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The One-Page Primer for CLAT Preparation

By: Aditya Anand | July 16, 2019

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), is an All India entrance examination, conducted on rotation by 21 National Law Universities (NLUs) for admissions to their Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes. The exam witnessed almost 60,000 candidates this year battling it out for less than 2500 seats in the National Law Universities.

Subjects

  • English including comprehension- 40 marks
  • General knowledge and current affairs – 50 marks
  • Elementary mathematics – 20 marks
  • Legal aptitude – 50 marks
  • Logical reasoning – 40 marks
Visit the official website of CLAT for the syllabus.

English

  • Refer “English Grammar and Composition” by Wren and Martin.
  • Read the editorial section of newspapers daily.
  • Practice reading text at faster speeds, eg: Evelyn Woods technique etc.
  • Analyze the pattern from past year questions and practice your weak points.
  • Solve 2 comprehensions and 1 practice paper daily.

General Knowledge

  • It carries the most marks and takes the least amount of time to attempt.
  • If you don’t know an answer, don’t ponder and move on.
  • Read one newspaper daily in detail. eg: The Statesman, The Indian Express or The Hindu
  • Watch the news for half an hour in the evening on Doordarshan or Rajya Sabha Tv.
  • Refer one yearbook for static. eg: Penguin or Manorama.
  • Subscribe to a monthly current affairs magazine and read it religiously, eg: Arihant Competition in Focus.
  • Make bullet-point notes to revise later.
  • Maintain a stable preparation plan of 1-2 hours a day for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Invest 1 hour a day for static gk.

Elementary Mathematics

  • Despite being the easiest subject on the paper, it is the most feared.
  • Don’t spend too much time on modules but solve all past year papers several times.
  • Spend one hour a day on it.
  • Do not spend more than a minute or minute and a half on a question.
  • Learn to get to the answer using tricks rather than lengthy process.
  • Invest time practising more problems from past year papers, mocks, modules every day.

Legal Aptitude

  • Read theory ONLY from the modules.
  • Do NOT read bare acts, there is no need to go deep into the law.
  • Solve questions from past year papers and mocks to know the pattern.
  • It has the highest marks and only a finite number of questions, two hours a day for 3-4 months is enough to deal with every possible question.
  • Trust your gut and go with the first answer you think is right.

Logical Reasoning

  • The key to scoring well is solving as many questions as you can daily.
  • There should be no element of surprise in the paper, you must have attempted every type of question in your preparation.
  • Solve questions for 1 hour every day and 2 hours on a weekend from Universal’s logical reasoning for CLAT.
  • Try to grasp the pattern of questions that repeat themselves from the past year papers.
  • Attempt this section with a fresh mind, either first or second.

Key points to remember

  • There is a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
  • The paper is a multiple choice objective type paper.
  • There are 200 questions of 1 mark each.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
Here is our database of CLAT preparation tips.

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