CLAT UG 2014 Preparation- The Expert Speak
Ishita Parekh, 02 Jun 2014, #CLAT


In this exclusive interview, Rajender Khadav, Director, Crack CLAT Coaching Institute gives our readers an overview of the CLAT UG 2014 preparation strategy required to crack this major undergraduate entrance law examination. He lists out important topics, books, reading material and explains career prospects for those who wish to take up law after their 12th.

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Q. Less than six months are left for CLAT UG 2014, what should be the preparation strategy and focus area of the aspirants?
A. Students should now concentrate on revising their concepts and re-look their knowledge to be thorough with it. They should particularly focus on increasing their speed since time is a very crucial factor in the exam. Solving previous years’ papers and sample papers would help enhance their speed and time management skills. They will also be acquainted to the paper structure. Students should be abreast with the current affairs till the last day of the exam.

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Q. What are the key areas/important topics that a student should focus on in each subject  area?
English:
The section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English comprehension and grammar. In the comprehension section, candidates will be questioned on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section requires correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling in of blanks in sentences with appropriate words etc.

Apart from this you need to build a vast vocabulary. This needs long term sustained effort. For this you can pick up one alphabet and learn words beginning with that alphabet. Make the practice of using the words in your daily conversation and writing. Make the habit of reading the newspapers everyday like The Hindu and magazines like The Frontline. This is essential for your GK preparation.

 

General Knowledge: This is another area that needs sustained effort. The area to be covered is indeed very vast. You must go through the 10th standard books on Geography, History, Civics and Science to get a bird’s eye view of the subject matter. Do attempt all the questions from the past papers to get an idea of the vastness of the subject. For current events, reading of newspaper and magazine is important. You must maintain a GK notebook for short notes.

Mathematics: This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. one that is taught till the class 10. Understand the fundamentals of the topics of arithmetic. To enhance your speed, do more exercises from various practice materials.

Logical Reasoning: The purpose of the logical reasoning section is to test the student’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and rectify illogical arguments. It will include a wide variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. 

 

Legal Aptitude: This is one of the most important factor that the candidate should possess. It is not necessary for them to know the laws but must have an inclination towards the study of law. This section will test students only on “legal aptitude”. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions and a set of facts to which the said proposition has to be applied.  

Q. 0.25 negative marking was introduced last year. What has been the affect of this on the performance of students? Any other effect?      A. Negative marking is very important to keep up the pace of the competition between the students. Negative marking has its own impact on overall CLAT performance. A single mark will take you over 500 students and the same single mark may get you behind 500. A clear strategy to deal with negative marking would help you to take a leap ahead of other students and possibly would help you to see NLUs. If you want to tackle the negative marking in CLAT then be familiar with the exam pattern. You should know the number of questions, time limit, expected cut-off marks, number of attempts required with a fair bit of accuracy.

Q. Is there any change expected in the exam pattern of CLAT UG 2014?   
A. The most significant feature added to CLAT from 2014 is the introduction of centralized online counseling. The scheme will save the time and energy of thousands of students and parents besides making the overall admission process more efficient.

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Q. Which are the books that you highly recommend for the preparation of CLAT UG 2014?

  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

  • English is Easy by Chetnanand singh

  • Analytical Reasoning by M K Pandey

  • Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal

  • Objective Arithmetic by R S agarwal

  • Butterworths Lexis Nexis

  • Universal’s LLB Entrance Guide

Q. So far how has been difficulty level of the exam in the past few years? What is it expected to be like in CLAT 2014?
A. Moderate.

Q. Apart from the 14 NLUs, which other colleges accept CLAT UG scores that students should know?
A. TNNLS Tiruchirappalli, DSNLU Visakhapatnam, Nirma Ahmedabad etc.

Q. How would you advise students to prepare for subjects like Legal Aptitude which is not taught to UG students?
A. This is one of the most important factor that the candidate should possess. It is not  necessary for them to know the laws but must have an inclination towards the study of law. Solving past papers would help enhance their speed and time management skills and will also get them acquainted to the paper structure.

Q. Which topics would you advise non-math students to prepare for and what should be their overall preparation strategy for mathematics?
A. This section will test candidates only on “elementary” mathematics i.e. maths that is taught till the class 10. Understand the fundamentals of the topics of arithmetic. To enhance your speed, do more practice exercises from various reading material.

Q. What are the other major important undergraduate law exams that you would advise students to take up?
A. AILET (All India Law Entrance Test), LSAT (Law School Admission Test), SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) etc.

Q. Majority of undergraduate students take engineering or medicine as their future career path. Law is less popular among students. We would like to know career prospects for  those who wish to take up law after 12th.         
A. In the present era of globalization, interaction with people has increased. The same is with professions. There is no geographical limitation to pursue education or professions in any part of the world. Foreign degrees and salaries are the charm of today’s generation and what if you get all this at your door step in your city at your place. Law education is offering a world class profession as it is now not limited to old perceptions. Law is now beyond litigation and judicial services. It not only offers lucrative salary packages to legal managers in corporate sector and lawyers in law firms but also brings with it fame, success and a sense of social responsibility. Law guards our rights and directs us to our duties and responsibility. 

Various career options available-

  • Litigation / Legal Practice

  • Corporate sector / corporate counsel

  • Law firms, Social Advocates, N.G.O.

  • Academia

  • L.P.O.

  • Judicial Service

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