COVID-19 Lockdown: CLAT 2020 Postponed, Application Date Extended

The Executive Committee of the Consortium of National Law Universities met on 18th May, 2020 to review the impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on the conduct of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020. They released a notification for the same.

As per the notification released by the CLAT Consortium, the last date of application stands extended to July 1, 2020. Additionally, the notice reads, “The Executive Committee has decided to announce a date for the CLAT 2020 exam by 1st July 2020 giving students at least 21 days’ prior notice for the exam.”

Prof. Sudhir Krishnaswamy, Secretary and Prof. Balraj Chauhan Treasurer and Convenor, CLAT 2020 Consortium of National Law Universities confirmed the development.“For queries, candidates can mail at [email protected] or call at 080-47162020. The telephone helpline will be running from 10 am to 5 pm on all working days,” states the official notice. The date of the entrance examination was 21 June 2020 as per the previous notification of the CLAT Consortium.

Changes in the Format of the Exam

There has been a reduction of questions from 200 to 150. Additionally, the time limit would be 2 hours. As a matter of fact, the pattern of the exam also stands revised. The paper focuses on the comprehension and reasoning skills of the candidates more than their mugging up skills. Passing marks are 40 per cent marks for general and 35 per cent for reserved category.

Launching Telegram Channel & Use Of Social Media Platforms

To reach out to the aspirants of the exam, the Consortium released an official Telegram channel. The channel with the name ‘Consortium of NLUs UG’ will provide regular updates and notifications about the exam, dates and preparation tips. Also, it is using various social media platforms such as Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin and Telegram to connect with the law aspirants. Earlier, it also held two live sessions on Youtube to discuss the LLM programmes in National Law Universities and integrated BA LLB programme.

This year, the exam schedule of almost all law entrance exams including CLAT, AILET, MH-CET is affected; due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The exams stand rescheduled multiple times as the lockdown continues to be in operation.

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