The Common Law Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission into Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses in various NLUs across India. To ease your preparation, we have provided some CLAT GK Preparation Tips provided by our experts.

  • Candidates should focus more on the CLAT GK section as it covers 25% of total marks in the exam.
  • In order to shortlist candidates for the number of available seats, the exam conducting authority decides the cut off marks. Hence, candidates must score above the CLAT Cut Off to get admission in their desired college.
  • In this post, we have provided a preparation strategy that helps candidates to know how to prepare GK for CLAT.
  • To prepare for the General Knowledge section in the exam, aspirants must enhance their comprehension abilities and solve CLAT Question Papers to analyze their preparation.

CLAT GK Preparation Tips

As per the new guidelines, the CLAT Exam Pattern has been revised with 150 questions from the previous number of 200. Among these questions, 35 to 39 questions will be asked from the GK section. Some of the best tips for the GK CLAT 2021 preparation have been curated for the candidates by Toprankers to score good marks in the exam. Have a look at the below-mentioned points:

  • Students with a long-term habit of reading newspapers will go a long way in this section. There is a higher chance that they may know about the current happenings in the nation and around the world. 
  • Candidates must refer to the authentic resources for preparations. A daily habit of reading newspapers, and keeping a tab on historical events and landmark judgments will be helpful to know about.
  • The best initiation of the day and preparation for the exam depends on the time table for CLAT Preparation. This shall have the entire day plan with topics to be covered and aced for a particular section.
  • The aspirants must look for sample papers and previous years question papers for better preparation. 
  • Attempting mock tests is another way of testing the performance for the final exam. Candidates can analyze their strong and weak points by solving question papers.
  • CLAT Analysis shall help one analyse the type of questions asked, the difficulty level of questions and also the topics to be covered on priority for the General Knowledge section.

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CLAT New Pattern for GK

As per the new pattern of the CLAT Exam, the number of total questions has been reduced to 150 questions. The current affairs section, i.e. GK section will have a weightage of 35 - 39 marks.

  • The number of questions asked in the General Knowledge section is between 35 to 39.
  • A total of 25% weightage is given to this section.
  • Candidates must expect a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer. 

CLAT Syllabus for GK

The syllabus for the GK section is predictable to an extent. The passages of 450 words each will be derived from journalistic, non-fiction, or news sources. Candidates must cover current affairs, and must have awareness of various topics including, events from around the world, arts and culture, international affairs, historical events of significance.

Candidates are advised to focus on the following topics during the CLAT GK Preparation.

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

CLAT Sample Questions for GK

The questions in the Current Affairs or GK section will test a candidate’s knowledge of issues and events of significance on national and international levels. Candidates will have to answer multiple-choice questions based on a short passage. The focus will be to analyze the test taker’s comprehension skills. 

The sample question given below can be solved with a timer in hand to ace the skill of CLAT Time Management. Read the following question carefully and try to solve it without looking at the answer.

Sample Question

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) 

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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)

CLAT Preparation Strategies for General Knowledge

To ace the exam, candidates must have a good preparation strategy. While time management and general awareness are important for General Knowledge section, candidates must keep the following tips in mind:

Time Management

To crack any exam, time management is the most important factor. Begin your preparation by assigning fixed time for CLAT GK Preparation. This will help you learn how to analyze questions in the final exam without wasting much time. Don't stick on the question you don't know, skip that particular question and solve the other questions that are easy.

Know Syllabus

Before starting your preparation, it is important for candidates to know the detailed CLAT GK Syllabus. It will help you know the difficult topics and easy topics as the point of the exam. Prepare a study plan as per the syllabus and start your preparation.

Know Weakness and Strengths

During the preparation, it is important for candidates to know their weaknesses and strengths. It will help to build up in strong areas and focus on the weaker areas to work hard. To analyze the preparation level, one can make a list of topics that they have learned on the most productive day and compare it with the topics they have learned on subsequent days.

Analyze Previous Year Papers

Solving previous year CLAT Papers will help candidates to know the type of questions asked in the exam, the difficulty level of the paper, marking scheme, etc. Candidates need to practice as many as sample papers in order to crack the exam easily. 

Read Newspaper Daily

Reading newspapers daily will let candidates know all the happening around the world which is very important to clear the General Awareness section of the exam. Candidates must spend at least one-hour reading newspapers in order to improve their knowledge.

Watch News Daily

Candidates are advised to watch the news at least for half an hour a day to know all the latest updates around the globe. Focus more on headlines and business news and note it down in notes.

Follow NewsChannel Websites

Candidates can follow any good news channel website to be aware of all the events that happened in the past 10-12 months. This will help candidates know the old news that can not get from either newspaper or news channel.

Limit Your Sources

Do not waste your time referring to many books for current affairs. Instead, choose the best material that covers the entire syllabus as per the latest exam pattern. Students can also refer to the best books for GK Preparation for CLAT. 

Register for Online Quizzes

To enhance the preparation of the GK section, candidates can register in online quizzes. Practising CLAT Current Affairs Quiz will not only help test your preparation level but also helps in getting the idea about the type of questions asked in the exam.

Prepare Own Notes

Note down all the important events and related dates while preparing for the GK section. Highlighting all the important events with different colour the will help candidates remember anything easily.

Practice Mock Tests

Practising mock tests will help candidates to improve their time management skills, speed, accuracy, and build your confidence. Practising more and more CLAT Mock Tests regularly would definitely help learn the techniques to solve the difficult type of questions easily in the exam.

Revision

Without revision, it is difficult for candidates to remember all the events. So, candidates are advised to revise all the topics on a weekly basis. It will also help you focus more on topics that you are feeling difficult. 

How to Prepare for Static GK for CLAT 2021?

Many students will worry about how to prepare for GK for CLAT because it is a vast and unpredictable subject. However, with a proper study plan and good resources, candidates can easily score marks in the exam.

Students are advised to join groups and discussions with people who belong to similar interests as them and gain knowledge from participating there. Doing this will help aspirants to remember all the important events.

Candidates can pick the monthly magazines and go through it thoroughly to stay updated about all the happenings around the world.

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How to Answer CLAT GK Questions

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

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

CLAT GK Preparation Books

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 

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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