CLAT 2020 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 2

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This article is part of a series covering the Frequently Asked Questions about the CLAT 2020. Read the complete series through the links below :

This is Part 2 of the FAQs Series. We regularly receive quite a few Questions about the CLAT 2020, the preparation strategy, application process, important dates and other details. Some of these question may be very specific and some are about the profession of Law in general. In this series, we have answered all the questions, without any prejudice.

If you have any query that is not covered in this series, feel free to contact us at hello@magicexam.com.

You asked and we have answered!


How can I prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching?

Understand the syllabus. Gather the required reference material. Buy a mock test series, like MagicExam.com. Prepare a plan for three to four months. Follow the plan diligently. Reassess your performance periodically.

The key elements in your prep strategy are:

  1. Basic Reference material – which is available freely on the Internet
  2. Previous Question Papers and Plenty of Mock Tests – which are included in our Online Practice Pack
  3. A study plan and schedule that will keep you on track

The main preparatory tool will be access to all the previous question papers and plenty of mock tests. You can try out the MagicExam Online Prep Pack, which includes 100 full length mock tests.
Also refer to our articles on how to create a CLAT study plan for yourself.


How do I pay CLAT Counselling fee?

The CLAT counselling fee is to be paid online via Credit card, Debit card, Netbanking or UPI modes. You should retain all the records of the payment for future reference purposes.

The CLAT consortium has made it mandatory for the Fees to be paid in an online mode only.

After completing the application form, you can go to the payment gateway and use a Credit card, Debit card, Net banking or UPI modes to complete the payment. Retain the payment confirmation details for your records.


How many appear for CLAT 2020?

It is expected that around 60000 students will register for CLAT 2020 and around 55000 candidates will actually sit for the exam across India.

In 2019, around 47000 students appeared for the CLAT exam. Due to the increasing popularity of the exam and because several other Universities are accepting CLAT scores for their own admissions, the number of candidates is expected to grow in 2020.


How many hours should I study for CLAT?

If you follow a four month study plan, around four to five hours of focused prep, spread across two or three sessions is good enough to start with. As the exam date approaches, the number of hours can be increased.

You have to consider both the quality and the quantity of the time that you allocate for the CLAT 2020 preparation.

Ideally you should have a three to four month time frame for a thorough CLAT 2020 preparation. Though some students prefer to start much earlier, the level of attention and focus may be difficult to sustain for a longer period.

Moreover, while students may have forgotten quite a bit of the topics that they have studied a few months ago, they may have a false sense of confidence that they have completed everything in the syllabus.

Three to four months of dedicated study is the ideal way to score high marks in the CLAT 2020 exam.

As per our strategy, we recommend that users of our online practice pack should complete all the 100 mock tests and the previous question papers at least twice before the exam date. This can be easily accomplished in around three to four months.


How many marks are required to qualify CLAT?

There is no minimum qualification marks in the CLAT. All eligible candidates will get a score, an all India rank and a category specific rank. The category rank is used to select students for NLU admissions based on the applicant’s choice of institutions.

It is the rank which matters and not the actual marks in the CLAT 2020 exam. For example, if there are 2000 General category LLB seat through the CLAT 2020, the top 2000 rank holders in that category will be eligible. Due to drop outs, the selected rank list may stretch up to 2500 or higher.

So, irrespective of your marks, as long as you are within the 2500th rank in CLAT 2020, you will get a seat in some NLU.

Marks will vary year-on-year depending on the complexity of the question paper. Students should not bother much about the cut-off marks and focus instead on the rank.

Note: The numbers mentioned in this example are for illustration purpose only. The actual data for CLAT will be different, but will follow the same principle illustrated here.


How many seats are there in CLAT?

There will be over 2800 seats in the CLAT 2020. Due to the EWS quota related expansions, the number of seats may increase in 2020.

As of last year, there were 2820 LLB seats spread across all the NLUs participating in the CLAT.

In addition to the NLUs, there will be more than 50 other colleges and Law schools which will use the CLAT scores for their admissions, so in reality, there may be well over 6000 seats which will be filled through the CLAT 2020.


How many students will give CLAT 2020?

Going by the previous year’s trends and the rising popularity of the exam, it is expected that between 50000 to 60000 students will sit for the CLAT 2020 exam.

In 2019, there were around 47000 candidates who appeared for the CLAT exam. Dues to the increase in popularity of the exam and with other institutions also accepting CLAT scores, the number of candidates for CLAT 2020 may see an increase.


How many times can I give CLAT?

There is no limit with regards to the number of times you can take the CLAT exam. There is also no upper age limit for the exam.

In addition, there will be plenty of students taking up the CLAT for admissions to colleges other than the NLUs.


How Math is prepared for CLAT?

Maths is a small part of the overall CLAT and the type of questions are quite predictable. Solving plenty of full length and sectional mock tests will help candidates become familiar with all the important question types and do well in this section.

In CLAT 2020, the Mathematics section will have 20 questions, making up 10% of the overall CLAT paper. The difficulty level of the questions will be of a Class VIII, IX, X grade, as covered in a standard National Level syllabus, such as the CBSE or ICSE.

There is a high degree of predictability in the type of questions year-on-year, with repetitions and variations from the previous year. The best approach is to solve as many section-wise mock tests as possible and become aware of the question patterns.


How much do lawyers earn in India?

A lawyer’s income depends on a number of factors such as the area of practice, reputation, type of clientele, overall tenure and the client relationship management skills of the Lawyer.

Like any other profession, there is a wide variation in the earnings of Lawyers in India. Depending on their specialization, reputation and other factors, Lawyers can earn anywhere between a few lakhs to a few thousands for every case that they handle.

In addition, Legal professionals are also employed by various companies.

As such, the Legal field – employment or practice, can be a very satisfying and well paying career.


How much percentage is required for CLAT?

In the 12th standard examinations or 10+2, the candidate should have scored at least 45 percent for General candidates and 40 percent for reserved category.

Students should stop focusing on the percentage or the score in the CLAT results and instead look at the Rank. The scores can keep fluctuating year-to-year, depending on the complexity of the question paper.

However, the category-wise rank of the candidate is a better predictor of the probability of the candidate getting an admission in an NLU.
As such, there is no minimum percentage mentioned as the cut-off for CLAT scores.

In terms of the cut-off percentage in the qualifying exam for CLAT (10+2), General candidates will have to score at least 45% to be eligible for LLB admissions through the CLAT. However, it is to be mentioned that the NLUs (e.g. NLSIU) have mentioned the minimum eligibility for their programs as 50% in the 10+2.

To be on the safer side, it can be assumed that the minimum eligibility criteria is 50% marks in the qualifying examination.


How should I start preparing for CLAT?

Three to four months of systematic practice is ideal for CLAT 2020 preparation.

  • Step 1 – Go through this article and understand the CLAT 2020 detailed syllabus
  • Step 2 – Create a plan for three-four months of focused preparation, marking out a specific time-slot every day dedicated to CLAT prep.
  • Step 3 – Attempt a few mock tests without any preparation, to understand your strengths and weaknesses
  • Step 4 – Refer to the basic reference material for Mathematics NCERT text books can be downloaded freely for reference.
  • Step 5 – Answer as many previous papers and sectional MCQs as possible for all the sections.
  • Step 6 – Keep repeating all the 100 full-length CLAT 2020 mock tests after completing the full set at least once
  • Step 7 – Three of four days ahead of the exam, solve the most recent previous papers and get enough rest and sleep.

Refer to our articles on MagicExam.com for the ideal CLAT prep schedules strategy for various time-frames.


Is 1 month preparation enough for CLAT?

Yes. While three to four months is the ideal preparation time for CLAT 2020, you can follow a structured program to solve as many mock tests as possible in one month and make it to a NLU.

Candidates will have to allocate at least 8 hours every day and solve at least two mock tests per day. By the end of the month, depending on the prior ability, knowledge and skills of the candidate, she/he can achieve a respectable rank and bag a seat in a NLU.


Is 12th marks important for CLAT?

The basic eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 is that the candidates should have achieved at least Forty five percent marks or its equivalent grade for General candidates and forty percent for reserved categories. The 12th marks are not subsequently used in the selection process.

Note; some NLUs (e.g. NLSIU) have mentioned the minimum eligibility as 50% on their website. Therefore, 50% marks in the qualifying exam can be considered as the eligibility criteria. This needs to be clarified.

As such, the 12th Marks are not taken into consideration for the final shortlisting or ranking. The rank in the CLAT is the primary criteria for the final seat allotment.


Is a law degree worth it?

Yes. Law can be a challenging and lucrative career option. LLB degree holders can pursue employment or practice as advocates after fulfilling the essential requirements.

In India, a bulk of the students prefer to take up Engineering, Medical studies or pursue an MBA. The number of students who choose law as a career is significantly less.

Therefore, there is a shortage of smart and qualified legal professionals in India and the demand-supply gap will only widen in the coming years. A law degree is certainly a good qualification to have.


Is AILET tougher than CLAT?

No. Both the exams are similar in nature. In some years, the complexity of the question papers for both the exams will differ, leading to one exam being relatively tougher than the other.

However, if the paper is easier, many candidates will score high marks, therefore the overall level of competition will not differ.


Is calculator allowed in CLAT 2020?

No. Electronic devices are not allowed into the CLAT examination hall. Calculators, Laptops, Mobile phones and even Smart watches should not be taken into the exam hall.

Since there may not be any safe keeping facilities at the venue, it is preferable not to take your phone to the exam hall.

Smart watches are also not allowed these days, so a simple analog watch is a better option on the exam day.


Is CLAT 2020 Result Declared?

The CLAT 2020 result will be declared online in June 2020 on the official CLAT Consortium website. Candidates can enter their roll numbers and date of birth to login and access their score cards.

In terms of timelines, if the exam is held in early May 2020, the results will be published by the middle of June 2020.

If the exam is conducted in an online mode, all the timelines can be crunched and the results can be declared as early as the first week of June.


Is CLAT 2020 Tough?

In terms of the standard syllabus, the CLAT is a relatively easy exam to start with. The sheer amount of competition and the unpredictability of sections like General Knowledge are what make the exam seem tough.

As far as the academic standard of the syllabus is concerned, it is of a 10+2 level, with the Mathematics section usually at a 10th class level.

The key to cracking the CLAT is solving as many mock tests as possible, which are built around a question bank of relevant MCQs. This is the logic behind the MagicExam Prep Pack, which has 100 full length mock tests and all previous CLAT papers.


Is CLAT 2020 offline?

Yes. The CLAT 2020 is most likely to be conducted in an Offline mode like the previous year. The offline mode did not see any technical issues that marred the 2019 exam.

Due to the various glitches in the online format from previous years, the first CLAT conducted by the CLAT consortium in 2019 was held in the traditional offline – paper and pen mode.
The conduct of the exam happened without a glitch. There is a high probability that the CLAT 2020 may also be held in an offline more.

But the long term plan will be to make the CLAT an online exam and probably hand it over to a specialized agency like the NTA, which has the infrastructure and already conducts much larger exams like the UGC NET in an online mode.


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