Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), one of the national-level law entrance examinations, is conducted for admissions to the five-year integrated undergraduate law programmes at the 19 NLUs spread across the country.
Over fifty thousand aspirants are expected to take CLAT every year. As the competition for this online test is at its peak, we suggest aspirants focus on the scoring sections. Out of the five sections in CLAT, most of the students are pretty confident on legal aptitude and logical reasoning sections. The English part can be managed with vocabulary and comprehension. One can tackle the mathematics section with the elimination process. However, there are no short-cuts or tricks for the general knowledge and current affairs section.
The general knowledge and current affairs section surely increases your score and can be completed in less than 15 minutes provided you are confident with the answers. This section carries 50 marks and stands equal with the legal aptitude in the exam. The official notification says the candidates will be tested on their static general knowledge besides current affairs - both international and national. As this section is playing a significant role in cracking the CLAT exam, let's tour how to prepare for it specifically in the last week.
More than half of the questions in this general knowledge section will be from current affairs. During this last phase, we suggest that aspirants do not go for a detailed study of current affairs. Try to mark all the national and international events that have happened in the particular year. Never ignore the people on the news and why they are on news for a course of time because direct questions are expected. Starting from prizes to sports, never ignore any of these areas as they are part of the current affairs.
Take any good year-round-up book of your choice and start reading the daily happenings. Some of the important books are India Year Book and Manorama Year Book. Not all the areas are important for CLAT. The focus should be on the events and news makers.
Static General Knowledge
The official notification clearly says that they will be tested on their static general knowledge. The static general knowledge consists of history, science and geography.
History: Be it ancient or modern history, students' focus should be on the timeline. Try to highlight the topics while preparing, which will help you recollect what you've studied. The more focus should be on the modern history and freedom movement. Direct questions may come on Gandhi's era, so be confident.
Geography: The questions are likely to be asked on the physical and social geography. The primary focus should be on the map pointing and countries. Never master the concepts in geography because there will not be too many questions based on them. Give special importance to the demographics also.
Science: This includes traditional science concepts such as reproduction and digestive system. Apart from knowing the concepts, aspirants must work on the latest developments in science & technology.