The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam for admissions to candidates in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) law courses offered at NLUs and other colleges/ universities accepting exam scores.
Till 2018, the exam was conducted by NLUs on a rotational basis. However, from 2019 onwards it is being conducted by a permanent body formed by the universities i.e. The Consortium of NLUs. The consortium has it's headquarter at NLSIU Bangalore and comprises:
National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct the offline-based CLAT 2020 exam. The national-level exam is held for admission into UG and PG law courses offered by the 21 participating NLUs, who conduct the exam on a rotational basis. The NLUs have a combined intake of around 2500 undergraduate and 720 postgraduate seats. Apart from the NLUs, 52 private universities and DBRANLU Sonipat, Haryana, also use CLAT scores for admission.
What's new in CLAT 2020?
|Name of the exam||Common-Law Admission Test|
|Conducting body||NUSRL, Ranchi|
|Mode of exam||Offline|
|Number of questions||150|
|Number of seats||Around 2500 for UG and 720 for postgraduate (NLUs only)|
|Number of test-takers||More than 50,000|
|Courses offered||BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM|
|Issue of notification||Last week of December, 2019 (Announced)|
|CLAT 2020 online registration begins||January 1, 2020 (Announced)|
|CLAT 2020 online application form window opens||To be notified|
|CLAT 2020 fee payment begins||To be notified|
|CLAT 2020 online registration closes||To be notified|
|CLAT 2020 online application form window closes||Second week of April|
|CLAT 2020 fee payment ends||Second week of April|
|CLAT 2020 issue of admit card||Second week of May|
|CLAT 2020 exam||May 10, 2020 (Announced)|
|CLAT 2020 publishing of provisional answer key||Last week of May|
|CLAT 2020 publishing of final answer key||First week of June (BA LLB)
Second week of June (LLM)
|CLAT 2020 result declaration||Second week of June|
|CLAT 2020 counselling begins||Second week of June|
|CLAT 2020 counselling ends||Last week of June|
CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Postgraduate Law ProgrammesThe eligibility criteria of CLAT 2020 for candidates seeking admission to postgraduate courses are different from those required for undergraduate courses. Check the points below to find out whether you meet the prescribed CLAT eligibility criteria for LLM program
|Issue of Notification||Last week of December 2019 (Announced)|
|Start of online application Form||1st January 2020 (Announced)|
|Application form closes||3rd week of April, 2020|
|Issue of admit card||2nd week of May, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 exam||May 10, 2020 (Announced)|
How to fill CLAT application form:Exam authorities will release the application form of CLAT 2020 in online mode through CLAT Online Application Processing System (CoAPS) on 1st January 2020. Eligible candidates have to fill the CLAT application form within the given deadline, as applications received after the last date will not be accepted. Candidates can check the process to fill CLAT 2020 application form below.
Stepwise process to fill application form of CLAT 2020
Step 1: RegistrationTo start the registration process, the candidate needs to click on the application link (which will be updated on this page once it is available). The candidate next has to follow the below steps:
Step 2: Filling of application formThe candidate has to next login into the candidate account to access the CLAT 2020 application using registered mobile number and password. The application form will have various sections like personal, address and educational details that has to be properly filled in; check the bullets below to learn more
Step 3: Uploading of documentsIn this step photograph, signature and state of domicile certificate have to be uploaded in the prescribed specification; refer the table below.
|Document||Image size (maximum)||Format|
|State of domicile certificate||2 MB|
Step 4: Payment of application feeThe candidate has to next pay the application fee of Rs. 4000 (not including transaction charges) via online mode. Payments options available include - net banking, credit and debit cards. The application fee for SC/ST category is Rs. 3500 only. Once the application fee is paid, the CLAT 2020 application process will be over.
|Subjects||Number of MCQ questions||Marks|
|Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence||60||60|
|Verbal Ability||Quantitative Ability||Logical ReasoninG||GK||Legal Aptitude|
CLAT Syllabus 2020: LLM Syllabus
In the table given below, candidates will find basic information regarding the admit card. Please refer to the table for a quick update:
|CLAT 2020 Admit Card: Release||First week of May, 2020|
|CLAT 2020 Admit Card: Access||Online through candidate login|
How to download CLAT admit card 2020?
To download the admit card for CLAT 2020, candidates need to follow the steps given below:
National University of Study And Research In Law Ranchi will release the CLAT 2020 answer key separately for undergraduate (BA LLB) and postgraduate (LLM program). The answer key of CLAT 2020 will be released in two parts - first will be CLAT provisional answer key, which will be followed by the final answer key. The provisional CLAT 2020 answer key will be released in PDF format around the last week of May. The answer keys will be uploaded in the CLAT consortium website, clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in.
Release of final CLAT 2020 answer key
After the release of provisional answer key, candidates will be able to send their objections. Once the objections are taken into consideration the conducting body will release CLAT final answer key 2020 by the end of the first week of June (for BA LLB program) and 2nd week of June (for LLM program). On the basis of final answer key candidates will get clarity on the marks they might score in CLAT exam 2020. Knowing estimated marks will help students in analyzing their chances of getting admission or a higher preference seat; to help their cause candidates may consult previous years' CLAT cutoff trends.
How to check CLAT Result 2020
National University of Study and Research in Law Ranchi will release CLAT 2020 cutoff, tentatively from the 2nd week of June, after every round of counselling. The CLAT cutoff is the last rank for which admission is offered to an undergraduate or postgraduate course. Candidates should note that the CLAT cutoff 2020 will be published separately for all the 21 participating institutes and will vary from each other depending on various parameters. These include sanctioned seat intake, applications received for admission, and performance of candidates in CLAT exam. Admission authorities will conduct three rounds of CLAT counselling, and for each of these rounds CLAT cutoff would be released. Candidates scoring below the cutoff score (rank) in round I or II may participate in subsequent rounds of counselling, but any candidate missing out on last round, there would likely be no more chances.
|CLAT 2020 - Result||Second week of June, 2020|
|First Seat Allotment List - Provisional||Second week of June, 2020|
|Date for Payment of Counselling Fee||Second/Third week of June, 2020|
|Second Seat Allotment List - Provisional||Second/Third week of June, 2020|
|Second Seat Allotment List - Provisional||Fourth week of June, 2020|
|Date for Payment of Counselling Fee||Fourth week of June, 2020|
|Third Seat Allotment List - Provisional||Fourth week of June, 2020|
|Date for Payment of Counselling Fee||Last week of June, 2020|
How to attend CLAT Counselling 2020?
The shortlisted candidates will be sent call letters to attend CLAT 2020 Counselling. They need to follow the steps given below:
CLAT Counselling 2020 Documents Required
Candidates need to carry the documents mentioned below at the time of attending the CLAT 2020 Counselling
CLAT Counselling 2020 - Lock, Upgrade and Withdrawal of Seats
Lock - Under this option, candidates will be facilitated with the option to lock the seat they have been offered. If a candidate chooses this option, he/she will not be considered for the next counselling rounds. This step is considered valid in every counselling round once indicative seat allotment list is published.
Upgrade/Shift - This option is opened to the candidates in the second round of counselling. It is only open for those students who have participated in the first round of counselling and still haven't locked their seats. The seats are offered to the candidates automatically against any vacancy arising in the preferred NLU through his/ her choice via subsequent allotment list. Once the candidates makes a choice, he/she cannot change it.
Withdrawal - The candidates can exercise this option simply by not depositing the required fee. Once it is mentioned in their record, he/ she will lose the chance to get admission in NLUs of his/ her choice as his/ her name will be dropped from the admission merit list. Please note, all those candidates who have been allotted NLUs will be provided with the œwithdrawal option before the final seat allotment list. The candidates who wish to withdraw their candidature from the NLU admission process by the said date will be permitted to do so, and their deposited counselling fee will be transferred back to their bank accounts after a deduction of Rs. 10,000 from the deposited amount as a processing fee