How to attempt CLAT 2020 legal aptitude section
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How to attempt CLAT 2020 legal aptitude section - The legal aptitude in the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) has been deemed as one of the toughest sections to answer due to its content enormity, especially when the candidate is freshly acquainted with this subject. While preparing for CLAT, students often find themselves confused and frustrated when studying the subject material to create their legal aptitude. Due to fresh exposure, students are unable to prioritise the topics under this subject while preparing. The legal aptitude cannot be ignored as it forms one of the major sections of the exam. Scoring high in this section helps the candidate in securing higher rank in CLAT. Keeping in mind, the importance of strong legal aptitude for CLAT, Careers360 brings out an advisory on how to attempt CLAT legal aptitude section for freshers. It is also recommended as a good read for those candidates who are acquainted to this subject. Aspirants may go through this article which has been written after consulting with the seasoned law experts. The tips provided in this article will help the candidates getting the desired scores in legal aptitude section which will automatically lead to a higher rank in CLAT and getting admission in their desired National Law University.

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The need of conceptual clarity and proper practise

As per the expert, Prof. K. Madan, Faculty Head at Delhi Law Academy, students are required to “Have thorough knowledge of the laws.” The law aspirants are required to strengthen their understanding of the concepts and principles involved in this section. This is only possible when the candidates practise rigorously and clarify their doubts whenever and wherever they are stuck. “Students must devote 60 mins daily to solve some problems. In case of doubts, do not hesitate to take expert advice. Practice as much as possible. Take sharp mock test series.”, Prof. K. Madan added.

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What are the important topics under the legal aptitude section?

Under every section, there are topics which require undivided and unconditional attention and thorough practise. We have chalked down the important topics under the legal aptitude section for our readers that they need to prepare well to get a high score in their CLAT 2020:

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  • General theory of Law of Torts

  • Contracts and Criminal Law

  • Constitution and Polity

  • Contemporary legal developments

  • Constitution, legal terms & maxims

  • General legal awareness

For freshers, it has been wisely advised by Mr. Rajneesh Singh, Director, DoZen, that “Aspirants should read a basic book on legal concepts of subjects like tort, contract etc. but with lots of examples. Avoid a book which has very detailed concepts and is actually prescribed for law school students.”

There are certain topics that freshers can refrain devoting too much time on. According to Mr. Harsh Gagrani, Director, LegalEdge, “Students face issues around Miscellaneous topics of Legal Aptitude, which normally cover topics like Intellectual Property Rights, Property Law, Family Law etc. Students should not try to go through these topics in depth, as not many questions appear around these topics, and they are anyway asked pretty superficially. Going through Miscellaneous questions of the Previous Years' Papers thoroughly should be more than enough for tackling this part of Legal Aptitude.”

Books recommended by the experts for preparation of CLAT legal aptitude section.

Aspirants need to know the right source of information and knowledge when they are confused. They look for clarity, which is why we are providing our readers with book suggestions for the preparation of CLAT legal aptitude recommended by the experts. Instead of rummaging through the vast course, aspirants can now narrow down their preparation and efforts by preparing from the suggested book options:

  • LA/LR (6th Edition) by AP Bhardwaj for Legal Knowledge

  • Complete CLAT Companion by Harsh Gagrani for Legal Aptitude (Both Reasoning and Knowledge).

  • LegaLE magazine provided by LegalEdge for Current Legal Knowledge

  • Study material provided by Career Launcher

  • Legal Edge Books

  • CLAT Essentials by Rajneesh Singh (available in a month)

  • CLAT Essentials (Static GK) for Legal GK (Static)

It has been suggested by Prof. K. Madan that students must be aware of the quality of the books commonly available in the market as they are often of bad quality. He commented, “Answers are wrong, and many facts are outdated. It is better to subscribe to a better source of information like a good online course rather than any standard book to prepare for CLAT legal aptitude section.”

Time Management for the preparation of Legal Aptitude section (CLAT 2020)

The time management skill is an asset that candidates must bring to full use while preparing for any exam. Finishing the paper timely without compromising on the accuracy is the only goal that every aspirant has while attempting any exam. “Principle - Fact - Option - Double check language of correct option with principle and mark. DO NOT double check with facts. Double checking with facts, in most cases, leads to wastage of time, without really improving the accuracy,” suggests Harsh Gagrani. He further added, “Candidates must improve their legal vocabulary. The more the candidates get acquainted with legal terminologies, the faster they will able to solve the questions.”

It has been claimed by Mr. Rajneesh Singh that, “The principles play a major role in the test questions, candidates restrict their thinking capacities just to the principle and hence are not able to arrive at an answer.” He later commented, “Often principle has no role and it is all about reasoning, common sense and rational assumptions. Question setters often tries to trap you by making a redundant principle which is catchy enough to deviate you. The idea is to work inside the boundary of the principle to attempt legal aptitude for CLAT.”

An excessive amount of effort needs to be put by the candidates while practising for legal aptitude section for CLAT 2020 in order to tackle tough questions in time. Prof. Hema Raman, Founder-Director of Sriram Law Academy, says, “With loads of practice and speed reading exercises, they can complete this section easily. Taking a number of mock tests will be an added advantage.”

Why solving the mock tests is an important part of preparation?

According to our seasonal law experts, solving multiple CLAT mock tests and analysing your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats while preparing (basically, SWOT analysis) helps the candidates to extract maximum benefit through their efforts. If a candidate is practising at least 70-80 mock tests, he/she is out to figure out his/her weaknesses which requires acknowledgement and needs to be worked upon. A strong suggestion has been made by Harsh Gagrani, “Don't just make a mental note of the mistakes they have been making (which most students do!), make an actual note in a notebook. Write down the meanings of difficult words, common mistakes candidates are making, current legal knowledge questions that they came across in that notebook. This notebook will come in handy in the last few weeks of their CLAT 2019 preparation.”

As per Prof. Hema Raman, the focus should remain on the art of working as per the principles while practicing the mock tests. She says, “While attempting legal aptitude questions, students should not deviate from the given principle. It could be tempting for a student to choose an option from an emotional perspective or what is realistic. They remember that they are tested for their ability to answer the question by applying the principle.” If a candidate is able to adapt him/herself to this strategy while practising the mock tests, he/she will be able to apply this while attempting the legal section of CLAT which will help them score well.

Tips for the last week of preparation - 7 days before CLAT

It is said that the strategy applied by the candidates 7 days prior to the CLAT exam is a game changer. Candidate should avoid consuming new information as it will only overburden their brain with massive data. Harsh Gagrani stresses on revision of the course that candidates have been preparing all this while. Our experts suggest brushing up on the previous years' legal reasoning questions again and revising current legal knowledge notes one week prior to the CLAT.

How to tackle the ‘assertion and reasoning’ questions in the legal aptitude section?

It has been observed that most CLAT aspirants face difficulty while attempting assertion and reasoning questions in the legal aptitude section. According to Harsh Gagrani, “Everyone should understand that these being a part of Legal Knowledge, one cannot expect good scores in A-R unless they improve their Legal Knowledge dramatically. Thus, focus first on improving Legal Knowledge.”

Is it essential to have prior legal knowledge to attempt legal aptitude section in the CLAT?

According to our experts, students should not stress about having prior legal knowledge to ace the legal aptitude section in the CLAT as it is based on conceptual clarity and does not require prior footing in the legal realm. Prof. Hema Raman says, “Students are only tested for their analytical ability to apply the given principle in a question. They just need to focus on current legal news through newspapers and websites. They are not expected to learn all the case laws.”

Mr. Rajneesh Singh added, “One must understand that legal reasoning does not necessarily mean one must have intricate knowledge in the field of Law, rather than having an understanding of the reasoning and logic is important.”

Please note, this year Common Law Admission Test, also known as CLAT, will be conducted by NUSRL, Ranchi.

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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

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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,

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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.

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