Ace the General Awareness Section in CLAT

The Common Law Admission Test, popularly known as CLAT is a national level exam for admission into 20 National Law Universities of India. The 2 hour admission test consists of objective type questions on Elementary Mathematics, English with Comprehension, General knowledge & Current affairs, Legal Aptitude and Logical reasoning.
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Why is GK Important for CLAT?
The CLAT GK section consists of 50 questions from Static GK and Current Affairs. The importance of this section lies in the fact that it helps conserve time. You can use this to your advantage by allocating more time to other sections of the examination. It also helps to boost the overall score as all the questions are factual and direct. Your preparation for CLAT GK section will prove to be beneficial in covering many aspects of CLAT Legal Aptitude section which has questions on Legal GK also.
CLAT 2019 ANALYSIS
This year the CLAT GK was dominated by Current Affairs with 36 questions asking National and International affairs. Only 14 questions were from Static GK. As the questions were straightforward, the difficulty level of the section was ranging between Easy to Moderate. Unlike previous years, questions on history and static areas were completely missing. More questions were testing a candidate’s knowledge of Personalities, Economy, and International Organizations formed a good part of the section.
CLAT General Knowledge & Current Affairs: Previous Years' Analysis
  2016 2017 2018 2019
Static 14 24 27 14
Current 36 26 23 36
Total 50 50 50 50
CLAT General Knowledge & Current Affairs: Area Wise Analysis
Area 2016 2017 2018 2019
Sports 4 1 5 2
Science & Technology 2 1 2 7
Economics & Govt. Policy 5 2 4 7
History/ Art & Culture 4 2 2 2
Polity 13 6 1 4
National & International Events/ Organizations/ people 3 7 1 12
Miscellaneous (Geography, Environment, Books, Awards, etc.) 19 7 8 16
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Let us look at some questions of previous CLAT exams to understand question types and level of difficulty for CLAT GK & Current Affairs Section:
1. The Chief Central Information Commissioner at present is:
A)  Sudhir Bhargava
B) R.K. Mathur
C) Sridhar Acharyulu
D) Handu
2. The number of complaints with the Banking Ombudsman registered during 2018 increased by:
A) 10%
B) 15%
C) 20%
D) 25%
3. In a major relief to micro, small and medium enterprises, the GST Council has recently increased the tax exemption limit per annum to:
A)  20 lakhs
B)  30 lakhs
C)  40 lakhs
D)  60 lakhs
4. Which of the following fruits got the Geographical Indication during October 2018?
A)  Shahi Litchi
B) Laxman Bhog Mango
C) Sirumalai Hill Banana
D) Mahabaleshwar Strawberry
5. The first humanoid police robot was introduced in the State of:
A) Karnataka
B) Delhi
C) Gujarat
D) Kerala
6. The Headquarters of International Solar Alliance consisting of more than 121 countries is located in:
A) India
B) South Africa
C) Malaysia
D) China
7. How many States went to polls along with the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?
A) Three
B) Four
C) Five
D) Two
8. Which Indian personality is the recipient of the Oxford University's Bodley Medal 2019?
A) Raghuram Rajan
B) Amartya Sen
C) Manmohan Singh
D) Shashi Tharoor
Answer Key
Q.no.
Answer
1
A
2
D
3
C
4
A
5
D
6
A
7
B
8
B
Ideally, you should not devote more than 10-15 minutes on this section. This will help you allocate time to other time consuming sections. Further, we have come with a preparation strategy to help you ace both Static and Current GK for CLAT:
1. CLAT STATIC GK:
It has always been perceived as a vast and unpredictable section. However, it can be mastered by working in an organized and intelligent manner. With a thorough look at the past year's question papers it can easily be concluded that the entire syllabus is divided under certain topic heads. These topic heads will fairly narrow down your subject matter, sufficient enough to crack any exam including CLAT.
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2. CLAT CURRENT AFFAIRS:
For Current Affairs, get hold of a good newspaper. Information from newspaper can be supplemented with a good magazine. Subscribe to a monthly or a fortnight magazine, which provides information in a concrete and organized way. Handouts or snippets given by your mentor or coaching institute are also very helpful in preparing for both Static GK and Current GK.
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