How to prepare for CLAT 2020 along with boards - As class 12 is one of the most crucial years in the lives of Indian students, the level of confusion and dilemmas is also higher than usual. Students aspiring for a career in law often do not know how to prepare for CLAT alongside 12th board exams. Being a CLAT aspirant and a student appearing for 10 + 2 board examination is as exhausting as a full time job, especially when there is no strategy to proceed with for preparation. The CLAT 2020 has been tentatively scheduled for the third week of May, 2020. As there is no hard and fast rule for CLAT preparation, students are advised to focus on putting hard work for both the examinations. But for that, one must know all the tiniest of details of CLAT 2020.
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The law exam, CLAT 2020 has been tentatively scheduled for fourth week of May, 2020 and will be conducted by the National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL), Ranchi. The exam will consist of five sections - Elementary Mathematics, English, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. And the exam will be conducted via offline mode for a duration of two hours.
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The apt time to begin CLAT 2020 preparations.
As every candidate has his/her own pace and style of preparation, it has been advised that candidates must have at least nine to ten months in hand for not only CLAT preparation but also for revision. Even though no time span would ever be sufficient enough for practising, but it has always been a thumb rule that the earlier you start, the better you end up.
Receiving tips from others is helpful but strategizing the preparation plan by and for yourself is much more beneficial. When the planning is done by self, we know our strong and weak points. Hence, we plan accordingly. To make the preparation strategy effective, aspirants must watch the topper interviews, thoroughly go through the syllabus and practise previous years’ question papers. It has always been proven that a standard preparation plan works the best for any exam preparation. Focusing on the topics which are new and tough for the candidates should be prioritised as they will require extra efforts. According to the CLAT toppers, those law aspirants who have a good command over their logical and reasoning subject, they can divert their focus on other subjects and prepare them well.
Juggling between exam preparations?
Often, the law aspirants are torn between preparations of two major examinations of their career- 12th board and CLAT 2020, which only adds to their stress. The juggling between two major examination preparations is exhausting. The only way to avoid this is to know time management and have utmost dedication towards the goal.
The best way is to prepare for CLAT is to practise all the topics by December and from January onwards, begin the revision. For 12th boards preparation, candidates must start studying from the onset of 12th grade’s classes. Studying regularly from the beginning keeps the students mind in the right direction. It will also help them to later divide their time equally for the preparation of both the exams.
Points to avoid while preparing for CLAT 2020.
While juggling between preparations, students are often left confused and end up making mistakes which leads to failure. Following are a few points the candidates must avoid while preparing for CLAT 2020 alongside 12th board examinations:
Do not seclude yourself. Socialise whenever you feel like but set a duration of your meetings and follow them strictly. Converting into a recluse is not a trick to achieve success.
Prioritise your focus. Do not focus on the topics which are easier or you have studied before. Concentrate more on the topics which are new/untouched and difficult. They will demand more effort. But that does not mean that one will go lenient on the easy topics. They are equally important and overconfidence is bad.
Running around like a headless chicken will only make you more panicky. And panicking leads to increase in stress which occupies your head space. And that will only mean, less knowledge and more tension in the mind.
Quick preparation tips for CLAT 2020 and 12th board exam aspirants.
The following points are a quick tips to keep in mind while preparing for CLAT 2020 along with 12th boards:
Set targets for your preparation. If you have set ten topics to be covered in one week, do not slow down or get demotivated. Complete the set target. Wherever you go low, don’t reduce your target, increase your effort.
Rest when needed. Overburdening will only lead to less efficiency. Whenever the need to relax arises, take the call and do whatever reduces your stress.
Practise mock tests and previous years’ question papers. They are very important as they give an overview of how the exam pattern would be. And if you get lucky, you might get a or maybe a few questions from them in your exam.
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The Syllabus of CLAT includes a total of 5 sections. Here is the section wise syllabus of CLAT-
1. General Knowledge and Current Affairs- 50 questions for 50
2. Legal Aptitude- 50 questions for 50 marks
3. English- including Comprehension questions 40 for 40 marks
4. Logical Reasoning- 40 questions for 40 marks
5. Elementary Mathematics-20 question for 20 marks.
In case you are looking for an all inclusive guide then the best one is- Universal's guide to CLAT and LLB. Other good guides for the same are- Arihant's guide for CLAT and Pearson's guide to CLAT. Here are some tips for preparation for each individual section of CLAT along with individual sources for each.
General Knowledge - The GK Section includes both Static GK as well as current affairs. For gstatic general knowledge you can refer to the Concised size Pearson or the Arihant’s guide. For current affairs, first of all develop a habit to read newspapers daily. The Hindu is the newspaper preferred by various CLAT Aspirants. It not only builds a strong base for General knowledge but will also help you in your verbal ability section. There is a site called GK today.in which you can go to for current affairs. They have daily quizes based on current affairs which has been proved very usefull for CLAT preparation.
English - In case you are looking for a separate book For Vocabulary you can refer the book Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis. You will come across various words while reading the newspaper too, prepare a list, go through them regularly and try to use them in sentences. You should read the Editorial section of the Hindu for your Reading section as well as Vocabulary section of CLAT. For the reading section practicing your sample questions while timing it would prove usefull. For grammar you can use the Wren & Martin.
Mathematics - The weightage of the maths section is very less in CLAT. Also the syllabus included elementary level of Mathematics. Hence, if you purchase an all inclusive guide, then practicing for it would suffice.
Logical Reasoning - For Quantitative aptitude in case you are looking for a separate book then quantitative aptitude by RS Aggarwal can be used. Other wise Universal's guide to CLAT or Arihant guide is also sufficient for CLAT. Make sure that you go through the previous year question too.
Legal Aptitude - Universal’s guide to CLAT and LLB, Pearson CLAT Guide are considered the best for this section. Fo through the basics of handling the questions of this section at first, and then utilise it to practice from these guides or any other source online, previous year papers etc.
Make sure that you go through the past year question papers and practice them along with sample papers. This will help you to have an idea about how to attempt the paper, the level of questions for each section, and how to manage your time well. If you are planning to take any coaching in institutes like Career launcher, Bulls eye etc then their reading material covers all aspects. You can refer the books listed above in case you need separate books for any or the sections.
Best of luck!
Legal Aptitude - Universal’s guide to CLAT and LLB, Pearson CLAT Guide are considered the best for this section. Fo through the basics of handling the questions of this section at first, and then utilise it to practice from these guides or any other source online, previous year papers etc. Make sure that you go through the past year question papers and practice them along with sample papers. This will help you to have an idea about how to attempt the paper, the level of questions for each section, and how to manage your time well. If you are planning to take any coaching in institutes like Career launcher, Bulls eye etc then their reading material covers all aspects. You can refer the books listed above in case you need separate books for any or the sections.
If you are preparing for CLAT UG, Here are some of the tips which are basic yet impactful are:
Know the CLAT paper pattern, marking scheme, changes in previous year, latest trends and participating colleges.
It is not the quantity of books but the quality of books which matters. So make sure you have a selective yet good books with you.
Start with previous year CLAT question papers and previous year papers.
Be updated with General awareness, current affairs updates and even legal updates.
Work on your vocabulary. Read newspapers and relevant novels. This will also help you in increasing your speed.
Areas of Law to be understood in basic form includes: Law of Torts, Law of Contract, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and some understanding of Family law.
Attempt online and offline mocks test. There are sectional and full length mocks available as well.
Material you can refer to are: -Previous year question papers -Norman Lewis- Word Power Made easy -Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning- By RS Agarwal -Universal guide to LLB Exam -Pearson GK Module -Monthly magazines on GK, Current Affair, Books and Novel Hope this helps.
You can check complete CLAT Syllabus to go through with the given below link.
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