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‘Focus on the shortcuts’

Last-minute tips to amp your prep for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) later this week

The much awaited CLAT will take place on Sunday, May 26, after a two-week postponement due to the ongoing elections. This year, it will be an offline test, and for the first time, it is being organised by the newly constituted CLAT Consortium. Here are some last-minute tips to help you fine tune your preparation:

Consolidate: In the last week leading to the exam, desist from learning new concepts and instead, focus on revising what you have already mastered. You should also make a subject–wise list of important concepts and revise them thoroughly.

Mock exams: Attempting them helps in time-management and understanding your strengths and weaknesses. The purpose of taking mock tests is not just to find your overall rank or score; it is a tool which aids in strategic exam prep. Hence, analysing mistakes and spending time on each section will help you plan better for the D-day.

Avoid distractions: It is not unusual to see aspirants losing focus and going off-track, or giving up during this crucial phase of preparation. It is during such times that parents and mentors should instil confidence and faith in them, and encourage them to run the final leg of the race with renewed enthusiasm. Focus on your goal and do not allow anybody, or anything, to detract you from reaching your target.

Past year papers: This is an indispensable part of your preparation. Do not undermine the importance of working out these papers, as it will help you get into the groove, and give you a first hand opportunity to understand the depth and nature of questions asked. While the same question will certainly not feature in forthcoming test, you can take vital cues from the style of questioning and prepare on those lines.

Mind matters: While most students are likely to have almost the same level of preparation, attitude plays a crucial role in one’s success. CLAT is not tough, but it is certainly tricky. Apart from knowledge, you should have mindfulness to focus on each question carefully, especially in logic and legal reasoning sections. Second, an unemotional and uncluttered state of mind will help you counter surprises in the question paper. Finally, a composed state of mind is necessary to sail through sections confidently, with good speed and high strike rate.

Subject-wise preparation


  • Practise reading comprehension.
  • Focus on grammar rules.
  • Work on idioms and phrases


  • Revise basic arithmetic formulae
  • Focus on shortcuts and time-saving methods

General knowledge:

  • Concentrate on current affairs spanning the last six months
  • Practise MCQs on static and current affairs, to reduce the reaction time during exam

Logical reasoning:

  • Give importance to both analytical and logical reasoning
  • Practise a wide range of questions to get a solid grip over this dicey subject

Legal reasoning:

  • Working out the previous years’ question papers is a valuable exercise to gain confidence, as this section is unique to CLAT
  • Familiarise yourself with current legal developments
  • Thorough knowledge of Latin legal terms and maxims is a must

The writer is mentor and director, Sriram Law Academy

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