CLAT preparation requires a lot of hard work and a consistent approach, hence it is obvious to get overwhelmed during your CLAT preparation journey. But you don’t need to worry, we have you covered. Experts at CL-LST have shared topper-proof tips that many CLAT takers have followed to ensure they get into the college of their dreams.
In discovering the perfect answer to "How to prepare for CLAT", let's start with some preparation tips by our CLAT experts:
It is crucial for you to know the CLAT exam syllabus to align your CLAT preparation accordingly. The exam syllabus works as a blueprint and will guide your CLAT preparation.
|English||Comprehension passages, Grammar, word meanings, incorrect/correct sentences|
|Mathematics||Algebra, profit and loss, time and work, average, speed and distance, permutation-combination and Venn diagrams, statistical estimation, Mensuration|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||Static general knowledge including History, Polity, Geography, Environment, etc.|
|Current affairs- national of national and international importance, sports, new appointments, awards, honors, etc.|
|Logical Reasoning||Logical and Analytical reasoning skills|
|Legal Aptitude||Study of law, Research aptitude, Problem-solving ability, Questions based on hypothetical situations, Important court decisions|
#1 Know the marking scheme
It is imperative that you know the marking scheme. You should know which section would be the most suitable one for you to fetch the marks needed to crack CLAT.
#2 Build Strong Conceptual Understanding
For an exam as demanding as CLAT, you need to have a strong conceptual understanding. Brush up your basics and revise important concepts frequently to develop a good hold over concepts asked in CLAT.
# 3 Practice and analyze
Once the fundamentals are clear, it is important to write the practice test on the very same day for reinforcement of the concept. It will strengthen your conceptual understanding and allow you to assess your weak areas.
For this section, Practice! Practice! and practice! The more you practice, the more equipped you are. Revision of areas you are weak in helps too. These techniques will help you in building accuracy and keeping up with the time-bound exam.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
Awareness plays a key role in this section. One must make his/ her habit of reading newspapers and watching the news daily. Basic knowledge of history, geography and science will be preferred as a great advantage. Free news portals including the Hindu is a sufficient source for current affairs.
To ace CLAT, you must focus specifically on static and current legal issues, landmark judgments, and important cases from the last year. It helps significantly in understanding the passages faster. Read about all the new amendments and enactments done in both monsoon and winter sessions of the parliament along with recent contemporary issues. There might be questions on cases where you are not left with enough time to read and understand the passage. Having prior knowledge in such instances is of great help. Work on vocabulary comprising legal jargon, legal terms, foreign phrases, and maxims. Lookup for a term if you do not understand the meaning, and read it repeatedly.
For this part, it is necessary to read as much as possible. Reading the newspaper and practising comprehension passages will increase your answering speed. Solve the previous year's question papers. Take online mock tests and check your performance.
Books for CLAT preparation
In order to prepare for any exam, books are the most reliable source. A plethora of books are available in the market for CLAT preparation. The Consortium also publishes various preparatory materials for the UG-CLAT, including Guides to the question paper and sample questions;
Model question papers; and
Instructional materials and exercises for each of the subjects that the UG-CLAT comprises.
In addition to these, we have suggested section-wise books that will make your CLAT preparation journey easier.
|English Language||High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin|
|English is Easy by Chetananand Singh|
|Objective General English by RS Aggarwal|
|Barron's Pocket Guide to Vocabulary|
|Legal reasoning||Universal's CLAT Guide|
|Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj|
|Bare Acts of Indian Constitution|
|Mathematics||Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal|
|Class 10th NCERT Textbook|
|Logical reasoning||Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal|
|Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey|
|Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal|
|General Knowledge & Current Affairs||Pearson General Knowledge Manual|
|Lucent’s General Knowledge|
|Manorama Year Book|
|India Year Book|
|Competition Success Review|
|The Hindu Newspaper|