CLAT has always been as a test of surprises. GK has not been an exception, either. If you have followed CLAT GK section over the last five years, you would have noticed the following –
How is CLAT GK changing?
- Current Affairs (CA) coverage has been on the rise every year. From 24-25 CA questions every year till CLAT 2013, the count changed to 35-36 in CLAT 2015/16. In CLAT 2017, entire section was CA, except one question. The trend is unlikely to change. Same is true for other law exams.
- Last five years have seen higher coverage of topics like international news/forums, government & politics, business & economy, sports, science & technology.
- New question types like app/portal/hi-tech launches are catching examiners’ attention e.g.
- Online grievance monitoring portal by union government for Indians living abroad OR
- ‘RuPay prepaid cards’ service launched by IRCTC (Both from CLAT 2015)
- Significance of static GK topics like Indian history, physical & world geography, trade terminologies, days & dates, national insignia & superlatives has reduced over the years. However, students need to prepare for them, since static GK based questions are asked in other exams like SET (Law), IPU (Law) and Mah Law CET.
- Topics like culture & religion, general sciences, Indian geography & establishments, books & authors hardly appear in CLAT now.
- Legal GK is increasingly covered in Legal Aptitude section & less often in GK section.
- Wider coverage of International appointments/people in news & country specific events is being questioned, e.g.
- Which is the first country to have begun shutting down entire FM radio network to be replaced by Digital Audio Broadcasting? OR
- Which country 3D–printed a home of 37 sq.mts? OR
- Which shoe company in the US has won IPR dispute against China recently for using their logo?
- Who called the immigration the ‘Trojan horse of Terrorism’? (All from CLAT 2017)
- A few questions needed second level of reading to answer them correctly. They asked specific details which may have been missed by those who focused only on headlines
- India emerged as the ___________ largest holder of US Government Securities at the end of 2016 (Options had ranks like 12th, 15th, 24th, 28th)
- How many billionaires India has lost since demonetisation on November 8, 2016?
- India’s voting rights at the IMF increased from 2.3 % to ____
- Till the end of 2016, the total number of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in India is ___ (All from CLAT 2017)
What are the takeaways?
- This clearly indicates that the conventional method of GK preparation in one liner Q & A format will be of limited help. Regular reading of a daily newspaper like The Hindu is a MUST. Rather than focusing on headlines alone, second level information surrounding the news is equally important.
- Going ahead, develop a habit of ‘visualising’ and ‘assimilating’ every event that you come across in ‘news-narration’ format. Specifically for news from highly important topics mentioned at the beginning, make your own notes covering news & narration having 2-3 bullets. Thus, you will prepare for the ‘core’ news & ‘peripheral’ details. Hence, in addition to ‘obvious’ knowledge, you would have gained ‘not-so-obvious’ knowledge about an event. This will turn out to be a clear scoring differentiator over the others.
For more tips on CLAT GK preparation, refer to the blogs below on IMS Law page:
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