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CLAT 2020 – Pattern Change Updates

Here’s a detailed explainer video about the proposed pattern changes in CLAT 2020. Go through it carefully and note what changes you can expect, and how these changes can impact the CLAT 2020 exam overall.

Do post your queries in the discussion below the post and we will get back to you at the earliest.

As announced by the consortium of National Law Universities a few days back, the CLAT 2020 exam pattern is set to undergo some changes. The number of questions is expected to be reduced to around 120-150, to be attempted in 2 hours as before.

In continuation to the same, Prof. Faizan Mustafa, VC of NALSAR released a video providing some clarity regarding the changes that were announced. He emphasized that the sections will have paragraphs given and questions will be asked based on those paragraphs. So, instead of testing the students on their memory, the exam will focus on testing them on their reading and comprehension skills, as well as their skills of inferential reasoning.

Here are some of the most important things to note:

CLAT 2020 will not test static GK. Instead, only current affairs will be tested.
Legal Aptitude will now be tested in the section called Deductive Reasoning. Instead of testing students on their legal knowledge, this section will test them on their ability to draw inferences from the given information and/or situation.
Unlike the earlier section on Elementary Maths, there will be section called Quantitative Techniques which will test the students on their ability to read and interpret data given as graphs, tables etc.
The vocabulary part of English and Comprehension section will be tested more as contextual vocab. So instead of having direct questions on synonyms and antonyms etc, this section will test if students are able to understand the meaning of words in a given context.

So it is very clear that having good reading speed and comprehension skills will be very crucial to crack the CLAT 2020 exam. As always, being up to date with current affairs is a must. So reading the newspaper regularly, following current affairs and knowing the latest legal developments is extremely important.

Further details about the different sections and the exact type of questions in each section, along with sample papers is expected to be released by the CLAT office soon. The pattern of the Abhyaas Law Prep (ALP) CLAT mocks will be revised, as and when more information is released.

CLAT 2020 will be held on Sunday, 10th May 2020, in the offline mode.

 Do post your queries in the discussion below the post and we will get back to you at the earliest.

 You can go through Prof. Faizan Mustafa’s video here:

CLAT –2020 pattern is set to undergo a change as per the press release from the consortium of National Law Universities which was formed last year. Though the duration of the test is likely to be retained as two hours, the number of questions are expected to be reduced from 200 to around 120-150.  According to Prof.Mustafa, VC of NALSAR and President of the consortium, asking students to answer 200 questions in 120 minutes is not right as it puts students under lot of mental stress. The idea is to get better students to National Law Universities who have competence in reading texts and demonstrating skills in inferential reasoning. Comprehension based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning, and Logical Reasoning. The exam would continue to be held in the offline mode.

As per the initial impression, the major change is in the number of questions and there is no mention of the Legal Aptitude section. However, there is a strong emphasis on comprehension based questions and the term Deductive Reasoning can apply to the traditional legal reasoning type of questions. The notification will be released in the last week of December 2019, and until there is complete clarity, Abhyaas Law Prep will continue to conduct mock tests and classes as per the current format. However, the type of questions will be more comprehension-oriented from now on, to get oriented towards CLAT 2020. There is no harm in continuing to prepare for the Legal Aptitude as it will help in the SLAT and AILET exams as there is no change announced in these exams. As and when we have more information and certainty, CLAT mocks pattern will be revised.

This change is certainly for the better, as it will help students who have conceptual clarity to do better as it will be less stressful. Nevertheless, comprehension of questions plays a major role, so continue to focus on improving your reading capability. In this context, ReadMark, our proprietary webapp that we have made available over the last 2 years has benefitted students improve their vocabulary and comprehension capability.

We shall do an in-depth series of articles on pattern change once there is an official notification on the same.

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Sir/Ma’am, then should I stop reading GK compendiums and focus on current affair sources, as I will appear for CLAT in 2021?


Please do not stop reading or preparing for Static GK entirely. We will not suggest that, as there are other exams like SLAT AILET MHCET etc that test for static GK as well. However the overall focus on static GK can be much less as compared to earlier. Focus definitely has to be more on Current Affairs.
Hope this helps.

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