CLAT syllabus for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) includes English, GK, Current Affairs, Mathematics, Legal Aptitude, Logical Reasoning. GK and current affairs syllabus constitutes of 50 marks each. English including comprehension, logical reasoning are of 40 marks each. Mathematics questions are of 20 marks. Overall, the CLAT exam paper is of 200 marks. CLAT 2018 Syllabus given here is for the information of all law aspirants who will be appearing in the upcoming entrance exam.
NLUs (CLAT organizing body) does not give a topic wise CLAT syllabus. On the basis of CLAT papers analysis, the following CLAT Syllabus is compiled for the reference of students. The syllabus is not final or binding. There is no fixed syllabus for Common Law Admission Test. The broad areas of the exam and topics from which questions are generally asked are explained below.
CLAT Syllabus for LLB is given in detail. The exam being divided into five major sections, CLAT Syllabus is given accordingly.
English including comprehension – 40 marks.
The official CLAT website says
The English section will test the candidates’ proficiency in English based on 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 of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.
The CLAT syllabus for english includes vocabulary, proficiency, usage errors, comprehension.
English Vocabulary – synonyms, antonyms, analogies.
English proficiency – idioms and phrases, fill in the blanks, one word substitution, cloze tests, sentence improvement, rearrangement of sentences in paragraph, jumbled sentences.
English usage errors – spot the error and correct the sentence, spelling mistakes, use the correct word.
English comprehension – paragraph is given. Questions are asked from that paragraph. Candidate needs to understand what the para says and answer questions accordingly.
It is advised that CLAT aspirants go through past year papers. Solving CLAT papers will help you prepare better for the exam and know the CLAT Syllabus.
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General knowledge and current affairs – 50 marks.
According to the official CLAT website, GK and current affairs syllabus for CLAT is as follows.
As far as general knowledge is concerned, the candidates will be tested on their general awareness including static general knowledge. Questions on current affairs will test candidates on their knowledge of current affairs.
To cover the GK syllabus for CLAT 2018, we suggest you refer to books like Manorama yearbook and Pratiyogita darpan. Focus is on static GK as well as latest happenings. Read the newspaper diligently and know the important news of the past year at least.
Events of national as well as international importance must be known to you. Also look out for news specific to science, technology, legal affairs, sports, people and places.
Elementary mathematics (Numerical ability) – 20 marks.
www.clat.ac.in says “This section will test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, i.e. maths taught up to Class X.”
Students who have a strong grasp of fundamentals of mathematics will find this section quite scoring. As long as you avoid silly calculation mistakes, concepts related to CLAT math section are easy. Make sure you cover these topics in mathematics:
- Number system
- Decimals and fractions
- Surds and indices
- HCF and LCM
- Ration and proportion
- Profit and loss
- Interest calculation
- Areas and volumes
Legal aptitude – 50 marks.
Study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Legal propositions will be described in the paper on which questions will be framed. Also a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense (e.g. the legal proposition may be that any person who speaks in a movie hall and disturbs others that are watching the movie will be banned from entering any movie theatre across India for one year). Candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly.
Basically, this section will test the candidate’s understanding of how legal propositions work.
This section will be as follows:
This section consisted of fifty (50) questions. Each question consists of legal propositions/principles (referred to as “principle”) and facts. These principles have to be applied to the given facts to arrive at the most reasonable conclusion. Such principles may or may not be true in the real sense, yet you have to conclusively assume them to be true for the purposes of this section. In other words, in answering the following questions, you must not rely on any principles except the principles that are given herein below for every question. Further, you must not assume any facts other than those stated in the question. The objective of this section is to test your interest towards study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability even if the „most reasonable conclusion ‟ arrived at may be unacceptable for any other reason. It is not the object of this section to test your knowledge of law.
You can refer to Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning : For the CLAT and LL.B. Entrance Examinations (English) 4th Edition to prepare for CLAT syllabus for legal aptitude.
Logical reasoning – 40 marks.
Questions to logical links, identify patterns, rectify illogical arguments will be in this section. This particular section will test your ability to solve a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies. CLAT LLB Syllabus includes problem solving in logical reasoning. You can refer to A Modern Approach To Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal.
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