NLAT UG 2020 Analysis

The National Law School of India University, Bangalore sent ripples across the nation when they announced their own entrance test UG-NLAT for the admission to their five-year integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) programme. Their decision not to accept CLAT 2020 score this year was not taken in a good spirit by the consortium of NLUs. A couple of litigations were also filed against NLSIU. However, putting all the speculations to rest the exam was finally conducted, as planned, in the home-proctored online mode in three slots. The pattern of the exam was substantially different from the other law entrance exams.

The exam was largely conducted smoothly across the locations however some students reported technical glitches as well due to which they were not able to write the exam properly.

The following points on the format of the test are to be noted

  1. The NLAT 2020 UG tested candidates on FIVE areas comprising
    • English Language
    • Current Affairs Including General Knowledge
    • Legal Reasoning
    • Logical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Techniques
  2. There was only one section in the exam, which comprised FOUR General Comprehension (“GC”) passages.
  3. Each GC passage was accompanied by TEN questions hence the exam had a total of FORTY questions. The ten questions on each passage had TWO questions from each of the five areas
  4. The Maximum Marks were 80.
  5. All the questions were Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
  6. The total duration of the examination was 45 minutes.
  7. Marking Scheme: 2 marks per correct answer, -0.25 marks per unanswered question, -0.50 marks per wrong answer
  8. Candidates had only ONE attempt at each question. They were NOT able to revisit any question once they had moved on to another question.

Snapshot of the NLAT 2020


  • Slot - 1: 12:30 to 1:15 PM
  • Slot - 2: 2:15 to 3:00 PM
  • Slot - 3: 4:00 to 4:45 PM

As expected, most of the passages were based on socio-economic and socio-political themes. Overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate-difficult as few passages were time consuming and difficult. The sources of the passages were The Indian Express, Live Mint, Hindustan Times, The Statesman, etc. A few of the topics the passages were based on were – Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy 2020, National Education policy 2020, Covid19 vaccine, The Himalayas, Reliance on Forex reserves, etc. In all the three slots English, GK, and legal reasoning were manageable but Quant & logical reasoning were a little time consuming and difficult.

A good number of attempts should be around 33(+/-)2

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