Common Law Admission Test

Admit card: 13 Aug 2020 (Tentative)

Pen & Paper Mode

Admit card: 13 Aug 2020

CLAT Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 4,000
  • Examination Modes:Pen & Paper Mode
  • Exam Conducting Body:CLAT Consortium of NLU (CCNLU)
  • Courses:LLB, LLM
  • Streams:Law

CLAT 2020: New Exam Date(22 Aug), Admit Card, Syllabus, Result

Updated On - July 16 2020 by Akriti Maurya

CLAT 2020  will be conducted on 22 August 2020. It is also known as the Common-Law Admission Test 2020 which is a National Level Entrance Test organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities. CLAT is organized to offer admission to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Programs offered by 22 National Law Universities around the country. The courses offered are 3-year Bachelors Law Program (LLB), 5-year Bachelors Law Programs (BA LLB, etc.) All the famous and highly recommended Law Universities across India consider CLAT to be one of the most reliable entrance exams to offer admission to Law aspirants. 

CLAT Latest Updates

  • CLAT 2020 Exam Date has been announced & the new date is 22 August 2020.
  • CLAT 2020 will use a “Social Distanced Computer Based Testing” model which will enable a rapid
    restart of assessments with due compliance to social distancing norms and other key precautions to be taken to ensure prevention of virus spread. 
  • Candidates for the LLM programme in CLAT 2020 will get 120 MCQ questions to be answered in 120 minutes. There will be no Descriptive Section.
  • If a candidate withdraws from CLAT 2020, registration fee will be refunded after deduction of processing fee(Rs 400 for SC/ST candidates and Rs 500 for all other candidates).

CLAT 2020 Application Form

CLAT Application Form 2020 has been released online by the exam conducting body - National Law University on their official website. CLAT 2020 Application Forms the last date of submission was 10 July 2020. Before filling the form the applicants must check the eligibility of the exam.  All the aspirants are requested to go through the details on what all to keep in mind while filling a form:
  • Candidates need to submit the application form online only from the website.
  • Applicants must fill all the required information correctly and there should be no fault entries made by the applicants.
  • It can lead to cancellation of candidature at any stage of admission if found by the authorities.
  • Upload the scanned photograph and signatures of the candidate.

CLAT 2020 Application Fee

Mode of Payment: Applicants can pay the CLAT Application processing fee Online via Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card. If candidates want previous years' question papers than they have to pay the amount of Rs. 500/- extra along with the requisite application fee.

CLAT Application Fee 2020 is mentioned category wise:

CLAT 2020 Examination Fees

General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates

Rs 4000/-

SC/ST/BPL category candidates

Rs 3500/-

  • The above-mentioned fee does not include the bank transaction charges that candidates have to pay for remitting the fee online.
  • If a candidate withdraws from CLAT 2020, their application fee shall be refunded after a deduction of Rs 400 for SC/ST candidates and Rs 500 for all other candidates towards processing charges. Refunds will be made by July 18, 2020.

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

CLAT 2020 Eligibility is quoted below. The applicants must go through the same before filling the application form.

Eligibility for CLAT UG Programme:
  • Age Limit: There will be no upper age limit for any UG program offered in CLAT 2020.
  • Educational Qualification: Candidate should qualify the class 12th or equivalent examination from a recognized board/university.
  • Percentage: 45% marks in case of the candidate belong to unreserved/OBC/specially-abled person (SAP) and other categories and 40% marks in case of the candidate belong to SC/ST category.
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam in March/April 2020 are also eligible for appearing in CLAT 2020 online examination. They shall be required to produce a proof of the passing of their qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which their candidature shall be cancelled.
Eligibility for CLAT PG Programme:
  • Age limit: No upper age limit would be there for candidates appearing for CLAT 2020.
  • Qualifying Exam: The candidate must have a minimum of 55% marks in case if the candidate belongs to the unreserved category/OBC and other categories. 50% marks in case of candidate belonging to SC/ST in their LLB or any other equivalent exam.
  • Appearing Candidates: The candidate must be passed/appeared in the final semester or final year of the qualifying examination on the date of his/her admission.
For Three-year LLB entrance exams:
  • There is no upper age limit for admission. However, a candidate must be at least 17 years of age on the date of application.
  • A graduation degree with 45% marks (40% for reserved category) is the basic qualification required.
  • Universities like DU and BHU require a minimum 50% marks while universities like Kurukshetra, Rohtak, Meerut require only 45% marks in graduation.
For Five-year LLB entrance exams:
  • Any student who has passed Class 12 with 50% marks (less 5 % for reserved categories) or has appeared for the Class 12 is eligible to write CLAT.
  • A candidate was needed to be below 20 years of age as on July 1 to be eligible for CLAT, however, the criteria have now been scrapped after a Supreme Court's order in 2015. 
  • As per the recent directive by Bar Council of India, an applicant who has passed 10+2 or has a graduation degree through distance learning or correspondence mode will also be considered eligible for admission for the integrated five-year or three year LLB course.

CLAT 2020 Admit Card

CLAT Admit Card 2020 will be posted online on the official website by the second week of June 2020. Candidates must keep these guidelines in their mind related to hall ticket:

  • Applicants are supposed to download their Admit cards from the official website as the Admit Cards will not be sent by post under any circumstances.
  • Candidates must take their Admit Cards along with themselves to the examination centre without which they might be debarred.
  • Applicants must carry a government Photo ID proof in original for cross verification and a self-attested photocopy if mentioned.

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern is present in the tabular form, Candidates can check it out to have a better preparation and make a proper strategy for CLAT Examination 2020:

CLAT 2020 Paper Pattern 
Exam Mode

Offline (PBT)


120 minutes (2 hours)

Number and Type of Questions

150 Questions & MCQ type

Marking Scheme

+1 for Correct and -0.25 for Incorrect Answer

Medium of the examination

English Language

CLAT Question Paper Format for UG programme

Below table shows the section-wise distribution of questions:

Section-wise Question Paper Pattern
Number of Questions

English Language

28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)

Legal Reasoning

35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)

Logical Reasoning

28-32 Questions (20% of the paper)

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

35-39 Questions (25% of the paper)

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 Questions (10% of the paper)

CLAT Question Paper Format for PG programme

Candidates can check the paper format for PG programme as it is slightly different from that of CLAT UG:

  • Number and Type of Question: There will be a total 120 questions in CLAT PG exam out of which:
    1. 120 Multiple-Choice Questions of 120 minutes.
    2. There will be no Descriptive Section.

For any change in exam pattern, the applicants are requested to keep visiting the page to know the updates.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus

CLAT exam 2020 syllabus subject/topic wise is mentioned below which should be followed in a hard and fast manner:

  • English including comprehension: Candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, vocabulary, etc. The grammar section requires the correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs: The General knowledge will be tested on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test knowledge of national and international current affairs.
  • Mathematics: This section will test a candidate's knowledge of elementary mathematics, i.e., mathematics up to 10th Class/standard.
  • Legal Aptitude: This section will test the applicant's interest in the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. Questions may include legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be "true" in the real sense, candidates will have to assume the "truth" of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
  • Logical Reasoning: The motive of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate's ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It may include a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, analogies, logical sequences, etc.

CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips

CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips are stated below for the good result:

  • Aspirants are requested to go through the Syllabus first and then prepare accordingly.
  • Once the preparation chart is ready, start with the preparation which will include studying all the important topics in-depth, not so important topics in brief but do not miss on any topic as this test tests the ability.
  • Make notes of everything as it is easier to refer to notes than going through all over again.
  • Give time for recreation which is an important part as it helps to release stress time to time and it doesn’t pile up.
  • Daily revision is an important aspect as whatever the candidate's studied becomes faded which needs to be polished time and again.

CLAT 2020 Answer Key 

After the conduction of exam, provisional answer key of CLAT for candidates to evaluate their score before the result. The answer key is released at the official website of CLAT. Now to check their score candidates need to know the marking scheme and question paper. The authority gives an opportunity to raise the objection against the answer key on payment of a few payments per question. Also, they will have to submit the proof in favour of answer objected. 

CLAT 2020 Result

Candidates may check the CLAT exam result through the given below points:

  • CLAT 2020 Result will be posted online on the official website by last week of June 2020.
  • After the result declaration, candidates will be provided with a merit list of all the candidates who are eligible for participating in the CLAT 2020 Counselling organized by the National Law University.

CLAT 2020 Counselling

Candidates may check the CLAT exam 2020 counselling through the below-mentioned points:

  • CLAT Counselling 2020 will be commencing soon after the results will be declared, wherein all the eligible candidates will participate and will be granted admission in the respective colleges and courses they must have applied for based on their merit and vacancy of seats in those Universities/Colleges.
  • Candidates must bring their Original Documents along with the self-attested photocopies of those.

National Law University Accepting the Score of CLAT

Below is the list of the participating university which accepts the CLAT score:

National Law School of India University(NLSIU), Bangalore
Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad (MNLU), Aurangabad
NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad
Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur(MNLU), Nagpur
Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla
National Law University, Jodhpur
National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJA), Assam
Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur
National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab
Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Odisha
RMLNLU Lucknow
National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi
Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna
National Law University, Jabalpur
National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal
Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU), Mumbai
West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences(WBNUJS), Kolkata
Tamil Nadu National Law School (TNNLS) Tiruchirappalli
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam
Please check the NLU New Delhi Courses and fees Here

CLAT 2020 Highlights

The highlights of CLAT examination 2020 are as follows:

Exam Name

CLAT 2020

CLAT Full form

Common-Law Admission Test

Conducting Body

National Law Universities


National Level


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Courses in Law

CLAT Official website
Exam Mode


Exam Purpose

To offer admission in various Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Courses across India 

About Consortium of National Law Universities

The CNLU was established on 19 August 2017 with the aim of providing the standard of legal education in the country and justice system through legal education. The Consortium of National Law Universities headquarter is in NLSIU, Bengaluru. 

The Consortium is intended to provide for better coordination amongst National Law Schools to achieve the highest standards of legal education in the country. 21 National Law Universities have joined the Consortium as founder members.

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CLAT Important Dates

CLAT 2020 Form Date01 Jan - 01 Jul 2020
Admit card13 Aug 2020 (Tentative)
CLAT 2020 Exam Date22 Aug 2020

Common Law Admission Test Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

2 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions, Objective

Negative Marking:



Instructions:The CLAT exam for PG Programme will have 150 MCQs of 1 mark each.

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

01 Jan 2020

Form End Date:

01 Jul 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 01 Jul 2020
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