Hey! How’s your preparation going? If you are scoring anything above 110-115 in your mocks, you are on the right track and if you are not, there is still time for you to improve. Just that you HAVE to start now. Delaying preparations now is not advisable. You do not want to leave anything for the last moment. If you put in a decent amount of effort now, you can be sure of writing a similar piece of advice for aspirants targeting CLAT’18.
Let’s talk about CLAT now. Before we get into the details, it’s my job to reiterate that all law entrance exams ask you similar kind of questions. This piece shall primarily discuss the structure of the CLAT question paper.
The English section, as you are aware, is worth 40 marks. This section can comprise of para-jumbles (5 marks), foreign words (5 marks), vocabulary (5–10 marks), idioms (5 marks), sentence correction (5 marks), grammar (5 marks), cloze test (5 marks), passage (7–10 marks), choose the correct spelling (5 marks) and completing the sentences type of questions. Here are some important tips to keep in mind. Read the questions and passages very carefully before attempting the questions. For cloze test, you first need to analyse the tone and tense of the passage before you start attempting such questions. A very effective way to solve parajumbles is to form basic pairs first. Please please know your basic grammar. This section is easy. A score of more than 30 is manageable.
General Knowledge forms the next part of the question paper and is extremely important because of its high weightage (50 marks). This is a very important section as you can score 50 marks in less than 10 minutes. In a paper which gives you less than a minute for each question on an average, these ten minutes can be very crucial. CLAT has been inclined towards asking more current affairs in the recent years. You should be aware of all the important events that have taken place from November to April in India as well as globally. GK today is a good source to refer to for current affairs. An all-round awareness of current facts, coupled with basic knowledge of static GK (History, Geography, Polity, Constitution, very basic science) shall make the paper a cakewalk for you.
The Legal Reasoning section is highly important because of its equally high weightage (50 marks). This section however, is pretty easy. A typical CLAT paper would have 35-40 Legal Reasoning questions and 10-15 Legal GK questions. Assertion-reasoning type questions have also been asked under this section. The golden rule to solving Legal Reasoning questions is not applying your own knowledge to the given principle. Keep practising these questions from previous year papers and I am sure you will score well. As far as Legal GK is concerned, it is based on constitution and polity. You can be questioned on your knowledge of the schedules and articles in the constitution. Further, cases that have defined the Indian Legal system are also important. You also need to be familiar with the various writs and some basic knowledge of the parliamentary terms and procedures. Know the articles and procedure for the appointment and removal of the president, the vice president, chief minister and the likes. A good score in this section can have a huge contribution to a great CLAT score.
The fourth section is Logical Reasoning. There are two types of Logical Reasoning questions – namely Critical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning. Critical Reasoning tests your comprehension skills and will have questions where you will have to strengthen or weaken the arguments and find implicit assumptions, syllogistic questions etc. Analytical Reasoning, as the name suggests, will test your analytical skills. It can comprise of questions like groupings or arrangements (tabular and circular), blood relations, coding-decoding, direction sense, true and false questions. Your judgement of whether a statement is a fact/inference/judgement can also be questioned. For Critical Reasoning, I would say comprehend the question completely. Understand what the statement is trying to convey, why has the statement been made and then choose the most appropriate option.
The last section is Maths and is the deciding section. Those who don’t pay much attention to Maths just because it weighs less should understand that basic mathematics plays a great deal in your overall CLAT score. A good score in this section can make a great difference. This section comprises of basic commercial maths problems like profit/loss, simple interest/compound interest, percentages and other high school topics like ratio-proportion, mixtures and allegations, mensuration, speed time distance, time and work etc. Paying attention to small details and speedy calculation shall take you far.
You need to analyse your mocks and see the type of questions that you make mistakes in. You also need to look out for questions over which you’re spending more time than required. Decide in advance, the order in which you will attempt the paper. Decide it based on your own analysis of your strengths and weaknesses. Talk to us, in case you have any doubts and we’ll be more than happy to help. We’re here to ensure that YOU make the best out of YOUR CLAT.
All The Best!
AIR 26, CLAT 2016
This is the first in the series of articles called the “Bust CLAT” series. Look out for more insights into the CLAT by those who aced CLAT’16 and managed to get into NLSIU, Bangalore.