[Breaking] NLSIU to hold own Entrance Test, NLAT; will NOT accept CLAT 2020 scores for admission to Academic Year 2020-21

"The University will not accept CLAT 2020 scores for admission to Academic Year 2020-21", it has been informed.

Meera Emmanuel

The National Law School of India (NLSIU), Bangalore will be conducting its own online entrance test for admissions this year for its law programmes i.e. the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT).

"Candidates will be selected on the basis of the aggregate marks secured in an online home-based Entrance Examination known as the National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (NLAT). The National Law Aptitude Test, 2020 (the “NLAT 2020”) will test applicants for admission to the undergraduate B.A., LL.B. (Hons) and postgraduate LL.M programmes commencing in 2020 at the National Law school of India University, Bengaluru (“NLSIU”) on subjects that correspond to the subjects proposed to be tested in the Common Law Admission Test, 2020", it has been informed.

"The University will not accept CLAT 2020 scores for admission to Academic Year 2020-21."
NLSIU, Bangalore

The Online Application portal will open on September 3 (today) and will close at midnight on September 10, 2020. All applications must be submitted online at

The notificaton issued by the University states that the decision to hold a separate test was keeping in view that NLSIU has a trimester system. This poses unique difficulties for NSLIU if the conduct of the law entrance test is delayed beyond September 7, it is stated.

"NLSIU is uniquely disadvantaged as it follows a trimester system where every academic year is made up of three terms of 90 days duration. Moreover, each term must accommodate 60 hours of classroom instruction in each course and adequately provide for examination and evaluation processes. Further, the academic offering for the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of the B.A., LL.B programme as well as the LL.M programme is fully integrated and requires a common academic calendar."

As such, it was decided that a separate test, i.e. the NLAT would be conducted on September 12 for admissions to NSLIU the coming academic year.

"... if NLSIU is unable to complete admissions before the end of September 2020 it will inevitably result in a ‘Zero Year’ with no admission. This will deprive law students of the opportunity to pursue their studies this year at India’s premier law university. We are fully committed to ensuring that no student is denied the opportunity to study at NLSIU this Academic Year. Hence, NLSIU is compelled by the current circumstances to conduct a separate admissions process for the B.A., LL.B and LL.M programmes for the Academic Year 2020-21."
NLSIU Notification

On the conduct the NLAT and its evaluation, the notification further informs the following:

  • The Test shall be an online entrance examination to be held on September 12, 2020

  • NLSIU shall not be responsible for any connectivity issues, or failure of internet connection during the examination. NLSIU reserves the right to cancel any candidate’s examination based on misconduct or examination malpractice.

  • The NLAT 2020 UG will test candidates on 5 subjects (and the published format of the CLAT 2020 UG) comprising, English Language, Current Affairs Including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.

  • Question Paper Format: The NLAT 2020 UG shall be conducted in English. The Maximum Marks for the NLAT is 80 marks. All questions shall be Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). The total duration of the examination is 45 minutes.

  • Marking Scheme: 2 marks per correct answer and -0.25 marks per unanswered question. -0.50 marks per wrong answer.

  • This is not an open book examination; candidates may not seek assistance from any other person to answer the questions in the examination.

  • Candidates will only have 1 attempt at each question. They will not be able to revisit a question once they have moved on to another question.

  • Candidates may not take the assistance of any resources, whether electronic, print or in any other form.

Read more details:

Final_B.A_LL.B Admissions Notification 2020-21.pdf

Read NLSIU's Press Release:

Press Release.pdf
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