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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:
UG QUESTION PAPER FORMAT
|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|
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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|