CLAT 2020 Paper Analysis: Difficulty Level, Exam Paper Reviews Here

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The Consortium of NLUs conducted the CLAT 2020 on September 28, 2020, between 2-4 PM across 203 centres in the country.

As per reports, the CLAT 2020 question paper has been framed as per new pattern set in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. CLAT 2020 was concluded at 4:00 PM with students claiming the paper to be lengthy enough and worthwhile to complete if one is fast in reading and comprehending. 

However, as per reports, students will be judged on the accuracy of the answers considering the fact that many have answered close to all the questions provided. 

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There were a total of 150 questions to be completed in 120 minutes. Moreover, each question was passage-based and hence added to the difficulty level of each question.

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CLAT 2020: How the paper turned difficult for students

  1. The paper had a reduced number of questions, that is 150 instead of 200 as being the norm. 
  2. The exam followed a new pattern this year, which had English: 30 questions, Quantitative: 15, Current Affairs: 36, Logical Reasoning: 30 and Legal Reasoning 39 questions. 
  3. The exam duration was 120 minutes, and the sectional cut off was removed for the convenience of the aspirants.
  4. As all the questions were based on long passages, candidates faced issues in reading lengthy passages and attempt them within the stipulated time.
  5. The logical reasoning part was manageable while the legal reasoning part was too lengthy to manage time and answer properly. 

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The paper had maximal questions based on legal reasoning or current affairs and Quantitative section had the least number of questions.

CLAT 2020 Exam Paper Analysis


Difficulty Level 

English Language


Legal Reasoning


Quantitative Techniques


Logical Reasoning


Current Affairs




CLAT 2020 candidates took to Twitter to complain against the lengthy paper of 150 questions to be complete in just 120 minutes. Each question had either one paragraphs or multiple comprehension-based questions. 

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The paper was framed in a way that it had a long passage to be read first, followed by at least 4-5 questions. Maths paper ranged from moderate to tough with certain questions based on graphs. 

English had questions on comprehension passages, synonyms, word meaning, interpretation of terms and presenting the author's views. Current affairs section had paragraphs on digital media and India-Nepal relationship. 

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