CLAT – Application Process, Syllabus, Preparation, Admission, Practice, Exam Pattern & Subjects

By: Karan Kumar Khetani

With such a boom in the opening of PSU’s and mounting field like IPRs and , the need for lawyers is going through an increasing trend.

Law is the most rewarded career in term of job challenges and surely monetary edges. Well I would say MOST REWARDING because I am a lawyer in the making but thus me, this statement is correct.

For example, world trade organisation, world health organisation and many such organisations study the legal systems of all the countries and then formulate the necessary standardised policies. To make this process simpler and going you need lawyers, legal scholars and people related to law.

Now for these beautiful and appealing job positions and knowledge of law, you have these National Law Universities and many other government and private law schools in India. (NLU) has become a brand name though. At present, we have 17 NLU’s in India, the recent member being Maharasthra National Law University, Mumbai.

To get through these NLU’s and book a ticket for your 5 year challenging yet much rewarding experience at a LAW SCHOOL, you need to write Common Law Admission Test organised by the NLU’s in rotation by following their establishment order. This year it will be conducted by Rajeev Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. I will stick to NLU’s and CLAT in my article due to the limited scope of the topic.

Now let us straight away dive into CLAT.


  1. You should have a passing certificate of 10+2 or any other alike exam with 45%. Only 40% is required for SC/ST candidates.
  2. If you shall be writing your 10+2 this year, then also you are eligible to appear for CLAT 2016. It’s just that you will have to submit a statement and evidence regarding the same.
  3. Good news for some, bad for others. Please note that following Allahabad high court and Rajasthan high court orders, there is no age limit prescribed for CLAT since 2015.

Now let us take the question “How to prepare for CLAT – Useful Tips?”

  1. Reading newspapers and watching English news channels is necessary. You can start with Indian Express and then move to The Hindu or stay at the former if you have issues with The Hindu. Now reading means National, international and important news stuff, not the headlines like “Amitabh’s Granddaughter named as Aaradhya.” You shall also start magazines like Competition Success Review and Pratiyogita Darpan for extra credits.
  2. You ought to tie your knots and swot up vocabulary, idioms and phrases. No excuses, Please! A book called “Word power made easy” can help you with this.
  3. Just we aware of what’s happening around and you will surely have an edge in this lucrative field.
  4. The more you practice, the more you will be confident.
  5. You can join a coaching institute for a year (after XI class), preferably LST (I am an LSTian) and their extensive material with your harwork can book your tickets for NLU’s. 🙂
  6. What else, simply relax your nerves- you are a Lawyer in the making.


CLAT now is an online exam which consists of 200 multiple-choice questions carrying one mark each. There is a negative marking of 0.25 for each incorrect answer. An aspirant is tested on English, general knowledge, basic arithmetic, logical and legal reasoning. Pretty cool! CLAT is the most transparent exam being conducted in India till date and has maintained its transparency keeping the faith of students and parents intact.

Section-wise Preparation:

English section tests the aspirant on his/her reading speed and vocabulary by shooting idioms, legal phrases and antonyms and synonyms. Comprehension passages are an integral part of this section. Usually there is only one reading comprehension but well this exam is unpredictable as cricket. In 2011, 4 passages came. So brace yourselves.

General Knowledge section tests the aspirant on his/her static and current affairs knowledge. Usually a timeframe of one year assumed. However, its unpredictable as already stated. Reading newspapers is the key.

Mathematics section is the easiest and the most scoring section in CLAT. Just basic elementary arithmetic knowledge till class 10th and 20 marks in your pockets which take you straight away to the top tier NLU’s.

Logical Reasoning section demands practice on syllogisms and puzzles. You are tested on critical reasoning as well as analytical reasoning.

Legal reasoning section will be based on Legal GK and reasoning. Former more than the latter or vice versa, its again unpredictable. Reasoning questions are based on a pre defined principle from which the conclusion is to be deduced.

CLAT 2016

CLAT will be conducted on 8th may 2016 this year with approximately 16 centres all over India. The applications are live now and will close on 31st march 2016. All other details and e brochures are available at

Closure remarks

It’s one of the easiest exams to crack, trust me. You should develop your own strategy. Mocks will help you doing the same. Start with one section and end with the other and keep on trying these combinations till you achieve a good one which suits your time and also your ability. Many students give their 50 minutes to legal reasoning which fetches them a good score in that section but they stand nowhere in total score.

It will be too hot when you will be writing CLAT 2016. Please carry a bottle of glucose water with you and take it sip by sip whenever you feel a bit tired. Don’t get tensed by seeing the question paper. Please don’t look at other OMR sheet. If you find out that he/she has marked something else than what you have marked, you will feel distressed. And that’s not because you are going wrong, that’s because CLAT has paper sets, probably four.

So, I wish all the aspirants a very good luck and to others I really hope this piece helps.

Thank you!


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