CLAT 2017 Preparation Tips: In Conversation with Rajendra Khadav

CLAT 2017 Preparation Tips:

The official notification of CLAT 2017 is already out with its arrival the tension among the aspirants also increases. With less than 5 months to go for CLAT 2017 which will take place on May 14, 2017 we at Law Gurukul bring you the CLAT 2017 preparation tips.

For giving the CLAT 2017 preparation tips Rishu Malhotra- Founder and CEO at Law Gurukul (Gurukul India) interviews Rajendra Khadav- Founder and Director at Crack CLAT Tutorials.

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So here are some excerpts from the interview:

Rishu Malhotra: With less than 5 months to go for CLAT, what should be the basic strategy of a student who starts his/her preparation now?

Rajendra Khadav: Following are the subjects tested through CLAT examination. Aspirants are advised to prepare for all the sections in a proper manner.

English: The English section will test the candidate’s proficiency in English based comprehension passages 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. You need to build a vast vocabulary. This needs long term sustained effort. Go through the word list, words of one letter of the alphabet per day, and tick those words that you are not familiar with. Use those words in your conversation or in any writing. Do read a good newspaper, like the Hindu, everyday without fail and a news magazine like the Frontline. This in any case 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 or the subject matter. Do attempt the entire question from the past papers to get an idea of the vastness of the coverage. For current events, reading of newspaper and magazine is important. You must maintain a GK notebook for short notes.

 Maths: 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.

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. Questions will be framed with the help of legal propositions to which they have to answer. Solving past papers would help them to enhance their speed and time management skills and will also get them acquainted to the paper structure.

Rishu Malhotra: What tips will you recommend while preparing for the General Knowledge and Current Affairs section?

Rajendra Khadav: Read a good English news paper regularly & subscribe a national monthly current affairs magazine. You must maintain a GK notebook for short notes.

Rishu Malhotra: What major books should a student must refer for each section?

Rajendra Khadav: 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, Butterworth’s Lexis Nexis and Universal’s LLB entrance guide, Manorama Yearbook, CRACK CLAT’s monthly magazine of current affairs, Lucent General Knowledge  etc.

Rishu Malhotra: According to you by what time should a student start practicing online mock tests for CLAT?

Rajendra Khadav: After completing basic course, aspirants should take lots of online tests.  In this way aspirants can make their mind to think and act in stipulated time plus they will get accustomed to online mode.

 Rishu Malhotra: Apart from CLAT which other major entrance exams should a student appear for?

 Rajendra Khadav: AILET, SET, UPES, IP, MH CET Law

Rishu Malhotra: What will be your key advice to students preparing for CLAT 2017 through self study?

Rajendra Khadav: Solving past papers would help aspirants to enhance their speed and time management skills. They will also help them to acquaint the paper structure. Students should be abreast with the current affairs till the last day of the exam.

About the Author
Rishu Malhotra
Rishu Malhotra is the Founder and CEO of Gurukul India, a Masters in Business Laws from NLSIU Bangalore- he has a keen interest in Law and also counsels students regarding various career options available for them.

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