GK section in CLAT primarily focuses on your memorization. This section tests your knowledge on current events, historical or legal events-based knowledge.

The preparation for this article might need some sharp memorization skills. We spoke to the faculties of LegalEdge (a pioneer in law coaching across India) about the preparation of this section.

The faculties mentioned that this section primarily is the most scoring section if a proper and consistent preparation strategy is followed.

We have addressed a few queries to the faculties that you all might have. Let’s read through to know their answers.

How to Prepare for CLAT GK as per the Latest Pattern?

As per the new CLAT Exam Pattern, the total number of questions in the exam is reduced to 150. Out of these questions, 35 to 39 questions are from the GK section.

To help you all with the GK CLAT 2021 preparation, we have curated possible strategies and tips from the subject's expertise. 

Where to begin from?

Before you begin with the preparation, make sure to understand the complete CLAT Syllabus. This way you can know which topics are included under the CLAT GK section. 

Some of the important topics under CLAT GK is tabulated below:

General Science Static GK
Current Affairs Art & Culture
Books & Authors Economics & Technology

Which Books to refer to for CLAT GK Preparation?

CLAT GK Preparation will be incomplete without proper preparation strategy and reference books. Here are a few CLAT GK Preparation Books that can help candidates ace the section with a good score.

Name of the Book Author
Legal General Knowledge R. K Gupta
General Knowledge 2020 Arihant Publications
Current Affairs Yearly Arihant Publications 

How to Prepare for CLAT GK 2021?

  • If you are having a long-term habit of reading newspapers then you have the scope to score more marks. There is a higher chance that you will know about the current happenings in the nation and around the world. 
  • The best initiation of the day and preparation for the exam depends on the Time table for CLAT Preparation. Spending at least 1-2 hours daily on GK would be sufficient.
  • In the GK section, there is no question asked on static GK, hence you can focus only on other topics like current affairs. 
  • Make sure to study at least the past 1-2 years of current affairs. 
  • Try to refer to sample papers and previous years' question papers for better preparation. You can understand the difficulty level of the questions. 
  • Attempting mock tests is another way of testing the performance for the final exam. You can analyze your strong and weak points by solving tests.
  • Check out Daily Current Affairs to keep pace with regular events and issues happening across the globe. 

What type of Questions will be asked in CLAT GK?

As per the new pattern, the questions are comprehension-based. You have to read the given passage carefully and analyze it. Based on the passage, you must answer the questions. To help you get an idea about the questions, we have listed sample questions below:

You can also download CLAT Question Papers to know the questions asked in the previous year. 

CLAT Sample Questions for GK

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstructing Congress, the culmination of an effort by Democrats that further inflamed partisan tensions in Washington and deepened the nation’s ideological divide.

The historic votes, which won the support of almost all Democrats in the House chamber but not a single Republican, leave Trump as only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached -- and the only impeached president likely to win his party’s nomination for reelection. 

The Senate will hold a trial early next year to decide whether the president should be convicted on the charges and removed from office, though the Republicans who have the majority in that chamber will almost certainly acquit him.

House Democrats took depositions from more than a dozen witnesses, held weeks of hearings, and wrote hundreds of pages documenting Trump’s efforts to pressure the president of [1] to investigate former Vice President [2] and his son.

[Extracted, with edits and revisions, from: Billy House, "Donald Trump impeached on two counts by House, setting up Senate trial", https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/donald-trumpimpeached-by-us-house-on-abuse-of-power-charge/articleshow/72878453.cms]

Question: Donald Trump is the third President of the United States of America to be impeached. Which of the following presidents has also been impeached?

  1. George W. Bush 
  2. George Bush Sr.
  3. Richard Nixon 
  4. Bill Clinton

Answer: (d)

Question: Which country’s name has been replaced with ‘[1]’ in the passage above?

  1. Russia
  2. Ukraine
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Saudi Arabia 

Answer: (b)

Question: What is the name of the former Vice President of the United States of America whose name has been replaced with ‘[2]’ in the passage above?

  1. Joe Biden 
  2. Al Gore 
  3. Nancy Pelosi 
  4. Mike Pence

Answer: (a)

Question: Which Article of the Constitution of India sets out the process for the impeachment of the President of India? 

  1. Article 370 
  2. Article 365 
  3. Article 45 
  4. Article 61

Answer: (d)

Question: Under the Constitution of India, a charge for the impeachment of the President of India can be preferred by: 

  1. The Lok Sabha only 
  2. The Rajya Sabha only
  3. Either House of Parliament 
  4. Both Houses of Parliament simultaneously

Answer: (c) 

Illustration Question Set

Extremely severe cyclonic storm [1] hit the Odisha coast in Puri early morning on May 3, 2019 with a wind speed of around 175 kmph. 

The Navy, the National Disaster Response Force and the Coast Guard are on high alert. The Met department has issued a "yellow warning" for Odisha, predicting heavy to very heavy rain in several areas. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have been placed on high alert too. 

According to the IMD, in the past 126 years (1891-2017) only 14 severe tropical cyclones have formed in April over the Bay of Bengal. Out of those, only one storm crossed the Indian mainland. Cyclone [1] was the second storm to form in April and cross the mainland. The last severe cyclone 'Nargis' in 2008 devastated Myanmar. 

Cyclones are not new to Odisha. The worst one, a super cyclone had hit the state in 1999, killing more than 15,000 people, with most of the casualty being reported from Odisha. 

[Extracted, with edits and revisions, from: “Cyclone [1]: 6 things you should know about this severe cyclone”, The Economic times, https://bit.ly/2tBoiJr.] 

Question: What is the name of the cyclonic storm whose name has been replaced with ‘[1]’ in the passage above? 

  • (a)Bulbul 
  • (b)Titli 
  • (c)Fani 
  • (d)Viyaru 

Answer: (c) 

Question: What was the name of the super cyclone that hit the state of Odisha in 1999, mentioned in the passage above? 

  • (a)Cyclone Gonu 
  • (b)Cyclone BOB 06 
  • (c)Cyclone Phailin 
  • (d)Cyclone Kyarr 

Answer: (b)

Question: The name ‘[1]’ was suggested by which country? 

  • (a)Thailand 
  • (b)Sri Lanka 
  • (c)Pakistan 
  • (d)Bangladesh 

Answer: (d)

Question: S. 144 of the CrPC was imposed in Gaya in Bihar in 2019 as part of a reaction to contain the fallout from which of the following weather-related phenomenon that struck the state? 

  • (a)heatwave 
  • (b)cyclone 
  • (c)earthquake 
  • (d)drought 

Answer: (a) 

Question: Which of the following is true about the 2019 Indian monsoon season? 

  • (a)It was the earliest onset of the monsoon in 30 years 
  • (b)It witnessed the lowest monsoonal rainfall in 25 years 
  • (c)It witnessed the heaviest monsoonal rainfall in 25 years 
  • (d)It had no impact on agriculture in the country 

Answer: (c)

How to Answer CLAT GK Questions?

CLAT GK preparation strategy also includes how to approach the questions. Here are a few useful tips to know how to go about answering the questions. 

  • As said by the subject expertise, the questions in the GK section will be based on current events and affairs across the globe. So, focus on events of significance,
  • While attempting the questions, you must carefully read the information given in the passages and answer the questions accordingly.
  • You need not worry about memorizing the passage but the ability to comprehend it and find out the focus points and important pieces of information. 

FAQ's

What is the CLAT Exam Pattern?

The CLAT Exam pattern is as explained below

  • The CLAT Exam is conducted in offline mode
  • The Medium of question paper is English and involves Multiple Choice Questions
  • For each correct answer candidate is awarded 1 mark and for each wrong answer 0.25 marks are deducted.
  • The total time duration to complete the CLAT Exam is 2 hours.

How many questions are asked in CLAT General Knowledge section?

In CLAT GK Section, around 35-39 questions are asked. 

What are the CLAT GK Preparation Tips?

Some of the Important CLAT General Knowledge Preparation Tips are:

Reading Newspapers regularly. Watching News to stay updated about latest happening across the globe. Also, attempting Current Affairs Quiz will help in knowing the difficulty level of the exam and estimating which type of question can be asked.

Which are the best books for CLAT General Knowledge section?

Some of the best books for CLAT GK section include

Legal General Knowledge - R. K Gupta

General Knowledge 2020 - Arihant Publications

Current Affairs Yearly - Arihant Publications

What are the important topics to be studied under CLAT GK and Current Affairs section?

In CLAT GK Section candidates must be aware of all the latest issues across the globe. Some of the important topics to prepare are Static GK, History, Polity, Environment, National & International Events, Sports, New Appointments, Awards & Honours.

How to crack GK section in one month?

Study the current affairs and read General Knowledge books regularly. Also, follow experts preparation tips to crack the GK section in one month. 

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