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:

  • An Executive Committee
  • The CLAT Convenor of the current year (NUSRL, Ranchi for CLAT 2020)
  • The CLAT Convenor of the following year.
  • Two co-opted Vice-Chancellors of NLUs.

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?

  • The number of questions to come down to 120-150 from 200.
  • The reason cited for reduction in the number is "asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not right as it puts students under lot of mental stress" as per Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR.
  • Comprehension-based questions to be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
  • The changes in exam pattern is also made with a view to attract students with better competence in reading texts and who have demonstrated skills in inferential reasoning.

CLAT 2020 Overview

Particulars Description
Name of the exam Common-Law Admission Test
Common name CLAT
Conducting body NUSRL, Ranchi
Mode of exam Offline
Number of questions 150
Question type MCQs
Number of seats Around 2500 for UG and 720 for postgraduate (NLUs only)
Number of test-takers More than 50,000
Participating NLUs 21
Courses offered BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, and, LLM

CLAT 2020 Important Dates

CLAT consortium has released some of the important dates of CLAT 2020, including date of conduct of the exam and release of application form. Aspirants seeking admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes can refer the CLAT 2020 important dates and stay updated. CLAT for the following academic year will be conducted on May 10; online registration will begin on January 1.

Events Dates
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

  • Qualifying exam: Candidates who have passed their Senior Secondary School Examination/ 12th Board Examination can apply
  • Marks in qualifying exam: A minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying degree is required to appear in CLAT 2020. SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks.
  • Age limit: There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Postgraduate Law Programmes

The 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
  • Qualifying exam: Aspirants applying for admission to the LLM program needs to hold a valid bachelor's degree in law or any equivalent exam. Both five-year integrated and three-year law degrees are accepted.
  • Marks in qualifying marks: Aspirants need to score at least 55% in the qualifying degree. SC/ST category candidates will be granted 5% relaxation in minimum marks.
  • Age limit: Like in CLAT UG, there is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for PG program as well

CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Highlights
The key takeaways from CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria prescribed by CLAT authorities include the following:
  • There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020; and this applies for UG and PG program. So, a candidate of any age can appear for admission in either UG or PG program through CLAT, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.
  • The candidate will have to pass the qualifying exam as per the course they have applied for admission, for exam PG aspirants need to hold a bachelor's degree in law.
  • Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying exam in March/April (UG program) or April/May (PG program) may also apply.
  • SC and ST candidates are eligible for 5% relaxation in minimum marks in the qualifying exam.

CLAT 2020 Application Form

Events Dates
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: Registration

To 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:
  • Click on the "New Registration" option
  • This will take the candidate to a registration form.
  • The form will have various fields like name of the applicant, mobile number and email id. The candidate will also have to enter and confirm password.
  • After entering above details, click on the "Register" button.
  • On successful registration, new candidate account would be created and OTP will be sent to registered mobile number for account activation. Activate the account using the OTP.

Step 2: Filling of application form

The 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
  • Personal details - In this section, one has to enter one's name, date of birth, parent's name, nationality, category under which admission is sought, and gender. If the candidate wishes to use the services of a scribe, the request also has to be made on this page.
  • Address of correspondence - Enter address for correspondence, name of the state and district, and pin.
  • Permanent address - Details like permanent address, name of the state and district, mobile number, and email id have to be filled in this section.
  • Select course applied for admission - Choose from the two options - Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG).
  • Educational qualification - In this section, one has to enter name of qualifying exam passed, board, exam status, month and year of passing, percentage of marks obtained in qualifying exam, etc.
  • Preview - Before submitting the application form of CLAT 2020, the candidate can preview entered details.
  • Filling of choices (NLUs) - The candidate has to select their preference of NLUs from the list that will be displayed on screen.

Step 3: Uploading of documents

In 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
Photograph 500 KB -
Signature 100 KB -
State of domicile certificate 2 MB PDF

Step 4: Payment of application fee

The 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.

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The CLAT Consortium of NLUs in a press conference, held on November 21, has announced major overhaul to the exam pattern of CLAT 2020. These include reducing the number of questions asked from the current 200 to around 120-150. Also, the question paper will now include comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections.

Marks Distribution for CLAT (PG) (MCQs only)

Subjects Number of MCQ questions Marks
Constitutional Law 40 40
Other Law Subjects including Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence 60 60
Total 100 100

CLAT 2020 Syllabus

CLAT BA LLB Syllabus

Verbal Ability Quantitative Ability Logical ReasoninG GK Legal Aptitude
  • Comprehension passages
  • Grammar
  • Word meanings
  • Incorrect/correct sentences
  • Fill in the blanks with appropriate words
  • Algebra
  • Profit and loss
  • Time and work
  • Average, speed and distance
  • permutation-combination and venn diagrams
  • numerical ability
  • Arrangement
  • Sets & Syllogims
  • Static
  • Current affairs- national
  • Current affairs- international
  • Study of law
  • Research aptitude
  • Problem solving ability
  • Questions based on hypothetical situations

CLAT Syllabus 2020: LLM Syllabus

  • Constitutional Law
  • Law of Torts
  • International Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law of Contracts
  • Criminal Law

CLAT 2020 Admit Card

In the table given below, candidates will find basic information regarding the admit card. Please refer to the table for a quick update:

Events Details
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:

  • Click on the link It is the official link to access the admit card
  • Candidates then need to enter their mobile number and password
  • After logging in, the admit card will be displayed on the screen
  • Check the information mentioned in the admit card before downloading and getting it printed.
  • Keep a spare soft and hard copy of the admit card
  • Once the printout of the admit card has been taken, candidates need to sign it to make it valid.
  • Carry your admit card to the CLAT 2020 exam centre

CLAT 2020 Answer Keys

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,

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.

CLAT 2020 Result

How to check CLAT Result 2020

  • Click on the result link (will be updated here once it is available)
  • The candidate will be redirected to a log-in window
  • Fill in your registration/application number and date of birth
  • On successful log-in, CLAT 2020 result would be displayed on screen
  • Download and take a printout of the result

CLAT 2020 Cut Off

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 Counselling 

Events Dates (Tentative)
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:

  • For CLAT counselling, click at the given link
  • Enter your login credentials in the given spaces
  • Click on ˜Counselling' tab after that
  • Once clicked on the tab, user will see an indicative allotment list
  • Only those candidates will be required to deposit an amount as counselling fee whose name will feature in the released allotment list.
  • Select ˜Seat Lock' option given against the allotted NLU.

CLAT Counselling 2020 Documents Required

Candidates need to carry the documents mentioned below at the time of attending the CLAT 2020 Counselling

  • CLAT Application Form 2020
  • CLAT Admit Card 2020
  • CLAT Scorecard 2020
  • Marksheets of 10th and 12th
  • Specially abled certificate (If applicable)
  • Caste certificate (If applicable)
  • NRI Certificate (If applicable)
  • Domicile Certificate (If applicable)
  • Sponsored NRI Certificate (If applicable)

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