CLAT Exam Pattern Details You Might Want to Know

CLAT Exam Pattern:

The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is an All India common entrance exam conducted by the participating National Law Universities (NLU) to offer admission to numerous undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are a total of 19 NLU’s in India that conduct the CLAT exam on a rotational basis. The CLAT exam pattern has also undergone some changes that will help in the selection process.

CLAT Exam Pattern
CLAT Exam Pattern

Here are the details of the CLAT exam pattern:

Date of start of registration of application form: 1st January 2020

Last date to submit completed application: 31st March 2020

Date of release of admit card: 3rd week of April 2020

Date of CLAT exam: 10th May 2020

Date of release of answer key: 11th May 2020

Date of declaration of result: 24th May 2020

Start of counseling: 1st week of June 2020

The application form for CLAT must be filled online. The application fee is as follows:

  • General/ OBC/ PwD/SAP: 4000/-
  • SC/ ST: 3500/-

Eligibility criteria:


  • The candidate must have passed class 12th or equivalent from a recognized board.  
  • The candidate must have secured a minimum of 45% in the qualifying exam. For candidates from SC/ ST category the minimum percentage is 40%.
  • There is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT.
  • Candidates appearing for the qualifying exam in March/ April 2020 are also eligible to apply for CLAT.


  • The candidate must have passed the qualifying exam / LLB or equivalent from a recognized university.
  • The candidate must have secured a minimum of 55% to be eligible for CLAT. Candidates belonging to SC/ ST category must have secured a minimum of 50% in the qualifying exam.
  • There is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT.

CLAT exam pattern:   

  • The CLAT exam will be an offline pen and paper-based examination.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours that is 120 minutes.
  • The medium of the exam is English.
  • The exam will consist of MCQ.
  • The total number of questions has been reduced from 200 to 150 only.
  • Comprehension based questions will be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning.
  • The marking scheme includes negative marking as well.
  • For Every Correct Answer: +1 mark
  • For every Incorrect answer: -0.25 marks
  • There might be a possibility of cut off marks for admission to LLM course.

For any further queries or details regarding CLAT exam pattern candidates can check the new CLAT website at .

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