While the board examination is at the corner, students are also geared up for the entrance tests.
Before developing a strategic matrix for preparation, a candidate should have the competitive attitude for clearing the exam. The first thing required is the mental frame work because mental strength does determine how you handle yourself for preparation of CLAT. Bill Cosby quoted, “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”
As CLAT is a competitive entrance test to take admission into approx 2400 seats spread across 18 NLUs for which approx 45000-50000 aspirants appears for the test, we can easily fathom the success rate which translates into 20:1. This means, for every set of 20 students appearing in the test, only 1 gets selected.
Here are a few tips given by “Shashank Kumar, Director of Academic Hour”, on how you can prepare for the different sections of the test:
- General Knowledge and Current Affairs:
This is considered as a make it or break it area of the entrance test as 50 questions come from this area and a well prepared candidate can answer these question in the least possible time.
Close observation of past CLAT papers indicate that there were more questions asked from current affairs as compared to Static GK. So, reading one standard newspaper daily.
- Legal Aptitude:
Legal aptitude is the most interesting area of study among the students. This section also comprises 50 questions which take more time to answer as compared to the GK section. Questions in this section consist of legal principles and facts. A student is not supposed to rely on any principle except the principles given in the question.
Questions in this section mainly come from the legal areas of Law of Torts, Law of Contracts and Criminal law and legal GK, the compositions of which may change from year to year.
A student is not expected to know all these in depth, but the purpose of this section is to test the students’ aptitude.
Detailed study, training and guidance can definitely increase of chances of scoring well in this section. To enhance the performance in this section, solving and analyses of past papers may prove beneficial. Scoring well in this section will also be helpful in the event of a tie breaker in case equal marks is obtained by two or more candidates.
There are 40 questions in this section that test the candidate’s proficiency in English, based on comprehension passages, grammar and vocabulary.
Though developing proficiency in grammar and vocabulary requires long and sustained efforts, using the effective methods of learning and with good guidance, sufficient skill can be developed within a short span of time. Generally, there is one passage of 400-450 words of 10 marks that is asked to test a candidate’s understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used and their synonyms/antonyms etc.
Reading a newspaper or a good magazine daily can be very useful. The grammar section includes identifying grammatical errors in the sentences, filling in appropriate words in a given sentence etc. One can refer book by Wren & Martin to meet the purpose.
- Logical Reasoning:
The 40 questions in this section test a candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. This includes questions from logical sequence, deductions or syllogism, analogies, odd man out, statement and assumptions etc.
Regular practice in this section is required; otherwise a student may get caught in a tricky problem which may prove this section to be a time consuming one.
Last but not the least, this section comprises 20 questions of elementary mathematics up to 10th standard like percentage, profit and loss, simple interest compound Interest, average & mixture, time and work, and probability etc.
One should take this section seriously, as all students are taught these topics in schools irrespective of their boards. Though the number of question is less in this section, it can prove very vital in improving the overall score.
Go with these eleventh hour tips:
- Take at-least one mock test based on CLAT Pattern.
- First attempt the section you are most comfortable with and in which you are likely to get a high score.
- Solve the questions you know and leave the ones you don’t.
- Ensure you do not leave any question unread – it could be an ‘easy’ one and could add up to a good score.
- Start with the ones you can make quick decisions on and then move on to the others.
- Catch up with the latest news – till the last day. Anything till May 13 night should not be ignored.
Please do make a note of the fact that CLAT has a 0.25 negative marking for every wrong answer; so, a student is advised to not randomly answer any question.
All the best!