The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is India’s most popular and most competitive law exam. It is the one barrier that each of the 60,000 law aspirants in this country needs to cross in order to get a seat in one of the coveted 22 NLUs (National Law Universities). We’ve rounded up these tips on how to crack CLAT exam from our mentors and presented them below. They cover a variety of general tips along with subject-specific advice for you to keep in mind while preparing for CLAT 2024.
How to crack CLAT exam and score 100+?
Here’s how you too can score 100+ marks in CLAT 2024.
Understand the format and pattern of the exam
First and foremost, you need to acquaint yourself with the pattern of the exam. This will give you greater flexibility in identifying the sections and topics that require more work.
|Subjects||Number of questions||Marks|
|Current Affairs with GK||35-39||35-39|
Each question is worth one point with a quarter of a point as negative marking. According to our mentors, candidates can do exceptionally well in the current affairs and quant sections. All the questions are usually straightforward and to the point. If your prep is done well, you’ll be able to quickly finish and spend more time on the logician and legal reasoning questions.
Shortlist all the important topics from all sections
While each topic is important, the general test pattern usually has more questions from these important topics:
- Quantitative Techniques
- Ratio and proportion
- Basic algebra
- Profit and loss
- Speed, distance, and time
- Reading comprehension
- Sentence completion and correction
- Spelling errors
- Proverbs and adverbs
- Synonyms and Antonyms
- Idioms and phrases
- Word meaning
- Logical reasoning
- Arguments and conclusions
- Logical sequences
- Legal reasoning
- Facts, situations, and outlines of legal matters
- Public policies
- General awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues
- Legal terms
- Legal meanings
- Current affairs and GK
- National and international current affairs
- Contemporary events from India and the world
- General knowledge about world leaders, industrialists, and lawyers
- Art and culture of India and the world
- Important historical events
These topics should be on the forefront of your plan to crack CLAT exam this year.
Don’t forget to focus on current affairs and GK
Many candidates fail to give the current affairs section the importance it deserves. It is one of the biggest sections of the exam directly responsible for nearly 25% of the total marks.
You should read monthly current affairs magazines that round up news from the national and international front. Any changes in policies or formations of the Central government along with other apex bodies are hot topics to keep a track of. Our mentors also suggest covering awards being given in sports, science, literature and fine arts. Apart from these, the UN and its functioning bodies, India’s international relations, and global policy are also key topics.
Much of this information can be gleaned from leading daily newspapers such as The Hindu and Indian Express.
Give as many mock exams as you can
After you’ve spent the first half of your preparation on solidifying conceptual knowledge, the second half should primarily revolve around writing and analysing mocks. The recommended number is at least 30 mocks.
Each mock needs to be given in exam day conditions and then analysed for mistakes. Document the mistakes, create a strategy to tackle them, and then move on to the next one. Try and aim for an average of a 100+ score in the final few mock tests.
Ensure the mock exams you give are as close to the original as possible. IMS Get.Set.Law SimCLATS are well known for their question parity and quality. The 2024 test series consists of 30 proctored SimCLATS accompanied by detailed video solutions. 30 more mock tests are also included to help you prep for other law entrance tests.
You can check out the IMS GSL test series for CLAT here.
Make reading part of your daily routine
This is an extremely underrated tip but will go a long way in aiding your overall preparation. The CLAT is a reading-intensive exam with the GK, legal, and English sections featuring prominent, verbose passages. Reading regularly will introduce you to new information, new subjects, new perspectives – all of which will come in handy during CLAT.
Your reading habit should also include newspapers apart from books. Leading dailies such as The Hindu, Indian Express, and The Telegraph publish well-written editorials along with crafted news pieces.
Subject-wise preparation tips to crack CLAT exam
In this section, we’ll get a little more specific and talk about each subject.
- There are two key points to implement here. First, improve your vocabulary. Second, improve your reading speed.
- To work on your vocabulary, start reading everyday – books, newspapers, magazines, periodicals. You can also work through ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Normal Lewis.
- To improve your reading speed, focus on reading the editorial section of newspapers and taking diligent notes to test the scope of your comprehension.
Current affairs and GK
- While the section will include both, static GK and dynamic current affairs, try and gather more knowledge around news of national and international importance regarding subjects of art and culture, economics, technology, and general science.
- Keep a tab on all the high-level awards being given out in different relevant fields. Memorise any changes in government policies and important judicial cases.
- For static GK, a basic understanding of history, geography, and science will do.
- Even though the Consortium of NLUs conducting CLAT have assured students that no prior legal knowledge is required to attempt the paper, a cursory glance at the legal aptitude section will reveal how important basic legal knowledge is.
- Past papers have had passages containing excerpts from Volenti Non Fit Injuria, Consent, Torts, Crime, and Contracts. While questions are directly based on the passage’s contents, having foundational legal knowledge can aid with the application-focused questions.
- Our mentors also advised students to read articles on websites like Bar and Bench and LiveLaw to stay abreast with all major legal developments.
- This is one of the simpler sections since it tackles 10th grade maths. The mathematical concepts we learnt then have been redesigned into tables and graphs that test your data interpretation and analysis skills.
- Students end up losing marks here due to frivolous mistakes. Better preparation and practice can ensure you attempt the questions accurately and glean those final few marks that make the difference between. Top rank and a lower one.
- Practice, practice, and some more practice is the key to acing this section.
- Finish books such as Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal and Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey.
Getting a seat in a top NLU isn’t an easy task. But with these tips on how to crack CLAT exam, you’ll be better positioned to clear the competitive cutoffs.
IMS Get.Set.Law offers live online as well as classroom programs that offer 800 hours of intensive engagement, 70 full-length mock tests with video solutions and in-depth analyses, mentoring sessions, and workshops – comprehensive programs that cover the length and breadth of the CLAT syllabus and equips you with the skills required to crack this exam.