How To Prepare For ‘CLAT’ For A Brighter Career In Legal Profession?

With the arrival on the horizon of the ‘Common Law admission Test’ (CLAT), the 10+2 pass outs can take admission into the degree course. The date scheduled for the next examination of CLAT is 13nth May, 2012. This article is going to prove to be hugely helpful in securing 100 % success in this forth coming examination.

Law is logic. If you to have this quality unto you, you too could make a career in the most advancing sector of law. Here, you can unravel the intricacies of unsolved questions by the means of the logical prowess.

With the very mention of the word ‘Court', the picture that flashes into mind is that of the crowded Indian Court Rooms where dressed in a black toga, two lawyers in stiffly serious postures argue arguing with each others with a judge sitting in the front on a high platform, the accused standing in the witness box, with numerous audiences and the dramatic scenes unfolding in between the verbal blandishments of the two lawyers.

It's now not necessary for you to prove your mettle wearing the black gown. Of late, the law graduates have the golden opportunity of showing their charisma into the fields of legal writing, academics, social working and many more fields apart from the traditional legal practice without donning that blackish ugly looking cloak. There are several options available for the law degree holders. You can make your mark by not only obtaining the degree of LLB, but by completing some other courses too such as PGDM in Patent Law, Diploma in Cyber Crime, Diploma in Media Law, Diploma in International Humanitarian Law of the duration of a year merely. According to one estimate, there are around 12 lacs lawyers working in India alone and around 6-7 lacs are studying its courses. This is the reason that Indian Legal Firm is among the fastest growing sectors.

What is CLAT?

In the petition filed in the Supreme Court, it was said, “Why not such a unified entrance test must be initiated which not only provide an excellent viewpoints to the future lawyers of the country but also strengthens the judiciary as well". At those times, the pathways of law career were something different. For entrance to the LLB course, the candidates had to be a graduate. After the coming into being of the Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT), it has now become easier for the 10+ 2 pass students to mark their entry into this elite club of legal professionals. Now the 12th pass outs can take admission to its degree course. The CLAT result is used by several law schools/universities of the country to grant admissions into their undergraduate (LLB) and post graduate (LLM) programmes.

Next CLAT Exam.: The next CLAT examination is going to be held on 23rd, May., 2012.

The format of the CLAT

This examination is conducted every year round in the month of May. In this examination, the questions asked are from the subjects of
  • Mathematics,
  • English,
  • General Knowledge,
  • Legal Aptitude and,
  • Logical reasoning.

The duration of the question paper is for 2 hours. A total of 200 marks of objective type of questions are asked into this paper. There is no provision for the negative marking. The standard of questions is of 12th standard. You can log on to for mo information in its regard.

Eligibility criterion for CLAT

The format and the outline of the CLAT have been prepared in such a manner that the judiciary could get youths laced with newer brighter ideas. Perhaps this must have been the reason behind putting the eligibility condition fixed as 12th pass or its equivalents for it's under graduate programme (LLB). To participate in the programme of LLB, the candidate should be a pass out from 12th examination with a minimum of 50 % marks whereas for participating into the MLM programme, the candidate should be a pass out from the LLB exam.

Age criterions for CLAT

For the under graduate examination of the CLAT, candidates below 20 years of age as on 1st July is a must. There is a criterion fixed for the marks here to keep up the standard of this examination higher in which the students passing out from the 12th examination must have obtained at least 50 % marks and for the MLM programme ( i.e. post graduation), the candidates should be a pass from the LLB exam with a minimum of 50%.

Syllabus of CLAT

Question paper of English section : 40 marks of English questions are asked in the CLAT examination. In this portion, the candidate's grips over the English language is evaluated chief amongst which consist of comprehensions, word meaning, correct/incorrect, fill in the blanks, choosing the right words etc.

Mathematics: A mere 20 marks of questions are asked from in its mathematics paper. Generally the questions asked are of the high school standards.

General Knowledge: For the best preparation of the GK paper of this examination, study the questions relating to the events of the national and international importance, awards, science, achievements and nominations covering the last whole year long period i.e. from March 2011-2012. In the total of the question paper, GK relating questions consist of a total of 50 marks. The provision of the logical reasoning test has been put in place in this examination just to test the logical abilities of the candidates. This section of question paper contains 50 marks. Much focus is attached in this portion on analogism, logical sequence, and syllogism. The 40 marks of legal aptitude is the most special feature of this question paper. This is the very part through which is tested the real qualities a lawyer must possess.

How to prepare for CLAT for a 100 % success

For scoring a 100 % success in CLAT, the nature of this examination first will have to be understood and the sketch of the preparations accordingly would have drawn out.

There goes one saying in the army that the more you will shed sweat during the training the less blood would be needed to be shed in the battlefields. Whether this is a battlefront or the flanks of a Court, there is only one mool mantra of success on these both the fronts, and i.e. - ‘solid labour'. To succeed in the CAT Examination also, you would need this time tested matra. Below is being given some such mool mantras which shall crack the hard nut that the CLAT is. These mool mantras are most significant which would get you success not only in the forthcoming CLAT examination but also come handy to you to fight with the various challenges you would face up during your course of functioning as a legal professional no matter where you would be working then.

Knowing the examination CLAT

Before appearing at this examination, you will have to understand the whole format of this examination and try to evaluate the capacity of your real self vis-à-vis the question papers of CLAT examination. It's important for this to study the question papers of the previous 5 papers. In this effort of yours, old question papers of the examinations of the likes of NLLSIU, CLAT, NAALSAR, NALU-J, NALU-D would prove to be hugely useful.

Knowing the self

His means the examination might be any but knowing your capabilities is of utmost importance. It has been noticed that the students overestimate their capability and put their hands in something which is quite beyond their means and abilities only to repent later. Exactly on the similar pattern, candidate should evaluate their capacity, their interests and keenness, their strong as well as the weak points before plunging in any pursuit. They will have to understand this that the legal profession is such a field in which having a sharp intellect, ready wit, alert mind, eyes and ears, a studious tendency and an excellent communication are the most vital preconditions. Therefore just check for the previously stated qualities whether you possess or not and then opt for this profession.

Giving the finishing touches to the CLAT exam.:
WE have been discussing too much this far on the how, what, when etc pertaining to the matter of preparing for this examination. Now the time is to finally kick start the preparing for the examination. If you would abide by the above stated mool mantras, there is no power on earth that can prevent the illusive success from kissing your feet.

Different subject, different preparations:
The keywords are accuracy and speed for preparation for the objective type of questions. If you enhance up the reading speed with a solid practice, you shall be able to prepare more in less time.

GK is important

Grips over the current affairs could help you a lot. For preparation for this, it would be better that whatever you have studied so far, make separately a note of the salient topics/points. Keep revising it regularly. Also see to it that that in which of the portion of GK, you are weak. GK is such a subject which fetches high marks in a little time of preparation. Therefore your 100% focus should fall on GK.

Increase your reading speed in English

The students having an average knowledge of English can answer 25-30 questions very easily. Therefore don't be in this false impression that this much of score is sufficient for you. For obtaining a higher score, you will have to do stiff labour by merely focusing on 20 hard questions. For this, collect such questions on a separate place and practice on that repeatedly giving much emphasis on the related vocabulary. By increasing the reading speed, you will come to know of your mistakes which you can amend well before time while there is ye the time to do the necessary correctional course.

Legal attitude

Analytical thinking is more important in it than the studies itself. A good lawyer first of all analyses the case and search for he causes of solutions from the case and then only sees the related laws. This type of attitude is expected also from you. Here, several questions from the areas of commissions and committees and the judicial system could be asked from you.


The students, whose basics are solid in this section, do not feel any difficulty. Solve the question papers of last 5 years to know your weaknesses and how many questions have been asked from that section. Memorize all the formulae and answer taking short cuts for which you would need remembering the formulae.

Logical reasoning

Law is logic as has been stated above already. With practice in it, you could score high in a little time. Time is of greatest essence into it. The more you would try solving questions of different natures, the more would hone up your thinking faculty. You just try to solve the questions of different patterns analytically to put yourself in a better position for the coming CLAT examination.

Chief institutions

  • NLSU, Bangaluru, website: cut off-- 160+,
  • NAALSAR, Hyderabad, website:, cut off—152-160,
  • NLSU, Bhopal, website: cut off— 140-145,
  • NUJAS, Calcutta, website:, cut off— 145- 152,
  • NLU., Jodhpur, website:, cut off—138-145.

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