Preparations for CLAT can get very tough if you don’t have the required guidance that a good book can provide. The biggest problem with CLAT exam is that it doesn’t have a well–defined syllabus and exam pattern; so it becomes a requisite that you refer to quality books for CLAT 2016.

Online discussion forums for CLAT are full of books suggestions but Team PrepLadder is here with a verified list of books for CLAT 2017 recommended by CLAT Toppers, NLU alumni, experience faculty and mentors.


A few miscellaneous books on CLAT preparation

  1. Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide
  2. The Pearson guide to the CLAT
  3. Lexis Nexis CLAT study kit and CLAT Guide
  4. CLAT and LLB Entrance exam by Bhardwaj

These books are the most popular ones and good for practice of all types of questions but not for concept building of individual subjects. If you have no idea how to solve questions on blood relations, seating arrangements, critical reasoning, or if your Maths is weak then don’t expect an exhaustive guide here.

Also read: How to solve Fact-Inference-Judgement questions in CLAT 2017

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Books for Logical Reasoning:

Logical Reasoning is a section that most students find very difficult in the start. The main reason behind this is that they have never been taught this in school and in CLAT you have to answer good 40 questions from Logical Reasoning section.

If you wish to prepare for CLAT on your own, it’s not tough. Just work on your study schedule and get the right books for Logical Reasoning:

RS Aggarwal for logical reasoning is the most frequently recommended book for preparations of CLAT. This book is basically good for logical reasoning for any aptitude test.

For more advanced learning, you can refer to Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey. However this is not really required for CLAT.

Don’t listen to your cousins preparing for CAT who are studying from Arun Sharma’s logical reasoning book. You already have a lot to study.

Must Read: How to solve questions on seating arrangement in CLAT


CLAT recommended Books for Quantitative Aptitude:

If you are not very good in Maths don’t worry. Only 20 questions are asked from Maths in CLAT. Before looking for shortcuts in books, it’s better to first brush up your basic concepts from one good book. Once you are confident about the basics, you could spend time on some shortcuts or easy to remember formulae and methods to solve questions in a quicker way.

CLAT toppers and tutors usually recommend M.K. Tyra for Maths Short Tricks.

Your previous years’ CBSE books are also enough for basic maths concepts. For more MCQ based questions you need M.K. Tyra.

You could also refer to:

  • Magical Book on Quicker Maths (English) 4th Edition
  • Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations

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CLAT Best Books for English:

English is not very tough if you possess good reading habits and a strong vocabulary. You just need to build on basics of Grammar. Some topics need more specific preparation from CLAT point of view. For that, you can refer to

Objective English for Competitive Exams (Mc. Graw Hill Publication)

CLAT Topper and 1st year NLSIU student: Sharan Bhawani swears by efficiency of this book in helping him prepare for and ace CLAT exam in 2016.

Prepare well for cloze test, analogies, foreign language words, para-jumbles, reading comprehensions, etc.

For general improvement of English you can refer to books like -

  • Wren & Martin for English Comprehension
  • Comprehensive Book of English Grammar by B.B. Jain
  • Norman Lewis for vocabulary
  • English is easy by Chetnanand Singh

Also Read: Tricks to solve reading comprehensions in an online exam


CLAT books recommended for General Studies:

GK is one section which is considered one of the toughest sections in any of the exams. It is like an ever expanding ocean and one should be very specific as to what to go through and what not to go through.

There is no definite guide or book for GK but you must know what kind of news is important from exam point of view. For that you must study static GK and current affairs both. Though regular reading of newspaper and exam focused magazines (like Competition Success Review and Pratiyogita Darpan) is the best way to go, a few books on GK for CLAT are:

  • Objective general knowledge by Arihant publications
  • Pearson’s concise GK Manual
  • Manorama year book

Also read: How to prepare for GK in 1 month


Legal Reasoning Books for CLAT:

Legal reasoning section of CLAT is usually the most challenging and the distinguishing factor in CLAT exam (Read details about Legal Aptitude and Legal Knowledge here). Legal Aptitude basically includes Principle and Fact based questions but Legal Knowledge requires extensive knowledge of law.

For preparation of this section, you can refer to the following books:

  • Lexis Nexis CLAT study kit and CLAT Guide
  • Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning by A.P. Bhardwaj
  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide


We hope that these book suggestions will be helpful. If you have any better book to recommend or you had a bad experience with any of these, do let our readers know. You can share your experiences in the comments section.

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