CLAT 2020 Overview: Application Form, Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus

The Common Law Admission Test for both undergraduate and postgraduate law college admissions has been postponed to September 28, 2020. Earlier, the exam was scheduled on September 7.

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is organized annually by the Consortium of NLUs for admission to their undergraduate Law programmes (BA LLB, B.Com LLB, and B.Sc. LLB). Till 2018, the CLAT was conducted by National Law Universities 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 its headquarter located 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 NLU


Exam Level National
Conducting Body National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
Official Website
Exam Periodicity Yearly
Exam Date September 28, 2020
Application Mode Online
Exam Mode Online
NLUs seat intake 2984

Exam Dates

The CLAT Exam Dates have been mentioned below:

Events Dates 2020
Start date of filling the application form 1 January 2020 (ONGOING)
Last date of filling the application form  1 July 2020
Last date of online fee payment 1 July 2020
Release of admit card To be notified soon
CLAT 2020 exam date September 28, 2020
Answer key released date To be notified soon
Objection window To be notified soon
Final answer key release To be notified soon
Declaration of result To be notified soon
Start date of the counselling process To be notified soon

Eligibility Criteria

CLAT Eligibility Criteria require candidates to fulfil multiple aspects so that they can apply and thereafter appear for this law entrance exam.

  • Candidates can  apply for CLAT 2020 if they have completed their 10+2 or equivalent examination with a minimum of:
    • 45% marks for General/OBC/Specially-abled person categories.
    • 40% marks for SC/ST category.
    • Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April 2020 are also eligible to apply.
  • Age Criteria
    • According to 3 March 2017, Supreme Court’s order, any law aspirant could fill the application form at par revised CLAT eligibility criteria. There is no age bar for CLAT application form as the apex court stays BCI’s age policy for this year.

Application Fee

CLAT 2020 Application Fee
Unreserved/SAP/OBC/ any other category students Rs 4,000
SC/ST category students Rs 3,500

CLAT Exam Pattern

The Exam Pattern of the exam for CLAT 2020 is as given below:


Subjects Total Number of Questions Total Marks
English including Comprehension  40  40
General Knowledge and Current Affairs  50  50
Elementary Mathematics( Numerical Ability)  20  20
Legal Aptitude  50  50
Logical Reasoning  40  40
Total  200  200
Subjects Total Number of Questions Total Marks
Constitutional Law 50 50
Jurisprudence 50 50
Topics from Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment, Law, and Human Rights Subjects 50 50
 Total  150 150

Application Form

  • Candidates can access the application form via online mode.
  • Candidates can fill the CLAT Application Form from 1 January 2020, and the last date for submission of application form will be 1 July 2020.
  • Fill the personal details, educational details, and upload scanned images of signature and photograph and SAP/PWD certificate (if applicable).
  • The university may also offer the correction facility for CLAT 2020 application.
  • Candidates are also required to enter the preferences for NLUs.
  • There is no required to send the hard copy of application form or any other document to the CLAT office.

Admit Card

  • CLAT 2020 will be conducted in the online mode.
  • The CLAT Admit Card will be issued a few weeks before the exam.
  • Candidates can visit the official website of CLAT for download the admit card.
  • Click the Admit card and enter the registration number and date of birth.
  • Click the submit button and then download the admit card.
  • After downloading the CLAT admit card, candidates should check if all the information mentioned on their admit card is correct or not.


National Law Universities will be responsible for deciding the CLAT Syllabus which is comprised of English including Comprehension, General Knowledge, and Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning and comprises from the below-listed topics for PG courses:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Other Law Subjects.

Here we are sharing the sectional wise syllabus with you:

  • English including comprehension
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Mathematics
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning

Preparation Tips

Get the complete checklist for CLAT Exam Preparation:

  • Time management: Candidates need to prepare proper time division for the preparation of each section.
  • Try to select the best study materials.
  • Try to solve last year question papers and try to get them from your institutes or from friends.
  • Try to solve mock tests once you have completed your preparation.
  • Whenever you are trying to study, Try to make your own shot notes for preparation.
  • Try to be familiar with the syllabus.


  • CLAT Result will be available after the conduction of the exam.
  • Candidates need to enter their application number and password in the result forms for checking the results.
  • The result will be available via online mode only, i.e. via official websites.
  • It is advised to the candidates that they need to take a printout of CLAT scorecard for admission purpose.

Cut Off

Cut off is the minimum marks which is required to score for getting admission in the affiliated colleges. The CLAT Cut Off varies according to the previous year trends which are analyzed by the different coaching institutes.

CLAT Counselling 2020

For getting admission in the law colleges candidates who got selection after the CLAT Examination need to go through with the counselling process.

  • The authority will organize a centralized counselling process for providing admission to those colleges.
  • It will comprise of four rounds.
  • The registration process will be started in the fourth week of June 2020. Those who want to get admission in these colleges need to pay 50000/- INR as the counselling fee, which is adjustable in admission fee.
  • The seat will be allotted to the candidates as per below metrics.
    • Rank
    • The order of preferences
    • Category
    • Number of seats
    • Availability of seats, etc.
  • For admission and verification, purpose candidates need to report at the allotted centres for admission purpose.

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