Expert Tips to Prepare Current Affairs and GK for CLAT Exam
The GK and Current Affairs Section is the most important one in most of the law entrance exams including CLAT and AILET. It carries significant weightage in Exams specified before, constituting 40 and 35 questions in CLAT and Respectively. Getting 30+ in Current Affairs is the difference between a middle tier NLU and one of the top 5 NLUs.
Uncertainty over exam dates pose a complex issue, one which plagued us, the first batch of lockdown entrance exam takers, how do I keep my GK preparation sharp despite ambiguity over the exam itself? Everyday we woke up to news about the exams being postponed further or maybe even being possibly cancelled. Along with the obvious demotivating effect it had on students, it also made us wonder about our Current Affairs syllabus getting bigger with each passing months. How do you differentiate the important news from the non news? And most importantly, did we need to know anything and everything about the pandemic and how our government and multiple governments were handling it.
Here are some pointers that can help you navigate the waves of the sea of knowledge that is Current Affairs (it was cringe, yes):
- GK Capsules:
Daily GK Capsules are to be avoided and you should rather look for monthly weekly capsules. Daily capsules flood you with too much information which may cause an information overload. Weekly and monthly capsules whet out the more insignificant tidbits and focus on the more important news and schemes of the government. CP’s GK Perfect and monthly GK Compendiums along with Daily Hindu Analysis are more than enough to keep you updated on current affairs.
- Maintain Regularity
It is alright to feel overwhelmed by the amount of CA facing you right now and don’t hesitate to take occasional breaks from it. Be sure to keep taking a weekly assessment of your own knowledge and regularly perusing the important tidbits that you can find. Regularity is important, if you are able to main a consistent pattern for your GK prep, breaks in between shouldn’t haunt you.
- Spiderweb of Information
GK is primarily based on connections and correlations. When you learn a new fact, you try to associate other facts with it. Doing this helps you form a network of facts and believe me, you will be surprised by how much these facts could be related. Collection and correlation of data will help you remember much more information than just mugging up individual facts.
- Look For Keywords
Sometimes, many a times in fact, it is really tough to memorize all the details about a scheme or that of some space program. In such cases remember some keywords which could trigger a part of that wizened old bean and remind you of the important details about a certain programe or statistic. These words could be anything, from the minister launching a scheme to the space station from where a particular satellite is launched. On the day of the exam when you are struggling to remember certain facts, these keywords will help you will save a lot of time. Constant revision helps to etch them into your subconscious thought and when you read them on the paper, your brain is bound to make that ding sound!
The GK section may seem daunting but with smart work, you should have no problem acing it. Take regular tests and try to achieve a sectional score of 25-30 in them. 25-30 in mocks (without cheating that is) is bound to translate into near perfect scores in the actual tests. This may seem daunting at first, but every mountain seems big from the bottom. If you are scoring 15-20 in GK right now, don’t be fazed, you have a lot of time to improve, alternately, don’t become callous in thinking you can pick up your GK whenever you want, that might lead into a terrible slip into mediocrity and stagnation of scores.