CLAT 2020 Preparation Tips - CLAT has 21 participating NLUs, out of which eight are among the top 15 law colleges listed in NIRF rankings prepared by the MHRD. And even the ones that missed out on NIRF rankings are not to be trifled with as they more or less tower over most other law colleges. But what these glaring stats also unwittingly ensure is they de facto make CLAT the most competitive law exam in the land, as every law student worth his/her salt wants to get into an NLU. And if you bother to add the fact that only recently the NLU consortium made key changes to the CLAT 2020 exam pattern, acing CLAT is no walk in the park. It is precisely why we bring CLAT aspirants CLAT preparation tips 2020.
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But before we jump into the subtleties of CLAT exam preparation, let us get a brief introduction to CLAT 2020:
The CLAT 2020 exam will be an offline test that will be conducted on May 10
The exam is conducted for admission to both 5-year integrated law courses and LLM program.
Application form of CLAT 2020 is slated to commence on January 1; last date of submission is March 31.
This year the exam will be comprehension-based following a decision by the NLU consortium
CLAT UG 2020 will now have 150 MCQs (as opposed to 200 earlier)
Cutoff marks have been introduced for CLAT PG 2020
In addition to the 21 participating NLUs, many private colleges will also use CLAT scores for admission purpose.
Now that we more or less know what the exam is all about, let’s move to find out what constitutes our top 10 tips to qualify CLAT 2020.
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Find out what is new in CLAT 2020
The first rule of thumb that candidates should follow is stay updated about any changes to CLAT exam, be it exam pattern or syllabus. It is because unless one knows about these changes, one cannot perform to one’s fullest potential or as per the requirements of the exam.
The consortium of NLUs has made following changes to CLAT 2020 exam pattern:
CLAT 2020 will be a comprehension-based test
The number of questions for CLAT UG has been reduced to 150 from 200. Question type however will remain MCQ.
CLAT UG will have comprehension-based questions from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning sections.
CLAT PG will also include comprehension-based questions
Further, for CLAT PG cutoff marks have been introduced for the objective paper. General category candidates need to score 40% marks in the paper, only then will the subjective paper be evaluated. The cutoff marks for SC/ST/PwD candidates is 35%
2. Get accustomed to CLAT syllabus
It may sound cliché, but there is no getting around the CLAT 2020 syllabus. It is because the CLAT syllabus has details on which topics will be covered in the exam, and not knowing about them would be akin to shooting oneself in the foot.
CLAT 2020 will include questions from the following sections:
Current affairs including general knowledge
Along with the syllabus, the candidate is also urged to carefully go through the CLAT 2020 exam pattern; note that the changes to the pattern is already discussed in our earlier point.
3. Get the timing right
Sometimes candidates take it too easy and leave it until too late to start their CLAT preparation, only to find out that there is not enough time to complete the syllabus. It can be frustrating if that happens. On the other hand, students who start their preparation early are likely to be better equipped for the exam. Typically, one year is a good enough time to prepare for the exam. But that being said, each candidate has to decide for himself or herself as to how much time they need for preparation. And that the decision would largely depend on the candidate’s grip of the topics at that point in time.
4. Put in place a study plan
There are multiple benefits of following a CLAT 2020 study plan. For example, it will bring discipline, clarity, and direction to the CLAT 2020 preparation process. It would also help the candidate stay anchored to the task at hand instead of living in a make-believe world. The buzzword of a study-plan is action. And action means to execute what is planned.
When preparing the study plan, the candidate should pay special attention to weaker sections. Also, there must be provisions for periodic assessment of progress. If things don’t go as per plan, the candidate must make appropriate modifications wherever necessary.
5. Get the book combination right
Instead of piling up the study with assorted books by different writers just for the hack of it, trim it down. The fewer books you have, the easier it is to manage, and to go back for revision (as you will easily remember where you read it the last time). Also note that every writer has his one signature way of interpreting a concept or problem, and so reading the same concept from different sources can create confusion, especially at the early stages when you are new to it.
A question that can also arise in the mind of candidates is how to decide which books are good for CLAT 2020 preparation.
A good book will have the following traits:
Contains few errors
Is easy to follow
Meets CLAT exam standards
Cites proper sources
Contains illustrations to aid understanding
There are problem sets to edify understanding
6. Solve sample papers
Along with doing regular study and solving problems given in the textbooks, one needs to back it up by solving CLAT sample papers. These papers will have similar types of questions to those asked in the entrance exam, and so are useful for understanding various concepts and enhancing one’s problem solving skills. Previous years’ question papers also serve the same purpose.
Revise your way to success
Revision is like sharpening a knife on a whetstone. The more you revise, the sharper your problem skills will get; your understanding of concepts will also likewise get better. WHen planning a revision, just make sure that you revise difficult topics more frequently. Once you get accustomed to these topics and get better at tackling them, you can cut the frequency.
Also, to make revision easier, you may make it a habit of jotting down important points on a notebook or mark them in the textbook itself. This way you don’t have to read entire blocks of test if you have to brush up a point or concept.
Integrate mock tests with preparation
Read up any CLAT topper interview, and you will see a common thread. These toppers all took dozens of mock tests to get into exam mode and give final touches to their exam preparation. While mock tests are usually taken closer to the exam, it is increasingly becoming a trend among students to start mock test from the beginning itself. Like one can take a mock test after completing a chapter and solve all questions related to it.
The thing with mock tests is they are are a simulation of the real thing and so help candidates get the exam day vibes and solve question is a exam-life environment, with timer included. Consequently, the candidates can learn time management skills and improve accuracy.
Keep a tab on health
While one must give one’s best to succeed in CLAT 2020, it shouldn’t be at the cost of one’s health. Remember, you will be able to perform to the best of abilities only if you are properly rested and healthy. Many a times students in their zeal to do well in the exam forget to take care of their health and as a result fall sick. A less than optimized health will also affect the mental aspect impinging on its ability to perform properly.
The solution then is to take timely break between studies, eat healthy food, drink lots of water, and indulge in games that can act as stress-buster.
Learn these exam-day etiquettes
Make it a point to reach the exam centre early. Late comers may not be allowed entry, and even if they are, it is not an ideal way to start an important exam. When reporting for exam, don’t forget to bring the CLAT 2020 admit card and a valid ID proof.
The admit card will contain details like name and roll number,date and time of exam, and the exam venue. Importantly, it will contain information about exam-day guidelines regarding proper code of conduct, allowed and barred items, etc. One needs to follow these guidelines diligently.
As far as order of attempt is concerned, tackle the scoring section or questions first, before moving on more difficult questions. And finally, keep a cool head, no matter what the exam situation is; it will pay rich dividends!
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NUSRL will conduct CLAT 2020 in offline mode on 10th May, 2020.
Application process has commenced from 1st January and 31st March is the last date.
Eligibility Criteria: Candidate needs to pass 10+2 from a recognized university with 45% for Generals, for SC/ST it's 40%. There's no upper age limit. Those appearing in 2020 for class 12th too are eligible.
There has been a pattern change this time, and the number of questions have been reduced from 200 to 150.
CLAT Syllabus now comprised of the following:
English including comprehension
General knowledge and current affairs
Elementary mathematics (numerical ability)
CLAT syllabus has been changed and to give you a gist of the changed syllabus,
The no.of questions asked will be reduced from 200 to 120/125 but the time duration will be the same
English: There will be no more direct vocabulary questions
GK: Static GK will be removed and only your knowledge on current affairs will be tested
Mathematics: Only DI based questions.
Logical Reasoning: More emphasis on critical reasoning questions
Legal Aptitude: No Legal GK questions but the reasoning questions will remain.
We do not yet have sample papers as this is the first year.
CLAT is necessary to take admission in Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) and the university provides for reservation to J&K Migrants, but you will have to give CLAT in order to get admission in GNLU, however, it is not compulsory to give CLAT if you want to take admission in any other university in Gujarat. You have not provided the specific university/college in which you want to apply, i would suggest you check the website of the university you wish to apply and check the entrance criteria of that university. For your reference i have provided a list of Gujarat based universities who offer BA.LBB as a course,
As you know that cut-off for CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is released by National University Of Study And Research In Law Ranchi. For all 21 participating institutes cut-offs are different which you can check by clicking the following link :
Previous Year Cut-off for CLAT
Hope this helps you, we wish for your bright future and successful career.
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