How to crack CLAT
Credits- Shipra Verma
Time is running out for CLAT 2019. With hardly any time left to prepare, aspirants look for a winning strategy to crack the coveted law entrance exam. Several issues bother candidates. How to prepare for CLAT 2019 is the leading worry assailing candidates, making them twitch with anxiety. This article addresses their rising concerns with effective solutions. The article helps you understand how to study effectively and the areas to cover thoroughly in the remaining time frame. Preparation tips from experts have been given to guide candidates, to make them focus on the important sections and chapters.
English: The English section in CLAT contains 40 marks. Being well-versed in English is crucial for a lawyer therefore it becomes all the more critical for any CLAT aspirant to have a good hold over the language and basic concepts of grammar.
Reading eclectically is a must for any CLAT aspirant. Do not just read what you are comfortable with. Read poetry, plays, editorials, good newspapers (The Indian Express, The Hindu etc.) and quality magazines (India Today, Outlook, Frontline etc). Initially you might not even understand, but slowly and steadily you will work your way through confusion.
It is also very important to learn new words every day including their synonyms and antonyms. While reading, note down the words and their correct usage. Retaining the words is more important than memorizing new words, so make a habit of revising words regularly.
Lastly it goes without saying that take as many English tests as possible and develop your own strategy to solve them and analyse them regularly.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
There is no defined syllabus for GK and Current Affairs. However, over the years some patterns have emerged – areas that are known to be favourites among examiners and from where questions will definitely be asked. Keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings within the country and around the world. For that purpose, candidates can browse through the latest books, and also visit online websites related to GK/current affairs. Again, reading a newspaper regularly should be an essential part of your daily routine.
You should cover the important awards each year – sports, science, literature and arts. You should know the major UN bodies, their functions and their locations. You should have a good overview of Indian geography and history. And you should also be aware of any important happenings in the area of the Indian Constitution or Justice system.
For Current Affairs, pick one or two reliable sources and religiously follow them, rather than reading randomly from a bunch of different sources. This will make your preparation more systematic. And again, remember that in CLAT the depth of knowledge tested is not the same as that of the UPSC exam, so be sensitive to over-preparing.
This section will cover elementary Mathematics – Mathematics taught up to class X. For preparation of this section, it is advised to refer to past question papers and see which topics are being repeated. Prepare them first and then move on to the other topics.
Clear your concepts thoroughly. Once you have a clear concept of the topics, it will be easy for you to answer them. Various books by M Tyra and RS Aggarwal will help to get a decent score in this section.
In this section, there will be questions which include legal principles that have to be applied in certain given situation. This section assesses the candidate’s ability to solve law related problem. If the concepts of the topics are clear then this section becomes easy to score. Therefore, it is very important to refer to standard books for legal aptitude.
The purpose behind this section is to test a candidate’s critical understanding of provision of law and its application on given facts. It is very important that the principle given is thoroughly and accurately read. The reading must be quick, yet careful. Prior knowledge of law helps in both speed and accuracy. It is strongly suggested that while attempting this section, pre-conceived notions or emotions must be avoided and the answer chosen must be legally valid, even if it is morally invalid.
The section must be definitely attempted as it is a scoring section. The best way to practise accuracy and speed is to practise authentic and credible mocks as many times as possible. Questions from unauthorised/unidentified sources must be ignored.
This test assesses the candidate’s ability to think logically, identify patterns, spot correct arguments and the like. It will comprise questions from syllogism, analogies, logical sequence, and the alike. Practise the previous year questions and try to understand the pattern of the paper. Find the tricks and logic to solve the paper. Take mock tests regularly. Know your weakness, practise daily as if the exam is next day. Refer to standard books like Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal (yes that thick book!)
The candidates are advised to follow strict timelines and practise as much as possible to leave no stone unturned. There is still some time left to reverse fortunes before CLAT 2019 if aspirants are serious about making the best use of resources and time available to them.
All the best!!!