How to prepare for CLAT 2022-2023 in Class 12th? Expert Preparation Tips

By Prakhyati Chauhan|Updated : March 18th, 2022

CLAT is a very popular and widely tested exam for students who wish to pursue a career in law. Candidates who wish to earn a law degree can apply for CLAT Exam after Class 12th if they fulfil all CLAT Eligibility. Those who want to test for the first time need help on how to qualify the CLAT 2022-2023 exam, therefore we are sharing tips and tricks to prepare for CLAT Exam 2022-2023 with class 12th. We will discuss the efficiency and time management required for CLAT preparation when preparing with Class 12. 


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One needs to remember that the CLAT exam is not an assessment that tests your knowledge, but your competence, your mental presence, your decision-making skills, and, of course, and time management. Thorough knowledge of examination is required. One of the most important aspects of a lawyer is being enthusiastic about his or her work. This is a time to explore how one can adapt to a limited time frame. CLAT is a race against time. One needs to allocate time and proper planning for each stage before the test. However, one should always be dynamic depending on the degree of difficulty of the paper. The importance of practice questions, especially last year's papers at the right time, cannot be overemphasized. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses and trying the paper properly is key to passing the test. And all of this can only be done if you start your preparation on time.

Start your preparations from Class 12 so that you have enough time to analyze every CLAT pattern and syllabus. It’s a good time to start your preparations instead of waiting for the Board Result and start working on it. Keep up-to-date with the latest pattern and make the right adjustment as the candidate's performance is greatly affected. Now let's look at the CLAT Pattern.

A consortium of National Law Universities in the body conducting the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). There are a total of 22 universities participating in CLAT each year. Students who were preparing for CLAT are now able to improve their preparation in order to increase their grades and secure accommodation at higher law colleges.

The questions in the test will now appear in the form of a paragraph. There will be approximately 400 word-based passages based on multiple-choice questions that will be asked in each paragraph. The CLAT test syllabus is divided into 5 sections discussed below.

Understand the CLAT Paper Pattern for UG Course

It is important that you understand the CLAT 2022 exam pattern before you begin your preparation. 

Name of the Section

No. of Questions

English Language

28-32 questions

Current Affairs including General Knowledge

35-39 questions

Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions

Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions

Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions

Go through the detailed CLAT Syllabus Here

How to prepare for CLAT Exam with Class 12?

Let us now discuss the best strategy to attain for starting the preparation of the desired examination at hand i.e CLAT 2023:

1. English 

This section contains 28-32 questions, with a weightage of one mark each. The section checks the proficiency of grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.
Develop good reading speed

  • One needs a lot of practice and develop a great learning speed in order to succeed in this phase.

  • You should aim to solve at least two Reading Comprehension daily, in a proper time frame. This practice will not only improve your comprehension skills and learning speed but will also improve your vocabulary and grammar.

  • Revise grammar rules and apply them on a daily basis.

  • You should intend to try the phase test every three days, in addition to any other preparation you want.

  • Ideally, the section should be completed in 20 minutes, but it may vary on your skill, strengths, and weaknesses. 

Additional tips to approach the section at hand:

Read the questions first and understand what you are looking for.

  • If the question mentions a keyword, try looking for that keyword in the passage, you would find the answer around that keyword itself.

  • Understand the passage when you read it the first time. You probably won’t have the time to read it a second time.

2. General Knowledge 

  • This section contains 35- 39 questions, carrying one mark each.

  • One must aim to complete the section as soon as possible, consuming minimal time.

  • Ideally, the section should be completed in 15 minutes.

  • On analyzing previous year papers, it can be noticed that current affairs have taken over static GK significantly.

  • Thus, remember to brush up on your news collection.

  • The section is scoring with minimal hard work and time; hence one should not be dependent on luck and be ignorant about this. 

Some tips for a smart approach to this section are:

  • Read current affairs thoroughly.

  • Solve as many practice papers as you can and time yourself.

  • Focus on all genres: Politics, World, Entertainment, Sports, etc.

  • Brush up on COVID-19 related news.

  • Read up on the latest amendments and statutory enactments.

Check the best CLAT books for your exam preparation. 

3. Legal Reasoning 

  • This section carries 35-39 questions, with both deducing legal principles/reasoning and legal aptitude.

  • However, on analyzing previous year papers, a trend of an inclination towards legal principal-fact-based questions can be noticed.

  • Thus, one needs to improve his/her reading speed which would only be feasible with solving and practicing a greater number of questions, with a proper time limit on a regular basis.

Some things to keep in mind while preparing this section are:

  • Each offer has a fact-based structure as an example. Read these to get an idea of ​​how the law applies to real situations.

  • Know at least a summary of the landmark judgments. Many times real situations can go hand in hand with these.

  • Practice last year's papers as the questions revolve around the same principles considering its limited collection.

  • You need to be familiar with the most important source of any law in the country.

Also, check CLAT Mock test to regularly practice for the exam based on the latest exam pattern. 

4. Logical Reasoning 

  • The section contains 28-32 questions with one mark each.

  • Typically questions pertaining to syllogisms, deductions, inferences, blood relations, coding, etc. are asked.

Some tips to ace this section are:

  • Read the question word by word and carefully. Mostly, the answer is hidden in the question itself. 

5. Quantitative Techniques

  • This section carrying 13-17 questions with the weightage of one mark each is often considered to be the make or break section.

  • Brush up your elementary Mathematics concepts, and practice a bunch of questions daily in order to improve your speed, as well as to get a clarity of questions.

  • Exercise is the only way to be successful in this endeavor. The portion should be thoroughly finished in 7 minutes.

  • Adhering to a question simply because you have the power to do so is foolish and should be avoided at all costs. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Read all the formulas correctly. You should not waste time trying to remember the formula.

  • Know your basics. Get to know the concepts of time and work, indicators, rate and scale, opportunities, etc.

  • Practice at least 100 questions under each test site.

  • Go through last year's questionnaire to gain an understanding of the concepts that are repeatedly tested.

Read Also: List of Best Books for CLAT 2023 Preparation: English, Reasoning, Quant, Legal Reasoning & GK


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  • The Consortium of National Law Universities based at NLSIU Bangalore conducts CLAT.

  • No, the application form will be available only in online mode.

  • For General/ OBC/ PwD/ NRI/ OCI category candidates, it is Rs. 4000/-.

  • No, there is no age limit in CLAT.

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