How to prepare for CLAT
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How to prepare for CLAT 2020: Doing well in a national-level exam like CLAT is no walk in the park. In fact for many, success is the result of months and years of toil and sacrifice. There are a number of factors that make CLAT a difficult proposition. One being it is the gateway to top law colleges like NLU Bengaluru and NLU Naslar, thereby attracting a large number of applicants. Second, the exam conducting authority is always finding ways to make the screening process airtight so that no unworthy candidate doesn't get through. Only recently the NLU consortium made some changes to CLAT exam pattern, and more could be in the pipeline. Given the scenario, the CLAT aspirant needs to know at least the basics of how to prepare for CLAT 2020, and turn themselves into worthy candidates to succeed.

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The offline-based CLAT 2020 entrance exam will be conducted on May 10, 2020, for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by participating institutes. CLAT application form 2020 will commence from January 1 onwards.

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  1. In press release held recently, the NLU consortium announced the introduction of comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.

  2. Further, the number of questions was reduced from 200 to 120-150.

What the new changes entail?

The changes have put comprehension and reasoning skills at the forefront; two skills which are considered most important for future lawyers to succeed in their profession.

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The consortium was of the view that the old pattern was more suited to memory-based testing and so was not aligned to the teaching methodologies adopted by leading law schools.

The candidate next needs to follow these CLAT 2020 preparation tips:

  1. Go through the syllabus and exam pattern of CLAT 2020: The syllabus of CLAT 2020 would outline what topics are necessary and which are not. Consequently you would not end up wasting time of irrelevant topics. Meanwhile, the CLAT 2020 exam pattern would could help in formulating a exam-preparation strategy. For example, CLAT being an offline exam, one needn’t worry about technical snags, but instead focus on how to increase speed increase and accuracy when answering questions on OMS sheets.

  2. Formulate a study plan: There should be a method to the madness! Also, having a preparation plan in place makes it easier to take stock of things, like if you go off track or fall behind. It is important to realize that there is no need to be rigid when deciding on how much one needs to study, as each one individual has his/her own intake capacity and to handle pressure. So, study only that much that you can handle, and stay away from overkill. If you are looking for guidance, look no further than Paras Pare, the AIR 73 in CLAT 2019, who studied 6-7 hours daily, which he says is “sufficient if you study daily.”

  3. Get the book combination right: Interestingly even if you are prepared to work hard, but if the study material is substandard you won’t go too far. It is because (1) you may end up putting twice the effort to learn even simple concepts (2) sometimes you may learn things incorrectly, and unlearning them could be difficult (3) at other times, the concepts only barely scratch the subject, and you are left half-baked (4) then there may be very limited practice sets to test your learning, etc. So, it is paramount candidates follow the best books for CLAT 2020 preparation.

  4. Focus on the weak areas: If you are weak in a particular subject, make sure that you dedicate enough time to improve. Paras shares, “from the start I was a little weak in English so I gave the most amount of time to prepare for it.”

  5. Formulating a study technique: Mouli Kaushal Jain, the CLAT 2019 AIR 5, and topper among girls, used the Pomodoro technique for her studies. She says, “In this technique a person studies for 30 minutes and then take a break of 5 minutes and this is repeated 4 times and then a long break of 20 minutes is given.It improves productivity and concentration.” The candidate may likewise adopt a technique that suits them.

  6. Take mock tests: They constitute the most important part of a candidate’s exam preparation journey, according to Mouli. But she suggests, “Also apart form giving, analysing the paper is also as important as giving it. Thus after every mock test, through analysis is required.”

  7. Keep stress at bay: Don’t make the mistake of forgoing food, sleep, and rest. Or else you will burn out even before the big event occurs. One way to stay healthy and positive is to stay in the moment and don’t look too far ahead. Take one day at a time and give it your best shot.

How to prepare for CLAT 2020 - which section to answer first?

A question that many students have is regarding the order of questions in the exam. Amitendra Kumar, Product Head, CL-LST (Career Launcher - Law School Tutorials ), however, says students shouldn’t get so caught up in the sequence of answering questions. He instead says, “There is no ‘perfect’ order of answering the sections. However, one must always attempt the scoring section first. Also, the order in which the sections are attempted must be in sync with the aspirant’s strengths. One needs to keep in mind that the objective is to score maximum possible marks and to clear the cut-offs.”

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can we appear the CLAT exam in pursuing the graduation help me

Kanupriya Gupta 28th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

CLAT is one of the most popular and important law entrance exams of the country. It stands for Common Law Admission Test. CLAT has 19 national universities participating in the test. It is conducted on rotational basis by the participating institutes. For instance, For the academic session 2018- 19, CLAT will be conducted by National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi. CLAT offers 3000 seats in all National universities under it. So the success rate for the same is 6% as 50,000 students appear for this exam.

To appear for the same, candidates should clear class 12th with a minimum aggregate percentage of 45.  Candidates appearing for 12th in the same year are also eligible to apply. There is no upper age limit.

Hope this helps. All the best!


please name the books that I prefer for clat 2020 after 12th class of all subjects?

KUNAL LANJEWAR 26th Jan, 2020


CLAT ( Common Law Entrance Test ) is an exam conducted to take admission into the 21 National Law Universities of India and 43 other Educational Institutes. National University of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi will conduct CLAT 2020 in offline mode on May 10, 2020.

Given below are some books suggested by the experts that you can prefer for preparing for the CLAT 2020 examination.

  • Word Power Made Easy

  • Butterworths

  • Lexis Nexis

  • Analytical Reasoning

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning

  • Objective Arithmetic

  • GK Today

  • Manorama Year Book

  • India Year Book

  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

Best Wishes.


after 12 can i get admission in PU or there is any exam like CLAT for admission

Sanjay Khandelwal 25th Jan, 2020
Punjab university conducts its own entrance examination for admission in law courses. That is for BA LLB or BCOM LLB. One will have to apply for application of the college and will have to appear for the entrance examination conducted by Punjab university for admission.
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Do I need to upload EWS Certificate along with CLAT Application form

Md Azmer 24th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

No there is no notification came out regarding to submit EWS certificate with the CLAT 2020 form. I suggest you to go the link before filling the form.


I hope this will solve your query.

Good Luck


can i get admission in Indra Prastha university on the basis of my rank in CLAT

akshat a. jha 24th Jan, 2020

No, IPU or GGSIPU conducts its own exam for entrance in its various courses.

The exam for law courses to get admission in IP university is IPU CET Law.

The Last date of Application submission for the exam is 1st week of May 2020 .

The Date of exam  and Result date would be 3rd  week of May 2020  and 4th week of May 2020  respectively.

The application fees is 1000 Rs for all category students. The exam is of 600 marks and has 150 questions in total to attempt in 150 minutes.

About Clat, The Clat exam provides admission in several other law colleges all over the country including all the NUL's.

For further information on Clat exam you can visit:-

and for For IPU CET Law:-

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