How to prepare for CLAT
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How to prepare for CLAT 2020: Doing well in a national-level exam like CLAT is no walk in the park. In fact for many, success is the result of months and years of toil and sacrifice. There are a number of factors that make CLAT a difficult proposition. One being it is the gateway to top law colleges like NLU Bengaluru and NLU Naslar, thereby attracting a large number of applicants. Second, the exam conducting authority is always finding ways to make the screening process airtight so that no unworthy candidate doesn't get through. Only recently the NLU consortium made some changes to CLAT exam pattern, and more could be in the pipeline. Given the scenario, the CLAT aspirant needs to know at least the basics of how to prepare for CLAT 2020, and turn themselves into worthy candidates to succeed.

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The offline-based CLAT 2020 entrance exam will be conducted on May 10, 2020, for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law courses offered by participating institutes. CLAT application form 2020 will commence from January 1 onwards.

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  1. In press release held recently, the NLU consortium announced the introduction of comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.

  2. Further, the number of questions was reduced from 200 to 120-150.

What the new changes entail?

The changes have put comprehension and reasoning skills at the forefront; two skills which are considered most important for future lawyers to succeed in their profession.

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The consortium was of the view that the old pattern was more suited to memory-based testing and so was not aligned to the teaching methodologies adopted by leading law schools.

The candidate next needs to follow these CLAT 2020 preparation tips:

  1. Go through the syllabus and exam pattern of CLAT 2020: The syllabus of CLAT 2020 would outline what topics are necessary and which are not. Consequently you would not end up wasting time of irrelevant topics. Meanwhile, the CLAT 2020 exam pattern would could help in formulating a exam-preparation strategy. For example, CLAT being an offline exam, one needn’t worry about technical snags, but instead focus on how to increase speed increase and accuracy when answering questions on OMS sheets.

  2. Formulate a study plan: There should be a method to the madness! Also, having a preparation plan in place makes it easier to take stock of things, like if you go off track or fall behind. It is important to realize that there is no need to be rigid when deciding on how much one needs to study, as each one individual has his/her own intake capacity and to handle pressure. So, study only that much that you can handle, and stay away from overkill. If you are looking for guidance, look no further than Paras Pare, the AIR 73 in CLAT 2019, who studied 6-7 hours daily, which he says is “sufficient if you study daily.”

  3. Get the book combination right: Interestingly even if you are prepared to work hard, but if the study material is substandard you won’t go too far. It is because (1) you may end up putting twice the effort to learn even simple concepts (2) sometimes you may learn things incorrectly, and unlearning them could be difficult (3) at other times, the concepts only barely scratch the subject, and you are left half-baked (4) then there may be very limited practice sets to test your learning, etc. So, it is paramount candidates follow the best books for CLAT 2020 preparation.

  4. Focus on the weak areas: If you are weak in a particular subject, make sure that you dedicate enough time to improve. Paras shares, “from the start I was a little weak in English so I gave the most amount of time to prepare for it.”

  5. Formulating a study technique: Mouli Kaushal Jain, the CLAT 2019 AIR 5, and topper among girls, used the Pomodoro technique for her studies. She says, “In this technique a person studies for 30 minutes and then take a break of 5 minutes and this is repeated 4 times and then a long break of 20 minutes is given.It improves productivity and concentration.” The candidate may likewise adopt a technique that suits them.

  6. Take mock tests: They constitute the most important part of a candidate’s exam preparation journey, according to Mouli. But she suggests, “Also apart form giving, analysing the paper is also as important as giving it. Thus after every mock test, through analysis is required.”

  7. Keep stress at bay: Don’t make the mistake of forgoing food, sleep, and rest. Or else you will burn out even before the big event occurs. One way to stay healthy and positive is to stay in the moment and don’t look too far ahead. Take one day at a time and give it your best shot.

How to prepare for CLAT 2020 - which section to answer first?

A question that many students have is regarding the order of questions in the exam. Amitendra Kumar, Product Head, CL-LST (Career Launcher - Law School Tutorials ), however, says students shouldn’t get so caught up in the sequence of answering questions. He instead says, “There is no ‘perfect’ order of answering the sections. However, one must always attempt the scoring section first. Also, the order in which the sections are attempted must be in sync with the aspirant’s strengths. One needs to keep in mind that the objective is to score maximum possible marks and to clear the cut-offs.”

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is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

For more information about CLAT2020 and the eligibility criteria, refer this link

Hope this helps.


is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

Check the link below to know more about the university:

Hope this helps!

hello sir/maam, How can we make our career by giving CLAT exam after class 12 ?

Kanupriya Gupta 17th Jan, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is conducted by National Law Universities all around India for law aspirants who want to pursue it from the best institutes around the country. It has many opportunities in various sectors as law graduates are in high demand in today's world and their work varies from workplace to workplace.

The career opportunities you can consider after CLAT therefore are:

1) Indian Corporate Law Services

ICLS is a test under Central Civil Services Exam, so to have a job here, the candidate needs to clear Civil Services exam help by UPSC. This career option is highly respectable and in demand when it comes to graduates in law. There are many such services in law available at the state level and which have a similar pattern of examination though conducted at a state level.

2) Law Firms

These are formed through partnerships between lawyers who wish to offer legal advice to their clients under a brand name. This business is one of the highest-grossing at the moment in India due to its appeal to the clients and sincere partnerships. These firms are also involved in a lot of college placements opportunities which a candidate can seek. The packages offered here are pretty good and the skills of all individuals are thoroughly assessed due to the same. This is literally like a dream job for law students.

3) Professor/Lecturer

This is one of the most respected professions in any field. Since the demand for law practitioners is increasing, so is for those who can give them the correct guidance. The salary for this job is fairly good and if you have taste for this kind of work which requires you to have a passion for knowledge and imparting it as well, this might be the job for you.

4) Corporate Sector Jobs

Corporate is the biggest job-providing groups. With the growth of these giants, there has emerged a need for a legal department in each one of them which deals with the regular legal affairs within and outside the company. A lot of public sector jobs like those in PSUs and banks are also a viable option.

5) Judiciary

From lawyer to judge, it is a pretty strong job that requires great decision-making skills and a lot of experience with a great deal of honesty. There are State Level Judiciary Exams for the same.

So, CLAT can give you a bright future. Choose your career wisely.

Hope this helps. All the best!


Can student residing in hyderabad use n upload the maharshtra state caste certificate whille filling the form for CLAT 2020 ??

Pankhuri Kumari 17th Jan, 2020
Hii Reet!
You need to produce the caste certificate from the state of your permanent residence, that is from the state you belong to ( your native place ). If it is maharashtra in your case, then you can produce the caste certificate from there, hyderabad being your current residence and not permanent. You cannot produce the caste certificate of another state being native to one state. Refer the following link for more details -
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