CLAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Harsh Gagrani of LegalEdge Tutorials
Apratim Chatterjee, 11 Jan 2016, #CLAT
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With Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 to be held on May 8, law aspirants are gearing up for the law exam. During the preparation phase, aspirants need expert  guidance and suggestions for cracking the coveted law entrance exam. Careers360 brings yet another article from the series of ‘CLAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Experts’, for law aspirants like you, where experts share tips to crack CLAT 2016.

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Harsh Gagrani of LegalEdge Tutorials shares his expert insights on how to prepare for CLAT in the remaining months. He also suggests specific strategies for the Online CLAT 2016 and recommends important books for the exam.

Read here the expert interview of Harsh Gagrani to know how to prepare for Legal Aptitude Section.

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Excerpts of the Edited Interview

Careers360: What should be a law aspirants’ strategy in the next months to CLAT?
Harsh Gagrani: With less than five months to go for CLAT, a law aspirant should lookout for sources of intense testing and revision. A candidate, who has pretty much completed his course, should aim to solve at least one mock test every 3-4 days. Also, a student should practice all the previous years’ CLAT and AILET papers (all sections) to get a hang of the level of difficulty which usually comes in these examinations.

Careers360: What specific strategy do the aspirants need for Online CLAT 2016?
Harsh Gagrani: I am suggesting some of the specific measures to you for the Online CLAT 2016 –

  • While practicing mock tests, take note of the problems that you’re facing

  • Most of the online Mock Test Series give fantastic analysis to the students of the tests they’ve taken. This includes percentile analysis, question analysis, details explanations to questions, national rank etc. Don’t ignore such analysis and make full use of them

  • Be aware and make full use of all links/buttons. If there is a doubt with any feature of your testing platform, ask your invigilator (e.g. what does ‘mark for review’ mean?)

Careers360: How mock tests can help law aspirants and how many mock tests need to be taken in the remaining months?
Harsh Gagrani: Mock Tests, when taken in a simulated environment, replicate the actual CLAT taking experience, which will prove to be highly beneficial to the aspirants. A student should ideally join a Mock Test series providing dozens of Mock Tests and as stated before, should try and give a Mock test every 3-4 days.

Careers360: Which books would you recommend them for preparing different sections of CLAT?
Harsh Gagrani: I would recommend a number of books for preparing different sections of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Naming the same–

  • English – ‘Objective English’ by Pearson

  • Mathematics – ‘Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations’ by R.S. Aggarwal

  • G.K – GK Today and Jagranjosh for Current Affairs. GK Today Quizzes and Pearson/Lucent Concise GK Guide for Static GK.

  • Legal Aptitude – ‘The Pearson Guide to the CLAT’ by Harsh Gagrani for Legal Reasoning. ‘Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning’ by A.P. Bharadwaj, and ‘The Ultimate Guide to the LLB Entrance Examinations 2016’ for Legal Knowledge.

  • Logic – ‘A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning’ by R.S. Aggarwal and ‘Analytical Reasoning’ by M.K. Pandey

Careers360: How do they need to prepare for ‘Legal Aptitude’ section as it’s considered the most important?
Harsh Gagrani: Indeed the section, ’Legal Aptitude’ is considered the most important of all as the section carries 50 marks. Moreover, in case of tie, the candidate having more marks in Legal Aptitude is given preference over others. Therefore, you need to concentrate a bit more on this section. I would like to share few suggestions for the important section–

a. Don’t look for multiple sources. Multiple answers to same/similar questions will confuse you and do more harm than good. Rather, look for one/two good sources where you get atleast 1400-1500 questions before the CLAT. Join any good coaching centre’s Test Series for the same.

b. This is probably clich̩d Рbut stick to the principle! And do not use any outside knowledge while answering questions.

c. Don’t read too much theory, but do prepare for Torts, Contracts and Criminal Law, as questions from these topics come mostly in Legal Reasoning and not in Legal Knowledge. Reading too much theory will further make you mark answers not based on your reading of the principle but based on your outside knowledge.

d. Don’t forget to give due emphasis to Current Legal GK. Many questions this year were asked from it. Though there is no separate source for this, any good CA source will suffice for this.

e. Time is also a key to cracking this section. Less than 45-48 seconds per Legal Reasoning question and less than 12 seconds per Legal Knowledge question should be your eventual aim.

Careers360: Any more expert suggestions for the law aspirants?
Harsh Gagrani: Be open to newer kind of questions – This was the biggest lesson from CLAT 2015! The CLAT Committee has often resorted to giving generic notifications, whereby they can rightfully incorporate questions on newer formats. When you’re done with your usual material, it won’t hurt to buy a couple of books of CAT/MAT and practice newer kind of questions from it.

Revise – Especially for the students who have devoted a year to prepare for the CLAT, it is very easy to complete many prep books in the first few months. However, if you don’t find time to revise whatever you did back then, there is a good possibility you’ll forget a good chunk of important material by the CLAT day. Devote ample number of hours in the last one-two months to revision.

Have faith – Not scoring too well in Mocks? Worrying won’t do any good! Analyse your scores, identify your weaknesses at a micro level and work on them. 5 months is enough to perform miracles.

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I am in my final year,B.A. History(Hons.)..Can I give CLAT 2020 Exam?

Payal 14th Oct, 2019

Hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt .

here is the eligibility criteria for clat 2020.

A candidate must have passed class 10+2 from any recognized college. Also the cadidate belonging to general category should have 45 percent marks in their qualifying degree and those belonging to obc, scor should have 40 percent marks in their qualifying degree.there is no age limit for this exam.  If yoh follow all these criteria then you are eligible for clat exam.

I hope my answer will help you out

Good luck


Hi, iam Harsh. My english was not so great. How to make my English Session Strong? I will go for CLAT .

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 12th Oct, 2019

Hey there

If you want to go for CLAT then ofcourse you need to have good English. For that you'll have to focus on grammar, reading comprehension, vocab also. For grammar you'll have to refer to standard books like rein and Martin etc. For reading comprehension try reading novels and newspapers on a daily basis. Pick difficult words from what you read and then write them in a copy and revise them daily it will boost your vocabulary also.

Good luck


Hi , My name is Harshvardhan Sharma. I will go for CLAT . Now iam in 11th this year . How to start my preparation for CLAT from class 11th?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 12th Oct, 2019

hello aspirant.

its good to know that you are preparing for clat from 11th. clat undergraduate exam duration is 2 hours. questions will be total 200 marks, 1 mark for each question. the topics you need to cover is

English including comprehension

General Knowledge and Current Affairs

Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)

Legal Aptitude

Logical Reasoning

right now you can practice the english and numerical aptitude.

there is a book available for clat , by arihant publication. you can follow this.


best coachinf for clat in india

Payal 10th Oct, 2019

hii aspirants

let me clear your doubt.

Here I am providing you list of some top clat coaching centre in India. These are

Teachwell Institute.

Success Mantra.

Universal Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) .

AB Tutorials.

Pahuja Law Academy.

Maansarovar Law Center.

Sriram Law Academy.

I hope my answer will help you out

Good luck


date for filling form for CLAT entrance test

Apurv 9th Oct, 2019

Hello Shristi, the form filling process for CLAT for the year 2020 has not begun yet. So, don't panic. The form filling will start by the second week of january 2020 and will end by third week of april. For those who have registered but not yet paid the application fee, the last deadline would be 4th week of april 2020 for payment of fees. Admit cards will be released by second week of may 2020

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