NLAT 2020: Detailed Syllabus and Examination Pattern for NLAT 2020

By Neeraj Mishra|Updated : September 4th, 2020

NLAT 2020 -  National Law Aptitude Test (NLAT) is scheduled to be held on 12th September 2020 which will be conducted by the National Law School of India (NLSIU) Bangalore. The test will be held for admissions to NSLIU in the coming academic year. It will be a home-based test for getting admission to the NLSIU Bangalore.

In this post, we will share with you the detailed syllabus for NLAT 2020. Let's get started.

Exam Pattern for NLAT 2020

The NLAT 2020 UG will test candidates on 5 (five) subjects (and the published format of the CLAT 2020 UG) comprising,

  • English Language,
  • Current Affairs Including General Knowledge,
  • Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and
  • Quantitative Techniques

Total number of Questions

  40 questions

Total number of  General Comprehension (GC) passages

  4 (four) passages 

Total number of  questions in each General Comprehension (GC) passages 

   10 questions

Total number of questions in each GC passage from each the 5 (five) subjects

   2 questions

Length of the GC passage

500 words approximately

Type of Questions  

    Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)

Total Marks


Duration of the exam 

45 minutes

Section-Wise Detailed Syllabus for NLAT 2020

Section 1 - English Language

In this section of the UG-NLAT 2020, you will be provided passages of about 500 words each. You should be able to read each of them in about 5-7 minutes.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to:

  • Read and understand the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any viewpoints and arguments discussed in the passage
  • Draw conclusions based on the passage
  • Make a summary of the passage
  • Compare and contrast the different viewpoints/arguments set in the passage
  • Understand the hidden meaning of each word and phrase used in the passage

Section 2 - GK and Current Affairs

In GK section of UG-NLAT 2020, candidates will get questions based on passages that will be up to 500 words each. The passages may be based on journalistic sources, news or other non-fiction writing. The questions will be designed in such a way so as to test the candidate's knowledge about legal information or the same related to the passage. Questions may also relate to matters associated with the events mentioned in the passage - for a passage about a natural calamity for example, you may face questions not only about that natural calamity, but similar events in other parts of the world. All these passages will comprise such questions that will analyse your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge. From this year onwards, the Consortium of NLUs has also included the following subjects into this section:

  • Arts and Culture
  • International Affairs
  • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world
  • Historical events of continuing significance

Section 3 - Legal Reasoning

The passages will relate to facts, situations and scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions and moral philosophical enquiries. You will not require any prior knowledge of law. You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.

Each passage would be followed by a series of questions that will require you to:

  • Identify and infer the principles and rules set in the passage
  • Apply those principles and rules to various factual situations
  • Try to understand how changes to the principles or rules may alter their application to various factual situations

Section 4 - Logical Reasoning

Reasoning can be something that is very time-consuming, so nothing but practise is the key to make things work faster for the you, who is appearing for the examination. Lawyers are considered to have a good reasoning ability and hence, a good hold over this section and a good score in the exam becomes imperative for a successful career in this field.

We will now have a look on the topics that are important for this section:

  • Puzzles
  • Pairing
  • Calendar
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Logical Sequence
  • Syllogism
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Blood-Relations
  • Number Test
  • Directions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Para-Jumbles
  • Statement/Conclusion/ Assumption
  • Inference Based Questions
  • Data Interpretation

Section 5 - Quantitative Techniques

The Quantitative Techniques section of the UG-NLAT 2020 will include short sets of facts or graphs, propositions or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions. You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information and derive a solution to the question asked. Candidates have to attempt the objective-type of questions based by calculating the information. You have to derive, infer and manipulate the numerical data which will be based on ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration, and statistics. The topics that can be questioned about in this section include the following:

  • Number System
  • Averages
  • Mixtures and Allegations
  • Percentages
  • Simple Interest (SI) and Compound Interest (CI)
  • Profit and Loss
  • Time, Speed and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Data Interpretation


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Neeraj MishraNeeraj MishraMember since Sep 2015
Working Experience of more than 6 years in the Education Industry. Previously worked in Pagalguy, Career Power (Bankers Adda). Expert in Gk - Current Affairs & Banking & Financial Awareness. His email address is [email protected]
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DevendraSep 4, 2020

How we join nlat gradeup course
Sheik Shiny Haneefa
Sir NLAT exam will conducted only this year
Poonam Mehra
Sir, kya NLAT  Ka exam 2021 me bi hoga
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Sir how we join NLAT crash course on gradeup app...Please tell me
Sakshi Pannalal
Sir, I applied for NLAT...... When will I get admit card
Sakshi Pannalal
Sir, what will be the exam centre for NLAT ?

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