The UG- Clat 2020 would focus more on the comprehensive Aspect, Reasoning skills and will test the analytical abilities of the candidates. Altogether , it is going to test the aptitude and skills required for a legal education rather than preceding knowledge, though preceding knowledge sometimes may be useful to do the current affairs section. The Clat 2020 is going to be a 2 hour test, with 150 mcqs having weightage of 1 mark each. Negative marking will be 0.25 for every wrong answer. The 5 subjects covering the Clat 2020 paper are:
- English Language
- Current affairs, including general knowledge
- Legal Reasoning
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Techniques
Let’s discuss the strategy on how to tackle each section before 30 days of clat exam.
You should develop your skills to read faster and comprehend fast as you will be provided with passages consisting of 450 words each. Time is a crucial factor for this section. The examiner is testing your ‘understanding’ here so make sure you go through your passage precisely.
Reasoning and logical evaluation is needed within the given time.
Try solving at least 2 passages a day with a stopwatch next to you so that you can analyze your time for the passage. Remember if you have been reading a good newspaper like The Hindu or The Indian express for a year then it will be really easy for you to ace this section(irrespective of whether you read a novel or not). But no need to worry if you haven’t done this our trick is going to help you.
Let’s provide you with steps on how to read and solve the passage.
- Go through the questions of the passage first(by this you will have a clear picture in mind what you have to solve and you will put more attention to the details in the passage)
- Now Read the passage in one go and look for the keywords in the passage(Now you know the central idea of the passage)
- Solve the direct questions.
- You have already solve the direct ones now solve the indirect questions.
Remember if you find the answer to the questions while reading the passage just quickly solve it. Don’t go on reading the passage and put it for last.
Don’t use your prior knowledge to solve the passage questions. Avoid re reading the passage again and again as it will only consume your time.
Current affairs, including general knowledge
This section of clat 2020 will focus on the ‘why’ type of questions i.e. on the conceptual based questions. In depth reading of a classic newspaper is must. Whether you have read the newspaper previously or not, start reading it from now onwards so that you may at least have that idea of ‘why’ aspect. Of course solving more and more mocks this time is a must but remember newspaper reading gives you an edge over others!
For this section I have listed few important topics In this time the month wise reading of current affairs will be time consuming so focus on topic wise covering or revising them. Topics you should have gone through during your preparation if not then cover them these are:-
- Triple talaq ban
- ICC World Cup 2019
- Wimbledon 2019
- G20 Summit 2019
- 17th Lok Sabha
- One Nation One Ration Card
- Chandrayaan 2
- 2020 Olympic
- Amazon fire
- INX Media corruption case
- Article 370 and Article 35A
- US President India visit
- European league
- Forbes Rankings
- India Nepal dispute
- Hong kong new security law
- Reforms in labor law
- Locusts attack
- Corona pandemic
- Consolidation of public sector banks
- Us taliban
- South china sea dispute
- Rohingya issue in icj
- Australian bushfire
- Sc verdicts(during lockdowns and unlock)
- Mental health
- Atmanirbhar bharat
- George Floyd issue
- CAA,NPR And NRC
- India China dispute
- Lebanon explosion
- U.S. elections
- Riots In Sweden, Norway
Including Deaths ,Committees ,appointments, Gov. schemes, Projects, Portals, Agreements, Amendments, Awards, Indexes, Unesco heritage sites, Days and themes, Forbes rankings and other major rankings, Ambassadors, Gi tags, Missile launches, Defence exercises, New development in roads, tunnels etc, New laws, acts, tribunals etc.
You may watch videos of current affairs in brief or just search the above topics revising your previous ones too.
Unlike the previous year ‘principle-fact’ based questions this year It will have passages of around 450 words in which you have you have to identify the legal principles all by yourself. After that apply the principles on the given set of facts to derive an answer.
This year too your prior knowledge of questions is not required. Currently read at least 4-5 legal news per day it will help enhance your reading speed and your way of understanding things.
Make sure you have covered all the current legal news as chances are they may give a paragraph based on the current legal topic. Work on your legal vocabulary and try revising what you have studied till now. For legal vocabulary part you can look up to the meanings of the words in your legal news which you don’t understand. Consistent reading per day will help you score well in this section.
The paragraph based questions will form the heart of this section alike the legal reasoning and English section but some questions from the older formats will still be included in this section.
For that if you have gone through previous years papers its good but if haven’t gone through then try solving these questions from previous years papers.
Careful reading of the questions before deriving an answer is a must for this section. Here again as discussed above editorial reading is a must. Read an article try to derive your conclusions from it discuss it with other people it will help you sharpen your logical skills. 2-3 articles per day will be enough provided you practice at least 5 paragraphs based on logical reasoning questions also.
Again when it comes to this section the paper setters are going to test your logic rather than your formula based strategy of solving questions. Practice and only practice is the key here. The more you practice with a variety of questions the better your chances of scoring high in this section.
Speed and accuracy plays a major role here. Always try to find a quicker and easier way to derive answers in less possible time. If you solve this section in the beginning of the exam it will help you save a lot of time and score well in this section as you don’t know how much time other sections will take as this year largely 3 sections will have long passages or you may solve this section secondly but don’t solve it at last.
Don’t assume anything and have a timer in front of you as you may check how much time you put in this section as spending more than 15 minutes or 20 minutes on this section will cost you others sections. 10 questions per day and analysis of it will be a must to score good this area of clat.
Apart from above things remember that change in the pattern doesn’t mean your chances of cracking clat 2020 is less. It all depends on your preparation. And solving one mock a day and doing its analysis just after the mock is a cherry on the cake. All in all try putting up at least 5-6 hours per day. Doing the above things will certainly assure you a seat in one of the NLUs!