How to submit online applications for CLAT 2020 for India UG and PG law courses

Searching for details of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020? This article provides complete information about CLAT-2020, including the entrance test schedule and question paper format, eligibility criteria, etc. You will also know the online registration and application procedure for CLAT 2020.

The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU) invites applications for admission to Under Graduate (UG) and Post Graduate (PG) programs in law in 22 National Law Universities in India for the academic session 2020-2021. Students wishing to pursue the UG or PG programs have to appear for the national level entrance exam, namely Common Law Admission Test-2020 (CLAT-2020). Only Indian Nationals, NRIs, PIOs, and OCIs who are seeking admission in the courses are allowed to appear in CLAT 2020. Foreign nationals will not be eligible to appear for the entrance exam.

Eligibility for UG law programs in India

The Under Graduate (UG) program is a five-year integrated law degree program. To be eligible for admission to it, you should have a pass class in the 10+2 exam or an equivalent exam with a minimum of 45% marks or its equivalent grade if you are applying in the categories of General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates. In the case of SC/ST categories, you are required to have 40% of marks or equivalent grade. If you are appearing for the qualifying exam in March/April 2020, then also you are eligible to apply. In this case, though, you must produce supporting documents to prove that you have passed the qualifying exam at the time of admission, failing which you will not be considered for admission. As for age criteria, there is no upper age limit.

Eligibility for PG law programs in India

The Post Graduate (PG) program is a one year LL.M. Degree program. To be eligible for admission to it, you should have an LL.B. Degree or an equivalent qualification with a minimum of 50% of marks or its equivalent grade if you are applying in the categories of General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates. For candidates belonging to SC/ST categories, you are required to have 45% of marks or equivalent grade. If you are appearing for the qualifying exam in April/May 2020, then also you are eligible to apply. Like for UG programs, there is no upper age limit.

Learn more about LL.B. and LL.M. courses in India.

List of National Law Universities in India

Here's the complete list of NLUs where you can purse a UG or PG program in India-
  1. National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru.

  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research (NALSAR), University of Law, Hyderabad.

  3. National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal.

  4. The WB National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata.

  5. National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur.

  6. Hidayatullah National Law University (HNLU), Raipur.

  7. Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar.

  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (RMLNLU), Lucknow.

  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law (RGNUL), Punjab.

  10. Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna.

  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi.

  12. National Law University Odisha (NLUO), Cuttack.

  13. National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi.

  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy (NLUJA), Assam.

  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Visakhapatnam.

  16. Tamil Nadu National Law University (TNNLU), Tiruchirappalli.

  17. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai.

  18. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur.

  19. Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad.

  20. Himachal Pradesh National Law University (HPNLU), Shimla.

  21. Dharmashastra National Law University (DNLU), Jabalpur.

  22. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Law University (DBRANLU), Haryana.

Application fee for CLAT-2020

There is an online application fee for both, the UG and PG programs, with bank transaction charges as applicable. The fee, which is to be paid online only and will not be refunded, is as follows-
  1. For General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI candidates: Rs.4000/-.

  2. For SC/ST/BPL candidates: Rs.3500/-.

CLAT-2020 Question Paper pattern for UG admissions

For the UG course, the entrance exam will have 150 multiple choice questions of one mark each for the 2-hour paper. A negative marking of 0.25 will be given for each incorrect answer. The subjects include the English language, Current affairs (including general knowledge), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative techniques (the quantitative analysis questions will be based on 10th standard mathematics content).

CLAT-2020 Question Paper pattern for PG admissions

For the PG course, there will first be an objective section of 100 multiple choice questions of one mark each. You need to secure 40% (35% in case of SC, ST, and PWD candidates) in this section in order to qualify for the evaluation of your answers in the second, descriptive section. The subjective section of 50 marks will have two essay type questions with 800 words per essay, cover the subjects of (i) Constitutional Law (50 Marks); and (ii) Other law subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR, and jurisprudence (50 Marks). The total marks is thus 150 for the 2-hour paper.

Note: You can obtain previous years' question papers on payment of Rs.500/- (this is not included in the CLAT 2020 application fee). A good option which is totally free is to try out practice tests and download law exam question papers.

How to register and apply for CLAT-2020

You have to submit your application at the CLAT Consortium official website between 1st January 2020 and 31st March 2020, up to 11.59 p.m. You need to indicate your preferred NLU where you wish to get admission for the UG or PG program.

You have to first register at this website with a personal mobile number and e-mail Id. You will receive an OTP at the given mobile number for validation, and once this is done, you then have to log in using your mobile number and the password which you provided at the time of registration. Ensure that you fill up all the details correctly. Your name and the names of your parents must be spelt correctly in the application in the same way that it appears in the relevant documents, namely certificates, mark sheets, and identity proof. A change or alteration which is found may cause your application to be disqualified. Also, ensure that you double-check all the information which has been entered in the online application form as you cannot later edit any details once you have made the final submission.

The list of documents to be uploaded in pdf format during the online application are –
  1. A passport size recent photograph which is front-facing on a plain background (the photo does not need to be attested).

  2. Your signature (the signature does not need to be attested).

  3. The relevant category certificate if you are applying under SC/ST/OBC category.

  4. The relevant certificate issued by the competent authority if you are applying under the P.W.D. category.

  5. The relevant certificate issued by a competent authority if you are applying under BPL category.

Important dates

  1. Online application begins: 1st January 2020.

  2. Last date to submit the online application: 31st March 2020.

  3. Date of CLAT-2020 (offline mode): 10th May 2020 (Sunday), 3p.m. to 5p.m.

  4. Uploading of answer keys on the Consortium of NLUs website: 11th May 2020.

  5. Inviting objections: 12th May to 15th May 2020.

  6. Notification of the final answer key: 18th May 2020.

  7. Declaration of the final results: 20th May 2020.

Contact information

Consortium of National Law Universities
P.O. Bag 7201, Nagarbhavi,
Bangalore - 560 072 Karnataka, India.
Ph: 08047162020 (call between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all working days).

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