The stress laying area for each student would differ. Each student will need to know his/her own strong and weak areas in order to take the test effectively. Once the student is clear with his/her strengths and weaknesses, he/she should opt for the stronger areas first and also should avoid the weaker areas considering the negative marking scheme in the CLAT paper. This will also help students in forming their own strategy.
CLAT likes to throw surprises, leaving students bewildered in the examination halls. CLAT-2011, for example, had four RCs leaving out grammar and vocabulary questions, which are famously part of the paper otherwise. Thus, it's always better to go with an open mind, ready to field the googlies. Keeping that in mind the students who have not made themselves familiar with the online mode of examination will feel trouble in attempting the examination in a new mode. The major challenge lies in managing the time and getting a hang of the navigation system in this kind of examination.
Make sure that the analysis of the tests that you have taken, is able to identify your strengths and weaknesses.
Answer: Practice and patience is the key required for cracking the CLAT exam.
English - The students should attempt this area carefully and maintain their speed of reading. Some students prefer to read the passage first and then go to the questions while some tend to read the questions and scan the passage for answers. This might work with questions that are factual. For inference based questions this may prove fatal as you need understanding of the entire passage. Solve plenty of questions to know what yields the best results so that you're all set for the actual Test.
G.K. - The students need to keep themselves updated with the current affairs as well as static GK. Reading newspapers and keeping one abreast with the happenings around the world will definitely give an edge. At this point however there are two things that they must keep in mind.
(1) News of the 12 months pre March are likely to be the more probable current awareness questions.
(2) Get hold of a standard "GK book" oriented towards CLAT.
Maths - Mathematics questions are mostly the IXth and Xth standard questions. Having the hang of basic concepts can help you sail through this section very easily.
Logical Reasoning - Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative ability questions are based on basic common sense and logic. Practice is the only key to this area as well.
Legal Aptitude - For Legal Reasoning bit the students should read the principles in entirety and should be able to grasp the key points very carefully. The application of these key points to the facts also needs to be done with caution. Having a little legal knowledge helps in speedy solving of these kinds of questions. The students should evaluate what is the legal ambit of each question and should find the right answer within that periphery. As for the legal knowledge, again reading newspaper and certain basic legal proposition will add to the preparation of this section.
Very importantly approach it as a "logical reasoning" and not be bogged down by the word "Legal". Common sense and comprehension will work wonders.