With Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 to be held on May 8, law aspirants are gearing up for the law exam. During the preparation phase, aspirants need expert guidance and suggestions for cracking the coveted law entrance exam. Careers360 brings yet another article from the series of ‘CLAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Experts’, for law aspirants like you, where experts share tips to crack CLAT 2016.Related PostCLAT 2019CLAT Application Form 2019CLAT Admit Card 2019
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Harsh Gagrani of LegalEdge Tutorials shares his expert insights on how to prepare for CLAT in the remaining months. He also suggests specific strategies for the Online CLAT 2016 and recommends important books for the exam.
Read here the expert interview of Harsh Gagrani to know how to prepare for Legal Aptitude Section.[Click here to enrol for CLAT Complete Study Material and Preparation Package]
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Excerpts of the Edited Interview
Careers360: What should be a law aspirants’ strategy in the next months to CLAT?Harsh Gagrani: With less than five months to go for CLAT, a law aspirant should lookout for sources of intense testing and revision. A candidate, who has pretty much completed his course, should aim to solve at least one mock test every 3-4 days. Also, a student should practice all the previous years’ CLAT and AILET papers (all sections) to get a hang of the level of difficulty which usually comes in these examinations.
Careers360: What specific strategy do the aspirants need for Online CLAT 2016?Harsh Gagrani: I am suggesting some of the specific measures to you for the Online CLAT 2016 –
While practicing mock tests, take note of the problems that you’re facing
Most of the online Mock Test Series give fantastic analysis to the students of the tests they’ve taken. This includes percentile analysis, question analysis, details explanations to questions, national rank etc. Don’t ignore such analysis and make full use of them
Be aware and make full use of all links/buttons. If there is a doubt with any feature of your testing platform, ask your invigilator (e.g. what does ‘mark for review’ mean?)
Careers360: How mock tests can help law aspirants and how many mock tests need to be taken in the remaining months?Harsh Gagrani: Mock Tests, when taken in a simulated environment, replicate the actual CLAT taking experience, which will prove to be highly beneficial to the aspirants. A student should ideally join a Mock Test series providing dozens of Mock Tests and as stated before, should try and give a Mock test every 3-4 days.
Careers360: Which books would you recommend them for preparing different sections of CLAT?Harsh Gagrani: I would recommend a number of books for preparing different sections of the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). Naming the same–
English – ‘Objective English’ by Pearson
Mathematics – ‘Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations’ by R.S. Aggarwal
G.K – GK Today and Jagranjosh for Current Affairs. GK Today Quizzes and Pearson/Lucent Concise GK Guide for Static GK.
Legal Aptitude – ‘The Pearson Guide to the CLAT’ by Harsh Gagrani for Legal Reasoning. ‘Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning’ by A.P. Bharadwaj, and ‘The Ultimate Guide to the LLB Entrance Examinations 2016’ for Legal Knowledge.
Logic – ‘A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning’ by R.S. Aggarwal and ‘Analytical Reasoning’ by M.K. Pandey
Careers360: How do they need to prepare for ‘Legal Aptitude’ section as it’s considered the most important?Harsh Gagrani: Indeed the section, ’Legal Aptitude’ is considered the most important of all as the section carries 50 marks. Moreover, in case of tie, the candidate having more marks in Legal Aptitude is given preference over others. Therefore, you need to concentrate a bit more on this section. I would like to share few suggestions for the important section–
a. Don’t look for multiple sources. Multiple answers to same/similar questions will confuse you and do more harm than good. Rather, look for one/two good sources where you get atleast 1400-1500 questions before the CLAT. Join any good coaching centre’s Test Series for the same.
b. This is probably clichÃ©d – but stick to the principle! And do not use any outside knowledge while answering questions.
c. Don’t read too much theory, but do prepare for Torts, Contracts and Criminal Law, as questions from these topics come mostly in Legal Reasoning and not in Legal Knowledge. Reading too much theory will further make you mark answers not based on your reading of the principle but based on your outside knowledge.
d. Don’t forget to give due emphasis to Current Legal GK. Many questions this year were asked from it. Though there is no separate source for this, any good CA source will suffice for this.
e. Time is also a key to cracking this section. Less than 45-48 seconds per Legal Reasoning question and less than 12 seconds per Legal Knowledge question should be your eventual aim.
Careers360: Any more expert suggestions for the law aspirants?Harsh Gagrani: Be open to newer kind of questions – This was the biggest lesson from CLAT 2015! The CLAT Committee has often resorted to giving generic notifications, whereby they can rightfully incorporate questions on newer formats. When you’re done with your usual material, it won’t hurt to buy a couple of books of CAT/MAT and practice newer kind of questions from it.
Revise – Especially for the students who have devoted a year to prepare for the CLAT, it is very easy to complete many prep books in the first few months. However, if you don’t find time to revise whatever you did back then, there is a good possibility you’ll forget a good chunk of important material by the CLAT day. Devote ample number of hours in the last one-two months to revision.
Have faith – Not scoring too well in Mocks? Worrying won’t do any good! Analyse your scores, identify your weaknesses at a micro level and work on them. 5 months is enough to perform miracles.
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If you are willing then it is not difficult to prepare for CLAT or AILET in just one month, You need to focus on current affairs and recent legal development in the country, also brush up your english language and comprehension, also study and analyse the exam pattern and previous year question papers. MH CET is a bit easy than CLAT mainly because the number of students who sit for CLAT are more than MH CET. I have attached the link to the exam pattern of CLAT and AILET for your reference,
For admission into undergraduate and postgraduate(PG) law courses offered at NLUs and other colleges/universities accepting exam scores, the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance exam that is present. These are the colleges that accept CLAT :National Law School of India University, Bangalore,National Academy of Legal Study & Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad,The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, National Law University, Jodhpur, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur, Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Chanakya National Law University Patna
National University of Advanced Legal Studies, Kochi
The CLAT Eligibility for five-year Integrated courses is that the candidates should have completed 10+2 or equivalent examination for national or state board of education. They should have also obtained a minimum 45% marks if belonging to General/ Other Backward Class (OBC) / Specially-abled categories and, 40% marks if belonging to Scheduled Class (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories.
Coaching is a very fine idea for the preparation of the CLAT exam. In New Delhi, the following are coaching centres:
1. Success Mantra
2.Ease Vidya- Success Mantra
3.Edu Mentor Educational Services Pvt. Ltd.
4.Clear Exam by Success Mantra
5.Maansarovar Law Centre
6.Smart Prep Eduction Pvt. Ltd
7.Knowledge Nation Law Centre
9.Vidhiwise(one stop solution)
Hope this helps. All the best !
Dear Prachi Nema
Ready for the challenge?
Then let's do IT.
1) Devote 2 hrs daily for 5 days for any recent monthly
magazine (Just go through it, don't make notes)
In 30 days you'd finish 6 months current affairs.
2) Solve 1
paper on every odd day (1st, 3rd etc)
Skip the current affairs part.
In 30 days you'd solve 15 papers.
3) On even days, analyse you weaker areas and work on them.
BEST OF LUCK!
CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test and if you have decided to build your career in Law then scoring good marks in CLAT and securing a seat in some good college of the country. For preparations yes you can do a crash course as from 2020 onwards CLAT exam is conducted offline and here are the list of few coaching centres for crash course of CLAT in Jabalpur:
Hope this information is helpful.
Have a great day!
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