Since its inception in 2008, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) has been one of the most sought-after entrance exams for prestigious law schools in India. With approximately 60,000 students taking the exam each year in both undergraduate and graduate programs, competition is fierce.
As CLAT 2024 approaches, mark your calendars for December 3, 2023 and take advantage of this crucial time to accelerate your learning process and devise a winning strategy.
Your dream seat in one of the 25 national law universities of India is available for you to take, and we are here to be your support system in your journey to conquer the CLAT!
Understanding the exam
Before starting your CLAT preparation, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of the exam structure.
CLAT traditionally comprises 120 multiple choice questions, over a span of 2 hours and covers various domains like English, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning and Mathematics. Therefore, nailing each section precisely and within time constraints is critical to success. Here we leave you 5 essential tips for your CLAT preparation:
- Make a study plan and choose the right study material
A well-structured study plan is the starting point of any preparation, so divide your study schedule into manageable daily and weekly goals.
Allocate enough time to cover each section and don’t forget to include time for periodic review. Also, opt for high-quality study materials such as CLAT preparation books, online resources, and mock practice tests that are synchronized with the latest CLAT syllabus.
- Take Mock Tests Frequently and Improve Your Reading Proficiency
Mock tests are your new best friends. They replicate the exam environment and help you evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.
Conduct as many mock tests as possible and analyze your results to identify areas that need improvement. CLAT also includes comprehension-based questions that require making reading a habit and focusing on newspapers, magazines and legal articles to improve your reading speed and comprehension skills.
- Stay up to date with trending topics and landmark verdicts
An important part of the CLAT exam tests your understanding of current events. Therefore, it is essential to stay well informed and updated on national and international news.
It is often appropriate to encourage the habit of reading newspapers from reliable sources, along with a fundamental understanding of history, geography and science. Additionally, attention should be paid to legal issues, important cases, and landmark verdicts of the current and previous years.
- Aptitude and logical reasoning practice
CLAT also tests your legal aptitude and reasoning ability. Regularly solve legal reasoning questions to develop a deep understanding of legal principles and concepts.
Practice previous years’ question papers to get an idea of the types of questions asked and test your ability to analyze and draw conclusions. Try solving puzzles, critical reasoning questions, and logical deductions daily to improve your analytical skills.
- Time management and maintaining a healthy lifestyle
Given the time constraints of the CLAT, effective time management is key. Practice solving questions under timed conditions to improve your speed and accuracy.
Learn to prioritize questions and move on if you get stuck on a particular one. Amid these overwhelming preparations, remember to prioritize your physical and mental well-being as well.
Maintain a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly to stay fit. Manage stress by practicing relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. A healthy body and mind are essential for optimal performance.
- PRO TIP: Work on improving your legal vocabulary!
In short, succeeding in CLAT requires thorough preparation, dedication and a strategic approach. It is important to note that maintaining consistency is paramount to achieving your goal of securing admission to a prestigious law school in India. Best of luck!
(Written by Amitendra Kumar, Group Product Head, UG Test Preparation, Career Starter. Views expressed here are personal)