Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is an all-India entrance exam conducted by 14 premier National Law Universities (NLUs) for the study of law (BA LLB degree). The CLAT paper carries a total of 200 marks and has five sections - English (including comprehension, 40 marks); general knowledge (current affairs, 50 marks); elementary mathematics (numerical ability of the class X variety, 20 marks); legal aptitude, 50 marks and logical reasoning, 40 marks.
All questions are multiple-choice questions carrying one mark each. There is no negative marking. CLAT is a competitive exam requiring focused and extensive preparation. Over the years, CLAT has moved away from being a means of testing 'knowledge' to that of testing a candidate's 'aptitude.'
Legal reasoning is perhaps the most critical part of the paper, testing for the most important quality that a lawyer needs to possess. Along with general knowledge (GK), it carries the highest proportion of marks in the paper. Given that the CLAT paper is now based primarily on 'aptitude,' candidates who are likely to do well are those that come with no preconceived notions of law.
In other words, while answering legal reasoning questions, candidates must apply their minds to the legal propositions cited, take them at face value and then apply them to the given situation. The legal propositions in the paper may not be entirely accurate, which is why any prior knowledge of law could prove disadvantageous.
The English and comprehension section requires proficiency in the English language - good vocabulary, grammar and reading skills. Any standard english grammar and comprehension textbook can be consulted and practised along with regular reading of newspapers, in order to do well in this section.
Newspapers also have the added advantage of helping one stay updated on current affairs. It must be noted that CLAT now only asks for knowledge of current affairs, and not of static knowledge (when was Humayun born or what is the common name of mimosa pudica).
As for maths, the level is quite elementary (class X), but the questions can be tricky. Brushing up on concepts such as ratio and proportion, simple and compound interest, percentage and all other mathematical questions that typically crop up in a class X paper are recommended.
Logical reasoning and legal aptitude are the key test areas. To do well in logical reasoning one can practise a wide variety of questions from various question banks and books. CLAT tests for a variety of logic including verbal and non-verbal logic. However, visual reasoning questions are not asked.
Courtesy: Times of India