CLAT 2020 Exam on September 28 under COVID-19 guidelines; Live Updates Here

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Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020 exams had begun today, September 28, 2020, from 2-4 PM across 203 exam centres in the country. About 78,000 candidates registered to take this exam in online mode.

CLAT 2020 candidates have been strictly notified to reach the exam centre at least an hour before the reporting time. At the same time, the students were not allowed to enter the exam centre 15 minutes after the exam commenced, details are mentioned below.

CLAT 2020: Live Updates

28 September 2020, 7:20 PM

Consortium of NLUs have released the Answer Key for CLAT 2020. Check Answer Key Here

Candidates can raise the objection till September 29.

28 September 2020, 4:06 PM

CLAT 2020 has been concluded with a few hours left to release the provisional answer key

28 September 2020, 3:34 PM

Candidates can calculate the number of right or incorrect attempts using the official marking scheme to calculate scores:

  • +1 mark for 1 correct response
  • -1/4 mark for 1 incorrect response
  • 0 marks for un-attempted ones

28 September 2020, 3:03 PM

As per SC orders, NLU consortium has to release the results within a short span of time, by October 5, 2020. Meanwhile, NLSIU Bangalore moved away from CLAT 2020 to avoid “Zero Year” in admission. Later SC intervened to bring back NLSIU admission through CLAT.  

28 September 2020, 3:01 PM

Amid Coronavirus pandemic, the exam began maintaining social distancing norms.

28 September 2020, 02:40 PM

CLAT consortium to release the answer key for UG and PG on its official website:, Students can calculate probable scores with the answer keys and understand their probability of admission. If candidates find the responses contradictory, they can challenge until midnight of September 29, 2020. 

The consortium can consider such complaints before publishing the final answer key on October 3, 2020. 

28 September 2020, 02:37 PM

A few candidates attend exams at various exam centres. Strength at each exam centre ranges between 20-25, however, guards managed crowd efficiently. 

28 September 2020, 02:29 PM

CLAT 2020 is being conducted this year in an online mode, unlike last year which was in pen-pare mode. Consortium has asked students to wear masks and gloves, carry hand sanitiser bottles within the exam centre and also maintain social distancing. 

28 September 2020, 1:59 PM

CLAT 2020 is scheduled to begin at 2; 00 Pm sharp. However, candidates will be allowed to enter the exam hall until 2:15 pm as well. 

28 September 2020, 1:50 PM 

The Hon’ble Supreme Court allows one of the COVID-19 positive students to take exams under special category. However, the apex court clarified this will not be applied to all the cases.

CLAT 2020: Highlights

Name of Examination

Common-Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020

Conducting Body

Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities)

Official Website

Exam Date

September 28, 2020 (2-4 PM)

Exam pattern 

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)-150

No. of Exam Centres Available 


CLAT 2020 Provisional Answer Key Declaration

September 28, 2020 (Evening)

Raise Objection against CLAT 2020 Provisional Answer Key Declaration

September 29, 2020 (12:00 AM)

CLAT 2020 Final Answer Key Declaration

October 3, 2020

CLAT 2020 Date of Result Declaration

October 5, 2020

CLAT 2020 Counselling 

October 5-15, 2020

The Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities) has clarified earlier that COVID positive candidates, candidates who are under COVID-19 medical surveillance and in isolation for the same, cannot appear in the exams. The decision for exclusion had been strictly adopted in order to ensure the safety of the other candidates.

Also Read: NLAT 2020: Supreme Court quashes conduct of separate test; NLSIU to admit students through CLAT 2020

The authorities will keep a track of the total candidates attending the examination. If it is observed that a major share of applicants has been unable to take the exams, then the consortium will take a call on conducting the exams again for the absentees. Read More. 

CLAT 2020 Exams held under COVID-19 Guidelines 

This year the exam will be conducted by TCS iON on behalf of the Consortium of the NLUs from 2-4 pm. The decision to hand over the exam responsibilities had been taken once the consortium chose to branch off to online mode from pen and pa[er exams as of 2019. 

The guidelines for CLAT 2020 exam day, includes thermal screening at the entrance. Students who will be detected with a body temperature above 99.1 degrees will be shifted to isolation rooms. In isolation rooms, candidates will be furnished with gloves and 3 ply masks. Invigilators attending them will be equipped with PPE suits and maintaining other safety protocol. 

CLAT 2020: Things to Carry in Exam Centres 

Candidates will be able to carry a handful of objects in the exam centre. Among them are the following:

  • Mask and Gloves
  • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)
  • CLAT admit card and a government-approved photo ID card
  • Filled-in Medical Self-Declaration form
  • Ball-point pen (blue or black), transparent water bottle

CLAT 2020 in Bengal 

About 3,000 candidates from West Bengal applied for CLAT 2020, among them 2,000 candidates will appear from Kolkata centre alone. The Kolkata based exam centre is at TCS Gitobitan, Sector V, Salt Lake. 

This year, candidates from Bengal will appear from a total of 9 centres: Hooghly, Siliguri, Kalyani, Howrah, Durgapur, Barrackpore, Asansol and Barasat. There has been an increase in exam centres from previous year’s 2, given the restricted movement and social distancing norms in view of COVID-19. 

Nirmal Kanti Chakraborty, Vice-Chancellor, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), and the nodal officer for CLAT stated, “Our observers have visited all centres with a checklist to find out if sanitisation and social distancing measures are in place. Since some of these were JEE Advanced 2020 centres on Sunday, it almost served as a pre-CLAT drill.”

TCS Gitobitan has arranged separate entrance and exit gates and crowd marshals have been deployed so that parents leave their candidates at least a 100 metres away from the centre. Crowd marshals will be guiding candidates to maintain social distancing until they reach exam labs, however, floor plans will not be disclosed at entrance gates.

CLAT 2020 Result

CLAT 2020 results will be declared on the official website: in the form of rank cards on October 5, 2020. The details to be mentioned in rank cards are sectional marks, overall marks, AIl India Rank and category-wise ranks.

CLAT 2020 Counselling 

CLAT 2020 counselling will be held in online mode and students have to initially register with a fee of INR 50,000. Only registered candidates will be able to participate in the counselling process. During counselling, students will have to update or enter at least 5 preferences. 

The total number of seats to be filled in through new admissions is one-third of the total registered candidates. After seat acceptance, NLUs will verify documents and admission will be confirmed once students pay their admission fees. 

CLAT 2020 important dates are tabulated below:



CLAT Result 2020

October 5, 2020 (evening)

Registration for CLAT counselling

October 6, 2020 (12 pm) to October 7, 2020 (6 pm)

First Seat Allotment List

October 9, 2020 ( 10 am)

Second Seat Allotment List

October 11, 2020 ( 6 pm)

Third and Final Seat Allotment List

October 14, 2020 ( 6 pm)

About CLAT 2020: 

Candidates seeking admission to any of the 22 national law universities will be participating in CLAT 2020. In all, there are over 2,538 seats to be filled in for 5year integrated law courses and around 724 in LLM courses.