The CLAT is the most popular law entrance exam in the country, is attempted by almost 80,000 candidates. This means booking a place in the top NLUs will require your efforts. So, here we bring you “Top 5 things to keep in mind when attempting CLAT – Tips and Tricks.” When you are Attempting Questions in CLAT you have to keep some things in Mind.

Maximum Marks: 150 Marks 

150 Multiple choice questions carrying one mark each with 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer

Duration: 2.00 hours, i.e., 120 minutes.


If students are targeting NLUs, one should score at least 70%, i.e. 105 marks, but try to play safe and target 75-80% i.e.120 marks, it is much more reasonable but obviously difficult to achieve. 

Candidates should focus more on their strongest section.

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Time Allocation 

CLAT is a two-hour duration exam in which students need to attempt 150 questions in 120 minutes. 

Time allocation is at prime most importance. Per question should take less than a minute, and 2-3 minutes of extra time in the English section while reading the passages. Hence, you will be able to attempt the required questions. Also, a two minutes buffer for each section review is a must.

Section-wise strategy

For Quant section, target a minimum of 11 to 12 questions in not more than 15 minutes.

For English section, go through the section quickly and develop an idea about the passage. Scan the questions and then come back to the comprehension and find the answers.

For Logical Reasoning, read the questions and options very carefully. This section is completely based on logic. 

Legal Aptitude section of the CLAT exam is very scoring, try to grasp the key points of the statements presented to you and choose the answers wisely. 

General Knowledge, this is a section where students can solve the questions in less than a minute. Try to build ample time in this section, so you use that time in the rest of the sections. 

Also read: CLAT Math Syllabus: Important Topics, Books, and Tips

Set an Order 

Never dive into solving a set, be it any subject, always make a habit of scanning the questions first and then giving a hierarchy to the questions. 

Know which one to solve initially, and which one to leave for the end, so you never lose out in solving a super easy question. As you all know, losing on a super easy set is most disheartening.

Learn to skip some questions

While ranking the hierarchy, you will get to know the questions you are not familiar with or don’t remember any concept. If you cannot solve any question, don’t just sit and waste your time on it. Just give two more minutes to it and then move to the next set.

Don’t fall for that question because you can utilise your time in solving two different easy questions. 

One week before the exam, just revise basic theories, and formulas for different concepts. And then relax.

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Accuracy is the key 

For all the subjects, mark the extra sets that you might attempt if time is left, but mark only when you are sure about the correct answer. Accuracy is the key in exams where negative marking is involved.

Remember “Greed is your biggest enemy”, so attempting 120 questions with 20 wrong questions is more disadvantageous than attempting 110 with only 2-3 wrong.

Stay calm

Scoring well in CLAT is all about calming your nerves and managing your time correctly. The law entrance exam is bound to be lengthy, so do not panic. Also, do not get stuck on any particular question, move to the next one that you can solve easily. 

If you’re finding difficulty in solving the questions, it is possible that other candidates might be going through the same emotion. 

Just focus on attempting your exam paper to the best of your abilities! 

Be prepared for the surprises. Strategize and allocate your time to your fullest abilities and as per your strengths and weaknesses. Scanning your paper and deciding the order of the questions is really important. Focus more on the accuracy of the questions than on attempting all the questions. 

Different candidates have different approaches to writing the exam, some prefer to attempt the tough subjects first and easier ones at the end, and some follow the vice-versa approach. Both approach works best if the candidate has practised well with the CLAT mock tests

Wish you all the best for the CLAT exam!