CLAT (Common Law Admission Test) is an entrance level-competitive examination. It allows admission to various National Law Universities affiliated to it. The aim is to give a uniform platform to law aspirants all over all the country to gain admission in these prestigious universities. Before CLAT came into being all the Universities used to have individual entrance examinations. So in a way, CLAT has standardised the sort of expectations the NLUs have from law aspirants.
It is important to understand that the entire makeup of CLAT does not require any specialised knowledge in any particular subject. It is not like IIT-JEE (which is the common entrance exam of Indian Institutes of Technology), which tests the aspirants on their knowledge of subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Which require specialised knowledge of the subjects, and most of which directly correspond to what is taught in the 11th and 12th standard.
While, CLAT does not require any knowledge of any specific subject, like Political Science, Economics or any Legal subject like Torts or Criminal Law, the syllabus is made is such a way that most of them don’t correspond to the traditional subjects taught in the 11th and 12th standards. The examination instead consists of 5 different sections that deal in: English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude and Maths. It is important to note that the Maths section in limited to Arithmetic taught till 10th standard, and the Legal Aptitude section actually consists of Principle-Fact questions. Where a set of facts are mentioned along with a legal principle, and the candidate has to apply the principle to the facts and arrive at a conclusion which is reflected in the choices of answer available and choose that answer, which most correctly stands for the conclusion drawn. Therefore, essentially, if a candidate has a functional knowledge of English Language and good comprehension and cognition, he/she would not require anything but practice.
With respect to the nature of the examination and its pattern, it is sufficient to say such knowledge cannot possibly be acquired in a day or a week. Such knowledge or rather an acumen requires repetitive practice and learning. And since learning and practice become important, it becomes important that such learning and practice is done consistently.
The skills required to take CLAT successfully can be acquired only with consistent effort. There is no second way to it. Plus, this effort has to be on an individual basis. In other words, while an aspirant may take multiple coaching lectures, since they are very helpful in providing a direction-oriented learning program, coaching classes alone cannot suffice of all the preparation. All the skills require a certain amount of individual understanding and practice. Plus, given there is no traditional subject involved, except for maybe 20 questions of High-School level mathematics, this becomes all the more important. This actually means that the skills required to take CLAT would require everyday learning and practice.
Therefore, none of what is asked under CLAT is a one-day job. Everything requires revision and practice. This makes every single day of preparation very crucial. It is about a persistent effort and a consistent preparation. This is all the more important since the exam also has negative marking and it cannot be discounted. The final allotment list shows the importance of negative marking when a difference of 0.25 can make major differences in the ranks and thereby affecting the allotment of the NLU. Therefore, the preparation is essentially aimed to increase the competency and accuracy. Both of which require consistent practice.
Your preparations can make each day count, if you follow a schedule providing for some learning and practice for every day. This has been a very important factor for most of the toppers in the past years’ exams. CLAT 2018 topper, Aman Garg who secured AIR 1, has mentioned in his interviews about how he started early and kept practising every day, so as to increase his competency and accuracy in particular sections. Other like, Tansa Shah, AIR 5 has also gone on to mention how she regularly took out time to work on the sections she felt she was lacking in. This is more or less the central idea of the preparation to be able to take out some time daily and work on the preparation, since each day is equally important.
The best way to be able to do this is to provide yourself with a schedule that takes care of our preparation on day to day basis. All that you will be learning needs to be practised in some form or the other too. So each day of preparation should be able to provide you with some learning and some practice. Depending upon your weaknesses and strengths, you can prioritise certain topics or sections over the others. And try to incorporate them in the same way in your schedule, without neglecting anyone.
The approach on focusing on making the most of every single day in your preparation is helpful as it helps cut down the unnecessary rote learning and anxiousness that the last month before the exam can bring. The approach functions like dividing a huge bigger piece into smaller more consumable pieces of food. Essentially making it much easier and doable than it would otherwise be.
Therefore, it can be seen how the manner of preparation can actually add immeasurable value to the preparation itself. The exam does not entail a difficult syllabus, but it does demand proper comprehension and cognitive skills. The only way it can be successfully achieved is through regular practice. This makes each and every day of preparation equally important as the last one. Moreover, the exam does not focus on any particular skill to, the marks are more or less equally divided almost the four major sections of English (40), Logical Reasoning (40), Legal Aptitude (50) and General Knowledge (50). So there is no question of letting one be more important than the other.