​Journey to top 10 NLU's

Getting into a national law university is not an easy task as it requires lot of effort and hard work. Most of us has a dream to be a successful lawyer or a judge and we are very fascinated with the job of a lawyer (watching the suits). Obviously, college matters in every field you want to go and especially in the field of law. To achieve at a faster rate, your college should be a prestigious college of India. I am myself a first year student of Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law. To get into NLU's you all know that you have to appear for an exam known as Common Law Admission Test commonly known as CLAT.


What is CLAT?

CLAT is basically a 200 marks MCQ based test which consist of 5 different sections which are:

1) English = 40 marks

2) Maths   = 20 marks

3) legal     = 50 marks

4) GK       = 50 marks

5) Logical =  40 marks

Total marks = 200

Time limit    =  120 minutes

All questions consist of 1 mark and each question has 4 options out of which only 1 is correct.


English Section

As already told this section consist of 40 marks consisting 20% weightage of exam. Topics mostly include Synonym Antonym, Odd one out, Choose the correct sentence, Syllogism, Spellings, Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Arranging the sentences and Idioms and Phrases. To be honest this section if done with hard work is really an easy section to attempt. As CLAT is a time based exam so this section should be completed in 20-25 minutes. Seeing the trends from previous year question papers, we can see that there is always a 10 marks lengthy reading comprehension which means we have to focus on our reading speed which can be increased by reading regular newspapers and practising comprehensions on daily basis. Newspaper will not only help in reading speed but will also help in developing vocabulary which is also an important part of this section.

BOOKS TO BE REFERRED:

1) Wren and Martin

2) Word power Made easy


​Arithmetic Section

This section is a 20 marks section and for a math lover its a really a scoring section. This section covers basic maths up to class 10th. Some of the topics are Percentage, Trigonometry, Clocks, Linear Equations, Geometry, Time speed and Distance, Fractions etc. Time needed to cover this section varies from 15-20 Minutes. This section requires a lot of effort for a non-mathematical background student. Thorough practice should be done for each topic.

BOOKS TO BE REFERRED:

1) NCERT Class 9th and 10th

2) R S Aggarwal

3) Online questions for every topic

4) M K Tyra


​Legal Section

This section is of 50 marks and is one of the most important section. It is also a decider section when two or more students have achieved the same marks. The person with higher marks in this section gets a higher rank. Mostly this section includes Principle based questions in which we are provided with a fact and principle and we have to apply the reasoning of principle in given fact and then we have to choose the correct answer out of 4 options. The other variety is Legal GK which includes basic knowledge of Current legal issues and knowledge regarding our Constitution. The third variety we often have to tackle is legal phrases. In 2017 exam, legal phrases consisted of 15 marks. So to achieve success in this section, you have to practice at least 400-500 types of principle based questions and have to learn legal phrases and you have to keep up to date with current legal knowledge.

BOOKS TO BE REFERRED:

1) Lexis Nexis

2) A P Bhardwaj

3) Past year papers

4) Lucent's GK


​Logical Reasoning Section

This section is of 40 marks and is broadly divided into two parts which are Verbal and Analytical reasoning. Verbal reasoning includes topic like Syllogism, Assertion reason, Critical reasoning, Facts principle whereas Analytical reasoning includes topic like puzzle solving, blood relation , choose the odd one out, series and sequence etc. To achieve 35+ in this section is a very easy task. You have to learn the concept and thinking of verbal reasoning from the author's point of view. To achieve success you have to practice as many questions as you can. For analytical reasoning while practising questions you should time bound yourself because sometimes while solving these questions in exam you consume a lot of time and get struck on this section wasting a lot of time. So my advice is when you practice these questions bound yourself with time.

BOOKS TO BE REFERRED:

1) M K PANDEY

2) R S AGARWAL


​General Knowledge Section

This is a 50 marks section including current as well as static GK. Current GK includes all the issues of last 12 months to the day of CLAT exam. For example, if you have your CLAT on 13th MAY 2018, so you have to read and learn all the important affairs from MAY 2017 to 13th MAY 2018. For static GK, important topics like Geography, History, Constitution, Sports, Nobel Prizes, First in India. You have to give at least  3-4 hours daily for getting 40+ in this section.

SITES TO BE REFERRED FOR CURRENT GK:

1) G K TODAY

2) JAGRAN JOSH

3) BANKERS ADDA

4) GRADE UP

BOOKS TO BE REFERRED FOR STATIC GK:

1) LUCENT's GK

2) COMPETITION IN FOCUS

3) PRATIYOGITA DARPAN


​Time Distribution for CLAT

As we all know that attempting 200 questions in 120 minutes is a very difficult task, so I have provided an ideal distribution of time which I have used while giving CLAT.

LOGICAL REASONING     = 25 minutes

LEGAL REASONING         =  35 minutes

MATHEMATICS                  =  20 minutes

ENGLISH                            =  25 minutes

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE  =  10 minutes

You are left with 5 minutes, you can give that 5 minutes for those questions which you found difficult earlier. This will help you complete the entire paper.


​Cut Offs for Top 10 NLU's

YEAR    PAPER LEVEL   CLOSING MARKS FOR 10th NLU

2015       TOUGH                     105

2016         EASY                      130

2017       MODERATE              112


I wish you all the luck and I hope you get you into your desired college. Feel free to write for any query in the comments section.






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