Preparation Strategy for CLAT 2023 | 2-Year Preparation Plan

The Consortium of National Law Universities conducting the CLAT exams every year has released the entrance exam dates for the academic years 2022 and 2023. The exam dates for the academic year 2023 have been preponed. 

Nearly 50,000 to 70,000 students compete every year for 2000 - 3000 CLAT seats every year. With exam dates preponed, limited preparation time, and tough competition? cracking the exam and obtaining a seat in top Law institutions can seem challenging. 

This brings you to understand the importance of having an efficient preparation strategy. So what’s the wait for?

This article is curated to help you with the best preparation strategy, details you must be aware of the CLAT exam, pattern, syllabus, and how to plan and approach the CLAT exam 2022.

Is 2 years ample time for CLAT Exam preparations?

Although preparation time can vary from student to student! 2 years is still an adequate amount of time to prepare and revise. On our research, it was found that in several educational platforms, students informed their preparation time varied from 45 days to 2 years to crack the CLAT entrance exam. With this vast variation in preparation time shown by the CLAT aspirants, we can arrive at the conclusion that it solely depends on the individual preparing for the exam. 

However, it wouldn’t hurt to start your studies at the earliest. The faster you start with your CLAT preparations, the easier it is to crack the exam.

Let’s Dive into CLAT Entrance Exam Particulars

To prepare for any exam, you must be aware of the exam pattern, total marks, syllabus, and books to refer to during the studies. The information is related to the UG CLAT program. 

CLAT 2022 Exam Highlights

Exam CLAT 
Conducting Body Consortium of NLUs
Duration 2 Hours
Medium English
Mode of Exam Offline
Total Marks 150
Sections in the paper 5
Negative Marking Yes (-0.25)

CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern 

The paper consists of 150 MCQ-type questions with the correct answer carrying 1 mark and incorrect with -0.25 marks. Hence it is advised to be mindful of the questions you attend. 

The paper is divided into 5 sections as explained below: 

  • English language/ reading comprehension section: You will be asked to comprehend, understand, derive conclusions, summarize, verbalize arguments or viewpoints and understand various words and phrases used in the question passage.
  • Current affairs: You must be familiar with topics like contemporary events of significance across India and the world, Arts and culture, International affairs, and Historic events of continuing significance.
  • Legal Reasoning: The paper consists of a passage, one must identify the rules and principles set in the passage. Then apply the rules and principles to various fact situations. Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various situations.
  • Logical reasoning: You are required to understand the argument, summarize conclusions. Question the situation based on evidence, develop with analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence. 
  • Quantitative reasoning: It involves numerical type questions based on passages, diagrams, standard 10th numerical questions, and more.

Read more on the CLAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CLAT 2022 Exam Weightage

Weightage for each topic is listed below:

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks Weightage
English Language 28-32 28-32 20%
Current Affairs including General Knowledge 35-39 35-39 25%
Logical Reasoning 28-32 28-32 20%
Legal Reasoning 35-39 35-39 25%
Quantitative Techniques (Elementry Mathematics up to Class 10) 13-17 13-17 10%
Total 150 150 100

CLAT 2022 Exam Syllabus

Syllabus and topics to focus:

5 Part of CLAT 2022 Syllabus to Cover
English Synonyms, Antonyms, Analogies, Word Rearrangement, Cloze Test, Spotting Errors, Spelling Errors, Reading Comprehension, Idioms & Phrases, Sentence Rearrangement, Sentence Improvement, One Word Substitution, Fill in the blanks
Quantitative Techniques Percentage, Partnerships, Discounts, Areas, and Volumes, Simplification & Approximation, Averages, Ratio, HCF & LCM, Surds & Indices, Proportion, Interest, Fractions & Decimals, Square Roots, Number Systems, Profit & Loss
General Knowledge & Current Affairs Static GK, current happenings, Books, Authors Science & Technology, Persons and Places, Sports, Economics
Logical Reasoning Coding-Decoding, Distance and Direction, Ranking, Syllogism, Series, Number Test, analogy, Statement & Assumption/ Argument/ Conclusion/ Course of action, Time & Sequence, Blood Relations, Alphabet Test, Classification
Legal Aptitude Supreme Court Judgments and recent acts, amendments of the legislature, Contract law, Criminal law, tort law and Constitutional law, Legal GK, Current affairs, International treaties and conventions affecting national legal framework etc.

CLAT 2022 Exam Reference Books

Logical Reasoning - Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey, A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Agarwal, Logical Reasoning by RK Gupta and Samiksha Gupta, Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT by Jain.

Quantitative techniques - Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha, Quаntitаtive Арtitude fоr Соmрetitive Exаminаtiоns by Рeаrsоn’s, Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal

English - Objective General English 2022 by A P Bhardwaj, English is Easy by Chetananand Singh, Objective General English by SP Bakshi.

Current affairs and general knowledge - Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2022, Manorama Yearbook 2021 by Mammen Mathew, Current Affairs Yearly 2021 by Arihant, Competition Success Review

Legal Reasoning - Bare Acts of Indian Constitution, Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj, Universal’s CLAT Guide by Universal, Legal Aptitude by RK Gupta

How to approach the CLAT exam with a good study plan? 

Practise, Consistency, Patience 

  • Note the exam date to plan your preparation strategy accordingly. 
  • Timing is everything! Therefore start your preparations beforehand to study thoroughly, revise, relax, and be prepared for the exams. 
  • With changes in protocols due to the COVID constraints, you must keep a note of the latest updates on the official website.
  • Choose feasible studying hours and prepare a timetable to stick to it rigidly.
  • Understand the exam pattern and if there are any changes implemented in the current exam. 
  • Check the weightage of each section. Go through the syllabus and cover all the essential topics thoroughly.
  • Do to hesitate to ask for help! If you think you require coaching? several online and offline coaching centers are available to help you in your journey. 
  • Refer to relevant authors and textbooks.
  • Study the sample and previous year papers, try solving a minimum of the last 3-year question papers. Also, try finding solved question papers to understand the explanations for the correct answers.
  • Our experts at LegalEdge can help you with preparations for CLAT, we advise you to check relevant youtube channels and social media platforms. 
  • When the exam dates are approaching soon, do not concentrate on new topics but revise the concepts you are well prepared with. 
  • Lastly, do not get carried away only with your studies, find time to rest and take care of your health. Staying positive and confident is the best way to approach your CLAT exams.


How to practise papers for CLAT Logical Reasoning Preparation?

You can practise the Model papers that are offered by the CLAT Consortium. Apart from this, you can also practice the previous year's question papers from the LNAT and the LSAT. Although the examinations are quite different, it will help you to practice and know more about the topic of logical reasoning. Only with repeated practice can you excel in this section.

What books to read in order to prepare the CLAT English Syllabus?

The books that you should read to prepare the CLAT English Syllabus in the correct way are as follows-

  • Pearson Guide to CLAT 2020 by Pearson
  • A comprehensive study for CLAT & LLB Entrance Examinations- SET, AILET, LSAT by Padma Parupudi and Sirisha Naresh
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman
  • Objective General English 2020 by RS Aggarwal
  • Objective General English 2020 by AP Bharadwaj

Which are the best books for CLAT Legal Aptitude section?

Some of the best books for CLAT Legal Aptitude section are

  • Legal Aptitude for CLAT and other Law Exams: Workbook by A. P Bhardwaj
  • Our Judiciary (National Book Trust) by National Book Trust
  • Legal Aptitude (CLAT) by R. K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta

How many questions are asked in CLAT General Knowledge section?

In CLAT GK Section, around 35-39 questions are asked.