How to prepare for CLAT 2020 without coaching
Manashjyoti, 22 Aug 2019, #CLAT
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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.

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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There is no age limit for CLAT as per the rule..But is there any upper age limit in NLUs ??

Sanjanaleekha 13th Nov, 2019

Hi there,

As per the recent notification for CLAT 2020 there is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT at UG and PG level, although NLU's have there separate eligibility criteria in regard upper age limit like NLSIU has upper age limit of 20 in case of general category for admission in UG programme, so I would suggest you to visit the website of the NLU for which you are aiming and check the eligibility criteria of the same, other necessary details in regard eligibility is given in the link below,


Is the preparation for clat just like preparation course for jee?

Arya 13th Nov, 2019

The Common Law Admission Test is held every year for admissions to the  21 National Law Universities in India and is starkly different from the Joint Entrance Examination, which is an annual exam for admissions to various Engineering, Architecture and Pharmacy colleges of India.

Firstly, CLAT is much easier to crack as compared to JEE as the difficulty level and competition in JEE is much higher.

JEE-Mains consists of 90 MCQ-type questions ( 30 each from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) based on 12th standard syllabus. 4 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for a wrong answer. The exam is out of 360 Marks.

CLAT has 200 MCQ-type questions ( 40 each from English Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, 20 from Elementary Mathematics and 50 each from Legal Aptitude and Current & World Affairs). 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The exam is out of 200 marks.


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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