How to prepare for LSAT India 2020 by Asif Zamir, Pahuja Law Academy
How to prepare for LSAT India 2020 by Asif Zamir, Pahuja Law Academy - LSAT India 2020 will be conducted on May 17, in a pen and paper based test mode. Candidates from across the country will appear in the national level law entrance test which is accepted for admissions to several law colleges in India. LSAT India is different from other law entrance exams conducted in India. Asif Zamir, the faculty of Pahuja Law Academy, in an interview with Careers360, helps us in understanding the nature of LSAT India 2020. Mr. Zamir also shared the important preparation tips, particularly subject wise preparation tips for LSAT India which would help the candidates in streamlining their preparation for LSAT India. Go through the complete questionnaire with Asif to learn more about how to prepare for LSAT India 2020.
Careers360 - Can you suggest some section-wise preparation tips for LSAT-India?
Asif Zamir - On Regarding Analytical reasoning:
There is no requirement of any formal training in logic to answer this section under LSAT. AR section is intended to be answered using knowledge, skills, and analytical ability which could be generally expected from a student of undergraduate level.
The Analytical Reasoning (AR) section contains 23 questions and is designed to evaluate the analytical ability of the candidates to reflect upon a set of facts and the principles thereby, and determine which answer is true. AR questions appear in sets, with each set based on a single or multiple passages. The passage used for answering each set of questions describes a scenario involving grouping relationships or ordering relationships, or even combination of both types of relationships.
The AR questions test a wide range of deductive reasoning skills. The AR section reflects different kinds of detailed analysis of relationships and sets of constraints that a law student must perform in legal problem solving. These AR questions are best prepared by extensive practice from previous year papers and worksheets. Practice will go on to improve the deductive reasoning of the students
For Logical Reasoning (LR1) and Logical Reasoning (LR2):
The LR1 comprises 22 questions and LR2 contains 23 questions. These two sections provide with the Logical Reasoning part which mainly includes a small paragraph from newspapers, magazines, books, etc out of which one or two questions are to be answered, the candidates are supposed to delineate certain arguments based on the principles laid down in the question and also take out the conclusion from the same. This section may also ask questions related to analogy, argument explanation, assertion and reasoning. The questions are designed to assess the critical thinking of students about the arguments and how much they are able to lay emphasis on the nitty-gritty of such arguments and answer them logically.
The LR1 and LR2 section does not require specialized awareness about the terminology related to logical reasoning. It only requires a basic level understanding of concepts such as principle, facts, arguments premise, assertion, conclusion, etc. Once the student get familiar and updated with these terms it becomes easier to solve this section of LSAT paper. The logical reasoning question essentially evaluates the ability of the candidates in analyzing the arguments.
Again, in order to get a grasp of this section as well it is very important to practice different categories of questions related to logical reasoning from workbooks and previous year question papers. The mastering of a variety of reasoning questions will help immensely in conquering this section.
Dealing with Reading Comprehension:
The Reading Comprehension Section comprises at least four passages of 400-500 words each with a set of 5-8 questions taking up the total to 23 questions. The Reading Comprehension portion is given to test the student’s ability to read through complex passages and gauge the relation between the questions and parts of the passages. This section assesses the student’s ability to understand the statements conveyed by the author and also learn to read between the lines and understand the hidden meaning in the passage.
In order to excel in this section it is very important to master the craft of quick reading and stress more upon the content of the Passage. The students must be vigilant as well as agile while culling out and understanding the significant portions of the passage and attempting the given questions by applying their understanding of the passage. The option elimination technique is very helpful in dealing with this section. Regular practice of Comprehension exercises as well as daily newspaper reading would be of great help to deal with this section.
Careers360 - How is LSAT India different from other law exams such as CLAT or any other exam?
Asif - LSAT basically measures the students’ reading, verbal, analytical and logical reasoning abilities, aptitude and basic calculation which serve as an important factor in their entrance exams. CLAT, after the recently introduced changes in 2020, is also testing the reading, analytical, logical, legal and quantitative techniques. The approach of both CLAT 2020 and LSAT is more or less similar but CLAT differs on the legal and quantitative portions.
The questions in the LSAT exam will be mainly from Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections. Whereas the Sections in CLAT mainly comprise of English Language, Current Affairs including GK, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques.
As per LSAT India exam pattern, the exam will have 115 questions for the candidates to be attempted in 2 hours and 55 minutes. All questions in LSAT will be of “objective type” - multiple choice format with four options out of which one would be the correct option plus there is no negative marking for incorrect answers. On the other hand, CLAT has 150 questions to be attempted in 2 hours. They are also in multiple choice questions format of one mark each and negative marking of -0.25 for every incorrect answer.
Careers360 - How do you see the addition of the variable section in the LSAT India syllabus? Will this make the exam trickier for students?
Asif - In LSAT there are 5 sections in total out of which 4 sections are scored and 1 is not i.e. ‘Variable Section’. This section is introduced to check the flow of questions which will be asked in future and how students will attempt these questions. Although it remains the unscored section of the test and does not affect the student’s score, the performance of the students in this section is closely assessed by the LSAT Council.
It is named as “Variable Section” as the type of question varies from paper to paper. E.g. If A and B both are LSAT candidates, A may have Reading Comprehension as his variable section [un-scored] and B may have it as Reading Comprehension Section[scored] in the same question paper. The candidates will not be able to identify the ‘Variable Section’ or ‘Unscored Section’ and therefore it is advised to attempt all the questions in order to obtain maximum marks in LSAT.
Careers360 - Given that only three months are left for LSAT India preparation, how should the candidates prepare in this crucial time?
Asif - The following techniques may be adopted by the candidates who aspire to prepare for LSAT in the upcoming three months:
Go to the LSAT India Website and explore the materials available online. E.g. LSAT Handbook.
Work the sample papers which comes with explanations on the LSAT Website;
Take coaching from a professional institute as there is no substitute for an expert’s advice;
Make a Three Month Schedule and stick to it religiously without procrastination;
Set small (daily) goals for oneself and meet them by the end of the day;
Consistent reading of a reputed Newspaper on a daily basis;
Go through the Editorial and OP-ED section of the paper;
Solve the Unsolved Passage Exercises;
Prepare the Analytical and Logical Reasoning by going through any reputed book in the market;
Solve (as many as possible) the previous years’ question papers for LSAT;
Careers360 - The result of LSAT India is provided in a given score band, can you please explain what kind of score band it will be and how the candidates will be ranked?
Asif - The LSAT – India result is declared on the registration site which can be downloaded by the students. The LSAT credit score report includes: The current score, score band and percentile rank. The students receive credit for correct answers and there is no negative marking for incorrect answers.
The raw score is the marks actually scored by the student in answering the questions correctly are thereafter converted to Score Band as raw scores cannot be compared directly. Score band is a scaled score between 420 and 480, out of which 420 is the lowest and 480 is the highest. Score bands reflect the precision of the LSAT and are reported to emphasize that the LSAT score is an estimate of the student's actual proficiency level. A score band is reported for each individual score, as well as for the student’s average score, if available. However, these scaled scores are not perfectly accurate in skills as they may be slightly higher or slightly lower than the reflected scores received
Thereafter, the percentile rank i.e. a percent below value for the student’s scaled score is also provided which reflects the percentage of candidates whose scores were lower than the student in question against the total number of students who appeared in LSAT - India. E.g. a percent below value of 75.33% indicates that 75.33% of other candidates who gave LSAT score lower than the student in question.
The LSAT scores may then be submitted to respective colleges which accept these scores as a part of their admission criteria.
Careers360 - Any special suggestions you would like to give to the students regarding LSAT India preparation?
Asif - It is of utmost importance for the students to know the type and difficulty of questions asked in LSAT before beginning their preparation. Reading, attempting and revising questions in the given time frame is equally important. Time-management is the ultimate key to success both at the preparatory stage as well as during the exam session. LSAT exam can be easily cracked with the right amount of practice. Instilling a daily habit of analyzing newspapers and magazines will go a long way as reading and comprehending goes to the very roots of LSAT preparation. This reading habit will inculcate a better understanding of arguments and deducing the same logically to answer the questions.
It is very important to focus on one section at a time and not multi-task, it is equally important to finish the section in the given time frame. Recognize the skills that are required for dealing with each section of LSAT, learn and practice those skills relentlessly and complete the sections with alacrity and precision. Attempting LSAT India Mock Test Series will help in testing the exam readiness of the students on a real time basis as it is given in an exam like situation with similar amount of pressure.
Asif Zamir: The author is a faculty of Legal Reasoning and Aptitude at Pahuja Law Academy, Delhi. He has completed his Bachelor and Master Degree of Law from University of Delhi. He scored All India Rank 11 in DU.LL.M. Entrance Exam, 2016 and was also the Convenor and Honorary Member of Moot Court Society of Law Centre-1.
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Questions related to LSAT India
is the percentile calculated separately for 5 year and 3 year llb?
Hello Aspirant ,
Yes , The percentage calculated separately for 5 years and 3 years of LLB . 3 years LLB is an undergraduate program in LAW . Students can pursue this course only after they have successfully completed their graduation but that does not make it a postgraduate degree. 5 years LLB is an integrated program.
what are options if I am looking for LLM after MBA
After any graduation you can to do an MBA or LLB, but you can do your LLM only after your LLB, which is your basic degree in law. From your question we can infer that you already have an LLB degree and would like to pursue your LLM after your MBA.
One primary advantage you may develop after your MBA is to understand which stream of business law your would like to pursue in LLM or position yourself as the legal person within a company, who also understand how a company functions or need to function based on your study of MBA and the application of Law within the framework of the organization and protecting the organization from all legal issues.
which are best colleges in LSAT India for BBA LLB?
Following are some of the best colleges that take admission through LSAT for BBA LLB. These colleges provide quality education and have high ratings.
Alliance School of Law
Auro University School of Law
Azim Premji University
Institute of Law
College of Legal Studies
JSS Law College
KLE Society's Law College
MATS Law School
NCU Law School
VIT Law School
what is the average score of lsat india for getting admisson in o.p jindal college
Hello student cut off vary every year on various factors like the level of question in the entrance examination and total number of applicants in that examination, its difficult to predict exact score but as per previous year records 80 percentile or more than 80 percentile for 5 year law program at jindal law school.
Feel free to comment if you have any doubt
Does LSAT India have negative marking?
No. A very important point to remember is that there is no negative marking. So, once you reach the end of the section if you haven't answered every question or attempted every question then absolutely go back and answer. You have roughly twenty percent chance of getting it right just by guessing so please save 30 seconds to a minute at the end to go back and make sure that you have an answer entered for every single question.
Dr. Jason Dickenson
Director, India Testing- Law School Admission Council (LSAC)