How to Prepare for CLAT from Class 11 - Preparation Tips & Study Plan
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - If you are still in your school but have started thinking about a career in the field of law then time is ripe you should start exploring CLAT; the entrance exam that is a gateway to 22 NLUs. From Class 11th, you almost have two years to prepare for the CLAT exam. And, two years are more than sufficient for preparing for CLAT. But, the question arises of how to prepare for CLAT in Class 11th when you are already piled up with a lot of school stuff. The inability to divide your day between CLAT preparation and school studies may sometimes pull your confidence down affecting your performance everywhere. So, if you want to prepare for CLAT in Class 11th, it is really important to devise a preparation strategy that balances your school and CLAT preparation. So, for law aspirants who want to prepare for CLAT in Class 11th, this article would give some useful insight into the key aspects of the preparation which in turn would help you in making an effective strategy. Read below to know how to prepare for CLAT in Class 11th.
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CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is conducted in offline mode. It is a comprehension based paper which focuses on critical thinking and reading ability of the candidates. CLAT 2021 will be held on June 13, 2021, for more than 50,000 candidates.
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - An overview
Being in Class 11 and having some degree of the propensity towards legal and social domain would make you approach CLAT smoothly. While a natural interest may help you in CLAT preparation, it is always important to check the CLAT syllabus and pattern of the test. The syllabus would provide you with a broad framework within which you can start preparing for the CLAT exam. The CLAT pattern would also highlight the test structure thus, making you more familiar with the exam. For CLAT preparation, you will need to master five sections as mentioned below.
Legal aptitude and reasoning
English language and comprehension
General knowledge and current affairs
How to prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - Three Phases of Preparation
From Class 11, you will have two years. You should divide your CLAT preparation into three phases.
In the first phase, you will develop familiarity with the CLAT exam by going through the basics of preparation. You should read and understand the CLAT syllabus, NCERTs and other basic books.
The second phase should be concept building, a time period in which you should go into the details of subjects. The second phase (concept building) will be very important and will have great bearing on your success.
The third phase should be focussed on making oneself exam ready. In this phase, you should solve a lot of CLAT sample papers, mock tests and quickly revisit the concepts developed in the second phase. The CLAT preparation for the third phase should start from the second half of Class 12th and should go on till the exam day.
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - Make a Study Routine
Nothing substantial can be achieved without following a plan and routine. CLAT preparation requires consistency in preparation which can only be maintained by following a study routine.
The problem that many candidates face while preparing for CLAT in Class 11th is related to time management. Attending school and doing CLAT preparation simultaneously may make the daily life of any student difficult. So, it is important to make a study routine that is practically possible and doesn’t overburden you with an excess of study.
The study routine should be set in a manner that it reserves around 3 hours each day for CLAT preparation. The remaining time can be given to the school and physical activities. Note that, as you come closer to the CLAT exam day (in class 12th), you will gradually need to increase the time for CLAT preparation.
How to Start CLAT Preparation in Class 11?
From Class 11th to actual exam day, you would have a good amount of time which should be utilised to develop the core skills required for clearing the exam. Here, the core skills mean reading and critical thinking skills which are generally developed over a period of time. Most of the students develop such skills in school days, so, to start the preparation for CLAT in Class 11 one should start by honing such skills. Here are some tips to start CLAT preparation in Class 11th.
Start by reading a daily newspaper; read the editorial section, legal news very carefully.
Read legal journals and papers that contain complex legal texts, terminology.
While reading any article/legal piece, try to identify the arguments and draw conclusions.
Develop Conceptual Understanding
If you are given two year time for CLAT preparation, you should always focus on developing conceptual understanding. The CLAT paper would test the conceptual understanding of a diverse range of topics. Especially in legal aptitude, the concept building is very important. Candidates should start from scratch, by reading the basics of law and gradually digging deeper to understand the issues. By the end of the year, candidates should have prepared a strong foundation for the CLAT exam.
What Subject should I Read First for CLAT Preparation?
The answer to this question lies in your level of understanding. Considering that you are in Class 11th and have two years to prepare for D-Day, you should start by reading the very basic books. NCERTs should be the first point of reference for CLAT preparation. Reading NCERTs on India polity, Constitution, English Grammar will help you develop the necessary foundation upon which you can build your CLAT preparation.
Once you have completed the NCERTs, you can gradually start playing with mainstream books that are used for CLAT preparation.
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - General Knowledge and Current Affairs
As per the consortium, prior knowledge is not much necessary to answer the question. However, it can be helpful to answer the questions.
The CLAT general knowledge and current affairs would test the awareness of the issue discussed in the comprehension passage. To prepare for general knowledge or current affairs, candidates should mark the topics mentioned in CLAT syllabus and prepare accordingly.
This section should ideally be divided into two parts - General knowledge and Current affairs.
The general knowledge should be prepared by reading the NCERTs and the standard books used for CLAT preparation. The current affairs is a dynamic section and newspapers are the best companion for this section. In addition to the newspapers, candidates should also read a monthly current affairs book.
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - Legal Aptitude Section
Legal aptitude is one of the most common student fears when it comes to CLAT preparation. So, if you are preparing for CLAT in Class 11, then you should give due respect to the legal aptitude and knowledge. With two years in hand, you can give a good amount of time to learning the concepts of legal aptitude. You can start by reading the basics of Indian Constitution and polity from NCERTs and gradually deal with the books such as the legal aptitude of A P Bharadwaj.
How to Prepare for CLAT in Class 11 - Make Notes
Notes making is very important for CLAT preparation. Even if you are preparing for CLAT in Class 11th, you should start making notes on legal subjects, general knowledge and current affairs. You can also make a separate notebook for important court cases, legal terminologies. In general knowledge, you should make short notes in static subjects like history, economics, social science etc.
Check CLAT Study Material Provided by Consortium
The Consortium of NLUs provides study materials for CLAT preparation. The study materials provided by CLAT consortium tells what exactly candidates should prepare. Candidates are highly recommended to go through the study material given by the consortium on its official website. Even if you are in Class 11th, you should try to solve the sample papers given by the consortium. Answering the questions of the CLAT exam would require more the analytical skills and reading skills than the prior knowledge of subjects. So, you can anytime attempt the questions and check your performance.
From a standalone point of view, two years might look like a significantly long duration for CLAT preparation. However, if you add the school studies to your daily routine, it will become more clear that you don’t have much time (not day) for the CLAT exam. You will need to strike a balance between CLAT preparation and school studies and maintain consistency throughout Class 11th and Class 12th.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Prepare for CLAT from Class 11 - Preparation Tips & Study Plan
Question:What type of questions are asked in CLAT?
As per the test pattern, comprehension based questions will be asked in CLAT. Multiple choice type questions will be framed from given passages.
Question:How should I prepare CLAT legal aptitude from Class 11th?
You should start by reading the basic books on polity, constitution, law. After completing the basics, you should focus on developing a conceptual understanding of legal issues, laws, prepositions etc. Later, you should solve a good number of sample papers before going to the exam.
Question:What should I read for CLAT current affairs?
You should read a daily newspaper and monthly magazine for CLAT current affairs.
Question:How many questions are asked in CLAT UG?
150 questions will be asked in CLAT. Each question will carry one mark and 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
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Questions related to CLAT
can I give clat after bba ? tell me
The Common Law Admission Test or the CLAT Examination is generally taken by the students after they passed the class 12th standard in order to get admission into to BBA degrees into various colleges including the National Law universities.
So, there is no such meaning of attempting the clat examination once we have passed your BBA degree.
Hope it was informational!!
If we get more marks in CLAT then after we want to pay NLU fees???
Yes, you will have to pay the fee of NLU after qualifying CLAT , even if you top the CLAT examination then also you will have to pay the fee.
This is because,
the CLAT examination is just an entrance examination to shortlist students for admission and not for the exemption of fee.
As per the fee structure of NLU Bangalore one year fee for UG course is provided below for different category :-
Fees Structure UG ( For 1 Year)
SC / ST
You can check the same at
To help you further,
Below is CLAT UG examination pattern, so that you can prepare accordingly :-
* total number of questions :- 150 questions
* type of questions asked :- mcqs/objective. Basically, your clat question paper will contain several passages of around 300 to 450 words and those passages will be followed by series of mcqs.
* medium of the question paper :- English
* mode of the examination :- it will be conducted in offline mode / pen paper based examination
* total marks :- the examination will be conducted for a total of 150 marks
*Duration of the examination :- 2 hours
*marking scheme :-
. -) you get one mark for each correct answer .
. -) here is penalty of 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
Subject wise number of questions in your clat 2021 examination is provided below:-
*english language :- 28 - 32 questions
*quantitative techniques :- 13-17questions
*Legal Reasoning :- 35-39 questions
*current affairs including gk :- 35-39 questions
*Logical Reasoning :- 28-32 questions
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how to prepare for clat in 60 days with boards
CLAT will be conducted for two hours carrying 150 MCQs, each question is for one mark, and 0.25 mark is deducted for each incorrect attempt. It consists of sections such as comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections .
First of all make a timetable, be acquainted with paper pattern and syllabus which you can check out at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2021/ug-syllabus.html and devote time to each section accordingly.
For General Knowledge and Current Affairs, you can go through magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan, the best way to deal with dynamic portion is reading newspaper on a daily basis ,you can choose The Hindu or The Indian Express.For static GK part,you can use Lucent's GK. Also,you can search in Internet there are many sites which have compiled this in an organized manner pertaining to different subjects.
For Aptitude, you can use Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning by A P Bhardwaj o rLegal Awareness and Legal Reasoning by Pearson.
For Logical Reasoning, you can use any reasoning book such as Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey or even Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal. try to get your concepts clear first and then practice in a steady manner.
For Elementary Mathematics with Numerical Ability, use Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal, you can also use NCERTs book to build the basic concepts.
For Language Comprehension, you can use Wren and Martin for grammar, and Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Easy to build vocabulary, also reading editorials section of The Hindu and The Indian Express will help you immediately to grasp the comprehension part along with enriching your vocabulary.
At last visit the official website at https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/ to know more details regarding question paper format, sample paper and other such important aspects related to preparation of CLAT.
where can I get best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exams.
Some of the best online coaching for CLAT and AILET exam are the following
T. I. M. E
KNOWLEDGE NATIONAL LAW CENTRE
SRI RAM LAW ACADEMY
Hope this information will help you
Now that CLAT 2021 is postponed, Is the exam expected to be conducted in late July or August ? Please respond ASAP!!!!!!!!
Right now it is difficult to predict when the exam will be conducted as the situation in India is not good. Due to the ongoing pandemic the CLAT was postponed so until the situation is under control it is difficult to conduct any exams. So we have to wait for the officials to declare the new dates. The consortium of NLUs has finally postponed the CLAT 2021 exam date due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country, on May 15. A new date for CLAT 2021 will be announced soon. Keep an eye on the official website for the latest information.