How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching
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How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching - Are you a CLAT 2020 aspirant? Worried about CLAT preparation as you can’t afford or don’t wish or can’t invest much time to take coaching guidance? Careers360 brings you ‘How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching’ with an objective to help law aspirants like you in preparing for the Common Law Admission Test. The tips listed here would allow you to be competitive and have a good shot at admission even without taking up coaching for CLAT 2020. In this advisory article from the series of CLAT 2020 preparation tips, law aspirants will know what is the ideal time to start CLAT 2020 preparation, which topics to focus on more, reference books that are ideal for the exam, and other such useful information that will help the candidate crack CLAT 2020 without coaching.

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But before we dive into exam preparation, let us pause for a moment and update ourselves about CLAT 2020 exam pattern.

CLAT 2020 will be an offline test that will include 200 objective-type questions each carrying one mark; the paper has to be completed in two hours, i.e., 120 minutes. The questions will have multiple answer options, out of which one will be the correct option. If the candidate answers an answer correctly, it will fetch them one mark, whereas an incorrect answer will lead to a penalty of 0.25 marks.

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Questions in the exam will be asked from five sections - English, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and Mathematics.

How to crack CLAT 2020 without coaching: Myth Vs Reality

Getting shortlisted for the undergraduate law programme in one of the 21 National Law Universities (NLUs) is the goal when law aspirants prepare for CLAT. To fulfill this goal, one should start preparations for CLAT as early as possible. The ideal time to begin preparation for CLAT is immediately after you have passed Class 11; for this to happen you need to have a clear vision and determination to churn out a career in law.

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Interestingly, there is notion quite prevalent,even widely, among law aspirants and their parents, that when you are preparing for the coveted national-level law entrance exams like CLAT, you will need a coaching guidance. Adding onto this peer pressure of CLAT preparation, the law aspirants fall in the ‘assumption trap’ that if there wouldn’t be any coaching guidance, one can’t crack CLAT.

Well, getting enrolled in a coaching institute for CLAT 2020 preparation is just a much perpetuated hype. How? The answer to this ‘how’ lies in the coaching institutions, their teaching methods and of course their students.

Ponder a few questions before you think of choosing a coaching institution for your CLAT 2020 preparation. What exactly does a coaching institution do? How is it going to help law aspirants like you? Will the coaching institution provide you some syrup or medicines with which you will be able to memorise everything you learn? Is the chosen coaching institution is so good, then why only a few crack CLAT from the lot of thousands of other candidates who too had enrolled in the coaching like you?

Answering these above questions, will help you in understanding the reality that coaching is not at all important to prepare for CLAT 2020 and crack the law exam.

Do you know, what is the only difference between the two kinds of CLAT aspirants- those who crack CLAT and those who can’t? The only difference is approach to CLAT preparation. The dedication towards reaching the goal matters. What matters is only a law aspirant’s hard work and not any of the coaching institutions’ medications. The coaching institution can only guide you the way; the rest, all the hard work, practice, strategy and understanding has to come from your side. There is no alternative to hard work and if you wish to crack CLAT 2020, you have to be self determined even as coaching guidance will not be required during your CLAT preparation.

So, now the most important question that law aspirants may be having is ‘How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching’.

Careers360 brings you tips to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching and crack the Common Law Admission Test.

How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching – Preparation Tips

There are a few tips that have been compiled by the examination experts and toppers who have cracked CLAT without any coaching guidance. Hope this helps law aspirants like you in preparing for CLAT 2020.

Early Preparation

The exam experts and toppers have reiterated the fact that those who start preparation for CLAT early, are more likely to crack the law admission test. Preparing early helps the law aspirants in completing their basics early and moving onto practising the test papers and taking mock tests. Starting CLAT 2020 preparation early will also help law aspirants in covering most of the topics while they can have an in-depth knowledge of the subjects.

Preparation Plan and Strategy

CLAT 2020 preparation needs a proper strategy. A good preparation strategy for CLAT 2020 will help law aspirants to focus on the important factors that can lead to their goals of cracking CLAT 2020. Needless to say, that every law aspirant will have his/her own preparation strategy for CLAT, which will obviously differ from others. A law aspirant need not to merely adopt others’ CLAT preparation strategy however should always follow the one suited for him/her. Sample this - There is a ‘X’ law aspirant who feels comfortable in preparing for CLAT at night, another ‘Y’ law aspirant should not copy ‘X’ and begin studying at night when he can easily spend time in the day-hours to cover a lot of topics.

Adding onto this, the law aspirants after strategizing their CLAT 2020 preparation plan need to stick to it and should avoid frequent change of strategy, as it’ll hamper their efficiency.

Exam Pattern and Syllabus Clarity

There should be a clarity of what to study for CLAT 2020 preparation. Understanding the CLAT 2020 syllabus and exam pattern is important. When a law aspirant knows the syllabus, he/she can know how much to study for the national-level law exam. Further, while you know the exam pattern and syllabus, you know which topics need more attention and which do not require any intervention.

Doubt Clearance

This is one of the most important factors to crack an examination like CLAT. A small doubt may lead you to choose an incorrect answer option, thus leading to deduction of 0.25 marks from the total score. It’s suggested that the CLAT aspirants should always get their doubts cleared at the very instance of it.

Regular Revision

Revising is always important. When you revise, you brush-up the already read facts, which further helps in memorising it. With regular revision, law aspirants can keep up with the latest information even as keeping intact the previously read topics. The human brain has a unique property of keeping the regularly revised things intact for a longer period of time.

Previous Years’ Papers Analysis

The law aspirants should also analyse the previous years’ question papers. While analysing the previous years question papers, they will get to know the type of questions they may attempt in the actual test. Adding onto this, when aspirants prepare for the law entrance examination, analysing last years’ question papers will also help in getting an overview of the questions and their difficulty level, that may come in the paper.

Online Mock Tests

The CLAT 2020 aspirants need to take online mock tests which will help them in analysing their preparation level. The mock tests are the best way to check the subjects, topics and questions in which the law aspirants lag behind. Even the experts and toppers recommend for taking the mock tests as soon as the law aspirants have completed their basic preparation.

Time Management

This is one of the other important traits that should be honed when you are preparing for examinations like CLAT. There will be as many as 200 questions to be attempted in 120 minutes, which means for each question, you’ll have less than a minute. The art of managing time to read, attempt one question needs to be learnt while you are getting prepared for CLAT 2020.

This can only be learnt when you revise regularly, practice questions on a daily basis, take regular mock tests and analyse your CLAT 2020 preparation.

Weaknesses and Strengths

A candidate is the first person to know his own capabilities and weaknesses. As a CLAT aspirant, you’ll know the subjects which you have a good command over and also the subjects that need your special focus. The next processes is even simple. You only need to strengthen your capability, clear your doubt and improve in the areas in which you’re weak.

Root-out Demotivation

The last but not the least, a candidate should be self-motivated. It should reflect in your attitude. It’s you who is putting so much efforts, burning midnight oil, working hard and improving on a daily basis, therefore it’s you who should have the confidence to reach your goal. You should have faith in your hard-work and continue with the attitude.

If you have any further queries on ‘How to prepare for CLAT without coaching’, feel free to ask your questions here. Our exam experts will answer them and help you in cracking the CLAT 2020 without coaching.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching

Question: Can I prepare for CLAT without coaching and also get a good rank?


Yes, it is very much possible to prepare for CLAT without coaching and come out with flying colours. The only thing is one needs to be dedicated, have a proper plan, and study smartly. 

Question: When should I start my preparation?


It is a good idea to start early as that way you will have enough time to go through the entire syllabus, and draw a plan accordingly. For example, difficult looking topics could be grouped under special heading for special attention. 

Question: How important is revision when preparing without coaching?


Revision is of paramount important when preparing without coaching as it helps one edify what one has been reading. In fact, with enough revision some concepts would come naturally without striving too hard. 

Question: What role mock test plays when preparing for CLAT 2020 without coaching?


Mock tests will help the candidate get an exam like ambience, where the candidate can put what he/she has learned to the test. These tests will help candidate improve accuracy and time management. 

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Can I study llm in abroad after Finishing llb @ christ University??

Suryashis Chakraborty 26th Feb, 2020

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Firstly, it is imperative to know about which course to specialize in. General LLM courses

Here are some of the best colleges to pursue permit Law students to take up a number of unrelated subjects like International Arbitration Law with Entertainment Law or Intelligence Law. Secondly, a candidate needs to work on his/her financial budget before applying as different universities across different regions require different degrees of investment. Letters of recommendation must be kept in handy as most colleges seek students to have one.

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I m from an engineering background can I appear for this exam ??? and my what is the minimum percentage required in graduation to appear for this??

Shubham Dhane 25th Feb, 2020


Yow will get admission in LLB after bachelor's in Engineering.For admission in LLB through CLAT a candidate must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent and must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline.General candidates must have 45% in degree for SC/ST it is 40% from a recognised board or university.

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jse clat ke paper ka pattern change hua hai to ab current affairs aayenge so hum pichle ek saal ki news kaise padhe is there any easy way or something we can do because my boards r going on and how m gonna study the news and current affairs of whole last year in 20 days need a quick nd urgent rply

hrithik jain 25th Feb, 2020


I can suggest you some tips which will help you in preparing better for the same:

1. Check out the last year questions papers: it will help you to analyze a pattern and types of questions they ask in the Paper.

2. Take all the monthly magazine for the whole year: this will help you to read the news faster.

3. Check out the current affairs website/e-paper to get bulletins or short summary of the affairs.

4. Write down notes (but it might take longer time so do it as per the time limit)

5. Make sure that you complete a good amount of reading in a day. Do not go on for reading and remembering the whole news. Look out for a pattern of reading the current affairs which will help you in the exam as you have less time and a lot of syllabus to cover.


what should I fill in clat from in %column best of 5 Or best of 6 because in class 12 I had 6 subjects in which I cleared 5 subjects accept physics and got declared pass by cbse and also have passing certificate.?

Yastika Kumar 25th Feb, 2020

Hi Abhishek,

A pass ceritficate issued by any educational board certifies that the candidate has cleared all subjects scoring passing marks and is eligible to take up degree courses in other institutions. Since you have it you should proceed with completing the application.


how I can manage my school and clat preparation by myself Right now I m in class 11 and the time when I will give my clat I have to prepare for my boreds also??

Srishti jha 24th Feb, 2020

Hello aspirant, I hope you are doing good.

It's good to know you are interested in CLAT . But yes, clearing boards with marks is more important , but now take just 1 hours extra to prepare for CLAT. But after giving 12th exam, make to get into a crash course of CLAT . This will really help you a lot.

I hope this helps.

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