Preparation Tips For UG-CLAT 2020

Let's examine all the sections and some preparation tips for each of them

A welcome announcement was made by the consortium of NLUs in November 19 regarding modifications in the pattern of UG-CLAT 2020. This left many students puzzled, trying to decode these proposed changes. Much ink was spilt over in various forums in speculations till the consortium came with the exact guidelines.

As per these, UG-CLAT 2020 is going to be an offline 2 hour, 150 questions MCQ test carrying 1 mark for each correct answer and -0.25 for each wrong answer. Let's examine all the sections and some preparation tips for each of them.

English Language (28-32 Questions): The questions will include passages of 400-450 words each covering a broad range of topics to test the candidate’s ability to extract the key information from the passage such as the central theme, comparing and contrasting different views, meaning of certain words in the given context, their synonyms/antonyms, etc. Besides this, there would be regular questions on grammar and vocabulary.

Tips: Read editorials, opinion pieces and short essays from any good daily English newspaper or from other online sources. For grammar, you can refer to the book by Wren & Martin.

Current Affairs, including General Knowledge (35-39 Questions): Unlike previous years when there were factually based questions, this year questions will be in the form of a passage of  450 words covering news, journalistic sources and non-fiction to test the understanding the depth of the issue. Questions may be in the form of fill in the blanks, finding causes, consequences, people associated with the events and other events associated with the events given in the passage.  

Tips: Though this section may require long term preparation, selecting good online resources will help. You can go through the archives of editorials and opinion pieces surrounding important events. A yearbook can also be useful in identifying those important events. 

Legal Reasoning (35-39 Questions): Transitioning from explicitly giving principle and fact-based questions, this year the questions will have the form of a passage in which principles and facts will be in implied form. The basic skill tested is deciphering them to answer the question. For this, prior knowledge of law may not be necessary. 

Tips: Please practice mock question papers regularly from good resources.  Preparation based on the old model will still be useful.

Logical Reasoning (28-32 Questions): Besides having regular logic questions on Blood-Relations, Direction Sense, Syllogism etc, questions on critical reasoning will also be included from various articles and editorials in the form of short passages to test the student’s ability to read between the lines and to analyze an argument. 

Tips: Solve past papers for regular logic questions and practice mock papers for critical reasoning. 

Quantitative Techniques (13-17 Questions): This section will include questions from basic arithmetic up to 10th standard and data interpretation in the form of tables, pie-charts, case lets etc. 

Tips: Solve questions from previous year papers and practice new mock papers for data interpretation.   

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