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CLAT Time Management Tips & Tricks 2025

CLAT Time Management Tips & Tricks 2025

Edited By Ritika Jonwal | Updated on May 08, 2024 05:32 PM IST | #CLAT

CLAT is one of the most difficult entrance examinations for Law aspirants. This exam is conducted offline by National Law Universities(NLUs). Since this exam is long and passage-based , this effective time management plays a significant role in scoring good marks in the exam. Through this article, we will learn how to manage time in CLAT 2025.

Exam Pattern For CLAT 2025

As we see the CLAT exam is a pen-and-paper test of 120 questions consisting of 1 mark each. There are namely five sections that are English Language, Current Affairs, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and lastly Quantitative Techniques (Elementary Mathematics). Each section's weightage is different according to the number of questions in it. CLAT marking scheme for this exam is, for every correct answer a candidate gets one mark each and for every incorrect question attempted, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks. However, there is no negative marking for unanswered questions. A candidate gets a time duration of 120 minutes for attempting all the sections which is 120 marks. The language of the examination is English and the type of questions asked is MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions).

Subject

QuestionsMarks

English language

28-32

1 mark each

Current Affairs

35-39

1 mark each

Legal Reasoning

35-39

1 mark each

Logical Reasoning

28-32

1 mark each

Quantitative Techniques

13-17

1 mark each

Total

120 questions

120 marks

Time Management Tips for CLAT 2025

All the other sections except for Quantitative Techniques are passage-based sections which have passages comprising 450-500 words. Hence, it becomes challenging to read, comprehend and answer approximately 100 questions from all four sections in 1 hour of time. Therefore, time management is one of the most essential aspects of a competitive entrance exam like CLAT. So, Here are some tips and tricks that’ll help you to smoothly help in divide your time among all five sections and distribute equal attention to it as well. The CLAT Time Management 2024 tips are as follows.

  1. As already mentioned earlier, four out of five sections are passage-based which implies that it’ll require you to improve and enhance your reading skills. Approximately, 1.5-2 hours of reading daily, is necessary for every candidate to avoid reading problems in your CLAT question paper. Thereafter, develop habits of skim reading while you are reading newspapers or articles. Skimming or skim reading is a process in which you quickly go through a particular text and get a rough idea or clarity of what that text is trying to portray. This will aid you in understanding as well as comprehending the paragraph without missing anything important in it.
  2. The second and the most important part of managing your time in the exam is through giving ample mocks before appearing for the main exam. Mocks help you to know your strengths and weaknesses. It also trains your mind to work in a specific way to solve such types of questions within the stipulated time. Eventually, it will also help you to analyse how much time you personally require for each section. It provides you with clarity for a number of attempts and the standard of questions that will be there in the main exam.
  3. Third is, to go back to the basics. After giving CLAT mock tests, you also get an idea about your preparation of how much have you excelled or how much you lack in certain topics. If you feel that you need to focus more on a particular section or a certain topic of that section, go back to your notes or seek assistance from your mentors. Doing this will prevent you from devoting too much time to one question itself, and doing so might hamper your performance in other sections as well. Therefore, if your basics are sorted, you get surety over it to answer and move ahead quickly.
  4. Furthermore, it is most likely to happen that, the strategy you decided during mocks might not be effective enough for the main exam. In such a situation, first, calm down your mind for a second and move to another section. For example, you decided in your mocks that you would start attempting from the Legal Reasoning section, but it turns out to be the most difficult one in the main exam. Hence, skip that entire section to be solved in the end and move on to another section from where you feel you can fetch marks without wasting your time. This will help you boost your morale during the exam.
  5. Fourth is, dividing your time for each section after the question paper is given to you. Give 1 minute to go through the essence of each section and distribute your time according to your convenience. For example, you have decided to give 30 mins to the GK section, try to solve the entire section within 30 mins itself and move ahead after 30 mins even if the section is not completely attempted.
  6. Start reading the instructions given to you behind the answer booklet so that once you get your question booklet you get a stance to read it. This will prevent you from turtle-reading of initial questions.
  7. Don’t HURRY! You must keep yourself calm and relaxed during the exam to avoid wrongful marking of questions.
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Section Wise Distribution of Time For CLAT 2025

Because the CLAT exam consists of only 120 minutes and is passage-based, students must manage their time well across the five sections.

SubjectQuestionsTime

English Reading

30 Approx.

25 Mins

General Knowledge

35-40 Approx.

25 Mins

Legal Reasoning

35-40 Approx.

30 Mins

Logical Reasoning

30 Approx.

25 Mins

Quantitative Techniques

10-15 Approx.

10 Mins

Total

120 questions

120 mins

  • CLAT English reading: In this section, there is a lot of reading material based on which you have to answer all the questions and therefore a minimum of 30 minutes should be given to this section so that barely you can solve 25-28 questions that is almost 90% of the total weightage.
  • General Knowledge: In this section, there are passages though but mostly all the questions can be solved without reading the paragraph. Hence, in general, you have to answer the GK section by just reading the question and the options given to it. Therefore, giving 25 mins is more than enough for this part of the paper also because in this section there is a possibility that you either know the answer surely or else you’re completely unaware of it. So, you don’t have to spend your time thinking of the answer.
  • Legal Reasoning: This section is among the most important sections of the paper and that is why there is a need to give ample time to this particular section. There are passages which are to be read along with the legal technicalities and terms. Therefore, providing enough time to this section is very essential as it also contains a heavy amount of weight.
  • Logical Reasoning: This section is moderate and giving 25-30 minutes to it is sufficient. However, you might feel uncertainty while answering the questions in this section. Therefore, is advisable to skip such questions and move forward to avoid the consequences of negative marking.
  • Quantitative Techniques: Lastly, this section consists of basic mathematical problems which are not as time-consuming as other sections and the number of questions is also comparatively lesser it. It contains direct questions along with four options as mentioned earlier and hence giving it 10-12 mins is more than enough. Also, you can grab the maximum number of marks from this section.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. How to do time management in CLAT exam?

Effective management in the CLAT exam involves, first, the basic understanding of the pattern, section-wise time distribution based on priority, and using various shortcuts(only when you are confident). For building speed and accuracy regularly give the mock test and analyse yourself with the e help of an answer key.


2. How many hours should I study for CLAT?

The number of hours to study for the CLAT exam depends on person to person. In an ideal situation, every day, it takes around 4 to 6 hours to study. However, to complete the syllabus within these hours, the CLAT aspirants have to be very diligent and determined to hard work.


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Questions related to CLAT

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Hello!

Yes, you are eligible for CLAT exam if you have cleared your class 12 examination from a recognized board with minimum of 45% marks. For SC/ST category students, only 40% aggregate score is required to be eligible for this exam. In addition, students who are currently in their class 12 and are due to pass out in 2025 are also eligible to apply.

For more information, please visit the website by clicking on the link given below:

https://law.careers360.com/articles/clat-eligibility-criteria

Hope this information will help you. Best wishes ahead!


Hello,


To prepare for the CLAT exam:


1. Focus on Legal Aptitude, English Language, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Quantitative Techniques, and Legal Reasoning.

2. Practice solving mock tests and previous papers.

3. Stay updated with current affairs and legal developments.


Hope this helps,

Thank you

Hii There,

Yes, after completing a B.Sc. degree from any recognized university, you are eligible to apply for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to various National Law Universities (NLUs) in India for their integrated LLB programs. You can also pursue a traditional LLB program (3-year) from any university that offers it, provided you meet their specific eligibility criteria. It's important to check the individual university's or college's eligibility requirements for their LLB program.


I hope this answers your question.

Thanks

Hello aspirant,

Hope you are doing great.

As per your question, NO you are not eligible to give CLAT exam this year. Because the eligibility criteria for the CLAT exam provides that, you need to complete your 12th grade and during the filling of application form for the CLAT, you need to put your marks, and without completing 12th you cannot get your marks.

Hope this helps!

Hello,

you would likely give the CLAT examination in 2025. The CLAT examination is typically taken by students in their final year of high school or after completing high school, depending on the specific requirements of the universities or colleges they are applying to. Since you will be in class 12th in 2025, you would most likely take the CLAT exam in that year for admission to undergraduate law programs starting in the academic year 2026. However, it is essential to verify the specific eligibility criteria and exam dates for the CLAT exam in 2025 by checking the official CLAT website or contacting the conducting authority.

Hope this helps you,

Thank you

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Option: 1

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Option: 2

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Option: 3

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Option: 4

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125 toffees cost Rs. 75, Find the cost of one million toffees if there is a discount of 40% on the selling price for this quantity.

 

Option: 1

Rs.3,00,000


Option: 2

Rs. 3,20,000


Option: 3

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Option: 4

Rs.4,00,000


14. Find the present value (in Rs.) of Rs.3000 due after 5 years at 10% p.a. simple interest.

Option: 1

1500


Option: 2

1800


Option: 3

2000


Option: 4

2500


24. Raju took a loan at 8% per annum simple interest for a period of 5 years. At the end of five years he paid Rs.10640 to clear his loan. How much loan did he take?

Option: 1

Rs.8500


Option: 2

Rs.8000


Option: 3

Rs.7700


Option: 4

Rs.7600


'A' carelessly left an iron pole across a public road 300 m from that spot was a traffic signal indicating speed limit to be 20 kmph. B, riding a scooter at 80 kmph, noticed the protrusion from a distance, but still could not avoid it, collided with the pole and was injured. In an action by B against A.

Option: 1

B will lose as he was driving very fast


Option: 2

B will lose for some other reasons


Option: 3

B will succeed, because A was careless


Option: 4

B will succeed, because A could have avoided the mishap by putting up a warning


'A' was having a get together with his old friends and on his friend's suggestions, he consumed some alcohol. On his way back to home at night, 'A' heard some footsteps and turning back, he imagined he saw a figure moving towards him with a spear. In fact, it was only a man, 'B' with an umbrella, who was telling 'A' to walk carefully since 'A' appeared to be unsteady. However, 'A' proceeded to attack 'B' with an iron rod leading to grave injuries to 'B'. Is 'A' guilty of causing grievous hurt to 'B'?

Option: 1

No, 'A' is not guilty because in his intoxicated state, the umbrella appeared a spear to him and he exercised his right of private defence.


Option: 2

No, 'A' is not guilty because 'B' could have attacked 'A' with his umbrella


Option: 3

No, 'A' is not guilty because he was intoxicated on the suggestions of his friends and was incapable of knowing that he was savagely attacking a man, who was carrying only an umbrella


Option: 4

Yes, 'A' is guilty because he got intoxicated voluntarily and under the effect of this voluntary intoxication, he attacked and caused grievous injuries to 'B' who posed no threat to him in fart


'A"s cattle was being regularly stolen and 'A' was unable to apprehend the thief. One night, 'A' finally manages to catch 'B' untying his cow from the cowshed under the cover of darkness. 'A' slowly crept up to 'B' and slashed his neck with a sickle leading to the death of 'B' Is 'A' guilty of the offence of culpable homicide?

Option: 1

No, 'A' was only exercising his right of private defence of property


Option: 2

No, 'B' continued stealing of his cattle would have rendered his business inoperable


Option: 3

Yes, 'A' had no reasonable apprehension that 'A' could suffer any grievous hurt if he did not kill 'B'


Option: 4

Yes, 'A' should have first challenged 'B' to surrender before taking any steps to cause 'B's death


A, a 15 year old girl, having been rebuked by her mother leaves her house. At railway station she met the accused who takes her to his house. He provides her clothes, money and ornaments at his house and has sexual intercourse with the girl with her consent. What offence has been committed?

Option: 1

The mother is accused of maltreatment.


Option: 2

The accused is guilty of rape.  


Option: 3

The accused is not guilty.


Option: 4

None of the above.


A, a 15 year old girl, left her mother’s house and joined the accused because her mother has turned down the proposal of her marriage with the accused on the ground that she was too young. While she was with the accused he had sexual intercourse with her against her will. What offence has been committed?

Option: 1 None

Option: 2 None

Option: 3 None

Option: 4 None

A, a chain snatcher, forcibly pulled the ear rings from the ears of an old lady. Both the ear lobes were torn and the old lady suffered pain and suffering for over three weeks. For what offence can A be prosecuted? What offence have been committed?

Option: 1

He is guilty of theft.


Option: 2

A is guilty of voluntarily causing ‘grievous hurt’.


Option: 3

He is guilty of rash and negligent.


Option: 4

None of the above.


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