INTRODUCTION

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities around the country.

CLAT is organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities consisting of the representative universities.

The CLAT 2020 exam will be conducted on 10 May, 2020.

Registrations will open on 1 January, 2020 and remain open until 31 March, 2020. For form filling click here https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/

ELIGIBILITY

UG Programme

  1. There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2020.
  2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
    1. Forty five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories
    2. Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2020 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020 examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.
  4. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.
  5. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
    1. Higher marks in the component / section on legal aptitude in the CLAT 2020 exam;
    2. Higher age;
    3. Computerised draw of lots.

PARTICIPATING LAW SCHOOLS

Name of the Institution

Location

Year of joining CLAT

National Law School of India University (NLSIU)

Bangalore

2008

National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR), University of Law

Hyderabad

2008

The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS)

Bhopal

2008

National Law Institute University (NLIU)

Kolkata

2008

National Law University, Jodhpur

Jodhpur

2008

Hidayatullah National Law University

Raipur

2008

Gujarat National Law University

Gandhinagar

2008

Dr. Ram ManoharLohia National Law University

Lucknow

2009

Chanakya National Law University

Patna

2009

National University of Advanced Legal Studies

Kochi

2009

Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law

Patiala

2009

National University of Study and Research in Law

Ranchi

2012

National Law University, Orissa

Cuttack

2012

National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam

Guwahati

2012

Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University

Visakhapatnam

2014[14]

Tamil Nadu National Law School

Srirangam

2015

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Mumbai

2015

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Nagpur

2016

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU)

Aurangabad

2016

Himachal Pradesh National Law University

Shimla

2019

Dharmashastra National Law University

Jabalpur

2019



 

PATTERN OF CLAT 2020 (UNDER-GRADUATE PROGRAMME)

Exam Description

Mode of Examination

Offline

Total Marks

150

Number of multiple-choice questions of one mark each

150

Duration of Examination

Two hours (02:00 hours)

Subject areas with Weightage

English Language

28-32 questions

or

roughly 20% of the paper

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

 or

roughly 25% of the paper

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

 or

roughly 25% of the paper

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

 or

roughly 20% of the paper

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

or

roughly 10% of the paper

Note: There shall be a system of Negative Marking wherein 0.25 marks will be deducted for each of the wrong answer.


THE DIFFERENT SUBJECT AREAS OF THE EXAMINATION

English Language

In this section of the UG-CLAT 2020, you will be provided passages of about 450 words each. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing, and would be of a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to:

  • Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage;
  • Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage;
  • Summarise the passage;
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage; and
  • Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.

Current Affairs Including General Knowledge

In this section, you will be provided passages of up to 450 words each. The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including:

  • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world;
  • Arts and culture;
  • International affairs; and
  • Historical events of continuing significance.

Legal Reasoning

In this section, you will be expected to read passages of around 450 words each. The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. You will not require any prior knowledge of law. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.

Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:

  • Identify and infer the rules and principles set out in the passage;
  • Apply such rules and principles to various fact situations; and
  • Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

Logical Reasoning

The Logical Reasoning section of the UG-CLAT 2020 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:

  • Recognize an argument, its premises and conclusions;
  • Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage;
  • Critically analyse patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;
  • Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations;
  • Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence, and assess the effectiveness of arguments.

Quantitative Techniques

The Quantitative Techniques section of the UG-CLAT 2020 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. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information.

The questions will require you to:

  • Derive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations; and
  • Apply various 10th standard mathematical operations on such information, including from areas such as ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.

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