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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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

  • Manorama Yearbook

  • 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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Previous year question is helpful for clat ug??

pritamsingh5798 27th May, 2020

Hey there

Definitely previous year questions is going to help you in your exam. Clat generally do not repeat questions as it's a national level exam but you'll get complete Idea about the exam pattern. Also by solving previous year questions you'll get idea of time in the exam as what extra effort you need to put to save time in exam after seeing the real level of the questions.

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which coaching branch for clat must I prefer ?

Yash Dev Student Expert 27th May, 2020

Hello student there are many coaching institutes for clat preparation but as due to lockdowon all coaching institute shift towards online classes you need to join online coaching now.

Some of the best clat coaching are as mentioned below -

1)Career launcher

2)clat Edge

3)lawprep Tutorial

4)Legal Tutorial

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

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which are the other colleges under clat other than NLUs?

Yash Dev Student Expert 27th May, 2020

Hello student there are more than 90 law colleges which offer admission through clat accept 21 National law University. Some of them are mentioned below -

1)Bennett University Greater Noida

2)CRM University school of legal studies, Banglore

3)school of law UPES dehradun

4)ICFAI Law school hyderabad

5)Institute of law Nirma University.

For more updates refer to the link mentioned below - https://law.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-law-colleges-in-india-accepting-clat

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

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what is the procedure for CLAT I am giving exam of class 12th ..ARTS stream. Date of exam and registration..

Shareef 27th May, 2020

CLAT is the entrance examination for admission to 3 year and 5 year Integrated Law courses in National Law Universities, To be eligible for CLAT, you should complete your 12th with atleast 45% aggregate in any discipline. It is 45% for General Category and 40% for SC/ST. There is no upper age limit for CLAT. Students appearing for their 12th also can give CLAT exams. You can still register for CLAT 2020 until July 1st. Use this link for registration: https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/ . The exam date will be announced before July 1st.


is clat exam appeared require to tske admission in llb in puri private law college?

Yash Dev Student Expert 26th May, 2020

Hello student I request you to please help me with your preferable college so that I can check and provide you the exact information clat offer admission in more than 90 law college.

Application form extended till July 1 you can fill the application form now, clat constorium will release the examination date on 1st July 2020.

For more updates refer to the link mentioned below - https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in/clat-2020/

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

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