Dos and Don'ts for CLAT 2020
Updated on Jan 6, 2020 - 10:34 a.m. IST by Shubham Bhakuni
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Dos and Don’ts for CLAT 2020 - NLSRL Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 on May 10, with less than five months left for CLAT preparation, now its time to understand the dos and don’t for CLAT 2020. With an updated exam pattern and syllabus, this year, CLAT paper will be different than the earlier ones. So, the article, dos and don’t for CLAT 2020 deals with what new or what different can bring the best out of you and ensure a seat in one of the top National Law Universities of India. Read the complete article to know more about the dos and don’ts for CLAT 2020 and other CLAT preparation guidelines.

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CLAT 2020 - Things you must know!

New changes to the CLAT exam pattern and the syllabus

The conducting body had indicated a complete shift in CLAT while approving the new CLAT exam pattern 2020. Candidates still unaware of the updated CLAT 2020 exam pattern must read the complete exam pattern, going for CLAT 2020 with an old exam pattern will surely damage your chances of clearing CLAT.

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Though the syllabus of CLAT 2020 remains the same, but now the conducting body has made it much more clear than ever. The comprehension based questions for the sections like maths, current affairs are some of the top surprises for this year. Candidates must understand the CLAT syllabus 2020 before anything because if you are using the old CLAT syllabus, then it might turn into your biggest mistake for CLAT 2020.

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Dos and Don’ts for CLAT 2020

The guidelines related to CLAT can be divided into two parts; what you must do and what you should avoid doing. So, let’s start with what you must do for an effective CLAT preparation.

Dos for CLAT 2020

  1. Give your best shot -

The examination is only a few months away, thus, this is the time you should concentrate only on the examination. If you have read Mahabharata, and know about Arjuna, be like him. Concentrate only on the eye of the bird, in your case, CLAT 2020! All things can wait but this time, if lost, cannot be compensated. So stay focused and give your 100%. The best way is to make a way is to prepare a study plan for the remaining time and be consistent during the course of your preparation.

  1. Revision -

You may have a lot to cover a lot of syllabus, but do not forget revising what has been completed. A question in the examination may come from a small piece of news that you had read a few months back, but you could not attempt it because you failed to recollect that what you have read. So, revision is important.

  1. Mock tests -

Preparation for CLAT is incomplete without mock tests. So, mock tests are a must-do for CLAT 2020. In the remaining time, mock tests are the real boosters. The comprehension based test paper of CLAT is expected to be a time consuming one, so solving the mock tests will make you accustomed to the new exam pattern and you can learn more about time management. Also, you can analyse the outcomes of the mock. Find out the topics that are pulling your score down in the mock.

A healthy mind lives in a healthy body.

The long study hours and a hectic schedule may turn detrimental for your health thus affecting the preparation negatively. So, it is very important to stay aware of the health status. Keep an eye on diet plans and take out some time for exercise and sports, it will keep you physically active and mentally healthy.

Let us now discuss the pre-exam don’ts for CLAT -

Do not depend solely on a single source for mock tests

Many preparation institutes organize mock tests every day for a month before the examination. Solve question papers from various institutes, sample papers online, previous years question paper, etc. This will expose you to a variety of questions that can be asked in the examination.

Do not join multiple preparation institutes

Many students have the tendency to join 2-3 preparation institutes and they end up coming home tired and exhausted, with no time or energy left for self-study. Choose the institute that fulfills your requirements. Self study is a very important part of the preparation phase. Do not depend on the preparation done in the coaching institute solely.

Do not collect too many books and study material

During the course of your preparation, try not to buy and read a variety of books; for eg, reading polity form Laxamikant and then again taking D D Basu for the same subject will not benefit you especially when you have a time crunch. Rather than looking for a variety of material, you can revise the topics from a single source and will certainly benefit you.

Do not spend hours watching the news on television

If you have a pictographic memory, and watching the news helps you retain facts better, see the super-fast section of the news channel, that too of some specific channels such as DD News or Rajyasdabha TV. A news channel repeats the same news for hours, plus the long ad breaks. This will be detrimental rather than being beneficial. Alternatively, you can listen to news on the radio, it is short and to the point.

Do not start new topics a day before the examination

Avoid starting anything new a day before the examination. This day should be reserved to prepare for the battle, not to learn how to fight! So, spend the day solving a mock and revise topics that are important. Keep everything ready for the next day, so as to avoid any delays.

Dos and Don'ts for CLAT 2020 - Exam day guidelines

Let us now see the dos and don’ts for CLAT exam day. These are small pointers which will help you perform better in the examination. We have stated them in chronological order, in the sequence of occurrence.

  • Wear comfortable clothes on the day of the examination.

  • Eat light! You don’t want to feel uneasy or drowsy because of the heavy breakfast that you had.

  • Reach the exam centre at least an hour early.

  • Avoid taking part in a pre-exam discussion.

  • While solving the question paper, start with the section you find easiest. This will help you save time and will improve your score.

  • Do not hesitate to switch between sections

  • Be careful with the legal reasoning section. Tiebreaker

  • Keep an eye on the questions that you have marked for review

  • Be prepared for surprises. CLAT has a history of being a notorious one sometimes. So be prepared for anything that comes in the examination. The art is to handle such surprises well.

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I scored 63% in 10th board. will it create any hindrances in CLAT selection?

Md Azmer 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

No it will not cause any issue as for 10th there is no eligibility criteria written as such for CLAT. But you have to score atleast 45% if you are unresearved category.

I hope this will solve your query.

Good Luck


right now I have just finished with my 11th std final examination. when should I start preparing for clat.

Kalpana Sharma 23rd Feb, 2020
Hi Khushi,
It will be good for you if you start preparing for the CLAT exam alongside with your class 12 examination.
It will help you to score good and you can get admission in five years integrated law course in your desired institution.
The entrance exam syllabus consists of English, mathematics, logical reasoning and Aptitude, GK and current affairs.
For more detailed information about the exam, refer the following website:

Best Wishes

I have applied for clat 2020 I will be eligible to get admission in bba llb in u s l l s I I p Delhi on the basis of clat score or seperate IPucet ?

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 23rd Feb, 2020
In 2019  indraprastha University has changed the rules regarding IPU CET Exam now for various law courses it will take admission on the basis of your merit prepared  in common law admission Test that is CLAT exam so you don't need to appear for any separate exam you can directly go through the CLAT exam.
Best of luck.

sir if i got bck in last semester in llb then i am eligible for clat exam or not

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020
It is not mentioned anywhere that you can be eligible for CLAT exam with having backlog in LLB if you are asking for CLAT PG for 1 year LLM course, then as it is mentioned that to be eligible you need to have minimum 50% in graduation but this percent should be without backlog in any subject you will have to clear that backlog and then you can fill the application form of CLAT.
Best of luck.

sir if i got bck in last semester then i will be eligible for clat exam or not bcoz i have to give the special bck ppr

Shareef 23rd Feb, 2020



You are eligible for CLAT PG because you will be considered as final year student. But you have to pass in all subjects atleast by the time of counselling. You should have all your documents by the time of counselling. Or else your admission will be cancelled.

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