CLAT - Syllabus and exam preparation tips

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CLAT English: Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips & FAQs Syllabus
CLAT General Knowledge (GK) & Current Affairs : Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Preparation Tips & FAQs Syllabus

CLAT Under Graduate (UG) Exam Syllabus

  • English including comprehension - 40 marks
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs - 50 marks
  • Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) - 20 marks
  • Legal Aptitude - 50 marks
  • Logical Reasoning - 40 marks

CLAT Post Graduate (PG) Exam Syllabus

  • Constitutional Law - 50 marks
  • Jurisprudence - 50 marks
  • Law Subjects: Contract, Torts, Criminal Law, International Law, IPR etc. - 50 marks

CLAT Under Graduate (UG) Exam Paper Pattern

  • Total marks: 200 marks
  • Total questions: 200 questions
  • Time duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Question type: Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • Negative marking: (-) 0.25 Mark

CLAT Post Graduate (PG) Exam Paper Pattern

  • Total marks: 150 marks
  • Total questions: 150 questions
  • Time duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Question type: Multiple choice questions (MCQs)
  • Negative marking: (-) 0.25 Mark

CLAT Exam Preparation Tips

  • Self-preparation is a very productive way, developing self-discipline and self-control in students. But, unfortunately, not every student is capable of such a job. In addition, self-preparation requires a certain system, and when performing practical tasks - the help of a professional.
  • Tutor - the first assistant in individual lessons. He is able to identify gaps in knowledge, to fill in the missed material, to teach to solve complex problems. We are talking about an ideal coach, which is not so easy to find, since there are many non-professionals in this market of services. Below you can see the syllabus and exam pattern of the CLAT exam.

CLAT English (Grammar & Reading Comprehension) Preparation Tips

To pass the CLAT you will need to understand what exactly is required of you on the exam, to learn to perform tasks quickly (especially for reading assignments) and just to stuff your hand into them.

We repeat that it is possible to learn the language "from scratch" in a month or two under the guidance of an experienced teacher who will help you and guide you in the right direction. The main thing - do not be afraid. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. So that said, let's see the correct approach to improve your English skill for CLAT.

Vocabulary & Grammar

Most of the questions are aimed at knowledge of word formation and the grammar: Missing words; Grammatical transformation and Insertion.

Tips : Do not spend more than 12 minutes for all questions; get into the context.

Focus on following topics : the forms of verbs, pledges (active and passive), comparative and superlative adjectives, ordinal numerals, the formation of suffixes and prefixes in English.

Reading comprehension

In this section, your ability to analyze and isolate basic information from the text is checked.

Tips: try not to spend more than 10 minutes on this portion; delve into the meaning of the text (look for keywords); find out how complex sentences are constructed; first of all attempt number based questions (if any).

The main problem of students during the performance of reading tasks is they try to understand the words, not the meaning of the text or a separate paragraph. We advise you to read more books in a foreign language, but sometimes you do not have enough patience or time to cope with books in the original language. The site Text Adventures will help to pump this skill to the very beginners. This is an entertaining alternative to the usual reading of books in English. On the site you can find interactive stories of different genres in which in the course of reading a person chooses the further development of events and, consequently, the denouement of the plot. This site will help to perfect both the vocabulary and the understanding of the text.

Other than reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar, there is more you need to focus on. Below are some of the important tips which will help in achieve your goal of mastering English for CLAT.

  • Forget about the CLAT. You just need to learn the language, not worry about the exam. We are deeply convinced that if a person knows the subject, he absolutely does not care what format to take the exam on.
  • If you want to learn English not just to order a dinner in a cafe or ask for a trip on the trip, but in order that you can competently speak in this language, write and read fluently, in this case you can not do without the support of a qualified teacher. He will be able to give you the correct pronunciation, intelligibly explain the necessary grammar, remove the notorious language barrier and, in general, make you become in English like a fish in water. So choose an intelligent mentor who genuinely loves his subject and understands it a little bit more than the scope of the school curriculum. And do not be afraid to ask him questions. Remember that the most stupid question is unspecified.
  • Initially tune into serious work. Perhaps you will need to devote English 3-4 days a week. Regularity is very important here, so that your brain gets used to this language in the shortest possible time, and it ceases to be perceived as something alien. Try to fulfill all the recommendations of the teacher, daily learn 3 to 7 new words and interesting phrases, lead a dictionary. With the right mood, you will soon be able to safely memorize words from the first to second time. Remember that state and those emotions when you were a small child, and everything around you is interesting. That's exactly the mood you need to have and it is the key to the rapid study of any subject.
  • Be sure to use the knowledge that you receive in oral and written speech. Learned a new word - screw it into a conversation with the teacher. Have passed any grammatical construction - use it in a speech or in a letter. If you simply add the material you have covered to the "mental baggage", it will soon be forgotten, and you will have to repeat it again. Only those knowledge that you consciously use in language practice, are fixed in the brain and easily remembered when necessary.
  • Engage in creativity. Common tasks like "choose the right answer" are good only for memorizing the learned rule. But this is not enough. Keep a personal diary in English, write short stories, write jokes (or translate Indian jokes), talk about the exhibition you visited or about the movie you watched, make compliments in English, read English newspapers.

CLAT Mathematics Preparation Tips

To thoroughly prepare for the passing of the CLAT in mathematics, you should repeat the main sections of this subject, which were studied in high school. In the exam assignments there are questions on algebra, and on geometry, and on trigonometry. Students will have to perform exercises that involve the use of formulas, demonstrate the ability to perform calculations with integer and fractional numbers, work with percentages, build and explore the simplest mathematical models, solve various kinds of equations. To prepare for the CLAT in mathematics is of a systemic nature, it should be started in advance. With good and average performance - for 5-6 months before the exam.

CLAT Current Affairs & General Knowledge (GK) Preparation Tips

Don't take this part lightly. It can be the most scoring section of CLAT exam. But at the same time don't invest all your time in studying only GK and current affairs. You can cover the major portion of GK if you plan systematical. Instead of reading whole newspaper you should read monthly PDFs which are available online for free. Don't try to rote learn unimportant numbers (like date / population / statistical data).

Focus on important topics: Some of them are - legal principles of civil law, criminal law, constitutional law, law of torts.

General Knowledge (General Awareness) & Current Affairs

Below we have listed useful tips for the preparation of general awareness section of the CLAT examination.

  1. Various strategies and techniques used in the examination process can not fundamentally improve your learning, but if the examination techniques are not good enough, you must suffer at the exam. So what is the logic to understand reasoning skills?
  2. Don't think about how many points you can score on the exam. Don't think about the content of the questions and concentrate all your energy on every question in front of you. Remember to only pay attention to one question at a time.
  3. Now take a few minutes to think back to the process of preparing for the exam. Think about how much you have improved. It will make you feel confident. Your attitude and performance play a decisive role in your test results on the day of the exam.
  4. When doing logical reasoning and reading comprehension, first look through the alternative answers. In particular, you should choose answers that look correct.
  5. Intervals in some parts of the exam often cause tension in students. In fact, you don't have to worry too much about it. Others do not have more or more exam experience than you have. Ignore all this will make you excited and relaxed.
  6. Don't count which part you can't score during the exam. It doesn't help you, it just makes you go wrong. When you take the exam, you should focus on each topic so that you can succeed.
  7. Before you do the question, you should browse through the papers and decide which part to start with.
  8. Don't dwell on any part. Maybe the last part is the easiest. Do it first. If you have a problem at the beginning of a certain section, don't panic, especially in the part of logical reasoning. If you encounter this kind of situation, you should do it first and put the problem in the end.
  9. Maximize yourself at rest and eat some high-energy foods with sugar, such as apples, incense sticks, and nuts.
  10. You do not need to answer all the questions to get a high score. It doesn't matter if one-fifth of the questions isn’t enough. Anyway relax, and don’t panic when you meet the puzzle.
  11. Do practical exercises fully before the exam to break the mystery of the exam. What you should learn from mistakes What matters is not how much exercise you did but how much you got from the exercise.
  12. Final Tips: Concentration is the guarantee of successful examinations. Certain nervous excitement and nervousness can speed up neural connections and benefit positive thinking. Attention must be highly concentrated and thoughts must be positive.