First of all let’s have a look over the press release from where speculations can be drawn for change of exam pattern in CLAT’2020:


The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) – 2020 will be held on May 10, 2020 (Sunday). The notification for CLAT – 2020 will be released in the last week of December, 2019 and the online application form would be available from January 1, 2020. This decision was taken by the Consortium of NLUs in its meeting held today, at the Consortium‘s Permanent Secretariat in Bangalore. The meeting was chaired by the President of the Consortium, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, Vice-Chancellor, NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and all the Vice-Chancellors of member NLUs of the Consortium attended the meeting.
The CLAT – 2020 will also have a change in the pattern of the questions for the UG. Comprehension based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. It was also resolved to reduce the number of questions from 200 to 120-150 questions. Prof. Mustafa said that asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not right as it puts students under lot of mental stress. The exam will remain off line and the duration will be two hours. He told that the idea is to get better students to National Law Universities who have competence in reading texts and demonstrate skills in inferential reasoning. Similarly, the PG admission test will also have comprehension based questions. The descriptive portion will remain same as last year. The Consortium has authorised the Executive Council of CLAT–2020 to study the possibility of introducing cut off marks for the LL.M. The details of CLAT-2020 will be notified by the EC.
The Consortium also resolved to undertake several Faculty Development Programmes in various member NLUs and launch a scheme of Scholarship / Fee Concessions for the students of NLUs. The Consortium would also assist the member NLUs in upgrading their library, IT facilities and other infrastructure.
At the end of the meeting, Prof. V. Vijayakumar, Vice-Chancellor, NLIU, Bhopal was elected as the new President and Prof. Paramjit S. Jaswal, Vice-Chancellor, RGNUL, Punjab was elected as the Vice-President. Prof. Balraj Chouhan, Vice-Chancellor, Dharmashastra National Law University, Jabalpur was elected as CLAT–2020 Convenor. Prof. Srikrishna Deva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NLUO was elected as Member of the Executive Council for CLAT – 2020. Prof. V. Kesava Rao, Vice-Chancellor, NUSRL, Ranchi will attend the meetings of the Executive Council as Special Invitee for the purposes of conduct of CLAT – 2020.
The outgoing President expressed his satisfaction on the formation and registration of Consortium of NLUs and expressed the hope that under the dynamic leadership of Prof. V. Vijayakumar, the Consortium will make meaningful contribution to the legal education in 2019 – 2020. He thanked all the members of the Executive Council and the members of the General Council for their co-operation and support in discharging the duties of President in the first year of the formation of the Consortium of NLUs. Number of changes were made in CLAT – 2019, i.e., the test was made off line from online and in PG paper descriptive portion was included. Further, for the first time carbonised copy of the OMR sheet was provided to the candidates. A Grievance Redressal Committee was also constituted for CLAT – 2019 under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Sri Justice S. Rajendra Babu, Former Chief Justice of India.
Prof. V. Vijayakumar, after taking over as new President of the Consortium of NLUs thanked the outgoing President for his contribution in the registration of the Consortium and drafting of its MoA and assured that CLAT Consortium will now do more meaningful contribution in terms of Faculty Development of member NLUs.

Is there anything to worry about? Answer is no. Since it is not a board exam where you will have to get 90+ percentage, disadvantage for you is disadvantage to other aspirants too and vice-versa for advantages, so competition still has the same level field.

Let’s analyse what changes are expected in CLAT – 2020:

  1. Firstly, CLAT-2020 is going to be of 2 hours duration but with lesser number of questions this year i.e., between 120-150 questions.
  2. As per Prof. Mustafa – “the idea is to get better students to National Law Universities who have competence in reading texts and demonstrate skills in inferential reasoning”. Inferring this, will tell us that English language command is must, which automatically gives you edge over others.
  3. Current Affairs will have major chunk in General Studies (G.S.) portion definitely it will be above 90% this time. Hence, your preparation for G.S. should revolve mostly around newspapers and magazines. Static portion of G.S. will reduce drastically and may reduce to zero.
  4. Reasoning will remain intact with its omnipotent presence with both logical and legal reasoning.
  5. With fewer questions in two hours, you will have ample amount of time to analyse and draw inference without rushing into any question. This automatically draws an inference that reading habit and concentration level will get checked.
  6. Quantitative ability will now become more productive with more time to spare and hence, accuracy will matter.
  7. Similarly, for PG Admissions, Comprehension based questions will increase and further, reading ability will be effectively scrutinised.

As always CLAT exam will be unpredictable and will come with surprises more than before. Only respite is that, this time surprises are here with warning beforehand.

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