CLAT Syllabus 2020 – The Consortium of National Law Universities has released the CLAT 2020 syllabus on its official website. The syllabus of CLAT 2020 gives an overview of subjects candidates have to cover while doing their preparation. CLAT syllabus 2020 contains all the topics which will form the basis of the test paper. It should be noted that CLAT 2020 syllabus is different for 5-year integrated LLB than the one for LLM admission test. The CLAT syllabus for undergraduate entrance test will include topics like general knowledge & current affairs, English, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. Sections such as Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, and others are included for postgraduate CLAT 2020 syllabus. Read the complete article to know more about the detailed CLAT syllabus 2020, exam pattern and other CLAT related information.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus – Undergraduate Level

Candidates must note that the following topics will be covered in the CLAT 2020 for five-year integrated law admission test.

CLAT Syllabus (Undergraduate)


comprehension passagesGrammarword meaningsincorrect/correct sentences


algebraprofit and losstime and workaverage, speed and distancepermutation-combination and Venn diagramsstatistical estimationMensuration

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Static general knowledge including History, Polity, Geography, Environment, etc.Current affairs- national of national and international importance, sports, new appointments, awards and honours etc.

Logical Reasoning

Logical and Analytical reasoning skills

Legal Aptitude

Study of lawResearch aptitudeProblem-solving abilityQuestions based on hypothetical situationsImportant court decisions

CLAT Syllabus – Explained

English – In this section, the questions will be based on comprehension passages of 450 words each, mainly derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing. In the comprehension section, candidates will be assessed on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein, etc. The comprehension passage will be followed by a series of questions based on the passage. The questions will also be asked to test candidate’s knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, word phrase and meaning etc.

CLAT syllabus for Maths

Short sets of facts or propositions
diagrammatic representations of numerical information
ratios and proportion
basic algebra
statistical estimation

General knowledge & Current affairs- Questions in General knowledge and current affairs will also be in the form of some comprehension passage of 450 words each. Each passage will be followed by some questions, intended to test candidates ability to understand the legal information and knowledge discussed in the passage. The topics of General knowledge and Current affairs include the following.

CLAT syllabus for General knowledge and Current affairs

Contemporary events of significance from India and the worldArts and culture
International affairsHistorical events of continuing significance

Logical Reasoning- In this section, candidates will be given passages of around 300 words each. From each passage, one or more questions will be asked in the examination. Logical reasoning topics include the following topics.

CLAT syllabus for Logical reasoning

Recognize an argument, its premises and conclusionsRelationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence
Assessing the effectiveness of arguments.Inferring from the passage and applying them in new situations.
Critical analysis of reasoning and drawing conclusions on the basis of premises or evidence.Drawing arguments from the passage

Legal Aptitude- This section will also contain the comprehension based questions of 450 words each. The passages will contain topics from legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries. The section will contain preposition and facts based problems. Having a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues will be helpful in understanding the passages and solving questions form them. The legal aptitude section intends to test candidates on the following aspects.

  • Identifying and inferring the principles and rules given in the passage.
  • Applying the given rules and principles in various situations.
  • Understanding the changes in the application of various fact situations with the changes in the rules and principles

CLAT Syllabus 2020: LLM Syllabus

The following topics will be covered in the CLAT 2020 for LLM. Candidates will be notified of any new updates for the new session if there are any changes.

CLAT LLM Syllabus

1Constitutional Law
2Law of Torts
3International Law
5Intellectual Property Law
6Law of Contracts
7Criminal Law

Constitutional Law- It refers to the rights stated and implemented in the federal and state constitutions. The majority of this body of law has developed from state and federal supreme court rulings, which interpret their respective constitutions and ensure that the laws passed by the legislature do not violate constitutional limits.

Law of Torts- In common law jurisdictions, it is a civil wrong that causes a claimant to suffer loss or harm resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus – Marks distribution

The following table contains section-wise marks distribution for BA LLB and LLM programmes:

  1. CLAT – UG – Subject wise marks distribution

The Consortium of National Law Universities has changed the exam pattern for CLAT 2020. As per the latest updates, CLAT 2020 (UG) will have 150 questions each carrying one mark. The updated details of subject wise marks distribution are given below.

CLAT syllabus 2020 (UG) – Subject wise marks distribution

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
English and comprehension28-32 questions28 – 32
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)13-17 questions13 – 17
General Knowledge and Current Affairs35-39 questions35 – 39
Logical Reasoning28-32 questions28 – 32
Legal Aptitude35-39 questions35 – 39
  1. CLAT 2020 Syllabus- LLM programme

The question paper of CLAT PG will include both multiple-choice questions (MCQs), and essay type questions. MCQs and comprehension based questions will carry 100 questions of one mark each, while subjective questions will be of 50 marks; for full details consult the tables below.

Multiple Choice Questions

S.NoSubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarks
1Constitutional Law4040
2Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.6060

Subjective type questions:

The paper will include two essay type questions each carrying 25 marks; the topics of the essay would be law and contemporary issues. The word limit for the essays will be 800 words.

CLAT Syllabus 2020 – Paper Pattern

Please note, the entrance examination for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be held on the same date. Candidates can refer to the table given below to understand the paper pattern of CLAT 2020.

CLAT Exam Pattern – Undergraduate

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Duration of Examination2 hours
Language OptionsEnglish
Type of QuestionsMCQ
Total Number of Questions150
Negative Marking0.25 marks for each incorrect attempt

CLAT Exam Pattern – Postgraduate

Mode of ExaminationOffline
Duration of Examination2 hours
Language OptionsEnglish
Type of QuestionsObjective and subjective (essay) type
Total Number of Questions100 (objective type) + 2 essay type questions (800 words per essay)
Negative Marking0.25 marks will be deducted for an incorrect attempt