CLAT 2020 PREPARATION TIPS
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A lot depends on a candidate’s preparation strategy when it comes to the question of clearing CLAT. It is not an easy nut to crack and requires a rigorous amount of effort. The right balance between your work and play will help you fetch better marks.
With the outbreak of novel coronavirus and lockdown of the entire nation, CLAT 2020 has been further postponed, exam dates for which will be declared by July 1, 2020. We recommend you to devote this crucial time to practise as many CLAT Practice papers as possible to ace the examination.However, before begining with the preparation, candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern and syllabus of the exam. Read More On CLAT Exam Pattern
The sucess rate of CLAT is way too low than any other national level entrance test like JEE Main, NEET or CAT. If one picks up CLAT 2019 records, one can see that around 55,000-60,000 students appeared for the test. The total number of available seats (excluding category reserved and domicile seats) were roughly around 700-800. If one calculates this ratio, the success rate of CLAT will come around 1.86%. This is the reason why candidates are advised to adopt a well-informed CLAT Preparation Startegy to clear the exam.
This article will aid all CLAT aspirants thorugh their preparation journey. Read on to know the how can one approach the questions.
While one sits down to pen the study plan, it is important for him/her to know the exact exam pattern and syllabus, and how will the paper actually look like. This technique will not only help in devising a proper preparation startegy, but will make one familiar with the paper and help in analysing and understanding the weak areas where extra effort is required. In the below image we have described the new paper pattern and the kind of questions that will be asked.
After getting thorough with CLAT 2020 UG program paper pattern, let’s come up to how one needs to address the questions, what approach should be followed, and what preparation strategies can be the most suitable.
The main aim of the section is to test the reader’s ability to understand and analyse text that is at 12th standard level. The topic of the passage can vary; it can be technical, scientific topics, or current issues, or historical events of significance. However, prior expert knowledge in such field is not required.
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Passages of upto 450 words each derived from news and journalistic sources will be asked. The purpose of the passage will be to test the reader’s in-depth understanding of issues and events of significance, rather than knowing mere facts. Questions in this section will include:
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Passages of around 450 words each based on fact situations or scenarios- may be in relation with legal matters, public policy, or moral philosophical enquiries will be asked. Though prior knowledge of law is not required, a candidate will benefit is s/he possess a general awareness of contemporary legal and moral issues.
This section will include a series of short passages of around 300 words each. The source of the passage could be opinion and editorial pieces from newspapers and magazines, and essays on moral philosophy available online and in various books.
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This section will include short sets of facts or propositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of quantitative information, followed by a series of questions. The questions and passages of this section have been created afresh by the question setters, however certain graphs, or pictorial representations can be taken from other sources like that of Reserve Bank Of India.
Typical questions require you to answer 10th standard mathematics questions from areas like: Number theory and basic arithematic, ratio and proportion, mixture and allegations, probability, etc.
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To prepare for an exam, books are the best source as they enhance knowledge and provide insights about a topic but, a candidate often faces plenty of problems to choose the right book. To lighten candidates’ burden, all the books mentioned below are chosen after careful research. These books are the best for section wise as well as overall CLAT Preparation. Given below is the section wise CLAT Preparation books :
|Word Power Made Easy New Revised & Expanded Edition||Norman Lewis|
|Objective General English||R.S.Aggarwal|
|Current Affairs and General Knowledge|
|Manorama Yearbook 2020 (English)||-|
|Lucent’s General Knowledge||-|
|Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations||R. S. Aggarwal|
|Magical Book On Quicker Maths||M.Tyra|
|Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations||Abhijit Guha|
|A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning||R. S. Aggarwal|
|Analytical Reasoning||M. K. Pandey|
|Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning: For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance Examinations||A. P. Bhardwaj|
The paper for LLB course is divided into five sections. The first section aims to check a candidate’s ability to logically solve a situation. The second section tests a candidate’s interest and knowledge for Law. Other sections evaluate candidate’s passage comprehension ability, mathematics and Basic English knowledge.
Section-wise questions distribution is given below:
|English (including Comprehension)||28-32 questions|
|GK and Current Affairs||35-39 questions|
|Elementary Mathematics||13-17 questions|
|Legal Aptitude||35-39 questions|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 questions|
Exam Pattern for CLAT LLM program will encompass topics from Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. Sectional distribution of questions is indicated below:
|Section||Total Questions||Total Marks|
|Constitutional Law||100 MCQ + 2 Essay type Questions on Topics of Law or Contemporary issues.|
100 MCQ – 1 mark each
2 Essay – 25 marks each
|Other Law Subjects||Total – 150 marks|
Ques. What is the success rate in CLAT?
Ans. To understand the success rate in CLAT, it is wise to dig previous year records and then analyse. For the year 2019, approximately 55,000-60,000 students appeared for CLAT. If one keeps all category seats and domicile seats aside, then roughly around 700-800 seats were available in all NLUs. Once calculated, the CLAT success rate turns out to be roughly 1.86%, which is too less in compariosn to other examinaitons like NEET, JEE Main, and CAT.
Ques. I have not joined any CLAT coaching and is preparing on self-basis. How do I need to plan my self-study?
Ans. Since you haven’t joined any coaching center, it is advisable that you adopt Bang on Target Approach. In this you will have to:
Adopting this technique can help you in covering all your left over topics and prepare well for the examination.
Ques. How can I master a topic when I am studying for it?
Ans. While you are preparing for CLAT, it will be an advantage if you have a hold over any topic. For this, at first you need to study the topic like a student learning and knowing all related aspects of the topic (5W’s). After reading, try and explain the same topic to urself in whichever language you prefer. This will help you in getting all your concepts clear where you get stuck.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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