Each year a lot of aspirants sit for the CLAT exam. The most basic approach to preparation is to deal with the CLAT syllabus section-wise. While preparing section-wise, candidates’ most common challenge is preparing for Current Affairs for CLAT. The section requires the candidates to know the current affairs and the static general knowledge. There are additions to current affairs daily, so it gets a little difficult to keep track of all the events happening in India and across the globe. Therefore, an obvious question arises: How to prepare for current affairs for the CLAT 2023 exam? Read through the article, and you will get the answer.
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CLAT 2023 Exam: Overview
The below-given table will provide you with basic details about CLAT 2023.
|Date of Exam||18 December 2022|
|Conducting Body||The Consortium of NLUs|
|Mode of Examination||Pen and Paper mode.|
|Type of Questions||Objective type (MCQ)|
|No. of Section||5 (English language, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Techniques and Current Affairs)|
|No. of Questions||150|
|Total Marks to be obtained||150|
|Marking Scheme||There is negative marking.
1 mark is awarded for each correct response.
0.25 are deducted for each incorrect response.
As mentioned above, there are 5 sections of a CLAT exam. Candidates can go through the previous year’s exam papers to know more about the exam pattern and sectional weightage. The Current Affairs section holds a weightage of approximately 25% of the paper. But as discussed above, the candidates find this section the most challenging while preparing for CLAT 2023. To cater to their concerns regarding current affairs and GK, we will only talk about the current affairs section of CLAT through this article.
CLAT Current affairs Syllabus 2023
This section includes passages of 450 words each. There will be multiple passages in this section. The intention is to assess the legal facts and arguments presented in the passage. However, the candidates need not have any prior knowledge of the law to be able to answer these questions.
The candidates are only expected to showcase their current affairs awareness and general knowledge. There are some important areas of assessment in this section will be:
- Contemporary issues and happenings related to India and the world.
- Arts and Culture
- International affairs
- Historical events are relevant in the current times too.
The passages will be drawn from news, journalistic sources and other non-fiction sources of information. Each passage will be followed by a series of Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) type questions. Other details about the test structure:
|No. of Passages||4-5 passages; 450 words each.|
|Question Type||Objective type|
|Total number of questions||35-39 questions. (Approx 25% of the paper)|
How to Prepare for Current Affairs (CLAT Syllabus) for CLAT 2023?
The facts included in current affairs and static GK are so vast that it is impossible to mug up all of them. The theme of the passage cannot be predetermined, so mugging up can’t help solve the passage-based questions. The candidates are expected to:
- Effectively comprehend the ideas and information shared through the passage.
- Consider and analyse various perspectives and points present in the passage.
This section aims to test the candidate’s awareness of current affairs and general knowledge. So, the candidate must not focus only on memorising all the facts. The following tips and tricks will help you in preparing for this section -.
- Read a good newspaper daily. It is the most effective way to stay informed about the latest happenings in India and across the globe. Don’t start reading just any newspaper; we recommend The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Telegraph and Livemint. It will not only keep you updated but also help enhance your vocabulary and analytical skills. These skills are highly important to get a good score in CLAT 2023.
- Candidates can also look at various books available for CLAT. However, it is important to choose from reputed publishers only. Some of the best books for CLAT 2023 GK preparation are Lucent’s General Knowledge, General Knowledge by Tarun Goyal, Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant Publications and Manorama Yearbook. These will help you deal with static GK.
- Attempt previous years’ questions papers. It will give the candidate an idea of what kind of questions are asked, the difficulty level and the candidate’s readiness for the CLAT exam.
- Make study groups and discuss the recent events that you have read recently. Discussing these things will help you cover as many topics as possible. It will also help in the retention of the happenings.
- Make short and ready-to-refer notes handy to be thorough with the concepts.
- Revising whatever you have learnt is a must. The candidate should keep revisiting the current affairs and their general knowledge notes/material for better retention.
- Be disciplined. Just laying out the study plan and reading through the tips mentioned above and tricks would be of no help if the candidate is not disciplined. The candidate must follow a routine and show dedication to preparations. Otherwise, the efforts made will not fetch desirable results.
Other key points to keep in mind to get a good score in the GK section (CLAT Syllabus) of CLAT 2023 are given below:
- The candidate must prepare for the current affairs of at least the last 12 months.
- Lay your focus more on topics under History and Art & Culture.
- With right strategies and time management, you can complete the section in time. So, utilise this time for solving questions in other sections.
- Since the section includes 4-5 passages, the candidate must work on refining their reading skills. If reading skills are not up to the mark, there are high chances that the candidate will have to leave the questions unattempted due to time crunches.
Keeping all these tips and tricks in mind while preparing for CLAT 2023 General Knowledge will help the candidate feel more confident in their performance. The candidate’s confidence and determination will help the candidate ace the CLAT 2023 exam.
Common-Law Admission Test, also known as CLAT, is a once-per-year national legal entrance examination for admission to undergraduate and postgraduate law programmes at 22 National Law Universities (NLUs). The Consortium of NLUs oversees the CLAT Exam. every year. The exam was scheduled for June 19, 2022, and for CLAT 2023, the exam is scheduled for December 18, 2022.