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CLAT 2018: How to Prepare for CLAT

All the candidates applying for CLAT 2018 need to know How to Prepare for CLAT 2018. CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) 2018 is a gateway to Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate and Integrated Law programs at various National Law Universities of India. It is a national level examination scheduled by 17 NLUs (National Law Universities). The applicants who are interested in CLAT 2018 can check out the important details related to the How to Prepare for CLAT 2018 in this article which will help them to prepare for this exam.

How to Prepare for CLAT 2018

First make your schedule for preparation according to the following dates:


Issuance of 1st admission notification 2nd week of December 2017
Commencement of online application 1st week of January 2018
Closing date to submit filled-in online application form last week of March 2018
Availability of admit card 3rd week of April 2018
Examination date 2nd week of May 2018
Release of answer key 2nd week of May 2018
Results declaration 3rd week of May 2018
Release of merit list 1st week of June 2018
Counseling will starts from 1st week of June 2018

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Know the Exam Pattern

For UG Courses

  • The question paper will be total of 200 marks.
  • The applicants will get 1 mark for each correct answer and there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
  • The duration of examination will be 2 hours.
Subjects Marks
English including comprehension 40 marks
General knowledge & current affairs 50 marks
Elementary mathematics (numerical ability) 20 marks
Legal aptitude 50 marks
Logical reasoning 40 marks
Total 200 marks

For PG Courses

  • There will be total 150 MCQ type questions with total duration of 2 hours for CLAT 2018 examination.
  • The applicants will get 1 mark for each correct answer and there will be a penalty of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.
Subjects Marks
Constitutional Law 50 marks
Jurisprudence 50 marks
Other subjects such as contract, torts, criminal law, international law, IPR etc. 50 marks
Total 150 marks

Study according to the Syllabus

English including Comprehension

  • The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on comprehension passages and grammar.
  • In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc.
  • The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.


  • This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths taught up to Class X.

General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

  • As far as general knowledge is concerned; the candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge.
  • Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.

Logical Reasoning

  • The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments.
  • It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
  • However, visual reasoning will not be tested.

Legal Aptitude

  • This section will test candidate’s interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability.
  • Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.
  • Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theater across India for one year).
  • Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.

Study all Previous Papers

  • What is first advice to any student preparing for CLAT.
  • Go through the papers of last 5years at least.
  • The Strategy behind this is you should be able to relate to the questions analytically and derive a pattern and then you will able to get an idea of what required, and where you should move.

Online Mock Tests

  • There are many sites which provide the online mock test of the exam for good preparation.
  • You can go through these tests by which you come to know about the question level asked in the exam.

CLAT 2018 Cut Off

  • CLAT 2018 Cutoff is the minimum score obtained by the candidate required to clear the examination.
  • CLAT cut off is declared after the announcement of result.
  • Cut off will decide on the basis of availability of total seats, the number of candidates who have appeared in the examination and the difficulty level of the exam.
Institution Cut off
AI Unreserved 58
AI Horizontal SAP 200
AI Scheduled Caste 1654
AI Scheduled Tribe 2000
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