A number of important decisions have been taken regarding CLAT 2020 by the CLAT Consortium in its recently held meeting. The chief announcements regarding the exam are regarding its exam date, changes in exam pattern, exam conducting body and convenor, constitution of the consortium.
CLAT 2020 will be held on May 10, 2020. The official notification for the Common Law Admission Test will be released in the last week of December 2019, and thereafter online application form will be available from January 1, 2020.
As per the new exam pattern, CLAT UG will have comprehension based questions from quantitative techniques, english, current affairs, deductive reasoning and logical reasoning. The number of questions will be between 120 to 150, whereas last year there were 200. Mode of exam shall remain offline, and the time duration will be 2 hours, as earlier. CLAT PG on the other hand will also include comprehension based questions. Descriptive section shall remain same as before.
Last year, the official website of the exam was clatconsortiumofnlu.ac.in. In the previous session, conducted by NLU Odisha, CLAT UG exam had questions on english, legal aptitude, logical reasoning, elementary mathematics, general knowledge and current affairs. The PG exam on the other hand had questions on law of torts, family law, criminal law, international law, property law, jurisprudence, law of contacts, intellectual property law.
It is relevant to recall that the national level law entrance exam underwent changes last year as well. The exam became offline from online, descriptive section was added in PG exam. Also, it in a first, candidates were provided with carbonised copy of their OMR sheet in a bid to improve transparency in the exam.
The exam date of CLAT exam was supposed to be the second Sunday of May last year also, however it had to be rescheduled due to Lok Sabha elections. It was finally held on the last Sunday, May 26.
By introducing comprehension based questions in the exam for undergraduate and postgraduate admissions, the NLUs aim to enhance the quality of students who get admissions, by testing their competence of reading texts, and demonstrating skills in inferential reasoning.
The new constitution of the CLAT Consortium was also decided. NLIU Bhopal Vice Chancellor Prof V Vijayakumar is now the new president. RGNUL VC Prof Oaramjit Singh is the new Vice President. NLUO VC Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao is a member of the executive council. NUSRL VC Prof V Kesava Rao will attend the meetings of the executive council as special invitees.
The colleges where admission shall be through CLAT 2020 are NLSIU Bengaluru, NALSAR Hyderabad, NLIU Bhopal, WBNUJS Kolkata, NLU Jodhpur, HNLU Raipur, GNLU Gandhinagar, RMLNLU Lucknow, RGNUL Punjab, CNLU Patna, NUALS Kochi, NLUO Odisha, NUSRL Ranchi, NLUJA Assam, DSNLU Visakhapatanam, TNNLU Tiruchirappalli, MNLU Mumbai, MNLU Nagpur, MNLU Aurangabad, HPNLU Shimla, MPDNLU Jabalpur.