How to Crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt
Shubham Bhakuni, 19 Nov 2019, #CLAT
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How to crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt - with a lot of expectations, dreams, several law aspirants must be looking towards CLAT 2020, as a gateway for 21 national law universities of India. But then comes the hype and misconceptions created around it that, CLAT being the toughest law exam of India is a big hard nut to crack.

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But, what if we tell you the names who fought against the wind flow and cracked CLAT in their very first attempt? Sounds like breaking the myth? Yes, exactly that’s what CLAT 2019 topper Saumya Singh and many others have done in the past. Clearing CLAT 2020 in first attempt might look an arduous task, but what you need is the right planning, preparation and execution for CLAT 2020.

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Careers360 has interacted with several CLAT toppers, experts to understand what exactly the candidates should do to crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt. Read the article to get insight into the tips and tricks to clear CLAT 2020 in very first attempt.

How to crack CLAT 2020 in the first attempt?

The first step towards CLAT starts with understanding CLAT syllabus 2020. There will be 5 subjects in CLAT exam and from the syllabus of CLAT, you will need to understand what subject/topic carries how much of weightage of marks. The smart preparation of CLAT means, cover all the bases but always gives additional importance to the topics that dominate more than others.

CLAT 2020 - Subject wise marks distribution


Number of questions


English and comprehension



Legal aptitude



General Knowledge and Current Affairs






Logical Reasoning





‘Always start early to stay ahead’

Ideally, candidates should start preparing right after completing class 11. To crack CLAT 2020 in the first attempt, students will need to kick off for CLAT preparation simultaneously with board exams. That’s what Shikhar Agrawal, (AIR -6) CLAT 2018 did. As for Shikhar, he started the CLAT preparation 12 to 15 months prior to the exam. It is very important for CLAT aspirants to cover the syllabus at least once before the exam. Starting early ensures that you have ample time to cover your grounds and this gives you a relatively comfortable zone where you can revise the topics and attempt the mock tests for more effective preparation.

Devise a preparation strategy that suits you

Having a clear preparation strategy and a holistic execution of plan ensures that no stone is left unturned from your side, rest, as Thomas Edison once said, ``Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning”. Making a practically possible CLAT strategy will also give the much needed belief that if you stick with your plan, you can cover the maximum of CLAT syllabus.

Many CLAT aspirants must be in their schools, thus focussing on CLAT and school study is indeed a tough balancing act, but that’s where you will have to fight for CLAT 2020 exam. Regarding the board exams and CLAT preparation, Devansh Kaushik (AIR-2), 2018, accepts that he gave priority to CLAT exam when it came to balancing the board exams and CLAT preparation. The best way would be to prepare for both CLAT and board exam simultaneously by allotting time between them, and once the board exams are over, take CLAT 2020 in full swing.

Join a good online course or test series - Subscribing to a good online course will help you immensely by putting your preparation in the right order. There are several online courses for CLAT that provide online lectures, doubt solving classes and study material and test series. Find a comprehensive online course for CLAT that covers the entire syllabus in a time-bound manner.

Consistency will be the key to crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying basic fundamentals.” Jim Rohn

To crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt consistency should be there during your preparation. Taking small breaks is good as it re-energises the body and mind, but putting CLAT preparation in the back burner for something less important will surely damage your chances of clearing CLAT 2020 in first attempt. So, better, you do not push yourself to the extreme nor you take long breaks. Stay up with your regular plan and be consistent.

Attempt mock tests for an effective preparation

Regarding the role of CLAT mock tests, Rajendra Khadav of Crack CLAT Tutorials says, candidates will need to solve 5-6 online mock tests in a month during the early days. Solving mock tests will improve aspirants thinking and reacting capability within a given time frame while making them accustomed to the online mode.

The mock tests will help you in analyzing your weaknesses, so you can work on them within time. Moreover, the mock tests will also let you understand the types of questions asked in the CLAT exam and the level of difficulty.

Stay motivated to clear CLAT in first attempt

CLAT preparation is a bit lengthy process, sometimes it goes on for more than 15 months, so it is important for candidates to maintain the zeal and energy level throughout the journey. Losing hope is no good, to keep the tempo up, it is always good that you take small breaks during preparation and get refreshed.

There might be some low moments during your preparation, you should take help from a mentor. This can be someone like your parents, elder brother or teacher. A mentor should be someone who will encourage you to work harder, motivates you to fight out the low moments.

Subject wise preparation tips to crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt

Candidates should be aware of their weaknesses as it will be important to fix them at priority. Some may find English or reasoning section as more challenging while for others legal aptitude might appear new. Thus, it will be important to give some extra time for such topics.

English - Reading daily newspaper like The Hindu, The Indian Express is a time tested method of preparing for the English section. Reading a daily newspaper or a good monthly magazine will help you in boosting your vocabulary and improving grammar. Additionally, you should also refer to a good grammar book like Word Power Made Easy or Wren and Martin.

General knowledge and current affairs - While the GK section is more or less a static portion and can be prepared from a good gk book like Lucent General Knowledge, current affairs will require daily newspaper reading and a monthly current affairs magazine.

Legal aptitude - This section is probably the most important one. Conceptual clarity will be tested in legal aptitude, so candidates should be careful while preparing this section. Mere mugging up the facts and Acts is not enough. Better, try to solve previous year question papers to understand the types of questions asked in legal aptitude.

Logical reasoning - By practising mock test and previous years’ CLAT papers, you can specifically target the logical reasoning section. Often logical reasoning turns out to be a time-consuming portion, so candidates should focus more on to increase their speed of solving the logical reasoning.

Maths - This section will include questions from elementary maths of class 10th level. You can refer the NCERT books and R S Agrawal’s quantitative reasoning book to prepare maths. Regular practice of questions can ensure good marks in this section.

Topper’s advice to help you crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt

CLAT 2019, AIR-1, Saumya Singh

In an interview with careers360, Saumya Singh shared his preparation strategy and study plan. The 2019 topper says, ‘I started preparing for CLAT in class XI because I believed that it will give me an early bird advantage’. Saumya Singh also took help from a coaching centre to cover the syllabus well within the time and relied upon some standard books and coaching study materials. Apart from the study material, he also solved a lot of mock tests during his preparation. He believed CLAT is based on practice, so, solving the mock tests becomes very important.

When asked what advice he would like to give to new CLAT aspirants, Devansh Kaushik (AIR-2, 2018) says, take mock tests seriously, and be prepared for any kind of situation. While conceptual clarity is very important, candidates should also focus on consistency.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Crack CLAT 2020 in first attempt

Question: Can I clear CLAT 2020 in my first attempt?


Yes, with proper planning and execution CLAT can be cracked in the first attempt only. Many like Saumya Singh and Mouli Kaushal Jain have done it in past.

Question: How important is solving the mock tests for CLAT 2020 preparation?


Mock tests are a very important part of CLAT preparation. You can get to know about the types of questions asked, level of difficulty in the CLAT exam along with understanding your weak points.

Question: Can I clear CLAT 2020 without coaching?


Yes, with some dedicated self-preparation it is possible to crack CLAT 2020 without coaching, especially when the study materials are available easily.

Question: What is the ideal time to prepare for CLAT 2020?


Ideally, candidates should start preparing for CLAT after completing class 11th examination. Generally, 10 - 12 months are required to get some good marks in CLAT exam.

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how many south Indian government universities of clat

ÑÍthesh 7th Dec, 2019

Hello srikanth !!
There are 6 government universities in south india that accepts clat examination.

here is the list of the government universities accepts clat in India as per state wise,you just go through it you will get the profiles of universities.I hope this helps you.

Good luck!!


clat 2020 complete information,preparing to best book.

Bhasakar Ram 7th Dec, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

CLAT exam is an all india common entrance examination to get admission into UG and PG degree programs of can get admission in various universities across india through this examination.the CLAT 2020 exam will be held on 10th may,2020.CLAT 2020 application  form will be available from 1st january,2020 and you can apply through online mode.application fee will be Rs.4000/- for general/obc/pwd/sap and it is Rs.3500/- for sc/ must qualify the class 12 board exam in order to apply for this exam.the exam will be held in offline mode.there will be a total of 120-150 mcq's (for UG) and 150 mcq's (for PG).each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark and 0.25 will be deducted for every wrong answer.the duration of exam is 2 hours and total marks is 150.the admit card will be released on 3rd week of april,2020.result will be declared on last week of may,2020.councelling process starts from 1st week of june,2020.the syllabus include the subject areas of english grammar,general knowledge and current affairs,maths,legal aptitude and logical reasoning.for pg programmes,the subject areas are constitutional law,jurisprudence and other law subjects such as criminal law,international law,contract torts,ipr.

the important books to prepare for CLAT 2020 are:

  • word power made easy
  • Butterworths
  • Lexis nexis
  • Analytical reasoning
  • verbal reasoning
  • objectic arithmetic
  • gk today
  • universal's LLB entrance guide.

Hope this information is helpful to you.

thank you.


hey i am in graduation first year can i sit for clat exam during this period??

sumit ranjan 7th Dec, 2019
Hi there hope you are doing great yes you are eligible for or giving clat examination in your first year of graduation. the only criteria you need to fulfil is  that you must have secured at least 45% in your class 12th examination and for SC- ST student it is 40%. hope this will help you .good luck.

clat application fee for general category and application which date to start

Prashant Singh 7th Dec, 2019


CLAT application fees for general category is 4000.

The application/registration online form will start from 1st January 2020.


clat examination last rank of general category

Halry Bhalodia 7th Dec, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

for different colleges and different rounds rank changes.(opening as well as closing rank). i m providing you list for general category for round 1.

NLUs                                            round 1

NLSIU Bangalore                         56-57

NALSAR Hyderabad                   121-128

NLIU Bhopal                                329-361

WBNUJS Kolkata                         206-226

NLU Jodhpur                               295- 351

HNLU Raipur                               561-626

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