CLAT 2021: Last minute preparation tips to ace national-level law exam

Candidates appearing in CLAT 2021 on July 23 may read the last minute preparation tips to ace the national-level law entrance exam.

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NEW DELHI: The CLAT 2021 examination, scheduled to be held on 23rd of July 2021, is now within touching distance. Typically many students are anxious about their last-minute preparation and revision. This article is an attempt to give some general tips and tricks on how to go about the last-minute preparation for the CLAT examination.

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While CLAT preparation takes many months or even years, the importance of the last few days can’t be discounted. In the last 2-3 days leading up to the exam, you need to give final touches to your exam preparation, take a couple of mock tests, and solve a sample paper or two to build up confidence and get your body and mind tuned to the big day.

Here are some tips you can follow to get ready for CLAT 2021 exam day

Building the right last-minute strategy

For this, first of all, calculate the amount of time left until the day of the examination and the part of that time which can be utilized for CLAT preparation. Once the time is calculated, check the portion of the syllabus which has already been completed and mark out the portions which are yet to be touched upon. Next, prepare a plan to touch upon and revise the familiar and important topics, and if time permits then glance through some of the topics which were not touched upon previously.


Revise through all the previously prepared study notes and reading materials.

It is not advisable to try and learn anything entirely new. Only if one is confident about the new topic, then it can be glanced through to have a general idea about it. However, putting significant time on a new topic at this stage will not be a good decision.

Primary focus should be given on -

  1. Revisiting current affairs and general knowledge notes and monthly magazines

  2. Practising tips and tricks to easily solve quants

  3. Brushing up grammar, vocabulary and legal maxims,

  4. Improving speed while reading comprehension,

  5. Legal reasoning and solving logical reasoning problems.

Those appearing for the CLAT PG examination (for LLM courses) should focus on –

  1. Important articles,

  2. Doctrines and landmark judgements relating to the Constitution (a major portion of the questions come from this section)

  3. Various schools of jurisprudence

  4. Important provisions of Law of Contracts, Company Laws, Environmental Laws, Family Laws, IPC, CrPC, Evidence, Environmental Laws

  5. Important recent judgements and the issues discussed therein

  6. Important concepts relating to Taxation Law, Public International Law, Torts and Property Law.

Attempt mock tests and previous year papers

Once the revision is done, attempt as many mock tests as possible. Please keep in mind – do not get disheartened if the mock scores are low.

There is always room for improvement, the more tests one attempt, the better the chance of improvement. Solving mock papers in a time-bound manner can help to learn and improve time management skills and build a clear idea of the examination pattern.
Getting used to solving question papers can help in avoiding examination fear. Also, these tests can be used to identify weak areas and improve upon them same.

Build an examination strategy

A good round of revision followed by regular attempts at mocks and previous year papers can give a clear picture of one’s strengths and weaknesses. This is an excellent time to build an examination strategy as otherwise a lot of time may be consumed on the examination day deciding – which section to attempt first and how?

Formulate a strategy on which sections to attempt first and how much time to allot for each section. Also, make sure to leave some time for revision at the end of the paper.

A well and timely formulated strategy can be a game-changer as it gives a lot of confidence in the examination hall.

Staying healthy and sleeping well

A very important part of the preparation strategy which many people tend to ignore is keeping oneself healthy – both mentally and physically before the examination and also sleeping on time.

Falling sick during the examination or during the crucial preparation stage can spoil a yearlong of hard work. Therefore, it is important to eat healthy, exercise a bit, doing some yoga and meditation, and boosting up one’s immunity either through supplements or by consuming immunity-boosting food. A good sleep again is very important for better memory and a fresh mind.

Final advice would be to stay positive, have confidence and put the best effort into preparation. Success and good results will follow.

By Abhishek Chakravarty.
The author is an Assistant Professor of Law at Sai University and Faculty at Daksha Fellowship. He tweets @abhishekporaxar.

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