CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is the entrance test held by various national law colleges around the country as the beginning step to get admission into these colleges for law aspirants. It examines the knowledge of the students in 5 categories namely, English including Comprehension, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, and Logical Reasoning. Additionally, with 0.25 negative marking for each wrong answer, the pressure increases to do well in the examination.
Like preparing for any other examination, preparing for CLAT can get really exhaustive. And with the increasing no. of law aspirants over time, the competition has increased too. Thus, each student wants to prepare under proper guidance which they can’t find sometimes. The following are some tips that can guide students on how you can prepare for CLAT.
Schedule your studies
This is really important for any examination which means for CLAT as well. Divide your time and make a study schedule for monthly, weekly, and daily basis. Divide your topics which you need to cover in the time duration based on how much time is left for CLAT. This can help you focus better and ensures that you have covered all the topics before the examination. Remember, schedule your studies in a way that you have time left for revision!
Study Material and Books
Now that you know what CLAT examines your knowledge on, it is important that you buy the elective books prescribed by seniors, teachers or tutors. Collect the related study material and start preparing. First, focus on the syllabus and then move on to different sections. The books are the ticket to acing CLAT.
CLAT Sample Papers
Solving past papers and sample papers are the best way to ensure that you are ready for the final examination. An important thing to remember is to solve the sample papers under exam conditions. This can help you evaluate how much time you require for each section and where to focus more. It is a great way to evaluate yourself in the initial stages of preparation.
Reading Current Affairs
One of the sections, CLAT examines is general knowledge. Know what’s going on in the country and internationally. Update yourself with the current news by reading newspapers, magazines, and watching news channels.
Many students prefer to join CLAT coaching as it can help the students to properly prepare for the examination. You will get proper guidance from experienced faculty which can help a great deal. However remember, even if you join coaching, you still need to do self-study in order to gain good marks.
For students who started late or want to hone their knowledge after self-studying, many institutions also provide CLAT Crash Course where they prepare students for CLAT in a short amount of time. It can be really helpful and can provide the necessary direction required for giving the entrance exam.
Remember, you are as good as the amount of hard work you put. Start preparing from an early stage and most importantly, believe in yourself!
The author is a lawyer and blogger. She is even a visiting faculty in many CLAT coaching centers and also helps them design the CLAT Crash Course in order to cover all topics in the minimum amount of time. She believes in charity and giving justice to the poor and has a soft spot for dogs.