How to Prepare for CLAT 2022 - Tips, Books, Planning, Syllabus

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is likely to be conducted in May/June by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLU). The exam will be conducted as a pen-and-paper based test in offline mode. On the basis of performance in CLAT exam, candidates can secure admission in NLU and top law schools in India. Hence, candidates appearing for the national level law entrance exam must know how to prepare for CLAT 2022 to score well.

Know CLAT Exam Pattern

Before candidates start their preparation, they must know the key features of CLAT exam. The CLAT Consortium had changed the exam pattern in 2020 and the salient features of the CLAT 2022 paper pattern are as follows:

  1. Exam Mode - Pen-Paper Based Test Mode
  2. Duration of Exam - 120 Minutes
  3. Test Timings - 2:00-4:00 PM
  4. Total Questions - 150 Questions
  5. Total Marks - 150 Marks
  6. Negative Marking - 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong attempt

CLAT preparation strategy is what we recommend for full-time preparation candidates who can significantly improve their score and performance in the CLAT exam!

Understand CLAT 2022 Syllabus

This is the single most important tip and the most common mistake we see students make. Time and again, we have seen that students spend more time on maths and logical reasoning, solving difficult and difficult problems from different subjects.

GK / Current Affairs Syllabus

I would like to say right away that there is no defined syllabus for GK and current affairs. There is no source from which you can study that will help you prepare for 100% questions asked in GK & Current Affairs section. Even the most well prepared student will be confident about only 80-85% of the GK questions asked in the CLAT exam. You should definitely cover the important awards every year - sports, science, literature and the arts. You should know about the major bodies of the United Nations, their functions and their locations. You should have good knowledge of Indian Geography and History. And you should also know about any important event happening in the field of Indian constitution or justice system. Also, you should aim to read as widely as possible - many times, you may not know the answer to a question directly, but may be able to pinpoint it based on a few other facts that you remember. can do.

CLAT Mock Tests

You should definitely plan to write some test series for CLAT. However, aim to complete at least 70% to 80% of the syllabus before starting the mocks. This is the only way you will get any benefit from writing the exam. Look for a good mock test series, and aim to write at least 6-8 CLAT previous years papers before the actual exam. Reproduce exam conditions as much as possible - including deadlines and turn off your phone to avoid distractions!

Question Selection

It is important to remember that all questions carry equal marks and there is no sectional cutoff in CLAT! So feel free to start with any section that you are comfortable with, and if any question is taking too much time then leave it without any bias.

Negative Marking

There is +1/-0.25 negative marking in CLAT. So you get +1 mark for every correct answer and -0.25 for every wrong answer. You get 0 marks for any question without effort. This means there is a penalty for making uneducated guesses. My advice to you - guess, but carefully. Guessing makes sense only if you can remove at least 2 options from the question. So keep this in mind while estimating.


Being strong in Reading Comprehension and Basic Grammar will take you a long way in the English section. Also remember to practice para jumbles, cleats have traditionally favored them.

These strategies are meant as a guide to help you prepare for CLAT. If you are able to incorporate all these in your preparation, then I am sure you will definitely see an increase in your marks. Best wishes!

Also read: CLAT Preparation During Covid-19 Pandemic

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