How to Crack CLAT Law Entrance Exams Delhi University LLB
CLAT, LSAT, SET, IPU-CET and NLU Delhi (AILET) are few of the Law examinations which a law aspirant can take.
Most entrance examinations would test a candidate on the following mentioned five subjects (for getting through CLAT and other law entrance exams except LSAT-India)
English section would broadly be classified in the following three -
- Grammar and Sentence Correction
- Reading Comprehension
a. Building vocabulary
There are a lot of simple ways to improve on grammar and vocabulary, amongst which regular reading of newspaper for contextual meanings is an established way.
Similarly, understanding the basic rules and practicing exercised is the easiest way to improve on grammar.
Regular reading of newspaper not only help you increase the bank of topics you can get acquainted to, it would also help increase reading speed and overall comprehension skills.
A two-month plan and working regularly on English can do wonders even for students from non-English medium.
b. Common types of questions
Following is the general classification of English section-
- English Comprehension
- Fill up the blanks
- Spelling test
- Vocabulary — synonyms, antonyms including Latin, French and legal terms
- Phrasal verbs, idioms and phrases
- Para jumbles
- Sentence correction tests
General Knowledge/ Current Affairs
- GK usually has the higher weight age in a law entrance exam. GK questions – both static and current – constitute approx 25 per cent of most exams.
- Reading newspaper daily is a good way to build GK.
- Reading a good competition magazine could be helpful as well.
- Aspirants should focus on international economic, trade and finance related issues and also similar developments relating to UN and its agencies, WTO, World Bank & IMF etc.
- Students can also read GK content of the last six months at a good GK portal
- Can use notes from some reputed institutes.
- 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.
- However, visual and non-verbal reasoning are usually not tested in law entrance exams.
Managing time is the key
- Time management is very important and it is always prudent to move on to the next question without wasting too much time on one particular question.
- Prior practicing and determining the time needed in each section can be useful to manage time on the exam day.
Legal Aptitude/Legal Awareness
- This area focuses either legal reasoning or legal GK questions.
- To master legal reasoning questions, candidates must learn and understand legal principles relating to laws of torts, contracts, crimes, family law and general principles of law.
- Also the Civics/Political Science school text books can be great help in mastering Constitution and Indian Polity, a major area for legal knowledge questions.
- Keep track of legal news and developments in the country.
- Whether it is a legislative development in Parliament or a landmark judgement from the Supreme Court or High Courts, it would be important for the exam.
In this section the candidates will be tested only on “elementary” mathematics ie, Math that is taught till Class 10.
- The areas one needs to be comfortable with are percentages, profit and loss, ratio, proportion and variation, simple equation, averages, time and work, time and distance, ie, arithmetic and nothing else.
LLB entrance test of Delhi University
- The focus in Delhi University LLB entrance remains on three areas namely GK, English & Legal Aptitude.
- Students should have a balanced strategy for all the four subjects i.e. GK, English, Legal Aptitude & Logical Reasoning.
- If we analyze past years papers of DU, GK emerges as the most important area. Even 100 or more questions out of a total of 175 questions were from GK/Current Affairs in the past few years.
- Also in DU, most of the Legal Aptitude questions are from Legal GK or Legal Awareness and very few questions from Legal Reasoning.
- Law School Admission Test or LSAT-India exam is conducted by Pearson vue in India on behalf of Law School Admission Council, USA.
- Jindal Global Law School and IIT Kharagpur (Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law) are the two most important law schools accepting LSAT scores.
- Students can visit the test website to find a full-length sample question paper and sample questions in each of the test-areas, that is, Analytical Reasoning, Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension.
- Students can buy the Official LSAT India Handbook at the time of making applications or they can buy from the market the popular Kaplan LSAT Book for a thorough preparation.
- There is no General Knowledge, Grammar, Legal Reasoning and Mathematics, in this examination.
Negative marking for CLAT 2013
- In a recent development, a significant change was announced for CLAT 2013. Scheduled to be held on May 13, in this edition of CLAT, 0.25 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
- The paper comprises 200 multiple-choice questions of one mark each across the following sections – English including comprehension, GK/Current Affairs, Elementary Mathematics, Legal Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.
Smart guide for law aspirants:
1. Past year papers are the easiest way to start preparation for any LAW Entrance exam. Every law aspirant should get past papers of CLAT, NLU Delhi, LSAT-India, DU, etc.
2. Planning and focusing on concern areas – Making a study plan with special focus on weaker sections is really important. A lot of students feel they are lacking in GK and should try more and more questions to gain confidence. Since Legal aptitude is a completely new section for all students, focusing on this section can help a student stand out by performing in this section.
3. Apart from CLAT there are other entrance examinations being held which can be appeared to increase your chances admission in a reputed college.
4. Secure good marks in Boards university Exams: If you secure good marks, say above 90% in 12th Boards or above 70% in graduation, you may get a seat at some good law schools admitting students on merit basis like GLC. Mumbai, ILS, Pune, ULC Bangalore, Law Faculty Lucknow, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University etc.
5. Coaching institutes – An internal study suggests that 80% of the students present in the top law schools took coaching or distance learning program or test series.
Explore the best institute of your city by talking to the faculty members who are generally graduates of good law schools.
6. Try as many mock and sample test papers as possible.
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