NLAT 2020 - Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Dates and Eligibility Criteria

National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore announced yesterday(3rd Sept 2020) that the law college would not accept CLAT scores from this academic session. The university will conduct its entrance exam, which is the National Law Admission Test (NLAT). Law aspirants who aspire to get into NLSIU must apply directly to the university and complete the admission process by filling the NLAT UG 2020 entrance application. 
NLSIU chose to conduct NLAT 2020 because of the repetitive postponement of CLAT 2020 due to COVID-19. NLSIU follows a trimester system, for which admissions must be done by the end of September 2020. If the admissions are delayed, NLSIU will result in a ‘Zero Year’ with no admission to its law programmes. Therefore, the current pandemic situation led to NLSIU conducting separate entrance for admissions for 2020 academic session.  
Along with the announcement of this significant change, the university even released the new procedure for NLAT UG 2020.
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NLAT 2020 Notification (Revised)
The NLAT 2020 notification released on 3rd September 2020 and the application form is available on NLSIU’s website. The application will close at midnight on 10th September 2020. The university will also release mock tests for the law aspirants to get aware of the exam pattern and the types of questions.
NLAT 2020 Important Dates
Application Starts
September 3, 2020
Application Ends
September 10, 2020 (Midnight)
NLAT Mock Test
September 9 – 11, 2020
NLAT 2020 Exam Date
September 12, 2020
Provisional Answer Key
September 12, 2020
Final Answer Key
September 14, 2020
September 15, 2020
Commencement of Academic Session (2020-21)
September 18, 2020
NLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
Exam Name
National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT)
Medium of Exam
Number of Sections
Quantitative Techniques, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, English Language and Current Affairs Including General Knowledge
Mode of Exam
Online Home-based Entrance Examination
Types of Questions
Multiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Number of Questions
Total Marks
45 Minutes
Negative Marking
-0.25 for each unanswered question
0.50 for each wrong answer
Marks per Question
2 marks for each correct answer
NLAT 2020 Exam: Key Features
  • The examination will be an Online Home-based Entrance Examination.
  • Candidates cannot seek any assistance from anybody to answer questions in the examination.
  • Candidates cannot revisit the questions. They will only have one attempt at each question.
  • While appearing for the entrance exam, the candidate should not have any electronic device, prints, books, or any forms.
NLAT Eligibility Criteria
To appear for NLAT 2020, the candidate must adhere to the Eligibility Criteria and meet all the requirements as following:
  • Candidate must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination with an aggregate of 45% (General and PWD)/40% (SC/ST)
  • There is no upper age limit to apply for the entrance. 
After meeting the eligibility criteria, candidates can fill in their application form online at
NLAT 2020 Syllabus
NLAT 2020 exam will test candidates on the five varied subjects comprising Quantitative Techniques, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, English Language, and Current Affairs Including General Knowledge. Below mentioned is the question pattern for NLAT UG 2020:
  • NLAT 2020 will have a total of 40 questions
  • The examination will comprise four General Comprehension (GC) passages.
  • Each passage will have ten questions, which are to be answered based on information provided in the GC passages. 
  • Each passage will be of similar length, i.e. 500 words each
  • Each GC passage comprising ten questions will have two questions each from the five subjects. 
  • Candidates can download the mock tests to understand the pattern of questions and the level of difficulty.
  • Mock tests will be available on the official website from September 9, 2020. 
The total intake of students for the session 2020-21 shall be 120. Reservation Notification of NLAT 2020 has been separately published on the official website. Candidates can refer to the notification to get more information about NLAT UG 2020.
If you aspire to get into NLSIU Bangalore, fill in the application forms to submit your registration for admissions. Hope the information has helped you in understanding the format of NLAT 2020. 
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