Ace the English Section of CLAT

Ace the English Section of CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national level entrance examination for admissions to Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate degree programmes in Law. CLAT is conducted once every year on rotation by the 18 National Law Universities (NLUs). CLAT consists of a total of 200 questions of which 40 are from the English Section.

The English section of CLAT tests the candidate's proficiency in English based on comprehension passages, grammar and vocabulary. Candidates are questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used in the passage, etc. The grammar section has questions on sentence correction, sentence rearrangement, filling the blanks with appropriate words, etc.

Before we delve into exam specific preparation for CLAT, let us have a look at the question types that came in previous years' CLAT:

To score well in the English section of CLAT, it is important to formulate a concrete strategy for preparation. Following are a couple of tips that will help you prepare well for CLAT English Section:

  • Reading Speed: It is important to increase your reading speed as this is relevant not only to the English section but to the whole paper. Since, CLAT is a speed based exam, increasing your reading speed is of vital importance. The comprehension passages in CLAT are lengthy, 500-1000 words; hence, effective reading skills are imperative. One good way to do this is by reading the Newspaper daily which will not only improve your reading skills but will also help you solve questions on Current Affairs, Legal GK and Legal Reasoning. Additionally, developing a reading habit by reading plenty of books proves to be extremely fruitful.
  • Grammar:  This is one area where a lot of test takers loose marks. One prime reason for this is the difference between our spoken and written English. Let us look at a question from previous years' CLAT that tested the grammar knowledge of the candidates:
    Q. If you promise ________________ angry with me, I’ll tell you what I broke.
    1. not to get
    2. not get
    3. get not
    4. not getting

    As is evident here, the question is very simple but it requires strong knowledge of grammar basics. Hence, it is important that you revise all concepts well and practice ample question types on grammar.

  • Vocabulary Building:  For CLAT English Section, you need to build a strong vocabulary which, requires a long term sustained effort. It can be done by reading newspaper regularly and making a list of all new words. Using these words in your conversation or writing will help you remember them. Let us look at a vocabulary based question from previous years' CLAT:
    Q. Choose the correct spelling
    1. Intigerity
    2. Intergrity
    3. Integerity
    4. Integerety
    To sum up, for an effective preparation for CLAT English, you must improve your reading habits preferably by reading Newspaper, revise grammar basics and solve plenty of practice papers for CLAT.
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