CLAT 2020

About CLAT 2020

The full form of CLAT is Common Law Admission Test and is a national law entrance exam conducted by the consortium of National Law Universities. The conducting body has postponed the CLAT 2020 on account of COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown 4.0. The Common Law Admission Test will be conducted with prior notice of at least 21 days. The CLAT application form has also been extended till July 1.

CLAT (full form - Common Law Admission Test) will be conducted in offline mode at more than 60 centres across the country. Admissions through CLAT are offered in the 22 national law universities of India and other affiliated law schools. At the undergraduate level, the NLUs are offering around 2538 seats while around 724 seats are being offered for the LLM course.
This year, the Consortium of NLUs has updated the CLAT exam pattern for both UG and PG law entrance tests. At the undergraduate level, the number of question asked in the test have been reduced from 200 to 150 and consisting of comprehension type questions. The CLAT syllabus includes fours subjects namely - English language,  Current affairs including general knowledge, Logical reasoning, Legal reasoning and quantitative ability.  There will be 150 multiple choice questions each carrying one mark. Candidates will be given two hours to answer the questions. 

At postgraduate level, the CLAT syllabus includes topics like Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law and others. 100 multiple-choice questions and two essay writing questions will be asked in the test.

Candidates appearing in the test will need to carry CLAT admit card at the exam centre. The admit card will be released a few weeks before the exam date. CLAT 2020 result will be declared after the exam. The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in the national-level exam is a 10+2 pass scoring minimum 45% marks (relaxation in minimum marks applies to reserved categories). Also, there is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020.

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The Consortium of NLUs has prescribed the eligibility criteria for both CLAT UG and CLAT PG. The eligibility criteria of Common Law Admission Test (full form of CLAT) includes educational qualification and age limit and is explained below.
CLAT 2020 - Eligibility for UG program:

  • Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.
  • Marks in qualifying exam: General category candidates need minimum 45% marks in the qualifying exam,  while SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks.
  • Age limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020
    Candidates appearing in the qualifying exam are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020, however, such candidates will be offered admissions only if they fulfil the other parameters of the eligibility criteria.

CLAT 2020 Application Process

Mode of Application : Online

Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card

CLAT application form 2020 has been released till July 1 on account of lockdown 4.0. The online registration for CLAT 2020 started on January 1. Eligible candidates can visit the CLAT official website for registering themselves. To CLAT application form can be filled only after creating a CLAT account by using the details like name, contact information etc. The detailed CLAT application process is explained below.
How to fill CLAT 2020 application form

  • Registration: The first step in the application process, the candidate has to register by entering details their name, email id, mobile number, and other details. 

  • Fill in relevant details: The application form will have various sections like personal, academic and contact details which have to be duly filled.

  • Upload documents: Scanned copies of signature, photograph and other documents in prescribed specification (refer table below) has to be uploaded.

CLAT 2020 - Document specification                   


Image size (maximum)



500 KB



100 KB


State domicile certificate

2 MB



  • Application fee: Depending on the category of the candidate, the application fee may vary as shown in the table below.



General/ OBC/PwD/NRI/PIO//OCI category

Rs. 4000

SC/ST/BPL category

Rs. 3500


CLAT 2020 Syllabus

English language

Current affairs, including general knowledge

Legal reasoning

Logical reasoning

Quantitative techniques

CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips

With the help of CLAT preparation tips 2020, candidates will get a fair idea of how to prepare for the Common Law Admission Test. Candidates can check here the important points of CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips - 

  • Candidates need to be well-versed with the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Practice sufficient mock tests and sample papers to edify learning and to hone problem-solving skills.
  • CLAT aspirants are also advised to follow a proper time-table for preparation.
  • Candidates should choose books that are easy to follow, meet the quality standards, and contain lots of practice material to prepare for the exam.
  • Regular revision is the key to score good marks in exam.
  • Maintaining equanimity is crucial for effective preparation. To achieve that stay in the moment, instead of flying into the future or pondering the past. 

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The CLAT consortium has changed the CLAT exam pattern. The changes include reducing the number of questions to 150 from 200. Also, comprehension-based questions will be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. The updated CLAT 2020 exam pattern is provided below.
CLAT Exam pattern 2020 (Updated)

Exam mode Offline
Language English
Type of questions CLAT UG - Objective type test 
  CLAT PG - Objective + Subjective type questions
Total number of question CLAT UG - 150 MCQs 
CLAT PG - 100 MCQs + 2 subjective type questions
Exam duration 2 hours
Negative marking 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer


CLAT Exam Pattern (OLD)


Number of Questions


English including Comprehension



Legal Aptitude



Logical Reasoning



General Knowledge and Current Affairs



Elementary Mathematics and Numerical Ability







CLAT 2020 Mock Test

Candidates appearing in the national-level exam could access the CLAT 2020 mock test online. There are multiple benefits of taking CLAT mock test 2020, some of which are enumerated below:

  • Mock tests contain similar type of questions to those asked in the entrance exam. So, solving these problems will help the candidate judge the difficultly level of the exam and plan accordingly.
  • The success in mock tests can be taken as indicative of exam readiness or lack of it. If readiness is lacking, one may need to pull up one's socks and try harder.
  • Success in these tests would also give the candidate lot of confidence that he/she can carry to the exam.
  • Mock tests will teach the candidate time management skills and also how to wriggle out of a tricky problem by keeping a cool head.
  • Effective prioritising of questions is an art that can be cultivated by solving CLAT mock test. Students who master this art will be able to lock down all the sure-shot questions first, before moving on to tricky and not-so sure questions. 

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