Eligibility for CLAT 2020

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Exam Pattern and Detailed Syllabus

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Eligibility for CLAT 2020

Are you applying for Common Law Admission Test in 2020?

Please check out the Eligibility Conditions for CLAT 2020 for admission to Law Courses in the Top Law Colleges.

  • There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2020.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • The online enrollment for CLAT 2020 will open on 1st January 2020 and close on 31st March 2020.

  • The applications have to be submitted ONLINE only from consortiumofnlus.ac.in website.

  • Application Fees is non-refundable.

  • Indian Nationals/NRIs/PIO/OCI seeking admission in either of the UG programmes shall appear in CLAT 2020.

  • For NRI/Foreign National seats, the applicants are advised to refer to the e- brochures as well as the websites of the respective NLUs for more details. All NRI Category candidates have to appear for the CLAT 2020 examination for those NLUs where such category is admitted through CLAT 2020 rankings and not admitted directly by the concerned Universities.

  • For any information relating to the 22 NLUs, the candidate may refer to the e-brochure of the respective Institutions available in the Consortium website.

  • Information regarding the details of intake, reservation policies and the courses offered along with the fee structures of various participating National Law Universities is available in the Information Brochure which can be accessed from the official website of CLAT and also from the websites of the participating NLUs. The candidates are, therefore, advised to thoroughly go through the rules, policies and the fee structure of the participating NLUs before filling in the application form for UG courses, and also for the NRI and Foreign National seats.

  • In the event of unforeseen incidents resulting in the cancellation of a Test city or centre, or insufficient or extra number of candidates opting to appear from a particular Test Centre, the Convenor, CLAT 2020 reserves the right to cancel such a City/Centre and shift the applicant to another City/Centre

  • Participating National Law Universities reserve the right to change the total number of seats and break-up of seats as per their policy before the final allotment. The reservation policy is subject to change as decided by the concerned Government from time to time.

  • The allotment of seats and the offer for admission under CLAT 2020 shall be provisional and shall not create any right of admission in favour of a candidate.

Exam Pattern and detailed syllabus

The Consortium of National Law Universities announced certain modifications in the pattern of the Common Law Admission Test, 2020 in its Press Release.

This note describes the proposed pattern of questions for each of the five specified areas that the Undergraduate-CLAT 2020 would comprise.

Pattern of the Exam

The UG-CLAT 2020 would focus on evaluating the comprehension and reasoning skills and abilities of candidates. Overall, it is designed to be a test of aptitude and skills that are necessary for a legal education rather than prior knowledge, though prior knowledge occasionally may be useful to respond to questions in the Current Affairs section.

The UG-CLAT 2020 shall be a 2-hour test, with 150 multiple-choice questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. These questions would be divided across the following 5 subjects:

  • English Language
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques


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

Detailed Syllabus

  1. English Language

  2. 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.

  3. Current Affairs Including General Knowledge

  4. 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.

  5. Legal Reasoning

  6. 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.

  7. Logical Reasoning

  8. 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.

  9. Quantitative Techniques

  10. 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.


The cut-off ranks below include opening and closing ranks for all categories i.e. General/SC/ST/OBC/PWD and other state quota categories.

CLAT Cut-off 2019 for NLUs Opening rank Closing rank
National Law School of India University, Bangalore 1 2733
NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad 50 9059
National Law Institute University, Bhopal 148 19817
The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata 82 16816
National Law University, Jodhpur 76 6849
Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur 329 40536
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar 124 14307
Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University, Lucknow 342 24763
Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala 442 18520
Chanakya National Law University, Patna 623 22294
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi 474 32104
National Law University Odisha, Cuttack 465 23920
National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi 688 55666
Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli 436 50604
Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam 830 33221
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai 338 46734
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur 589 55342
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad 710 56092
National Law School and Judicial Academy, Assam 968 41841