How to Utilize the Last Six Months of Your CLAT Preparation?

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CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) it a competitive exam where your strategy of attempting the test along with your preparation will play an important role. This is so because the test has 200 Multiple Choice Questions, with a time limit of just 120 minutes, containing questions in Legal Aptitude, English and even Logical Reasoning section which require you to focus more and re-read them. This means while you already have an average of 36 seconds to attempt each question, there is a huge possibility that you will not be able to even read some of the questions leave alone attempting to solve them.

To avoid this, it is necessary to prepare in a way that you are at least able to read and understand the question and then see if you should attempt it or not as you have to take into account the negative marking as well. CLAT Preparation six months before the test should be done with the aim of being able to understand all the questions in the test. For this it is important to consider the following;

Get a Fair Idea of the Syllabus of the Test

Six months is enough time for you to concentrate upon different topics being covered under different sections of the paper. A rough analysis of the topics covered in different sections of the past year CLAT tests is as follows:

  1. English

    1. Reading Comprehension

    2. Para Jumbles

    3. Idioms and Phrases

    4. Synonyms

    5. Prepositions

    6. Foreign Maxims

    7. Spellings

  2. Logical Reasoning

    1. Series (Numeric, Alpha-numeric, etc.)

    2. Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams

    3. Statement & Assumption, and Statement & Conclusion

    4. Blood Relations

    5. Arrangements

    6. Logical Deductions

    7. Logical Relationships

    8. Critical Reasoning

    9. Odd One Out

    10. Date, Time, Calendars

  3. General Knowledge

    1. Static GK (Geography, History, etc.)

    2. Current Affairs

    3. Indian Polity and Constitution

    4. Special Days

    5. Current Legal News

  4. Legal Aptitude

    1. Constitution (Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State Policy, etc.)

    2. Torts

    3. Contract Law

    4. Criminal Law (Theft, Defamation, Kidnapping, Abduction, etc.)

  5. Maths

    1. Profit and Loss

    2. Percentages

    3. Time and Distance

    4. Ratio and Proportion

    5. Time and Work

    6. Simple & Compound Interest

    7. Linear & Quadratic Equations

    8. Geometry and Mensuration

    9. Probability and Stats

This list is not an exhaustive list, but it is an illustrative list which can be used as a starting point. Studying the topics individually, will allow you to understand the basics of the topic and hence appreciate the questions, especially given that the aim is to find the best suited answer out of the four choices given. This approach will particularly help in logical reasoning and maths where occasionally there are short-cuts to certain type to questions which are very beneficial when attempting CLAT.

Work out a Schedule for Yourself

These six months can be too much time or too little time depending upon how you organise yourself. The aim here is to provide yourself with a routine till the final test where you are spending a minimum of two to three hours on an average for your preparation. This time can be divided between learning, practicing or just reading and preparing notes or revising, depending upon your need.

Include habits like reading the news, practicing tests/MCQs, etc. in this routine. Watch the time you wake up and the time you go to sleep. Watch for all the time you keep idle and fill it up with practising or reading, making it more productive. Do not tire yourself out, because there is only so much learning your brain can take in a day, so do not push yourself too hard. Work out a routine that is not monotonous but caters to your preparation. If you successfully make this routine a force of habit, this will take you a long way even after the CLAT is over and you enter Law School.

In case you are taking coaching classes, it is still advisable that you do not substitute your learning hours with your coaching classes. These two-three hours are to be managed according to your needs and therefore are to be kept separate from your coaching classes.

Prepare Notes for Future Reference

During these six months, it is expected that you will be learning a major part of your syllabus. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you prepare notes for yourself. These notes should contain all the shortcuts that you come across, all the tricks of the different topics that you cover and all the different solutions to the questions that you found tough while studying a particular topic or while attempting a test or mock.

This is especially recommended for the General Knowledge section. You can divide it into different heads like, National, International, Sports, Awards, etc. and prepare a month by month account of all the current affairs you come across.

These notes will act as your own guide which will be immensely helpful in the last one week before the D-day.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Attempt as many mocks and sectional tests as you can. And do not just calculate the score but also analyse the entire mock/test in respect of the number of questions attempted, number of questions attempted correctly and number questions attempted incorrectly, per section of the test. Which means you should have an idea of your performance in every section of the test individually. You can also go a step further and mark out the questions that you were not even able to understand or read, and analyse them too.

Prepare a Strategy for Attempting the Paper

Depending upon the level of preparation you have, it is advisable that you figure out a strategy for attempting the full 200 questions of the test.

This will include working on a time limit for each section of the paper, working on the maximum number of questions you will attempt per section, and also getting a rough idea as to what your score should be in the sections individually.

For example, the following plan can be followed initially, for aiming a score of 120/200 in a mock:

Section

Time allotted (minutes)

Min. Attempts/ Guesses

Approx. marks aimed at

English

25

25 / 5

22-25

Logical Reasoning

32

30 / 3

28-30

Legal Aptitude

35

35 / 5

32-35

General Knowledge

8

30 / 10

25-30

Maths

20

6 / 2

5-8

Total

120

Min. attempts: 126

Max. attempts: 151

112-128

This is a very good starting point given the score is above 100. Here, when you will limit the number of attempts, you will be focused on the questions belonging to topics that you have already prepared and therefore, you will more probably get them correct than for wasting time on a question that you are not sure about. And, as and when you cover more and more topics, you can increase the attempts per section. Limiting your attempts is the best way to limit losing marks through negative marking, and therefore should actually become a force of habit.

Guesses should be limited to the questions where you are confused between two alternatives, and blindly relying on fluke. The aim is to work on a higher accuracy (i.e. number of question correctly attempted vs. total number of questions attempted), with every test. Following the chart above, slowly you can keep changing the attempts and can successfully reach 175+ attempts with the total marks of about 150+ which is a very good score in mocks.

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