Let’s face it, law entrances are tough. Most students usually start right away from high school with CLAT preps as there is quite a bit of practicing and acquainting oneself with the format that needs to be done. Being a national level exam, like all others, it does take time and patience to crack. So if not in the first go, keep trying. There is no shame involved in cracking exams after several trials. All you need is the right approach and loads of confidence and faith in yourself. Like CAT or MAT, CLAT scores too are calculated on a percentile basis. Here are some tips to help you prepare for CLAT.
- CLAT question paper comprises of four parts: English, Maths, Reasoning and General Knowledge or Current affairs. There used to be a section on Legal Aptitude which has currently been removed. But questions about legal topics might be scattered here and there in reading paragraphs or in the current affairs section. Hence you need to take special effort dedicated to tending each and every section:
- Basic comprehension reading, grammar and vocabulary skills are a must. Touch up with the basics of language you were taught in middle school. Try solving jumbled up paragraphs and summarizing meaning on a very logical and rational basis. You shall be tested on how efficient you are in understanding and expressing language since knowledge of English is important if you are to take up law for your profession and practice in higher level courts or legal firms.
- Maths is a basic test for most professions. Foe CLAT, a good way of practicing the format is to get hold of NCERT math texts from standard 7th till standard 10th. Get hold of previous year question papers or model question papers and practice sums from there.
- Reasoning is a big factor in Law. And make sure to score your points in this part. This part is actually quite tricky and found to be difficult by most. The aspect of your faculties being tested her is your ability to solve problems by applying logical deductions. There are several types of questions like ones that require you to figure out relations, sense of direction, apply critical reasoning, solve number or patterned series, and form assumption-conclusion chains. Direct knowledge cannot be applied here which makes for the major problem. The only key is to keep practicing and practicing more.
- General Knowledge requires a heavy and thorough brushing up with current affairs, geo-politics, law, science, sports, economy, technology and several other fields of development in the contemporary world. The field is huge and has no stipulated areas for questioning. Try to keep abreast with all developing occurrences in various parts of the world. Read as much of the news as possible and model papers are always a help.
- Mock tests are a must, They help familiarize you with the pattern, build confidence, manage time and also get a sense of your level of preparedness. Find renowned centers of coaching that conduct weekly or monthly mock tests and ones of quality.
- Model question papers and previous year papers should always be followed and solved. If you find it difficult to do it completely by yourself, enroll yourself in a good coaching centre.
Just be dedicated enough to achieve your ambitions and don’t lose confidence on yourself. Good luck!