CLAT 2020 : How to Prepare for Legal Aptitude Section?

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
    Exams Prep Master

    Finally the wait is over for the candidates eagerly waiting for the CLAT 2020. The Biggest LAW Event, CLAT is going to be conducted for admission into premier LAW colleges of India. At the same time there must be a lot of apprehension in their mind to know how to crack the same before it’s too late.

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    Candidates often find themselves confused when it comes to preparing for CLAT legal aptitude section. This mainly occurs due to majority of CLAT aspirants appearing for the entrance test being fresh out of school who have inadequate knowledge of the exam.

    All the tips to crack the exam and how to prepare are being discussed in the article below and hopefully all the answers which one candidate usually thinks before the exam are also answered in the article.

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    CLAT comprises 5 sections namely, English Comprehension, General Knowledge, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning with Legal Aptitude section as the most significant part of CLAT as it plays the role of the decision-making section.

    Read in detail CLAT 2020 Syllabus

    Let’s take look at the prominently asked questions:

    • What is the syllabus for CLAT 2020?
    • Which books to prefer for CLAT 2020 preparation?
    • How to prepare for CLAT 2020?

    Among all subjects asked in CLAT 2019, the legal aptitude section is extremely important. In situations of tie in CLAT Result 2020, marks obtained by a candidate in the legal aptitude section are considered and seats are allotted accordingly.

    This, itself signifies the importance of this section and how important it is to score high in this section.

    Is CLAT designed to test your Legal Reasoning or Legal Knowledge?

    Before you end up spending endless hours on preparing CLAT’s Legal Aptitude section, it is necessary for you to know that this section is designed only to test your legal reasoning and not legal knowledge.

    The legal aptitude section is divided into 3 sections as follows-

    • Legal Reasoning
    • Legal Facts
    • Legal G.K.

    Legal Reasoning

    This section is meant to judge a candidate’s legal aptitude skills. Here, students will have to apply legal principles to the factual situation. A candidate’s knowledge in study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability is also judged through this section. Important Topics to prepare in this section are:

    • Indian Penal Code
    • Law of Torts
    • Law of Contract

    Legal Facts

    Questions asked from this section are directly law based and require a sound knowledge of judgments and amendments. This section mainly focuses on the following:

    • Fundamental rights
    • Directive principles
    • Preamble
    • Important Amendments
    • Important Judgments
    • Recommendations & Chairpersons of law commissions

    Legal GK

    Legal GK is a section which requires vigilance and awareness. The most reliable source of preparing legal GK is a good reliable newspaper. Newspapers will help you not only to prepare Legal GK but also GS which will be helpful for the general knowledge section comprising of 50 marks in CLAT exam.

    Stay Updated with Test Syllabus and Pattern of CLAT

    Candidates are required to stay updated with the syllabus and pattern of CLAT. It is advisable to go through CLAT previous year papers, mock tests, etc. before appearing for the examination.

    Preparation Tips for CLAT

    • Mock tests

    Keep a habit of practicing as much online mock tests available which would help you get hold of the pattern asked in exams. This will help you to understand the level of difficulty in paper. Having an idea of how questions are asked in the exam saves time during the examination as well. Click here for CLAT previous year papers

    • Clear Your Doubts

    Clearing all your doubts is very essential as this will help in scoring good marks. Also clear your basics of each and every subject, this helps in the long run.

    • Proper Utilization of time

    Prepare a time table and follow it. Devote your time to each of the important topics every day and revise them daily. Don’t leave any of the important topics which you feel could be asked in the exam.

    • Strong Vocabulary

    Reading the newspaper is one thing which will help you in this. Vocabulary will help you in Legal aptitude as much as in English. Start with learning 10 new words daily and use them in your daily life.

    Time Management

    Students should have an idea of how much time they should spend on legal aptitude section ideally. As per experts, the time management should be in the following manner:

    • Total time to for legal aptitude section – 25 to 35 minutes
    • Direct questions- 30-35 seconds
    • Tricky questions- 40 seconds to maximum 1 minute.

    In order to score well in this section, a candidate must not spend more time than this.

    Practice is The Key

    Practice as much as you can as finally Practice and hard work will lead to success.

    Recommended Books for preparing Legal Aptitude of CLAT 2020

    Candidates can refer to the following books recommended to prepare for CLAT 2020 Legal Aptitude at their preparation stage.

    • LA/LR by AP Bhardwaj for Legal Knowledge
    • Complete CLAT Companion by Harsh Gagrani for Legal Aptitude (Both Reasoning and Knowledge).
    • Magazine provided by LegalEdge for Current Legal Knowledge

    Last week strategy to prepare for CLAT 2020 Legal Aptitude

    How one prepares in the last week matters more than year-long preparation. Candidates should only focus on the following two things while preparing for CLAT 2020 Legal Aptitude section in the last week-

    • Going through the Previous Years questions
    • Revising Current Legal Knowledge Notes

    Legal Aptitude is one of the easiest sections to master, especially when compared with other sections of the CLAT. All it needs is smart work in the right direction!



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