It is perhaps for the first time that 2 CLAT exams will be conducted in the same year. Normally the exams take place in May. A main reason for the NLU consortium to take a decision to this effect was the perennial clash with plus two board exams. Law aspirant students were finding it difficult to balance studies for both.
This preponement offers a great opportunity for CLAT exam takers to prepare beforehand. At the same time, there is a time challenge. Six months of preparation is effectively reduced. So it is necessary to start right now! It is also necessary to prepare systematically. That of course goes without saying for an extremely all-India competitive exam like CLAT.
Everything you want to know CLAT:
v The Exam – CLAT is a national-level entrance examination for students looking forward to build a career in the legal sector. It is a Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam answered in offline mode. This means students have to mark their answers in pen on the given answer paper sheet. The question booklet will be in printed form. CLAT is held under the aegis of the NLU consortium.
v Course - Aspirants clearing the CLAT exam secure admission to one among the twenty-three NLU’s in India. All the NLUs are single disciplined universities offering a bachelor's and honors in Law. The course is five years duration. The student-aspirants get selected to these NLUs based on their CLAT scores. Once they complete their 5-year degree course, students can opt for various careers in law. These include advocacy practice, corporate law, judicial positions, etc. The trend of course is heavily towards corporate careers.
v Eligibility - Every student appearing for CLAT should have cleared their intermediate (10 +2) from a recognized board with not less than 45% aggregate marks. All SC / ST candidates should have cleared their intermediate or plus two equivalents with not less than 40% aggregate marks.
All about CLAT 2023 –
v Application process: CLAT 2023 application process will start in the first week of August 2022. The last date for application submission will be around August 2022. Admit card / Hall ticket will be released in the first week of December 2022. The answer key will be released in a week’s time. Results come out in January 2023. The counseling and admission process starts in March 2023.
v Exam pattern: The NLU consortium had announced a new syllabus pattern for CLAT exam from 2019 onwards. The CLAT 2023 runs on the same lines. There are five sections –Legal aptitude, English, General Knowledge and current affairs, logical reasoning, and quantitative Techniques. In total, one hundred and fifty questions. Each question answered correctly carries one mark. Each negative question carries minus .25 marks. There will not be any minus or negative marks for questions not attempted. The total test duration is of hundred and twenty minutes.
v Section distribution: Going by the 2022 CLAT question paper, the question distribution is as follows. Legal reasoning – 40 questions, English – 30 questions, GK and current affairs- 35, logical reasoning – 30, Quantitative techniques – 15. It is widely expected that CLAT 2023 will also have the same distribution, more or less.
Exam approach -
v Before time preparation: It is necessary to approach CLAT exam with total clarity and in a structured manner. Any sort of, take-it-as-it-comes, outlook has to be totally eliminated. Please remember that almost eighty thousand students will be appearing for CLAT 2023. The national pass slab in CLAT is not more than 4%. Hence systematic and in-depth preparation is the need of the hour. In fact, off-late, many CLAT student aspirants have started their preparation from the beginning of their plus one first semester.
v Analysis and thinking: CLAT sections demand a depth thinking in each of the sections, especially Legal and English. Every section is passage based. Each line in these passages carries a lot of implied meanings and inferences. It is necessary, not just to read and observe minutely but also to analyse and extrapolate. The answers to each question in the CLAT exam lies to the question or the passage being probed from every possible angle. As budding legal professionals, such an expectation is natural.
v English is the key – As mentioned earlier, the CLAT exam is totally passage-based, even Quantitative Techniques. Since analysis is the precursor, a good grip of the English language backed with enriched vocabulary usage is a must. Each passage whether in the Legal, English, or Current affairs section has to be understood both from its overview as well as the tone and tenor. This is possible only with a strong level of English language knowledge. Vigorous and constant reading needs to be the priority of every candidate.
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