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CLAT surges 30%: Record 77,000 aspirants registered, with 68k for UG alone (despite 3,000 withdrawals)

Around 77,000 candidates have registered for the 2020 Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2020, NLSIU Bangalore vice chancellor (VC) Prof Sudhir Krishnaswamy told the Times of India.

Of those, 68,000 had registered for the undergraduate exam alone, while the separate postgraduate CLAT exam saw around 9,000 registrations.

However, “nearly 3,000 who registered for the test suddenly withdrew from the test”, Krishnaswamy said according to the TOI report. Presumably, those candidates withdrew over the delays caused by Covid.

In 2019, CLAT had attracted a total of around 60,000 applicants (though no breakdown of undergraduate vs postgraduates was available).

In 2018, the CLAT had seen a total of 59,300 candidates, including both under- and post-graduates.

The CLAT is scheduled to be held on 22 August and as of now, despite several potential impediments, that date stands.

Though as with everything Covid-19, anything could happen before then and the CLAT consortium of national law university VCs is scheduled to virtually meet tomorrow and intends to continue assessing the situation on the ground in each state.

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