How to crack CLAT in 30 days?

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    CLAT is a national level law entrance exam, considered as one of the difficult exams to crack. CLAT 2020 will be conducted by NUSRL Ranchi on May 24, 2020. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the exam which was scheduled for May 10 has been postponed. 

    Cracking CLAT in 30 days might seem to be a herculean task, yes, it seems to be unless we know what to study 30 days before, to crack one of the most difficult examinations.

    CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is an All India Common Entrance examination, conducted on a rotational basis by 21 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their UG and PG degree program. So, if you are planning one, you are at the right place and probably the right time.

    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern
    CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    The exam will have 150 multiple choice questions. The composite time for the exam is 2 hours. The candidates will be allotted 1 mark for each correct answer and there will be a deduction of 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer.

    Subject areas with weightage:

    The exam is spread over 5 sections as mentioned below

    SubjectsNo. of QuestionsWeightage
    English (including comprehension)28-3220% of the paper
    General Knowledge & Current Affairs35-3925% of the paper
    Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)13-1710% of the paper
    Legal Aptitude35-3925% of the paper
    Logical Reasoning28-3220% of the paper
    Total150 questions

    Breaking up and understanding your strong and weak points is a must. This is what we have tried to do, understanding OURSELVES.

    Read More CLAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    What and How to Study for CLAT?
    What and How to Study?

    Breaking up and understanding pattern is absolutely not enough. You need to understand what exactly lies at the base. This is what we are going to do below: -

    1. Comprehensions, Grammar and Vocabulary:

    Understanding English is a continuous process, requiring endless practice on regular basis. No one can bet learning vocabulary in few days or learning grammar rules in a short period. Work on vocabulary by learning Synonyms and Antonyms, this way it might help learning quickly as you work upon few words, but you add double to your vocabulary.

    Reading comprehensions can only be tamed with continuous reading and understanding the same from the core. Take anything in hand, newspaper, magazines, novels and what not. Increase the speed of reading while understanding at the same time. Comprehensions can be solved in two ways, read first question next or question first read next. Choose whatever goes best with you.

    Talking about grammar, it goes the same way as vocabulary. One can never learn grammar rules in just a few days. Being a continuous process, find out the trend in grammar every year. You can’t go with basics at this point of time, just extract what is required and churn it into yourself.

    Read More CLAT 2020 Syllabus

    2. General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

    Like grammar rules, G.K. cannot be tamed in a day or two. Static G.K. might prove helpful as it is based on the established facts of History, Geography, and Science. Looking at the trend, find out the study material created keeping CLAT in mind, it’ll become easy to grab the facts required. Few books like Pearson’s book for General Knowledge and Manorama Yearbook could be useful.

    For Current Affairs, it is the same concept as that of grammar rules. One needs to be in continuous touch with what is happening around. Dedicate a considerable amount of time reading newspapers, watching news and magazines to enhance your G.K. Refer to Pratiyogita Darpan, it is a well-known magazine, apt for CLAT.

    Apart from that, you can always be in touch with internet and access relevant information to learn about both static G.K. and Current Affairs over different websites. Here, mobiles play an important role to be the part of CLAT preparation. The Internet has a pool of information relevant for CLAT, one can easily spend a good time at the last moment of the exam.

    You can also follow Gktoday for General awareness- This is one of the most popular websites for current affairs, it provides you with current affairs important for your exam daily. Other than this, the channel also provides you static content like Indian Polity Modules, Geography modules, etc. The channel also provides you topic wise MCQs like Ancient History MCQs, World / Physical Geography MCQs, General Science MCQs, etc.

    3. Mathematics:

    People in love with Maths generally succeed easily because of the love of the subject. This section is based on Elementary Mathematics from 10th grade. It comprises 10% of CLAT. Bunking Maths could be a blunder with 20 easy marks of Mathematics as it is the most scoring section of the exam. For Mathematics for CLAT ‘Quantitative Aptitude- R.S. Sharma’ is the holy grail. Refer the same for best results.

    4. Legal Aptitude:

    CLAT tests your legal “Reasoning” and not legal “Knowledge”. Apart from Legal Reasoning, Legal Knowledge is based on questions on current affairs and legal facts. It is the most important section of the exam. Legal Reasoning section takes care of principle which must be applied on facts. This section tests the candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability.

    Legal Aptitude section contains 50 questions, it is also called the tie-breaker section. Out of 50 questions, 35 questions are based on principle-facts and 15 are based on legal maxims.

    There are majorly 4 topics covered:

    • Law of Contract
    • Law of Torts
    • Criminal law
    • and Indian Constitution

    One must not forget to study the most commonly used legal terms and the legal glossary. You should be aware of these terms to crack this section. You may study from various legal magazines.

    5. Logical Reasoning:

    Some of the not-to-forget topics are:

    • Logical Sequences
    • Syllogisms
    • Number Test
    • Coding-Decoding
    • Blood Relations
    • Directions
    • Verbal Reasoning
    • Ranking
    • Arrangements
    • Calendar

    Last year, 45 Marks were devoted to Logical Reasoning. Strategy to handle LR:


    All the questions in this section are based on patterns. Work on patterns for sequences, codes, sets and genealogy questions from the books or maybe internet where you can find numerous questions dedicated to this section alone for CLAT.

    Check Here CLAT Previous Year Papers


    Though we know you can work with the basic knowledge to work upon this section, but, it is necessary to understand that testing reasoning ability is not enough, how fast one can solve them for the correct output is necessary.

    Here, shortcuts play an important role to calculate the result in no time.

    This section has an advantage, the more you practice, the more you get closer to success. Practice well to understand the patterns and their application in the questions keeping short-cuts handy.

    CLAT Study Guides
    CLAT Study Guides

    Given below are few well-known books one can work upon:

    English is EasyChetananand Singh
    Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis
    Analytical ReasoningM. K.Pandey
    Analytical and Logical ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Verbal ReasoningR.S. Aggarwal
    Objective ArithmeticR.S. Aggarwal

    Other Recommended Magazines:

    Books & Magazines
    GK Today
    Manorama Year Book
    India Year Book
    Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

    Referring these books might look like a difficult idea for 30 days preparation. But these could be the best backup of a candidate.

    Skill Set for CLAT
    Skill Set for CLAT

    Given 5 sections in the exam, the candidate needs to survive through them. Below given are the skill sets of a candidate required to clear the CLAT Exam.

    1. Logical and Legal understanding – Must have basic knowledge of deductive reasoning and syllogistic application.
    2. Knowledge of basic English –  Learn and practice grammar, work on vocabulary, should be able to understand comprehensions.
    3. Clear thinking attribute.
    4. Knowledge of legal terms and political science.
    5. Knowledge-rich with current affairs, basic Indian history/ economics/ geography/ civics.
    6. Basic understanding of algebra and probability along with speedy calculation.

    If you are well above 155, you are seriously going to crack the exam. Though few changes are made every year, the basics remain the same. That’s what is necessary to crack in 30 days.

    Make sure you go through this content for 30 days without a fail and we bet, you will be the most well-prepared candidate compared to others in CLAT exam.



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