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CLAT 2021 General Knowledge Preparation Tips, Tricks and Strategies

Exam: 13 June `21
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Urvashi Singhal

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CLAT 2021, or the common law admission test, is a highly rigorous entrance examination that gives you admission into 22 of the best law institutes in India. CLAT UG will be conducted tentatively during the month of May 2021. Check  CLAT 2021 Exam Calendar here

If you are an aspirant who is looking forward to the exam, it will be beneficial if you start your preparations so as to secure a seat in an NLU. 

CLAT General Knowledge section should be very high on your priority list. It has the highest weightage in the exam, along with the Legal Reasoning section. These sections account for over 50% of CLAT together, with each section representing 25% of the exam. Current Affairs or General Knowledge section of CLAT is not very hard if you know how to prepare for the exam efficiently and start preparing well in advance. Read below to find out some expert CLAT UG General Knowledge Preparation Tips, Tricks and Strategies! 

CLAT 2021 UG Exam Pattern

CLAT 2021 UG Exam Pattern

Subjects Marks Allotted Number of Questions
English (with Comprehension) 40 40
Current Affairs 50 50
Legal Reasoning 50 50
Logical Reasoning  40 40
Quantitative Techniques 20 20
Total 200 200
  • Each Question will carry 1 mark for the right answer. 
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer. 
  • There will be a total of 200 Objective (MCQ) type questions in the test. 
  • CLAT Exam Duration will be 2 hours. 

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CLAT G.K Syllabus

CLAT General Knowledge Syllabus

Subject Passage Word Count Topics Covered
Current Affairs  450 words each Contemporary Events of National and International Significance, Art and Culture, International Affairs, Historical Events of significance
  • CLAT GK Section will have a few passages of 450 words each. 
  • You will have to answer questions based on these passages. 
  • The questions will be objective(MCQ’s)
  • The passages will be taken from several sources, like articles, opinion editorials, social issues etc. 
  • Questions may be asked about knowledge of law within the passage. 
  • However, you will not require any additional knowledge of law beyond the passage.
  • There will not be subjective type questions of any kind.

CLAT 2021 Syllabus available here

Questions Asked

CLAT GK 2021 - Questions Asked

Subject 2016 2017 2018 2019
Sports 4 1 5 2
Polity 13 6 4
History, Art and Culture 4 2 2 2
Economics 5 2 4 7
Science and Technology 2 1 2 7
Events of National and International Significance 3 7 1 12
Miscellaneous 19 7 8 16

CLAT GK 2020 Paper Analysis

  • CLAT GK 2020 was reported to be Hard to moderate in difficulty. 
  • The section overall was considered as a little time consuming for many students.
  • The questions asked for the passages were not straightforward but required knowledge of external events that have affected the event in passage.
  • There were 7 passages with 36 questions. The number of questions was lower because of the changed exam pattern in 2020. 
  • Most Questions were based on events that happened in the years 2019-2020.

Read CLAT 2020 Paper Analysis in detail

How to Prepare for GK?

How to Prepare for CLAT GK?

CLAT GK is a very cut and dry section; you either know the answer or you don't. If you are well aware of what happens in the world, you can easily score in the GK section. It is a section that is not very hard to prepare for but at the same time you will require a lot of hardwork and dedication to sit and read everyday. Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for CLAT GK efficiently - 

CLAT 2021 GK General Tips and Tricks

  • Practice at least 25-30 MCQs everyday. This will help you remember the answers very well. 
  • Read reputed newspapers like The Hindu, The Time of India, Indian Express, Business Line, Dainik Tribune and Business Standard everyday. 
  • Always follow the news updates.
  • Make notes or save the newspaper clippings if you think it is important. 
  • Go through the news analysis for the day and make sure you have not missed anything. 
  • You do not need to read the opinion editorials while preparing for GK. Focus on factual reporting. 
  • Read the questions before going through the passage, as you will already know what to look for while reading the passage. This will help in reducing the time it takes to solve the passage and move on to the next one. 
  • Take a lot of mock tests and sample question papers. 
  • Maintain a steady journal of the important events and make sure to read it at the end of the week. 

Read CLAT 2021 English Syllabus

CLAT Static GK Study Guide

  • Static GK are universal truths, the things that remain unchanged. 
  • Previous patterns indicate that anywhere between 14 to 27 questions can be asked. 
  • It is very vast, so structurize and organise the way you go about it. 
  • Study subject or topic wise, and if you are bored with one specific subject then pick another one up; however do not skip Static GK. 
  • Solve previous year question papers, mock tests and other tests to improve your timing and accuracy. 
  • Narrow your study material down and regularly go through your notes.

CLAT Current Affairs Study Guide

  • The most important thing about preparing for current affairs is to keep updated with the latest happenings all over the world. 
  • Previous patterns indicate that anywhere between 23 to 36 questions are asked in this section. 
  • Download a good current affairs app on your phone and keep updated with any and all things happening in the country and abroad. 
  • Always follow up with any event that is happening. 
  • There is no need to memorise facts and figures, understanding the fundamentals of a specific event is enough to attempt CLAT GK. 
  • Do not spend too much time on topics outside of the prescribed syllabus. 

CLAT GK Preparation Books

CLAT GK Preparation Books and Newspapers

Name of Book Publisher/Author
Manorama Yearbook 2021 Manorama 
Current Affairs Yearly 2021 Arihant 
General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who's Who RPH Editorial Board
Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2020 Pearson
Pratiyogita Darpan Upkar Prakashan
The Hindu N.Ravi
Indian Express Indian Express Group
The Times of India The Times Group

CLAT GK Mock Tests

CLAT GK Sample Papers and Mock tests



Q1. Which is the most important section for CLAT UG?

Ans. CLAT UG consists of 5 different sections, out of which the General Knowledge section and Legal Aptitude section account for 50% of the total weightage. Therefore it is the most important section along with legal aptitude. 

Q2. Should we read opinion pieces on newspapers? 

Ans. Opinions can affect your judgements, so it is advisable to read the news article and then form your own opinion before reading other opinions. However, It is advisable for the english section, so keep it towards the end if at all. 

Q3. How many questions will be asked in the GK Section of CLAT?

Ans. There will be up to 7 passages of 450 words each based on which you will have to answer 50 questions. The passages will be asked from any recent event or past event.

Q4. Do you require knowledge of law to attempt CLAT GK?

Ans. No, the candidate does not require any additional knowledge of law apart from what is in the passage. However, having some legal knowledge is highly recommended. 

Q5. How much time does it take to solve the GK Section?

Ans. The section can be time consuming if the questions are difficult to understand. However, if straightforward questions are asked you can finish the whole section within 10 to 15 minutes. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.