Strategy to Crack CLAT

Ever since its onset in 2008 CLAT has maintained one element, that is - UNPREDICTABILITY! Just when you’ll think that you are all set to conquer CLAT and attain your final feat- YOUR DREAM LAW SCHOOL, it will stump you.  So, how can you make CLAT as easy as possible for yourself? Is there a magic formula? A sure shot strategy? My answer- CLAT can be definitely made easier; however, there is no magical or sure shot strategy to crack it. So, let’s focus on making CLAT easier.
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 strategy which suits you 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 strategy that will be in harmony with your routine and pace. We have jotted down a few things you MUST keep in mind while strategizing. Let’s take up each section one by one, so that you can come up with the most effective CLAT strategy on your own.
CLAT Strategy: English
This section will test your proficiency in comprehension and grammar. You should aim at building a good vocabulary. This can’t be done overnight, so, it’s important to read a newspaper daily.  It’ll be a ‘cherry-on-cake” situation if you can read a magazine that covers contemporary socio-political events. This will go a long way in improving your scores in the General Knowledge section too.
 Get your hands on a word list. Go through the words starting from one alphabet every day and identify the words you are not familiar with. Try to understand their meaning and usage.
Learn the art of breaking up a sentence in order to understand its meaning more clearly.
CLAT Strategy: 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. Guess work 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.

CLAT Strategy: 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. Focus on elementary mathematics.


CLAT Strategy: 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 Strategy: 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 strategy and execute it. It will take time, but you will eventually know what works best for you. Just keep trying with all your might.

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