CLAT Preparation 2020: How to crack Common Law Admission Test 2020?

CLAT is conducted annually for the admission to the five year integrated programme in law and for LLB and LLM as well. The national level law entrance exam is conducted for the admission to the best National Law Universities of India and many other government and private top ranking law colleges too. For the aspirants of law, their first aim is to qualify CLAT for getting admission to prime law colleges in India.
Since CLAT is divided into sections, the students aiming for CLAT have to make a study plan for its preparation, overall and section wise.
Take a look at the various steps to prepare for CLAT 2020
Begin Early - When you start early you will have ample time to finish the syllabus of CLAT and then do a thorough revision when the exam approaches. When you have sufficient time for the CLAT prep you can gain in-depth knowledge and practice for the exam at a greater level.
Know the CLAT exam pattern - When you know the CLAT exam pattern, your preparation will reach next level, because you will be aware of the number of questions and their weightage. This will help you to analyse the time and preparation needed for acing the CLAT.
Solve CLAT mocks and sample papers - When you take the CLAT mocks and solve the sample papers, you will have the fair idea of CLAT actual exam. The scores of the Hitbullseye CLAT mock tests will also help you to know how much more efforts you have to put in for clearing the CLAT.
Know your weaknesses and strengths - With the enough practice of CLAT mocks and sample papers, you will have the results with you which will be telling you your weaker sections of CLAT on which you need to put extra efforts.
Learn time management - Practicing and solving the mocks and practice papers will certainly speed your preparation and your ability to solve the questions of CLAT sections in a good speed will give you the time to revise the CLAT 2020 exam thus, enhancing your chances of clearing the paper.
Luckily for you, this article also sets out expert tips from skillful and experienced faculties to help make CLAT a cake walk for you.
CLAT will test your aptitude for law through 5 sections- General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, English, Logical Reasoning, and Math. It’s important for you to identify your strong and weak subjects, in the very beginning. Your strategy should be shaped around building up the weak subjects and polishing the strong ones. Basically, you need to devise a method which suits you the best, instead of having somebody else do it for you. Since nobody knows you better than you!
You should customize a CLAT strategy for yourself, a method which will be in harmony with your present knowledge, grasping abilities, routine and pace. We have jotted down a few things you MUST keep in mind while strategizing.
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Section-wise CLAT Preparation 2020
CLAT is an offline exam with a total duration of 120 minutes. It has five sections with different number of questions and marks division. Each question is for one mark and 0.25 marks are cut for the incorrect answer. The table below and the sectional preparation steps will give you the fair idea of how to prepare for CLAT 2020.
CLAT Sections
Number of Questions
Maximum Marks
English Language
40
40
General knowledge and Current Affairs
50
50
Elementary Mathematics
20
20
Legal Aptitude
50
50
Logical Reasoning
40
40
Total
200
200
CLAT Preparation for English
This section will test your vocabulary, comprehending proficiency and grammar. Like Rome, your vocabulary also can’t be built in day. It is established day by day, word by word with continuous efforts, hard work and by preparing a word list. Developing a habit of regularly reading a newspaper will prove to be a blessing. Also, going through articles based on diverse fields will be a ‘cherry-on-the-cake' situation as you never know what topic the exam-setter may choose for ‘Comprehension Reading’ part. This will go a long way in improving your scores in the General Knowledge section too.
Learn the art of breaking up a sentence in order to understand its meaning more clearly.
CLAT Preparation for General Knowledge & Current Affairs
This section will give your performance in CLAT a clear edge of 50 marks. The good or bad thing about general knowledge is that - you either have it or don’t. At best, you’ ll make a shaky guess. Guesswork will do you more harm than good when it comes to CLAT. So, you CANNOT avoid reading a newspaper regularly and maintain notes of the relevant information. You need to keep up with the latest events and happenings. You can also stick to a GK journal and take regular quizzes. Consistently making notes from newspapers will also help the students in getting a decent score in this part.
CLAT Preparation for Mathematics
You don’t need to be a math whiz to ace this section. So, get rid of your hatred or phobia of math. All you need to do is brush up your basics. Identify the most relevant topics by going through the previous year papers and practice. Try to learn lots of short cut methods and tricks and focus on arithmetic maths as it governs the majority of the section.
CLAT Preparation for Logical Reasoning
You will be asked to identify patterns, understand logical links and correct illogical statements. The questions asked in this section are on syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. Practice and trick formulas will make this section a smooth sail for you. Both speed and practice are essential for questions under this section.
CLAT Preparation for Legal Aptitude
This is the only section of CLAT which is absolutely new for you. So, an experienced CLAT mentor and good guidance will help you in scoring well. This section will play a defining role in securing a seat at your dream law college. This section is the TIE-BREAKER. So if your score gets tied up with those of others, the legal aptitude section’s score will define who goes forward.
You should have a decent knowledge of important constitutional articles, landmark/recent judgments, and new laws/ amendments. Your legal aptitude will be tested in the principle-fact questions. Practice as many mocks and previous year papers as you can to brush up your legal reasoning skills.
So, go ahead, devise your own preparation method and execute it. It will take time, but you will eventually know what works best for you. Just keep trying with all your might.The questions in this section are based more on testing your legal reasoning than your legal knowledge. Hence, you must sharpen your interpretational skills to apply the legal principles aptly.
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