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Posted at: Jan 16, 2019, 9:21 AM; last updated: Jan 16, 2019, 9:21 AM (IST)TESTING TIMES: CLAT

Crack the CLAT code

Crack the CLAT code

Amandeep Rajgotra and Vikrant Bahl 

For a very long time, both law and management courses have enjoyed popularity among students. What makes these courses find favour with students is that these are neutral to all streams, be it engineering or humanities. Secondly, these usually warranty a career and respect. While the courses might promise a bright future, these also demand focus for preparation, along with determination and perseverance to crack the entrance exams of reputed colleges and universities.

Majority of commerce and humanities students are the ones who aim to give a shot at entrances, be it BMS DU Entrance Exam or All India Law Entrance Examination (CLAT). But what can shatter the dream is lack of focus and time management. 

Both courses offer professional opportunities like paralegal, detective, litigators, lawyers, judicial services, social work and working on management-level posts in MNCs and banks. 

Plan and prepare

Students and parents, both understand how important the foundation step of clearing the entrance exam is. Hence, the amount of hard work required to crack the exam is evident. Students must realise that studying at the 11th hour is never a fruitful exercise. It does not fetch students much benefit. Studying for the entrance must become a daily routine.

Preparing for entrance exam of law is no rocket science. It is always better to start the preparation a year in adavnce. Syllabus left to be covered for the last minute leads to anxiety. This also affects the confidence of students appearing for competitive entrance exams, hence it is very important to start the preparation well in time. 

Look into the details

In the initial stage, the syllabus might look humongous, but when segregated and planned, it can be finished and revised many a time.  A few hours of practice every day is what will help you crack the code of success. As an aspirant, students should know their pain points like vocabulary, which cannot be mastered overnight and requires a constant effort. Improving calculations by using techniques like Vedic Math and staying abreast of current affairs will help you crack the exam. 

New amendments

CLAT 2019 — the national law entrance exam to enroll into the best law colleges and universities — is now offline. The major sections in the paper are general knowledge, current affairs, English, logical reasoning and, mathematics.

Admission to most prestigious colleges and universities that take students on the basis of CLAT score are divided into three stages. First is aptitude test that consists of quantitative aptitude and verbal ability. Second is writing ability test and third is personal interview.

Hence, it is essential to be well equipped with all these topics in order to get admission to a reputed institute.

Remember to keep abreast of current affairs and manage time for all subjects. 

Steps to success in CLAT

Time Management: It is very important for a student to focus on Class XII boards and to prepare for entrance examinations. A student must strike a balance between the two exams. As one is important to secure admission based on marks, the other gives you a chance to study in a premier academic institution through an entrance examination.

Practice: Students must be consistent in their efforts. This will not only make them well versed with the pattern of competitive exams, but will also help them have a cutting edge over others. Beginning with early preparation will prove extremely beneficial for students. It’s like molding clay into a shape when it’s still wet.

—Rajgotra is national product head, law and Bahl is national academic head, Pratham

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