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NLSIU Bangalore to Conduct NLAT, Ditches CLAT

Published on : 04-Sep-2020 Powered by

The National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) has decided NOT to enroll students via CLAT-2020. Instead, it will be conducting its own Entrance Exam NLAT UG 2020 for admissions to its 5-year Integrated B.A. LL.B (Hons) program.

About NLSIU:
The National Law School of India University was established in 1986 in Bangalore. The University pioneered the 5-year integrated B.A., LL.B (Hons) program in India. The program is taught in three trimesters each academic year. In each trimester, a student completes 4 courses and completes an intense program of 60 courses before they graduate.

1. General Category: 93
2. Scheduled Caste : 18 (i.e. 15%)
3. Scheduled Tribe : 9 (i.e. 7.5%)
Note –
a) Six (6) seats comprising 5% of the total seats shall be reserved horizontally for Persons with Disability.
b) Up to 25% of total seats in each vertical reservation category, subject to a maximum of Thirty (30) students, shall be admitted under the
horizontal institutional preference for Karnataka Students.

NLSUI is part of the Consortium of National Law Universities comprising of 22 National Law Universities. All the National Law Universities except NLU Delhi were admitting students to their 5-Year B.A. LL.B programs based on the CLAT exam. NLU Delhi conducts its own entrance exam AILET. This year, NLSIU has withdrawn from CLAT and will be conducting admissions based on NLAT.

Course Fee:
a) General Category and PWD Rs.2,62,000.00 p.a.
b) SC / ST Category Rs.2,58,875.00 p.a.
NLSIU is committed to ensuring that no one who secures admission to NLSIU shall discontinue studies on account of financial constraints. NLSIU will facilitate scholarships, educational loans, and bursaries to students to enable them to secure their admissions.

Reasons cited by NLSIU to conduct their own exam:
Owing to the repeated postponement of the CLAT 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation, NLSIU decided to opt-out of the CLAT system. NLSIU stated that it 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. Hence, 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. Hence, NLSIU is compelled by the current circumstances to conduct a separate admissions process for the B.A., LL.B, and LL.M programs for the Academic Year 2020-21.


About NLAT UG 2020
Mode: Online home-based
Candidates will attempt this examination using a computer device at their respective locations and the device should include audio & video inputs. Detailed instructions on the online examination process shall be provided to the candidates in due course.

Date of NLAT UG 2020: 12th September 2020
Duration: 45 mins
Max marks: 80
Type of Qns: 40 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)
Marking Scheme:
>> 2 marks per correct answer
>> -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 (one) 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

Coverage of NLAT UG 2020:
English Language, Current Affairs Including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.

Test Pattern:
1. The NLAT 2020 UG will comprise 4 (four) General Comprehension (“GC”) passages.
2. Each GC passage will be accompanied by 10 (ten) questions that candidates will have to answer based on the information provided in the corresponding GC passage and in the questions. NLAT 2020 UG will have a total of 40 (forty) questions.
3. Each GC passage will be of a similar length (i.e., ~500 words) and order of difficulty as in the Mock CLAT 2020 UG papers.
4. The 10 (ten) questions that accompany each GC passage will have 2 (two) questions each from the 5 (five) subjects.

Questions will be in English only.

Download Sample Test Paper

Merit List
1. Following the examination and validation of the Final Answer Key, a General merit list of all candidates will be prepared solely on the basis of their marks in the NLAT 2020UG.
2.Tie-break Rule: In case of equal marks, a break of tie shall be made by the following procedure and order:(i) Higher number of correct answers to Legal Reasoning Questions(ii) Higher number of correct answers in the overall examination(ii) Computerised draw of lots
3. All candidates will be informed of their Merit rank, aggregate marks, and the aggregate mark of the last admitted candidate in their category over email/SMS.
4.No consolidated Merit List or Admission list shall be published by the University.

Key Dates for NLAT UG 2020:
Application Fee: Rs.150 (General and PWD Category) and Rs.125 (for SC / ST Candidates).
Last Date to Apply: 10th September 2020
NLAT Test Date: 12th September 2020

Application Link:

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