The Common Law Admission Test is the offline centralized test for which 60,000 young aspirants appeared last year to get into the top 21 National Law Universities of India. Out of these 60,000 there are only 2,300 seats for the undergraduate law aspirants and just 507 seats for the postgraduate law aspirants all over India.

Getting into one of these Top Universities is itself a dream come true for many but are you working enough to make this dream turn into reality? Are you prepared for the test that will decide your fate?

Well, we are here to guide you to prepare for CLAT 2020 without much hassle. 

This year CLAT will take place on May 10th 2020. The application form has already been released. The students can register for CLAT 2020 until 31st March, 2020.

Before directly taking a toll into CLAT preparation. Let us first take a look at all the necessary details one needs to update themselves with about CLAT 2020.

What is CLAT?

CLAT stands for ‘Common Law Admission Test’. It is conducted annually for students who want to pursue law as their career. The nation-wide exam is conducted for getting admission into the best National Law Universities across India. Along with the top NLUs, other private and government law ranking colleges also consider CLAT as an eligibility criteria. The first priority of all the Law aspirants is to qualify CLAT for getting into a prestigious law college in India.

CLAT is also a gateway for admission to the five year integrated programme in law and for LLB and LLM as well.

The test is divided into five sections, therefore the students preparing for CLAT 2020 have to make a detailed study plan, overall and section wise and adapt to certain strategies to prepare well for the exam.

Structure of CLAT 2020

CLAT 2020 will be an offline test that will include 150 objective-type questions each carrying one mark; the paper has to be completed in 120 minutes i.e., 2 hours. These set of questions will have multiple answer options, out of which one will be correct. If the candidate answers a question correctly, it will fetch them one mark, while an incorrect answer will lead to a penalty of 0.25 marks.

Here’s a table depicting the structure of the exam which will help to prepare for CLAT

SectionsQuestions per sectionMarks per section
English including Comprehension28 – 32 MCQs28 – 32 marks
Current Affairs including General Knowledge35 – 39 MCQs35 – 39 marks
Quantitative Techniques 35 – 39 MCQs35 – 39 marks
Legal Reasoning28 – 32 MCQs28 – 32 marks
Logical Reasoning13 – 17 MCQs13 – 17 marks
Total Questions*150 MCQs150 marks

Techniques and guidelines for preparing for CLAT 2020

●     Learn new words everyday
The English and the Comprehensive section of this exam is rather easy and scoring. Provided, one needs to be well versed with a good eloquence of words. If taken for granted, this easy scoring section can deduce your marks. This section will test the candidate’s vocabulary, comprehensive proficiency, and understanding of applied grammar. Your vocabulary must be diverse. Building your vocabulary cannot happen overnight, it requires days or even months of daily efforts and practices. Try becoming familiar with more and more words everyday. Keep a daily goal to learn at least five new words you didn’t know before. Use these newly learnt words in your day to day conversation. Learning words daily isn’t much trouble when you familiarize yourself with Thesaurus. Keep a dictionary handy. You can aim to learn words randomly taken out of the dictionary or you can also install gaming applications such as Vocabulary.com and Word of the Day in your smartphones for a better and a fun learning approach.

●     Don’t hurry into things
The comprehension and reading is a ‘cake walk’ if you patiently invest time in reading the paragraph. It requires daily basis practice. Read it once, twice or thrice before jumping into answering the questions. The key is to break the sentence and try to attain its meaning clearly. Each and every word should make sense to you. Keep this section in the priority as according to the new exam pattern released by the Consortium National Law University on January 1st, 2020, there will be more emphasis on the comprehensive type of questions of all the sections. 

●     Read a lot
Be it newspapers, blogs, magazines or editorials reading is an essential part of prepping yourself up for the upcoming CLAT. Reading newspapers will also help you increase your general knowledge and build up your vocabulary as well. Install applications in your smartphones like Jagranjosh, Inshorts, InCourt to get a daily update on the current affairs taking place across the globe. 

You should also read news blogs or websites like- The Quint, Firstpost.com, and BBC News.

●     Learn tricks and familiarize yourself with formulas
Attempting the Logical Reasoning section becomes easy once you understand the right approach to solve the questions. It’s all about a few tricks and techniques that will help you pass this section. Questions of identifying patterns, correct illogical statements and analogies. Practising these tricks and formulas will help you sail through the reasoning section.

●     General knowledge and Current Affairs
The recent change in the exam pattern has brought in tremendous relief to the students preparing for CLAT 2020, as the GK and Current affairs section will not have questions from Static GK but only current affairs. 

Select one or two reliable news sources and follow them religiously. Some of the newspapers and Magazines recommended are The Hindu, The WEEK, CLAT Express and The Competition Success Reviews.

Make sure to cover the important national and international awards each year- sports, science, literature or arts. Also be aware of any important happenings in the Indian Constitution or Justice system. The recently passed bills and amendments like the NRC and the CAB could be an essential field where you can pay special attention. The dates, facts, and the sections under which these bills are amended. Refer to magazines like The Reader’s Digest, Competition Success Reviews, THE WEEK etc.

You can also join our Telegram Group to improve your GK and stay updated with all current affairs.

●     Take Mock Tests
Start with the mock tests right away! Your CLAT syllabus may not be completed but mock tests will help to self analyze your preparation level. Unless you don’t know where you are going wrong, you will not realise where to channelise all your efforts. Aim to solve about 10-15 CLAT mock tests right before your actual exam.

You can easily get the CLAT 2020 mock test based on the new pattern from here. We have packages of various density at staggering discounted rates to help you ace up your preparation for CLAT 2020. 

Also, while solving these mock papers follow the instructions applied for the actual exam such as turning off the phone and strictly keeping to the time limit. 

●     Strategise your time
Though it is difficult to manage time with the busy schedules of schools and tuitions you have to do it. Strategise your routine so that you make the most of it. Set your goals everyday and make an aim to complete them. Make a time table and stick to it. You should never compromise with your practice time. Keep a timer or a stopwatch on the table to check the time you will have to invest in each question in order to complete the paper. Practice regularly and maintain a growth chart or a journal, this will help you to introspect as well as keep a track of your growth.

The above strategies might help you to approach the upcoming CLAT exam with ease. The most essential part of the preparation is believing in yourself. Trust your instincts and be confident about your decision making. Try to incorporate the above guidelines as much as possible. Preparing for CLAT may be strenuous so take good care if your mental and physical health. Eat well and get plenty of sleep.

Cracking CLAT may sure seem difficult, but it’s not impossible. We at Law Prep Tutorial are always there to guide you. If you have any questions or doubts you can post them in the comment section below and we will be happy to help!

Best of Luck!