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Ultimate guide to prepare for CLAT

For all those law aspirants who are willing to take admission to a reputed law school or university, CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is the most sought-after centralised law entrance examination in India. Initiated in the year 2008, the National Law Universities of India conduct this examination for admission to law courses not only at the 19 National Law Universities, but also at 45 other institutions.

All about CLAT

Regarded as the national level law entrance test, the CLAT is widely accepted across various law schools and colleges. This year, the examination is expected to be held in the month of May for which the applications are now closed. It is a common examination for admission to both undergraduate and postgraduate level of law courses.

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Syllabus to cover

When it comes to CLAT, the students have a vast syllabus to prepare. The online test comprises a total of 200 objective type questions under 5 different sections, that are required to be answered within a maximum time duration of 2 hours. The five key sections include –

English with comprehension – contains 40 questions of 1 marks each.

Current affairs and general knowledge – contains 50 questions of 1 marks each.

Numerical ability (elementary mathematics) – contains 20 questions of 1 marks each.

Legal aptitude – contains 50 questions of 1 marks each.

Logical reasoning – contains 40 questions of 1 marks each.

Strategies to follow

While the students are well-acquainted with the syllabus and paper pattern of CLAT examination, here are few tips that they should follow to make their preparations stronger –

No scope of errors – The CLAT examination has a provision of negative marking too that leaves students with no space to commit error in the examination.

Hold a command over vocabulary – Word power also plays a crucial role in scoring well in both legal aptitude and English.

Pay significant attention to Legal Aptitude – Comprising questions typically from key areas of contract act, law of tort, criminal law and Indian constitution, this section can also give students an edge over the scores.

Manage time efficiently – Wastage of time can lead the students to nowhere. Thus, they need to be smart managers of time while answering the question online.

Keep on evaluating – To track the progress of one’s own preparation, it is important to take up regular mock tests and evaluate the performance too.

Also Read: Top scholarships for law students

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