CLAT 2020 – Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Top Reference Books, Dates, Fees, Preparation Tips

CLAT 2020


Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is conducted for students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country. It is an entrance test, conducted 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, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective Statutes of the participating Universities. It is an all India common entrance examination, conducted on rotational basis by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree programmes.


Youth of India that aims to make career in the field of Law must appear for CLAT. Around 50000 candidates apply for Common Law Admission Test every year. General perception is that through CLAT, admission is granted in NLUs but there are 34 more colleges which accept the score of the examination. These institutes have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with CLAT office and use the scores for admission.
To assist law aspirants, brings the complete list of institutes which accept the CLAT score. Candidates can go through this list and choose their institute wisely.


CLAT 2020 Eligibility




Age – No upper limit.

Qualifying Exam – Qualifying the class 12th or equivalent exam from a recognized board or university.


  • 45% marks for students of unreserved/OBC/specially-abled person (SAP) and other categories
  • 40% marks in case of SC or ST

Students writing the exam in March/April 2020 can also appear for CLAT 2020 online examination. They will have to provide evidence of passing the qualifying exams before admission, without which right to admission will be canceled.




Age: No upper limit

Qualifying Exam: Minimum percentage of marks in LL.B or any other equivalent exam


  • 55% marks for students of unreserved categories/OBC and other categories.
  • 50% marks in case of schedule cast/ schedule tribe.

The students must have qualified the final semester or final year of the qualifying examination before taking admission.


CLAT 2020 Syllabus


For UG


  • Legal Reasoning – The section will test the candidate’s interest toward the study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Some preposition may not be “true” in the real sense, candidate will have to assume the “truth” of these prepositions and answer the question accordingly.
  • Mathematics- This section will test the candidate’s knowledge of elementary mathematics.
  • Logical Reasoning – It may include the variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogism, logical sequences or analogies etc.
  • Current affairs including general knowledge
  • English language including comprehension


For PG


  • Jurisprudence
  • Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc
  • Constitutional Law


CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern


  • The test will be offline mode.
  • Duration is of two hours.
  • 150 multiple choice questions for UG & 150 multiple choice questions for PG.
  • Each correct answer will get one mark while 0.25 marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.
  • Questions will be in English.


Top Reference Books




Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability

Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal


English including Comprehension


Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin


General Knowledge and Current Affairs


Lucent’s GK

Manorama Yearbook

Pratiyogita Darpan


Legal Aptitude


  • Universal’s CLAT Guide
  • Bare Acts on Indian Constitution
  • Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj
  • LexisNexis Butterworths


Logical Reasoning


  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey


CLAT 2020 Dates


Start date of filling application form – January 1

Last date of filling application form – March 31

Last date of online fee payment         March Last week

Release of admit card – April Third week

CLAT 2020 exam date – May 10

Answer key released date – May 11

Objection window – May 12 – 15

Final answer key release – May 18

Declaration of result – May 24

Start date of counselling process – June First week


CLAT 2020 Fees


Rs. 4000/- for General/OBC/PWD/SAP

Rs. 3500/- for SC/ST


CLAT Preparation Tips


Make notes after studying.

Make a time table to estimate which subject will require what time for preparing.

Section wise Preparation: Follow the exam pattern before planning your preparation for CLAT.

Write as many the mock test as possible as it will help you achieve the speed required for solving the paper.


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