How to prepare for CLAT Legal REASONING/ Aptitude?

How to prepare for CLAT Legal REASONING/ Aptitude?

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The legal aptitude section will comprise 4 to 5 comprehension passages, each of 450 words. The content of the passages will be drawn from the legal journals, editorials, news articles and other such materials. All information will be given in the passages. This includes statements, arguments, counter arguments and others.

Also Read – CLAT Syllabus

Each comprehension passage will be followed by 4-5 multiple choice type questions. Candidates will just need to use the information given on the passages to record their responses. No prior knowledge of legal subjects is required at undergraduate level.

How to prepare for CLAT Legal REASONING/ Aptitude – An analysis of test scheme

Number of passagesFour to Five passages of 450 words each
Type of questionsMultiple Choice Questions will be asked from each passage
Total number of questionsEach passage – 4 to 5Total number of questions – 35 – 39
CLAT Legal aptitude syllabus (Content of passages)To be drawn from news, legal matters, public policy questions or moral philosophical enquiries
Skills to be testedAbility to Identify and infer the rules and principles given in the passageApplication of rules: Apply the given rules and principles to various fact situationsManipulating the given rules: Understand how changes to the rules or principles may alter their application to various fact situations.

With the old exam pattern, candidates were required to mug up the facts and to develop the prior understanding of the legal subjects. However, with the changes coming into effect, the candidates need to focus on developing their intellect, critical thinking and reading skills. So, the approach has to be in line with what is required to clear the examination.

As Rajneesh Singh, CLAT mentor points, the better prepared candidates will be those who have a habit of reading books and newspapers. The CLAT aspirants have to develop a fine reading ability with a sense of critically analysing the texts.

The comprehension passages will have the arguments, counter arguments and main theme. Candidates will first need to identify the main theme around which all the arguments and counter arguments hang. The central theme can be identified by careful reading of the passages.

So, during the preparation phase, candidates must read the complex text, articles, news and try to understand the given text. Candidates will need to identify on what argument or counter argument a certain point is given. The candidate is expected to know the basic legal aspect of the arguments such as Acts, principles and facts. However, such information can also be drawn from the passage.




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