The Consortium has released the official notification for CLAT 2023. However, Consortium disclosed the dates of the exam long back. The candidates must pull up their sleeves and work to crack CLAT and get admission to their dream law schools. But a question arises, how to prepare for CLAT 2023?
You don’t have to worry. Here is a detailed guide to how you can prepare for CLAT 2023.
Know the CLAT Exam Pattern well
|Subject/Topics||Number of Questions||Percentage Weightage|
|Current affairs, including General Knowledge||35-39||25%|
Other important details about CLAT 2023:
- The exam will be held on 18 December 2022.
- The exam duration is 120 minutes.
- The mode of examination is Pen and Paper Mode.
- There are a total of 150 questions with no sectional time limit.
- The questions are MCQ type.
- The total marks a candidate can obtain is 150.
- The candidate is awarded 1 mark for each correct response, and the 0.25 mark is deducted for every incorrect response.
Know the CLAT syllabus
You should be aware of the skills tested in each section. The important topics of each have also been listed. You should get familiar with the CLAT syllabus to know all these details.
CLAT Syllabus: UG
The English Language section assesses the candidate’s command of the English language. The questions of this section require appreciable reading and comprehension skills. The candidates must also focus on building their vocabulary.
- Important Topics: Sentence Sequence Arrangement, Phrase Replacement, Synonyms & Antonyms, Tenses, Spotting Error, Fill in the blanks, Active and Passive Voice.
Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
The CLAT aspirants are expected to be aware of the recent happenings in India and across the globe. Therefore questions regarding current affairs and general knowledge are included in this section. The candidates are advised to read the newspaper daily and get a subscription to a weekly/monthly magazine.
- Important Topics: National & International Affairs, Government Schemes, Science and Technology, Summits and Conferences, Foreign Affairs, Arts and Culture, Awards and Honours, Sports, Science and Technology.
The Legal Reasoning section demands candidates employ their critical thinking skills and deductive abilities in legal scenarios. The passages in this section include rules and principles.
- Important Topics: Important Supreme Court Judgements, Tax Law, Environmental Law, Contract Law, Legal Maxims, International Treaties & Conventions affecting National Legal Framework, Public International Law, Public Policy Questions.
The candidates’ logical reasoning skills are assessed through the presentation of arguments. The candidates are expected to analyse the reasoning pattern mentioned in the passage critically. It also includes questions where the candidates must draw parallels and differences between the arguments. Therefore candidates must demonstrate refined logical reasoning skills to ace the section.
- Important Topics:Syllogism, Statement & Course of Action, Statement & Assumption, Inference of Statements, Cause and Effect, Analogy.
The candidates must know the elementary mathematics concepts to respond to questions in this section. The passages of this section have numerical data that demands the ability to derive, infer and manipulate the numbers.
- Important Topics:Permutation and Combination, Average and Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Time, Distance and Speed, Fractions and Equations, Mixtures and Allegations
CLAT Syllabus: PG
The CLAT PG exam focuses only on the subjects the candidates studied in their undergraduate programme. The candidate’s undergraduate level of legal knowledge is asses. The topics included are:
Important Topics: Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Company Law, Law of contract, Environmental Law, Torts, Family Law, Property Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Labour & Industrial Law and other contemporary law related issues.
Decide on CLAT Online coaching or CLAT offline coaching.
While preparing for CLAT, you have to decide your mode of preparation. You can opt for self-study if you feel that you can structure your efforts. Procure your study material and start preparing.
Other options could be, you could enrol yourself with a coaching centre. You can opt for offline as well as online coaching classes. Offline and online courses have their perks. So you have to judge between the two which one is best suited for you.
Make a study plan
CLAT not only demands hard work but also requires persistence. Without determination and dedication, you cannot ace the CLAT exam. Therefore, you must make a study plan to structure your CLAT preparations. It would be best if you made a study plan considering your abilities and the latest CLAT exam structure.
Be regular with revisions.
Completing the syllabus must not be the only goal. It would help if you also focused on revisiting what you have learned. So, maybe at the end of the week or in 15 days, you should revise the syllabus covered so far. Revision helps in retention.
Regularly solve mock tests and sample papers.
Sample papers and mock tests are great CLAT preparation resources. Therefore you must include them in your study plan. Mocks not only give you practice but also provide scope for tracking progress. Once you solve the mock or the sample paper, you must analyse them to judge your progress. It will help identify areas that the candidate has mastered and the ones that need more attention and time.
Work on your time management and reading skills.
CLAT is a time-bound exam; therefore, you should be able to manage your time to ensure speed and accuracy simultaneously. The questions in the CLAT exam are passage based. These passages are follow by a set of questions the candidates must answer. Therefore, you must possess refined reading skills to go through the passages fast and respond to the questions. So you must work on your reading skills to become efficient
Keep all these pointers in mind and proceed with the CLAT 2023 preparations. The exam is to be held on 18 December 2022. You have a few months to prepare. Stay focused and motivated, and keep going. All the very best to you!