Preparation Strategy for CLAT 2017
The preparation strategy varies from student to student. For students in Class XII, highest time must be devoted to daily dose of current affairs and legal updates, try to solve previous years'question papers as much possible. Continuously read newspapers and magazines and also work on vocabulary.
After the board examinations in March, start preparation in full go and work on as many Mock tests as possible.
For the candidates who are appearing after a break try to remain consistent with the preparation strategy. Read newspaper/magazines/current affairs and work thoroughly on the weak topics. Try to enhance your accuracy and speed.
Key areas and important topics that a student should focus on in each subject area (English, including Reading Comprehension, General Knowledge/Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning)
- Norman Lewis, Wilfred Funk
- Techniques-Visualization, Writing, Flash Cards, Using in Sentences
- Tools-Wren and Martin
- Techniques-Practice exercises
- Reading Comprehension
General Knowledge/Current Affairs
- Legal Updates
- Static GK
- Usual Current Affairs
- Regular Newspaper
- One Monthly Magazine
Practice the basics up to standard 10th (i.e.. Elementary Mathematics).
Aim on Speed and accuracy
Avoid silly mistakes
- Legal Knowledge
- Legal Reasoning
- Criminal Law
- General Principles of Law
- Family Law
- International Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Analytical Reasoning
- Critical Reasoning
- Syllogisms and Logical Sequences
- Think differently or Lateral thinking
Negative marking of 0.25 negative marking was introduced in 2013. The main aim behind introducing negative marking in CLAT exam was to filter genuine and capable students and eliminate students who rely on guesswork, this has increased the pressure on aspirants.
One has to be very careful in choosing one's reading material. It's not the number of books but teh quality what you have read. Don't panic or get nervous when your peers tell you about a new book launched in the market.
It is utmost important to go through previous years question papers of CLAT along with NLSUI, Bangalore. For basics, any good book on the subjects would suffice.
Usually as the trend suggest the difficulty level of teh examination is moderate while the length is very much. Candidates must work upon their timing and speed to finish it on time. Questions from static GK also constitute an important section.
CLAT has not been a very old examination to determine a pattern. It is still in its initial phase where it is hard to predict a definite pattern. So it is the best to be prepared for any unexpected appearances in examination.
Many colleges are now joining CLAT or accepting CLAT scores like NLU-Trichy, DSNLU Vishakhapatnam, KLE Law Society etc, UPES Dehradoon accepted the scores of CLAT.
A candidate with legal background has an added advantage as he or she can self study and prepare for various subjects. Most of the students get stuck with the theory part and fail to understand that they need to practice a lot after finishing their theory part. Take any good book and practice. There is no substitute for practicemainly in case of legal aptitude which is new to most students at thsi age group and is teh tie breaker.
Mathematics section is of teh level of class 10th. The questions asked do not pertain to any fixed formula based strategy of any complex calculations and it is suggested that candidates must practice the math portion of the previous CLAT papers to get an idea of the level of questions.
Other major important undergraduate law exams studenst must take up includes:
- AILET (NLU Delhi)
- SET (Symbiosis Law College)
- LSAT (35 colleges) -Accepted in USA
- CET (IP University)
- Christ College Entrance Exam
- UL-SAT (UPES: Dehradun)
- Bhartiya Vidyapeeth
Most students opt for either engineering or medicine as their future and law is less popular among students. Most of the students are unaware of the future career prospects of law. With a degree in law you can excel as:
- Corporate Counsel
- Law Firms
- Judiciary/Civil Services
- Law and Business
- Media and Law