Everything you need to know about CLAT 2020 examination


There are more than lacs of law aspirants in our country, and everyone is aware of the national law entrance exam CLAT - Common Law Admission Test. The importance of CLAT as an entrance test for admission in law schools for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies is massive, as this is recognized by multiple different public as well as private law schools across India. For all those who are supposed to appear for the CLAT 2020, we are discussing every important detail related to the same. 


So firstly, let us begin with the dates: -


  • The application form for CLAT will be available on 1st January onwards. 
  • The aspirants can submit it till 31st March, as it would be available online till then. 
  • The fee for the exam can be paid until the last week of March. 
  • The admit card will be released during the third week of April. 
  • The date of the CLAT exam is 10th May 2020.
  • On the very next day, which is 11th May 2020, the answer key to the exam will be uploaded online. 
  • The final answer key will be made available to the aspirants on 18th May 2020. 
  • The results will be declared on 24th May 2020. 

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The details of each of these are as follows: -


Application form - 


  • From 1st January 2020, the application form for the exam will be released online. The exam aspirants should duly fill the form with utmost honesty as incomplete or incorrect forms will not be proceeded in the process. 
  • A valid phone number and email address must be provided along with the form. Apart from that, relevant passport size photographs and other necessary documents are mandatory to be submitted. 
  • Till 31st March 2020, the forms will be available online, so even if any individual has been late, s/he can apply for the exam till the end of March. 


Fee payment -  The fee for the CLAT exam is to be paid through online mediums. The use of credit and debit cards, as well as net banking, is acceptable. This can be done until the last week of March. 


Issue of admit card -  Out of all the candidates who have applied for the exam, the eligible ones are given an admit card within the third week of April. This card comes with the necessary information regarding the exam center, its location, test schedule/ table, and so on. 


Conducting exam - The CLAT exam will be conducted on Sunday, 10th May 2020. The rest timings will be 3 to 5 pm. However, the candidates are advised to reach earlier by an hour or so with the admit card and valid ID proof to the concerned center. As the online format of the exam has been removed, it will be taken in a pen and paper-based offline mode. 


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Result announcement - The results of the CLAT 2020 will be declared on 24th May 2020 on the official website of the authorities, which is www.clatcortisumofnlu.com, and along with that, a provisional merit list will also be released. 



What is the eligibility for CLAT 2020?


As per the level of course for which the exam is given - undergraduate or postgraduate, the following points are to be kept in mind. 


Undergraduate (UG) courses: -


  • Age - There is no upper age limit. 
  • Nationality - The candidate must be an Indian citizen. NRIs can also apply, but they must contact and consult with the concerned universities directly in matters related to admission. 
  • Qualifications - The candidate must hold a Higher secondary school certificate or an Intermediate exam or any equivalent 10+2 qualifying certificate from a recognized board. 
  • Minimum marks - The candidate must have a score of a minimum of 45% in their certificate (if belonging to a general category) and a minimum of 40% in their certificate (if belonging to SC/ST category). 


Note: The students appearing for the qualifying exam in March / April 2020 are also eligible to apply for the CLAT exam. 


Postgraduate (PG) courses:


  • Qualifications - The candidate must hold a valid graduate degree in law from a recognized law school/University. This can be either LLB/ Integrated LLB (Hons.)
  • Minimum marks - A minimum score of 55% for the candidates of the general category as well as 40% for those of the SC/ST category is mandatory as the eligibility for CLAT. 


Note: The students appearing for the qualifying graduation exams are also eligible to apply for PG CLAT exams. The age and nationality requirement is similar in both the levels of the exam. 


What are the course options available after CLAT? 


CLAT opens the doors to various law courses throughout the nation for the candidates where usually, a variety is seen in the graduation courses. These include - 

  • LLB (Graduation - Bachelor of law) 
  • Integrated courses of law such as BA LLB, BSc LLB, BCom LLB, BBA LLB, and others. 
  • LLM (Post graduation - Master of Law) 


In which colleges can you apply after CLAT? 


CLAT can be considered as the nationwide pass for multiple law courses as it is accepted by the 22 National Law Universities (NLU) across India as well as by more than 50 private law colleges. 



What is the exam pattern for CLAT 2020?


  • Exam mode - Instead of conducting through the internet, the CLAT exam is to be conducted in an offline mode. 
  • Duration - A total of 2 hours will be allotted to the candidates to write the exam. 
  • Total marks - For both levels of the exam, a total of 150 marks will be set in the paper. 
  • Question style - The paper style in the UG exam will be based solely upon Multiple Choice Questions, whereas in the PG exam, the questions will be divided into two sections: Objective and Descriptive. 
  • Marking - For each correct answer, one mark will be given, whereas, for each incorrect answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. 
  • Language - The exams will be conducted only in the English language. 

How to prepare effectively for the exam? 


In order to ace the question paper, strong CLAT exam preparation is a must. The following points can be taken into consideration - 

  • Preparing notes - The first and foremost step you must take is studying thoroughly through your books and making important notes of each and every segment. 
  • Mock tests - Mock tests are very important in the context of performance in the actual exams as they can help you in identifying your strong and weak points and also give an idea about the time frame in which you can complete the actual exam. 
  • Revision - After receiving the law exam notification, the time available for preparation becomes very limited, and that's when you must make the most use of the notes instead of mugging up your entire study material. 

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