How to Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch

Author : Shashwat Srrivastava

Updated On : June 20, 2023


Reader's Digest: Don't worry! The beginning is always the most challenging part, and everything gets easier after your start. But the question is how to start! Well, we have curated an informative blog post to make your CLAT beginnings worry-free. Get insights into the detailed section-wise tips to prepare for CLAT 2024 from scratch. Learn the top 5 do's and don't while starting the preparation from scratch. 

Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Things You Should Do While Starting Your Preparation

This entrance test is conducted for admission to various undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by the top 26 NLUs.

They provide various programs like BA LLB, LLB, LLM, etc. The CLAT 2024 entrance test will be conducted on 3rd December 2023.

The Common law Admission Test preparation is a lot about balancing sections. You should divide your CLAT preparation 2024 into two parts:

  • Concept building: 75% time
  • Practising question papers and analysing your performance: 25% time

This video by Legal Edge provides all aspirants with a comprehensive strategy to prepare for CLAT 2024. It is a must watch for all CLAT aspirants.

When we talked to All India Rank 1, rank 2, rank 3, rank 4, and rank 8, we got to know some of the essential things you should do while starting your CLAT Exam Preparation 2024.

1. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Religiously Reading

They have started religiously reading. It means you have to read as much as possible because reading too much is the backbone of this entrance test.

Since the crux of the exam is centered around reading, your skills related to reading are extremely important- skills like reading at a competent speed, comprehending, interpreting.

So, if you hate reading and are scared of reading them, these are the essential tips you should follow.

All the toppers had started building their reading and comprehension skills from their first day of CLAT Preparation.

  • To build and enhance your reading and comprehension skills, you should start reading Novels, newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, Times of India, weekly magazines, articles, blogs, websites, editorials, etc.
  • You have to make sure that your reading skill should be sharpened.
  • Websites like Aeon Essay and 3 Quarks Daily are really good sources of competent literature.
  • The benefit of honing your reading skills is that your English section will improve, and you will be updated with all the facts.
  • It is suitable for the current affairs and general knowledge section. And while reading, you can also enhance your critical reasoning topic.
  • If you have a question on the topic you have just read, it will also help you answer that question quickly because you have read about and around the subject and will be aware of what the topic says.

2. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Build on your Legal Section

The legal section of the CLAT examination includes lengthy passages, and you must work very hard to build this section. To make this section, start preparing the core topics of the section, i.e., Torts, Criminal Law, IPC, etc.

  • For the suggestion on how to build your legal section, you can see interviews of various top-rank holders on the LegalEdge channel only.
  • If you see their interviews, you will know that they have built their legal section by reading legal articles on various websites that provide N number of legal papers.
  • Read articles or blogs on legal issues to build on your legal section.
  • While reading legal issue articles or blogs, you will be able to understand the vocabulary and the interpretation of legal terms. 
  • This will help you build your legal section for CLAT 2024 and assist you in other Law Entrance Exams like AILET, etc. 
  • So, from today onwards, start finding websites that provide articles on the legal section and begin reading that to build your legal section.
  • Skim reading and sectional practice are extremely important.

3. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Build your Critical Reasoning Concepts

To build your critical reasoning concepts, you must prepare the basic concepts of critical reasoning like paradox reasoning, statement and assumptions, statement and conclusions, the strength of argument, inference from the passage, etc.

  • There are many top books from which you should study to build your critical reasoning concepts, such as critical reasoning by M K pandit.
  • You can practice as many questions as possible from the Previous Year's CLAT Question Papers, which will help enhance your logical reasoning CLAT preparation.
  • The CLAT 2021 and 2022 toppers have prepared the GMAT level 700 critical reasoning questions that have helped them to crack the section easily.
  • So, it would be best if you prepared critical reasoning questions from today onwards from the GMAT level and refer to the RSMs from Legal Edge for a comprehensive guide to concepts

CLAT Online Coaching

CLAT Online Coaching

4. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Start with the Basics of Quantitative Techniques Section 

Many students from non - mathematics backgrounds think they will be unable to build the quant section. This is the right time for them to burst this myth by starting their CLAT maths preparation from today to prepare the basic concepts of the quant section. 

The basic concepts include the Number system, percentages, ages, ratios, etc. You have to start your Preparation for the CLAT Mathematics Section from your elementary mathematics concepts of class 10th.

Daily practice of Data Interpretation questions and other mathematics questions are important to keep your practice and concepts up to the level you wish to see your performance in the Quantitative Aptitude section.

You can also study from various standard books like R S Aggarwal, R D Sharma, Arihant Publication, etc.

5. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Write Mocks & Understand the MCQ Pattern

If you start attempting mocks from the very beginning of your preparation, you can easily understand the CLAT examination's MCQ pattern. 

  • You have to learn a lot for this type of pattern because, until your class 12th, you have only attempted or given subjective question examinations. This will be new; that's why it takes time to understand the exam pattern.
  • To understand the MCQ-type questions, you should give every mock of each subject from our website LegalEdge. Here we are providing the best of the mock tests that will help you understand the pattern but will help you to manage CLAT exam preparation time.
  • Attempting CLAT Mock Tests will also help you to understand and handle the exam pressure. So make sure that you will start attempting mocks from today onwards.

6. Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Start Reading the Editorial 

While reading the newspaper, you should prefer to read the editorial part because that part is the most important part of any competitive or entrance test. These are also articles which make use of better grammar and vocabulary so reading editorials boosts the same.

When you read the editorial part of the newspaper, you will get to know the different views of the public. So, that is why it is recommended that you read the editorial part of the newspaper.

Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - 5 Quick Tips To Follow 

It would help if you were smart enough while creating a study routine for the CLAT exam, as all subjects play a vital role in qualifying. 

The following tips will help you better understand How to Balance your Daily Routine for CLAT Preparation, things you should keep in mind during preparation, and more.

Tip 1 - Focus on the Previous Year Paper for the Legal Reasoning Section 

You have to practice the previous year's paper for the legal reasoning section for the CLAT entrance test. You have to make sure that you attempt a good number of different mock tests, previous year papers of CLAT and AILET, and try all the legal reasoning section questions.

Practice the legal reasoning section as much as you can and practice at least the last five years papers of CLAT and AILET to be perfect in the legal reasoning section.

Tip 2 - Focus on the Quantitative Techniques Section

The second tip is that you should not ignore the quantitative techniques section. Most students miss this section because of the non - mathematics background or the lower weightage of the section. 

  • The All in rank one student has not ignored this section, and he has scored 15 marks in this, so don’t leave this section. This section will give you 15 marks; if you score five in this section, it could change the whole game.
  •  If you are weak in mathematics, then from today onwards, start attempting elementary mathematics questions, Data interpretation questions, etc.
  • Also, attempt CLAT Maths Questions from the previous year's papers.
  • You can also study with us at LegalEdge. We have some of the best teachers and experts for each and every section of CLAT 2024.
  • If you want to achieve good marks in the Quant section, practice at least 2 hours daily. The time you will be giving to this section, the result will be proportionate equal to that only.

Tip 3 - Practice Critical Reasoning at GMAT Level Regularly 

Although we have 100 books available for practising critical reasoning in the market, and you also have LegalEdge, you must practice GMAT-level questions to attempt the CLAT 2024 examination easily. 

By attempting GMAT-level questions, you can easily Crack the CLAT Critical Reasoning Section Easily.

Focus well on the various concepts that critical reasoning has and use sectional tests to learn their application, this will make them very easily usable for you with practice.

Tip 4 - Don’t Worry About the Mock Scores

If you cannot score good marks or your score is decreasing in the mock tests, don’t worry about that because attempting mocks is not about scoring marks.

We attempt mocks to see the journey of the mocks; we have to understand our weaker sections or topics and work on them rather than just thinking of the mock scores.

Attempt mocks but doesn’t worry about the mock scores at the initial stage of your preparation game.

Tip 5 - Practise Daily General Knowledge questions from the LegalEdge

For the General Knowledge section, LegalEdge has the best study material, and they upload videos of daily newspaper analysis on their youtube channel.

You can study articles and blogs from various websites or newspapers to learn about current affairs. One of the popular sources for studying GK is GK Today, and many students study from GK today also, so you can also try it.

Legal Edge released GK Fiesta and CLAT Post for comprehensive GK and current affairs coverage and they are must use resources in your preparation.

Don’t go to multiple sources for the CLAT GK Preparation initially; start with reading newspapers only.

CLAT Mock Tests

CLAT Mock Tests

Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Top 5 Things You Must Avoid

The following are some of the things that you should not do while preparing for the Common Law Admission Test.

Don’t Worry About Mock Scores

All CLAT aspirants should consider their mock tests as practice assignments only. Ignore the mock scores at the initial stage of your preparation. The analysis matters much more.

Don’t ignore attempting mock tests because of your score. Attempt it but like a practice assignment. 

Not To Skip the Mock Tests

If you see any success story of the CLAT aspirants, you will get to know that every rank holder has regularly attempted mock tests. So, don’t think of skipping the mock tests for silly reasons.

You don’t have to set a score that you have achieved at least this many marks or scores. It would be best if you attempted it properly; you will automatically see your score gradually increase.

Start attempting the mocks as much as you can.

Not To Skip Micro Topics

There are many topics in every section that we don’t consider at the macro level. While preparing for the section then, only you will be able to see the micro topics, so don’t skip those topics due to their weightage in the examination because there is very high competition in the CLAT entrance test. 

The competition is so high that a 1: 1 mark competition occurs between students for the rank one position.

Don’t skip any micro topics; for example: if you think that the quantitative techniques section is only based on a Data Interpretation topic, that is not true. The Quant section contains many topics like Number systems, Averages, Percentages, ages, ratios, etc., so don’t skip any of the topics.

Do not Devotee So Much Time To General Knowledge.

 Many students think that the strength of current affairs is unlimited and they should study it all the time, but this is not true.

Everyone should know that nobody can score full marks in the GK section. If you only study 3 hours of GK daily, you will not be able to score full marks in GK.

So, don’t waste your time studying GK all day. Utilise that time and study other sections well. I am not saying you don’t utilise it at all; I am saying learn it but give 2 hour daily, that is enough for the general knowledge section.

Prepare for CLAT 2024 from Scratch - Sectional Preparation Strategy

To help enhance your preparation levels, we have provided section-wise preparation tips in the post below.

Following these tips will help you Crack the CLAT exam on the first attempt.

Sections Description
Legal Reasoning  Practice CLAT and AILET for the last five years' question paper; follow the passage, Work on the Elimination method, 
General Knowledge Reading newspapers is a must for preparation, and you must study all the newspapers from January to December.
Quantitative Techniques Practise essential topics of class 10th and 12th, practise Data interpretation questions and attempt the previous year's paper on the CLAT.
English Practise reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary questions. Read the newspaper daily to improve your vocabulary.
Critical / Logical Reasoning Practice previous year's papers and practice GMAT-level questions. It will help you to improve your reasoning ability.


If you fully read this article, you are now equipped with valuable insights and strategies to prepare for CLAT 2024 from scratch.

Remember, the beginning may be challenging, but it gets easier as you start. Follow the section-wise preparation tips, focus on building your foundational knowledge, and practice mock tests regularly.

Avoid common pitfalls such as worrying too much about mock scores, skipping micro topics, and spending excessive time on general knowledge.

With dedication and perseverance, you can achieve extraordinary results in the CLAT exam.

Good luck on your journey, and remember that a little extra effort can make all the difference. Happy reading and happy preparing!

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

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