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Decoding CLAT

by Paul Petersen

CLAT is a National Entrance Exam organized by 22 National Law Universities around the country in rotation one by one. This year, the particular exam is scheduled to be executed on the 22nd of August, where the registration for the same ended on the 10th of July 2020. This year there are some changes in its exam pattern, which we have recapitulated here.  Also, stay tuned until the last to grab on some tips to help you cross the CLAT cut off.

The Consortium of National Law Universities recently released a new pattern and change in the number of questions for the upcoming CLAT exam. Recently, it is observed that CLAT in past years has failed to test students’ real ability because of which there came a mismatch between students and the requirements of law school.

Primary Changes in CLAT exam

  • The questions are reduced from 200 to 120-150. Students were not able to crack 200 questions in 120 minutes. There was massive pressure on students for attempting 200 questions in the given time. The reduction in the questions has relieved the students.
  • General Knowledge questions are also changed to current affairs and common general knowledge. Now students won’t have to cram static General Knowledge questions involving subjects like history, geography, etc.
  • English section of the CLAT exam this year will consist of comprehension passage only. The section will include questions with a view of testing the contextual word meanings and inferences from the readings.
  • In the Maths section, the focus will be on the skill test of data interpretation. Questions relevant to Law aspirants will be asked in this section.
  • Critical Reasoning will be focused on majorly, in the reasoning section to test objective decision-making skills and Logical arguments.
  • The association organizing the examination found it unfair to put questions on the knowledge of Legal concepts before entering law schools. So, from now, the items will be focused on the deducing conclusion from the set of given premises. 

Last but not least, the Law Schools have made it mandatory for the students to develop two prior skills “Critical reasoning and Comprehension.”

Wrapping up with the Tips to support your practice for CLAT exam

  • Practice and strengthen your vocabulary and comprehension skills. Including the habit of reading newspapers regularly will help.
  • Make a proper strategy and follow it religiously. 
  • Divide the exam syllabus into a small section and create short term goals. Once you achieve your small goals, you will feel motivated and brighter; shining even more to accomplish the latter ones.
  • Go through the latest sample papers and mock tests. Try solving them in as little time as possible. Solving these will help enhance your practicing skills and let you understand the changes in the exam pattern over the years.
  • For the general knowledge section, spend time reading and learning issue-based current affairs rather than cramming random facts.

Ending the tips here with a thing having the utmost importance is to keep your mind free from unnecessary tensions. A peaceful mind is very crucial to prepare and follow your plans.