The General Knowledge (GK) section has the highest weightage in the CLAT, along with Legal Reasoning. But don’t lose your sleep over it!

With around 70 days to go for CLAT, are you

  • Standing more often in front of second hand book stalls and hunting for General Knowledge books?
  • Still wondering what to prepare for and what not to?
  • Getting frustrated by low scores in the General Knowledge section of mock quizzes/tests and wondering, ‘Hum ‘GK’ mein kya padhenge?’

Here are a few quick tips.

  1. There is no ‘right time’ to prepare for GK. General Awareness build up is a continuous process, so the earlier you start, the better it is.
  2. GK build up should become a way of life for the remaining test preparation window. Frequency and sources of information are key!
  3. Let’s understand the pattern of the General Knowledge section in the CLAT seen over recent past:
    1. GK section has been a fair mix of Static GK (15-20) and Current Affairs (25-30) questions.
    2. For the last 1-2 years, CLAT notification mentioned that Current Affairs questions will be from past one year. CLAT 2016 guideline does not make a specific mention of the same. So, please do not restrict your preparation to 2015 developments alone.

To prepare smartly over the next 70 days, you should be aware of and focus on the following:

Important Topics for Static GK

3-4 Questions each

  • Indian & World History
  • Geography
  • Arts and Literature

1-2 Questions each

  • Personalities
  • Science & Technology
  • Business and economy

Important Topics for Current Affairs

5-6 Questions each

  • International News
  • Sports and Movies
  • Business and economy

2-3 Questions each

  • Awards and Honours
  • Science and technology
  • Government and politics

Once you have done that, you should do time-bound preparation for General Knowledge every day. During the actual test, you should not spend more than 15-20 minutes on 50 questions in the section. The reason is, either you know the answer, or you don’t!

To know how to prepare for the GK section, click here.

Happy ‘GK’ing!

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