This area is tied with Legal Knowledge as the area which can offer the most marks. This makes it unique as when compared in a proportional manner, this is the part that people take the least time to complete in the exam as well. This can be attributed to the hit or miss questions which come up. While it can be said that recent papers have given a more subtle push towards knowledge of South Asian, particularly Indian happenings and that there has been a greater propensity towards Current Affairs than GK, it doesn’t change the fact that the person preparing must stress on both areas.
The following things can be kept in mind while preparing for this area-
- Get a good grasp of current affairs/ general knowledge that have been asked in previous CLAT papers – generally they tend to focus on politics, international and national organisations and their members/activities, events and dates of national and international importance among others. History, Environment and Trade & Economics are also popular choices. Keep up to date with important news in Sports. This is only to help you in prioritising and not to ignore some areas for the others.
- Read newspapers and magazines, make note of the important events that took place, organisations that convened, dates on which decisions were taken and who all were involved, who visited, who resigned, who said what, schemes, policies etc. both nationally and internationally.
- Downloading quizzing mobile apps are helpful too, especially as it will give access to a lot of stuff that might not be covered in one newspaper. However the same is not a substitution for a newspaper as it’s pretty selective.
- Keep yourself as up to date as possible and participate in discussions involving current affairs topic whenever you can.
- While writing the exam, remember that it is a hit or miss game. If you don’t know something, you don’t know it. Many questions have options that are similar to each other as to make safe elimination of wrong ones impossible.
- And don’t stress yourself too much over this area, even the best ones can’t keep track of everything that is going on.
In this page we will be providing both compendiums and practice problems to let you know how the world has changed.
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English is one of the most important subjects you have to prepare for in CLAT, not only due to the forty marks the Section commands but also because a pretty good grasp of the language can help a great deal in logical and legal reasoning. It is also important, for the requirements imposed by the profession, as a substantial part of the laws and legal engagements are carried out in English. The standard of English required in CLAT is not very difficult and a good grasp of grammar and vocabulary is sufficient. Even if you aced all your English exams, it is best to read upon sentence structure and usage as there may be specific questions on that. If you have been communicating English, it is very well possible that you might know an answer to be correct without actually knowing why it is correct.
The following things are to be kept in mind while preparing for English-
• Read books on grammar and vocabulary.
• Get a good dictionary for yourself, ideally a physical copy. Use it properly, and check any new word you come across. Don’t think that using a dictionary is wasting your time. Rather it is helping you to actually enhance your vocabulary as you will come across many words while looking for a single word. Write out antonyms and synonyms. See how the word fits in a sentence.
• Make daily reading a habit. Read English newspapers as it is useful for both current affairs and GK as well. The Hindu is a widely recommended option. Make it a compulsory habit because reading the newspaper will not help you with English section but also will help you with the Current Affairs.
• Make a list of all new words you come across and check them in your dictionary. Try to speak in English too whenever there is a chance, and listen to others speak too. Even if the people are pure bred English standard royalists or well Anglicised Grammar Nazis, you’ll learn from them and soon be able to make them eat their own words by picking their mistakes.
• The most important part of the paper is your comprehension abilities. This will be tested not merely in the Reading Comprehension part of the paper but repeatedly in logical and legal reasoning as well. CLAT is a paper which requires you to read a lot. This makes focussing of comprehension and speed reading extremely essential.
• One tested method is to read a small but well written paragraph, in a book, a newspaper or an online article or some other source. Read it as quickly as possible then turn the page and write down everything you remember – the important words used, the important points raised, dissents, opinions, themes, weaknesses, strengths, your conclusion on what the author said etc. Once it is done, go back and check what you got on the mark and which duds were. Increase the speed, complexity and the length as you get better.
• When actually attempting to answer be careful about enough to read the whole sentence as answers which might look right or proper on first glance might not be the correct one. Always remember what happened to Frodo Baggins due to Gollum.
In this page we will be providing you with interesting practice exercises, hints and tips, grammar problems, reading materials to test your English skills out, word meanings among others.
This is an area unique to CLAT and other law entrance examinations, like AILET. Legal Aptitude is a combination of what is called Legal Knowledge and Legal Reasoning. This area is very important for CLAT aspirants as it has a lot of marks in it; also it is going to matter in tie breakers. It is also important professionally as well as in your law school. This area poses a wide array of problems and your comprehension abilities will be tested here as well. The questions can be very ambiguous and confusing, if one does not carefully read it. This area is easy to score marks in if one understands the questions properly and has a basic grasp of legal knowledge, but it can also be a time sink when one is not sufficiently prepared.
So here are some tips that are to be kept in mind when preparing for legal reasoning:-
- Go through all the past year papers of CLAT and AILET as it will be the source to see what all questions can up. There are quite a few popular repeated ones as well.
- Be patient while doing legal reasoning. Understand the question – especially focus on the principle and fact situation applicable. As far as possible keep your knowledge of law out and accept only the principles. Keep in mind; whatever is stated in the principle is always the key for your answer itself. How? You just need to take into consideration the principle and a trick that can be used when you are stuck is ‘catching the words’; that is you can go for the similarity of the principle and the option that resembles most with that of the principle. This worked for me, but remember to use it only when you are stuck.
Example: If the principle is that minor can’t enter into a contract then don’t introduce your knowledge that it was for necessity that minor entered into contract and so it might be allowed. No, don’t do this mistake. It is more often than not going to end up losing you marks.
- Law of Torts and Law of Contracts tend to comprise the bulk of these questions. Criminal law is a preferred area as well. In Legal knowledge, Constitutional law is very important along with a basic understanding of the functioning of the government as well as the legal system. Sometimes important case names are also asked.
- Practice your Latin on some popular legal maxims which are bound to come up, either in this part or in the general English section.
- Good speed reading skills are very important here. How to develop these skills? Don’t worry we are here to help you out with that. We will be coming up with certain such articles to help you with your reading skills. Stay Tuned. J
- Practice regularly as this area can be quite easy if one is prepared but can eat up all the time if one is not. Keep an eye on how long you’re going to spend here while practising your mocks and adhere to that strictly during the exam. You can always come back if other questions are tougher.
- Legal Aptitude is very much like your GK but unlike your GK and Current Affairs; preparation is far more limited in the area it covers. Thus, it is possible to have a much better understanding of all the important details under the same.
- Keep yourself up to date on what is happening in the judiciary and the important cases and principles that you might come across in the news. Like all the issues involving the Supreme Court cases on the management of BCCI or the legality of mandatory Aadhar card linkage for example.
While the materials required for preparation in this area is extremely hard for a lay person to obtain, we will assist you with that. We will provide you with regular lessons, practice questions, training regiments, basics on all important areas of law for CLAT, list of important cases (and why they are important), the legal maxims, and make you sufficiently prepared to make CLAT easy and first year a much more bearable endeavour.
For all those appearing in CLAT 2017, we will soon be releasing the supplements to brush up your skills further. Watch out for it. Till then, good luck and keep practicing. Remember practice is the ‘Conquer mantra’ here- Something that the “Shree’Ian” weirdo team say way too often and is going to use it for every existing effort booster for cracking CLAT under the sun.
Logical Reasoning comprises of 40 marks and is thus an important area of your CLAT paper. Logical Reasoning questions (along with the Legal Aptitude) questions in CLAT have become a time sink for those taking CLAT. This is primarily due to the fact that these questions can be long, with various connecting components and also ambiguous or even misleading if not read properly. Thus logical reasoning is an area that gives a lot of importance to not merely your logical or thinking abilities but also your reading skills as well. It is not possible to provide general hints for cracking logical reasoning questions as they are an extremely diverse area with different types of questions to cover.
The following hints can be kept in mind when preparing for Logical Reasoning in CLAT-
- Practice is extremely important here, especially in light of the fact of the diverse variety of questions that are available for the examiner.
- Questions are to be taken exactly as they are given and examined in a nuclear manner. Don’t try to bring in your own external assumptions to the table.
- There are many ways to tackle logical reasoning problems and thus it is important for you to find a method that most suits you. If the one that was shown to you is too tough or time consuming make your own. Test it out before taking it to the exam though.
- Do not focus yourself solely in an area for a day. Ensure that you attempt as many varieties of logical reasoning problems as possible.
- Check out past year papers and familiarise yourself with the kind of questions that can come up.
- Stay calm and confident and always keep a clear head when handling Logical Reasoning problems. Unless you’re the rare person whose logic actually works better when under stress.
- Focus on the big questions that can fetch a lot of marks in less time. A lot of them tend to be seating arrangement type of problems. If you can draw the correct logical sequence quickly, then all those marks are yours.
- While handling with such questions – it is best to identify all the variables that come up – height, colour, age, direction, who they are facing, who is next to them, what they do and when etc. A quick glance at the questions might help you in figuring out whether you actually had to find the colour of Gary’s hat or whether it was just there to waste your time.
- Keep your mind open to the possibility that sometimes a logical sequence might have two or more possibilities; Bob or Gary might alternatively have a Red or a Green hat. But in all cases, unless there is an error in the question, it’s going to have only one correct answer.
Here we will be offering not just problems on logical reasoning for you to solve but also hints, tips and guidance on the methods to tackle specific often asked questions on logical reasoning.
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For a lot of you preparing for CLAT, Maths might either be a dreaded subject or an ignored one. A lot of us share an uneasy relationship with mathematics. This doesn’t mean that Maths is to be ignored till the last moment or only cursorily glanced at, till the month before the exam. Maths in CLAT only counts for twenty marks, and it is not entirely impossible to get in the top ten ranks, all India, if one can ace all the other sections. Like a lot of other things in life however, CLAT too can be unpredictable and lack of preparedness will most likely mess up your chances at scoring in a big way. This makes it extremely important that maths is given the respect it is due and the time it demands of you. Trust me; you’ll get to do plenty of maths in law school and even some maths during your profession, just not as much as some other alternative professions.
Maths can however also be one of the sections you can ace most questions in, if you are properly prepared. It is easily possible to answer eighteen or nineteen questions with a reasonable assurance that it is the correct answer. For many people maths has been the most important determiner when it came down to ranks. Maths in CLAT is one that does not demand that you sacrifice every bit of your brain power during the exam. There won’t be complicated multi stage problems like the ones in CAT. The maths problems in CLAT are quite basic.
The questions in CLAT will be that of intermediate level equations to solve, on volume, on probability, on speed and time, speed and distance, averages, ratio and proportion, time and work, interest, algebra etc. All of which you would have first encountered by the time you entered class IX. All of which are questions you’ll be able to solve given enough time and space. Unfortunately these are the two things you don’t get when you’re writing a competitive exam. Thus a person might either let maths hog up time for other subjects or blaze through the section in the last five minutes, both of which are equally suicidal. Keeping the following tips can be helpful in both preparation and the exam:-
- The most important step in preparing for Mathematics is thus to love the numbers, love the subject. For those who love maths it won’t be too difficult. For those who don’t, just imagine how easy and familiar it is to all the sin and cos that you so might very much hate.
- Math questions in CLAT either have shortcuts or a single formula to apply in order to get the correct answer. So see the kind of questions that are most commonly asked in exam and prepare for them. It is very likely a problem from the same area will be repeated.
- Start practicing early and daily. Make a note of all important formulas in the oft repeated areas.
- Try to find out as many valid shortcuts as possible, CLAT is about hitting the correct ones quickly. Check online, check with your younger sibling who is actually doing the sums in school.
- Remember that both reckless haste and undue worry can mess up your mathematics.
- Guessing in mathematics is a big No! But at the same time questions will sometimes provides clues in themselves that you can use to safely eliminate other options.
- If you can’t make out a certain answer on first glance, do it far enough to get the correct one, or eliminate the three wrong ones.
For example – if X is twice the age of Y, then X is 2Y. A multiple of two (or any other even number is even if it is against an integer). So you can eliminate all the odd options without doing the sum.
- Be careful of the time hogging questions.
We will on this page be providing you with practice problems, shortcuts, and detailed explanation as to mathematical formulas so that you never have to worry about how to go about it. We will be keeping it fun and enjoyable, as that is the biggest key to learning maths. Don’t worry and keep practising, we are there to help you ace it. This is the ‘Conquer mantra’ here- remember that.