CLAT 2016: 6 months prep tips by Rajneesh Singh
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With CLAT 2016 to be conducted on May 8, barely six months are remaining for the coveted law entrance exam. It is the initial phase when law aspirants like you may be bothered with questions like how to prepare for CLAT 2016, what to study, which topics to cover and as such. Careers360 brings you 6 months preparation tips of CLAT 2016, where experts will guide you with their exam expertise and help you in cracking the Common Law Admission Test.

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As a part of the series of CLAT 2016 preparation tips by experts, Rajneesh Singh of IMS Learning Resources shares his insights on how to prepare for CLAT 2016 in the next 6 months. The expert also shares his strategy for taking the exam in online mode and recommends books for cracking CLAT.

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Excerpts of the Edited Interview –

Careers360: How should a law aspirant prepare for CLAT 2016 in next 6 months?
Rajneesh Singh: I would suggest phase-wise preparation for law aspirants which includes three phases beginning from clearing concepts till taking mock tests. The phase-wise preparation strategy for CLAT 2016 is as follows –

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  • Phase One – Conceptual clarity and ability to comfortably solve every type of possible questions likely to appear in CLAT of each subjects

  • Phase Two – Working on ability to solve set of questions with high speed but with 80 to 85 percent accuracy. Taking small section tests will help a lot. Taking it online will help more

  • Phase Three – Taking lots of mock tests under perfect exam conditions is the last task.  Analysis is must after every test. Without analysis (question by question) a mock test is useless

Careers360: As CLAT 2016 is to be conducted in online mode, what advantages do you think it will have?
Rajneesh Singh: The online mode CLAT 2016 shall pose numerous advantages. To list few–

  • Question to question navigation – This is quicker. You will have buttons for every question on one side mapped properly. In this way, switching to another question will be very quick

  • Going back to an un-attempted question – The question buttons will change its colour as their status change. The un-attempted, the attempted and ‘reviewable attempted’ ones will be shown in different colour codes. This is quite advantageous as it’ll save your time in finding questions which need to be reviewed or can be attempted

  • Changing answers – You can change your previously marked answers at any time before the final submission. However, the same can’t be exercised while appearing for an offline paper

  • Quick marking of answers –You need not to darken ovals which are more time consuming. The same can be done with just a mouse-click. Moreover, it saves you from managing lots of accessories including pens.

Careers360: Does the online paper have any disadvantage?
Rajneesh Singh: Everything comes with some advantages and few disadvantages on the other side as well. Listing few of them–

  • Taking a look at many questions at one go or searching for an easier one will be difficult as one question will be provided in one page

  • Overall little more time taking than the offline paper, therefore, students need to master online tests to be more efficient.

  • Inability to do rough works can pose to be the biggest problem in the online system. This will kill a lot of time without even realizing the same. Several a times, you’ll have to look up and then down at your rough sheets. Many rough works which you would have done on or just beside the figures/data given in the offline question paper, now has to be done by copying the same in the rough sheet.

Careers360: How online mock tests are useful? How many times do the aspirants need to take these mock tests in the next 6 months?
Rajneesh Singh: Online mock tests are important as they are designed to give you a feel of the actual exam. Appearing for online mock tests will help law aspirants in improving their speed and accuracy.

Once the Phase one preparation is over (as mentioned above), aspirants may start taking mock tests in the following manner –

In the month of December, they can appear for a maximum of 5 mock tests, in January as many as 7 tests, 8 tests in February and 10 tests each in the months of March and April. I would not advise for taking any mock tests in May, as it should be the ideal time for revision of what you have gone through in couple of last months.

Careers360: What books would you recommend for preparing different sections of CLAT?
Rajneesh Singh: The following books may be added to the list of study materials for CLAT Preparation–

  • Analytical reasoning by M. K. Pandey

  • Elementary Mathematics and Analytical Reasoning by R. S. Agarwal

  • ‘Lucent’ GK

  • ‘Competition in focus’

  • ‘CLAT magazine’ by Achievers’ Guild

  • ‘Ace the CLAT’ for Legal Reasoning

  • ‘Legal GK’ by Manish Arora

Careers360: ‘Legal Aptitude’ section is considered the most important topic in CLAT. What do the aspirants need to do to ace the section?
Rajneesh Singh: Each of the sections in Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is important. Yet, Legal Aptitude holds its own importance and the section is quite interesting too. One can refer Manish Arora’s and Lexis-Nexis Books for ‘Legal GK’ portion. On the other hand, for ‘Legal Reasoning’ part, one needs to work on two things – ability to reason out and never-the-less, familiarity with every type of questions to gain optimum speed. Moreover, I advise that solving past years’ papers will help a lot.

Careers360: What are your key tips for CLAT aspirants?
Rajneesh Singh: CLAT aspirants need to take care of the following points–

  • Be prepared with every pattern and every level. Test taking strategy of a tough level test will be very different to that of an easy one.

  • You may be provided with calculator on screen. You must practice this to be quick and efficient.

  • Do not take full length mock tests. I recommend for rather taking as many sectional tests as you can.

  • Take the online mock tests which use same technology as that of CLAT.

  • Web is flooded with wrong questions and study materials. Be cautious especially for verbal reasoning and legal reasoning sections.

  • Take lots of free online tests. There are numerous of online General Knowledge (GK) sites. It was alleged that last year few questions were copy-pasted from a number of online GK sites. Practicing the questions from there will help you in reaching a comfort level.

  • I suggest CLAT aspirants to get ready for the hurdles in the online paper and win over the odd situations as once you win over these issues; you win over your competitors.

  • It may happen that you feel quite discomfort in taking a computer based test. The only solution is to get tortured as many times as possible till you feel the comfort of it. I strongly recommend taking lots of online tests as possible.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is the most coveted law entrance exam conducted by National Law Universities (NLUs) by rotation in the order of their establishment for admissions to a total of 2252 seats distributed among the 17 participating NLUs for five-year integrated and post graduate law programmes including BA LLB, B.Sc LLB, B.Com LLB and LLM.

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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.


is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

For more information about CLAT2020 and the eligibility criteria, refer this link

Hope this helps.


is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

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