CLAT – Common Law Admission Test

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 21 June, 2020. Registrations will open on 1 January, 2020 and remain open until 18 May, 2020. Click Here for CLAT Notification 2020.

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Important Dates

Important dates & events in CLAT 2020

Commencement of online application 01 – Jan, 2020 (12:00 PM onwards )
Last date for application 18 – May 2020
Admit Card Release 5 – May 2020
CLAT 2020 Date 21 – June, 2020 (3:00 PM – 5:00 PM)
CLAT 2020 Result Announcement7 – June 2020

Application Fee: Rs. 4000/- (General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates)

Application Fee: Rs. 3500/- (SC/ST/BPL category candidates)


Eligibility Criteria as prescribed by the CLAT 2020 committee is as follows:

Educational Qualification for CLAT 2020:

  • Passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with the minimum of :
    • Forty-five percent (45%) marks in case of candidates belonging to Unreserved/OBC/SAP categories
    • Forty percent (40%) marks in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST Category
  • Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2020 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT-2020 examination. However, they are required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission.

Test Format – 2020

Like any other aptitude test, CLAT is also designed to test the aptitude level of the candidate. The pattern of CLAT remains the same every year.

Mode : Offline (Paper Based)

Question Type : Multiple Choice Questions

No. of Questions : 150

Duration : 2 Hrs.

Marking Scheme : Correct Answer : +1 Wrong Answer: – 0.25

Section Wise Split-up :

English including Comprehension 28-32 questions
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 35-39 questions
Elementary Mathematics 13-17 questions
Legal Aptitude 35-39 questions
Logical Reasoning 28-32 questions

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Numbers BODMAS, Cyclicity, HCF & LCM, Averages and Percentages, Roots, Indices, Surds, Simple & Compound Interest, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Partnership, Mixtures & Alligations, Algebraic Formulae, Linear & Quadratic Equations, Time, Speed & Distance, Work Related Problems, Pipes & Cisterns, Geometry: Lines, Angles & Triangles, Polygons, Circles & Mensuration, Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Data Interpretation.

Verbal Ability

Vocabulary, Sentence Analysis, Noun & Pronoun Errors, Subject-Verb Agreement & Tenses, verbal and critical reasoning, Logical Consistency, Modifiers & Parallelism, Prepositions and Conjunctions, Idioms & Phrases etc.

General Awareness

Indian History, World History, Current Affairs, Indian Geography World Geography, Indian Constitution, Indian & World Economy, Banking & Financial Institutions, National Insignia, International News, Science, Computers, Sports and Movies, Prizes, Awards and Honors, Personalities, Literature and Media, Days and Dates etc.

Logical & Verbal Reasoning

Coding & Decoding, Analogies, Odd One Out, Family Tree & Directions, Arrangements: Linear/Circular/Matrix, Groups & Conditionality, Logical Series, Selection Criteria, Sequential I/P – O/P Tracing, Symbol Based Logic, Logical Puzzles, Syllogisms, strong & weak arguments, Critical Reasoning, Cause effects, Implicit Assumptions, Inferences, statement conclusions etc.

Legal Aptitude

Law of Tort, Fundamentals of Law of Contract , Sale of Goods Act, Negotiable Instrument Act, Basics of Criminal Law, Basics of Constitutional Law, Family Law, Procedural Law, Property Law & Intellectual Property Law, International Law, Legal Maxims and Principles.

CLAT 2019 Analysis

After a forgettable AILET-2018, CLAT 2018 provided some academic relief, but technical glitches were in store for a lot of serious aspirants, who could not score up to their potential, since they either lost a few minutes of exam duration or their test was halted due to system issues. Let us anyways look at overall exam design.

The paper had 200 questions spread across five sections – English, GK, Elementary Mathematics, Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude. Each correct attempt would get 1 mark, while each incorrect attempt would attract a negative score of 0.25 marks. This was same as historical marking scheme.

Serious attempts of good students had been in 180+ range. With 90% accuracy, it comes to a score of 160-162. Expected cut-off of Top 3 NLUs should be around 155+. Top 7-8 NLU score cut-offs should be in the range of 138+. Let us find section wise analysis

Legal Aptitude:

This was a fairly straight forward section, dominated by legal reasoning questions. Questions were around direct application of principles. A few assertion-reasoning & statement-conclusion (New question type) questions were asked. Section had 8-10 Legal GK questions, including static LGK questions (e.g. the highest law officer in India). Difficulty level was easy-moderate.

GK and Current Affairs:

Surprise in store was large number of Static GK questions. As many as 15 static questions were spread across Legal GK, books & authors (3-4 Q). A few questions based on events in early 2017 were asked. The rest were current affairs, spread across topics. This could be a differentiating section between top NLU getters & the rest. Those who prepared well for static GK should have a definite edge 

Logical Reasoning:

Reasoning was a relatively lengthy but easy section. There were 25-30 analytical reasoning questions & the rest were verbal reasoning based. 4 sets of matrix arrangements were time consuming. There were no surprises in terms of topics covered. So, it was a fairly standard section 

Verbal ability:

Historically, English has been the most predictable section in CLAT & this year was no different. It had one long but easy RC passage with 10 questions. Other question types were vocab (5Q), sentence correction (5Q), short paragraphs with one question each (4-6). There were questions on fill-in-the-blanks and phrase meanings as well. The section had a good scoring opportunity

Elementary Mathematics:

This was arguably the most difficult section. Questions were lengthy & difficult. They were spread across topics like algebra, time-speed-distance, work-pipes, probability & so on. Even good students did not have a serious attempt above 10-12. This was another differentiator section

Expected scores by sections are as follows

SectionNo. of QuestionsGood AttemptsScore (With 90% accuracy)
Legal Aptitude5044 – 4640 – 42
GK and Current Affairs5040 – 4236 – 37
Logical Reasoning4033 – 3629 – 33
English4034 – 3530 – 32
Elementary Maths2018 – 2016 – 18

For general category, Top 10 NLU score cut-offs should be as follows (End of Round 4 of centralized admission process)

Top 3 NLUs – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata – Top 250 ranks – 155+

Next 4 NLUs – Jodhpur, Bhopal, Gandhinagar, Mumbai – 250-550 ranks – 138+

Next 3 NLUs – Lucknow, Raipur, Patiala – 550-1000 ranks – 110+

Results will be announced on 30th May 2020.

Colleges under CLAT

NLUs are considered as the top law colleges in India. CLAT scores are accepted by all NLUs, except NLU-Delhi as it conducts AILET for admission to its UG programs. To know more about the top colleges in India click here