Section wise strategy for CLAT

(English Language, General Knowledge
and Quantitative Techniques)

“Good things in life do not come easy, and every major goal needs commitment, dedication and preparation”

With the new paper pattern of CLAT, it is clear that CLAT is going to test your reading and comprehension ability. How much you can infer from a given passage and answer the questions accordingly by applying logic within a time frame.

Be it any section, you should be able to read the passages within a given time limit; not only read but to comprehend it in one or maximum two reading is essential, otherwise you will not be able to solve the complete question paper within the given time.

A lot of students have this common query of improving their scores in the mocks. For that you need to first understand the cause of your problem.

Causes are:

1.    not working on increasing speed while reading passage

2.    not keeping timer while solving questions or mocks

3.    not able to comprehend or infer what’s written in the passage

4.    not able to comprehend the question itself in one go

The root cause is maintaining speed and time management. Solution is to increase your speed of reading and understanding what you have read.

How will you execute the solution mentioned above? Practice, practice and practice a lot of mocks. Instead of practicing questions section-wise, focus on practicing a complete mock. Daily practicing mocks is key to improve your speed, time management and your order of attempting section (to improve your final score). The best implementation can be checked only while attempting mocks. If you are of the opinion that you will solve mocks in the last month; then that would be biggest mistake of your preparation strategy. CLAT 2020 demands it.

Let’s start from English Language, for English Language; you should focus on practising a lot of reading comprehensions. Also, you may be scoring very less or average marks in RCs; this does not mean that you will never be able to score high. This means if you improve upon you reading speed by keeping a timer, and daily solve atleast five RCs, you will improve upon this section gradually.

Apart, read editorial from The Hindu, or the Indian Express, on a daily basis. If you read one or two articles of your choice by keeping a timer, gradually you will be able to improve upon on your comprehending ability. To check your improvement, daily solve mocks as well. Because section-wise improvement can only be checked if you are able to implement that in the mock practice, when you are suppose to solve all the five sections.

One more thing, with time try to reduce the time that you take to solve five RCs (attempted rightly with less wrong answers).

 

Coming to the General Knowledge and Current Affairs section, whatever static gk you have read till now; revise it. Do not pick anything new.

Best thing to prepare static GK is to focus on Current Affairs. Yes, you read it right! Whatever current affairs you are reading, just try to read the static gk which can be asked out of that current news.

For example, in case of abrogation of Article 370, you can read about powers of President, Parliament and other important Articles relevant to that issue.

Look, static GK will form less part of the passage than current affairs direct question, so focus on the topics which has more weightage or probability to come. This is how you prepare for competitive exams. You don’t mug up everything; you are supposed to have selective reading of what’s important.

For Current Affairs practice, try to cover it from newspaper (Indian Express or The Hindu). Only read news which is relevant. Read the National news, International, Editorials (if feels are fact based), Business & Economy (only selective news), Explained page of The Indian Express.

What not to read from newspaper?

·       Sports page

·       Regional news

·       Political news

·       crime news

·       Entertainment page

·       No state news (until and unless it’s something which has a national impact)

·       Global politics and crime

·       Bills and memorandum are not asked; Acts and agreements which are final are only important

·       Quarter growth reports of company not important in economy page;

See, now you will be wondering that newspaper reading is so simple; it will take you very less time to read the newspaper (1-1:30 hour) if you read it smartly; knowing what’s important and what’s not.

Also, in offline exams, stop reading newspaper 15-20 days before the exam date. 

Along with this reading newspaper, selectively read current affairs (only relevant one) from any good magazine available online.

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Coming to Quantitative Techniques, you can take out data interpretation questions online and solve them. Once you understand the concept then you can start solving questions. Keep a timer and solve good amount of questions online or from any good book. Supplement it with daily mock practice and solve more and more questions.

Since, you have almost two months in your hand for CLAT 2020. At present you should focus on revision on whatever you have studied. In the ratio of 70:30 you can prepare, where 70 percent of your day should be given in revision of whatever you have studied in the year and the rest 30 percent to anything new.

Practicing mocks and analysis of mock is key for acing CLAT. Without daily practice of mocks, you cannot improve upon your speed, time and score.

 

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is
practice!”

Cheers!

 

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