If you are going through this article just for the fact that it has a “SUCCESS MANTRA” on how to crack CLAT 2017, you will be really thwarted of me. Common Law Admission Test is a competitive exam where all that matters is the application. Learning is a process which happens behind the curtain.
Let’s talk something about CLAT. CLAT is one of the most transparent competitive exams India has considering all fields of study. With a steady increase in the number of exam takers every year, CLAT has been able to maintain the transparent and timely procedure of allotment. In 2014, when certain questions were raised on GNLU, they went on to uploading the OMR sheets in respective candidates accounts online which shows the level of transparency CLAT honours.
CLAT is conducted by the ‘National Law Universities’ which are a part of CLAT in the order of their establishment. CLAT 2017 will be conducted by Chanakya National Law University, Patna.
CLAT is NOT one of the exams which demands prior knowledge. The Aptitude, Accuracy and Interest are all what you need to have to crack CLAT.
Now let's take the question ‘How to prepare for CLAT’?
Postponing the decision of taking CLAT or choosing some other viable option is the most unpleasant thing done by a candidate. You should set you aim as early as you can. It gives an edge to you over the others. Start observing national and international events with the same interest with which you cover ‘Virat-Anushka’s story.’ This would certainly help.
For covering static and current G.K. what can really help is yearly compendiums. Compendiums such as ‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ and ‘CSR’ help the reader to give a complete in and out of the events which have happened throughout the year. Don’t forget the past papers of CLAT and also separate papers before establishment of CLAT (2008).
Mathematics has always been my reason of running away from studies. But the fact that it carries 20 Marks makes it a section which becomes a deciding factor. Mathematics gives you an edge over others. The mindset of getting 20/20 or chucking the section altogether is what which should be avoided. These 20 Marks surely cannot be left at god’s whims. Some questions in this section are easy to the core and you would be saddened if you leave that. Even if you attempt 80% of the questions and you get 70% right, you would realise that you have done an amazing job. Focus and practice on the areas which are really easy and require elementary knowledge. You would certainly not disappoint yourself.
There have been a lot of challenges in the Apex Court as to conducting the CLAT through National Law Universities. CLAT has no statutory backing and it was brought into force by the way of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between all the NLU’s. Central government through Ministry of HRD has taken a stand that it has no interest in conducting CLAT as National Law Universities are autonomous universities and interfering with conducting the exams is considered as an internal affair. UGC has abstained itself from interfering with the internal policies of the autonomous universities.
However interestingly, Bar Council of India (BCI) has shown a keen interest in conducting the CLAT through its response filed in the Hon’ble Supreme Court. For now, it is the CLAT body formed by MoU is taking the charge.
The extensive CLAT preparation and practice not only books you the tickets for the university you wish to study in but in addition it makes you a more logical and rational person than you were before. With all this, I wish you all the bright minds a great luck.