As soon as the report on CLAT has been released by The Times of India and The Deccan Herald, some things are now clear regarding CLAT 2011 that the paper would be different from that of last year and report has mentioned certain changes which should be taken of great importance.
As stated by the Vice Chancellor of WBNUJS, Prof M.P. Singh, who will be acting as Convener for CLAT 2011 that there can be an omission of the legal knowledge from the paper and emphasis would be on the legal reasoning, so if you are still thinking that by studying only legal knowledge legal section can be done then you must change your viewpoint.
What are the key factors to crack CLAT?
The key factors to secure a good rank in CLAT 2011 would be Reasoning which would have 90 marks in case there is no legal knowledge. One should focus on preparing for Legal and Logical Reasoning. The basic concepts like Law of Torts, Contracts should be read and solve as many problems as you can and try to solve different problems instead of problems of similar kind, this would help you to tackle any kind of problem as the options in legal reasoning are very close, if not all at least there would two options of such kind. Now coming to legal knowledge, it is not still clear whether it would form part of the paper or not, so it has to be prepared until and unless there is an official notice that there would be no legal knowledge.
The other section which has to be considered is logical reasoning, one should not expect questions directly from certain books as they used to come. Critical Reasoning is the most tricky area in this section and one should practice a lot for it from various sources and by clearing the concepts. Try to solves various kinds of questions like on Assertion- Reason, Statement-Conclusion, Strengthening, Weakening etc. The remaining portion which concerns the analytical part can be done by solving various type of questions thoroughly and by knowing the tricks to solve such kind of questions easily.
It was the month of July,I was attending the orientation of IDIA(an initiative by NUJS to train students for CLAT), when Prof. Shamnad Basheer (Faculty of NUJS, Oxford Alumni) said "Are you the deserving candidates to clear this exam?". His point was that the CLAT paper should give emphasis on Reasoning to test the candidates and provided the example of LSAT to show how to test candidates on the basis of reasoning.
It was also state in the report that, major emphasis would be on the current GK, so one should keep himself familiar with the events happening around by reading newspaper daily and preferably Pratiyogita Darpan for monthly news. It should taken into consideration that one should keep himself aware of the events which have taken place in last two years because questions might come from there also.
At last, one thing which can be said is that CLAT 2011 will come as a surprise for the students with many changes.