CLAT – Gateway to top National Law Colleges

By | September 5, 2016

Common Law Admission Test – CLAT is a national level entrance test which is conducted for the admission in the top law colleges of India. CLAT is an aptitude test designed to test your mental faculties in relation to time management and analytical abilities simultaneously. The question paper is structured in five different areas, which are: English, General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Reasoning (Logical and Analytical) and Mathematics.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a non-statutory body created under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the convenience of the students seeking admission to various National Law Universities in the country.

An entrance test is conducted to provide a list of candidates on the basis of ‘merit-cum-preference’ to each University for admission to their UG/PG programmes, as per the eligibility, reservation and other criteria laid down under the respective statutes of the participating Universities. (Must Refer –

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an all India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes.

The 22 participating NLUs in the order of their year of establishment are:

  1. National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU)
  2. National Academy of Legal Study and Research University of Law, Hyderabad (NALSAR)
  3. The National Law Institute University, Bhopal(NLIU)
  4. The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata (WBNUJS)
  5. National Law University, Jodhpur (NLUJ)
  6. Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (HNLU)
  7. Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (GNLU)
  8. Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow (RMLNLU)
  9. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (RGNUL)
  10. Chanakya National Law University, Patna (CNLU)
  11. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi (NUALS)
  12. National Law University Odisha, Cuttack (NLUO)
  13. National University of Study and Research in Law, Ranchi (NUSRL)
  14. National Law University and Judicial Academy, Assam (NLUJAA)
  15. Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University, Visakhapatnam (DSNLU)
  16. Tamil Nadu National Law School, Tiruchirappalli (TNNLS)
  17. Maharashtra National Law University, Mumbai (MNLU)
  18. Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur
  19. Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad
  20. Himachal Pradesh National Law University, Shimla
  21. DNLU, Jabalpur
  22. DBRANLU, Haryana

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How to Prepare

Study according to Latest Syllabus & Pattern of CLAT

  • Candidates must know the Latest CLAT Syllabus and pattern of the exam. Students have to prepare according to it and cover all the topics thoroughly.
  • Take help from the previous year papers as well as from the latest sample papers of CLAT exam.

Clear Doubts

  • If you have any doubt on any subject you must try to solve it. If you are not getting the solution then consult with the faculty and friends and clear your all doubts with them.
  • Before the examination, you should clear your all doubts which help you in scoring good marks.

Proper Usage of Time is the main point of How to Prepare for CLAT

  • Candidates who are preparing for the exam must make a time schedule and work according to it which helps you to cover all the topics of all the subjects.
  • Contenders are advised to adjust the time to revise your syllabus at least once.

Prepare Notes

  • Candidates must prepare notes of the important topics, lengthy topics etc. which saves your time and it is easy to study from the notes rather than books.
  • Self-made notes help you to understand easily and at the time of examination, you will remember all the things at the single review of the notes.

Online Mock Tests

  • There are many sites which provide an online mock test of the exam for good preparation.
  • You can go through these tests by which you come to know about the question level asked in the exam.

Be Aware of the Current Affairs is the major point of How to Prepare for CLAT

  • You must be aware of the current affairs because it seems that in exam mostly questions asked based on the current affairs so you must know what is happening in the world.
  • Current affair will help you in improving the general awareness or knowledge as well as helps in clearing the exam.

Solve Previous Year Papers

  • Student must solve previous year papers as they get some hint about the questions asked in the exam.
  • Previous Year Papers come to know about the level or type of questions asked in the exam.

Prepare Well

You must prepare well for the exams, cover every topic, the whole chapter and revise it thoroughly by which all the things will remain in your mind for a long time. Just reading the chapters is not enough to learn & understand them by heart.

Books and Resources That You Must Read to Crack CLAT

1. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Any person who starts preparing for his vocabulary is, at several points in life, suggested this book. Although loads of don’t understand it, the way it has to be read.

2. Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal

Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal is the just-right resource for any law candidate who desires to get hold of the generally asked logic reasoning questions, get the correct approach to solve them and learn some helpful tricks and tips.

3. Universal’s guide to LLB Examination

Universal’s guide to LLB Examination is an entire guide. It consists of many questions from the previous year papers.

Strategies to Crack CLAT Examination

Study all Previous Papers

What is the first advice to any student preparing for CLAT? Go through the papers of last 5 years at least. The Strategy behind this is you should be able to relate with the questions analytically and derive a pattern and then you will able to get an idea of what is really required, and where you should move.

Study all Current Affairs

Another booster for CLAT paper is all question have root in Current Affairs and Law related verdicts. Start understanding newspaper like Hindustan Times, The Times of India and subscribe to a monthly current affairs magazine like Competition Success, Chronicle or Wizard. For this reason, the strategy is to have a good command of overall national and international events.

Study all Probable Questions

The question which you will get from your coaching institute will have an edge over others. Try to get all those possible questions from those institutes and revise that too.


Crack as many mock tests as possible. Even at home, when you crack mock test papers pay special attention to sustain the time factor. More practice will make you more perfect. Try to recognize your weakness and try to remove them through practice or external help.

For preparation

One should divide their daily study hours judiciously and as per requirement on newspaper, magazines, paperbacks (only if you read novels), solving model and previous year question papers, solving analytical reasoning and math questions and absorbing knowledge. Do not work on the subject you consider your forte for too long, it’s the subjects you are weak at that need your attention the most. But keep polishing areas wherein you have expertise.

Below are some of the recommended books for CLAT Section-wise preparation

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Analytical Reasoning by M. K.Pandey
  • Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Objective Arithmetic by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • GK Today
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

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Author: Mayank Shekhar

Mayank is a student at Faculty of Law, Delhi University. Under his leadership, Legal Bites has been researching and developing resources through blogging, educational resources, competitions, and seminars.

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