How to Prepare for CLAT Math?

CLAT Math section is designed to test the candidate's knowledge of elementary mathematics, i.e., maths taught up to 10th Class/standard. In order to crack CLAT 2020, it is crucial that the candidates score well in this section of the exam. Hence, they must understand the significance of good preparation. This article provides all the important information regarding the CLAT math section and how to prepare for it.

Preparing for the CLAT exam math section means that it is very important to strategize a plan that works the best. With proper preparation, technique candidates can score well in this section.

While preparing for the exam practice the following-

  • Building a schedule
  • Practicing mock tests and previous year question papers
  • Investing in good and reliable study material, etc.

Note: Make sure before starting with the preparation, you are aware of the marking scheme of CLAT 2020.

Marking scheme: Each correct answer will be awarded 1 mark each and 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.

CLAT Math Syllabus:

CLAT math syllabus can be broken down into these 5 categories:

  • Arithmetic
  • Commercial Mathematics
  • Mensuration
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Data Interpretation

Look at all the topics mentioned above carefully. Do you see anything that you haven’t already studied? None of these topics are anything new to any of you. Unlike the other sections of the CLAT exam, the Elementary Mathematics section is less subjective and more straightforward. The point here is, not only does the section contain straightforward questions but it also has the minimum weightage.

How to Prepare for CLAT Math: Key points

1. Practice makes the man/woman perfect

Make it a goal to solve at least 20 relevant questions daily. Go by practicing specific topics for the first two months and mixed topics for the whole of the last month. Time yourself regularly. If you are diligent enough and grasp the concepts you should be able to solve most of the questions within a minute as you approach the end of your preparation.

2. Mocks + Analysis = Perfect Strategy

This is very important for the maths section. While a good amount of practice is good, these give you a taste of the level of questions that come in the exam. It also helps you develop a sense of the pattern of questions. It is important that you don’t get surprised by the questions in the examination.

Don’t just practice, evaluate yourself! As you proceed with the topics you will start to identify your strong and weak areas. A common mistake made by candidates is that they tend to overdo their weaknesses and ignore their strengths. You have to make consistent efforts to work on both and not lose your grasp. Also, focus on your mock analysis; know what time you are spending on the section, what will the fastest way to solve a question and what topics you need to focus on.

3. Some things are meant to be mugged up

While it’s true that Maths is something that can never be mugged up, there some formulas and tricks that you need to memorize by applying them thoroughly. Every topic has its own formulas and certain tricks that can help you to save time. Prepare a formula sheet and stick it at someplace you can look at daily. Keep the tricks in mind while solving the questions.

4. A few useful tips:

  • Memorize tables up to 20, squares up to 30 and cubes up to 20. This will be useful in both maths as well as the logical reasoning section.
  • Work upon the variations in the practical usage of formulas. For example, in mensuration, the formulas need to be applied judiciously to arrive at the right result.
  • Out of the 20 questions, at least 10 can be solved in less than 1 minute. Identify the first, to maximize your score.
  • Don’t spend more than 15 minutes on this section unless you have completed the rest of the exams already.

One thing that you need to realize is fear of anything is only as big as you make it to be. Nothing beats hard work and effort. And when it’s about a section that can easily get you 20 marks in CLAT, you certainly need to work on it. That 20 marks could be the distance between you and your dream NLU. If you are thinking about leaving the section entirely, read Can I crack CLAT without Maths?

All the best for CLAT!

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