CLAT EXAM : WHAT TO DO? FROM WHERE TO DO? AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
December 14, 2021
Posted By : Oswaal
Common Law Admission Test(CLAT) is one of the most prominent and challenging exams in India.
CLAT is conducted all over India on a rotational basis at16 national law universitiesof India, where applicants can apply for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in law and other judicial fields.
If you arereadingthis, there is a good probability that either you are preparing for this year’s CLAT exam, or you want to in the near future.
If you’re going topreparefor CLAT in the future, this article focuses on the necessary information you need to know about CLAT exams, such as syllabus, eligibility, exam duration, and others.
If you arepreparingfor this year’s CLAT exam, this article also talks about some important tips from the experts that can greatly help you with your studies.
If you want to appear for CLAT, you should have a Higher Secondary School certificate from a recognized board with a minimum of45% marksin aggregate (40% in the case of SC and ST candidates).
The candidate should bebelow 20 years(22 years for SC, ST, and PWD candidates).
When to Apply
If you want to apply for the CLAT exam while your10+2 results are awaited, you can do so. However, you are supposed to show that you have scored above the asked percentage of marks before enrolling in the university.
CLAT is a150 marks examwhere all questions are multiple-choice based. The exam also hasnegative marking, where each wrong answer would lead to a deduction of0.25 marks.
The exam duration is2 hours, and the subjects include English (comprehension included) accounts for 20%, general awareness for 25%, elementary mathematics (numerical ability) for 10%, legal aptitude for 25%, and logical reasoning for 20%.
As far as the English syllabus is concerned, the exam aims at checking candidates’ proficiency in comprehensionmessages and grammar.
There would be questions related to the passage in the comprehension section, particularly about thethemeandsynonymsof some words from the passage.
The grammar section includes questions such asomission,correction of incorrect sentences, filling the appropriatewords in a sentence.
For general awareness, the questions range from current topic to static knowledge, such asworld’s first,superlatives(world’s largest, highest, tallest, longest, etc.)
Maths syllabus for CLAT is similar to the elementary level, i.e., class 10th. For legal aptitude, candidates should focus on the study of law,research aptitude, andproblem-solving abilities.
There would be questions that involve alegal situation, and the candidate has to suggest solutions to the problem.
The logical reasoning section aims to check candidates’ ability to identify patterns andlogical linksand rectifyillogical arguments. The questions can range from syllogism to logical sequences and analogies.
Tips by Experts
1. Flatten the ‘Curve of Forgetting’
Scientists trace the ‘curve of forgetting’ to 1885, but the concept is relevant even in today’s world.
How long do you think you canretainthe last thing you read, watched, or heard? It is difficult to say, right?
Well, not really!
There is a scientific explanation behind it.
Scientists believe that when you hear, read, or learn something for the first time, you retain almost80% of what you experienced. However, this occurrence is cumulative.
You can retain 100 percent of something you learned a week ago after a quick revision. To cut it short, experts suggest that it is better to study insmaller interviewsand regularly revise what you had learned previously.
2. Try Feynman Notebook Model
Physicist Robert Feynman suggests that think of a subject or a topic that you want to learn,write its heading on topof the page and now, write about it on the page as if you are explaining that topic to a five-year-old.
This might sound absurd, but it can do wonders.
The most challenging thing one can do is retain andinculcate simplicity. If you can explain logical reasoning or legal aptitude to a five-year-old, there is nothing that can stop you.