CLAT 2019 Exam

CLAT 2020

CLAT Full Form is Common Law Entrance Test. This Exam is to pursue law in the various UG (BA LLB) and PG (LLB) courses offered by the National Law Universities and some private law colleges. Students who want to apply for the undergraduate (Like BA LLB, BBA LLB) and postgraduate law courses have to clear CLAT. 
CLAT 2020 exam date has been announced initially to be held on 10th May 2020 but because of Covid-19 it has been delayed many times and currently it is schedued to happen on 28th September 2020. The Application Form date for CLAT 2020 is over now. Students who have not applied CLAT form this year can prepare for CLAT 2021 and can apply next year through their official website (consortiumofnlus.ac.in). CLAT form filling for next year will starts in January 2021.

Various law career opportunities open up for students after the successful completion of a BA. LLB and BBA. LLB degree from National Law Universities. 
Top 5 Law Career Options after completing BA LLB degree from National Law University are:

Lawyer: Career options after BA LLB (CLAT) after class 12th
A Lawyer is a professional who pratice law after completing his/her law degree. They represent a client in court in front of jury and defend their case. One can start their law career right after completing BA. LLB from a good law college. Generally, students do internship under a good lawyer during their 5 year BA. LLB degree to pursue career of a lawyer afterwards.

Legal Advisor : Career Options after completing BA LLB (CLAT) after class 12th
LEGAL ADVISOR: Legal Advisor is an individual who provides legal advice and services officially to a company. Big MNC's often hire law graduates from National Law Universities as Legal Advisors. One can plan their career as a legal advisor by focusing more on corporate law. Some NLUs and some good private law colleges provide BBA LLB degree which focuses mainly on corporate law aspects and help students who want to build their career in corporares after BA. LLB

Public Prosecutor : Career Options after BA LLB after completing class 12th
PUBLIC PROSECUTOR: A Public Prosecutor is a lawyer who is hired by central government or state government to defend the case of government in court. They represent government in criminal trails. If someone dream to work for government after their law degree than Public Prosecutor is a good option for them. You can practice law as well as do a government job. 

Judge : Top Law Career Options after BA LLB | CLAT
JUDGE: Being a Judge, is the most reputed profession in the country. If somebody is passionate about justice and is looking to make a real change in society through revoluntary legal reforms and fair practices than they should aspire for being a Judge. A judge needs to be fair, unbiased, righteous and passionate for providing justice. One has to complete their 5 year Law graduation (BA. LLB or BBA. LLB) after class 12th or 3 year Law (LLB) after normal graduation to be eligible to appear for judiciary exam. 

IAS Officer - Top Law Career Option after BA LLB | CLAT
IAS OFFICER: Law Profession is becoming very popular and one of the main reason is that anybdy who is looking to write UPSC to become an IAS officer finds that a graduation in law is the easiest route towards their IAS journey. After doing BA. LLB one has in-depth knowledge of India's constitution and legal system which comes handy when you write UPSC Mains and in inteview. Hence, if somebody is aspiring to become an IAS officer than doing law graduation will surely helps you. 

CLAT Consortium has announced the changes in the exam pattern of the CLAT 2020 on 21st November 2019, which has left aspirants in confusion. The final notification for CLAT 2020 regarding important dates and the exam pattern has already been released on its official website. The no. of questions has been reduced to 150 from 200 and will now focus on comprehension based questions. 

Aspirants seem to be confused and clueless about how to prepare and what to read. This article will give you all the relevant information about CLAT 2020.

First We Need To Know The Changes Made In CLAT 2020 : 

CLAT 2020 New Pattern and Exam Changes : What to expect in CLAT 2020 Exam

1. No. of questions has been reduced to 150 (earlier it was 200) but the time will remain the same i.e. 2 hours (180 minutes) which means essentially that they are looking to increse difficulty or length of the questions or both. Anyways, with the same time and less no of questions students will have more time in hand to deal with each question. 

2. All questions in almost all sections i.e. Quants, English, Current Affairs, Reasoning and Current Affairs will be comprehension based. When we say comprehension based it means that there will be a passage and stuents will be asked questions (usually there are 4-6 questions per passage) based on that. Students will require efficient reading skills to read all these comprehension and mark their answers in time. Previously, CLAT was asking Reading Comprehension mainly in English and some students who were not very keen to read lengthy passages could skip that part and focus rather on verbal ability questions but now Reading skills has become an essential part if you want to crack CLAT. It means students have to improve their reading skills and how can you do that? Read, Read and Read. You can start by reading an English newspaper on daily basis. 'The Hindu' is the best if considering good collection of words and quality of articles. Students should focus on Editorial page. If you look at CLAT 2020 sample paper which you can dowload from our site or CLAT official website, than you will find that CLAT 2020 will contain newspaper articles in Current Affairs section in place of passages. This will again increase the need to read newspaper to improve not just Reading speed but also to prepare for Current Affairs section.

3. They are calling 'Quantitative Aptitude' as 'Quantitative Techniques' and now 'Logical Reasoning' section will include mainly 'Critical Reasoning' questions. which means that students need to focus more on techniques when it comes to Quants and Reasoning section. What do I mean by Technique? Well, Students need to hone their calculation skills upto the mark which start with simple Addition, Substraction, Multiplication and goes upto Ratio Comparison and So on.. 

4. GK Section will majorly focus on Current Affairs and current events related to legal world. Static GK Comprising of Geography, History and Constitution will have less weightage in the exam. Students are advised to stay updated with current events. 

Faizan Mustafa : Vice Chancellor of NALSAR Hyderabad Interview with ClearExam (Top CLAT Coaching Institute) on CLAT 2020 Exam Changes

Talking to CLEAREXAM, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law (NALSAR), Hyderabad, Prof. (Dr.) Faizan Mustafa who also happens to be a Permanent Member of the Consortium of National Law Universities said: "They (the selected students) will be better equipped to read complex texts. Inferential testing will help us in selecting people with a good legal acumen." 

Elaborating further on the change, Prof. (Dr.) Mustafa said: "We are no more testing prior legal knowledge and static GK. We will give them paragraphs and ask questions based on them. Candidates should improve their reading abilities and must spend time current affairs with legal developments."

Also, Watch How to prepare for Legal Reasoning Section of CLAT 2020:

Now let’s understand the New Sections - Quantitative Techniques, Critical Reasoning and Current Affairs section in detail: 

  • Quants/ Maths CLAT 2020 New Section - Quantitative techniques: 
This terms means use of numbers, symbols, mathematical expressions, other elements of quantities. Hence, Now Quants/Maths section will focus more towards questions comprising numbers and quantities. As per our analysis of CLAT 2020 Sample papers provided on CLAT official website, most of the questions in Quantitative Technique section will be from Data Interpretation.
This Quantitative Techniques section majorly comprises of Data Interpretation section will consists of:

1. Bar Graph:

Question Based on Bar Graph- Quantitative Technique for CLAT 2020 :

Study the graph carefully and answer the questions given below it.


1) If the central Government desires to give aid for speedy electrification starting from states with least electrification, which state will get the fourth rank in the order of priority?

a) C b) B c) A d) E e) F

2) Which state has twice the percentage of villages electrified in comparison to state D?

a) C b) F c) A d) B e) E

3) In case of state B, what percent of villages are electrified?

a) 65 b) 25 c) 45 d) 55 e) 75

4) How many states have at least 60% or more electrified villages?

a) 5 b) 3 c) 4 d) 2 e) 1

5) Which state has the maximum percentage of electrified villages?

a) A b) B c) C d) D e) E


(1) e

(2) a

(3) b

(4) b

(5) c

2. Line Graph:

Question Based on Line Graph- Quantitative Technique for CLAT 2020 :

Study the following graph carefully to answer the questions that follow. Number of cars sold by two companies A and B over the Years


1) During which year was the percentage rise/fall in sales from the previous year the highest for company A?

a) 1999 b) 2001 c) 1998 d) 2000 e) None of these

2) What is the ratio of total sales of Company A to the total sales of Company B respectively over the years?

a) 26:29 b) 27:31 c) 53:51 d) 17 : 19 e) None of these

3) Total sales of company B for the years 1997, 1998 and 2001 together are what percent of the total sales of Company B for all the years together? (rounded off to two decimal points)

a) 24.37 b) 35.64 c) 28.81 d) 37.29 e) None of these

4) Which of the following combinations of year and percentage rise in Sales from the previous year for Company A correct? (Percentage rounded of to two decimal points?)

a) 2000-99.85 b) 2001-83.33 c) 1998-43.21 d) 2003-7.68 e) None of these

5) Sales in the year 2001, for Company A forms what percent of total sales of Company A for all the years together? (rounded off to two decimal points)

a) 19.64 b) 18.30 c) 22.46 d) 24.19 e) None of these


(1) a

(2) e

(3) c

(4) b

(5) a

3. Tabular Graph:

Question Based on Tabular Graph- Quantitative Technique for CLAT 2020 :

Study the following table carefully and answer the questions given below it.

Loan disbursed by five banks (Rupees in crores)

Bank / year










































1) In which year was the disbursement of loan of all the banks put together is least compared to the average disbursement of loans over the year?

a) 1990 b) 1991 c) 1992 d) 1993 e) 1994

2) What was the percentage increase of disbursement of loans of all banks together from 1992 to 1993?

a) 110 b) 14 c) 10 d) 90 1011 e) none of these

3) In which year was the total disbursement of loan by the banks A and B exactly equal to the total disbursement of banks D and E?

a) 1991 b) 1992 c) 1993 d) 1994 e) none of these

4) In which of the following banks did the disbursement of loans continuously increase over the years?

a) A b) B c) C d) D e) none of these

5) If the minimum target in the preceding year was 20% of the total disbursement of loan, how many banks reached the target in 1991?

a) 1 b) 2 c) 3 d) 4 e) none of these

6) Which bank have loan disbursement more than 25% of the disbursement of all banks together in 1994?

a) A b) B c) C d) D e) none of these


(1) a

(2) c

(3) e

(4) e

(5) b

(6) a

4. Pie Chart: 

Question Based on Pie Chart- Quantitative Technique for CLAT 2020 :

Study the pie-chart and table carefully to answer the questions that follow. Number of employees working in various departments of company and ratio of men to women in same department

Total number of employees = 4600


Ratio of men to women






















1. What is the number of women in the accounts department?

a) 86 b) 102 c) 80 d) 92 e) None of these

2. What is the total number of employees working in the IT department and HR department together?

a) 1628 b) 1742 c) 1766 d) 1646 e) None of these

3. What is the ratio of the total number of the men to the total number of women working in all the departments together?

a) 63:41 b) 41:27 c) 53:47 d) 27: 19 e) None of these

4. The number of women in the merchandising department forms what percent of the total number of employees in the organisation?

a) 3 b) 6 c) 1 d) 12 e) None of these

5. What is the ratio of the number of men in the production department to the number of men in the marketing department?

a) 7:3 b) 9:11 c)13:7 d) 11: 9 e) None of these


(1) d

(2) e

(3) c

(4) a

(5)  b

Crtitical reasoning: What is Critical Reasoning?

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Critical reasoning consists of following topics and they are very important to prepare for CLAT 2020 Reasoning section:

1. Conclusion: 

Question Based on Conclusion - Critical Reasoning for CLAT 2020 :

In 2003, the Making Hits Record Company spent 40% of its total budget on the production of ten albums, 30% of its budget on the marketing of these albums, and the remainder of its budget on overhead costs. In the same year, the Song Factory Record Company spent 20% of its total budget on the production of 10 albums and 60% of its budget on the marketing of these albums. Making Hits sold a total of 800,000 copies of the ten records it produced in 2003, while the Song Factory sold a total of 1,600,000 copies of the ten records it produced in 2003. Assuming each company met its budget, which of the following conclusions is best supported by the information given above?
  1. The amount of money spent on marketing is directly related to the number of copies sold.

  2. Making Hits spent more money on the production of its albums in 2003 than did the Song Factory.

  3. Song Factory’s total revenue from the sale of albums produced in 2003 was higher than that of Making Hits.

  4. In 2003, Making Hits spent a larger percentage of its budget on overhead costs than did the Song Factory.

  5. The Song Factory sold more copies of its 2003 albums than Making Hits did because the Song Factory spent a higher percentage of its budget on the marketing of its albums.

Answer with Explanation

  1. When drawing a conclusion, we must remember not to conclude too much; i.e., do not make unwarranted assumptions. In this case, we are looking for the conclusion that must be true based only on the information given in the passage without requiring any additional assumptions.

(A) While we are given information about the percentage of the total budgets spent on marketing, we have no information about the actual amount of money either company spent on marketing.

(B) While we are given information about the percentage of the total budgets spent on production, we have no information about the actual amount of money either company spent on production.

(C) Because we have no information on the sale price per copy for either company, we cannot make any conclusions about the revenue generated by either company. It’s very possible that Making Hits sold its copies at twice the price of the Song Factory copies, in which case the revenues for the two companies would be the same.

(D) CORRECT. Since Making Hits spent 40% of its budget on production, 30% on marketing, and the rest on overhead, we can conclude that Making Hits spent 30% of its budget on overhead. Since the Song Factory spent 20% of its budget on production and 60% on marketing, and met its budget, it could not have spent more than 20% on overhead. Therefore, Making Hits spent a higher percentage of its budget on overhead than did the Song Factory. 

(E) A valid conclusion must be true. While it is possible, and perhaps even likely, that the percentage of the budget spent on marketing was a driver of sales, this is not necessarily true; there are many other factors that could have affected sales. For example, it is possible that the Song Factory sold more copies of its 10 albums because the music was better than the music produced at Making Hits, and not because the Song Factory spent a higher percentage on marketing.

2. Assumptions:

Question Based on Assumptions- Critical Reasoning for CLAT 2020 :

To decrease the number of crimes in city Y, the city’s Police Commissioner proposed taking some police officers from low-crime districts of the city and moving them to high-crime districts of the city. His proposal is based on city Y crime data that show that the number of crimes in any district of the city decreases when additional police officers are moved into that district. The Police Commissioner’s proposal depends on which of the following assumptions?

  1. City X experienced a drastic reduction in crime after implementing a proposal similar to that proposed by the Police Commissioner of city Y.

  2. The severity of crimes committed in any district of the city decreases when additional police officers are moved into that district.

  3. The number of crimes committed in all high-crime districts of city Y is more than triple the number of crimes committed in all low-crime districts of city Y.

  4. There are more low-crime districts than high-crime districts in city Y.

  5. Districts of the city from which police officers are removed do not experience significant crime increases shortly after the removal of those officers.

Answer with Explaination:

  1. The Police Commissioner's proposal hopes to decrease the number of crimes in city Y by shifting police officers from low-crime to high-crime districts. His proposal is based on data that demonstrate that crime decreases when additional police officers are moved into a district. However, the data do not mention anything about the effect on the districts from which the police officers were removed. The commissioner's plan is based on the assumption that the movement of police officers will not have any adverse effects on the low-crime districts.

(A) While it is encouraging that a similar plan worked successfully in City X, this fact is certainly not essential for the success of the plan in City Y. The cities may be so different as to make the comparison meaningless.

(B) The police commissioner's proposal is focused solely on decreasing the number of crimes in city Y. The severity of the crimes has no bearing on whether the commissioner's proposal will succeed or not.

(C) The actual numerical distinction between high and low-crime areas of the city is immaterial to the commissioner's proposal. For instance, if the number of crimes committed in all high crime districts was only double (instead of more than triple) the number of crimes committed in low crime districts, the proposal could still be valid.

(D) It would be practically beneficial to the commissioner's plan if there were more low crime than high crime districts in city Y. This would enable the movement of police officers to every high crime district. However, this is not necessary to achieve the commissioner's goal of decreasing the total number of crimes in city Y. Even if there were more high-crime districts than low-crime districts in city Y, police officers could still be shifted to some (though not all) high-crime districts, and thereby possibly reduce the total number of crimes in city Y.

(E) CORRECT. The police commissioner's proposal would not make sense if districts of the city from which police officers are removed experience significant crime increases shortly after the removal of those officers. This would at least partially, if not fully, negate the reduction in the number of crimes in the high crime districts. This choice establishes that, in fact, the low-crime districts do NOT suffer from significant crime increases after the removal of some officers-- an essential assumption upon which the commissioner's proposal depends.

3. Weaken Argument:

Question Based on Weaken Argument- Critical Reasoning for CLAT 2020 :

A certain baseball team has just completed its season. In stadiums that seat 20,000 or fewer people, the team averaged 1 home run per game; in stadiums that seat between 20,000 and 40,000 people, the team averaged 2 home runs per game; and, in stadiums that seat 40,000 or more people, the team averaged 3 home runs per game. Obviously, the excitement of playing in front of large crowds motivated the team to hit more home runs. Assuming that all stadiums during the season were filled to capacity, which of the following, if true, most undermines the argument above?

  1. The team’s leading home run hitter hit more home runs in mid-sized stadiums than in large stadiums.

  2. The fans in the larger stadiums often cheered against the team.

  3. The team averaged only 2 home runs per game when playing in the league’s largest stadium.

  4. In order to create seating for the additional fans, the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer to home base.

  5. The team’s announcer cited crowd noise as a major motivator for the team.

Answer with explanation

On average, the team hit more home runs playing in front of larger crowds than in front of smaller crowds. The argument attributes this statistic to the motivation that comes from playing in front of larger crowds. In order to undermine this conclusion, look for another reason to explain why more home runs were hit in front of larger crowds.

(A) The argument makes a claim about the collective behavior of the team. This collective claim does not preclude certain individuals from hitting fewer home runs in larger stadiums.

(B) The claim made in the argument is based on the size of the crowd in each stadium. For whom the fans cheered is irrelevant to the argument.

(C) Similar to answer choice A, this choice cites one specific example of contradictory information, while the argument is based on the average behavior of the team throughout the entire season. The does not strongly undermine that, on average, the team was motivated by larger crowds.

(D) CORRECT. This choice explains that the larger stadiums actually have different dimensions from the smaller stadiums. In order to accommodate a larger number of fans, the outfield walls are closer to the batters. Thus, it is very possible that the greater number of home runs is due to the fact that the ball does not have to travel as far in larger stadiums.

(E) The announcer’s opinion is not relevant to the argument, and, even if it were, this choice would strengthen the argument.

4. Strengthen Argument:

Question Based on Strengthen Argument- Critical Reasoning for CLAT 2020 :

The United States government uses only a household’s cash income before taxes to determine whether that household falls below the poverty line in a given year; capital gains, non-cash government benefits, and tax credits are not included. However, yearly cash income is not a fool-proof measure of a given household’s disposable income. For example, retirees who live off of capital gains from an extensive portfolio could earn hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet be classified by the government as living in “poverty” because this income is not included in the calculation. Which of the following, if true, validates the contention that the government’s calculation methods must be altered in order to provide statistics that measure true poverty?

  1. For more than 99% of those classified as living in poverty, yearly cash income comprises the vast majority of each household’s disposable income.

  2. While the government’s calculation method indicated a 12.5% poverty rate in 2003, the same calculation method indicated anywhere from a 9% to a 16% poverty rate during the preceding decade.

  3. Most established research studies conducted by the private sector indicate that the number of people truly living in poverty in the U.S. is less than that indicated by the government’s calculation method.

  4. Several prominent economists endorse an alternate calculation method which incorporates all income, not just cash income, and adjusts for taxes paid and other core expenses.

  5. The government’s calculation method also erroneously counts those who do not earn income in a given year but who have substantial assets on which to live during that year.

Answers with explanation

  1. The conclusion of the argument is that the government's calculation methods must be altered in order to provide statistics that measure true poverty. To support this position, the author first explains how the government’s method works and then introduces a hypothetical example that would return a "false positive" - that is, a person who has a large income, yet is classified by the government as living in poverty. One example, however, is generally not enough to invalidate an entire method; no method is perfect and there are always a few results that are not consistent with the overall conclusion. In order to validate, or strengthen, the conclusion, we need to show that the government’s method is fundamentally inferior to some alternative that would produce more valid results.

(A) This choice weakens the argument by minimizing the importance of the author's evidence (the hypothetical retiree with capital gains). According to this choice, the use of cash income to designate poverty levels is a very sound method because it provides valid results for more than 99% of those classified as living in poverty.

(B) This choice shows that the government’s method provided a wide range of results for the poverty rate over a certain period of time, but it is irrelevant to the argument at hand. It tells us nothing about whether the method provides relevant statistics in any given year.

(C) CORRECT. If this statement is true, then the government’s calculation method seems to overstate the number of people living in poverty, while the various private sector studies generally agree with each other that the number of people is lower. Thus, the methods used in the private sector are likely to be more valid than the government’s method, lending credence to the author's contention that the government’s method should change.

(D) Although this choice provides an example of people who might agree with the conclusion (several prominent economists), this choice provides no evidence that the alternate method they endorse would provide more relevant statistics than the government’s method.

(E) This choice adds another hypothetical example of how the current method could include someone in the poverty count who does not actually live in poverty. It does not, however, address whether there are other calculation methods that are more accurate than the government’s method.

5.  Interference:

Question Based on Interference- Critical Reasoning for CLAT 2020 :

Direction: In each question below is given a passage followed by several inferences. You have to examine each inference separately in the context of the passage and decide upon its degree of truth or falsity. 

Mark answer as:

(a) If the inference is definitely true. 

(b) If the inference is probably true. 

(c) If the data is inadequate.

(d) If the inference is probably false.

(e) If the inference is definitely false. 

Passage 1: 

Right to Property was initially a part of Fundamental Rights (also under Article 31). It guaranteed the citizens strong safeguards against unjust and unfair land acquisition by the government and private bodies. However, as a result of the unprecedented pressure exerted by public sector units (PSUs) right from independence to 1970s, Parliament took the extreme step of amending the Constitution in 1977 to amend Article 31 and introduce Article 300A. This step taken by the government diluted the citizen’s right to property. It opened the floodgates to large-scale acquisition of private lands especially for the PSUs. It did not just enable them to set up their factories, but also construct residential townships for their managers. Many instances came to light when PSUs initially requisitioned more land than they required, and later surrendered the surplus for use by other agencies, obviously neglectful of the trauma caused in the first instance to the displaced families.

1. Right to Property was deleted from the Fundamental Rights by the 44th amendment

2. Landowner’s rights were diluted by the amendment which removed right to property as a fundamental right 

3. Large scale acquisitions were not possible when right to property was a fundamental right

4. PSUs have been the major beneficiaries of the changed status of right to property 

5. The compensation to be awarded to the displaced families decreased with the introduction of Article 300A. 

Answers with explanation

(c) Data inadequate. We find no mention of the 44th amendment.

How to score well :

Since the comprehension based question and reasoning has gained more importance, Reading Tough Words and understanding their meanings has become very crucial.
  1. The committee’s press release clearly states that the new pattern will include current affairs. Thus reading the newspaper, making current affairs notes from them, noting down new words and making a summary in their own words will be of great use in scoring well.
We give 'The Hindu' E-Newspaper PDF file for free for all CLAT aspirants daily on our facebook page, like our ClearExam Facebook Page to download daily The Hindu Newspaper PDF.

 2. Good command over English and especially good reading spreed to solve Comprehension questions will always put aspirants ahead of the others.


CLAT 2020 : How to solve Comprehension Questions

Tips to Improve Reading Speed for CLAT 2020 

  • Read More and More: You need to read much, much more than your current reading. Also, If you are a slow reader than it is a must for you. Whenever you get a little time or even use your travelling time for reading. You can start with light magazies and novels to create interest. But stick with good authors for novels. Also, you can download few news apps on your phone and read it when you get time like going in metro, waiting for somone.  
  • Try to grasp the Main Ideas: Create a habit pattern to read at length without stopping and try to grasp the main idea rather than focusing on small details. You need to train your mind to focus on main theme of the book rather than stopping to understand smaller details. Don't let a difficult paragraph trying to stop you and complete the article. Generally, questions in CLAT Reading Comprehension are based on main idea and doing this will definitely help you in answering these question effectively. As you read further most of the things will get clear along the way and if it is not than it may not be important to understand the main theme. 

  • Challenge Your Comprehension: To crack CLAT 2020, you need to become a fast reader and to become a fast reader you need to have good comprehension skills which includes the most diffult comprehension also. Hence, You need to take up challenge and pick up the most difficult book, article or magazine every time you have time to read. Don't limit yourself with easy reading material.  
  • Set the Time limit: Never read open ended always set time limit for a read. For Example, I want to read this book and I will complete half of this book tonight in two hours and rest of the book tomorrow night in two and half hours. You will be surprised that just by setting up a time limit will increase your comprehension skills amazingly. You need to set a limited but reasonable time which is enough for underlining and taking notes. 
  • Use your finger to help you focus and to navigate fast when you feel that your focus is losing     

3. The new CLAT Exam Pattern is indicating that the portion of the reasoning part will go up thus aspirants should practice reasoning and also can take reference from LSAT and GMAT practice paper. 

4. Looking at CLAT 2020 Sample Papers, It can be expected that most of the questions in Quants section would be from Data Interpretation so students need to be ready to deal with lot of calculations and analyse data. Hence, spending some time in learning vedic maths and practicing short cut tricks for calculations will surely pay off on exam day. 

CLAT 2020: Quickview 

Particulars Description
CLAT Full Form 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 22
Courses offered BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSW LLB, B.Sc LLB, and, LLM

CLAT 2020 Important dates

Events Dates
Start date of filling the application form 1st January 2020
Last date of filing the application form 10th Juy 2020
Last date of online fee payment 10th July 2020
Release of admit card Not Out
CLAT 2020 exam date 28th Sep 2020
Provisional Answer key released date Not Out
Final Answer key released date Not Out
Declaration of result Not Out
Start date of the counseling process Not Out

CLAT 2020 Application Form 

CLAT 2020 application form has been released on 1st January 2020 and the last date to fill the form is 10th July 2020. Candidates need to fill the application form before due date in order to avoid last hour rush. The last date to apply for CLAT 2020 will be 10th July 2020. Before you start filling up the application form, keep ready all the documents along with you.

CLAT 2020 Application form important points 

  • The application form is available only in the online mode and the students have to visit the official website to fill the details to submit the form. 
  • It’s important to fill all the correct details in the application form to avoid any further consequences. Incorrect information will lead to the cancellation of the application form.
  •  Students should keep the login details of the portal safely as they would need these login details until the admission process is completed. 
  • After the successful completion of the application form, the applicants will have to upload the documents, signature, and photograph.
  •  It is advised that after submitting the form the students should print the form and keep it documented.

Application fees of CLAT 2020

Category Amount
General, OBC Rs. 4000
ST, SC Rs. 3500

CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates need to go through the eligibility criteria first. It is must to meet the eligibility criteria. If a candidate doesn’t meet the eligibility criteria, his/her candidature will be cancelled. 

CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria is prescribed below 

  • Aspirants belong to the general category or OBC category or specially-abled category having 45% marks or above in their +2 exam can apply.
  • Aspirants who belong to the SC or ST category having 40% marks or more in their +2 exam can apply
  • Also, those students who are appearing for the +2 exam in March/ April of the year of the CLAT exam can apply.
  • There is no upper age limit to appear in CLAT 2020.

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Candidates should always keep themselves updated with the exam pattern of exam they’re preparing for. This year CLAT consortium has intoduced some major changes in CLAT exam pattern that candidates should be aware of. Candidates can refer to this article to know about changes in the CLAT exam pattern.
  • The no. of questions reduced to 150 but the time will remain the same i.e, 2 hours.
  • The questions will be comprehension based.
  • The question paper will have questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Critical and Logical Reasoning.
  • CLAT Exam will be in Online Mode.
  • The question paper for the UG program will include 150 (MCQs)questions. No subjective questions will be asked.
  • The PG Admission test will also have the comprehension based questions but the descriptive portion will remain the same.
  • PG paper will have both types of questions - objective (100 questions) and subjective (2 questions), carrying 25 marks each, for a combined total of 50 marks.
  • Each objective type question will carry 1 mark, while for each incorrect attempt 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Important details related to CLAT 2020 Exam pattern 

CLAT Full Form

Common Law Admission Test

Exam Date 

Sep 28, 2020


2 Hours


Online Computer Mode

Type Of Questions 

Multiple Type Questions (Mcqs)

No. Of Questions 

150 Objective Type Questions



Total Marks 

150 Marks

Marking Scheme 

150 Marks 

CLAT 2020 Syllabus

AS per the notification released by the CLAT consortium, it is clear that the question paper will be comprehension based and will have questions from the current affairs section and the reasoning section will be given more priority.

Following the new syllabus aspirants should focus on reading newspapers and practice reasoning as much as they can this year CLAT will be having questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning.

Subject Areas with weightage:(Approximate number of questions)
English Language28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Legal Reasoning35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Logical Reasoning28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper

How to Prepare for CLAT 2020

Before starting preparation for the CLAT 2020 aspirants should understand the exam pattern and the syllabus. After that aspirants should make a plan or strategy accordingly and remain stick to it They should make a daily routine giving each of the topics equal importance. Aspirants should maintain continuity in preparation. All these things are the key to successful preparation. Timely revision, Regular practice mock tests will b3 an effective measure in scoring higher marks.

CLAT Admit Card

The students can download the admit card online from the website by entering their login details on the portal. After the exam, students should keep their admit cards safely as it will be required at the time of admission. 

CLAT Answer key 2020 

After the CLAT 2020, the exam officials will release the CLAT 2020 provisional answer key after few days of exam. The candidates can challenge the provisional answer key in case of any fault by filling up the objection form. The objections will be invited and after considering all the objections, the final answer key will be released. After the release of the Final Answer key, any change or objections would not be accepted.

CLAT Result

The tentative date of the result to be published in October 2020. The result will be published online and the students have to enter their login credentials to view the result. The students should save their results as it will be required at the time of admission

CLAT Merit List 2020

Candidates can check the merit list at the time of result declaration. CLAT authorities will release the three provisional merit list for CLAT 2020. The merit list would contain details like Name of the candidate, category of the candidate, state rank, category rank, etc.
CLAT Previous Year Cutoff
Name of the college Cut off- general SC cut off ST cut off OBC cut off
NLSIU 145.2 102.4 99.1 132.6
NALSAR 142 104 98.12 133
NUJS 136.56 86 71.23 104.6
NLU Jodhpur 131.88 81.23 83.77 104.6
NLIU 134.23 89 76 104.6
GNLU 125 73 62 111.23
HNLU 122.05 80 62 109.11
RMLNLU Lucknow 120.11 103 81 103
RGNUL Patiala 115.29 68 57 101.77

CLAT Counselling 2020

NUSRL, Ranchi will be conducting CLAT 2020 counseling and seat allotment process. The CLAT Counselling 2020 will be held in online mode. The candidates who have scored more than CLAT 2020 cutoff will be eligible for the counseling process. Eligible candidates will be issued counseling call letters that candidates can download from the official website of CLAT.
The qualified candidates will have to do registration for counseling, participate in the choice filling and locking process. 

CLAT 2020 Seat allotment process:

The CLAT 2020 seat allotment process will be done for all the 21 participating NLUs for UG and PG courses. Candidates who have been allotted seats will have to pay the required fees and complete other formalities to confirm their seats. Any candidate who wishes to withdraw / shift seats can do so before the start of the next round of seat allotment process.

CLAT Admission 2020

The candidates who have completed the counseling process and submitted all the required documents they have asked for, only they will be allowed for further admission process. Candidates will need to complete the admission process by submitting the required documents and the admission fee of the college they are offered admission to.
Documents needed for the admission process are - admit card, scorecard, all the educational documents like 10th mark sheet, 12th mark sheet, qualifying degree mark sheet, etc. After seat allotment, candidates have to visit the allotted college with their original documents to submit the fees and confirm their admission. 
The total no. of seats for CLAT 2020 is 2500 for UG programs and 750 for PG programs in 21 NLUs. There are more than 50000 candidates appearing in the CLAT exam every year.

Distribution of seats for UG and PG courses in NLUs 

S. No Name of NLU UG Seats PG seats
1 NLSIU Bangalore 80 50
2 NALSAR Hyderabad 105 50
3 NLIU Bhopal 122 60
4 WBNUJS Kolkata 115 42
5 NLU Jodhpur 120 50
6 HNLU Raipur 180 45
7 GNLU Gandhinagar 180 60
8 RMLNLU Lucknow 160 20
9 RGNLU Punjab 180 40
10 CNLU Patna 140 -
11 NUALS Kochi 60 40
12 NLUO Odisha 180 50
13 NUSRL Ranchi 120 50
14 NLUJA Assam 60 30
15 DSNLU Visakhapatnam 120 24
16 TNNLU Tiruchirappalli 120 18
17 MNLU Mumbai 100 50
18 MNLU Nagpur 120 20
19 MNLU Aurangabad 60 -
20 HPNLU Shimla 60 20
21 MPDNLU Jabalpur 120 -

Fee structure of NLUs for BA LLB and BBA LLB:

The fee structure for BA LLB and BBA LLB programs varies as per the NLUs. In some of the NLUs, the fee may vary as per the category also. The fee structure of NLUs for the BA LLB and BBA LLB program is given below.
S.no NLUs General SC/ ST
1 NLSIU, Bangalore Rs.2,62,000 p.a. 2,58,875 p.a.
2 NALSAR, Hyderabad Rs.2,42,000 p.a. 2,36,000 p.a.
3 NLIU, Bhopal Rs.2,40,250 p.a. Rs.2,40,250 p.a.
4 WBNUJS, Kolkata Rs.1,96,200 p.a. -
5 NLU, Jodhpur Rs.1,41,500 p.a. -
6 HNLU, Raipur Rs.1,75,000 p.a. -
7 GNLU, Gandhinagar Rs.2,36,000 p.a. -
8 RMLNLU, Lucknow Rs.1,19,000 p.a. -
9 RGNUL, Punjab Rs.2,06,000 p.a. -
10 CNLU, Patna Rs.2,04,000 p.a. -
11 NUALS, Kochi Rs.2,07,000 p.a.(outside Kerala)
Rs.2,06,800 p.a. (in Kerala)
12 NLUO, Odisha Rs.1,71,000 p.a. -
13 NUSRL, Ranchi Rs.2,27,000 p.a. -
14 NLUJA, Assam Rs.2,19,000 p.a. -
15 DSNLU, Visakhapatnam Rs.2,00,000 p.a. -
16 TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli Rs.2,23,000 p.a. -
17 MNLU, Mumbai Rs. 2,02,000 p.a. -
18 MNLU, Nagpur Rs.2,20,750 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs.2,47,000 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)
19 MNLU, Aurangabad Rs.2,13,490 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs.2,45,250 p.a. (for non-Maharashtra)
20 HPNLU, Shimla Rs.2,20,500 p.a. -

MPDNLU, Jabalpur

DBRANLU, Haryana
Rs.2,70,000 p.a (Girls)
Rs.2,50,000 p.a.(Boys)
Rs.2,28,000 p.a (Girls)
Rs.2,28,000 p.a.(Boys)


CLAT PG Fee Structure

S.no NLUs General SC/ ST
1 NLSIU, Bangalore Rs.1,89,500 p.a. Rs.1,86,375 p.a.
2 NALSAR, Hyderabad Rs.1,75,000 p.a. Rs.1,69,000 p.a.
3 NLIU, Bhopal Rs.2,06,250 p.a. -
4 WBNUJS, Kolkata Rs.1,45,000 p.a. -
5 NLU, Jodhpur Rs.1,14,000 p.a. -
6 HNLU, Raipur Rs.1,03,500 p.a. -
7 GNLU, Gandhinagar Rs.1,80,000 p.a. -
8 RMLNLU, Lucknow Rs.79,000 p.a. -
9 RGNUL, Punjab Rs.1,62,000 p.a. -
10 NUALS, Kochi Rs.1,48,000 p.a. (outside Kerala)
Rs. 1,47,800 p.a. (for Kerala)
11 NLUO, Odisha Rs.1,11,000 p.a. -
12 NUSRL, Ranchi Rs.2,03,000 p.a. -
13 NLUJA, Assam Rs.1,89,500 p.a. -
14 DSNLU, Visakhapatnam Rs.1,80,000 p.a. -
15 TNNLU, Tiruchirappalli Rs.1,74,000 p.a. Rs.1,68,000 p.a.
16 MNLU, Mumbai Rs.2,15,000 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs. 2,26,000 p.a. (All India)
17 MNLU, Nagpur Rs.1,54,250 p.a. (for Maharashtra)
Rs. 1,73,000 p.a. (All India)
18 HPNLU, Shimla Rs.1,71,500 p.a. Rs.1,68,500 p.a.

CLAT 2020 Points to Remember

  1. CLAT 2020 application form has been released on 1st January 2020. 
  2. CLAT 2020 will be having total no. of seats 2500 +. 
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