Completing 10th boards looks like a herculean task, but once you are done, you have a full two month break before the results come in. These two months could be your chance to think and decide on a career path for yourself. While some wait till 12th, many are able to decide quite early and easily about what they want to do. And if you have decided on becoming a lawyer, you can start preparing for CLAT at the nascent stage, conveniently and efficiently. This is the time when you don’t have the pressure of another boards (unlike 12th) and you can dedicate maximum time in learning the concepts. While most students prefer starting their preparations from 12th, starting at 11th would mean that you are already 2 steps ahead in the race to an NLU.
Preparing for two years requires higher commitment, focus and proper planning. Without proper planning, the preparation might feel scattered, unorganised and might result in loss of valuable time. Proper planning and strategizing your preparation is therefore of utmost importance.
Your preparation plan should be structured in such a manner that you can complete the entire syllabus in less than seven months and devote the next one year to continuous revisions and practice tests. The last three months should be utilised by taking mock tests.
Make sure you focus on learning and understanding the basic concepts in the first phase of your preparation
It is during this phase that you should prepare notes on each topic and subject which would later help in easy revision
Focus on practice tests in the next phase. The tests should be structured in such a manner that you are able to cover all the topics
While revising, keep a track of any updates or change in syllabus. Basically, you should not stick only to your self-made notes, keep on updating by referring to other materials.
Do not miss out on any of the mock tests in the final phase. Those are of utmost importance as they help you benchmark your performance.
One thing that should be done throughout is READING current affairs. Make a habit of dedicating one hour daily just for current affairs and keep a note of it.
Legal Aptitude questions cover legal reasoning and legal G.K. questions which are in the form of facts and principles and you have to derive the answers by applying those principles to the facts. For Legal Reasoning you should read the principles in entirety and should be able to grasp the key points very carefully. The application of these key points to the facts also needs to be done with caution. Having a little legal knowledge helps in quick solving of these kinds of questions. The students should evaluate what is the legal ambit of each question and should find the right answer within that periphery. As for legal knowledge, reading newspapers and certain basic legal proposition will add to the preparation for this section.
It is vital to approach it as “logical reasoning” and not be bogged down by the word “Legal”. Common sense and comprehension will work wonders in this section.
G.K. and Current Affairs
Read! Read! And Read! That’s all you can do for this section. Reading newspapers, magazines and social articles plays an important role in getting the edge in this section. Two things that you must keep in mind while preparing for this section-
News in the past 12 months - pre March has more likelihood of appearing in the exam
Get hold of a standard “GK book” oriented towards CLAT.
English with Comprehension
This section should be attempted carefully while maintaining the reading speed. Some students prefer to read the passage first and then go to the questions while some tend to read the questions first and then scan the passage for answers. This might work with questions that are factual. However, for inference based questions this approach may prove fatal as you need to understand the passage to be able to attempt the questions correctly. Solve plenty of questions to know what yields best results so that you’re all set for the actual Test. Read 10 ways to develop reading habit.
Also work on your vocabulary as it constitutes a major chunk of English section. Reading editorials in newspapers, vocabulary enhancing books are some of the ways to boost your vocabulary. Read expand your Vocabulary toolbox. Using flashcards while travelling or for a fun game with friends is another way to not just enhance your vocabulary but also retain them.
Analytical Reasoning and Quantitative ability questions are based on basic common sense and logic. Practice is the only key to performing well in this section. Your focus should be on learning smarter techniques that will help you solve the questions much faster.
Although this section carries the lowest weightage in CLAT, you should not take it lightly. The questions asked in this section are pretty basic and devoting 30 minutes each day to this section will help you score 20 marks easily.Preparing at an early stage is all about how you strategize, plan and retain your focus. Start early and do not deter from the plans that you have set for yourself. Keep motivating yourself and you’ll be good to go. Good Luck!