A lot of people will tell you that they have shortcuts and hacks to prepare for CLAT. But CLAT is a tough nut to crack. No hacks can replace the hard work and focus required to crack this exam.
It is important to take some guidance related to your curriculum and study strategy when it comes to preparing for CLAT. It is also important to understand that no one strategy works for all. Everyone has to have their own personal strategy to excel at their preparation.
The CLAT exam this year is scheduled to be held in May 2021. If you are just starting your preparation, you will roughly have 5 months to prepare for your CLAT exam. This leaves you with no time for thinking, and just enough time to start your preparation immediately.
If you still haven’t started your preparation, there is no need to panic. With a smart strategy and dedicated studying, you can still ace your CLAT exam.
CLAT UG Exam pattern for 2021
CLAT UG Exam is objective type with 100 Multiple Choice Questions, weighing 2 marks each. There is a negative marking scheme where 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer that you mark.
CLAT UG syllabus consists of 5 subjects, including:
- English (40 marks)
- General Knowledge & Current Affairs (50 marks)
- Elementary Mathematics (20 marks)
- Legal Aptitude (50 marks)
- Logical Reasoning (40 marks)
CLAT PG Exam Pattern for 2021
CLAT PG Exam is held in two parts, where one is of objective type and the second part consists of subjective type questions. The exam consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions and 50 Subjective Questions. Each Multiple choice question weighs 2 marks each, whereas 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. Two subjective questions weigh 25 marks each and need to be answered in 800 words.
CLAT PG Syllabus consists of the following subjects:
- Constitutional Law (40 marks)
- The following subjects have a combined weightage of 60 marks:
- Criminal Law
- International Law
CLAT UG Study Timetable for 2021
Due to great competition, it is important to work hard and practice a lot of questions to build that competitive edge and speed while solving the paper. Usually, it is suggested that you give CLAT preparation at least 7-8 hours daily. However, if you are starting late, it means that you should expand your preparation time to at least 8-12 hours every day.
Here is a rough study timetable to help you set yours:
English – 1 hour daily
General Knowledge and Current Affairs – 30-45 minutes daily
Elementary Mathematics – 1 hour daily
Legal Aptitude – 2 hours daily
Logical Reasoning – 2 hours daily
Since CLAT UG Exam is objective type, you should dedicate 2-3 hours to mock test solving attempt mock tests daily or weekly to practice questions and build speed while solving questions.
CLAT PG Study Timetable for 2021
Similar to the CLAT UG Exam, the multiple-choice portion of this exam requires good problem-solving skills and great practice. While on the other hand, the essay-type subjective portion requires good knowledge and good writing skills, speedy through the process, as well as the ability to frame organized answers with clear pointers on a given subject. If you start early, you can finish the syllabus easily within 7-8 months with a dedicated study of 5-6 hours daily. Starting up late will require you to work hard for 10-12 hours on a daily basis to finish your curriculum and prepare well for the exam.
Here is a rough study time table that you can follow to prepare for the CLAT PG exam:
Constitutional Law – 2-3 hours daily
Other Law subjects – 3-4 hours daily
Essay Topics – 1.5-2 hours daily
For an additional 1 hour, you should also practice mock tests to practice for the objective type questions on your syllabus.
An important thing to remember
The timetables given above are just samples to give you an idea. Find out your strengths and weak points and prepare accordingly. Give more time to the subjects that you find difficult, and spend less on the ones you find easy. But don’t forget their weightage in the paper. Do not spend much time on subjects that carry less mark distribution.
It is important to remember that CLAT is not an exclusive preparation. Preparing for CLAT is a lifestyle. You will need to make major lifestyle changes to accommodate learning and practicing for CLAT. You will need to get into the mindset of a lawyer while looking at simple everyday things.
We wish you good luck with your preparation.
May the force be with you!