CLAT 2020 Exam: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result


CLAT 2020 exam date is announced by the Consortium of National Law Universities through an official notice. The examination will now conduct on 24th May 2020. Earlier the entrance test was going to held on 10th May, but due to COVID-19 lockdown in India, the exam is now postponed until further notice. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is conducted for admission to UG and PG Law courses. Few changes have been introduced in the pattern of the exam. Check out the exam pattern section for the same.

A degree in Law opens promising career opportunities for candidates across various fields – Government sector, corporate sector, firms and, of course, the good scope for private practice. There are many law entrance exams conducted at the national and state level for admission into LLB, BA LLB, BBA LLB, LLM etc. programmes. Some of the popular Law exams at National level are CLAT, AILET, LSAT, DU Law Entrance Exam, BHU UET, Christ University LET, IPU CET Law, ULSAT, JMI Law, SET Law etc. Of these, CLAT Exam is one of the most popular and toughest national-level entrance exams that paves the way for admission into integrated LLB and LLM programs offered by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) of India. The exam is conducted on rotational-basis by the NLUs.

Here are complete details related to CLAT exam such as eligibility, important dates, exam pattern, syllabus, the application process, admit card, result, etc.

CLAT 2020 Latest Updates - The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020) has been postponed, due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak in the country. Earlier the exam was scheduled to be held on 10th May, which is now shifted on 24th May from 3 pm to 5 pm. In addition, the Consortium of National Law Universities has decided to extend the application process for the same because of COVID-19 impact. Candidates are now eligible to fill and submit the CLAT 2020 application form till 25th April 2020.

CLAT Exam 2019 – Quick Overview

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Law Test (CLAT)

Exam Conducting Authority

National Law University Odisha

Official website

Purpose of the examination

Admission to UG and PG law courses

Occurrence of the examination

Once a year

Examination type

National level

Mode of examination

Pen-and-Paper Based (Offline)

CLAT Exam 2020 Important Dates

Although the important dates of Common Law Admission Test 2020 have been announced earlier by the officials, but due to the COVID-19 cases in India, the authority has rescheduled the entrance exam date. Check new dates here:




Submission of online application form begins

1st January 2020

 1st January 2020

Last Date for submission of online Application form

31st March 2020

 25th April 2020 (Extended)

Download admit card/hall ticket

From 4th week of April 2020

 From 1st week of May   2020

CLAT 2020 online examination

10th May 2020 (Sunday)

 24th May 2020 (Sunday) (Announced)

Answer key publication

11th May 2020

 26th May 2020

Challenge answer key

12th May 2020

 27th May 2020

Last date of submitting objections against the answer key

15th May 2020

 29th May 2020

Final Answer Key Publication

18th May 2020

 01st June 2020

Result Declaration

24th May 2020

 08th June 2020

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After result declaration, counselling sessions will be conducted for seat allotment. Here is the tentative schedule for counselling:

Important Dates for CLAT 2020 Seat Allotment



Publication of 1st list for the seat allotment

1st week of June 2020

Payment of counselling fee and admission

2nd week of June 2020

Publication of 2nd allotment list

2nd week of June 2020

Date of counselling and admission (for those whose name appear in the 2nd allotment list for the first time)

3rd week of June 2020

Publication of 3rd list

4th week of June 2020

Date of counselling and admission

4th week of June 2020

Admission status offered by the participating NLUs in the CLAT

1st week of July 2020

Closure of admission process

1st week of July 2020

CLAT Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The Consortium of National Law Universities has decided to introduce some changes in the exam pattern as under:

New changes in the CLAT Exam Pattern w.e.f. 2020

  • The total number of questions have been reduced to 120-150 from 200 in the UG level exam.
  • As per a statement from the Consortium, “Comprehension based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.”
  • PG level exam will also have comprehension based questions. The descriptive portion will remain the same.
  • The consortium has also asked the Executive Council to study the possibility of introducing cut-off marks for the L.L.M. courses.

CLAT UG Level Exam Pattern - New

The CLAT exam is conducted for admission to both UG and PG courses. The exam pattern is different for both UG and PG courses. Let’s have a look at both.

The new exam pattern for the exam is as discussed below:

  • Mode of Exam: Pen-an-Paper Based
  • The medium of Question Paper: English
  • Type of Questions: Objective Type Questions
  • Scheme of Marking: 1 mark for every correct answer. ¼ mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • Duration of exam: 2 hours

The exam will consist of 5 sections of total 120-150 questions. Till now (2019 exam), a total of 200 MCQs were asked from all the subjects. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

120 to 150

120 to 150

Legal Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

English (including comprehension)

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

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CLAT Exam Pattern for PG Courses

The exam will consist of 3 sections of total 150 questions. The distribution of questions and marks is as follows:


Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Constitutional Law






Remaining topics such as Torts, Contract, IPR, International Law, Criminal Law, etc






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CLAT 2020 Syllabus

Syllabus for UG Courses

General Knowledge & Current Affairs: Questions on National and International current events.

Legal Aptitude: Question on legal propositions, candidate’s knowledge of the law, problem-solving skills, and research aptitude.

Logical Reasoning: Questions on patterns, logical links, rectify illogical arguments, syllogism, analogies, logical sequences, etc. No questions on visual reasoning.

English (including comprehension): Questions on comprehension passages, the meaning of words therein, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, correction in grammatically incorrect sentences, etc.

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability): Questions on Mathematics studied up to 10th standard.

Syllabus for PG Courses

Read the syllabus of the subjects as studied in UG degree.

CLAT Exam 2020 Eligibility

Candidate must fulfil certain criteria to become eligible for the exam. Scroll down to know the details:

Eligibility Conditions for UG Courses

  • A candidate should have done the 12th standard or equivalent from any recognised Board with a minimum aggregate of 45% marks. The reserved category candidate (SC/ST) is required to score only 40% to become eligible for the exam.
  • Those candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination are also eligible to appear for the CLAT 2020 exam. However, at the time of admission, such candidates should submit their passing certificate.
  • There will be no upper age limit in CLAT 2020.

Eligibility for the PG Courses

  • A candidate should have passed LL.B/Five-year integrated LL.B/any other equivalent exam with a minimum of 55% marks. Candidates who belong to the reserved categories (SC/ST) should have a score of 50% marks in the qualifying exam.
  • Those candidates who are in the final year of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply for CLAT 2020. But, at the time of admission, such candidates should produce their passing certificate.
  • There is no upper age limit in CLAT 2020 for PG courses admissions.

CLAT Exam 2020 Application Process

Application Form for CLAT Exam 2020 -

Candidates can apply for the exam only through the online mode; there is no other mode for registration. Application for the CLAT Exam 2020 will begin from 1st January 2020 and will continue till 25th April 2020. Earlier the last date to submit applications was 31st March 2020. Candidate should keep a print-out of the confirmation page for future use.

How to Apply?

  • Candidate should visit the official website of the exam
  • Click on the button "Apply Online". You will be redirected to the registration page.
  • Click on the "Click Here for New Registration" button on the top right of the page.
  • Complete the registration process by providing your basic details. Please make sure that you enter correct details as per your class X mark sheet.
  • After the registration process is complete, you will receive your registration id and password on the email id provided.
  • Now, you can use these credentials to complete the registration process.
  • A candidate should fill all the required column of the application form such as Educational Qualifications, Address, Mother’s Name, and Father’s Name etc.
  • Along with the Application, Form candidate should upload the scanned copy of his photograph and signature. Please make sure that the images meet the specified format and size.
  • Candidate should also upload the scanned copies of his Identification card and Certificates.
  • After making the application fee payment, the registration process will be complete.

Application Fee

Every applicant is required to pay the application fee. The application process will be considered incomplete without application fee payment. Once paid, the application fee will not be refunded. Following are the details of the application fee for different categories (as per 2019 official notification):


Application Fee

General/ OBC/SAP

₹ 4000


₹ 3500

If candidates want to get previous years' question paper, they are required to pay an additional price of ₹ 500.

Mode of Application Fee Payment

  • The application fee can be paid through both online and offline mode. Online it can be paid by Debit Card/ Credit Card/pay wallet/RuPay/Net Banking etc. Offline payment can be made through e-challan generated online. Such payments are to be made in CASH only.
  • Candidates have to bear the bank transaction charges themselves for both online and offline payment.

Other Details

CLAT Admit Card

The entrance test date for CLAT 2020 exam has been postponed for now. The decision has been taken because of the global coronavirus pandemic. As for now, the new date to conduct Common Law Admission Test (CLAT 2020) is 24th May 2020. While on the other hand, the officials are likely to activate the CLAT Admit Card 2020 downloading link from the 1st week of May 2020 at the official CLAT website. Candidates are requested to take a print-out of the hall ticket/admit card, read the instructions given on the admit card carefully. Make sure you follow all the instructions written therein. Do not forget to carry the admit card to the examination centre.

CLAT Result 2020

CLAT 2020 result is likely to announce on 08th June 2020, however no official date regarding the same has been published now. Candidates can check the result from the official website. Centralised online counselling will be conducted after the CLAT result. Seats will be allotted on the basis of CLAT rank, the order of preference, categories selected by the candidate and the number of seats available in each NLU.


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The CLAT 2019 exam is expected to be conducted on 12th May 2019. The cut-off for the exam will be released through the official website.