CLAT PG PREPARATION STRATEGY

CLAT PG PREPARATION STRATEGY– CLAT in CLAT PG stands for Common Law Admission Test and PG stands for Post Graduate. By this, we can figure out that Consortium is conducting this exam for students who aspire to join Post Graduate (PG) programs offered by NLUs (National Law University.) There are currently 20 NLUs that offer LLM programs to candidates in different disciplines through the CLAT PG entrance examination. The seats for CLAT PG 2022 have been allotted. The exam for the same is scheduled to be held on May 19, 2022. The same was held on July 23 in 2021. 

Let us have a look at who can apply for CLAT PG and who cannot. 

CLAT PG Eligibility:

The Consortium of NLUs (National Law Universities) which is the conducting authority of the CLAT UG and PG entrance exam has given the following list which is the deciding factor for any candidate planning to appear for CLAT PG.

  1. An LL.B Degree or an equivalent examination with a minimum of Fifty percent (50%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to General/OBC/PWD/NRI/PIO/OCI categories and Forty-Five percent (45%) of marks or its equivalent grade in case of candidates belonging to SC/ST categories.
  2. Candidates appearing in the qualifying examination in April/May 2022 are also eligible to apply.
  3. No upper age limit is prescribed for appearing in CLAT 2022.
  4. Tie Breaker Rule: In case of equal marks, the break of the tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:
  5. Higher age;
  6. Computerized draw of lots.

So clearly if you do not possess an LL.B degree with the specified marks, you cannot apply for CLAT PG 2022.

Now let us have a look at the syllabus 

CLAT PG Syllabus 

According to the Consortium, the PG-CLAT 2022 will feature an emphasis on the comprehension abilities of the students. It shall be of 120 minutes duration, with one section:

The first section would include 120 objective-type questions carrying 1 mark each. There shall be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

The paper will be based on the mandatory subjects of the undergraduate program and include Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.

This does look like a lot to prepare but, to simplify it the consortium has also stated in the very beginning that the focus will be on testing the comprehension abilities of the students. So, even if the syllabus looks enormous at first. Its questions are going to follow a pattern. 

Let us have a look at what the question paper is expecting from you 

The pattern of the CLAT PG exam

In the objective section of the PG-CLAT 2022, you will be provided extracts from primary legal materials such as important court decisions in various fields of law, statutes, or regulations. Each passage will be followed by a series of questions that will require you to demonstrate the:

  1. Ability to read and comprehend the issues discussed in the passage, as well as any arguments and viewpoints discussed or set out in the passage;
  2. Awareness of the issues discussed in the passage, as well as of legal issues and facts related to and arising out of the passage and the judgment or statute from which it is extracted;
  3. Summarise the passage; and
  4. Ability to apply your knowledge of the fields of law discussed in the passage.

Although, the CLAT PG doesn’t give any weightage to particular topics as it does in CLAT UG. However, here is a list of the approximate number of questions that were asked last year.

SUBJECT NO. OF APPROXIMATE QUESTIONS
Constitutional Law ~34
Jurisprudence ~08
Contract Law ~12
Family Law ~12
Criminal Law ~30
Environmental Law ~06
International Law ~12
Companies Act ~06

How to Prepare for CLAT PG 2022:

Now that we have looked at the CLAT PG syllabus, Eligibility criteria and the approximate number of previous year’s questions asked in CLAT PG 2021. It’s time for us to prepare a strategy for CLAT PG 2022

So without further ado, let us begin our journey to devise a plan to cover the syllabus most effectively and efficiently. 

  1. Split your syllabus into smaller segments:

In the first place, one should have a thorough understanding of the syllabus for the exam they are about to appear in CLAT PG syllabus is up on the official site of Consortium and has been described above as well. One should divide their syllabus into smaller segments that are approachable and realistic. 

You can sabotage your CLAT PG preparations by setting unreasonably high and unrealistic targets. 

So it is sensible to make a plan keeping your capability in mind. 

  1. Examining previous years’ questions:

    It is the most crucial step. Knowing the syllabus and understanding it, but not browsing through or attempting previous years’ questions is a futile exercise. Looking through the previous years’ question papers will give you a brief idea about what kind of questions can be asked in the exam. This will also give you a lot of other insights. 

  1. Freshen up your basics: 

The candidate should work on their basics by reading through the principles and doctrines of various laws that are expected to be on the exam. Basic should not be compromised. Oftentimes, we think we can simply solve the question since it’s a very basic type. However, if that same question comes with a slight twist in the language, or with a trick of some sort, we might not be able to solve it. This generally happens because we are not focusing or polishing our basics. 

  1. Keeping in touch with current affairs:

Candidates should keep track of all legal developments in the country, including the delivery of judgments, the passage of legislation, and amendments to laws, among others.

  1. Revision:

Re-reading the concepts. Revising them is the key to success in any competitive or entrance exam. As we’ve mentioned previously on our blog, CLAT PG is no exception to the rule of revision. Revision is the king of all exams. 

  1. Working on the comprehension and reading skills: 

The whole exam pattern is comprehension-based and involves lengthy sections, so candidates must improve their reading speed. Practice CLAT PG mock exams whenever students have the chance to assess their speed, knowledge, and performance. In addition, they must evaluate and improve their outcomes.

  1. Note-Making: 

Jotting down everything you read in a simpler and smaller manner with keywords and information is the ideal way to prepare for a topic. Additionally, if you keep on updating your topic with current and legal affairs by way of landmark judgments, recent decrees, and orders related to it, you will find it a lot easier to revise everything at once at the eleventh hour in your CLAT preparation strategy.

  1. Practice mock tests: 

Once you’ve covered your syllabus, start attempting mock tests that are aligned with the current pattern of the CLAT PG exam. Solving mocks with a timer will give you an impression of the exam and it will also give you a competitive edge in your preparation. Solving mocks will boost your confidence while also allowing you to visualize the areas of worry.

  1. Evaluate your mocks: 

Throughout the CLAT PG preparation, it is paramount to remain true to oneself. Marking yourself in mock tests based on what the consortium has described should be the right way to do it. Furthermore, one must not ignore the areas where one is losing marks. She/he should focus on her/his weaknesses and work on them 

  1. Improve your performance:

Improving your shortcomings by working on them. Go through the topic again and again. Keep revising the topics that have been covered. Read the answers to mock tests. Gain insights and stay true to your reading list- books, study material, particular site. Do not get deviated by so many resources. 

  1. Stay disciplined: 

Because motivation is very momentary and is exterior. Discipline is the lifestyle you choose when you decide to prepare for something. 

FAQ:

  1. What kind of questions are asked in the CLAT PG?
  2. The objective types and these questions are comprehensive. 
  1. What is the marking scheme of CLAT PG?
  2. Marking the correct option will leave you with a +1 and marking a wrong answer will deduct 0.25 marks. 
  1. Is CLAT PG easy to crack?
  2. That depends on the kind of preparation a candidate is having. To thoroughly understand the paper, one must go through the syllabus and previous years’ question papers. 
  1. Which section should be tackled first?
  2. This idea comes from attempting various mocks and previous years’ question papers. Generally, one should start with the topics she/he is most comfortable with. 

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