How to Prepare for Current Affairs for CLAT 2021 - Syllabus, Test Structure, Tips

How to Prepare for Current Affairs for CLAT 2021 - Syllabus, Test Structure, Tips

Exam: CLAT

How to Prepare for Current Affairs for CLAT 2021 - The Consortium of NLUs will conduct the pen-and-paper-based CLAT 2021 exam on June 13. The question paper of the exam will include five sections: English Language, Current Affairs, including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Techniques. The Current Affairs section would contribute around 35-39 questions, meaning it will carry a weightage of roughly 25%. So, any candidate who intends to get a good score in CLAT 2021 should do well in the section.

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The important question is: how does one perform well in the CLAT current affairs section?

We explain to you how:

  • First, learn the tricks as to how to prepare for the current affairs section of CLAT 2021.
  • Next, the tricks and tips should be well executed.

In this article, we explain to you how you can easily master the subject (or section) and thus get a good score.

Check out the CLAT 2021 Current Affairs Syllabus

The first thing the candidate needs to do is carefully go through the syllabus of CLAT 2021 prescribed by the consortium. Go to the current affairs part, and check out what are the various topics mentioned under it.

As per the official description, the section will include multiple passages, each 450-word long. The passages will be taken from news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing.

Do you have any idea what skills are tested in the current affairs section of CLAT?

  1. Questions will examine the legal information or knowledge discussed in the passage.
  2. You don't need any prior understanding of the law to answer these questions.
  3. However, you are expected to demonstrate awareness of current affairs and general knowledge, especially related to:
    • Contemporary events of significance from India and the world
    • Arts and culture
    • International affairs
    • Historic events of continuing significance.

CLAT current affairs - Test structure

Number of passages

The section may have 4-5 passages

  • Each passage will be of up to 450 words

Question type

Objective type

Total number of questions

The section will have around 35-39 questions, which is roughly 25% of the paper

CLAT current affairs syllabus (Content of passages)

To be drawn from news, journalistic sources, and other non-fiction writing

Syllabus

  • Current affairs and general knowledge including contemporary events of significance from India and the world;

  • Arts and culture

  • International affairs

  • Historical events of continuing significance.

What are the skills that will be tested?

The candidate has to demonstrate their awareness of various aspects of current affairs and general knowledge

How to Prepare for Current Affairs for CLAT 2021

To perform well in the section, you needn't mug up facts or information. It is because questions will be based on the passage that is given.

However, you must be able to:

  • Comprehend what is in the passage
  • Analyze the various points mentioned in it
  • Connect dots to arrive at logical conclusions

Recall that the section is designed to test your awareness of various topics of current affairs and general knowledge.

One way you can prepare for CLAT 2021 current affairs section is by reading newspapers, articles, and editorials. This way you can develop an analytical bent of mind, learn how to find our nuggets of information from the piece, and other ancillary information, which otherwise a layman can't.

Here are some newspaper suggestions as part of your CLAT current affairs preparation.

  • The Hindu

  • The Indian Express

  • The Telegraph

  • Livemint

What other resources you can use

While print newspapers are pretty useful study material, there are other ways to prepare for the CLAT general knowledge and current affairs section. What you can do is take the help of online resources.

At the click of a mouse, or using your smartphone, you can access the best newspapers online. Go to the official site and check out the editorials and articles.

You may also take the help of apps like Youtube, Unacademy to prepare for CLAT current affairs.

Current affairs for CLAT 2021 - Is mugging up facts and figures useful?

Ideally, the CLAT conducting body doesn’t encourage or discourage the use of fact compendiums. However, for knowing the basics of important topics, it can be useful to read the study material. For example, if there is a comprehension passage on Cyclone, the candidate will be expected to know the difference between cyclone, typhoon and hurricanes. This knowledge can be developed by reading basic general knowledge books such as Lucent GK, and Arihant General Knowledge.

However, candidates are also advised not to fall prey to out of syllabus topics. This will be a wastage of time.

CLAT current affairs preparation - Solve Sample papers based on new pattern

Solving the CLAT sample papers is a time tested method of preparation. With new patterns coming into existence, the sample papers have become more important than ever. Candidates must solve the CLAT sample papers based on the new exam pattern and try to develop an understanding of the paper. The sample papers, if solved in a stimulating atmosphere, under tight time limits, are able to give an honest review of the candidate’s preparation.

Moreover, by solving the sample papers of CLAT, the candidates will learn the time management skills while improving their accuracy of giving correct answers.

CLAT general knowledge and current affairs sample questions

A comprehension passage-based question from CLAT 2020 sample questions is given below. Candidates can refer to the question for developing an understanding of the new pattern.

Comprehension Passages

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 the 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",

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

(a) George W. Bush

(b) George Bush Sr.

(c) Richard Nixon

(d) Bill Clinton

Answer: (d)

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

(a) Russia

(b) Ukraine

(c) United Kingdom

(d) Saudi Arabia

Answer: (b)

1.3 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?

(a) Joe Biden

(b) Al Gore

(c) Nancy Pelosi

(d) Mike Pence

Answer: (a)

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

(a) Article 370

(b) Article 365

(c) Article 45

(d) Article 61

Answer: (d)

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

(a) The Lok Sabha only

(b) The Rajya Sabha only

(c) Either House of Parliament

(d) Both Houses of Parliament simultaneously

Answer: (c)