The Best Time to Start CLAT 2025 Prep is NOW

22 September, 2021
UG Team

Are you serious about pursuing a career in law and planning to pursue a 5-year integrated program of reputed law schools in the country? If your answer is yes, then, the best time to start your preparation is NOW! Many of you have completed Class X boards and joined the conventional streams in Class XI, mostly arts or commerce. So, we believe that this is the right time for you to begin CLAT 2025 prep, instead of next year. Let’s find out why.

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CLAT 2025: The gateway to NLUs

CLAT is the flagship entrance exam for most National Law Universities. It is an aptitude test with Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). For many of you, it may be the first interaction with competitive exams of this nature. Hence, it will take some time to build familiarity with this concept. All this while, you have been used to concepts like ‘step-wise’ marking and ‘detailed answers running into paragraphs’. Doing well in aptitude tests needs a mindset change. This requires some time.

About the CLAT

CLAT consists of five sections, i.e. Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge, Verbal Ability, Reasoning (Math & English based), and quantitative Ability. Sections like legal aptitude and GK will be relatively new for most of you. One may not have come across them during the school curriculum. Due to the novelty factor, you need to prepare for them for a longer duration. Mastering an area like verbal reasoning also demands an early start.

Preparing for CLAT 2025

Once Class XII commences, you will need to proportionately balance time between boards and test prep. Therefore, one should do hard work in Class XI and keep smart work for Class XII.

    • Typically, any aptitude test preparation should be built into three modules – Learn, Practice & Test. The ‘Learn’ Module consists of take-home material (books) and class sheets to be done in classroom mode. One should complete the learning module before taking a break for the Class XI annual exams. If possible, one should do revision classes, if needed after Class XI exams.
    • Once concepts are clear, one should learn how to ‘Practice’ them to solve exam questions. Concept clarity is more important than attempt time in the practice module. Topic-wise practice tests will help you here. Enough time should be spent to build familiarity with different Q types built around various concepts during the initial months of Class XII.
    • Around the August-September months of Class XII, one should move to the ‘Test’ module & take mock tests in a simulated environment, e.g. similar test setup, exam mode, and marking scheme. Analyzing each test to identify potential score improvement areas is a must
    • Post this, one should solve previous CLAT/AILET papers, which is the closest you can get to a real exam

To summarise,

  • An early start gives you flexibility in syllabus completion in Class XI.
  • Scope to attend revision classes before Class XII begins.
  • Early familiarity with test papers and exam questions of previous years.
  • More practice and early identification of potential score improvement areas.
  • You will feel more relaxed when you start Class XII since two major phases of preparation will be over.
  • Your like-minded friends may have already started law test prep. You would get a good peer group for preparation if you join them soon. It will add a flavor of healthy competition to your prep.

So what are you waiting for? The right time to start CLAT 2025 preparation is NOW!