CLAT 2022- Everything you need to know about the exam 

Law as a career option is drawing in large numbers, and rightly so. Great demand in government, as well as the corporate arena, has further cemented the position that law as a career has enjoyed over the years. The profession has seen a paradigm shift; crisp business suits have replaced black robes and fancy Corporate offices have filled in for dull courtrooms.

Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is one entrance that almost every law aspirant sits for. CLAT is an all India entrance exam conducted to select students in 23 National Law Schools/Universities. Apart from these prestigious universities, there are some other institutes too that accept CLAT scores for admission to their under-graduate/post graduate programs. National Law University, Delhi (NLUD) is the only other National Law University that doesn’t accept CLAT scores and conducts its own entrance examination.

Naturally, cracking such coveted and highly competitive examinations is no cake walk. However, you can certainly guarantee yourself a smooth journey if you start early and plan it well. Like any other competitive exam, law school tests aim at assessing your language, logical reasoning and decision making skills. Still, what makes these exams different from the rest is the relatively greater stress that is placed on gauging the reasoning skills of the aspirants, a must-have for any potential lawyer. Regular practice coupled with a balanced approach shall see you through the exams.

After you are well acquainted with the basics, the best idea is to solve past year papers. They not only help in building concepts but also give an insight into the paper. This will help you strategize well according to the exam and familiarize you with the pattern. CLAT and NLUD like to throw surprises, leaving students bewildered in the examination halls. CLAT- 2020 and 21, for example, followed a totally different pattern when compared to the previous years. The number of questions in CLAT 2020 and 21 were 150 whereas during the previous years there used to be a total of 200 questions.

A word about the English section. In CLAT-2020 and 21 unlike previous years, all the questions in the English section were based on Reading Comprehension. Thus, it’s always better to go with an open mind, ready to field the googlies.

Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative ability questions are based on basic common sense and logic. They can be easily attempted even by students who have given up Mathematics after Class X. 

Quantitative Techniques section had three Data Interpretation sets having five questions each. Legal Aptitude section carries the highest weight in Law entrance papers and hence you need to be rock solid in this area. This section can be broadly categorized into Legal Knowledge and Legal Reasoning. In CLAT-2020 and 21 unlike previous years, all the Legal Aptitude questions were based on short passages. For solving a legal knowledge question you must be well versed with the basics of law. This, to a certain extent, requires reading relevant and authentic text at a consistent pace throughout your preparatory period. Along with this, keep a regular watch on day to day happenings around the world in the legal arena. Law is logic, so stick to the principle of law and answer the question based on the applicable principle.

Towards the preparation of Legal Aptitude section, ‘practice’ is the keyword; practice tests will prepare you fast and will ensure that you are on the right track. 

General Knowledge today is one of the standard aspects of every competitive exam. This particular section exists primarily to assess whether a candidate keeps himself aware of the latest happenings and has a learning aptitude displayed by his knowledge of basic social and everyday science. The preparation strategy here will count on the understanding of both Current G.K. and Static G.K. Similar to other sections, the GK section of CLAT-2020 and 21 had passages with GK questions based on them.

Lastly, one should always cultivate a habit of reading reputed newspaper dailies and magazines as reading a good newspaper will help you further your understanding in English Vocabulary, GK as well as the happenings in the Legal arena and will also enhance your reading pace.