAT 2020 results date can be checked here – 

Event Tentative Dates
CLAT 2020 Test Date Last week of May 2020
CLAT 2020 Result Date The second week of June 2020
CLAT 2020 Scorecard Availability Date Yet to be announced
CLAT 2020 Counselling Date Yet to be announced

CLAT Counselling 2020

National Law University will organise CLAT 2020 Counselling by the 1st week of June 2020. After the announcement of results, the counselling process will start. Candidates will be required to join the counselling of CLAT 2020 in online mode. There will be a number of processes included in the CLAT 2020 counselling process namely – online registration, making the choice of NLU, allotment of seats in NLUs and payment of CLAT Counselling fee, upgrading of seats and then reporting to the allotted NLUs. 

The seat allotment for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) will be done through the centralised admission scheme and will be based on the merit-cum-preference basis. In CLAT 2020, admission to various law programmes will be done on the basis of scores achieved by the candidates. The first merit list released by the exam authority will contain the selected candidates’ names according to their categories on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’. You can the merit list of CLAT 2020 here.

Step by Step CLAT Counselling Process 2020

Registration for Counselling Process:

After the announcement of the first list, candidates will have to apply for the counselling process. Students whose names are mentioned in the list will have to pay the counselling fee to be eligible for seat allotment process.

  • Those who fail to deposit the fees in the stipulated time may lose their allotted NLU seat, admission opportunity to NLU. After the payment of fees, the authorities will issue the second indicative seat allotment list. This indicative list will be for the CLAT Counselling Round 2.

Locking of Choices:

In this option, candidates will have to submit their course and college preferences. After locking the choices, candidates will not be allowed to shift from one university to another during the further counselling process. The Lock option confirms the candidate’s final choice for the particular NLU. 

  • The candidates whose name have been newly added to the second indicative counselling list of CLAT 2019, will have to pay the counselling fees by the prescribed time limit. However, those who have been upgraded/shifting need not re-deposit the fee.

Upgrading/Shifting:

The candidates choosing this option will be considered for further counselling rounds against any vacancies that will arise in NLUs. Only upward shifting will be permitted in accordance with the preference list given at the time of application.

  • Note: Before releasing third indicative list, the CLAT authorities will provide an option of withdrawal to all those candidates who have been allotted NLUs in the previous counselling rounds.

Withdrawal: 

This option can be used by the candidates in two ways – If any candidate participating in the CLAT 2019 counselling fails to deposit the requisite amount of counselling fees, then he/ she will lose the chance to get admission in NLUs of his/ her choice as his/ her name will be dropped from the admission merit list and this is the first way to withdraw an NLU seat, it can be deliberately done or by mistake.

  • Second way: This option will be given to the candidates before the final seat allotment list, during the third round of counselling. In such a case, candidates will be allowed to withdraw from the admissions and their deposited counselling fee will be transferred to their bank accounts after a deduction of Rs. 10,000 from deposited counselling fee.

Final Admission List:

Based on the vacant seats in institutes, a second, third and final list of shortlisted candidates may be published. In order to confirm the seats allotted to them, candidates will have to get their documents verified by the designated authority and pay the admission fees.

CLAT 2020 Cut-off

The CLAT 2020 cut-off will be released once the CLAT 2020 results will be declared online. CLAT 2020 will be conducted by National Law University for admission of law aspirants in undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes. The result of CLAT 2020 will be released in the month of June 2020. The cut-offs for CLAT signify the score/rank at which law aspirants are offered admission in different colleges accepting CLAT scores/ranks for admission. NLUs will release separate cut-offs for each programme as per the category of the candidate. It must be noted that candidates qualifying the minimum cut-off for CLAT can participate in the centralised CLAT Counselling.

The CLAT cut-off is the minimum marks/score, which candidates have to secure in order to qualify the entrance examination. Based on the ranks secured by the candidates, they are shortlisted for the admission process of CLAT. By taking various factors into consideration, such as the difficulty of the exam, a total of test-takers, a total number of seats, number of candidates who have appeared in the examination, the CLAT 2020 cut-off will be prepared. By checking the cut-off of CLAT 2020, candidates will be able to get an idea about their eligibility to participate in the CLAT2020  counselling process.

CLAT Cut-off 2020 Important Dates

EventsDates
CLAT 2020 Exam Date May 2020
Declaration of CLAT 2020 Result June 2020
CLAT 2020 Cut-off Release Date After Result Declaration

Factors Determining CLAT Cut-off

On the basis of CLAT cut-off, candidates will be offered admissions into the colleges accepting CLAT scores/ranks. After the release of CLAT 2020 result, candidates who have appeared in the entrance exam must check the CLAT 2020 cut-off which is based on different parameters. The factors that determine CLAT cut-off are listed below:

  • Number of seats available

  • Number of candidates who appeared in CLAT 2020

  • Cut- off of the previous year

  • Number of qualifying candidates

  • The difficulty level of the entrance exam

CLAT 2020 Admit Card

CLAT 2020 admit card will be released in May. The admit card will be issued by the National Law University for the candidates who have successfully registered for the entrance exam. To download the CLAT 2020 admit card, candidates will be required to enter their Registered ID and Password and then take a print out of the admit card. 

CLAT admit card mentions candidate’s name, date of birth, reporting time and exam centre address. Before taking the print out of the CLAT admit card 2020, candidates must verify all the details mentioned on the admit card and must immediately report to the concerned authority in case any discrepancy is found. CLAT 2020 admit card is an important document that candidates must carry to the exam centre. Without the admit card and ID proof, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall.

How to Download CLAT Admit Card 2020

Candidates can follow the steps given below to download the admit card of CLAT 2020:

  • To access the admit card, go to the official website of CLAT 2020 and click on the link available to access the admit card.

  • A new page will open where you have to enter your login credentials, i.e. Registered ID and Password.

  • Click on the ‘login’ button.

  • CLAT 2020 admit card will be displayed on your screen.

  • Verify all the details mentioned on the CLAT 2020 admit card.

  • Download or take a print out of the admit card and keep it for future reference.

Details Mentioned on CLAT 2020 Admit Card

The following details will be mentioned on CLAT admit card 2020:

  • Candidate’s name

  • Father’s name

  • Mother’s name

  • Date of birth

  • Examination date

  • Test center city

  • Test center address

  • Computer node number

  • Application number

  • Programme applied

  • Category applied under

  • Reporting time

  • Examination time

  • Roll number

  • Invigilator signature

  • Candidate’s signature

  • Photograph

  • Specimen signature

CLAT Application Form 2020

The application process for CLAT 2020 will start from the second week of January 2020. The application form of CLAT 2020 will be available in online mode on the official website of CLAT 2020 exam. CLAT is organized for both undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes and before beginning with the CLAT application process, candidates must check the detailed CLAT Eligibility Criteria.

The CLAT application process involves registration, filling up the form, paying the requisite amount and uploading the required documents along with the important instruction to be followed until the examination gets over.  While filling CLAT application form 2020, candidates will be required to provide a number of details including personal, academic and address. Once the candidates successfully complete the registration process, they are allotted a system-generated user ID and password, which is sent to their registered email ID. With these login credentials, the candidate can fill the application form and submit it before the last date of registration.

Step by Step Process to Apply for CLAT 2020

The detailed process to fill the CLAT 2020 application form –

Step 1: Registration:

  • Visit the official website of CLAT.

  • Click on ‘New Registration’ under ‘Registration Info’ section.

  • Register yourself by providing asked details.

  • Enter required details including Name, Parents’ Name, Date of Birth and Email Id.

  • A Provisional Registration No. and Password will be sent to the registered email and mobile. Use these credentials to log in to fill the online application.

  • You are now ready to login an get access to the CLAT 2020 Application Form.

Step-2: Fill the Application Form:

  • In this step, you have to fill the following details mentioned below:

  • Personal details such as  Date of Birth, Gender, Age, Nationality, Marital status, Parents’ Name, and Correspondence Address, postal address, Contact details.

  • Next, you have to fill programme choice applying for, choose any one program i.e. Undergraduate or Postgraduate.

  • Then, provide education details such as class 10, Class 12, Graduation details, Master/PG Details, Experience details etc.

  • Enter the State of Residence, the State of Domicile, State of Nativity, Percentage of Disability (if applicable), University Category, Exam City Preference, etc.

  • Note: You have to fill your preference order for all nineteen NLUs.The same preferential choices will be considered during CLAT Counselling.

  • After that, you have to upload scanned your documents in the prescribed format and size.

Step-3: Uploading of Documents:

  • You have to upload your documents and scanned images of your recent passport-sized photograph in the prescribed format and size as adhering to the guidelines provided below:

    • Photograph: Applicant has to upload their scanned photocopy of the Front facing recent passport size photograph. 

    • Signature: Applicant has to upload their scanned photocopy of Signature.

    • The scanned copy of the certificate in PDF format issued by the competent authority to support the claim of Specially Abled Persons (SAP). 

Specification for Signature and Photograph:

Photograph Specification:

  • The photograph should be in colour and must have been taken in a professional studio.

  • The photograph has to be in JPEG format with standard 3.5 cm × 4.5 cm (Width × Height).

  • File size should be less than or equal to 100 KB.

  • Maximum pixel resolution for JPEG: 480 x 640 (100 KB).

  • Minimum pixel resolution for JPEG: 240 x 320.

  • The photograph should have a white or very light background.

  • The photograph must not be older than September 2017.

  • In the photograph, the length of the face (between the chin and the top of the forehead) should cover up to 50% of the length of the photograph.

  • The candidate’s photograph with glare on glasses or with spectacles will not be acceptable.

Signature Specification: 

  • Design a rectangular box having a size of 7 cm × 2 cm (Width x Height) on an A4 sheet paper. The signature has to be in black or dark blue ink pen in the required box.

  • Signature’s digital image must be scanned by a professional using a scanner.

  • The scanned photograph must have:

    • Height – 120 pixels

    • Size – 100 KB

    • Width – 420 pixels

  • Pixel resolutions for scanned signature image:

    • Maximum – 560 × 160

    • Minimum – 280 × 80

  • Signature images taken from the mobile phone or from digital cameras are not allowed. 

Note: The photograph and signature of the applicant need not be attested while submitting the Online Application Form.

  • You can preview the application form, edit or modify the necessary changes in the application, using the ‘Edit/Update’ tab.

  • If no other changes are required in the CLAT 2020 application form,  you can go for fee payment page, before submitting the CLAT application form.

Step-4: Payment of CLAT 2020 Fees:

  • The application fee can be paid online or by bank challan generated online. 

    • In Online Mode: 

      • The fee can be paid using the Debit/ Credit card/ net banking/ pay wallet/ RuPay etc. 

      • The Bank Transaction Charges may vary depending upon the payment option selected.

    • In Offline Mode (by bank challan):

      • The payment of application fee can be made after registering the application online and generating the challans online. 

      • The print out of the challans generated has to be taken to the relevant bank for payment over the counter. 

      • Offline payments are to be made in cash only.

CLAT Application Fee 2020

CategoryFees (INR)
General/OBC/SAP4000/-
SC/ST3500/-
Question Paper Fee (if opted)500/-

Step-5: Downloading the Application Form

  • After completing the application online payment, the candidate will able to download the application form with the detail of fee payment in PDF format. 

  • Candidate must save a printout for further use. 

  • No printout of CLAT application form is needed to be sent to CLAT Office.

Note: 

  • If the data in the application form of a candidate is found false or does not meet the mentioned eligibility criteria, his/her application will be cancelled by the conducting Institute.

  • The original educational documents must be submitted to the university by the candidate at the time of admissions. 

  • The photograph and signature of the candidate need not be attested.

Mandatory Documents:

  • Scanned photocopies of the certificate of impairment in a PDF format for Specially Abled Persons (SAP).

  • The documents/certificates are mandatory for admission to both UG and PG courses.

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