Every year around 36,000 students appear for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), out of which only 2,252 are shortlisted for admission to 17 of the most sought after law schools in India– the National Law Universities (NLUs). The numbers itself reflect the competitiveness of the test and with just 4 months remaining, majority of the candidates have reached the next level of preparation which includes taking mock test and learning effective time management.Related PostCLAT 2019CLAT Application Form 2019CLAT Admit Card 2019
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In order to guide you in your preparation, Careers360 brings you ‘CLAT 2016 Preparation Tips by Experts’- a series of articles guiding law aspirants in their preparation for CLAT 2016.
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In an interview with Careers 360, Rajendra Khadav of Crack CLAT Tutorials shares some valuable inputs regarding major guide books and the effectiveness of taking mock tests for CLAT.[Click here to enrol for CLAT Complete Study Material and Preparation Package]
Excerpts from the edited interview
Careers360: How should a law aspirant prepare for CLAT 2016 in remaining four months?Rajendra Khadav: Law aspirants should now concentrate on revising their concepts. They should particularly focus on increasing their speed as time is a very crucial factor in completing the exam. Solving previous years’ papers would help aspirants to enhance their speed and time management skills besides acquainting with the paper structure. Aspirants should be abreast with the current affairs till the last day of the exam.
Careers360: What specific strategy do the aspirants need for an Online CLAT 2016?Rajendra Khadav: CLAT aspirants need to take lots of online tests. They need to be good and quick at the mouse movements, clicking and scrolling.
Careers360: What role does mock test play?Rajendra Khadav: The aspirants need to take as many as 5 to 6 online mock tests in a month during their early preparatory days. This will help aspirants in improving their thinking and reacting capability (in online mode) in the stipulated time. Moreover, in due course of time they will get accustomed to the mode.
Careers360: Which books would you recommend for aspirants preparing for CLAT?Rajendra Khadav: There are a number of good books available in the market for CLAT Preparation. I am suggesting few of them–
Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
English is easy by Chetnanand Singh
Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey
Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal
Objective arithmetic by R S Agarwal
Butterworth’s Lexis Nexis
Universal’s LLB entrance guide
CRACK CLAT’s monthly magazine of current affairs
Lucent General Knowledge
Careers360: How can an aspirant prepare for each subject for CLAT 2016?Rajendra Khadav: Following are the subjects tested through CLAT examination. The aspirants are advised to prepare for all the sections in a proper manner.
English: The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based comprehension passages and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling in of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc. You need to build a vast vocabulary. This needs long term sustained effort. Go through the word list, words of one letter of the alphabet per day, and tick those words that you are not familiar with. Use those words in your conversation or in any writing. Do read a good newspaper, like the Hindu, every day without fail and a news magazine like the Frontline. This in any case is essential for your GK preparation.
General Knowledge: This is another area that needs sustained effort. The area to be covered is indeed very vast. You must go through the 10th Standard books on Geography, History, Civics and Science to get a bird’s eye view or the subject matter. Do attempt the entire question from the past papers to get an idea of the vastness of the coverage. For current events, reading of newspaper and magazine is important. You must maintain a GK notebook for short notes.
Maths: This section will test candidates only on elementary mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till class 10. You’ll need to understand the fundamentals of the topics of arithmetic. You’ll also have to enhance your speed by practicing exercises from various study materials.
Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the student’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc.
Legal Aptitude: This is one of the most important sections that the candidate should cover properly. It is not necessary for them to know the laws but must have an inclination towards the study of law. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions to which they have to answer. Solving previous years’ question papers would help them to enhance their understanding the principles and improve time management skills.
Careers360: Any more suggestions for the CLAT aspirants.Rajendra Khadav: While attempting the mock tests, aspirants need to have a positive approach and be confident that you know the section very well and are prepared to answer the questions.
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