Top 10 Tips for Qualifying CLAT 2020
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Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - With the law profession witnessing an up swing in its popularity and favorability, more and more numbers of aspirants are appearing in law admission tests, including CLAT, which happens to be the most popular route for admission. Now the CLAT exam attracts more than 50,000 candidates per year, but there are only around 2500 UG seats offered by the participating NLUs. Given the situation, many CLAT aspirants frequently look out for top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 to improve their chances of admission. And it is understandable, because you can’t play the waiting game, hoping things will fall in place automatically. So, to help the cause of the candidate, Careers360 brings top 10 tips to qualify CLAT 2020 with flying colors.

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National University Of Study And Research In Law (NUSRL), Ranchi is likely to conduct CLAT 2020 tentatively in the 4th week of May. CLAT 2020 application form will commence sometime in the 2nd week of January 2020.

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  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Be an early bird

There are many benefits of starting one’s preparation for CLAT 2020 early. For one, it ensures the candidate doesn’t have to rush through things, as there will be ample time to go through each topic and chapter in detail. That being said a good pace should be maintained when studying, as otherwise the time lag of preparation between chapters will be longer. Now if time lag increases, a topic may seem new even if one is dealing with it for the second time. The second advantage of starting early is if sometime goes wrong with the preparation, there would still be time left for getting it back on track and completing the syllabus on time.

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  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Take note of syllabus and exam pattern

Before jumping into exam preparation, one should take out some time and go through CLAT 2020 exam pattern and syllabus carefully. Doing this will help the candidate align his or her preparation to exam needs. In fact, being conversant with the exam pattern and syllabus will ensure there are no exam day surprises, like questions being asked from a topic, the candidate didn’t know it existed. Also not knowing a simple thing like there is negative marking in CLAT could cost one a seat (or higher preference seat).

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CLAT exam pattern 2020

  • Duration and mode: The exam will be conducted in offline mode and will be of 120 minutes

  • Question type: The UG paper will completely objective-type, but PG paper will have both objective and subjective questions

  • Number of questions: There will be 200 objective-type questions for UG course, whereas PG paper will include 100 objective and 2 (two) subjective questions.

  • Marking: Each objective-type question carries 1 mark for correct attempt, and - 0.25 mark for incorrect attempt. The two subjective questions carry 25 marks each.

  • Language: The test will be administered in English language.

CLAT Syllabus 2020 - BA LLB programme


Number of Questions


English and comprehension



Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)



General Knowledge and Current Affairs



Logical Reasoning



Legal Aptitude






  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Put in place a realistic study plan

When making a study plan, one must consider its practicality. For example, having an 11-hour study plan may turn out to be a bridge too far, whereas a 9-hour plan may still work out. In fact, one may keep room for some flexibility. So, if you are feeling good on certain on certain days, you can go the whole hog and kick in some extra hours, but if you are not feeling motivated, better not push too hard. Instead rest, recharge the batteries. Another thing when making a study plan is to consider each topic as a unique case. It is because some topics may be easy, and might need very little time and effort, whereas some other topics may need additional attention.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Do extensive revision

After a topic is completed, there should be enough provisions for its revision. Generally, topics that you find difficult would require frequent revisions until you start to feel comfortable. To aid in revision, one may take notes during study, as they are much easier to revise than say going through an entire block of texts (of a textbook). Marking important points in the book when studying is also a good retention strategy; you might consider using differently coloured markers.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Have doubts? Get them cleared

During CLAT 2020 exam preparation, there will be many times when doubts relating to certain topics will creep will. Now rather than letting these doubts linger, the candidate needs to clear them with the help of his or her teachers, if it cannot be resolved by the candidate himself/herself. One important thing also is the candidate must extensively read textbooks, rather than depending on ready-made solution books. It is because these ready-reckoners are not good for concept building.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Solve previous years’ question papers

By solving previous years’ question papers of CLAT, the candidate will get to know about the type of questions asked, difficulty level, and general trends. Using this information, the candidate can give an edge to their preparation. For example, the candidate can solve questions that are similar or close to those asked in previous years. In fact, the more question paper one solves, the more confidence one tends to gain. Along with these question papers, one may also try solving sample papers.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Take online mock tests

The general trend is to take mock tests closer to the CLAT 2020, as a way to fine tune one’s preparation. The thing with CLAT 2020 mock tests is they are a simulation of the real thing, so the candidate gets an exam environment that is similar to the one they would get when appearing in the CLAT 2020 exam. The candidate can use mock tests to learn time management and develop accuracy.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Hone time management skills

The CLAT 2020 exam for undergraduate courses will include 200 objective-type questions that has to be completed in 180 minutes. This means the candidate will get less than a minute to answer a question. In the scenario, time management and accuracy are twin assets that can come in handy. To improve one’s time management skills, the candidate may try solving sample or question papers of CLAT with a timer on. Meanwhile, the candidate should also take stock of where errors are happening, so that the gaps can be plugged, and accuracy improved.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Be smart

Sometimes it is a good strategy to keep the bar lower than aiming higher and then missing missing the goal post by a distance. For example, if you feel like trying to complete the entire syllabus is messing up your whole preparation plan, leave out some topics that you have identified as troublemakers; provided they don’t carry much weightage. This way you may aim at a lower score, but nevertheless you are more likely to score something near about it.

  1. Top 10 tips for qualifying CLAT 2020 - Stay positive, healthy and don’t slack

During the course of CLAT 2020 preparation, it may happen that one may run out of steam or simply feel depressed. This may happen if one gives up recreation activities, or cuts off completely from social life. So, instead of letting thoughts about the CLAT exam to consume the mind, the candidate must take timely breaks to stay rejuvenated. During downtime, play chess, go for a jog, laugh a little, or anything that lightens the mood.

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how to apply.ihave already applied for clat

Yash Dev Student Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello student you need not to apply again if you're already applied for clat once and paid for the application form successfully. In case if a candidate fill the form more than one time and pay for it also. Then in that case the last filled application form is countable only and no refund will be given.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


What exactly to study like we know the subjects but I camt find any detailed syllabus for CLAT

Manisha Gupta Expert 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

CLAT syllabus for undergraduate entrance test will include topics like general knowledge & current affairs, English, legal aptitude and logical reasoning. To know the detailed syllabus of CLAT, You can go through with the given below link.

Good Luck!


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

Suryashis Chakraborty 26th Feb, 2020

Hello Tony,

Pursuing a LLM course abroad strain the candidates because if the need to fulfill a lot of formalities but is highly rewarding.

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.

Some of the best institutions to study Law abroad are as follows:

University of Alberta, Canada

McGill University, Canada

University of Windsor, Canada

University of Calgary, Canada

Stanford University, USA

Dalhousie University, Canada

RMIT University, Australia

University of Hertfordshire, UK

Middlesex University, UK

University of Leeds, UK

Hope this helps you. We wish you the best for your future endeavours!



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.

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