CLAT Preparation Guide has been designed based on syllabus of CLAT and pattern of questions asked in previous common law admission test. Candidates would benefit by going through this preparation guide for CLAT 2018 exam. The tips and strategies cover almost all resources required for complete preparation for CLAT exam.
Law aspirants can get here detailed guide for CLAT preparation 2018 that will help in the following
- Know about the books to be referred for subjects like English & Comprehension, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude Test, GK & Current Affairs and Logical Reasoning.
- Understand the CLAT 2018 exam pattern.
- Get an idea of correct approach towards solving the CLAT paper.
CLAT Preparation Guide for Undergraduate Programmes
Subjective Highlights for CLAT Exam Preparation
Laying greater emphasis on Legal Aptitude test will help candidates secure appreciable score card as the subject has total weightage of 50 marks which is taken into consideration while breaking tie between two or more candidates. This subject is more of your personal disposition as what is covered under the legal ambit and what is not.
Candidates can secure another 50 marks if their preparation level in General Knowledge and Current Affairs is higher than other competitors. To obtain 100% marks in GK and Current Affairs, you will be required to keep yourself updated about what is happening around, what happened in the recent past besides being in good command over subjects taught in school.
Another important subject is English & Comprehension carrying 40 marks in total. CLAT 2018 aspirants are advised to strengthen their English grammar and comprehension ability. Rich vocabulary and sentence framing knowledge too can help candidates score higher in this subject.
Logical Reasoning paper will carry 40 marks and candidates would be tested on various parameters of verbal and non verbal reasoning. Candidates need to practice as many reasoning exercises as possible to do maximum number of reasoning questions correctly.
Elementary Mathematics carries 20 marks and questions under this subject are simple and relatively straight forward. CLAT 2018 candidates can easily solve questions if their concepts up to Xth class are clear and if they are thorough with the mathematical formulas.
Test Paper Pattern of CLAT UG Exam
|Total number of questions each carrying one mark||200|
|Duration of test||2 Hour|
|Type of test paper||Objective type MCQ|
|Negative marking||0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer.|
CLAT 2018 Preparation Resources
Study material and preparation resources for complete preparation of CLAT 2018 exam are readily available. Candidates can seek help from books specially written for CLAT preparation. They can also go through books meant for each of five subjects covered under syllabus of undergraduate programmes.
The most important preparation tool for CLAT 2018 exam is the previous year question paper as it helps you know the pattern of papers and indicates as what subject needs to be given due priority during CLAT preparation. Below given are list of some books that can help you prepare well for CLAT 2018 exam.
Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis – This book will help candidates secure higher marks in English. Candidates will find here several exercises based on vocabulary.
Verbal & Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Agarwal – Candidates will find this book sufficient to come over the hurdles faced by them in solving all sorts of verbal and non verbal reasoning and logical reasoning.
Universal’s Guide to LLB Examination – Candidates will find this book handy for Legal Aptitude preparation. The book has been written based on previous year CLAT question papers. Moreover, it has a set of 100 questions that are sooner or later asked in every law entrance examination. Twenty sample CLAT question papers in this book will help to a large extent in doing better preparation for CLAT 2018 exam.
Pearson’s Concise GK Manual – This book has been exclusively authored for General Knowledge and Current Affairs preparation. CLAT 2018 aspirants would find here all information and topics to enhance their general knowledge.
LST’s Legal Reasoning Module – This book is recommended to all students who look forward to seek law admission in reputed law colleges and universities. As legal reasoning is an important paper of CLAT exam, so candidates going through this book have better chances of scoring higher marks in legal reasoning paper.
Miscellaneous Resources – Apart from the aforementioned books, candidates can also resort to law coaching class study materials, CLAT previous year question papers (CLAT office charges Rs 250 for one booklet of previous year question paper available on its official website).
Additional Resources – Candidates should develop the habit of reading one national newspaper regularly. Subscribing one national monthly magazine will also help sharpen GK and current affairs. Try to learn as many English words as possible. Candidates can start reading a book or novel as if they are reading news with clarity in sound pronunciation.
Time Management for CLAT 2018 Preparation
Whatever your study plan or CLAT preparation strategy is, make sure that you stick to time religiously. You have two hours for your CLAT paper during the real examination. Keep yourself hooked to this time limit while preparing for CLAT 2018 exam.
Five Quick Tips For CLAT Preparation
Negative marking in CLAT – Handle with care!
Know what the exam pattern and syllabus is – Proceed from here.
Refer past year papers – understand the level of difficulty and keep a check on your performance.
Practice, practice and more practice – There is no short cut to success, so work hard.
Read newspapers every day – A very important part of law entrance exams preparation is to keep up your general knowledge.
CLAT Exam Preparation Guide for Postgraduate Programmes
Candidates must prepare thoroughly not only the long essay type descriptive questions covering subjects like Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence but also the MCQ type questions based on law subjects.
CLAT 2018 candidates for PG programmes must know that the question paper will be of 150 marks with total duration of two hours. There will be two section of papers namely Long Essay Type Questions where in 4 questions will be there of 25 marks each.
Another section will be of Multiple-Choice Questions covering all compulsory law subjects prescribed by the BCI for the undergraduate course except Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence. There will be 50 questions each carrying one mark in this section. The CLAT office would deduct 0.25 marks for each wrong answer for the Multiple Choice Questions.
Test Paper Pattern of CLAT PG Exam
|Total number of questions each carrying one mark||150|
|Duration of test||2 Hour|
|Type of test paper||50 Qs of Objective type MCQ, 4 Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions|
|Negative marking||0.25 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer in MCQ section.|
- Tie breaking will be also done considering marks in the Long Essay Type Descriptive Questions, therefore, candidates must pay due attention to this section of the CLAT paper. Candidates should have studied each and every topic covered under Constitutional Law and Jurisprudence before appearing for CLAT 2018.
- For Multiple Choice Questions in the second section, candidates need to focus more on Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Criminal Law, and Legal Theory.
- Candidates can also refer to various books written by popular writers.
- Solving previous year CLAT question papers is must for candidates who would be taking CLAT 2018 exam to seek admission into postgraduate degree programmes.