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 am 28 now. Can i get admission in basis of CLAT ot LSAT Score

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program as well as in CLAT PG exam. So if you are able to fetch decent score, then you can get admission on the basis of that score. There is also no upper age limit for appearing in LSAT India Examination. But you can check the age limit specified by individual colleges wherein you want to seek admission.

CLAT PG 2020 best books can u please help me with the best books which should be needed for the preparation of CLAT PG i repeat CLAT PG not CLAT UG cause i can not get CLAT PG books in my locality if u suggest me i can purchase it online

Khushi 23rd Jan, 2020

Hi Harsha

These are the best books for CLAT PG 2020

  • Universal’s LLM Entrance Guide
  • Lexis Nexis Butterworths
  • Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
  • Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Hope this helps!


I am appearing for 12 this year , can i apply for CLAt this year?

ayush mishra 23rd Jan, 2020

Yes, you can surely apply for the Common Law Admission Test while appearing for the board exams of class 12 for admission to UG courses. The eligibility criteria for CLAT states that the candidates who have passed their class12th Board Examination or The Senior Secondary School Examination can apply for the exam. In addition to it, the aspirants have to secure a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying exam for General Category and for SC and ST candidates, they need to secure 40% marks in qualifying exam. However, not only the students who have passed their class 12 examination can apply but also the candidates who are appearing in their qualifying exam can appear. In the case of admission to UG courses, this qualifying exam refers to Class 12 examination and hence you have all the rights to appear for it and there is no problem in applying for the exam but you also have to ensure that you fulfill the educational (and also other) eligibility criteria for the exam. If you want to know more about CLAT 2020, you can refer this link


How many people fill CLAT exam per year

ayush mishra 22nd Jan, 2020

Hey Vijay!

The actual number of applicants for the Common Law Admission Test differ every year and is usually experiencing a 8-10 % increase every year. Although the official records have many caveats attached to it but previous three year participants statistics is as follows:-

CLAT 2017:- 50,676

CLAT 2018:- close to 55000

CLAT 2019:- 60,000 approximately

So, approximately 55000 to 60000 students apply for the Clat examination every year. This number is the sum of total applicants for UG courses and the PG course. So, if you want to know about the UG course, approximately 50,000 people fill the exam every year and this year too you can expect the same trend.

However, it has to be said that many of those applicants fill the exam just to have an experience of a competitive examination after class 12 and hence if you are serious enough and have prepared well for the exam then your real competition is with probably 15000- 20000 people. Now, that is not any small number to compete against but given the stature of the examination, you will have to face such competition in order to fetch a seat in the top NLUs.

Good luck!


Can you please tell the best colleges of CLAT in maharashtra.

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020


these are some of the best colleges you have through clat in Maharashtra -

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur

Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad

Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai

Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune

Hope this helps.

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