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Tips to Prepare for English Language Section of CLAT 2023

Subhashri Roy
Subhashri RoyUpdated On: August 10, 2022 10:12 am IST | CLAT

Preparing for the English Language section of CLAT 2023? Scroll through to find the top preparation tips for the section that will help you in acing it easily.

English Language Section of CLAT

Do you read every day? When we say reading, it does not imply textbooks or any study material for CLAT 2023. Material for CLAT 2023 English could basically be anything. You can read random novels that interest you or form a habit of reading one of the top English newspapers in the country. Reading newspapers every day comes with another benefit; not only does it improve your language but also helps you with the Current Affairs section of CLAT 2023.

Apart from the English Language section, CLAT 2023 includes four more sections, namely, Current Affairs Including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques.

CollegeDekho strives to help candidates like you in excelling at CLAT 2023. Even if you do not have a good command of the English language, you can still ace the English section of CLAT by following a few tips mentioned in this article.

CLAT 2023 English Language Syllabus

In the English section of CLAT 2023, passages of 450 words each will be given. These passages will be derived from contemporary or historically significant fiction and non-fiction writing of the 12th standard level. Each passage will have a series of questions that would test the comprehension and language skills of a candidate. Questions would be based on:

  • Reading and understanding the main point of the question including the viewpoints and arguments mentioned in the passage.
  • Summarising the passages.
  • Drawing inferences and conclusions based on the passage.
  • Comparing various arguments or viewpoints mentioned in the passage.
  • Comprehending the meaning of various phrases and words mentioned in the passage.

CLAT 2023 English Language Important Topics

Here are the most important topics in the CLAT 2023 English Language section. Aspirants need to be focused on these topics while preparing for the exam.

  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Comprehension-Based Questions
  • Foreign Language Words
  • Spelling Check

CLAT 2023 English Language Preparation Tips

  • Chalk out a Preparation Plan

Before starting with the preparation, invest your time in the preparation strategy. Calculate the amount of time you would need to complete the syllabus along with revising all the topics. While making the plan, identify your strengths and weaknesses and plan out accordingly. Find out the topics that bother you the most and the ones on which you would have to devote most of your time.

  • Make a Habit of Reading Every Day

As mentioned at the very beginning of this article, make reading your habit. While doing so, make sure you don’t indulge in reading something that you don’t enjoy. Reading materials that don’t interest you will only lead to a waste of time. However, reading newspapers is a must and cannot be ignored at any cost.

  • Make a Section-Wise Preparation Strategy

The main sections to include in this strategy are Grammar, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary.

For Grammar

The first and the most important thing to do is to buy a basic English grammar book like Wren and Martin. Pay attention and go through each section. When you are preparing specifically for this section, candidates must pay attention to every little detail and build the foundation. Good knowledge of the basics of the English language will only help you identify the right answer quickly.

Start thinking and forming sentences in English in your head. Start finding your own mistakes and rectifying them, which is the best way to learn English Grammar.

For Reading Comprehension

Five skills that a CLAT aspirant requires to ace comprehensions are:

  • Good vocabulary
  • Ability to draw inferences
  • Identify the tone and purpose of the passage or the question.
  • Find out how many passages are there in the exam and how much time you can spend on each of them.
  • Learn how to make connections, visualise, synthesize, determine the importance and make inferences while answering comprehension-based questions.

For Vocabulary

Vocabulary-based questions include Antonyms, Idioms, Spellcheck, Synonyms, Foreign Language words, etc. To ace questions on vocabulary, you should solve the quizzes of antonyms, synonyms, etc. Learning and remembering multiple new words is not humanly possible and so candidates must make sure that they make note of them and use them on a regular basis.

  • Practice A Lot of Quizzes

It is extremely important that you practice as many quizzes based on the English Language as possible. Divide it into Comprehension-based questions, Grammar-based questions and Vocabulary-based questions.

English section, be it of any entrance exam, is almost always probable. The more you practice, the more you tend to get used to the questions and if you are lucky you might end up finding similar questions in CLAT 2023.

  • Jot Down Anything that You Find Important

Don’t ignore this fact. It is always good to have a notebook filled with pointers. These are the pointers that will help you with the last-minute revision/preparation.

  • Do Not Waste Your Time on Multiple Books

Especially for the English Language section, candidates must refer to just one good book. English Language books tend to have similar content which candidates often waste time on. Check out the list of the Best Books for CLAT 2023.

Also Read:CLAT 2023 Important Dates

For candidates who are well-versed in English, do not be overconfident and take this section lightly. This section carries 20% weightage with around 28-32 questions. Prepare well and your fluency in the language would be the icing on the cake. The candidates who are not as well-versed, with a defined strategy, positivity and enough practice, can certainly score high in this section.

Quick Tips and Strategies for English Language Section of CLAT 2023

The English language section is usually the easiest section as questions are asked from basic Grammar and Vocabulary portions. Some small tips are mentioned below to ace the English Language section in CLAT 2023.

  • Candidates can study in groups so that they can discuss the passages with more people which will eventually help them to gain more knowledge. Discussing with other people will help you to understand their viewpoints, and meaning and the chances of arising new questions automatically increases. You can debate the arguments that will help you in your CLAT preparation. 
  • To improve grammar skills, candidates need to follow good books and practice questions from them. To score good marks you have to sharpen your grammar skills.
  • It is advised to work on your vocabulary when you have enough time left for the exam. When you learn new words, make sure to know the meaning so that you can apply them in appropriate areas. This will help you to improve your English section. 
  • To understand the CLAT question pattern, it is important for the candidates to get hold of sample papers and solve them. Make a habit of practising sample papers or mock test papers daily released by the Consortium of NLUs. 

CLAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

In CLAT 2022, a total of 30 questions were asked from the English Language section having an overall weightage of 20%. As the English paper was easy but quite lengthy, students could attempt 27-28 questions. The question paper had 6 reading passages and the topics from which the passages were given are:

RC Number


Difficulty Level

RC 1



RC 2

Public Speaking


RC 3

Goddess Gaia


RC 4

Saroo, the Beggar from Madhya Pradesh


RC 5

Modern Animal Rights Movement

Moderately difficult

RC 6

Wash your Hands- COVID 19


Best Books for English Language Section of CLAT 2023

Given below is the list of the best books for CLAT 2023 English Language section. 

Name of the Book

Name of the Publisher/Author

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Word Power Made Easy New Revised & Expanded Edition (English)

Norman Lewis

The Pearson Guide to the CLAT (English)


Objective General English (English)

RS Aggarwal

Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning

RS Aggarwal

High School English Grammar & Composition (English)

P C Wren, H Martin


Section-Wise CLAT 2023 Preparation Tips

Click on the below-mentioned links to check out the section-wise preparation tips for CLAT 2023:

Preparation Tips for CLAT 2023 Legal Reasoning Section

Tips to Prepare for Current Affairs Section of CLAT 2023

Tips to Prepare for CLAT 2023 Quantitative Techniques Section

Preparation Tips for CLAT Logical Reasoning 2023

Good Luck from the CollegeDekho team. In case of any questions, do write to us through our QnA section so that your queries are solved by experts.


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