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NLAT 2020 Syllabus: Important Topics, Exam Pattern, Weightage

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: September 11, 2020 03:20 am IST

The syllabus of NLAT 2020 has been declared by NLSIU, Bangalore. The important topics and subjects for BA LLB and LLM syllabus of NLAT are similar to CLAT 2020. Find all the essential details here.

NLAT Syllabus

The National Law Aptitude Test or NLAT 2020 is an entrance exam introduced by NLSIU, Bangalore for admission to BA LLB and LLM programmes. Due to the nation-wide outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the CLAT exam, National Law School of India University, Bangalore decided to conduct its own separate exam in order to elude a ‘Zero Year’. NLAT 2020 will be conducted in three sessions and the authorities will use a normalisation procedure to score candidates.

NLSIU, Bangalore has released a notification mentioning the NLAT syllabus for UG as well as PG programme. Students are advised to stick to the prescribed syllabus of NLAT in order to score well in the exam. The National Law Aptitude Test will be conducted in an online mode across the country, at the respective location of the candidate. The syllabus of NLAT is very similar to the CLAT Syllabus 2020. Provided below is all the necessary information regarding NLAT 2020 Syllabus including the exam pattern and weightage.

Highlights of NLAT 2020

Depicted in the tabular format below are some of the highlights of NLAT 2020. This will help the aspirants in understanding NLAT exam better.


Exam Pattern for NLAT UG

Exam Pattern for NLAT PG

Course Name



Medium of Instructions



Maximum Marks

80 marks

60 marks

Total Questions

40 questions

30 questions

Duration of Exam

45 minutes

40 minutes

Exam Type

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)

Negative Marking



Marking Scheme

  • 2 marks per correct answer

  • -0.25 marks per unattempted question

  • -0.50 marks per incorrect answer

  • 2 marks per correct answer

  • -0.25 marks per unattempted question

  • -0.50 marks per incorrect answer

Open Book Exam



Exam Pattern of NLAT 2020

It is important to be familiar with the exam pattern of NLAT in order to ace the entrance exam. Mentioned below are the course-wise details of NLAT exam pattern.

Exam Pattern for BA LLB: The NLAT Exam pattern 2020 is specified below.

  • The question paper of BA LLB programme will consist of four General Comprehension passages 

  • Each General Comprehension passage will be followed by ten questions. Candidates will have to answer the mentioned question by referring to the corresponding passage. The National Law Aptitude Test for BA LLB will comprise a total of forty questions with each carrying two marks.

  • The length of each General Comprehension passage will be similar, i.e., around 500 words.

  • The order of difficulty of NLAT 2020 will be equivalent to the difficulty level of the Mock CLAT 2020 UG papers.

  • The ten questions that accompany each General Comprehension passage will consist of two questions each from the five subjects.

Exam Pattern for LLM: LLM Exam Pattern for NLAT 2020 is defined through the pointers mentioned below.

  • The NLAT 2020 for LLM will have three passages that will be extracted from the judgments of the Supreme Court in prominent cases.

  • Each passage will be followed by ten questions that the candidates will have to attempt as per the information available in the passage.

  • Also, the understanding and knowledge of the case as a whole, and of related matters should be kept in mind while answering the question.

  • The total questions in NLAT 2020 will be 30 and each question will carry 2 marks.

Also Read: Law from NLU Vs Non-NLU - Pros and Cons

Syllabus of NLAT 2020

The syllabus of NLAT 2020 is not very different from the CLAT syllabus. Given below are the subjects and important topics of NLAT 2020 that need to be studied to qualify the exam.

BA LLB: The important topics of NLAT Syllabus are as follows.


Important Topics

English Language

  • Filling up the blanks with the appropriate words.

  • Selecting the correct spelling

  • Completing the sentence with the correct option.

  • One word substitution

  • Correction of sentence

  • Phrases

  • Antonyms - Synonyms

  • Adverb & Proverbs

  • Vocabulary

Legal Reasoning

  • Facts, situations or outlines of legal matters

  • General awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues

  • Public policy or moral philosophical enquiries

  • Legal terms and meanings

Logical Reasoning

  • Series

  • Logical sequences and matching

  • Syllogisms

  • Seating arrangement

  • Analogies

  • Calendars and clocks

  • Blood relations

Current Affairs Including General Knowledge

  • Political science

  • Environment

  • History

  • Important laws and amendments

  • Geography

  • General science

  • New appointments

  • Current events of national and international importance

  • Legal knowledge

  • Sports

Quantitative Techniques

  • Basic algebra

  • Ratios and proportions

  • Mensuration 

  • Statistics

  • Mensuration

  • Profit and loss

  • Time and work 

LLM: The important topics of NLAT 2020 syllabus for LLM course are displayed below.

Constitutional Law



Law of Contract 

Administrative Law

Family Law

Company Law

Property Law

Criminal Law

Public International Law

Tax Law

Labour Law

Environmental Law

Industrial Law

Also Read: Which is Better to Pursue Law? DU or NLU?

National Law School of India University, Bangalore is one of the top National Law Universities in India. Due to the delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak, students will have to qualify the NLAT 2020 exam to study from the top-notch law college. The syllabus of NLAT has been announced along with the detailed exam pattern. 

Candidates are required to submit the NLAT application form before September 10, 2020, in order to take the National Law Aptitude Test. To prepare and perform well in the exam, students can also solve the mock test of NLAT available on the official website of the university. 

In case of any persisting queries related to the NLAT 2020 or any law exam, feel free to drop them on the QnA zone. CollegeDekho experts will be happy to assist you.

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