How to prepare for CLAT 2014?
Ishita Parekh, 07 Aug 2014, #CLAT
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In this series of CLAT 2014 Preparation Tips, Aakanksha Nath from Career Launcher and an alumnus of NLU Jodhpur tells the law aspirants the preparation tips for Common Law Admission Test, lists out important topics from each subject and advises students on how to prepare for subjects like Legal Aptitude which is not taught to students who pass 12th class.

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Aakanksha Nath

Aakanksha Nath

Read this insightful interview below.

1. Less than six months are left for CLAT UG 2014: What should be the preparation strategy and focus areas for the aspirants?

The preparation strategy is different for different students. For students in Class XII, it is advisable that time be devoted to a daily dose of current affairs and legal updates. Get hold of the previous years’ question papers and solve as many papers as one can. Keep reading newspapers and magazines and also work on your vocabulary.


After the boards in March, start preparing in full swing starting with Mock tests.


For those who have taken a break, remain consistent with the way you are preparing. Reading of newspaper/magazines/current affairs is mandatory. Apart from that, work thoroughly on the weak subjects till March. In the last two months, attempt as many mock tests as you can, which are likely to improve your accuracy and speed.


2. What are the key areas/important topics that a student should focus on in each subject area (English, including Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge/Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning)


(a)   English: Vocabulary - Wordlist

  • Tools - Dictionary

    Norman Lewis, Wilfred Funk

  • Techniques - Visualization, Writing, Flash Cards, Using in Sentences


  • Tools - Wren and Martin

  • Techniques - Practice exercises

Reading Comprehension

(b)   General Knowledge/Current Affairs

Legal Updates, Static GK, Usual Current Affairs


(c)    Mathematics

Practice the basics up to standard 10th (i.e. Elementary Mathematics). (Focus should be on speed building techniques)


(d)   Legal Aptitude

Legal Knowledge + Legal Reasoning

Torts, Contracts, Constitution, Criminal Law, General Principles of Law, Family Law, International Law, Intellectual Property Law


(e)   Logical Reasoning

Analytical Reasoning + Critical Reasoning

  • Puzzles  / Riddles

  • Practice different types of Syllogisms and Logical Sequences

  • Think differently / Lateral thinking

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3. 0.25 negative marking was introduced last year. What has been the affect of this?

The main aim behind introducing negative marking in CLAT exam was to filter genuine and capable students from the crowd. The idea was to eliminate students who rely on guesswork. The pressure on the students has also increased manifold. Earlier, the focus used to be on one’s reading speed. They are now required to have more accuracy and efficiency.

4. Is there any change expected in the exam pattern of this year’s CLAT 2014?

As per the information available till now, there aren’t any changes in the CLAT exam. The negative marking is there to stay. The weightage of the sections would also remain the same.


5. Which are the books that you highly recommend for the preparation of CLAT 2014?

Now comes the most difficult part, i.e., where to study from? One has to be very careful in choosing one’s reading material. It’s not the number of books you have attempted but the quality of material that you are attempting from. Don’t panic when your peers tell you about a new book launched in the market.


Again, I would stress upon the importance of going through previous years question papers of not just CLAT, but also those of NLSUI, Bangalore.

One can also have a look at “Solutions to CLAT and AILET” by GKP publications, a book that provides detailed solutions and analysis of the previous year’s questions.


For basics, any good book on the subjects would suffice.


6. So far how has been the difficulty level of the exam in the past few years? What is it expected to be like in CLAT 2014?


The difficulty level of CLAT 2013 was moderate. The exam was lengthy as usual but an easy one. Candidates, who would have worked upon their timing and speed, were able to finish it on time. CLAT 2012 was on the difficult side, with questions being asked from static GK which was not mentioned in the notification before.


CLAT has not been a very old examination to determine a pattern. It is still in its initial phase where it is difficult to predict any pattern. So it is the best to be prepared for the unexpected.


7. Apart from the 14 NLUs, which other colleges accept CLAT scores that students should know?

With each passing year, most of the other colleges (apart from the CLAT colleges)  are coming up with their respective entrance exams. But CLAT scores have been accepted by colleges in the past. For example – NLU-Trichy, DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, KLE Law Society etc, UPES Dehradoon accepted the scores of CLAT.


8. How would you advise students to prepare for subjects like Legal Aptitude which is not taught to UG students?

As this section of the exam is completely new for anyone at that age, it is advisable to take a structured guidance. If the candidate has a legal background in the family,  he/she can go for self-study of the subjects with necessary help from the concerned people. Again, one should definitely solve the previous years’ question papers. Most of the students get stuck with the theory part and fail to understand that they need to practice a lot after finishing their theory part. Take any good book and practice. There is no substitute for practice, especially for Legal Aptitude.


This forms the main portion of the exam because the tie-breaker marks are also decided on this portion. Moreover, as you would be pursuing a career in law, it is advisable that you get your basics correct.


9. Which topics would you advise non-math students to prepare for and what should be their overall preparation strategy for mathematics?


The fear of Math has not been a story unheard for those coming from non-math background. But the good news is that the level of math asked in this exam is that of class 10th. The questions asked do not pertain to any fixed formula based strategy of any complex calculations. It is advised that the candidates should practice the math portion of the previous CLAT papers in order to get an idea of the level of questions.


10 What are the other major important undergraduate law exams that you would advise students to take up?


A few other law undergraduate exams that the students should not miss out on are:

  • AILET (NLU Delhi)

  • SET (Symbiosis Law College)

  • LSAT (35 colleges)

  • CET (IP University)

  • Christ College Entrance Exam

  • UL-SAT (UPES – Dehradun)

  • Bhartiya Vidyapeeth


A majority of students take engineering or medicine as their future career path. Law is less popular among students. We would like to know the career prospects for those who wish to take up law.

A major concern and deterring factor for people from taking up law as a career option has been its future prospects. However, with the changing times, the options have opened up for lawyers manifold. The profession is not limited anymore to black robes and white collars. A few options which can be considered are as follows:

  • Litigation

  • Corporate Counsel

  • Law Firms

  • LPOs

  • Judiciary/Civil Services

  • Academia

  • NGOs

  • Law and Business

  • Media and Law

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which books are best for clat preparation

Mayank Chowdhary 11th Nov, 2019

Yes I'll enlist down some of the top books that will help you in the CLAT preparation. For improving your English and Grammar you can go with High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin, you can take help of Word Power made Easy by Norman Lewis as well. For Analytical and Logical reasoning, go with RS AGGARWAL AND MK PANDEY books. For Legal Aptitude, AK Bharadwaj is quite famous. For mathematics, use RS AGGARWAL and for GK and Current affairs, use Pearson GK Today and read newspapers and blogs regularly to keep yourself updated.

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i started the clat 2020 preparation yet so when i should start current affairs section ? what in the ideal time to start it?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019


current affair is a section which you need to revise every day. other wise there is chances for forgetting it. so I would suggest you to daily follow any one of the news paper or you may follow bankers adda magazine. every day spend 1 hr for studying. you will surely get success.


can I prepare on my own for the CLAT exam 2021 ? if yes how much time should I give to study for clat?

Apoorva Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019

Hello dear student,

Yes you can prepare for the exam just consistency should be maintained . The law aspirants need to check CLAT 2020 eligibility criteria to ensure they follow the right protocols prescribed for the admission process; refer the bullet points given below for complete details.

Eligibility requirement for UG program:

Qualifying exam: The candidate must have passed 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognised university or board.

Marks in qualifying exam: General category candidates need minimum 45% marks in the qualifying exam,  while SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks.

Age limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020

Candidates who are appearing in qualifying exam in March/April 2020: Such candidates may also apply, subject to the condition they produce evidence of passing the qualifying exam at time of admission

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Are CLAT or LSAT marks required for ifim law college Bangalore?

Siddhi Shenoy 10th Nov, 2019

Hello aspirant,

As per my knowledge, to get admission in IFIM Law college in Bangalore, you need to fulfill the eligibility criteria, which includes that the candidate must qualify either of the entrance exams (CLAT, LSAT, AILET or ILAT).

Also, the applicant should have passed PUC with atleast 45% marks.

Good luck.


can I apply for llb course by giving clat after my graduation for nlu collage..

Manisha Gupta Expert 8th Nov, 2019

Hello Aspirant,

CLAT is the entrance exam for the admission to 5 years Integrated law program & LLM (PG) program. CLAT is not for the admission to three years law program, If you want to apply for CLAT entrance exam then you can apply as there is no any age limit.

Good Luck!

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