CLAT(2020): The common law admission test, is an all India common entrance examination which is conducted on a rotation basis by 22 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. It is designed for the purpose of offering admission into Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programs in law. This exam is conducted for giving admissions to various universities across the country. This exam was actually planned for May 10 then it was postponed for May 24. But due to extension of lockdown, it was again scheduled to be held on June 21. The Executive Committee of Consortium, after reviewing the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown, scheduled CLAT for August 22, 2020, to be held through a computer-based online centre-based test.
A law graduate filed a plea in Delhi High Court challenging the requirement of physically appearing at the exam centre for CLAT 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic. To which the Delhi High Court asked the centre and the NLUs to reply to the graduate’s plea.
After all the changes and hearings, now we have the new date for the exam and that is 7th September 2020.
CLAT 2020 Guidelines and exam pattern
The revised exam pattern for CLAT 2020 is as follows:
NOTE: Candidates appearing in CLAT PG must note that the conducting body has removed the descriptive section from the test pattern.
CLAT Syllabus 2020
There is no designated syllabus for CLAT. For UG courses, the questions will be given from English from Comprehension, General Knowledge, Mathematics (Up to 10th class), Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning sections. For PG courses, the questions will be asked from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence and other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, Environment Law and Human Rights topics. The best way to understand any exam in the best form can only be done via practicing or giving mock paper.
Subject wise marks distribution
English Language- 28-30 questions and 20% weightage.
Current affairs (including general knowledge)- 35-39 questions 25% weightage.
Legal Reasoning- 35-39 questions 25% weightage.
Quantitative Techniques- 15-17 questions 10% weightage.
Logical Reasoning- 28-32% questions 20% weightage.
For PG (MCQ)
Constitutional Law- 60 questions for 60 marks.
Other law subjects like criminal law, international law etc- 60 questions for 60 marks.
Exam Day Guidelines
CLAT 2020 will be conducted by the Consortium of NLUs on September 7, via computer-based test mode in a social distanced environment. New guidelines have been released for 7 September, the new date of CLAT keeping COVID-19 in mind. These guidelines are of two kinds. The first ones are guidelines that are related to the code of conduct while the other is related to the COVID specific. The new guidelines of CLAT 2020 are designed in a way to implement the social distancing norms and maintain safety amid the prevailing situations. There are 2538 seats in the undergraduate programmes and 742 seats in the postgraduate programmes that will be filled by CLAT based on NLUs.
COVID Specific guidelines- Type -1
The exam centres for CLAT 2020 will be thoroughly provided with all safety standards. The staff will be prepared for handling the thermal screening, cleaning and maintaining the system at the exam centres.
COVID Specific guidelines- Type -2
Guidelines- Code of conduct