How to prepare for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude by Rajneesh Singh
Updated on Jan 24, 2019 - 6:19 p.m. IST by Madhuwrita Nandi
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How to prepare for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude by Rajneesh Singh - “Legal Aptitude can be a sticky puddle if you don’t know the proper ways to steer out clean and score well in this section,” says the seasoned law expert and director of Do-Zen, Rajneesh Singh, in a discussion with Careers360 about CLAT legal aptitude section. This particularly happens because students being fresh out of school have a limited aptitude for legal reasoning and inadequate knowledge about legal affairs. Therefore, one needs to prepare for CLAT legal aptitude in a strategic manner; candidates should be able to eliminate superfluous information and focus on what is important to avoid confusion. In yet another advisory by Careers360 on ‘How to prepare for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude,’ Rajneesh Singh provides a detailed strategy to ace CLAT legal aptitude and breaks myths surrounding the section. 

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To know how to prepare for CLAT legal aptitude by the law expert himself and maximize your chances of cracking the test, read further. 

Tips to follow in four months for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section

Candidates who have yet not started with their preparation for CLAT should read basic books on legal concepts of subjects like tort, contract, etc., but with lots of examples. They should particularly avoid those books which are meant for law students and explain the concepts in detail.

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Candidates should understand the principles well with examples while preparing for CLAT legal aptitude section. This helps in accelerating speed as these are usually written in a clumsy language and it kills lots of time if being read for the first time. 

To prepare for legal GK, candidates should first read good books on the section and then devise ways to revise and retain the information. 

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Along with these mock tests and rigorous practice will seal the candidate’s preparation for CLAT legal aptitude. 

Conceptual clarity is a must for candidates to crack this tricky section. One does not necessarily need to have intricate knowledge in the field of law, rather having an understanding of the reasoning and logic is important to crack the legal aptitude section of CLAT 2019. 

Those who are already prepared should now practice and also complete the aforementioned tasks if not done.

Rigorous Practice is the key to CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section

Candidates should solve as many past years papers as they can of CLAT, AILET, and mainly NLSIU. Also, they should make it a point that they practice a lot of sectional tests under time constraints and then analyse their performance for CLAT legal aptitude preparation. These tactics will help candidates to reduce the mistakes and enhance their comprehending speed. However, they should see to it that they practice good quality questions, as solving such questions will play an instrumental role in enhancing their logical ability. 

CLAT mock test is indispensable for one’s CLAT preparations, but candidates are advised to take the time constraint aspect seriously and finish off the paper within the stipulated time. Additionally, they should substantially analyse their performance in these tests. 

Recommended books for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude preparation

Following are the study material which should suffice for CLAT preparation. 

  • 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) 

Is a thorough knowledge of legal matters important for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section 

The legal aptitude section of CLAT is structured keeping in mind candidates who are just out of school or those who are not acquainted with the nitty gritties of legal realm. Therefore, only a basic knowledge of some common laws helps in solving Legal Reasoning questions with speed and accuracy. To prepare for CLAT Legal GK (Static and Current), only those matters which a common person should know. 

Time management strategies for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section 

  • “Stick to the principle but don’t get sticky” - Though the golden rule is to just stick to principle, some questions just require candidates to not violate the principle. Often principles have no role and it is all about reasoning, common sense and rational assumptions. 

The question setter often tries to trick candidates by making a redundant principle which is catchy enough to deviate them. But while solving CLAT legal aptitude section, candidates need to remember that a principle is like a circular boundary which restricts one to be within the boundary. One has to remain inside that to get the answer. But test takers end up being so STICKY to the principle that they keep trying to find the answer by sticking on the line (principle). Whereas answer can be anywhere within the circle. Correct answers are often a result of applying correct reasoning, common sense and rational assumption (being within the principle/rule).

  • Quality discussion - The only way to improve one’s reasoning gradually is to make one’s mind more rational and unbiased. Candidates should refrain from irrelevant discussions mainly of a social forum on a question which does not have a distinct answer. While preparing for CLAT legal aptitude, candidates will come across many materials which have wrong answers, complex explanations, and poor quality questions. This can make one diffident and adulterate one’s mind that reasons correctly. Therefore, instead of wasting time on superfluous explanations and study material, candidates should only focus on quality study material and discussions for CLAT preparation. 

  • Practice to tackle tough sections - Legal reasoning questions become tough or time consuming when there are multiple principles or the text is huge. Candidates can leave these questions in case other sections/questions are easier. But sometimes in a tough paper, one will be forced to attempt such questions. Candidates will need to practice them, and for this, they can resort to CLAT Essentials book has these kind of questions. CLAT 2011 had such questions. Therefore, candidates should read with patience and caution in such cases. 

Last week strategies for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section

During the last week preparation for CLAT legal aptitude section, candidates should revise the legal GK well. There are quite a few questions from this topic, particularly in the LA and GK sections. 

CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude Section - Tiebreaker myth

This is an important point which candidates should make a note of while preparing for CLAT 2019 legal aptitude section. It is true that CLAT uses Legal Reasoning marks for breaking tie between students with the same total score. But it would be a big blunder if one focuses only on maximizing one’s scores in Legal Reasoning because this section is tough and the questions are lengthy as well. 

Candidates should focus on increasing their scores by doing the easier questions from English and GK sections. A higher score is more important to secure a higher rank, rather than breaking tie with a lower rank.

*Common Law Admission Test is conducted by the National Law University, Odisha, Cuttack for candidates seeking admissions into its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. To grab a seat for themselves amongst 2600 offered by 21 participating institutes, candidates are required to qualify the entrance test. CLAT 2019 is set to be conducted in the offline mode on May 26, 2019. 

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

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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.


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

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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.

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I am 28 now. Can i get admission in basis of CLAT ot LSAT Score

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program as well as in CLAT PG exam. So if you are able to fetch decent score, then you can get admission on the basis of that score. There is also no upper age limit for appearing in LSAT India Examination. But you can check the age limit specified by individual colleges wherein you want to seek admission.
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