CLAT, CLAT Preparation 2021: Complete Strategy and Guidance

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The Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) is a nationwide exam for undergraduate and graduate degrees. CLAT is in turn managed by the National Law Universities (NLU). It takes place every year on the second Sunday of May. This exam is designed to allow students to take courses such as BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, B.Sc LLB.

CLAT is a MCQ based exam, with in total 200 marks. There are basically 5 sections are in syllabus, i.e 1-) Verbal Ability(English); 2-) General Knowledge (Current Affairs of National and International Importance); 3-) Mathematics (Elementary Mathematics); 4-) Logical Reasoning; & 5-) Legal Aptitude.

CLAT Syllabus of each section:

English –

  • Reading Comprehensions
  • Synonyms
  • Prepositions
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Para Jumbles
  • Foreign Maxims
  • Spellings

Mathematics —

  • Profit & Loss
  • Percentages
  • Ratio & Proportions
  • Number System
  • Time and Distance
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Liner and Quadratic Equations
  • Average and Allegations
  • Geometry and Mensuration
  • Time and Work
  • Probability and Statistics

General Knowledge and Current Affairs —

  • History
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Personalities
  • Days and Events
  • Legal News

Logical Reasoning —

  • Critical Reasoning
  • Blood Relations
  • Logical Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Number Series
  • Arrangements
  • Statements and Arguments
  • Odd One Out

Legal Aptitude —

  • Constitution
  • Family Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Torts
  • Legal Principles
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Assertion Reason

Exam Pattern:

  • English (including comprehension) — 40 Marks
  • Mathematics — 20 Marks
  • General Knowledge & Current — 50 Marks
  • Logical Reasoning — 40 Marks
  • Legal Aptitude — 50 Marks
    A total of 200 questions of 200 marks, total time allotted for the exam is of 2 hours. Also Negative marking is there, 0.25 on each wrong answer.

CLAT Preparation Strategy:

Understanding of the study program and its distribution: the CLAT is basically divided into 5 sections, each section is assigned marks, most of which is legal aptitude and general knowledge. Therefore, the maximum time and energy should be specified in these sections. While the math is only 20 points, or 10% of the total. Therefore, wasting time on math can hamper your choices.

Main focus: Legal aptitude- Legal Aptitude should be a primary concern as it is not taught in schools but plays an important role in CLAT and other law related exams. Given the past five to ten years of review, the focus is on: criminal Law, Law of Tort, Indian Constitution and Contract Law etc. Therefore, it is important to focus on developing a good understanding of these four areas as well as reading other parts of the program in a basic way.

GK and Current Affairs: Reading newspapers regularly, along with a magazine or two, is very helpful for following religiously. Some current areas such as sports, literature, science, economy, awards, days & events, are very important and should be addressed in a targeted way. The Indian constitution and legal awareness are very necessary.

Online Mocks for CLAT: The primary strategy is to run mock tests at least once a day. Tests should be attempted after at least 80% of program preparation. Therefore, the best time to start mock tests is after commission exams and 1 to 1.5 months before the CLAT exam.
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