The first stage before clearing any exam is to select it. Congratulations you did it! Once you have selected the exam, which in your case is CLAT 2020, the next stage is to start preparing for it. Your CLAT study plan and daily routine is the key to crack the exam. Nowadays, everyone does hard work, but it is smart work which will fetch you the fruits of your hard work.
In this article we will discuss about the optimal utilization of your time and energy via a specially curated CLAT study plan. For every lawyer to become successful it is their ability to carve out a plan before pleading their case, we are certain that you don’t want to be just a lawyer but a successful one.
The exam will be conducted on 7th September 2020 and we have around 14 days to prepare for it. So, without further ado let us discuss the road-map i.e. your CLAT study plan, which will help you ace the exam.
We are provided with the exam weightage and topics which have to be covered. We are certain you have gone through the same. But for those of you who have not, don’t worry! We will reiterate the same for you.
|Subject Areas with weightage||(Approximate number of questions)|
|English Language||28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper|
|Current Affairs, including General Knowledge||35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper|
|Legal Reasoning||35-39 questions, or roughly 25% of the paper|
|Logical Reasoning||28-32 questions, or roughly 20% of the paper|
|Quantitative Techniques||13-17 questions, or roughly 10% of the paper|
Detailed CLAT Study Plan
First, let us divide our study plan on a weekly basis and then we will dig in to see what we have to do on a daily basis to crack the exam.
Week 1 Study Plan for CLAT
The idea behind CLAT 2020 is to evaluate your comprehension and reasoning skills rather than prior knowledge though it would be beneficial while attempting general knowledge section.
Since we have 14 days with us, the target for week 1 is to cover 50% of the syllabus.
We should limit our sources and focus on quality rather than quantity. Remember, practice and revision are the key to success.
Before getting to the Study plan on a day to day basis you have to select one newspaper: We’ll suggest either go for The Hindu or The Indian Express.
The first task of the day is to read the newspaper of that day. It would roughly take around 2 hours. Read the first page and then directly go to the editorial section. Give sometime and understand what idea the editor wants to convey, what kind of arguments he/she has put forward while explaining his/her viewpoints and what is the tone of the editor. After finishing the editorial part go through Oliveboard’s daily news section in order to get an idea about the news that might be relevant from exam’s point of view. You can also download the monthly current affairs magazine BOLT.
Once you are done with the newspaper go through any two previous year question papers and try to analyse the type of questions which are usually asked by the examiner. You may not be able to solve the entire paper but mark all the questions based on static knowledge and try to find answers to the same. In case they are repeated in the form of paragraphs we will not miss on those marks. This exercise should not consume more than 2.5 hours of yours.
You must be well versed with the current affairs from the month of January 2020 till the date of exam and last 6 months editorial and opinions to win the race. So, take out another 2 hours and read the editorials with LIFO approach i.e. covering the editorials and opinions from August to January.
We have dedicated 6.5 hours so far. The next task is to do some brain exercise. Go through the sample papers of reasoning first and then approach the Quantitative Techniques section. Dedicate 2 hours to Reasoning and 1 hour to Quants.
Spend your next 30 minutes going through the sample question papers for legal section.
Sample Questions are available on the website of consortium of NLUs.
Repeat the first 3 tasks of day 1 and dedicate the next 3.5 hours to legal and logical reasoning.
Attempt One mock test after reading your newspaper and write down your score on a paper. Analyse the sections which requires more attention. Don’t mark your answers randomly. By third day, you must complete editorials and opinions section of at least 7 days.
Spend the rest of your time in practicing legal and logical reasoning sets, as these would fetch you around 45% of marks.
Dedicate this day in revising what has been covered so far by you. Take the previous year papers of past 7 to 8 years and mark out the static portion. The marked static portion is not to be mugged up on same day.
Attempt One mock test and repeat the process of Day 3 as far as mock test is concerned.
Today, the focus area must be current affairs including GK only.
Try to find answers to the static portion marked by you today and read the current affairs.
Dedicate the day practicing logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude sections after going through the newspaper.
Dedicate half the time today on your studies and relax a bit.
Attempt One mock test today and repeat the tasks of Day 3.
Week 2 Study Plan for CLAT
The goal is to complete at least 45% of the syllabus.
After reading your newspaper, revise all the things you have done so far in the first half of the day and second half should be dedicated towards legal reasoning.
Day 9 and 10
Attempt Two mock tests each day and dedicate these two days only for current affairs and GK part. So far, make sure you have covered current affairs pertaining to the months of April, May, June, July and August. Remember that only basic GK has to be covered so don’t go for sources dedicated to high level competitive exams.
Day 11 and 12
Dedicate these two days for practicing English, Logical Reasoning and Quant section. Don’t focus much on Current Affairs or GK section much in these two days but don’t skip reading the newspaper.
Attempt One mock test and revise the things learned by you from the very first day.
Dedicate this day to legal reasoning; practice as many questions as you can on this topic.
From 3rd September to 5th September
Practice as many questions as you can and just revise the things previously learned by you. Don’t add anything new now.
Go through all the current affairs including general knowledge which you have learned.
Just Relax, you have worked so hard. Now, let your brain do the rest of the work for you.
A little stress is good but don’t panic. Have faith in yourself.
Have faith in yourself and your preparation. We wish you luck for the exam. Stay connected with Oliveboard for more updates on the exam.
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