LSAT 2020: About
The LSAT—India is an admission test for Indian law colleges. It is modelled on the world-renowned LSAT, used by law schools in North America and Australia. The LSAT—India assesses the critical thinking skills essential to success in law college.
The LSAT—India is a test of high-level reading, informal reasoning, and deductive reasoning skills. These acquired critical thinking skills are essential to succeed in law college and in the practise of the law. The LSAT—India was developed specifically to be used by law colleges in India. It will be administered across India on 7 June 2020.
LSAT 2020: Important Dates
|Registration Opens||06 Dec 2019|
|Registration Deadline||22 May 2020|
|Admit Card Release||24 May to 06 June 2020|
|LSAT-India 2020 Exam||14 June 2020 (Online)|
LSAT 2020: Exam Pattern
The LSAT—India assesses critical thinking skills with three types of multiple-choice questions, as follows:
These questions test deductive reasoning skills by requiring you to deduce what could or must be the case about a certain scenario, based on some rules and conditions.
These questions evaluate your ability to understand, analyse, criticise, and complete a variety of arguments contained in short passages.
These questions measure your ability to read, with understanding and insight, examples of lengthy and complex materials similar to those commonly encountered in law colleges.
In addition to the scored sections of questions, you will likely see one unscored section of questions in your test. This is called a ‘Variable Section’ because the type of section varies. On the test day, your unscored section could be another Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, or Reading Comprehension section. You will not be able to identify the unscored variable section, so it is important to attempt every question.
LSAT-India Section Wise Division
|Section Type||No. of Questions||Duration|
|Analytical Reasoning||23||35 Minute|
|Logical Reasoning (1)||22||35 Minute|
|Logical Reasoning (2)||23||35 Minute|
|Reading Comprehension||24||35 Minute|
|Variable Section||23||35 Minute|
|Total||115||2 Hour and 35 Minute|
LSAT 2020: Application Process
Step 1 – Online Registration
To start the application filling process, the candidate needs to first get registered. To register, enter details like first name, last name, email id, pin code, mobile number, and educational qualification. The candidate will also need to select the programme they want to pursue.
Step 2 – Filling of application form
The candidate has to next log-in to the newly created account to access the application form. Important fields the candidate has to fill in this section include:
- Personal information
- Address details
- Program preferences
- Academic qualification
- Additional information
In the program preference section, the candidate has to select from 5-year BA/BBA LLB, 3-year LLB, and LLM programs. Next candidate has to select college options; a maximum of eight colleges, in the order of priority is allowed. College options include both private and public colleges.
Step 3 – Payment of application fee
The application fee for applying for LSAT India 2020 is the same for all the categories, which is Rs. 3800. Only online payment option is available using net banking, credit or debit cards; refer the table below for full details.
LSAT India 2020 application fee
|Category details||Mode of payment||Application fee||Payment options|
|General/ OBC/ SC/ ST/ PwD/ Female||Online||Rs. 3800||Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking|
Step 4 – Submission of application form
In the last step, the candidate has to submit the application form after ensuring that it is complete in all respects. Note that incomplete applications are subject to rejection.
LSAT 2020: Prepare for the Test
The multiple-choice questions that make up the LSAT?India reflect a broad range of academic disciplines and are not intended to give any advantage to candidates from a particular academic background. The LSAT?India does not include questions requiring the mastery of any specific discipline or set of facts. For example, it does not test your knowledge of history, political theory, mathematics, or even general knowledge. Rather, it is a test of important critical thinking skills acquired over your educational lifetime. Therefore, you don’t need to learn facts by rote for the LSAT?India. You only need to practice the critical thinking skills that it assesses.
Suggested Overall Approach
First, familiarise yourself with the types of test questions. You can start by studying the Sample Questions with Explanations.
What to Expect on the Test Day
A main goal of preparing should be to not be surprised by anything on the test day.
Where to Go
You will select a preferred test centre when you register. Your test centre address will be mentioned on your admit card, which you can download from the registration portal a few days before the test. Be sure to reach the test centre no later than the reporting time indicated on the admit card. Latecomers will not be admitted. Only test takers will be allowed inside the test centre.
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What to Bring
- Admit Card
- HB pencils
- Photo ID
What Not to Bring: Anything Else
Do not bring anything except the items listed above. Mobile phones and all other electronic items?including smart watches?are strictly forbidden in the test centre and will be a cause for dismissal.
Do not bring bags, backpacks, calculators, pens, etc.
Taking the Test
Once you have been seated and formally checked in for the test, you will receive your test materials—a test book and an answer sheet. You may open the test book only when instructed by the invigilator. Inform the invigilator immediately if your test book or answer sheet is torn, creased, or unreadable. You must enter all your answers on the answer sheet by blackening the circles completely.
Test sections are taken in the order that they appear in the test book. You are not permitted to go back to an earlier section or go forward to a later section, even if you finish before the section time is called.
You will receive one warning five minutes prior to the end of each section. You must put your pencil down when the invigilator announces that the time is over. Candidates found marking answers even after this announcement may be disqualified. After the test is over, you should remain seated until the invigilator collects and accounts for the answer sheets and test books.
Taking a Break During the Test
There are no scheduled breaks during the test. If you elect to take a break, you will lose that much time from the total testing time allotted for the section and no extra time will be allotted. During a break, you may only use the restroom, and you may not talk to others or leave the area designated by the invigilator.
What Not to Do
Any attempt to impersonate, copy answers from another candidate, give answers to another candidate, or indulge in any other malpractice during the test may lead to cancellation of your score without the possibility of a retest. Evidence of cheating detected in post-test analysis may also lead to score cancellation without the possibility of a retest.
LSAT 2020: Learning Material
Everyone’s journey in discovering law is unique and has something to teach. Watch and read the stories of the LSAT?India toppers and Scholarship winners, current law college students, graduates, law professors, and others practising law in one form or another.