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BAR AND BENCH (INDIAN LEGAL NEWS) RELEASE CONSORTIUM OF NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES | CLAT CHANGES | SUCCESS MANTRA

BAR AND BENCH (INDIAN LEGAL NEWS) RELEASE CONSORTIUM OF NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES

Diksha Sharma 5 MINUTES

LATEST AND IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION ABOUT CLAT 2020:

BAR AND BENCH (INDIAN LEGAL NEWS) RELEASE CONSORTIUM OF NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES

 

KEY HEADLINES

  • 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.

  • The online application form will be available from January 1, 2020.

  • CLAT entrance exam pattern revised. Stay in touch for more updates.

  • Number of questions in CLAT entrance exam reduced to 120 to 150.

  • 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 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 yesterday (November 21, 2019), 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.

 

REVISED PATTERN

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.

So, CLAT will no more be a Speed based Exam and it will go up to be called as a Knowledge based Exam which will evaluate a candidate based upon their aptitude. Days are gone for students who could qualify the exam based upon their memory. The designated authority has cleared the point that they need a candidate who is sharp, analytical and accurate. They have strong conviction that candidates can be taught the legal sections afterwards. But they have to be logical first. This is the reason, you can expect a paradigm shift in the CLAT 2020 pattern. Questions from Legal section can be asked under the section of Deductive Reasoning. These questions would be based upon Common Legal acumen which is expected from a common civilian.  

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 a lot of mental stress.

The exam will remain off line and the duration will be two hours. He said 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 the same as last year. The Consortium has authorized 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 a 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.

 

CLAT PREVIOUS UPDATION – 2019

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 carbonized 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 the 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. Bar & Bench.