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CLAT 2017: How to Prepare for Elementary Mathematics?

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

Common Law Admission Test is a national level entrance exam conducted to admit eligible candidates to various National Law Universities across the country. CLAT exam includes English, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

Elementary Mathematics section consists of 20 questions of 1 mark each. There will be negative marking, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. Candidates may note that this section is based on the mathematical concepts of class 10. Candidates can have access to sample papers and mock tests along with various online resources here.

CLAT Elementary Mathematics Syllabus

CLAT Syllabus for Numerical Ability will be based on the fundamentals of mathematics from class 10. Candidates with clear understanding of concepts of all the topics will easily attempt this section and fetch decent score. Following is the list of topics which will be covered in CLAT exam:

  • Number system
  • Roots
  • Decimals and Fractions
  • Surds and Indices
  • Average
  • HCF and LCM
  • Approximation
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Logarithm
  • Profit and Loss
  • Discounts
  • Interest Calculation
  • Areas and Volumes

Know More CLAT 2017 Syllabus

CLAT Elementary Mathematics Weightage

CLAT is conducted in an online mode i.e. Computer Based Test. There will be 20 questions from Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) in CLAT exam. The weightage of this section is least i.e. 10%, as compared to other sections.  

The questions will be of Objective Type Multiple Choice. Candidates will have to select one of the four options given, to mark the correct answer. As the level of questions are elementary, candidates can easily answer 15 to 18 questions easily.  

Candidate will be awarded with 1 mark for every correct answer. Negative marking of 0.25 marks will be done in case of wrong answers. The questions will be based on fundamental mathematics concepts.

CLAT Elementary Mathematics Study Material

It is very important to refer to good study material while preparing for any of the entrance exams. For CLAT exam’s Mathematics section, it is advisable to prepare early and refer to the following study material to score well in the section:

Book NameAuthor NameISBN Number
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR. S. Aggarwal8121924987
Magical Book On Quicker MathsTyra8190458922
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsAbhijit Guha9351343553

CLAT Elementary Mathematics Online Resources

Apart from sample papers, there are several websites that provide online mock tests and study material to prepare for CLAT exam. There are section-wise separate sample questions available on such websites. Here are some recommended websites for the preparation of CLAT exam:


CLAT Elementary Mathematics Practice Papers and Mock Tests

  • Solving sample papers while preparing for any exam is a good strategy. It not only acquaints the candidates with the kind of questions asked in the examination, also it helps them to know their strengths and limitations.
  • Candidates appearing for CLAT Exam must also go through CLAT Sample Papers. They should try and solve them within stipulated time. Candidates may refer to the following sample papers/mock tests:
Paper 1Download
Paper 2Download
Paper 3Download

The candidates can go through more CLAT Practice Papers and prepare better for the exam.

CLAT Practice Papers

CLAT Elementary Mathematics Preparation Tips

One of the most scoring sections in CLAT Exam is Numerical Ability or Elementary Mathematics. The section will deal with Mathematics of class 10 level. If candidates possess good understanding of the concepts, he/she will easily score well in CLAT Elementary Mathematics section.

Some useful tips to prepare for this section have been given below for the convenience of candidates:

  • Go through all the topics covered in the CLAT Elementary Section. Candidate with sound preparation will be able to attempt the questions easily and quickly.
  • Work on your fundamentals and concepts. Candidate will not be required to perform elaborated steps, conceptual knowledge will be enough to perform calculations.
  • Since Elementary mathematics section comprises of 20 questions only, candidate is advised not to spend too much time on this section. Maintain your speed and be accurate while answering the questions as there will be negative marking.
  • Practice with focus and dedication for this section. Attempt as many mock tests and sample papers as possible. Candidates must attempt previous year question papers and make observations of the preparations as well.



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