CLAT UG 2020 By Suraj Metta ( Student at NLU, Delhi)

A Better Understanding of the new format 

Common Law Admission test known as CLAT, is a law entrance exam taken by approximately 70,000 students every year. It is India’s premier law entrance exam. It is conducted for admission in 22 prestigious National Law Universities (NLU). NLU’s are the premier law universities of India. CLAT UG exam is conducted every year for admission into approximately 2000 seats in these universities.

List of National Law Universities participating in CLAT :

1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore
2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad
3. National Law Institute University, Bhopal
4. West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences, Kolkata
5. National Law University, Jodhpur
6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur
7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar
8. Ram Manohar Lohiya National law University, Lucknow
9. Rajiv Gandhi National Law University, Patiala
10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna
11. National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack
13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi
14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Guwahati
15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Vishakhapatnam
16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Trichy
17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai
18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
19. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
20. Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur
21. Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
22. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University, Sonepat
These are the 22 NLU’s participating in CLAT. However National Law University, Delhi
does not participate in CLAT and conducts separate law entrance for filling seats in the
college through AILET (All India Law Entrance Test).
Eligibility (According to CLAT website)
1. There will be no upper age limit for UG Programme in CLAT 2020.
2. As regards minimum percentage of marks in the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2 or
an equivalent examination), the candidates must have secured:
i. Forty five percent (45%) marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates
belonging to General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories

ii. Forty Percent (40%) marks or equivalent in case of candidates belonging to
SC/ST categories.

3. Candidates who are appearing in the qualifying examination in March/April, 2020 are also eligible to appear in CLAT 2020 examination. However, they shall be required to produce an evidence of their passing the qualifying examination at the time of admission, failing which they shall lose their right to be considered for admission.

4. The result of the qualifying examination (i.e., 10+2) shall be submitted by the candidate at the time of admission failing which the candidate shall be ineligible for admission to the Course.

5. In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
i. Higher marks in the component / section on legal aptitude in the CLAT 2020 exam;
ii. Higher age;
iii. Computerised draw of lots.

Question Paper Pattern

This year, for the first time CLAT has changed the question paper pattern. The new question paper pattern is being confusing for many people. So, Katcheri.in wants to simplify and make the aspirants understand the change in a better manner.
1) The questions have been decreased from 200 to 150. This is because students have always complained that 200 questions in 2 hours is difficult to complete and to provide a fair test to 12 th class level CLAT committee took the major change.
2) Negative marks have been kept the same -0.25 and +1 is allotted for every correct answer.
3) Time is also kept the same 2 hours.
4) Rather than individual question format, paragraph type of questions are being preferred from this year.

Question paper distribution is as follows

English Language 28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Current Affairs, including GK 35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Legal Reasoning 35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper
Logical Reasoning 28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper
Quantitative Techniques 13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper

Here since the questions have been decreased the number of questions has been adjusted accordingly. However, the percentage of composition of paper almost remains the same. But since the paper is being based on paragraph format flexibility is being maintained in number of questions in each section.

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