How to Prepare for CLAT 2022-2023 - Around 70,000 candidates will appear in CLAT 2022 and CLAT 2023, which is considered the only gateway for admission to 22 national law universities. That being said, getting success in CLAT 2022 is not an easy task as it is one of the most competitive law entrance exams in the country. Candidates not only have to pass the examination but also have to secure a decent rank on the CLAT merit list to ensure a seat in any of the top national law universities (NLUs). The CLAT preparation should revolve around covering the given syllabus, making short notes, practising sample questions and making strategies for exam day. Read the complete article on how to prepare for CLAT 2022 for guidance, preparation tips, previous year exam analysis and other relevant information.
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Before starting the CLAT preparation, candidates should go through the exam pattern and syllabus to make themselves familiar with the test scheme and the types of questions asked in the examination. The CLAT 2022 syllabus will also help the candidates in knowing about the sectional distribution of marks. Candidates can check the details of the syllabus as well as the pattern below.
Number of questions
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
Candidates appearing for CLAT 2022 or CLAT 2023 should try to give around six to seven months for CLAT preparation. The more time they give to CLAT preparation, the better the results would be. Some of the important CLAT preparation tips given below would be helpful for candidates.
Candidates preparing for CLAT should have a well-planned study routine. They are required to complete the vast syllabus in just a few months, therefore, study hours should range from around six to seven hours a day. Candidates should try to complete the CLAT syllabus around two months before the exam date. The last two months should be given to practising sample papers and mock tests and revising the important topics.
While reading the standard books or newspapers, candidates should simultaneously make some handwritten notes. Writing notes, important points or making flow charts or diagrams would make the preparation easier. In later stages of preparation, the CLAT notes will also come handy when you have to revise several books in a very short time.
Last year, many candidates who gave CLAT said that it was a lengthy paper and had complex passages. So, it became difficult for them to complete the CLAT within two hours even if they knew the answers to many questions. So, both CLAT 2022 and CLAT 2023 aspirants can learn from their mistakes and work on their reading skills. High reading speed while also comprehending the text is one of the most important aspects of CLAT preparation.
Reading skills for CLAT 2022 and CLAT 2023 can be improved by making it a habit. Candidates should read an English national daily newspaper such as The Hindu or The Indian Express. Reading editorials, legal documents, journals are particularly helpful in improving reading skills and making candidates familiar with legal terminologies.
Candidates should solve as many sample papers as possible. In general, candidates are advised to solve around 30-40 sample papers along with all previous year CLAT question papers. The CLAT mock tests will help the candidates understand the difficulty level, question trends and several other important aspects of the paper. Most importantly, these papers will make candidates habitual of solving CLAT paper problems within the stipulated time.
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As per the previous year’s CLAT exam analysis, legal aptitude was majorly dominated by traditional subjects. A majority of CLAT passages were derived from topics such as Law of Contracts, Hindu Marriage Act, Volenti Non fit Injuria etc. Therefore, while preparing for CLAT legal aptitude, candidates should have a good hold of such subjects. The language in legal aptitude happens to be technical, therefore understanding key terms and legal vocabulary/theory is very important.
Current affairs is a dynamic section. Therefore, candidates should cover at least seven to eight months of current affairs. In this section also, questions are asked from passages (5 Questions per Passage covering 32-35Q in total). The paragraph will be based on ongoing issues, therefore, candidates should have a complete understanding of such issues. The topics of passages may be drawn from topics such as;
India’s foreign relations,
Candidates with an understanding of current issues would be able to easily attempt current affairs questions by reading the passage.
The English section will also have 5 to 6 comprehensions. These questions will be asked from non-fiction, fiction and short story based (from journals, newspapers etc). The questions are straightforward. Candidates preparing for CLAT English should work on grammar skills and improve their vocabulary. Candidates should also read idioms and phrases, it will help them in understanding complex comprehension easily.
Books for CLAT legal aptitude
Universal’s CLAT Guide
Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj
CLAT current affairs and general knowledge books and study material
Lucent’s General Knowledge
The Hindu Newspaper
The Indian Express Newspaper
Books for CLAT English including comprehension
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin
CLAT logical reasoning books
Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
Books for CLAT maths
Quantitative Aptitude by RS Aggarwal
For more details - Check - Best recommended books for CLAT 2021
Level of Difficulty
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
Easy-moderate but lengthy
Moderate but tricky
Moderate to difficult
Candidates should make a strategy for attempting the test. In most cases, candidates may develop their strategy while attempting CLAT mock tests and solving sample papers. Some important tips for attempting CLAT question papers are mentioned below.
Read the CLAT instructions carefully within the first five minutes.
Attempt the easier question first to save time for the difficult sections.
Candidates should attempt the question paper and simultaneously mark the answers in the OMR sheet.
Do not waste excessive time on comprehension passages.
Candidates should not overthink while answering the comprehension based questions, such questions should be answered the questions in the context of the passages.
Candidates should try to complete the question paper around 20 minutes before the given time.
In the last 20 minutes, candidates should revisit the complete question paper and try to attempt the doubtful questions. Candidates should try to attempt around 110-120 questions.
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