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Since there’s been a drastic change in the paper pattern of CLAT 2020, it becomes vital for us to analyze the same and crack the best possible strategy to Ace the examination. Let us have a look at it.
First and foremost, the Consortium has curtailed the number of questions from 200 to a range of 150 questions. However, the duration of the exam still remains as 120 minutes i.e., 2.00 hours and the mode of examination will be offline.
You might now think that you will have more time to attempt every question, which no doubt you all will; but, comprehension based questions would be asked from Quantitative Techniques, English, Current Affairs, Deductive Reasoning and Logical Reasoning. Therefore, more or less you still won’t have time to pass and will still have to maintain the same speed while attempting the questions, because there will surely be a lot more of reading than it was there in the past years.
Next comes the major changes that will take place in different sections. Since the main aim behind changing the paper pattern was to eliminate the memory test of the aspirants and, test their inferential reasoning, reading and comprehension skills, following are the changes, made to the paper of CLAT 2020:
1. In Quantitative Aptitude, instead of solving direct numerical of time & work, mensuration, wages & salary, Profit & Loss, etc.; there will be questions of data interpretation, wherein a graph or pie chart will be provided with some information and you will have to answer the questions accordingly by carefully reading and comprehending the questions. Therefore, you need to focus upon and practice more graph and pie chart based questions and learn data interpretation. Multiple sources are available online for conceptual clarity and additionally practice the questions provide in our mock tests, with detailed solutions and explanations.
2. In English, you will find more reading comprehensions now, and instead of direct vocabulary questions of antonyms and synonyms, questions will be asked in a pattern wherein some information will be provided to you and in the context of that particular information, you will have to choose the correct antonym or synonym of the particular word. Therefore, practice as much RC’s as you can. Start reading!
Small tip: Instead of reading books (including fiction), try to read news articles or blogs (I know it can become boring for some of you all, but trust me if you do this, you will be killing two birds with a single stone.)
3. In General Knowledge, focus has totally shifted upon the current affairs, with minimal or no static GK (if asked, it is related to the current affairs) in the paper. Therefore, reading newspapers and news articles has now become very important for you, especially the legal developments. Additionally, you can get all the relevant and important current affairs through our compendiums.
4. In Legal Aptitude, the consortium has decided to not evaluate the prior legal knowledge of the aspirants. Therefore, you will be asked questions which will be evaluating your ability of inferential reasoning. For instance, you will be provided with some facts or situations (mostly from the newspapers or articles) and on the basis of the paragraph, questions will be asked, you will have to draw your inferences and choose the most appropriate option. For preparing this section, very less material is available online, therefore, for quality questions and practice, refer to our compendium.
5. In Logical Reasoning, you won’t find major changes as done in Legal or Quantitative Aptitude. But again the level of questions has been raised by a notch and you will be facing more inferential and critical reasoning based questions. That means more reading! You will also have to focus more upon analytical reasoning now. Therefore, even though number of questions will be less, you still need to manage your time crucially.
SOME IMPORTANT TIPS:
1. READ! Yes, try and read as much as you can, most importantly to build up your speed in reading, so that you can solve all the questions within the given time frame.
2. Put less focus into cramming stuff, let it be General Knowledge or Legal Knowledge, because the consortium is clear that they will refrain from testing the memory of the aspirants and is evident from the sample papers.
3. Focus more upon reasoning and comprehensions. For reference, you can refer to past year papers of GMAT and LSAT. You can subscribe to our Telegram channel as well, because we keep on sharing a lot of material on the channel.
4. For aspirants from Hindi medium, there is no need to be anxious, because the changes are happening for everyone, therefore, focus upon improving your English reading and comprehension skills, and understand vocabulary in a context and not cram them.
5. For droppers, there is no need to be disheartened because of the fact that you have already prepared legal knowledge and static GK, because one, knowledge never goes in vain and your base in static GK will only help you in understanding and grasping current affairs efficiently; and second, it is just for CLAT that these changes are applicable for and for other exams, the format still remains the same.
I hope the above information was helpful. Stay tuned for more in-depth analysis of each section. Always remember that, “Change brings Opportunity”.
All the Best!
P.S. – Check our sample papers in the resource section after login. Who else will better guide you than the one who have themselves cleared this exam!
– Divisha Agarwal (4th Year, GNLU)