How to Prepare and Crack CLAT


Alternate title: Your complete guide to crack CLAT!

Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is an all-India centralized exam, which is conducted to offer admissions in 17 top rated National Law Universities for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Every year, one University of the 17 conducts the exam. To take the exam, the student must have passed 10+2 or equivalent examination from a recognized board with at least 45% marks (except for SC/ST categories). There is no upper limit for taking the exam. If you are aspiring a career in law, clearing CLAT can be the first step towards the same. Here are the top tips that may come handy.

Get acquainted with the syllabus

Your CLAT preparation should ideally start with knowing the syllabus. Some of the segments are common with other admission tests, while a few others need more attention. The English section is the common one, which tests grammar with questions along with comprehension. There is also a mathematics section, which only tests mathematics up to class 10, but requires plenty of practice for the time is limited. The third segment is GK or current affairs, which tests all the knowledge related to affairs and news in the country and beyond. The other two sections – Logical Reasoning and Legal Aptitude- need more attention as these are very specific sections.

Spend time on previous papers and mock tests

CLAT was first taken in 2008, which means that there are only limited previous year papers that you can check. However, there are mock tests and sample papers, which can come handy. Previous year papers will give you a very detailed idea of what to expect in terms of types and patterns of questions. Practicing the mock tests is pretty much essential, given that timing is very essential. Also, CLAT is an online exam, so you can be at an advantage of completing the paper in time, provided you are well versed with all the sections. English can be difficult for some students, so practice is the key to building vocabulary.

Take help where needed

There are many coaching centers that offer detailed help with CLAT, and it is wise to consider the option. Keep in mind that this is a very different exam as compared to other exams, so having guidance can be good step forward. Also, time management in competitive exams is critical, and most coaching centers enable and offer assistance to students in creating a strategy for completing questions on time. However, do make sure that you choose the right institute, which has good popularity and offers extended help and assistance. For students who are aiming at CLAT just after giving Class 12 exam in the same year, they should seek flexible timings for their studies and coaching classes from the institute.

A career in law can be quite demanding but satisfying at the same time, and CLAT is easily the gateway to some of the most prominent universities. Start early, and you will find the desired frame of time for preparing rightly for all the sections.