CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips
Updated on Dec 21, 2019 - 5:05 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti
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CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips - CLAT has 21 participating NLUs, out of which eight are among the top 15 law colleges listed in NIRF rankings prepared by the MHRD. And even the ones that missed out on NIRF rankings are not to be trifled with as they more or less tower over most other law colleges. But what these glaring stats also unwittingly ensure is they de facto make CLAT the most competitive law exam in the land, as every law student worth his/her salt wants to get into an NLU. And if you bother to add the fact that only recently the NLU consortium made key changes to the CLAT 2020 exam pattern, acing CLAT is no walk in the park. It is precisely why we bring CLAT aspirants CLAT preparation tips 2020.

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But before we jump into the subtleties of CLAT exam preparation, let us get a brief introduction to CLAT 2020:

CLAT 2020 at a glance:

  1. The CLAT 2020 exam will be an offline test that will be conducted on May 10

  2. The exam is conducted for admission to both 5-year integrated law courses and LLM program.

  3. Application form of CLAT 2020 is slated to commence on January 1; last date of submission is March 31.

  4. This year the exam will be comprehension-based following a decision by the NLU consortium

  5. CLAT UG 2020 will now have 150 MCQs (as opposed to 200 earlier)

  6. Cutoff marks have been introduced for CLAT PG 2020

  7. In addition to the 21 participating NLUs, many private colleges will also use CLAT scores for admission purpose.

Now that we more or less know what the exam is all about, let’s move to find out what constitutes our top 10 tips to qualify CLAT 2020.

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CLAT Preparation Tips 2020

  1. Find out what is new in CLAT 2020

The first rule of thumb that candidates should follow is stay updated about any changes to CLAT exam, be it exam pattern or syllabus. It is because unless one knows about these changes, one cannot perform to one’s fullest potential or as per the requirements of the exam.

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The consortium of NLUs has made following changes to CLAT 2020 exam pattern:

  1. CLAT 2020 will be a comprehension-based test

  2. The number of questions for CLAT UG has been reduced to 150 from 200. Question type however will remain MCQ.

  3. CLAT UG will have comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections.

  4. CLAT PG will also include comprehension-based questions

  5. Further, for CLAT PG cutoff marks have been introduced for the objective paper. General category candidates need to score 40% marks in the paper, only then will the subjective paper be evaluated. The cutoff marks for SC/ST/PwD candidates is 35%

2. Get accustomed to CLAT syllabus

It may sound cliché, but there is no getting around the CLAT 2020 syllabus. It is because the CLAT syllabus has details on which topics will be covered in the exam, and not knowing about them would be akin to shooting oneself in the foot.

CLAT 2020 will include questions from the following sections:

  1. English language

  2. Current affairs including general knowledge

  3. Legal Reasoning

  4. Logical Reasoning

  5. Quantitative Techniques

Along with the syllabus, the candidate is also urged to carefully go through the CLAT 2020 exam pattern; note that the changes to the pattern is already discussed in our earlier point.

3. Get the timing right

Sometimes candidates take it too easy and leave it until too late to start their CLAT preparation, only to find out that there is not enough time to complete the syllabus. It can be frustrating if that happens. On the other hand, students who start their preparation early are likely to be better equipped for the exam. Typically, one year is a good enough time to prepare for the exam. But that being said, each candidate has to decide for himself or herself as to how much time they need for preparation. And that the decision would largely depend on the candidate’s grip of the topics at that point in time.

4. Put in place a study plan

There are multiple benefits of following a CLAT 2020 study plan. For example, it will bring discipline, clarity, and direction to the CLAT 2020 preparation process. It would also help the candidate stay anchored to the task at hand instead of living in a make-believe world. The buzzword of a study-plan is action. And action means to execute what is planned.

When preparing the study plan, the candidate should pay special attention to weaker sections. Also, there must be provisions for periodic assessment of progress. If things don’t go as per plan, the candidate must make appropriate modifications wherever necessary.

5. Get the book combination right

Instead of piling up the study with assorted books by different writers just for the hack of it, trim it down. The fewer books you have, the easier it is to manage, and to go back for revision (as you will easily remember where you read it the last time). Also note that every writer has his one signature way of interpreting a concept or problem, and so reading the same concept from different sources can create confusion, especially at the early stages when you are new to it.

A question that can also arise in the mind of candidates is how to decide which books are good for CLAT 2020 preparation.

A good book will have the following traits:

  1. Contains few errors

  2. Is easy to follow

  3. Meets CLAT exam standards

  4. Cites proper sources

  5. Contains illustrations to aid understanding

  6. There are problem sets to edify understanding

6. Solve sample papers

Along with doing regular study and solving problems given in the textbooks, one needs to back it up by solving CLAT sample papers. These papers will have similar types of questions to those asked in the entrance exam, and so are useful for understanding various concepts and enhancing one’s problem solving skills. Previous years’ question papers also serve the same purpose.

  1. Revise your way to success

Revision is like sharpening a knife on a whetstone. The more you revise, the sharper your problem skills will get; your understanding of concepts will also likewise get better. WHen planning a revision, just make sure that you revise difficult topics more frequently. Once you get accustomed to these topics and get better at tackling them, you can cut the frequency.

Also, to make revision easier, you may make it a habit of jotting down important points on a notebook or mark them in the textbook itself. This way you don’t have to read entire blocks of test if you have to brush up a point or concept.

  1. Integrate mock tests with preparation

Read up any CLAT topper interview, and you will see a common thread. These toppers all took dozens of mock tests to get into exam mode and give final touches to their exam preparation. While mock tests are usually taken closer to the exam, it is increasingly becoming a trend among students to start mock test from the beginning itself. Like one can take a mock test after completing a chapter and solve all questions related to it.

The thing with mock tests is they are are a simulation of the real thing and so help candidates get the exam day vibes and solve question is a exam-life environment, with timer included. Consequently, the candidates can learn time management skills and improve accuracy.

  1. Keep a tab on health

While one must give one’s best to succeed in CLAT 2020, it shouldn’t be at the cost of one’s health. Remember, you will be able to perform to the best of abilities only if you are properly rested and healthy. Many a times students in their zeal to do well in the exam forget to take care of their health and as a result fall sick. A less than optimized health will also affect the mental aspect impinging on its ability to perform properly.

The solution then is to take timely break between studies, eat healthy food, drink lots of water, and indulge in games that can act as stress-buster.

  1. Learn these exam-day etiquettes

Make it a point to reach the exam centre early. Late comers may not be allowed entry, and even if they are, it is not an ideal way to start an important exam. When reporting for exam, don’t forget to bring the CLAT 2020 admit card and a valid ID proof.

The admit card will contain details like name and roll number,date and time of exam, and the exam venue. Importantly, it will contain information about exam-day guidelines regarding proper code of conduct, allowed and barred items, etc. One needs to follow these guidelines diligently.

As far as order of attempt is concerned, tackle the scoring section or questions first, before moving on more difficult questions. And finally, keep a cool head, no matter what the exam situation is; it will pay rich dividends!

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can we appear the CLAT exam in pursuing the graduation help me

Kanupriya Gupta 28th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

CLAT is one of the most popular and important law entrance exams of the country. It stands for Common Law Admission Test. CLAT has 19 national universities participating in the test. It is conducted on rotational basis by the participating institutes. For instance, For the academic session 2018- 19, CLAT will be conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi. CLAT offers 3000 seats in all National universities under it. So the success rate for the same is 6% as 50,000 students appear for this exam.

To appear for the same, candidates should clear class 12th with a minimum aggregate percentage of 45.  Candidates appearing for 12th in the same year are also eligible to apply. There is no upper age limit.

Hope this helps. All the best!


please name the books that I prefer for clat 2020 after 12th class of all subjects?

KUNAL LANJEWAR 26th Jan, 2020


CLAT ( Common Law Entrance Test ) is an exam conducted to take admission into the 21 National Law Universities of India and 43 other Educational Institutes. National University of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 in offline mode on May 10, 2020.

Given below are some books suggested by the experts that you can prefer for preparing for the CLAT 2020 examination.

  • Word Power Made Easy

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  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning

  • Objective Arithmetic

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  • India Year Book

  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

Best Wishes.


after 12 can i get admission in PU or there is any exam like CLAT for admission

Sanjay Khandelwal 25th Jan, 2020
Punjab university conducts its own entrance examination for admission in law courses. That is for BA LLB or BCOM LLB. One will have to apply for application of the college and will have to appear for the entrance examination conducted by Punjab university for admission.
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Do I need to upload EWS Certificate along with CLAT Application form

Md Azmer 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

No there is no notification came out regarding to submit EWS certificate with the CLAT 2020 form. I suggest you to go the link before filling the form.


I hope this will solve your query.

Good Luck


can i get admission in Indra Prastha university on the basis of my rank in CLAT

akshat a. jha 24th Jan, 2020

No, IPU or GGSIPU conducts its own exam for entrance in its various courses.

The exam for law courses to get admission in IP university is IPU CET Law.

The Last date of Application submission for the exam is 1st week of May 2020 .

The Date of exam  and Result date would be 3rd  week of May 2020  and 4th week of May 2020  respectively.

The application fees is 1000 Rs for all category students. The exam is of 600 marks and has 150 questions in total to attempt in 150 minutes.

About Clat, The Clat exam provides admission in several other law colleges all over the country including all the NUL's.

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