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How to Crack CLAT 2025? – Preparation Tips to Clear CLAT Exam

21 December, 2023 By Parthiva Mewawala, IMS India

The CLAT exam is India’s top law entrance exam for both UG as well as PG admissions to the top law colleges in the country. In fact, 24 out of the 26 NLUs accept CLAT scores for their admission process. If you’re wondering how to crack CLAT 2025, get 80+ marks, and secure a seat in one of the top NLUs, then you’ll find all the information you need in this blog. 

 

The first step is to understand the new paper pattern that is much shorter, comparatively easier, and focuses on reading comprehension-based questions for all sections other than quantitative techniques. Next, pick out the syllabus for all the CLAT exam sections to create a proper study plan spread over the entire year. Don’t forget to incorporate ample practice from previous years’ papers and mock tests. Lastly, follow all the IMS mentor-endorsed tips given below to ensure your score breaches that coveted mark of 80.

 

Let’s dive right in.

How to crack CLAT – Understand the pattern

Up until CLAT 2023, the paper contained 150 questions to be answered in 120 minutes. The exam was a race against time, and students could not afford to spend more than a few seconds per question.

 

Keeping in mind the changing requirements of the industry, the Consortium of NLUs dropped the questions to 120, giving each student 1 minute per question. Let’s take a look at the new CLAT exam pattern.

 

Section Numbers of Questions Marks Weightage
English Language 22-26 22-26 20%
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge 28-32 28-32 25%
Legal Reasoning 28-32 28-32 25%
Logical Reasoning 22-26 22-26 20%
Quantitative Techniques 10-14 22-26 10%
Total 120 120 100%

 

There are five sections spanning English, GK, Legal reasoning, logical reasoning, and quantitative techniques. The highest weightage is given to the current affairs and legal reasoning sections, and the lowest is for quantitative techniques. Since CLAT has no sectional cutoffs, you can build a strategy around your strongest topics while avoiding the ones you find challenging. Many students opt to skip quantitative techniques entirely, while others go easy on the current affairs section. 

 

For a target score of 80+ (which is good enough to get you into tier 3 and some tier 2 universities), your strategy shouldn’t just include the topics you want to do and thoughtful curation of the topics and question types you want to skip.

 

For a more detailed outlook, read our blog on the CLAT Exam Pattern here.

 

You can also read our blogs on the CLAT Cutoff 2024 and the Top Law Colleges of India to understand better the score you need to target for your preferred college. 

How to crack CLAT – Take a look at the syllabus

Now that you know the pattern, let’s check the syllabus and the types of questions that most often come in CLAT. Make a note of the general marks distribution across topics. The topics with higher weightage shouldn’t be skipped, while the others can be put on the back burner for now.

 

Subjects Topics
English Language Grammatical errors and sentence correction, Synonyms & Antonyms, Tenses, Fill in the Blanks, Active & Passive Voice
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge National & international events, Govt. schemes, Science & Technology, Sports, Awards & honours, Arts & Culture, Historical events of current relevant
Legal Reasoning Indian Constitution – Fundamental Rights, Duties, Judiciary, Parliament, Directive Principles of State Policy, Local governments, Significant amendments and provisions, Landmark judgments, Current legal affairs, Law of Torts, Laws of Contract, IPR Law, Family Laws
Logical Reasoning Analogies, Series, logical sequences and matching, Seating arrangement, Syllogisms, Blood relations
Quantitative Techniques Ratios and proportions, Basic algebra, Mensuration, Statistical estimation, Algebra

 

How to crack CLAT – subject-wise tips and strategies

Use the tips and strategies shared here to augment your plan accordingly. Focus on your strengths, practice RCs regularly, and learn which questions to skip to maximise your score. 

English

  1. Work hard on improving your reading comprehension skills. Solve different types of RC sets and associated questions. Try to finish 30 RC sets every month.
  2. Those who want to take their practice to the next level can pick up the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension book by Arun Sharma.
  3. Learn to read behind the lines. While attempting the questions, don’t just see why you were wrong. Also, see why you were right. The goal is to understand the reason behind each answer.
  4. Don’t forget to review all RC sets from previous years’ question papers.

 

Here are the most important topics to cover:

 

Most Important English Topics for CLAT 2024
Vocabulary-based questions Reading Comprehension
Parts of speech Grammar
Figures of speech Tenses

Active and passive voice

Prepositions

Modal and Articles

 

Legal Reasoning

  1. Begin by studying your NCERT +1 and +2 textbooks. Polish off Torts, Contracts, and Criminal Law.
  2. Don’t try to memorise the laws. Instead, understand the concepts behind them. CLAT doesn’t require you to have prior legal knowledge. However, grasping basic legal concepts will make this section much more effortless.
  3. Again, go through sets of question papers from previous years and look at the detailed solutions for all of them. 

 

Here are the most important topics to cover:

 

Subjects Topics
Constitution History of Indian constitution
Important judgments and amendments
Law Important laws like IPC, CrPC, Law of torts, family law, etc.
Prepositions and facts
Important events related to legal and constitutional developments
Polity Rights and Duties
Judiciary – Supreme Court and High Court
Parliament – Executive, Legislature, President
Current events related to Indian polity.

 

Logical Reasoning

  1. In the first half of your prep, work on clearing your concepts. Practice different types of questions and learn how to solve all of them.
  2. Syllogisms, Assumptions, Arguments, Inferences, and Conclusion-type questions are key.
  3. LR can be the most time-consuming section if you don’t tackle it with the right pace. Learn all the shortcuts, both mathematical and logical, to solve these questions faster.

 

Here are the most important topics to cover:

 

Important Logical Reasoning Topics for CLAT 2024
Series Analogies
Seating arrangement Syllogisms
Inferences Premises and conclusions
Strengthening and weakening arguments Logical puzzles
Relationships Calendar and clocks

 

Current Affairs

  1. This can be a tricky section for many since it is the only one you need to memorise.
  2. Go through the weekly current affairs from January 2024 to December 2024. You can find those details in the IMS Get.Set.Law monthly magazine that all students get.
  3. This section has a mix of current affairs along with static GK questions. It is easy to score on as you practise diligently, read newspapers, and revise the material every month.

 

Quantitative Techniques

 

  1. This is the section that most students tend to skip entirely. With the lowest weightage across all sections, quant is usually given the last priority. But what most students overlook is that the level of difficulty in this section is very low and can easily be aced.
  2. All you need to do is cover the basics – percentages, profit and loss, ratio and proportion, surface area and volume, and speer distance time.
  3. With a little effort, you’ll easily be able to attempt 8-9 questions accurately, potentially improving your overall score.

 

Here are the most important topics to cover:

 

Profit and Loss Basic Algebra
Areas and Mensuration Number Systems
Fractions Mensuration
Work and Time Time, Speed, and Distance
Probability Statistical estimation
Average Ratios and proportions

In this blog, we’ve covered a detailed approach to the question – how to crack CLAT 2025 with subject-specific tips and strategies. Your goal must be to do very well in the English Language and Legal Reasoning section, followed by Logical Reasoning. Depending on your strategy, you can choose to distribute your energy between Current Affairs and Quantitative Techniques. For more help with your prep for CLAT 2025, you can sign up for the IMS Get.Set.Law Live Online, as well as Classroom programs that offer more than 800 hours of teacher-student interaction, 70+ full-length mocks, one-on-one mentorship sessions, and law school application support and guidance.