CLAT for PG courses i.e., for LLM will be held sooner. Like UG CLAT, PG admission test pattern is also changed. This year PG admission test will also have subjective questions. Because of the change in exam pattern, the strategies should also be changed.
Let’s first look into the exam pattern of this year:
Duration of Examination: 2 hours
Maximum Marks: 150 marks
Mode of examination: Offline mode
Number of Questions: 100 (objective type) + 2 essay type questions (800 words per essay)
Negative Marking: 0.25 will be deducted for an incorrect answer
Syllabus for LLM entrance exam consists of mandatory subjects of the undergraduate program and includes Constitutional Law, Jurisprudence, Administrative Law, Law of Contract, Torts, Family Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, Company Law, Public International Law, Tax Law, Environmental Law, and Labour & Industrial Law.
The first section will be of 100 objective type questions each carrying 1 mark and negative marking of 0.25 for each wrong answer. In this section certain legal decisions, statutes, acts, the law will be given in passage form, a series of questions will be based on these passages and options will be provided for the same. These questions will demonstrate your reading and understandability of the issues given in passages, awareness of issues and ability to apply your knowledge of the fields of law. It can also have questions which can ask for viewpoints set out in the passages and the judgment and statues from which it is extracted. It can also have a question in which passage will be given and you are asked to choose the option which summarizes it well.
To prepare for this section, read recent judgments, landmark cases, statutes etc. Read Bare acts along with books. From past year questions from jurisprudence and contract law contains more weightage than other laws, so read good books of it and solve various questions. For Constitutional Law keep a note of recent judgments as many landmark judgments are taken in the past year and this year. Maintain a diary of these judgments and read time to time.
In this section, you will be required to write essays on any two topics given in the question. Candidates who will score more than 40% in the objective section will be qualified for the evaluation of this section. The word limit for this section will be 800 words.
To prepare for this section you should be aware of legal, philosophical and factual issues recently. You should give adequate time to prepare a structure of the answer. Your answer should be well structured i.e., there should be a proper introduction, body and conclusion in an answer. Try to practice more and more by reading various judgments, statutes etc and set out various arguments and perspectives related to the topic. Practice writing essays of the type indicated above, with clear presentations of issues, factual matters, arguments and conclusion.
This is a general strategy; you can change according to yourself. Firstly, read every aspect of each subject and make your notes of it. Determine your strength and weakness and work upon it accordingly. Strengthen your weakness 20 days before the exam. After that analyze previous year question papers and prepare a list of topics or questions which are continuously asked, and prepare it very well. Thirdly, solve objective type questions from books and online sources. After revising the whole syllabus in last 10 days take as much mock test as you can as it will help you to know in which area you need to work more. Don’t overstress over any topic as it can affect your overall performance. While taking mock test create exam type environment as it will help you to concentrate and to tackle pressure.
One of the most important things is question selection. Don’t try to over attempt as there is negative marking but also don’t under attempt as you need to score more than 40% to get evaluated subjective or descriptive section. Attempt those questions first in which you are confident enough and balance your time accordingly. Read from one or two books only don’t study from other books at the same time, you can solve questions from other books but to read and clear concept read one or two books.
Time management is very important, do manage your time. Take short breaks while studying don’t pressurize yourself, as your health is also very important. To relax you can do yoga or meditate or can practice your hobby, but don’t waste time.
LLM entrance exam is all about preparation and practice, so practice as much as you can.