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CLAT Syllabus- Syllabus Guidelines, Subjects and Format

On 21st November, 2019, the Consortium of National Law Universities (the governing body for CLAT exams) confirmed during their press conference that there will be some amendments and modifications in the format and syllabus structure of the exam. For the CLAT 2020 exam, the official number of questions will be cut down to 150 from 200. For the graduate level, the test would contain comprehension-based questions, although, the descriptive segment will remain the same.

Important Update- ‘Consortium of NLUs’ recently released a notification on their official website regarding the changes in the Schedule of CLAT 2020. The Application deadline is now extended to the 10th July 2020. Also, the CLAT 2020 will now be conducted on the 7th September in the CBT (Computer Based Test) mode rather than the Pen and Paper mode. The decision is taken by ‘Consortium of NLUs’ with concern to the safety of the students against the Covid 19 Pandemic. All the facilities regarding the safety of the candidates such as Thermo Gun, Sanitizing Gun and Isolation wards will be made available at the test centres. 

In this article, we would emphasize on the syllabus and format of the 2020 CLAT exam for the integrated undergraduate programme. 

CLAT Syllabus – Undergraduate Exam Syllabus Description and Guidelines

The UG 2020 CLAT exam would emphasize on the reasoning and comprehension skills of students since the candidates don’t possess much knowledge about the nuances of law and other relevant subjects. Therefore, it becomes quite essential for the candidates to sharpen their aptitude skills and lay stress on the quantitative aspect of the exam. The structure of the CLAT UG exam is such that it adequately assesses whether the student would be able to pursue higher law education or not. 50% of the total questions are related to current affairs, general knowledge and legal reasoning. Thus, students must practice to enhance their core basic knowledge on such subjects. The other half of the exam is composed of questions from the English language, logical reasoning and quantitative techniques.

The UG CLAT exam 2020 would be composed of questions from 5 specializations. Given below  is the composition of the UG exam along with specified weightage of different subjects.

Structure of the Question Paper (UG)

Subject Weightage
English Language About 20% of the total number of questions
Current Affairs (General Knowledge) About 25% of the total number of questions
Logical Reasoning About 20% of the total number of questions
Legal reasoning About 25 % of the total number of questions
Quantitative Techniques About 10 % of the total number of questions
  1. Total Questions – 150 questions carrying 1 marks each
  2. Duration of the CLAT 2020 Exam – 2 hours (3 PM to 5 PM)
  3. Question Types – There would be 150 objective type questions.
  4. Negative Marking (if any) – A deduction of 0.25 marks on every wrong attempt.

After giving the exams, results are announced and how to access the scorecard and download it, refer to CLAT results blog here.

CLAT Syllabus – Description of 5 sections of the CLAT UG

English Language – In the UG CLAT exam 2020, the English Language section will consist of a 450-word passage. The passage will be extracted from contemporary or history-oriented sources which may be fiction or nonfiction. The standard of language would be such that a 12th grade student is able to grasp the meaning of the content and potentially solve the questions based on it.

The passage would be followed by a series of questions which would require the candidates to demonstrate their proficiency in English language and comprehension.

This section would require the candidates to:

  1. Thoroughly understand the viewpoint of the passage.
  2. Draw conclusions out of the passage.
  3. Extract the exact meaning of difficult phrases used in the passage.
  4. Brief the language of the passage.

Important Study Material

  1. Objective General English (R.S Aggarwal)
  2. High School English Grammar & Composition (PC Wren, H Martin)
  3. Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning (RS Aggarwal)

Note – Students must go through some rigorous paper-solving sessions to get the precise understanding on passage solving.

Current Affairs (General Knowledge) – This section of the UG CLAT exam would also consist passages of 450 words. The content of passages would revolve around current affairs from both international and national sources. Thus, students are advised to keep a check on the significant events which have happened all over the world. A precise knowledge of everything happening in the world of arts, culture and politics would certainly prepare the candidates thoroughly for this section of the CLAT exam. It is also crucial for students to emphasize on the concept of legal information and its components.

Important Study Material

  1. General Knowledge Book 2019-20
  2. Competition Review Yearbook 2019-20.
  3. Lucent’s General Knowledge (English)

Logical Reasoning – This section of the exam would comprise 300-word passages. The questions would require the candidates to precisely analyze the arguments, contradictions, patterns of reasoning, analogies and extract the conclusions based on logical evidence. This section of the exam judges the ability of the candidates to evaluate complicated problems through logical interpretations. This is one of the most time consuming elements in the CLAT 2020 exam.

Important Study Material

  1. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning ( R.S Aggarwal)
  2. Analytical Reasoning, English ( MK Pandey)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude ebook ( R.S Aggarwal)

Note – Candidates may also research on google and extract out the best possible books as per their level of exam. Practicing previous year problems is the most effective way to prepare for the CLAT exam.

Legal Reasoning – This section of the CLAT exam 2020 will also consist of 450-word passages. Candidates must thoroughly grasp the concept of legal matters, philosophical queries and other aspects of law. But, the standard of the section would be set moderately, as Class 12th students are not aware of the deep law concepts. Applying general principles to the respective scenarios and solving fact-based problems would get them through.

Important Study Material

  1. LST’s Legal reasoning Module
  2. Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning ( CLAT and LLB Exams)

Quantitative Techniques – This section of the exam would consist of factual, pictorial and diagrammatic problems related to the mathematical operations from class 10. Candidates must precisely solve the problems after deriving adequate information from the passages. This section would require the candidates to have core basic knowledge of algebra ,mensuration, proportions and statistics. It is crucial to derive the meaning of the problems accurately as minor flaws may lead to wrong answers.

Important Study Material

  1. Class 10th Mathematics book ( NCERT)
  2. 30 Days wonder for Maths ( S Chand)

Important Dates Regarding the CLAT 2020 Exam

Important Dates CLAT 2020
Applications open from 1st January 2020
Last date of submitting the application form 10th July 2020
Admit card available from Yet to be announced
CLAT 2020 exam date 7th September 2020
Revealing the official answer key 13th September 2020 (expected)
Declaration of the result Not Announced Yet

To know about the answer key of previous years or the expected one in 2020, refer to CLAT Answer Key blog here. 

CLAT Syllabus – FAQ’s

Q. How many questions will be there in the CLAT 2020 UG Exam?

For the CLAT 2020 UG exam, the guidelines have changed from the previous year. The Consortium of NLU have officially announced that there will be 150 multiple-choice questions rather than the previous year’s 200 questions.

Q. What is the syllabus structure for CLAT 2020 UG Exam?

The CLAT 2020 UG exam would consist of questions from specializations like English language, current affairs (general knowledge), legal reasoning, logical reasoning and quantitative techniques.

Q. Is the CLAT UG exam difficult?

No, the difficulty level of the CLAT exam is considered moderate and students with core basic knowledge of concerned subjects can score good marks in the exam.

Q. What is the mode of the CLAT 2020 exam?

The mode of the CLAT 2020 exam is now switched to CBT (Computer Based Test) mode from the Pen and Paper mode. The decision is taken concerning the current situation of the Covid 19 Pandemic in the country.

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