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CLAT Preparation 2023: Section-wise Tips and Tricks

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CLAT Preparation 2023: The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) will conduct CLAT 2023 on December 18, 2022. CLAT is a national-level entrance exam. The Consortium conducts the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) for admission to UG and PG law courses. As the exam date is near, candidates appearing for the exam should have solid preparation and revision strategy. Moreover, they must have a good study plan to crack the exam.

The CLAT exam is one of the most challenging and competitive exams for admission to NLUs. Thus, candidates should make a strategy and focus on their preparation. Moreover, they must go through the CLAT syllabus and exam pattern before drafting their strategy. It will help them know various exam topics and the paper structure. To help candidates, we have provided preparation tips and strategies here. So, scroll down to find out more.

Latest Update:
* The authorities released the CLAT 2023 Application Form on the official website, i.e. consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Candidates appearing for the exam must submit the application form before November 13, 2022.
* CLAT 2023 Notification will be announced after July 15, 2022
* CLAT 2023 Exam will be held on December 18, 2022.

How to Prepare for CLAT 2023?

CLAT 2023 for UG admissions consists of five sections, and each section has its own importance. So, candidates need to plan and study for all five sections. Check the pointers below and prepare well for the CLAT 2023.

  • Start Early: Starting the preparation early will help candidates to complete the syllabus well in time, and get time for revision also. Learn the topics in-depth and practice CLAT sample papers to understand the types of questions asked in each section.
  • Have Complete Knowledge of the CLAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern: Having a clear idea of what topics to study is very important. Thus, understanding the CLAT syllabus and CLAT exam pattern becomes important. Candidates need to study according to the prescribed syllabus and segregate the topics depending on their weightage.
  • Have a Preparation Strategy: The preparation strategy varies from candidate to candidate, but here are a few tips to help out:
    • Segregate the topics based on the weightage of marks, difficulty level and time needed to learn them.
    • Closely examine the type of questions asked and the difficulty level of the questions.
    • Choose books wisely and refer to the sample papers and previous year’s question papers.
    • Start preparing the topics which carry the maximum marks. Collect previous year’s question papers and note the important topics.
    • Set long-term and short-term targets and accomplish them. Also, if necessary candidates must be open to changing their strategies.
  • Practice and Revise Regularly: Have a clear understanding of the basics and solve a sufficient number of practice questions. Also, regular revisions help a lot in scoring good marks. Revising the concepts learned will help aspirants refresh the facts they already know. 
  • Know Weakness and Strengths: Once candidates know their strengths and weaknesses, they can invest more time to learn the topics they are weak at. Besides that, they can study the easy topics completely and attempt these questions first in the exam according to a predefined attempt strategy.
  • Solve Previous Year’s question papers: Once done with the revision, candidates should shift their focus to solving the previous year’s CLAT question papers. Solving previous years’ CLAT question papers will help aspirants improve their weak points, note their mistakes and improve their time management skills. Solving previous year’s CLAT question papers gives aspirants a clear idea about the exam pattern, frequently asked questions, weightage of questions, and the marking scheme.
  • Mock tests: Candidates can solve CLAT mock test papers as a source of quick revision. Embibe provides a whole range of mock test papers with the same exam pattern, difficulty level, and marking scheme. Solving mock test papers can help aspirants improve their time management skills and also help them improve their exam anxiety issues.
  • Manage Time: Time is a crucial factor. Candidates must complete the CLAT syllabus on time and regularly revise the topics. Also, in the exam, candidates need to solve 200 questions in 120 minutes. On average, candidates need to solve each question in 36 seconds, including the time to read, understand and answer the question. So, work on improving the speed and accuracy.

Section-wise CLAT Preparation Tips 2023

The CLAT exam has 5 sections, and each section has a different strategy. Let us go through the subject-wise CLAT Preparation tips:

CLAT Preparation Tips for the English Language

Some tips are as follows,

  • This section will check the candidate’s proficiency in the English Language.
  • The core preparation in this section is reading comprehension and grammar. Candidates will be given passages that need to be read, understood and answered, spending minimum time. To achieve this, candidates need to develop their reading skills.
  • Besides that, candidates have to brush up on English grammar rules and practice questions to ensure they have mastered the application and usage of grammatical rules.

CLAT Preparation Tips for General Knowledge & Current Affairs

There is no fixed syllabus for this section. Questions are asked on a variety of topics.

  • To prepare for this section, one needs to develop reading habits as candidates have to remember a lot of information on various topics.
  • Read newspapers regularly.
  • Go through previous year’s papers to see what type of questions were asked from static GK. Then focus mainly on those topics.
  • Read on topics like Awards, UN bodies, History, Geography, Indian Constitution, and the Indian Judiciary. Following current affairs for a long time will help candidates to perform better in the current affairs section.

Legal Aptitude is one of the important sections of the CLAT UG exam. Candidates often feel that this section is tougher because of the vast syllabus. Also, it is not the usual subject taught in schools. The four major topics in this section are Criminal Court, Law Of Tort, Contract Act and the Indian Constitution.

  • Focus on all these four sections.
  • Since the syllabus is vast, do not expect to know all the technicalities in depth. Instead, have a good knowledge of the fundamental concepts.
  • This section also checks the candidate’s reasoning ability based on a case or situation. Thus, understand the basics and practice questions to grasp this section better.

CLAT Preparation Tips for Elementary Mathematics

Some tips are as follows,

  • Candidates need to be familiar with the various topics of basic Mathematics at the Class 10 level.
  • Candidates have to understand the basic concept of all the topics.
  • Note down all the formulae and memorize them by heart.
  • Go through the example problems and solve enough questions to improve problem-solving skills with sufficient speed and accuracy.

CLAT Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

Some tips are as follows,

  • This section is about checking the candidate’s logical and analytical skills.
  • Candidates need to understand the underlying theory of the concepts.
  • Start with topics that need common sense (Classification, Odd Man Out, Distance and Direction, etc.) and are easy to finish. Try to finish these topics as early as possible.
  • Do the difficult topics that need critical thinking and analytical skills later.
  • Cultivate the habit of reading questions carefully and making diagrams whenever required.
  • Go through examples and learn the right way to approach the questions.
  • Learn the tricks and practice the questions from different topics to better command this section.
  • Take online tests and solve a variety of questions from different books.

CLAT Preparation 2023: Overview

Candidates can check the table below to get an overview of the CLAT exam 2023.

ParticularsDetails
Exam NameCommon Law Admission Test (CLAT)
Exam CategoryLaw Entrance exam
Exam LevelNational Level
Conducting BodyThe consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs)
Purpose of Entrance ExamFor admission to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law Programs
Programmes CoveredBBA LLB, BA LLB, BCom LLB, B.Sc LLB, BSW LLB, LLB (3 years) and LLM
Exam FeesGeneral Category/ OBC – INR 4000/-
SC/ ST category – INR 3500/-
Exam DurationUG level- 120 minutes (2 hours)
PG level- 120 minutes (2 hours)
Official Websiteconsortiumofnlus.ac.in

CLAT Preparation: Exam Pattern

Candidates appearing for CLAT 2023 must know about the exam pattern before preparing the study plan. Check the table below to know the CLAT exam pattern.

Exam Highlights DetailsDetails
Mode of Exam Offline
Medium of ExamEnglish Medium only
Duration of ExamUG Level: 2 hours, i.e. 120 Minutes
PG Level: 2 hours, i.e. 120 Minutes
Number of QuestionsUG Level: Total 150 MCQs 
PG Level: Total 120 MCQs
Types of QuestionsUG Level: Multiple-Choice Questions 
PG Level: Multiple-Choice Questions
Exam LevelNational Level 
FrequencyOnce a year 
Total MarksUG Level: Total 150 marks 
PG Level: Total 150 marks 
Negative Marking0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer 
Marks Per QuestionUG Level: 1 mark for every correct answer  
PG Level: 1 mark for every correct answer in MCQs
Division of PaperUG Level: The question paper will be divided into five parts:
1. English Language
2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
3. Legal Reasoning
4. Logical Reasoning
5. Quantitative Techniques

PG Level: The question paper will be divided into two parts: 
1. Constitutional Law
2. Other Law Subjects such as Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR and Jurisprudence.

Subject-wise CLAT UG Syllabus

Candidates must know the detailed syllabus of CLAT 2023 before designing the study plan. The table below to know the subject-wise CLAT 2023 syllabus for the UG level.

SubjectsDetails
English LanguageComprehension and language skills
Ability to draw inferences and conclusions
Ability to summarise the passage
Identify arguments and viewpoints
Word meaning and phrases
Current Affairs, including General KnowledgeContemporary events of significance from India and the world;
Arts and culture;
International affairs; and
Historical events of continuing significance.
Legal ReasoningGeneral awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues
Identify and infer the rules and principles given in the passage.
Apply rules and principles to various fact situations
Ability to understand how changes to the rules or principles may change their application to various fact situations.
Logical ReasoningAbility to identify arguments and their premises and draw conclusions,
Ability to critically analyse patterns of reasoning and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence,
Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations,
Draw relationships and analogies,
Identify contradictions and equivalence, and assess the effectiveness of arguments.
Quantitative TechniquesDerive, infer, and manipulate numerical information set out in such passages, graphs, or other representations; and
Apply various 10th-standard mathematical operations.

FAQs on CLAT Preparation Tips 2023

Find below some frequently asked questions related to CLAT 2023 preparation tips:

Q.1: Is CLAT 2023 easy to crack?
Ans: CLAT has the reputation of being the toughest examination in our country. Candidates have to be fully aware of the syllabus and strategize their preparation to clear CLAT 2023 examination.

Q.2. Are the sample questions on the official website helpful for CLAT 2023 preparation?
Ans: Yes, the sample question paper gives a better idea of the types of questions asked, difficulty level etc. Candidates can refer to that to improvise their preparation.

Q.3. When will the CLAT 2023 be conducted?
Ans: The CLAT 2023 exam will be held on December 18, 2022.

Q.4. Where can I get the UG syllabus for CLAT 2023?
Ans: Candidates can get the CLAT UG syllabus from this page or visit the official website for more details.

Q.5. How many sections are there in the CLAT 2023 exam?
Ans:
CLAT 2023 has five sections, namely English Language, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques, and Current Affairs, including General Knowledge.

We hope the above article has answered all your doubts and queries. Embibe wishes you good luck and all the best for CLAT 2023.

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