Dates for CLAT Examination delayed for 2020

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The Common Admission Test (CLAT) is the entrance examination for law pursuant who wish to get admitted to the top tier law colleges spread across the nation. Several institutions such as NUJS, NALSAR, NLSIU, and GNLU take in aspirants of the CLAT exam who secure the highest aggregates. This makes CLAT one of the most popular and competitive entrance examinations in the country. 

The previous edition of the CLAT exam was held on May 26, and the results were announced within June. This is as per the usual schedule of the exam. However, with the onset of the series of lockdowns triggered by the unfettered spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation and globe, the CLAT exam has been postponed at least 4 times this year. 

The initial notification from the official CLAT website noted this date of the exam to be the 10th of May. However, this was postponed several times, and the latest notification notes the exam date as the 22nd of August, which has been postponed tentatively as per official communication.

CLAT assesses the aspirants on a variety of fields such as English, General Aptitude, Current Affairs, Numerical Ability, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning through a rigorous 2-hour exam in one seating. The candidates are required to solve 150 questions in the given time. And, there is 1/4th negative marking for this exam. In other words, you will lose 1 mark for every 4 incorrect attempts. 

Similarly, although the actual cut-off scores vary every year, the general category cut-off range is about 40% and for the reserved categories is around 35%. Apart from this, most institutions have their own cut off and interview processes. 

In a recent review meeting of the Executive Committee, another decision about this year’s edition was taken. The scheduled tentative date of 7th September was again postponed to the 28th of September due to the series of new lockdowns in Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal due to the rise of mutated COVID-19 strains. 

CLAT exam is meant for postgraduate and undergraduate studies at the top tier colleges, and both these exams are scheduled to be held on the same day. This date is tentatively 28th September 2021. And, the mode of exam will remain an offline exam, similar to the yester year’s editions of the CLAT exam. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is CLAT for an undergraduate degree in law?

CLAT examination is a common entrance exam at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate levels. This is one of the few exams available for aspirants who want to pursue law in national tier one law schools such as NALSAR, NUJS or NLSIU. 

  • Does the CLAT exam have negative marking?

Yes, the CLAT examination has negative marking like most other competitive examinations in the nation. You will lose 1/4th marks for every incorrect attempt. In other words, you will lose one mark for every 4 incorrect answers. 

  • What is the finalized date for CLAT 2020?

Although the official circular notes the latest exam date for CLAT 2020 as the 28th of September, it has been postponed four times already. Hence, this notification is tentative at best. Aspirants are requested to keep an eye out for the confirmed dates for this year’s edition on the CLAT exam’s official website. 

  • What subjects are tested in the CLAT exam?

CLAT is a holistic exam. It tests the aspirants for their knowledge in multiple subjects such as elementary mathematics, logical reasoning, legal aptitude, and general knowledge. The full list of the syllabus is available on the official website of the CLAT exam. 

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