NLAT 2020: Comprehensive Analysis

The National Law Aptitude Test 2020 (NLAT 2020) for admission into the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU) was conducted on September 12, 2020 in three slots. Due to the ongoing pandemic and constant delays in CLAT 2020, the University had decided to undertake its own exam for admission into its 2020-21 batch. The exam was held in a home-proctored, online format. NLAT 2020 went smoothly, except for quite a number of students, who did face technical issues, especially in clearing the verification process and in the auto submission of paper before the 45 minutes allotted for the exam.

As per the paper pattern, there were four General Comprehension passages. Each passage had 10 questions [2 questions each on English Language, Current Affairs (including GK), Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques] to be answered within 45 minutes.

The marking scheme was a bit different. For a correct answer, a student would get +2 marks, a -0.5 mark for every incorrect answer, and -0.25 mark for each unanswered question. It is for this reason, there were a total of 5 options for each question; with the fifth option being, ‘Leave the question unanswered’. Unlike other online entrance exams, if a student wished to skip a question, s/he would have to select the last option, instead of simply moving onto the next one. Also, only one attempt was allowed per question. There was no option of going back, or revising/reviewing the questions.

SLOT - 1

The first slot of the exam took place between 12:30 and 13:15 hrs on September 12, 2020. The passages were based on:

  • Corruption in Indonesia
  • Forex
  • Poverty Index
  • Hindu Succession Act

Two, out of the four passages, were based on articles from The Indian Express. The questions in slot 1 were mostly difficult, lengthy, and statements based. The most difficult section was the one on Quantitative Techniques.


The second slot of NLAT 2020 took place between 14:15 and 15:00 hrs. The passages were based on:

  • Vaccine Nationalism
  • National Education Policy
  • Delhi Electric Vehicles Policy 2020
  • Women Leaders COVID Pandemic

Two of the passages were from, one from, and one from The Quantitative Techniques section was again difficult and lengthy. However, the paper was comparatively easier than that of slot 1. The questions from rest of the sections were mostly direct and easy.

SLOT - 3

The third, and final, slot of the exam took place between 16:00 and 16:45 hrs. The passages were based on:

  • Indian Economy - last quarter’s washout
  • The Errant Market
  • Paid period leaves for women
  • Wilful destruction of Himalayas

The passages were from LiveMint, The Statesman, NDTV, and Hindustan Times. Questions in the Quantitative Techniques section, like the other two slots, were lengthy and difficult. However, the overall difficulty level of the paper was the same as that of slot 2. The questions from rest of the sections were mostly direct and easy.

There is going to be a normalization of scores, since each slot had a different paper and the difficulty level also varied. So, each slot’s difficulty level will be mapped to decide the cut-offs. In case of a tie, merit will be decided on the basis of:

  • Highest number of correct answers in Legal Reasoning Questions
  • Higher number of correct answers in overall exam
  • Computerized draw of lots

NLAT 2020: Expected Cut-offs

Based on the paper, the predicted cut-off for NLSIU is likely to be:



Expected Cut off

General (All India)



General (Karnataka)



SC (All India)



SC (Karnataka)



ST (All India)



ST (Karnataka)



Note: 5% of the total seats will be horizontally reserved for students from the PwD category.

Disclaimer: All information on cut-offs, analysis, answer key, and scores are based on independent analysis and evaluation made by CL-LST. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken, based on this information.

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