CLAT 2021: Read important preparation tips to score well

The offline, centre based CLAT 2021 will be held on July 23. CLAT is a common entrance exam for admission to 22 national law universities in India and more than 50 affiliated law schools and universities.

CLAT 2021: Read important preparation tips to score well CLAT 2021 admit card will be released soon. The exam will be held on July 23. (Representational image, Credit: Shutterstock)
shubham.bhakuni | Jul 5, 2021 - 4:47 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The national-level law entrance exam, CLAT 2021, will be conducted on July 23, 2021. With less than three weeks left for the examination, it is high time candidates start revisiting their syllabus and check the important topics that may feature in CLAT 2021. It is also an opportunity for aspirants to improve the weak areas.

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Scoring a decent mark in CLAT 2021 will be a prerequisite for securing a seat in any of the top five national law universities. And, it totally depends on how well a candidate is prepared for D-Day. The preparation should be inclusive. It should cover not only the recommended syllabus but also include other aspects of preparation such as practising sample papers, revising the important topics and above all keeping good health.

Here are some important topics for CLAT preparation that would help candidates keep their preparation in line with the requirements of the examination.

General preparation tips to ace CLAT 2021

Practising previous years is a must

Candidates should practice a good number of questions papers before going for the examination. It will help them understand the level of difficulty and type of questions asked in the exam.

Give your maximum time to work on your weak areas

Candidates should work on their weak areas on these crucial days. Giving time to subjects like static general knowledge may not be useful. Instead, giving time to maths, reasoning, law, polity, English vocabulary may shoot up your score.

For any subject, NEVER refer to more than two books

Two books are more than enough for each subject/topic. Along with the CLAT books, candidates should use class notes and handmade notes. After completing the books, candidates should keep revising them. Adding more books may lead to confusion and frustration.

CLAT 2021: Subject wise preparation tips

Elementary maths

It is one of the most scoring topics. Scoring 100% in this area is possible, however, candidates should have a realistic approach. The aim should be to manage 90-95% of the questions on every topic. In case, there are questions that are too difficult and cannot be solved using concepts, then avoid such questions from your preparation. Candidates should avoid attempting freak questions in the exam hall as they may consume a lot of time.

Candidates may use books like R.S. Aggarwal (Quantitative Abilities) and M.Tyra ( Magical Maths) for CLAT maths.


In this section, candidates must aim to score 100%. Every question is possible to be solved. Practice is the key to get success in reasoning so give enough time.

You can use study materials such as R.S. Aggarwal ( Reasoning) and Sijwali ( Arihant Publication) for practising logical reasoning questions.

English including comprehension

English is one of the most neglected areas in CLAT preparation, however, it is an extremely scoring subject if efforts are made in the right direction. Students should include learning vocabulary in their daily routine. One should make a daily target of learning 20-25 words, 20 idioms, and so on.

The previous year papers and mock tests along with books like S.P.Bakshi can be used for CLAT English preparation.

General Awareness

The general awareness section can be divided into two parts

  • Current Affairs

  • Static GK

Current Affairs

The best approach to be followed for current affairs is reading the newspaper regularly (any newspaper can be chosen - The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, etc). From these sources, candidates should note down 10-15 points every day that are important for CLAT 2021.

Static GK

The static GK includes questions from Indian Polity, History, Geography, Economics, and Science. Out of these, Polity remains the most important section. It can be around 50-70% of the static GK part. So candidates should put maximum effort into this subject.

The syllabus of the remaining subjects is too vast to be covered and also the weightage of their questions is low. So, excessive time should not be spent on reading these subjects. It is observed that most of the static GK questions asked in the exam are related to the current news.

Legal Awareness

The focus should be given to current legal affairs in addition to knowing the basic ingredients of law. Candidates should read the CLAT syllabus and stick to those laws only.

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The Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has suggested the UG-CLAT test structure. The details are given below.

CLAT 2021 test structure


Number of questions

Percentage weightage

English Language

28-32 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions


Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions


Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions


Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions


Last year CLAT paper is an important indicator of the test level. Hence, candidates are advised to check the previous year analysis. Last year, CLAT was held in an online, centre-based mode. As per the student reactions and analysis by CLAT experts, the test was of moderate difficulty but had lengthy paragraphs. The quantitative technique was the most difficult section. Candidates may check the analysis of the previous year paper below.

CLAT previous year paper analysis


Level of Difficulty

No. of Passages

Number of questions

English Language


6 Passages


Quantitative Techniques


3 Passages


Logical Reasoning


5 Passages


Legal Aptitude


8 Passages


General Knowledge


7 Passages




29 Passage


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Meanwhile, the CLAT 2021 admit card will be released soon at It will inform candidates about their roll number, exam centre name, address, timings along with COVID-19 related guidelines.

With inputs from Sonal Gupta, CLAT expert.

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