What is CLAT?
CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test which is a national level entrance examination for getting admissions in various undergraduate (UG courses) as well as post graduate (PG courses) that are offered at National Law University and various other college and universities all over the country. The exam is been conducted by a permanent body which is formed by universities i.e. an association or consortium of NLU’s. The body has its headquarters at NLSIU Bangalore from where it controls the process for this entrance examination.
|An Overview of CLAT 2020|
|Exam Name||Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)|
|Exam Frequency||Held once in a year|
|Exam Mode||Offline mode|
|Duration of exam||2 Hours|
|Exam Takers||Around 60 Thousand|
|Accepting Colleges||99 Colleges all around the country|
|Official website of the exam||https://clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in/|
CLAT 2020: Important Dates and Events of the Exam
The Examination dates for the CLAT 2020 are out right now and the whole exam will be held as per the dates which are mentioned below in the table:
|Notification for CLAT 2020||21 November 2019|
|Detailed Notification||14 December 2019|
|Beginning of Online Registrations||1 January 2020|
|Last Date of Fee Payment and Form Submission||21 March 2020|
|Last Date of Submitting the Application||31 March 2020|
|Releasing the Admit Card||First Week of May 2020|
|CLAT Examination Date||10 May 2020|
|Results of CLAT announced||24 May 2020|
Eligibility Criteria for CLAT 2020 – Exam-Pitara
In order to appear for the CLAT 2020, candidates need to fulfill some criteria which are been mentioned below:
For five year integrated Courses
- The minimum requirement for students is to complete class 12 from any national or state education board.
- For candidates who are belonging to General as well as Other Backward Class (OBC), minimum of 45% is required and those who belong to Scheduled Class (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), they are required to score at least 40%.
- There is no such age limit criteria for CLAT 2020 and is been removed by the BCI.
Eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 for LLM Course
- Candidates belonging to General and Other Backward Class should have completed their graduation with minimum 55% marks and those who belong to Scheduled Class (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), are required with at least 50% marks in their graduation.
- Students can apply for the examination even if they are in the final year of their graduation. However, the candidates are required to submit the proof of the final examination qualification in order to appear for CLAT 2020.
- There is no such upper age limit for applying CLAT 2020.
Courses which are offered through CLAT 2020
- Bachelor of Arts LLB (BA LLB)
- Bachelor of Commerce LLB (BCom LLB)
- Bachelor of Science LLB (BSc LLB)
- Bachelor or Business Administration LLB (BBA LLB)
- LLM (Masters of Laws)
CLAT 2020 Process: Steps by step detail of the examination
Candidates who are willing to appear for the examination have to follow the process which is been mentioned as under:
- Apply Online: The first step for the student is to apply for the online process from the official website of the CLAT Consortium.
- Downloading the Admit card: The applied students have to download the admit card in order to appear for the examination.
- Appear for the examination: Candidates have to appear for the examination at the allotted test centres. They have to carry the hard copy of the downloaded admit card to the examination centre.
- Result Declaration: The result is then declared on the official website in the form of merit lists.
- Admission Process: All the candidates who are shortlisted have to participate in the counselling round of National Law University which is as per schedule.
List of Colleges which are accepting the CLAT Scores
|National Law School of India University, Bangalore||West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata|
|National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad||National Law Institute University, Bhopal|
|National Law University, Jodhpur||Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur|
|Rajiv Gandhi National Open University, Patiala||Chanakya National Law University, Patna|
|Gujarat National University, Gandhinagar||Dr Ram Monohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow|
|National University of Study & Research in Law, Ranchi||National Law University & Judicial Academy, Assam|
|National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi||National Law University Odisha, Cuttack|
|Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai||Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirapalli|
|Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad||Dr BR Ambedkar National Law University, Sonipat|
|Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla||Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur|
CLAT Examination Day Guidelines: Do’s and Don’ts
- Candidates who are appearing for the examination should be careful to follow all the instructions in order to remain hassle free during the beginning of the examination:
- Candidates should report one hour prior to their respective examination centres which are allotted to them.
- They must carry the admit card along with them with one of the photo ID proof such as Aadhar card, PAN Card, Driving License or any other photo ID proof. Along with this, students are also required to carry a recent passport size photograph along with them.
- Students should carry a pencil and a pen (blue or black ink color)
- Also, it should be noted that candidates must not carry any type of study material, electronic gadget or any valuable item as these items are banned inside the examination hall.
CLAT 2020 Syllabus: An overview of the Exam Pattern
|Section||Number of Questions||Marks|
|English (with comprehension)||40||40|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||50||50|
|Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||20||20|
Section 1: English (which includes Comprehension)
In the first section, the proficiency of a person is being tested on various questions asked on topic of Comprehension Passages as well as English Grammar. The comprehension section is been evaluated on the basis of understating the passage and answering the questions asked with the context of the passage. On the other hand, the grammar section requires correction of errors, fill in the blanks etc.
Section 2: General Knowledge & Current Affairs
This section tests the general awareness of the candidate which includes static knowledge. The candidates are tested with questions related to events happening national and internationally. In order to prepare for this section, the students are advised to be up to date with all the current happenings and news which are been discussed in the mainstream media.
Section 3: Mathematics
In this section, knowledge of elementary Mathematics is been tested that is been taught up to Class X. Although it consist of only 20 marks, but still determines the list when the final result is declared.
Section 4: Legal Aptitude
Legal aptitude tests the candidate’s interest in Law, Problem solving skills as well as research aptitude. The official website of the examination states that questions may include legal propositions and all the facts to which it has to be applied. Some of them may not be true, candidates themselves have to assume the truth of various propositions and then answer accordingly to the questions.
Section 5: Logical Reasoning
Candidates ability of identify patterns and logical links are been evaluated. This section includes logical reasoning questions, analogies, and logical sequences. Although, any type of visual reasoning is not being tested in the examination.
CLAT Result 2020: How and where to check?
Candidates can follow the steps below in order to check the CLAT 2020 Result and download the final scorecard of the examination.
Step 1: Visit the official website of the examination
Step 2: Click on the link where the result is been mentioned on date of result
Step 3: Enter required credentials to login with your application number and date of birth
Step 4: On logging in, go to the score card tab and check the score as well as qualifying status
Step 5: Download your CLAT Scorecard to save it in your system
Cutoff for CLAT: Expected Cutoff and Factors
There is rise and fall in final cut off marks every year depending on certain factors such as difficulty of the examination, number of application received and total number of seats available.
Here is some rough estimation about the cutoff marks that will fall around 150 for the top 3 National Law University and approximately 130 for next NLU’s.
|Section||CLAT Expected Cutoff Marks||Cutoff Marks per section|
|English (with comprehension)||30||40|
|GK and Current Affairs||30||50|
|Mathematics (Numerical Ability)||15||20|