How to prepare for CLAT 2020

It has been over 20 days since the press release came out which shook CLAT stakeholders to the core, especially CLAT aspirants. There have been a lot of questions ever since.

How to prepare for CLAT 2020

Let’s take a look at the most popular questions

  • What has changed in CLAT?
  • What will CLAT 2020 look like?
  • What is the syllabus for CLAT 2020?
  • Which books to prefer for CLAT 2020 preparation?
  • Clarification on Maths and Legal Aptitude now?
  • How to prepare for CLAT 2020

While all the answers will only be available once the CLAT Consortium releases an official statement and clarification, we can answer a few of the questions on the basis of what we know so far.

Editor’s Note: Our team tried to contact the CLAT Consortium on 12th Dec but the office was unreachable.

Changes in CLAT 2020

What do we know so far? Let’s go through the updates which came our way from the press release, Prof. Mustafa’s Youtube channel and other sources.

changes in CLAT 2020

  • The number of questions has been reduced from 200 to 120-150.
  • All questions will be comprehension based.
  • Questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning will be asked.
  • The paper will test the aptitude of the candidate and not the memory.
  • Maths is now Quantitative Aptitude, the students can expect questions based on graphs, pie charts and tables.
  • Logical Reasoning has not been changed and it is still the same logical reasoning.
  • Legal Aptitude used to have a legal principle and problem, it has now become deductive/inferential reasoning. The students will not be asked maxims or case laws.
  • English has not gone many changes but all the questions will be based on comprehensions minus the vague questions from synonyms, antonyms and idioms without context
To read about all the changes in detail, click here.

CLAT 2020 Exam Date

CLAT 2020 will be held on 10th May 2020.

Online Registration will begin on 1st January 2020.

CLAT 2020 Syllabus

While there is no official notification from the CLAT Consortium on the syllabus and therefore there is no ironclad source to cite. However, when we put together the various sources and put together the picture, we get an idea of what the exam will demand and we try to answer the question, “How to prepare for CLAT 2020”?

What remains unchanged?

  • Logical Reasoning: There is no news whatsoever about any change in the logical reasoning section per se. Therefore, it is safe to assume that the old syllabus for this section is intact.
  • Current Affairs: It has already been declared that Static G.K will not be asked, however, there were questions from current affairs in the past. Current affairs have turned into a full section.
  • English: The section has slightly been altered, the rest remains the same. All questions will be comprehension based. So they can still ask you the meaning of a certain word as long as they mention it in a passage above the question.

What has changed?

  • Legal Aptitude: The nomenclature of this section has changed to Deductive Reasoning. It has also been revealed that there will be no requirement of legal knowledge to attempt the questions in this section. So, safe to say that this section has gone complete changes.
  • Maths: The smallest section of the exam has now become Quantitative Techniques. It is still unclear what the pattern of questions will be in this section. If we go with the pattern of other entrances that have Quantitative Aptitude, the syllabus might be similar to that of Maths but the type of questions will be completely different.

Books/Resources for CLAT 2020

Since the press release, everyone is wondering about how to prepare for CLAT 2020? Here’s a few things to make note of.

Before we get to the changed sections of the exam, we should talk about the books and resources best suited for the sections which are unchanged.

Since there are two completely changed sections of CLAT, the results will depend on who scores the best in the sections which haven’t been changed. The disadvantages apply to all and so do the advantages, this is the cardinal rule of a competitive examination.

Since nobody will have a precedent to the new pattern, everybody should brush up on what remains unchanged and score the best they can, the rest of the paper will be a combination of preparation and luck.

Logical Reasoning

This is the only section which remains completely untouched by the changes in the exam. There are no changes in this section whatsoever, not even minor changes. Although, if the number of questions decreases for the whole paper, it will happen so for this section as well.

However, the change will be proportional so in sheer numbers, there is no change at all.

In order to prepare well and score good in this section, the candidate needs to practice as much as they can. No amount of theoretical understanding of this subject can ensure good marks in this section.

It all depends on who has solved the most number and types of questions. Logical Reasoning for CLAT

  • The candidates should refer the past year papers of CLAT to solve the different types of LR questions that they have asked till date.
  • Sample and Past year papers of LSAT, as well as AILET, should be solved since their logical reasoning section is comparatively tougher than CLAT.
  • To get a complete hold of LR, one can solve the book by S.Chand. It has questions from various competitive examinations and difficulty levels.

Current Affairs

The General Knowledge section has been replaced by a complete Current Affairs section. This means, there will be no static GK questions.

This also means that unlike the past, current affairs questions will be asked from the whole previous year. These questions need not be solely from the legal arena.

  • A thorough reading of a good national daily is highly advised and that notes be maintained for each day.
  • While reading, special attention to the editorial sections since they are based on the current affairs and polish vocabulary of the candidate.
  • One good magazine like Competition in Focus or Outlook can be referred on a monthly basis, to sum up, the affairs of the month.
  • Watching an hour of news daily to know about the daily events of the world is advised. Please do not waste time over prime time debates, instead, go for Doordarshan news or All India Radio News.


This section is pretty much the same as before with a small edit of solely comprehension based questions. Comprehensions were a part of this paper earlier as well, now they have covered all of it.

  • Read various articles and blogs on Business, Politics, Economics and Law to be familiar with the topics which may be a part of the comprehension in the exam.
  • Try to read faster, time your reading and make sure to retain most of what you read.
  • Solve the past year papers of LSAT and GMAT (Comprehension section only).
  • A good resource will be the LSAT and GMAT guides.

Deductive Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques

While these subjects have been a part of several competitive examinations and entrances, including LSAT, these are new additions to CLAT.

As complicated as they sound, they are simply different sub-headings of Reasoning paper. Eg: Syllogisms have always been a part of the LR section in CLAT, they are also a part of deductive reasoning.

We can’t be certain about the type of questions they will be asking in these sections unless official model test papers come out. There are, however, several things the candidates can do to be ready for whatever comes their way.

Popular deductive reasoning questions

  • Comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships by determining a complete solution to the problem posed (for example, an acceptable seating arrangement of all six diplomats around a table)
  • Reasoning with conditional (“if-then”) statements
  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules
  • Inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules together with new information presented in hypotheticals
  • Recognizing when two statements are logically equivalent in the context.

How to prepare for CLAT 2020 Deductive and Quantitative section?

  • Practice the LSAT paper’s analytical reasoning section, analytical and deductive reasoning are similar in many ways. Many questions will overlap.
  • Solve the past year papers of GMAT and CAT, although their reasoning is way above the level of CLAT, scoring average in those papers will mean scoring good in CLAT. They have deductive as well as quantitative in their syllabus.

Confused about how to prepare for CLAT 2020 and what to do for deductive reasoning? 

Read our post on deductive reasoning. 

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