|Table of contents|
|How was this guide made for CLAT Aspirants?|
|Why did EduRev make this guide for CLAT aspirants?|
|Step 0: What to do before you begin your CLAT Exam preparation?|
|Step 1: Understand the previous year's papers|
|Step 2: Read Newspapers Daily and Practice Current Affairs for the CLAT exam|
|Step 3: Subject-wise preparation strategy for CLAT preparation|
|Step 3.1: How to Prepare for Legal Reasoning?|
|Step 3.2: How to Prepare for English?|
|Step 3.3: How to Prepare for General Knowledge?|
|Step 3.4: How to Prepare for Quantitative Techniques?|
|Step 3.5: How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning?|
|Step 4: Attempt Mock tests and Practice tests more frequently!|
|Step 5: Analyse your performance|
|Step 6: Revise repeatedly to perform better in the CLAT exam.|
|Step 7: Standard Reference Books for CLAT preparation|
|Step 8: Believe in yourself and stay calm while giving the exam.|
|Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Related to the CLAT Exam:|
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Now, let’s look at the Step-by-Step preparation for the CLAT exam at home!
Before you begin your journey to become a lawyer or get admitted to an esteemed law university like the NLUs, there are a few things you have to do so that you work in the right direction in order to achieve your dream.
There are certain pre-requisites which need to be fulfilled before you start preparing for the exam.
1. Understanding the syllabus: It is the basic and most important thing you should do to begin your preparation with. The CLAT exam includes five subjects - English, Quantitative Techniques, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Current Affairs, including General Knowledge. The subject-wise weightage is as follows:
You can check out the detailed syllabus of the CLAT exam here.
2. Understanding the exam pattern: After you learn about the CLAT syllabus, it is also important for you to know the exam pattern just to get the hang of the CLAT exam. In recent changes made by the consortium, the number of questions has been reduced to 150 from 200. You can check the detailed exam pattern by clicking here.
Now you’re all set to begin your preparation!
Once you’re through with the syllabus and exam pattern, the next step would be to look at some previous year's question papers so as to understand what is actually being asked in the examination.
EduRev has compiled all the previous year's papers into one place. You can check them out here.
Almost all the top rankers whom we spoke to, spent over 2 weeks just analyzing the syllabus and previous year's question papers. But this helped them to save a considerable amount of time through their preparation journey, and they were successful in getting ranks as well.
To crack the CLAT exam, it is essential to have a good grasp of current affairs, as a significant portion of the exam focuses on this area. Current Affairs play an important role in cracking the CLAT exam. It is divided into 2 parts - static and current.
There is a tonne of information available, but not many questions are asked about each topic, so at EduRev we have looked into the average questions asked about each topic and prepared the content accordingly. While preparing for the CLAT, it is crucial to have the proper subject-wise approach and strategy because every section has a different approach.
Refer to the subject-wise sections below to get a complete idea of how to ace individual subjects for the CLAT exam with EduRev:
CLAT's legal reasoning section is intended to capture a candidate's interest in law. It can be a tie-breaker section for you. Generally, 35-39 questions are asked from this section. You can prepare the legal reasoning perfectly and will score full marks with the fool-proof strategy provided below:
1. Adopt the habit of reading newspapers: It is very important for you to read the editorial section and all the important news articles, as this will not only serve as a good read but the information provided here will help you with your preparation for both the legal reasoning and current affairs sections.
2. Read about Important Supreme Court Judgements: Read about Important Supreme Court Judgements You should read about all the important judgements passed by the supreme court in the last year. Along with this, you should know all the new amendments and enactments passed in both the monsoon and winter sessions of parliament, in addition to contemporary issues, as this would improve the legal knowledge being asked in the exam.
3. Improve your legal vocabulary: You should have a strong legal vocabulary because the exam contains many questions about legal jargon, maxims, and foreign phrases.
4. Views of the author in comprehension: To get good marks on the passage-based question, it is important to consider the authors' points of view. This means you shouldn't mix the author's ideas with your own.
5. Practice Previous Year's Papers: This is an important part while preparing for the legal reasoning section as it will help you know the previous exam pattern and the type of questions being asked in the examination. Also, it will boost your confidence when you get the All India Ranking (AIR) for the test.
6. Solve Mock Tests: You must solve as many mock tests as you can as the exam is lengthy and to improve your speed and accuracy, it is necessary that you solve the mocks. Every topper says that mocks are the key to cracking this exam.
To learn more about How to Prepare for Legal Reasoning, click here.
English is an important section of the CLAT examinations. This section comprises around 28-32 questions carrying one mark each. A detailed course for the English language is prepared by EduRev, you can check it here.
In the English section, you should focus on:
The candidate loses marks due to not having a good hold in the above section. But you don’t have to worry about it. You can easily score full marks in English just by following the below-mentioned points.
1. Make a habit of reading every day: As mentioned at the very beginning of this bible, make reading your habit as the examination is comprehension based and you should have good reading speed. While doing so, make sure you don’t indulge in reading something that you don’t enjoy.
2. Strengthen your grammar: This is one area where a lot of test takers lose marks. One prime reason for this is the difference between our spoken and written English. To avoid errors in this section, you must thoroughly go through the rules of grammar.
3. Analyze previous year's papers: Solving previous year's CLAT papers is very important as it will help you to know the type of questions being asked in the exam, the difficulty level of the paper, the marking scheme, etc.
4. Practice Sectional Mock tests: Taking up CLAT mock tests is also a very important part as it will help you improve your speed, accuracy, and time-management skills.
To learn more about how to prepare for English, click here.
It is more of a factual section. Either you know the answer or you don’t. There is no grey area between the lines. To ensure that you fully understand how to prepare for the gk section, here are some tips to prepare for GK & Current Affairs.
1. CLAT previous year’s papers: You should go through the previous year's papers to know the CLAT pattern followed and the questions being asked. This way, you'll know the areas covered and you can plan accordingly from there.
2. Reading newspapers is everything: Make sure you read newspapers on a regular basis so as to boost your reading skills and current affairs section. You should also inculcate the habit of writing down small points about important news, as you can revise them afterwards.
3. Know your strengths: Now, the next step for you is to identify the subjects or portions you are strong at or that are of your interest and start preparing them first and then slowly move to the areas that might be difficult for you, as this will boost your confidence and ease your burden.
4. Watch and Learn: You should make it a habit to watch national and international news in order to enhance your current affairs skills.
5. Attempt Daily Static Quiz: You should attempt Daily Static Quiz available on EduRev in order to enhance your current affairs skills and knowledge. This will help you to keep updated with the happenings around the world.
6. Practice with CLAT mock tests: You should test your knowledge in a realistic setting with CLAT mock tests. This will help you prepare several new topics/questions, which in turn will boost your confidence.
EduRev has compiled a series of mock tests for you in one place. You can attempt these tests here: CLAT Mock Test Series for CLAT
To learn more about how to prepare for general knowledge, click here.
With around 10% weightage in CLAT E the quantitative techniques section can prove to be a deciding factor for those aiming for law admissions at the prestigious National Law Universities (NLUs). You cannot afford to lose marks in this section. Here are some tips to prepare for Quantitative Techniques for CLAT.
1. Clear your basics: To attempt questions from the quantitative techniques section, it is extremely important for you to work on your basics, as you should have a good hold on basic topics like rational numbers, calculus, etc. to attempt the questions. If you feel that you do not have conceptual clarity on these topics, then you must refer to class 8 maths NCERT and clear your basics.
2. Regular practice: Regular practice is the key to success in the quantitative techniques section, as it will increase your speed and improve your accuracy. You should devote at least one to two hours daily to solving questions in Quant.
3. Practise Mock Tests and Previous Year’s Papers: Once you are done practising enough questions from each topic of quantitative techniques, then you should attempt previous years’ CLAT question papers and sample papers so as to know the pattern of the exam and the type of questions being asked in the examination. You are advised to particularly solve the CLAT 2022 question paper and the CLAT 2023 question paper to get yourself acquainted with the new CLAT exam pattern.
4. Learn Shortcuts: When it comes to mathematics, learning shortcuts to solve questions and calculations becomes extremely important as you will be able to solve the questions much more quickly than before, thereby saving ample time to attempt other sections.
5. Focus on Accuracy: You must ensure that all the calculations you do in the exam are 100 percent accurate as there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks. Therefore, making silly calculation errors can cost you a lot.
To learn more about how to prepare for quantitative techniques, click here.
This section simply focuses on evaluating the rational thinking of the candidate and how he/she can understand and solve the given situation rationally. Although the Logical Reasoning Section is tough for many, we've got a perfect strategy for you.
1. Have a well-thought preparation plan: You should devote at least one hour of your everyday time to the preparation of the logical reasoning section. Make a list of topics that you want to cover and set a deadline for yourself to finish the logical reasoning syllabus by that date.
2. Do not mug up; practice: While preparing for the CLAT logical reasoning section, do not mug up things. Rather than trying to understand the concepts and logic once you have understood the underlying concepts, practice the questions related to a particular topic as much as possible.
3. Learn shortcuts to solve questions: To solve logical reasoning questions quickly, it is important to learn certain shortcuts, as this would save you time by increasing your speed and accuracy.
4. Practice Previous Year's Papers: This is an important part while preparing for the logical reasoning section as it will help you know the previous exam pattern and the type of questions being asked in the examination.
5. Manage time: While attempting the CLAT papers, it is extremely important to keep a check on time. Managing time becomes even more important while solving logical reasoning questions, as questions in the section can sometimes be tricky and time-consuming.
6. Solve Sectional Mock Tests: You must solve as many mock tests as you can, as the exam is lengthy and to improve your speed and accuracy, it is necessary to solve the mocks. Every topper says that mocks are the key to cracking this exam.
7. Revision: Keep revising the concepts and topics you have already studied so that you do not lose your grip on them.
To learn more about how to prepare for logical reasoning, click here.
Attempting Mock Tests and Practice Tests frequently is an essential step in preparing for the CLAT exam. It is important to practice consistently and analyze one's performance to identify areas that need improvement.
EduRev has compiled a complete course for your easy practice of Mock tests and Sample papers. Check it out here.
Giving practise tests is crucial for a number of reasons:
Analysis of mock tests is absolutely necessary. Self-assessment is an essential part of CLAT preparation. For every wrong question, you have attempted to analyze the reasons behind the same. Try to find those topics on which you are repeatedly going wrong.
Go to your EduRev profile (analysis tab) to see your comprehensive macro analysis and see if there is a pattern in the mistakes that you make:
You can find the CLAT Mock Test Series here.
Revision is a crucial step in preparing for the CLAT exam. It helps students to retain the information they have learned, identify their weaknesses, and improve their performance.
You are almost there! You will achieve your goal!
Along with practicing mock tests and previous years' papers, it is also important that you follow some reference books so as to brush up your skills and speed. But remember, don’t follow more than 1-2 reference books as it will confuse you if you do so.
Here are some reference books as suggested by toppers!
1. For English: word power made easy by Norman, High School English Grammar, and Composition by Wren and Martin.
2. For Legal Reasoning: rs aggarwal, Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj, and Lakshmi Kant for various topics related to polity like DPSP, fundamental rights, etc.
3. For Logical Reasoning: verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal, analytical and logical reasoning by RS Aggarwal, and analytical reasoning by MK Pandey
4. For Quantitative Techniques: Quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal, Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability, Class 10th NCERT textbook
5. For General Knowledge: Lucent’s general knowledge, Pratiyogita Darpan, newspapers - the Hindu or Indian Express.
6. Reading newspapers is equally important for legal aptitude and general knowledge of current affairs.
Stay tuned! You are just one step away from achieving your goal!
1. Strong determination: Without self-belief, you won’t be able to achieve your goal. Although the journey is difficult, if you have strong determination, you can easily crack the exam. You just need to get up from each failure and work towards achieving the goal.
2. Take care of yourself: Lastly, take care of yourself throughout the last month. Take breaks between your perpetual studying hours and go for a drive, play a sport, or get enough hours of sleep.
Q.1. What is the CLAT exam?
The CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law programs offered by participating National Law Universities (NLUs) and other law colleges in India.
Q.2. What is the exam pattern for CLAT?
The CLAT exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to be answered in 2 hours. The questions are asked from five sections, namely English Language, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
Q.3. What is the eligibility criteria for CLAT exam?
To be eligible for admission to the CLAT UG program, candidates must have qualified Class 12th or its equivalent from a recognized board. Additionally, candidates are required to secure a minimum of 45% marks to meet the eligibility criteria.
Q.4. What is the Age Limit for CLAT?
Candidates of any age can apply for the CLAT exam as there is no upper age limit for the same.
Q.5. How many times can one appear for CLAT?
Candidates can take CLAT as many times as they want. As of now, there is no limitation to appearing for the exam, but the candidates must meet the minimum eligibility requirement.
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