CLAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Harsh Gagrani of LegalEdge Tutorials
Updated on Jan 11, 2016 - 12:57 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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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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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.

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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 m from an engineering background can I appear for this exam ??? and my what is the minimum percentage required in graduation to appear for this??

Shubham Dhane 25th Feb, 2020


Yow will get admission in LLB after bachelor's in Engineering.For admission in LLB through CLAT a candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent and must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline.General candidates must have 45% in degree for SC/ST it is 40% from a recognised board or university.

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jse clat ke paper ka pattern change hua hai to ab current affairs aayenge so hum pichle ek saal ki news kaise padhe is there any easy way or something we can do because my boards r going on and how m gonna study the news and current affairs of whole last year in 20 days need a quick nd urgent rply

hrithik jain 25th Feb, 2020


I can suggest you some tips which will help you in preparing better for the same:

1. Check out the last year questions papers: it will help you to analyze a pattern and types of questions they ask in the Paper.

2. Take all the monthly magazine for the whole year: this will help you to read the news faster.

3. Check out the current affairs website/e-paper to get bulletins or short summary of the affairs.

4. Write down notes (but it might take longer time so do it as per the time limit)

5. Make sure that you complete a good amount of reading in a day. Do not go on for reading and remembering the whole news. Look out for a pattern of reading the current affairs which will help you in the exam as you have less time and a lot of syllabus to cover.


what should I fill in clat from in %column best of 5 Or best of 6 because in class 12 I had 6 subjects in which I cleared 5 subjects accept physics and got declared pass by cbse and also have passing certificate.?

Yastika Kumar 25th Feb, 2020

Hi Abhishek,

A pass ceritficate issued by any educational board certifies that the candidate has cleared all subjects scoring passing marks and is eligible to take up degree courses in other institutions. Since you have it you should proceed with completing the application.


how I can manage my school and clat preparation by myself Right now I m in class 11 and the time when I will give my clat I have to prepare for my boreds also??

Srishti jha 24th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant, I hope you are doing good.

It's good to know you are interested in CLAT . But yes, clearing boards with marks is more important , but now take just 1 hours extra to prepare for CLAT. But after giving 12th exam, make to get into a crash course of CLAT . This will really help you a lot.

I hope this helps.

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