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CLAT Exam: Preparation Tips for English Section

Last Updated - February 08, 2018

CLAT exam is scheduled in May 2017. CLAT is a national level entrance examination conducted for those candidates seeking admission in UG & PG law courses. It is commonly known as “Common Law Admission Test”. CLAT 2017 will be organised by Chankya National Law University, Patna.

CLAT exam is of 2-hour duration. It is a computerised test comprising of 200 objective questions for LLB course and 150 questions for LLM course. CLAT 2017 examination is conducted for both the LLB & LLM courses differently. CLAT syllabus is divided in 5 sections:

  • English including Comprehension
  • General Knowledge & Current Affair
  • Elementary Mathematics
  • Legal Aptitude
  • Logical Reasoning

The official notification for CLAT 2017 will be released in December, 2016.

CLAT 2017 Weightage of the section

English Section tests the candidate’s proficiency in English. This will be done on the basis of, how well does a candidate answers the comprehension based questions and grammar.

This section is divided into 7 various parts such as Reading Comprehension, Synonyms, and Fill in the Blanks, Meaning of Idioms, Sentence Rearrangement, Meaning of Foreign Language and Spelling Check.

The following table shows the weightage of this examination.

English Including Comprehension40
General Knowledge50
Elementary Mathematics20
Logical Reasoning40
Legal Aptitude50

CLAT 2017 English Section Syllabus

The English section is one of the easiest sections. It helps to analyse the candidate’s proficiency in English based on Passages and Grammar. The English section is divided into four types of questions based on comprehension passage, Identifying Grammatical error, Idioms, Migratory words, and Spelling mistakes with some Vocabulary questions.

Following is the list of CLAT 2017 English examination syllabus:

  • Comprehension Passage
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Conditionals
  • Non-Finite
  • Noun
  • Pronoun
  • Articles
  • Conjunction
  • Adjective and Determinants
  • Adverb
  • Transformation of Sentences
  • Active Passive Voice

CLAT 2017 Important Topics

The questions in English section basically focused on sentence correction which is grammatically incorrect, jumbled sentences, idioms and phrases etc. The passage should be approximately 300-400 words and candidates will answer according to its main theme. The English section is basically divided into four parts named as Vocabulary, Proficiency, Usage Errors and Comprehension.

The following table shows the important topics of English section.

SectionImportant Topics
English VocabularySynonyms, Antonyms and Analogies
English ProficiencyIdioms and Phrases, One Word Substitution, Sentence Improvement, Rearrangement of Word in Sentence, Rearrangement of Word in Paragraph, Fill in the Blanks and Cloze Tests
English Usage ErrorsCommon Errors Spotting, Errors Inappropriate, Usage of Words and Spelling Mistakes (English Usage)
English ComprehensionTypes of Comprehension Based Questions and Strategies for Comprehension Based Questions

CLAT 2017 Preparation Tips

CLAT 2017 examination is divided into five different sections named as English, General Knowledge & Current Affair, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning. So, the following is the section wise preparation tips for CLAT examination.

  • Candidates should start preparing with English section because this is one of the easy sections.
  • Candidates should start reading English newspaper and magazines on a daily basis which cover contemporary events well.
  • Candidates should improve their basics of grammar to tackle the error detection and sentence correction questions.
  • Candidates must identify the meaning and usage of words which they are not familiar.
  • Listen to English speeches or watch English movies and documentaries and should talk to people in English.

CLAT 2017 Study Material

Candidates can go through the following table to know from where they should study for CLAT exam.

SubjectAuthorBook NameISBN Number
English including CompehensionNorman LewisWord power made easy8183071007
Norman LewisSpeak Better Write Better8183074146
R.S. AggarwalObjective General English8121915317
GagraniTPG to CLAT 2e9332544867
 The Pearson Guide to CLAT8131796396
A.P. BhardwajStudy package for CLAT & LLB entrance examinations 3rd edition9351340341
 Manish AroraUniversal's Guide to CLAT & LL.B. Entrance Examination 2017-189350358409

CLAT 2017 Online Resources


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