The NLU consortium has published the CLAT 2022 application form on the official website consortiumofnlus.ac.in. Applicants can apply until March 31, 2022. CLAT 2022 will take place on May 8, 2022. Here are some preparation tips for applicants who wish to be admitted to National Law Universities (NLUs) that must qualify for CLAT.
CLAT Preparation Tips
The right strategy and careful planning
- There are five main areas on the exam. Therefore, an applicant has roughly 20 days per subject. Here, time management becomes the most crucial element. It is advisable to practice two areas per day.
- While conducting a mock test, you may find yourself in the middle of a passage or reasoning question unable to decipher the beginning or end. This is when you need to listen to your mind, not your heart. The heart will ask you to spend more time and the brain will ask you to abandon the sinking ship. So be flexible enough to go ahead and see unresolved issues rather than wasting valuable time and collecting negative ratings.
- Check your improvement in the results of the tests you perform and take corrective action.
- Learn from your mistakes and keep clearing your doubts.
Manage your expectations!
- All applicants are in the same boat, so you don’t need to be excited if the role is easy and you don’t need to be sad if the role is tough. The denominations are higher if the paper is hard and vice versa.
- So another rule of thumb is to have no preconceptions. Don’t think about the number of tries before looking at the paper.
- The number of retries would decrease across the group if the paper is hard, thus reducing cuts. This can take the pressure off the exam and lead to some sane attempts rather than wild guesses. Keep this in mind when practicing at home.
The ray of light
- The quantitative techniques section can be a blessing in disguise, as with basic math knowledge one can easily try the 13-17 questions and pass them all. It can certainly increase overall scores and help a candidate cross the general boundaries, even if there is a fear of math as a field.
- So just go through the basic chapters like speed, time and distance, profit and loss, SICI, percentages, averages, pie chart, histogram, etc. as there may be questions about the interpretation of the data in this section.
- It may sound strange, but the review also tries to leave questions. Going over all the questions is of the utmost importance and practicing it will no doubt mean leaving the questions you are unsure about. Ask questions that you are sure of and leave questions that are beyond your ability.
- Cleverly eliminate options and choose the best one from the options on offer. Pay attention to detail to identify easy, moderate, and difficult questions. The questions and the answers are right in front of you.
- Be smart! The only way to develop this talent is by training.
CLAT Exam Pattern
- The English language section covers 28 to 32 questions, or approximately 20% of the Test Paper, current affairs including general knowledge has between 35 and 39 questions, or approximately 25% of the Test-Paper weight. While the legal reasoning section covers 35-39 questions, or about 25% of the article, and the logical reasoning section 28-32 questions, or about 20% of the article. Quantitative techniques consist of 13 to 17 questions, or about 10% of the work.
- Considering the changes introduced by CLAT over the past two years, some candidates may misinterpret the reduction in the number of questions from 200 to 150 as completely in their favour. Looking at the trend over the past year, the Paper will be long with a series of paragraph-based questions in almost all 5 sections.
- Even GK’s questions would force the candidate to read a paragraph before getting an answer. This change can be based on the job profile of applicants they would get after graduating from law school. Therefore, this exam requires a good combination of speed and precision.
- Answering 150 questions in 120 minutes with a negative score of 0.25 points for each wrong answer becomes a big challenge. This test is definitely about informed decision making rather than guesswork. According to the example paper released by the CLAT authorities, the English language section may be full of passages with many critical questions based on reasoning. So you have to practice at least 2-3 passages a day and work hard on hypotheses, inferences, conclusion-type questions. These are clearly skill-based questions and candidates need to practice a lot of questions to achieve a good level of precision.
- Questions of general culture and current affairs can only be adequately dealt with if the student has devoted time to newspapers and magazines. GK capsules and ppts on current affairs are really helpful to students and keep their interest in that particular area during preparation. In particular, this section can help students get a lot of grades in a very short time. If we know an answer, it is only the tension of a muscle that is necessary to mark the correct answer. So, pay attention to the current affairs of the last six months at least and also check out some static GKs.
- The section on quantitative techniques is relatively easier and it may not be very difficult to answer the 15 to 16 questions correctly. It is the section on Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning that requires careful preparation, as these are relatively new areas for most students.
- The legal reasoning section is expected to contain facts and principles embedded in a passage. Be thorough with constitutional laws, legal maxims, contracts, grievances, etc. it can take very hard work.
- For logical reasoning, one must go through questions based on critical reasoning, arrangements, puzzles, blood ties, syllogism, analogies, series, encoding-decoding, cause and action, etc. It takes a lot of practice to develop the ability to resolve these types of questions.
- Since time management is very important in the exam, students are required to complete 10-12 simulations to become familiar with the actual exam. Analyzing the exercise and identifying strengths and weaknesses should be the next step.
- Leaving questions that are beyond a candidate’s ability can save much-needed time which can therefore be used to resolve other feasible questions. This habit is quite different from board exams where the student is asked to ask all the questions. There must be a clear difference that candidates should consider on the strategies to be used in this CLAT exam. And any rigid mindset can be very damaging.
Referred Books for CLAT
- Books for Quantitative techniques: The topics that are asked in this section are Basic Algebra, Mensuration, Statistical Estimation, Graphs, Numerical Information, etc. Some of the best books to prepare for Quant are –Quаntitаtive Арtitude fоr Соmрetitive Exаminаtiоns by Рeаrsоn’s, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Agarwal, 30 days wonder for Maths by S Chand, Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Arihant Publications.
- Books for English: The topics in it are – comprehension and language skills, Ability to draw inferences and conclusions, Ability to summarise the passage, etc. Some of the Main Books are –English is Easy by Chetananand Singh, High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren & Martin, Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis, Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary and Common Error in English by Kiran Prakashan.
- Books for current affairs and general knowledge: This section usually contains these topics – events & happenings, national & international current affairs, awareness & legal information, arts and culture, etc. Some of the important books are – Pearson General Knowledge Manual 2022, Manorama Yearbook 2021 by Mammen Mathew, General Knowledge 2020: Latest Current Affairs & Who’s Who by RPH Editorial Board, Current Affairs Yearly 2021 by Arihant, Competition Success Review.
- Books for legal reasoning – Some of the important topics in legal reasoning are – Rules and Passages of Law, Application of the rules and passages, etc. To prepare for this section, you can refer to these books – Bare Acts of Indian Constitution, Legal Awareness and Legal Aptitude by AP Bhardwaj, Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance Examinations by AP Bhardwaj, Universal’s CLAT Guide by Universal, Legal Aptitude by RK Gupta, LexisNexis Butterworths.
- Books for logical reasoning – Some of the important books to prepare for logical reasoning is – Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal, A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Agarwal, Logical Reasoning by RK Gupta and Samiksha Gupta, 501 Challenging Logical Reasoning Practice Book by RS Agarwal, Universal’s Logical Reasoning for CLAT, LSAT and other Law Entrance Exams by Jain.