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CLAT Exam Pattern 2020: Types of Question, Marking Scheme and More!!

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From past few days, we have received a number of questions asking for the preparation strategy of CLAT 2020 Entrance Exam. In our Previous article for CLAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria, we have discussed the important parameters like Qualification, Age, Nationality, Reservation of seats for CLAT. In this article, we will let you know about CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern and CLAT Selection Procedure.

In this article, you will get to know about the detailed Exam Pattern and Selection Procedure of CLAT. Aspirants are advised to read the article very carefully to know about paper pattern and counselling procedure before making any preparation strategy for the very prestigious examination.

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Latest Notification: CLAT UG 2020 Examination Will Be Held on 28 September 2020

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[Page Index]
1. CLAT UG 2020 Useful Resources
2. Brief Description
3. Important Dates (Announced)
4. CLAT UG 2020 Exam Pattern
5. CLAT PG 2020 Exam Pattern
6. Sample Questions
7. Other Exams
8. Contact Details
9. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
10. List of Top Colleges in India

CLAT UG 2020 Useful Resources

CLAT UG 2020 NotificationClick Here
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CLAT UG 2020 Exam PatternClick Here
CLAT UG 2020 SyllabusClick Here
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CLAT UG 2020 Previous Year PaperClick Here
CLAT UG 2020 Sample PaperClick Here
CLAT UG 2020 Admit CardClick Here
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CLAT UG 2020 CounsellingClick Here
CLAT UG 2020 Seat MatrixClick Here

Selection Procedure

Common-Law Admission Test is also known as CLAT. The exam is conducted as per a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in India. The authority will conduct Common Law Admission Test 2020 to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum- preference’ to each University for admission to their Under-Graduate (UG)/Post-Graduate (PG) programmes, according to eligibility, reservation, and other criteria. Before we go deep with the information, let us first have a look at the Major Features of the Common Law Admission Test 2020 Admission notification.

Brief Description

Conducting BodyNational Law University Odisha, Cuttack
Name of the ExamCommon Admission Test (UG) 2020
Level of ExamNational Level
Online Application Starts From1st January 2020
FrequencyOnce in a Year
Duration2 Hours
Exam ModeOnline

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Important Dates (Announced)

Applications Open01 Jan 2020
Application Deadline15th August 2020
Admit Card15th September 2020
CLAT 2020 Examination28th September 2020 (Announced)
Uploading of Answer Keys_
Inviting Objections_
Last date for Objections_
Notification of Final Answer Key_
Declaration of Final Results_

CLAT UG 2020 Exam Pattern

CLAT 2020 consist of different exam pattern for UG and PG. The CLAT authority has approved some major changes to the CLAT 2020 exam pattern. These include:

  • Multiple-Choice Questions 150.
  • Maximum Marks 150.
  • Duration of CLAT 2020 Exams.
  • Negative Marking 0.25 Marks for each question.
SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English including Comprehension28-32 Questions20%
General Knowledge and Current Affairs35-39 Questions25%
Quantitative Techniques13-17 Questions10%
Legal Reasoning35-39 Questions25%
Logical Reasoning28-32 Questions20%

Old Exam Pattern

SubjectsNo.of QuestionsMaximum Marks
English including Comprehension40 Questions40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs50 Questions50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)20 Questions20 Marks
Legal Aptitude50 Questions50 Marks
Logical Reasoning40 Questions40 Marks
Total200 Questions200 Marks

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CLAT PG 2020 Exam Pattern

Basic Guidelines

  • Exam Duration: 2 hours.
  • Question Paper Medium: English only
  • Marking Scheme: Each right answer will be awarded 1 mark.
  • Negative Marking: There is a system of negative marking. 0.25 mark will be subtracted for each wrong answer

PG Exam Pattern

Multiple-Choice Questions120 questions
Syllabus1. Constitutional Law
2. Other areas of law such as Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law
Negative Marking0.25 Mark will be deducted for each wrong answer

Note: Only candidates who secure 40% (35% in case of SC, ST, and PWD) marks in the objective section will qualify for the evaluation of their answers in the descriptive section.

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Sample Questions

Que: In pari delicto
(a) Where the lawyer is at fault
(b) Where the petitioner is at fault
(c) Where the judge is at fault
(d) Where both parties to a dispute are equally at fault

Que: Pari passu
(a) Diverse nature
(b) On an unequal status
(c) Supremacy of law
(d) On equal footing

Que: ‘Jus Gentium’ means:
(a) Law of Societies
(b) Law among Nations
(c) Global justice
(d) Global administrative law

Que: ‘Punctum Temporis’ means:
(a) Point of time
(b)Temporary position
(c) Timely assistance
(d) Functional authority

Que: Turpis  arbiter’ means:
(a)Corrupt prosecutor
(b)Inefficient judge
(c) Corrupt judge
(d) Inefficient lawyer

Que: Caveat venditor
(a) Buyer beware
(b)Seller beware
(c) Trporter beware
(d) Manufacturer beware

Que: ‘Sine die’ means:
(a) Adjourned without fixing any date for the next meeting.
(b) Adjourned for the day and scheduled to meet the next day again.
(c) Adjourned for the day and meet after one month.
(d) Adjourned for the day and meet after one week.

Que: Animus posssi dendi’ means:
(a) Intention to harm
(b) Intent to contract
(c) Intention to possess
(d) Intention to return

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Contact Details

For registration related queries:
Contact Number:- +91 97415 21069, 94825 67257 (Bengaluru) and +91 84807 18979 (Odisha) 10:00 am to 05:00 pm on all working days

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q. What is CLAT course?

A. CLAT stands for Common Law Admissions Test. It is an all India entrance examination conducted by the National Law Schools/Universities for admissions to their under-graduate and post-graduate degree programmes (LL.B & LL.M).

Q. Why is CLAT important?

A. Importance of CLAT Preparation Like every other competitive exam, CLAT has a remarkably high demand. Moreover, with the desire to get admission in one of the best NLUs, students work very hard. The determination power is on a full charge and they are willing to compromise on anything for their seat.

Q. Who can give CLAT exam?

A. CLAT Eligibility. Candidates should have passed Higher Secondary School/Intermediate Examination (10+2) or its equivalent examination with not less than 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of SC/ST/OBC and persons with Disability). Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination can also appear provisionally.

Q. Can I give CLAT exam after 12th?

A. Yes, you can give CLAT UG after your 12 class exams. The CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a National Level Law Entrance Exam held each year for the law aspirants of the country to get admissions and start their career with the top and most prestigious law institutes of the country.

Q. What is the Salary of CLAT?

A. The starting salaries at most other places are alright, but not astronomical. Sadly, neither the media nor the CLAT mentors tell you about this. Renowned firms like Kochhar & Co., Crawford Bayley & Co. have a salary package of 4-6 lakhs per annum. A Supreme Court judicial clerkship pays Rupees 30,000 a month.

Q. Is CLAT negative marking?

A. Yes, Each question will carry one mark. Negative Marking: There will be negative marking process. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Q. Is CLAT exam tough?

A. With over 40000 applicants and around 600 seats (for top NLUs), I would say pretty hard. Because of this, clearing the exam will be tough regardless of the level of the paper. Chose CLAT over procrastination This exam is based on std X level so it is easy for almost everyone.

Q. What is the passing marks of CLAT exam?

A. To be eligible for CLAT, the students must have secured: (A) Forty-five per cent (45%) marks in Qualifying Exam (Class XII examination) in case of students belonging to Unreserved /OBC /Specially Abled Persons (SAP) and other categories. (B) Forty Percent (40%) marks in case of students belonging to SC/ST categories.

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  1. Good article on clat 2018 entrance exam pattern details. Although, the knowledge of clat application from 2018, eligibility criteria and fee is required for hassle free online form submission.


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