CLAT is a national level law entrance exam conducted every year. CLAT online test comprises 5 sections including General Knowledge, Legal Aptitude, English Comprehension, Elementary Mathematics and Legal Reasoning. As the CLAT aspirants are fresh out of school and have inadequate knowledge about the legal realm, they get confused with syllabus and right strategies to prepare for the exam. When it comes to the Legal Aptitude section, this is the most significant and easiest section of CLAT. Further, this section carries the maximum weightage and the score in this section is also used in case of a tie. If prepared well, you can easily score full marks in legal aptitude in a limited time. As mentioned, it is possible only if you have prepared well for this section. So to help you grab this opportunity, we provide you with some helpful CLAT preparation tips for the Legal Aptitude section.
What does this section check?
Before you start preparing Legal Aptitude for CLAT 2019, you should first understand what this section covers. As the name suggests, Legal Aptitude, this section checks your reasoning skills rather than your legal knowledge. When preparing for CLAT, you should focus on the correct application of the legal principles in the given factual situation.
Legal Aptitude Exam Pattern
- Legal Aptitude section is further divided into 3 sections:
- Legal Reasoning
- Legal Facts
- Legal General Knowledge
- Every correct answer carries 1 mark
- Every wrong answer will carry a penalty of 0.25 marks
CLAT Preparation Tips for Legal Aptitude
Understand the syllabus
Every section covers questions from different topics. To ensure that you get full marks in this section, you first need to understand CLAT syllabus along with the important topics.
Majorly Legal Aptitude syllabus covers topics from:
|Indian Constitution||Indian Penal Code||Indian Contract Act|
|Family Law||Law of Torts||Legal fundamentals and terms|
|Legal Maxims||Important Landmarks, Supreme Court Judgments||Miscellaneous (Intellectual Property Rights, Labor Laws, Consumer laws, employment laws, environmental laws etc.)|
Legal Reasoning – In this section, questions will be asked from the Constitution of India, Law of tort & contract and Indian Penal Code. Questions will be on the factual situation where you will be required to apply legal principles to get the correct answer.
Legal General Knowledge – Court concepts, government functions, the ministry of law and justice, High court of Delhi, amendments, recommendations and hierarchy of Indian judiciary are the topics this section will have the questions from.
Legal Fact – In this section, the question will be asked from Preamble, fundamental rights and legal principles to ask your knowledge of legal facts.
Don’t assume anything
Remember that fluke work will not help you at all in the exam. Don’t waste your time on assuming things as it will not just take away precious time but will also affect your overall marking. Apply the facts and give correct answers, and the best way to practice this is to solve sample papers. Further, when answering questions, stick to the application of principles than using emotions.
Newspapers, news channels and news apps for mobile phones are the best sources to stay updated with the latest happenings. It will not just help you prepare well for the Legal Aptitude section but will also help you in Legal GK section.
Practice is the key!
Get your hands on as many previous year papers as you can. Also, spend time on solving CLAT test series to get a better understanding of the type of questions, tricks to solve them quickly and the exam pattern. While solving mock tests and previous year papers make a list of the principles covered in the tests and practice the ones repeated time and again. However, there is no guarantee of the same principles as every year there is a completely new set of principles every year. So, be prepared for the surprise and to handle it.
Get the best books
Selection of the right books is the key to success in any competitive or entrance exam. Given below are some of the books you can refer to for preparation of CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude.
- LA/LR (6th Edition) by AP Bhardwaj
- Legal Aptitude: Common Law Admission Test by R.K Gupta and Samiksha Gupta
- Legal Aptitude for the CLAT and other Law Entrance Examinations: A Workbook by A.P. Bhardwaj
- Legal magazine by LegalEdge for Current Legal Knowledge
Clear your doubts
If you want to score well in CLAT 2019, make sure you clear your doubts immediately. If you are thinking about the right platform for doubt clarification without joining CLAT coaching, you can look for mobile apps. There are many mobile apps for CLAT preparation where you can ask your doubts and can get answers from subject matter experts.
These are some of the important tips to prepare for CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude section. As this is a completely new field after class 12 and you feel that you need some expert guidance, you can opt for CLAT coaching as well. But this is completely a personal choice. If you are a self-learner and can manage with self-study, you can buy some additional study material to strengthen your preparation. The choice is completely yours!