CLAT 2020 Frequently Asked Questions – Part 1

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We regularly receive quite a few Questions about the CLAT 2020, the preparation strategy, application process, important dates and other details. Some of these question may be very specific and some are about the profession of Law in general. In this series, we have answered all the questions, without any prejudice.

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Are Indian lawyers rich?

Some Lawyers are rich. But all lawyers are not rich. Just like in any other profession, there are Lawyers who are struggling and there are others who are earning Crores of Rupees every year.

There was a list published on some website last year, which spoke about the Highest Paid Lawyers in India. Leading the pack was the late Mr. Ram Jethmalani, whose fee was apparently Rs.25 Lakhs per appearance.

As for the rest of the Lawyers on the list, the fees were mentioned to be in the range of Rs.5 Lakhs per appearance to around Rs.15 Lakhs per case. Of course, these are exceptions. In the normal scenario, the practice of law is like any other profession, where you have the reputed experts earning in Lakhs and the run-of-the-mill Advocates charging a few thousands per case. Just like there are Engineers and Doctors across the entire spectrum – from just earning a living to being amazingly rich.

The earnings of a Lawyer depend on a number of factors, including the field of specialisation, reputation in the market and type of clientele. So, while there are ‘Rich Lawyers’ in India, not all the Lawyers are rich.

Do all the rich lawyers study at NLU?

No. There are many great Lawyers who have completed their LLB in small Tier 3 colleges. NLUs do give an edge in terms of quality of education and placements.

Can I become a lawyer at 30 in India?

Yes. There is no upper age limit for becoming a Lawyer in India.

A few years ago there was an attempt to specify an upper limit for the study of Law in India. However, after some PILs were filed, the Supreme Court stayed the age limit and as of now, there is no restriction on taking up the study of Law at any time in your life.

In fact, there are several Lawyers who took up the study of Law after they retired from service. As long as you can attend regular classes (There are no part time LLB programs in India) and meet the academic criteria for the course, you can become a Lawyer in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s or even in your 100s!

Can I clear CLAT 2020 without coaching?

Yes. Every year there are many candidates who opt for a Self-Study mode and crack the CLAT with a good rank.

These days, there is a wealth of information already available online and offline, in the form of Websites, Videos, Audio content, Books etc. So whenever you need to study the basics of any topic, you can pick and choose the material to use.

The basic success strategy for CLAT is to solve as many relevant mock tests as possible, which is the reason we have included 100 full length mock tests in our MagicExam Online Practice Packs.

Can I crack CLAT one year?

Yes. One is more than adequate for cracking the CLAT and securing a seat in a top NLU. As per previous toppers, three to four months of dedicated study is enough to get a good All India Rank.

The CLAT is not a difficult exam to start with. What makes it difficult to crack is that there are a large number of candidates; and many of them will do well. So the choice of NLU may be determined by fractions of a mark. Every year, many students prepare quite well, but needlessly psyche themselves out of actually performing well, by getting anxious about the exam.

First of all, take a look at the detailed syllabus for the CLAT and you will see that it is essentially of a 10 + 2 level, so the Mathematics part should not be too difficult.

The Logical reasoning section is something that can be aced by solving as many relevant MCQs as possible. For the rest of the sections, take as many mock tests as possible, so that you become conversant with all the Important and Expected questions – with enough practice, you should be able to identify the right answer, even if you don’t know the rationale.

Ultimately, it is selecting the right answer that counts, not if you know the theory behind it.

Can I crack CLAT without coaching?

Yes. If you follow a structured preparation plan diligently, you can crack the CLAT without coaching.

Formal coaching is not essential for CLAT for many students. The advantage with a Coaching class is that they would have collated all the prep material into one package and they will set a structured time table for you to follow.

Since all the material required for preparation is easily available, if you can set a regular schedule for yourself to practice as many mock tests and previous papers as possible – you can easily crack the CLAT without any formal coaching classes.

Can I crack CLAT without maths?

Maths can be a high scoring section of CLAT 2020. Though Mathematics is just 10 percent of the entire CLAT exam, you should not ignore this section. It is possible to not do well in Maths and make up for it in other sections.

Mathematics is a psychological Achilles Heel for many CLAT aspirants.

Many candidates do get worried about the Mathematics or the numerical ability section of CLAT. But this is a relatively straightforward section to score high marks, if you follow a structured preparation approach.

In CLAT 2020, the numerical ability part will have 20 questions, so this section accounts for 10% of the overall CLAT paper. The difficult level of the questions will be of a Class VIII, IX, X grade, as covered in a standard National Level syllabus, such as the CBSE.

Moreover, there is a high degree of predictability in the type of questions year-on-year, therefore; the best approach is to solve as many section-wise mock tests as possible and become aware of the patterns.

Though the Numerical ability section is a very small part of the overall CLAT question paper, it should not be ignored.

Can I do CLAT after graduation?

Yes. The minimum eligibility is a 12th standard and there is no upper age limit. You can take up CLAT even after graduation.

The basic eligibility for taking up a 5 year LLB after CLAT is a 10 + 2. Since there is no upper age limit for taking up LLB, you can take up CLAT after Graduation or even after Post-Graduation.

If your intention is to study in a prestigious National Law School or a Tier-1 Law college, you can take up CLAT at any time; as long as you fulfil the basic eligibility criteria.

Can I give CLAT after 12?

Yes. The minimum eligibility for CLAT is 12th standard or Class 12.

Since the basic eligibility for the 5 year integrated LLB at any NLU is a 10+2, a majority of the students taking up CLAT do so after their 10+2 or Pre-University Course.

A small number of candidates take up the exam even after their graduation or post-graduation.

Can I prepare for CLAT 2020 in 1 month?

While it is ideal to start your CLAT prep at least three or four months ahead of the exam, it is possible to do well with even one month of high focus prep. Solve as many mock tests as possible in the one month and review all answers.

You will have to ensure that you focus on the preparation full-time for the entire month, dedicating at least eight hours in a day, every day.

If you can solve two mock tests or previous question papers in a day and review the answers, in a month you can cover at least sixty full length tests. This is a satisfactory amount of practice ahead of the exam.

In our online practice pack, you should first go through all the previous question papers and then start going through the mock tests – reviewing all the answer choices after each attempt.

Can I study law at 30?

Yes. There is no upper age limit for 3 year or 5 year LLB in India. You can definitely study Law after 30.

There are many students who take up study of Law after their Graduation or even Post-Graduation.

Can we do LLB without CLAT?

Yes. There are many colleges who admit students on the basis of their own entrance exams or on the basis of previous academics alone.

The CLAT is the entrance exam for the LLB courses at the National Law Universities and the scores are also accepted by several other tier-1 and tier-2 Law colleges.

There are also several Law colleges across India, which have their own Entrance exams, admit through State-Level LLB entrance tests like MH Law CET, AP Law CET, TS Law CET or the LSAT.

Finally, there are the local Law colleges which will admit students without any entrance exams, as long as the minimum eligibility criteria are fulfilled. So you can pursue LLB even without taking any entrance exam.

Can we get admission in Law College without CLAT?

Yes. CLAT is the entrance exam for the NLUs and other colleges using CLAT scores. There are many other colleges which admit students through other exams or even directly.

If you do not take CLAT, you can take up the LLB entrance exam conducted by various Institutions, such as the AILET, BHU-CET or a State level LLB entrance like the MH Law CET, TS Law CET or a standardised exam like the LSAT.

However, there are also several Law Colleges which may accept students on the basis of the previous academics alone, without any entrance exams, subject to meeting the minimum eligibility.

As long as the college and the degree are BCI recognized, you can practice as a Lawyer after completion of your LLB.

Do lawyers earn a lot of money in India?

Just like Doctors, Engineers or Chartered Accountants, you can find Lawyers who are earning quite well enough to become rich and there are also those who are earning just enough to meet their expenses. While some Lawyers are rich, all lawyers are not rich.

It depends. Just like any other profession, you have all kinds of Lawyers or Advocates. Those who are earning Crores of Rupees and those who are just making a few thousands per case.

In general, there are plenty of opportunities – both in terms of employment and for practising Law. Therefore, it is advisable that young students should consider a career in Law just as you would think about taking up Engineering or Medical studies.

Do you need coaching for CLAT?

Coaching is good, but not must. There are many students who prefer to follow their own schedule and self-study. All the reference material is available freely on the internet and the mock tests are available on

Coaching is good, but not a must while preparing for CLAT. As long as you have access to the required preparatory material and plenty of relevant Mock Tests, you can follow a Self-Study mode for cracking the CLAT.

All the basic reference material is available freely on the internet; and has all the previous papers and 100 mock tests for completely thorough preparation.

How can I apply for CLAT 2020?

Once the official announcement for CLAT 2020 is released in December 2019, you can apply online at the CLAT consortium website.

Expect the announcement at CLAT Consortium of NLUs in late December 2019 or early January 2020.

The application window will be open till around mid-March 2020. You can apply at any time before the cut-off date. The application process will be completely online, while fee payment can be done offline as well.

The CLAT 2020 will be held in May 2020.

How can I become a judge after CLAT?

Once you complete your LLB after CLAT, you will have to take the Judicial Services exam in the states you are eligible to become a Judge.

The CLAT exam is an entrance exam for taking up the LLB course in the National Law Universities or many of the Tier-1 Law Colleges in India.

Irrespective of where you complete your LLB from, to become a Judge, you will have to take up the Judicial Services exam, held by the High Courts across India. You can take up the exam for all the states where you meet the eligibility requirements – in terms of practice and domicile.

In short, you will have to first complete your LLB with the minimum required marks; and take up the Judicial Services exam to become a Judge.

How can I check my 2020 CLAT result?

The CLAT 2020 results will be released in the month of June 2020 at the official CLAT Consortium website. The NLU selections lists will be published shortly thereafter.

Depending on the mode of the exam (online or offline), the results for the CLAT 2020 will be declared within a few days after the exam is held.

The preliminary answer key will be published first, with an answer-challenge window of a few days, after which the final key is released and the results are announced shortly thereafter.

Candidates can log into the CLAT consortium portal and check their scores and the overall CLAT ranking in general and in their respective categories.

On the basis of the choices made by the candidates in their applications, the NLUs will start shortlisting candidates and announce the various lists for admission.

The results for CLAT 2020 are expected to be announced in June 2020 and the entire admissions process will be concluded by early to mid-July 2020.

Check out our article on the CLAT 2020 important dates and application process for more details.

How can I improve my English for CLAT 2020?

Practice is the key to doing well in the CLAT 2020 exam. There will be many repetitions and variations of old questions in this section. Solve all previous papers without fail.

While knowledge of the fundamental rules of Grammar are useful, a majority of the students find it fairly complex to analyse the question using the rules.

When you solve a large number of relevant mock tests and previous question papers, you will develop an instinct for identifying the right answer from among the choices. This approach works for all ‘memory biased’ objective exams – including the AILET and the DU LLB entrance exams.

To ace the English section; just solve as many mock tests and sectional MCQs as possible.

How can I prepare for CLAT 2020 ?

Start at least three to four months ahead of the exam. Solve as many mock tests as possible. Follow a structured preparation schedule to keep yourself on track.

  • Step 1 – Understand the syllabus
  • Step 2 – Create a plan for three-four months of focused preparation
  • Step 3 – Attempt a few mock tests to understand your strengths and weaknesses
  • Step 4 – Refer to the basic reference material for Mathematics
  • Step 5 – Answer as many previous papers and sectional MCQs as possible for all the sections
  • Step 6 – Keep repeating all the 100 full-length CLAT 2020 mock tests after completing the full set at least once
  • Step 7 – Three of four days ahead of the exam, solve the most recent previous papers and get enough rest and sleep.

Refer to our articles on for the ideal CLAT prep schedules strategy for various time-frames.

How can I prepare for CLAT 2020 Legal Aptitude?

Legal aptitude does not require any additional study material. All the information for answering will be given in the question text itself. You will need to practice plenty of MCQs and Mock Tests to prepare.

As mentioned in the question papers and the official information, “the objective of the Legal Aptitude section is to test your interest towards study of law, research, aptitude and problem solving ability. It is not the objective of this section to test your knowledge of law.”

In the legal aptitude section, all the information required to answer the questions will be given within the question itself or can be inferred without any formal knowledge of Law.

It is very important that you should practice as many relevant Legal Aptitude and full length mock tests as possible, to become familiar with almost all the important question types.

The CLAT Mock Test Series uses a database of thousands of questions which cover almost all the types of questions you can expect in the Legal Aptitude section.

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