The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) organized by the Consortium of National Law Universities is a national level law entrance exam. It is open for admissions to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law programmes offered by 22 National Law Universities across the country.
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.
Overview & Paper Pattern
The UG-CLAT 2020 would focus on evaluating the skills of the candidates in the areas of comprehension and reasoning. It is designed to test the aptitude of a candidate necessary for law as a career.
- Maximum Marks: 150
- Duration of Exam:02:00 Hours
- No of Questions: 150
- Mode of Examination: Offline
- Question Type: Multiple-Choice Questions
- Negative Marking:0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
- English Language
- Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
- Legal Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Techniques
This section will have passages of about 450 words each, which a student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.
Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will check 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
This section will also comprise of 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 test 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.
This section will have 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. The candidate may not possess any prior knowledge of law.
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.
This section will have 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;
- Critically analyse the patterns, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;
- Recognize the inference and apply them to new situations;
- Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence, and assess the effectiveness of arguments.
This section 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. The candidate is required to derive information from them 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.
|Subject Areas with weightage:||(approximate number of questions)|
|English Language||28-32 questions, 20% of the paper|
|Current Affairs, including General Knowledge||35-39 questions, 25% of the paper|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39 questions, 25% of the paper|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 questions, 20% of the paper|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17 questions, 10% of the paper|
|Registration||Before 1st July, 2020|
|Admit card available||Likely May 2020|
|Exam||20th July, 2020 (Tentative)|
|Results available||To be notified|
- Based on Educational Qualification
- Based on Age
- Minimum percentage of marks in 10+2 or an equivalent examination:
- 45% – Candidates belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories
- 40% – candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
- Candidates 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.
There is no upper age limit