Prepare for CLAT without Coaching – Tips to Crack CLAT 2018
CLAT is scheduled to be held tentatively on May 13th, 2018 in online mode. Over 50,000 candidates appear in the exam for 2,984 seats, making the selection ratio even below 0.06. Candidates who are preparing for CLAT 2018 without joining any coaching classes usually find it difficult to prepare and maintain a proper study schedule. To facilitate the same, we’ve shared tips and tricks one can follow to ace the exam.
Common Law Admission Test is conducted for admissions to graduate and postgraduate courses at 18 National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. Additionally, 2 public sectors and 43 private, reputed educational institutions also consider CLAT scores for admission into the law program.
The candidates are assessed on various topics from the following 5 sections:
General Knowledge and Current Affairs
English including Comprehension
Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability)
Crack CLAT 2018 without Coaching
In many cases, candidates preparing themselves, without joining any coaching do not succeed even after putting in maximum efforts. So it is very important to work in the right direction to crack the exam. We will share some tips that one can follow to succeed in CLAT 2018.
Prepare with Online Study Sources
Today, various online sources are available to facilitate preparation through video lectures, blogs, PDFs of solved previous years’ papers, sample papers and mock tests for CLAT 2018.
Video Lecture: Video lecture, educational video or online lecture is an e-Learning concept that provides study material in the form of videos. You can find lots of free video lectures on YouTube related to CLAT 2018 preparation. One such channel you may follow on YouTube is ‘Study IQ Education’.
This channel consists of hundreds of videos on most CLAT topics such as legal reasoning and legal aptitude. The speakers of such video lectures are actually the top class law faculty of our country. So you can rely on these as good as the coaching classes.
Educational Blogs and Websites: One can also find online educational blogs and websites, which help in preparation by providing information on the guidance, tips, list of important books, videos, and other important and relevant topics. You can access the ‘6 Books and Resources That You Must Read to Crack CLAT ’ blog which guides about the 6 best books to be followed for the preparation of CLAT 2018.
E-Books and Sample Papers: You can download PDFs of the important, expensive books, access the previous years’ question papers and lots more without paying even a single penny. You may also download these in the PDF or HTML format and study at some later stage even when you are offline.
Mock Tests: You should also try free online mock tests or dummy tests. The coaching institutes conduct computer-based mock tests for their students to make them comfortable with the exam pattern and give them an actual exam-like scenario to practice in.
Section-wise Self-Preparation Tips We’ve also mentioned some section-wise self-preparation tips and guidelines that you may follow for CLAT 2018.
General Knowledge and Current Affairs: This section is considered to be the toughest of all. A previous year analysis of CLAT papers suggests that most questions were asked from current affairs than static general knowledge. Therefore, it is important to follow a standard newspaper on a daily basis. Additionally, you can subscribe to some monthly or weekly magazine such as Competition Success Review (CSR).
Legal Aptitude: Surveys indicate that legal aptitude is the area of most interest of study amongst CLAT candidates. This section contains 50 questions. However, it takes more time to answer as compared to the general knowledge and current affairs section. The questions here are related to legal principles and facts.
The questions under this section are majorly from the Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, Criminal Law and Legal Law areas. However, this composition changes every year. You do not need to know all these areas in depth as only aptitude and awareness is checked through this section.
Indeed, training, detailed study and guidance in this section increases your chances of scoring well. To enhance your performance in this section, you must solve and analyze sample papers of past years. If you score well in this section, your chances for good score increase.
English: This section contains 40 questions that test your proficiency in the English language. The section comprises questions based on grammar, comprehension passages and vocabulary.Although, for developing proficiency in vocabulary and grammar you need to put in significant efforts and time. But there are some effective methods which you can follow for developing such skills in a short span of time.Well, you must start reading a good newspaper and magazine on a daily basis. This will be of great help. Then undergo English mock tests online. You may also refer to the Grammar book written by Wren & Martin.
Logical Reasoning: This section covers 40 questions for testing your ability to identify logical links, patterns and rectify illogical arguments. This includes questions from deductions, logical sequence, syllogism, odd one out, analogies, statement, assumptions and more. You should practice regularly for scoring in this section.
Mathematics: This section contains 20 questions related to elementary Mathematics. The concepts covered include profit and loss, percentage, simple interest, compound Interest, time and work, average and mixture and probability.While many students tend to ignore this section, one must prepare well for it. Though the number of questions in this section are less, they are proven very important in improving the overall score.We have covered all the relevant tips that one should keep in mind while preparing for CLAT 2018. Rest, if you work hard and are dedicated enough, success will surely come your way. All the best!