How to Prepare for CLAT 2021 - 2022 Without Coaching? - #1 Strategy

By Vijeta Bhatt|Updated : June 17th, 2021

Many of you have a dream to join the top law schools in the country. CLAT, SLAT and AILET are the three premier law entrance exams in India. If you manage to crack these two exams with high-grade you will get a chance to pursue your dream.

Well-planned preparation with the best working strategy can make you a winner in this exam. So to help in your preparation we are providing a preparation strategy for CLAT 2022 & upcoming Law Entrance Exams. 

The CLAT 2021 is rescheduled to be held on July 23, 2021. The most important question that comes to mind of the aspirants is, "How to start CLAT 2021 exam preparation?". In this post, we have discussed important tips that beginners should follow while preparing for the CLAT exam 2021.

Best Strategies to Prepare for CLAT 2021 Exam

Below are sharing detailed plans and strategies on how should beginners start CLAT 2021 exam preparation.

1. Structure of Exam

The first and foremost requirement for CLAT & other Law entrance exams preparation is a proper understanding of the structure of the exam.


No. of Qs

1. English Language

28-32 questions,

2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

3. Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

4. Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

5. Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

Details of CLAT Exam 2021:

  • CLAT exam is divided into 5 sections, which include English Language, Current Affairs Including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques.
  • The CLAT 2021 examination will be held in OFFLINE mode
  • The test consists of a total of 150 questions carrying 1 mark each with a negative marking of 0.25 marks.

Section-wise Preparation Tips for CLAT Exam

1. Legal Reasoning

  • In this section, you will be expected to read passages of around 450 words each.
  • The passages may relate to fact situations or scenarios involving legal matters, public policy questions, or moral philosophical inquiries.
  • You will not require any prior knowledge of the law.
  • You will benefit from a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues to better apply general principles or propositions to the given fact scenarios.
  • To ace, this section, try to solve as many as 25-30 questions on a regular basis for a better understanding of this section.
  • Legal Reasoning questions are usually lengthy, so you need to practice a lot of questions beforehand for efficient time management during the exam.

2. Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

  • In this section, you will be provided passages of up to 450 words each.
  • The passages will be derived from news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing. The questions may include an examination of legal information or knowledge discussed in or related to the passage, but would not require any additional knowledge of the law beyond the passage.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge, including:

  • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world;
  • Arts and culture;
  • International affairs; and
  • Historical events of continuing significance.
  • To ace in this section start preparing for it from today itself.
  • Start reading the newspaper regularly.
  • Try to jot down the important news in a separate notebook, for instance, new appointments of ministers, sports, business-related news, etc. for easy revision of such updates later.
  • You can also refer to the Daily Current Affairs for Law Entrance Exams for preparing your Current Affairs section.

3. English Language

  • In this section of the UG-CLAT 2021, you will be provided passages of about 450 words each. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing and would be of a standard that a 12th standard student may be able to read in about 5-7 minutes.

Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate your comprehension and language skills, including your abilities to:

  • Read and comprehend the main point discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage;
  • Draw inferences and conclusions based on the passage;
  • Summarise the passage;
  • Compare and contrast the different arguments or viewpoints set out in the passage; and
  • Understand the meaning of various words and phrases used in the passage.


  • For better preparation of this section, start with Vocabulary
  • Reading newspapers, particularly editorials, will help you increase your vocabulary.
  • Refer to some of the vocabulary enhancing books like “Word Power Made Easy“ by Norman Lewis.
  • Reading Comprehension is a time-consuming topic of the CLAT exam. However, it is not a new topic. You all have been studying this topic since the 10th standard and hence, should be well aware of the approach to solving these questions. All you need is sufficient practice of this topic.

4. Logical Reasoning

  • The Logical Reasoning section of the UG-CLAT 2021 will include a series of short passages of about 300 words each. Each passage will be followed by one or more questions that will require you to:

  • Recognize an argument, its premises, and conclusions;
  • Read and identify the arguments set out in the passage;
  • Critically analyze patterns of reasoning, and assess how conclusions may depend on particular premises or evidence;
  • Infer what follows from the passage and apply these inferences to new situations;
  • Draw relationships and analogies, identify contradictions and equivalence and assess the effectiveness of arguments.


  • This section is all about practice and a few tricks.
  • Attempting the Logical Reasoning section becomes easy once you understand the right approach to solve the questions.
  • There are various short tricks involved to solve the different topics of logical reasoning. So, learn some of the tricks and then practice as many questions as you can.
  • Take online tests and solve questions from different logical reasoning books and practice exercises.

5. Quantitative Techniques

  • This section carries the lowest weightage in terms of marks and number of questions but is probably the most scoring section of the CLAT exam.
  • The Quantitative Techniques section of the UG-CLAT 2021 will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information, followed by a series of questions.
  • You will be required to derive information from such passages, graphs, or other representations, and apply mathematical operations on such information.
  • You just need to solve at least 20-25 questions daily and you can easily get through this section in the exam.
  • If you devote 30-45 minutes to the preparation of this section on a daily basis, scoring 12-15 marks in this section would become quite easy.
  • We would recommend you to refer NCERT 10th Level Maths book, R.S Agarwal for D.I., R.D. Sharma book for D.I.

CLAT General Tips and Tricks for Beginners

  1. Don’t let the syllabus of the CLAT exam scare you in the beginning. Yes, you may come across some new topics for this exam but preparing them is not a herculean task. You just need to have conceptual clarity, especially for the Legal Aptitude section and attempting the questions would become easy for you.
  2. Mugging up everything is not the right approach. You need to strategize and plan your CLAT preparation smartly. For this, identify your strengths and weaknesses from the different sections asked in this exam and then work on them accordingly.
    For instance, if you are good at the English section, you can devote less time to its preparation and utilize this time to strengthen another section.
  3. Don’t start your CLAT exam preparation with mock papers. Yes, it’s important to solve them for overall preparation but attempting the mock tests at the start of your preparation will only discourage you. First, understand the different sections of the CLAT exam and gain a proper command on the topics asked under these sections. You should proceed to full-length mock tests after you have gained expertise in the individual sections.
  4. Some of the sections of CLAT, like GK and English Vocabulary, need regular preparation. So, make sure that you maintain continuity in their preparation.
  5. Proper Time Management is crucial for the CLAT exam and, the best way for efficient time management is a regular practice.
  6. Set your goals for each day and stick to them. Practice is the key to maximize your exam score, so, don’t just read, start practicing.
  7. Whether you are a beginner or have been preparing for law exams for long, just have confidence in your preparation, follow the right strategy and we assure you, cracking this exam would become quite easy!


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Piyush Umekar
Mam i am just starting for banking.
Plzz tell me how should be my strategy for english and quants.
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Monalisa Debnath
Sir i am  student & study in BA. But now i thinking after graduation i went study LLB but firstly clear clat enterence exam but i dont no what it's start point. plz same help

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