Expert suggestions on cracking Online CLAT 2015
Updated on Apr 2, 2015 - 9:13 a.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Barely a few months are more to go for the most sought after law entrance exam, CLAT 2015 which shall be conducted in an online format on May 10, 2015. CLAT 2015 aspirants are gearing up for the online test. They may have some doubts and queries for a strategic preparation and advices for cracking Online CLAT 2015. Careers360 brings you expert suggestions on cracking online CLAT 2015.

Ashwin Madhavan, Co-Founder and Director, Enhelion Knowledge Ventures Pvt Ltd, in an exclusive interview with Careers360 shares suggestions to crack online CLAT 2015. He delineates the advantages of CLAT being conducted online and advices CLAT 2015 aspirants on how to prepare for the online exam with a strategy.

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Excerpts of the Interview –

Careers360: How aspirants need to begin their preparation for Online CLAT?
Ashwin Madhvan: Students need to stay focused on appearing for the online exam. They should start their CLAT 2015 by reading at least three English newspapers, a day including The Hindu and The Indian Express. Students should note that a sizeable number of questions cover sections like General Knowledge and Legal General Knowledge.


Although one can’t improve his/her General Knowledge overnight, but I would recommend the aspirants to read newspapers on a daily basis as there are almost 100 days remaining for the online exam. Reading newspapers would help the aspirants in updating current affairs knowledge and also help in improving their vocabulary and writing skills, which are utmost essential for a law aspirant.


Careers360: What are the advantages of online exams?
Ashwin Madhvan:Although online entrance tests were introduced a few years back, this is the first time CLAT Committee has taken the decision of conducting an online exam. Online exams are easier to handle as far as administering them is concerned. The declaration of results is quicker. I would advocate for an online exam instead of a paper-pen based mode because the online mode is much neater and easy to manage.Above all, aspirants can change or edit their answers in online mode, which is not possible in the offline mode, once you have marked your answers.

Careers360: What would you suggest for preparing Legal Aptitude section, which is a new section for law entrance aspirants?
Ashwin Madhvan:I strongly recommend that aspirants need to prepare for this section. I believe that legal aptitude can be prepared well if guided by an expert. Experienced exam experts can help students in cracking the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2015, which is considered the most crucial section.If there is a tie in the marks of two students, CLAT committee will give a higher rank to the candidate who has scored more marks in Legal Aptitude. Besides, an aspirant can solve as many as last years’ papers and take mock tests before appearing for the law entrance exam so as to build confidence.

Careers360: What advises would you like to share with CLAT aspirants regarding section-wise preparation?What books would you recommend for the various sections including English, General Knowledge, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
Ashwin Madhvan:I do have some advices for section-wise preparation. Sharing a few –

Mathematics: All you need to do is pick up a basic book that has all the important concepts taught till grade 10. No questions are asked beyond grade 10th Mathematics.


English: I would recommend reading newspapers regularly. Apart from that, pick up a good dictionary and learn 20 words, each day. Ensure to write the new words along with their meanings in a separate notebook. For difficult words, I would recommend that try to know the meaning of the very word and use it in your daily routine. Use it a couple of times amongst your friends and family. I guarantee you that you will never forget the difficult words ever.


General Knowledge: Never listen to anyone who suggests that only by reading a book, you can score marks in General Knowledge section. You can cover this section, from reading newspapers and watching news channels regularly. You need to update yourself with the day-to-day happenings in legal fields apart from national and international news and awards and honours.


Moreover, that I would recommend Competition Success Review for General Knowledge. They really helped me in my preparation.


Legal Aptitude: I would recommend for Pearsons Publications book for preparing this section. You need to practice as much as possible from the book and then take online mock tests to check your level. It’ll help you in a long run.


Logical Reasoning: I would recommend Pearsons Publications and Competition Success Review Publications for this section.


Careers360:  What advice would you like to give the aspirants taking Online CLAT 2015?
Ashwin Madhvan: CLAT 2015 aspirants will have to read newspapers, practice legal aptitude questions regularly and learn atleast 20 new words each day.

As you are over with your board exams, you’ll need to give atleast 5 hours of practicing and studying for CLAT.


Most importantly – watch news regularly. I would recommend NDTV, BBC and CNN channels for news. You’ll need to stay focussed and hard work is expected. Success will be yours.

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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.


is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

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is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

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