CLAT 2018 Preparation Tips by Toppers

CLAT or Common Law Admission Test is a national level Entrance Examination conducted by the NLUs for admission into undergraduate and postgraduate courses. The National University of Advanced Legal Studies Kochi will conduct CLAT 2018 in the month of May .The application procedure for 2018 will commence from 1st January 2018 and the exam will be conducted online.

In order to score well in CLAT 2018, here is a compilation of tips and tricks from previous year’s toppers.

Understand the exam pattern and syllabus

Candidates must know the CLAT 2018 Syllabus and pattern of the exam.CLAT exam consists of following sections– English, Legal Aptitude, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, Mathematics (Numerical Ability) and Logical Reasoning. The exam paper consists of 200 questions which aspirants need to attempt in two hours duration.For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded one mark and for every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted.

Subjects Number of Questions Maximum Marks
English including Comprehension 40 Questions 40 Marks
General Knowledge and Current Affairs 50 Questions 50 Marks
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) 20 Questions 20 Marks
Legal Aptitude 50 Questions 50 Marks
Logical Reasoning 40 Questions 40 Marks
Total 200 Questions 200 Marks

Solve CLAT Question Paper

Candidates should start practicing CLAT sample papers and previous years’ question papers to evaluate yourself and find out how much you need to answer the questions. Solving sample papers will also help in identifying the weak areas.

Time Management

Time management is crucial part of preparation for CLAT 2018. Candidates who are preparing for the exam must make a time schedule and prepare according to it so that you can cover all the topics on time. During the examination, candidates should try to attempt maximum questions but taking negative marking into consideration.

Prepare Notes

During preparation, candidates must prepare notes of the all the important topics and refer to these notes at the time of examination. By doing this, you can save your time just before the exam.

CLAT Mock Tests

Once you are finished with your preparation, it is advisable for the candidates to attempt CLAT Mock Test to get an idea of the question format. Try to attempt two mock tests on each day and analyze them to understand your mistakes. There are many websites online which provide mock test for preparation.

Refer Study Material

Following books are recommended by the toppers to crack CLAT 2018 Exam.

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • English is Easy by Chetnanand Singh
  • Analytical Reasoning by M. K.Pandey
  • Objective Arithmetic by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal
  • Manorama Year Book
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

Section wise preparation tips for CLAT 2018

English with comprehension: The CLAT syllabus 2018 for English includes vocabulary, proficiency, usage errors and comprehension. This section comprise of 40 questions. The candidates must have a good knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their understanding of the passage.The grammar section will have questions on incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks etc.

General knowledge and current affairs: This section will focus on General Knowledge and current affairs from all over the world. The applicants should go through newspaper everyday day and should be aware of the latest happenings across the world in the last few years. Knowledge related to Science, Technology, Legal Affairs, Sports, People & Places are also equally important. Candidates will also be tested on general awareness including static general knowledge. This section will contain 50 questions.

Elementary Mathematics: This section will contain 20 questions. The applicants are required to be thorough with the fundamentals of mathematics upto class 10th. Cover these topics to score well in the mathematics section: Logarithm, Ration & proportion, Approximation, HCF &LCM, Average, Surds & Indices, Decimals & fractions, Roots, Number system, Areas & volumes, Interest calculation, Discounts, Profit & loss

Legal Aptitude: This section will contain 50 questions.This section will carry questions related to study of law, research aptitude and problem solving ability. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions which will be described in the paper. Some propositions may not be “true” in the real sense but candidates will have to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions.

Logical Reasoning: This section will contain 40 questions. In this section, questions will be based on syllogism, sequences and analogies and candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links as well as rectify illogical arguments will be evaluated.Please note that visual reasoning will not be testedin this  section.