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Need someone to talk to? Happy to help!

23 more days and we know that you are really anxious and sitting on pins. If I were in your shoes, I’d like to chat with someone and share my fears, the cobwebs in my brain and want someone to tell me if I am doing the right thing – walking along the right path. 

 

Guess what? I am not you but I’m their for you – for any questions, doubts you want to discuss or just want to reach out and a ear to vent out your frustration.

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Write to me at kunal@mylaw.net and I’ll try to reply to you promptly.

 

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In the meantime here’s a nice video to pep you up – remember the CLAT is not the be all & end all of your existence, it’s just a means to an end.

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Simplify your prep with myLaw CLAT & law entrance prep tool:

  • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

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Top 500 Legal GK & Current Affairs Questions for CLAT 2017

With 3 weeks to go, we suggest you laser focus on GK. Why GK, because that is the only section where an exact question from your preparatory materials can come in the actual CLAT- and it is for this very reason that we have created a list of 500 most important GK & Legal Knowledge questions for CLAT 2017.

Click here to get the list!

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It won’t take you more than a few days to go through this list – our recommendation is not to cram this list (well however much we say it, you will end up cramming) but instead read through each question – take a minute to understand the concept and visualize it.

Understanding the connection and having an image in your head is very important. Even if you don’t remember all 500 Qs, you will retain a significant amount – who knows luck might favour you and a bunch of questions come from this list.

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Suggest you go through it over the next few days and not leave it for last few days.

Also, while you are here – here’s something that can help you in the last few days of your prep to ace any law entrance exam! We believe it’s not the hours of prep but the prep in your hours that matters!

Simplify your prep with myLaw CLAT & law entrance prep tool:

  • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

See what some of the students we helped last year have to say about myLaw!

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Good luck!

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Test taking strategy for the CLAT!

Each law entrance tests you not just on your knowledge on the various aspects (read sections) covered but also on a lot of other skills namely Time Management, Pressure Handling Skills and Decision- making.

Given that we are a few weeks away from the CLAT, the time to discuss the knowledge element of the test is over. You’d be surprised to know that it is usually the other aspects of the CLAT i.e. Pressure, Time Management, Test taking skills which often make the difference between those who go to a top law school and the ones who don’t.

We have harped enough through this blog on these softer aspects of your preparation. It’s time we implement those in the actual test.

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It’s a good practice to allocate time for each section, before you attempt the test. However, when doing so make sure you don’t allocate the entire available time i.e. 2 hrs, but only divide 110-115 min, leaving 5-10 min open for unforeseen circumstances.

The rationale behind this is to provide you with a little cushion in case you flout the prescribed time limit for one or more sections, so as to not have you compromise on a particular section just because of lack of time. Even if you do toe the line, the extra 5-minutes can be utilised to review questions where you were about to completely solve it, but had to leave it due to lack of time.

Also this 5-10 minute buffer can come in handy if a section turns out to be tougher than usual.

My advice would be to start with a section you are most comfortable with or a section, which you fancy a lot – getting the first 10-15 questions will give you a lot of confidence and then you can ride high on this confidence. Also, take into account the factor that your concentration levels are generally low during the first 10-15 min, so starting with Logical or Legal Reasoning may not be advisable.

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A good combination can be –

English – 20 mins (replace it with another section such as Math if you are weak in English)

Logical Reasoning – 25 mins

GK – 15 mins

At this point you are through the mid way mark (1 hour) and have completed 65% of the test i.e. 130 questions. This is a great place to be in – 1 hour to go and only 70 Qs left.

Legal Aptitude – 45 mins

Maths (or your weakest section) – 15 mins

Note – the combination & time limits should be customised to your convenience (as well as your strength & weakness) – if you typically take more time than recommended in a particular section, then reduce proportionate time in another section to make up for it.

Remember, these time limits are designed keeping in mind the amount of time an average student would need to attempt all (or at least 80-90% questions in each section).

Given the time pressure and the length of the test, it’s very difficult to revisit a section once you have gone past it, so it’s advisable to attempt all the questions you can (leaving out the ones you have no clue about).

Each section will definitely have some blinders that are not worth wasting time on. Therefore, it was important to get rid of these questions, so as to manage time and to save up for questions, which you can solve. Similarly each section will also have its share of sitters, which should be picked up and attacked. Here the margin of error is zilch and you can’t afford to make any silly mistakes.

It is likely that you may have been wedged between two options on more than one occasion, the best way out would have been to mark anyone option and utilise the time saved, on a question where you are relatively more sure of the answer. Again the ideal strategy would have to not get stuck on a particular question, but to move on once you have realised it’s futile to invest more time on it.

One last word, while you are at it, and once you are done with the initial formalities of filling in your details, don’t just sit there and exchange nervous glances with your fellow test takers, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY, they are there for a reason and not to fill up some empty space which we were left with in the test paper.

Oh and forgot to tell you…Breathe! No matter what happens, breathe…

Note – If you haven’t already please watch this video series where past year toppers share their advice on what to do in the last few days before the exam and on the day of the exam. Click here to watch.

Here are some of other popular blog posts you shouldn’t miss:

  1. 5 things you probably didn’t know about the CLAT!
  2. Improve your mock CLAT scores by 40% in less than a day!
  3. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! The strategy for those who have given up!
  4. CLAT: Super six guidelines for writing a Mock Test!
  5. Get a unique set of test prep skills (and test practice) to ace any law entrance exam! We believe it’s not the hours of prep but the prep in your hours that matters!

    Simplify your prep with myLaw CLAT & law entrance prep tool:

    • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

    • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

    • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

    All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

    See what some of the students we helped last year have to say about myLaw!

    Wait No More. Start your CLAT prep with myLaw Now! CLICK HERE

And yeah, don’t forget to register for the Free CLAT 2017 Mock Testhttp://learn.mylaw.net/clat

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Last Year’s Toppers talk about cracking the CLAT

So we are getting closer to the big daddy of law entrance tests. The AILET is almost around the corner and the CLAT is not too far behind.

For the past few weeks, we have been giving you advice and gyan on what we believe is the most critical things you need to crack the top law entrance tests – however sometimes when you repeat something too often it becomes white noise – so here’s what we did. We got some of the students who cracked the AILET (and did well in CLAT too) to tell us what worked for them and what should one do in the last few days to crack AILET & CLAT.

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Don’t believe our advice, then hear it from the horse’s mouth. This is a 7 part series where some of the NLU-Delhi 1st & 2nd year students debunk some of the myths around cracking AILET & CLAT and also give you a no-nonsense approach to success in law entrance tests.

Oh and if you haven’t already, register for the Free CLAT 2017 Mock Testhttp://learn.mylaw.net/clat

Watch the video series here:

Check out some of our other popular blog posts too:

  1. 5 things you probably didn’t know about the CLAT!
  2. Improve your mock CLAT scores by 40% in less than a day!
  3. When the going gets tough, the tough get going! The strategy for those who have given up!
  4. CLAT: Super six guidelines for writing a Mock Test!

Get a unique set of test prep skills (and test practice) to ace any law entrance exam! We believe it’s not the hours of prep but the prep in your hours that matters!

Simplify your prep with myLaw CLAT & law entrance prep tool:

  • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

See what some of the students we helped last year have to say about myLaw!

Wait No More. Start your CLAT prep with myLaw Now! CLICK HERE

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Analysis of the Live Mock Test – conducted on 24th April at 3 pm

Spoiler alert – if you weren’t able to take the live mock clat, we suggest you don’t read the analysis and instead register to get another chance to write the Online Mock Test (not applicable for those who have already taken the test) – http://learn.mylaw.net/clat-mock-test/

Overview

The pattern of the paper was based on the various elements tested by the CLAT from 2008 to 2015. Please note this was not a prediction of what the CLAT 2016 pattern would be (suggest you stop guessing or falling for so-called CLAT experts who claim to know or be able to accurately predict the CLAT). The benchmark was the previous year CLAT papers with some experimentation (within reasonable limits) done in view of the boundaries created by the announced CLAT pattern.

Executive Summary

This was a Live Online and was supposed to be a Dress Rehearsal/a dry run of what the CLAT would be like. The questions were a mix of easy, moderately difficult and some difficult questions. Some of the questions may have seemed very difficult – the idea was to expose you to all kinds of questions, be it in Maths or some hard to know info in Legal Knowledge & General Knowledge. Some of the Legal reasoning questions may have seemed too long and difficult – all this and more has probably kept you guessing and wondering how much are we expected to know. The idea of this mock wasn’t to scare you or get you in a fix or to make run for your books (well partially) but was to show you that without even knowing blinders you could have scored a 135-140, which is not a bad score by any standards, and to help you believe that with a little bit of smart play you can crack the toughest of the papers.

However, this test was, by no standards, extraordinarily difficult or too lengthy. Honestly, this was quite a real paper. Let us look at a surface level analysis of the test paper.

 

Section No of Questions Total Marks Time required Expected Score
English 40 40 20 32+
General knowledge 50 50 15 30+
Legal Aptitude 50 50 40 35+
Logical Reasoning 40 40 25-30 28+
Mathematical Ability 20 20 15 10+
Total Marks 200 200 2 hr 135+

A score of 140 wouldn’t have looked a distant possibility; on the contrary (though given that I am writing this even before anyone of you would have attempted the test and so it’s a little early to say,) the top 100 CLAT ranks should have scored well above 150 in this test.

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Section-wise break-up

 

Section I: English

Easy Moderate Difficult Time Required
22 10 8

Like a typical CLAT paper, the English section of this mock had the usual the Vocabulary based questions, an RC passage. Questions of completing the sentence as well as choosing the right expression would have been fairly easy as most questions were straight forward and could have been solved under 20 seconds. The vocabulary question may had you scratching your head & may have been a little difficult for an average student. The questions on filling in the articles were again very straight forward. Reading comprehension would have been the most time consuming of the lot, but by now I am sure you have devised your own methods of dealing with reading long passages and answering questions (skim through the passage once, understand the broad idea, then read the questions).

 

A score of 35 wasn’t too difficult to achieve, a 30+ should have been your goal. Overall you shouldn’t have spent more than 20 minutes on this section.

Section II: General Knowledge

Easy Moderate Difficult
25 13 12

This section tested your knowledge on both, static and current GK, with a larger component of the questions coming from current affairs. Overall, the sections had some moderately difficult questions, which though not difficult to crack, would have put into a fix. Some of the questions were a little tricky this time and would have required you to have specific knowledge about the same. 

You should have been able to score 30+ (with some intelligent guessing). The best thing about GK is that you can complete the entire section in less than 15 minutes.

Legal Knowledge (in GK section)

Legal knowledge in this test was again not as difficult and outlandish and CLAT examiners expect you to know some basic information about laws, which have been in the public arena

Section III: Legal Awareness and Aptitude

Easy Moderate Difficult
24 15 11

Most questions were from torts and criminal law and required basic reasoning abilities and nothing more. Though questions with multiple conditions may have been termed as tough, but the overall difficulty of Legal reasoning wasn’t beyond the actual CLAT pattern and definitely below some of the other Mocks created by us. Overall, considering that there were a few easy picks and most of them required reasoning ability more than in-depth knowledge of the principal, a score of 35+ wouldn’t have been a ‘big ask’.

A score of 40 wasn’t too difficult to achieve, a 35+ should have been your goal. Overall you shouldn’t have spent more than 40 minutes on this section.

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Section IV: Logical Reasoning

Easy Moderate Difficult
20 13 7 

Again the Logical Reasoning section had a few Analytical reasoning questions scattered , as we expect this year’s CLAT to have a few AR questions. The section was relatively easy, and other than a few tricky analytical sets, which could have ended up consuming some time, a score of 30 – 35 shouldn’t have been difficult to get. Also with most CR questions, being barely ambiguous, all that was required was a thorough reading of the questions. In AR too this test didn’t have any peculiarly difficult questions which couldn’t have been solved

An average score of 28+ is recommended – with 33+ being a very good score. Overall you shouldn’t have spent more than 25 minutes on this section.

Section V: Maths

Easy Moderate Difficult
11 6 3

The Maths section of this Mock was moderately difficult. One could have picked up the easy questions and then attacked them, though there were a few difficult questions scattered across the section, with each question for 1 marks all that you had to do was solve 12-15 questions and you could have easily managed a score of 12+. Some of the questions were extremely difficult. Such questions are better left alone.

Caveat: Don’t waste too much time on a difficult maths question as it may keep you entangled for 3-4 min., and at the end of it you may get it wrong, even if you do get it right, it is foolish to spend 4 minutes to earn 1 mark, where as in the same time you could have attempted 15-20 GK questions (15-20 marks).

An average score of 12+ is recommended – with 15+ being a very good score. Overall you shouldn’t have spent more than 15 minutes on this section.

 

Overall, I wouldn’t say the test was difficult and barely tested your conceptual knowledge. I agree the anxiety levels for this mock would have been relatively more than what they were for the previous few mocks, especially with the pressure of doing well in a test called pre-CLAT where you could can compare your performance at a National level and may have adversely affected your scores, a hint about how much damage can extra pressure cause.

The benchmark was the previous year NLS papers within reasonable limits of experimentation done in view of the boundaries created by the announced CLAT pattern.

In the meantime, if there is anything that you feel I can help you with please do not hesitate to contact me at: kunal@mylaw.net

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  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

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myLaw.net Mock Test Series: Free

Note: This is an old post from 2016. To register for a Free CLAT 2017 mock test, click on this link and submit the form – http://learn.mylaw.net/clat/. You will receive a mail from us with the details.

You’re 4 weeks away from the CLAT and about 3 weeks away from the  AILET. If there is one thing we believe that can help you improve the most it is the Mock Tests – we can’t emphasize enough on how much the mocks can help you.

Expert tip – Since the actual CLAT is conducted between 3 pm to 5 pm. You should take each of the mock tests between 3 pm to 5 pm. Remember, the CLAT is as much a test of knowledge as it is of your test taking skills. Some of you are morning persons, while others are evening persons and it is important that you get used to being your utmost focussed, attentive and in top form between 3-5 pm.

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We are assuming you have already taken our first mock, if not, please take it today – https://clat.mylaw.net/2016/04/01/take-your-first-mock-test-free/

This is the broad schedule we’d like you to stick to:

14th April – Mock 2

17th April – Mock 3 (or 16th if you are writing the IP University CET)

20th April – Mock 4

24th April – Mock 5

26th April – Mock 6 (AILET Mock)

28th April – Mock 7

30th April – Symbiosis Entrance Test

1st May – AILET

2nd May – Mock 8

4th May – Mock 9

6th May – Mock 10

If you haven’t registered for the first mock (see the post above, please fill the form below and get the 10 mocks in your email).

 

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Oh and the mock itself isn’t the end of the story, the analysis is even more important. If you haven’t read our post on the correct way to analyse the mock, do read it before you attempt your next mock – https://clat.mylaw.net/2016/04/07/improve-your-mock-clat-scores-by-40-in-less-than-a-day/

We’d happy to help you with a deeper analysis of your performance and what you need to focus on to improve – email us back your scores & we’ll work with you. Promise!

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  • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

See what some of the students we helped last year have to say about myLaw!

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Learn Legal Reasoning from India’s first & best Legal Reasoning Teacher: Sachin Malhan

Quite possibly, the Legal Aptitude section of the law entrance tests, more than any other, is the most curious for anyone who wants to study law – and this is for two big reasons:

Firstly, Legal Aptitude is supposed to be the section of the paper that you think is closest to what you might actually go through in law school – after all, no other section has even a hint of ‘law’ in it, does it?

Secondly, while you would almost definitely have studied English at high school, and probably even Mathematics, no school –or at least, no school in India that we have heard of –actually teaches Legal Reasoning. Now, we realise that this may cause problems for you, especially those of you who haven’t enrolled in any coaching classes (or even for the ones who have).

 

So here’s what we did – we got probably the best teacher of Legal Reasoning – Mr. Sachin Malhan, and got him to share all his insights/gyan on how to crack this section. To give you a brief introduction of Sachin. He’s responsible for starting law entrance test prep in the country and was the founder of India’s first and most successful Law Test Prep company, Law School Tutorials (LST), which he started in 1999 while we was still a student at National Law School, Bangalore. LST was later acquired by Career Launcher – he is currently the Executive Director at Ashoka Changemakers & is based out of Washington D.C.

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He’s the man responsible for encouraging thousands (or maybe lakhs) of law students to take up law and even today law students (most of whom are now lawyers) across the country credit Sachin for their success.

 

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing videos recorded by Sachin for this initiative, where he will demystify and make legal aptitude simple for you.

Note: Sachin & myLaw.net are sharing this content free because we want and more and more students (especially who may not have the means to afford expensive coaching) to fulfil their dream of going to the top law schools. Though it is free, this content is priceless in value – feel free to share it with your peers.

This is the first video in a 10 part series, covering Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning. Do make sure you listen to all the 10 parts.

The first set is an Introduction to Legal Reasoning (in 2 parts).

Get a unique set of test prep skills (and test practice) to ace any law entrance exam! We believe it’s not the hours of prep but the prep in your hours that matters!

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  • A 6-hr capsule on legal reasoning with videos, reading materials and practice questions

  • 15 mock tests with detailed analysis on CLAT, AILET and SET pattern to master your speed and test taking skills

  • 500 top GK questions for CLAT, AILET 2017 + Legal GK supplement

All this for just Rs.1000. It is absolutely spot on and almost free (Rs.1000 is just to cover the printing cost)

See what some of the students we helped last year have to say about myLaw!

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Improve your mock CLAT scores by 40% in less than a day!

In my previous post, I talked about the few things that one should keep in mind while writing a mock test (if you haven’t still applied for our free online CLAT 2017 mock , click here & do it now http://learn.mylaw.net/clat/ )

Today, I will talk about what to me is even more important the test itself – the analysis of it.

The analysis of the mock test will you answer a few critical questions, which will pave the way for your preparation in the next few weeks:

1. Strengths & Weaknesses – while most of us tend to have a view on what we are good at and what we aren’t but often these views are severely impaired by our own judgement & prejudice (remember just because you can’t speak fluent English doesn’t mean you don’t know the rules of grammar or simply because you feel uncomfortable with advanced level math, doesn’t mean you can’t calculate speed). Remember, data is king. Your strengths are sections you scored well on & your weaknesses are sections you didn’t. Let the scores determine it.

2. Think maximise strengths, minimise weaknesses – What toimages do with your weaknesses? Some weaknesses are permanent & some can be cured fairly quickly. Decide whether you have had a lifelong issue with Math (or English) and take on a call if it’s worth spending too much time on it now. 30 days will not make you a math whiz (or significantly improve your vocabulary) but can be enough to remember some easy percentage, speed etc. formulae (or clarify some common grammar rules, which get tested often in the CLAT). After you are through with those simple things that is easy to improve, take a call if doing anything more is even possible for you. You’d rather use your time strengthening an area you are good at (scoring a 40 on 50 in Legal Aptitude, instead of being satisfied with 34). Remember, every mark counts and which section they come from doesn’t matter (a boundary of the edge is as many runs as a spectacular cover drive).

 

3. G.K. – This is one section everyone struggles with in the mock tests (especially if you started your CLAT prep a few days or weeks ago). Don’t worry, it’s bound to happen. The problem with GK is that no matter how much you prepare, there will always be 8-10 tricky questions (after GK in anything under the sun). The good thing about GK is that a conscious effort for 4-5 weeks is sufficient to prepare you for 70% of the questions. Also, GK scores can improve the most in the next 3-4 weeks. The more questions/facts you read the better your GK gets. Lastly, remember, all mock tests have above average GK, because we are trying to quiz you & prepare you for the weirdest and the most arcane questions (leaving no stone unturned). The best thing is that this is one section where a question from a mock or your prep materials can land up in the actual CLAT – so make sure you review each question that you didn’t know in the GK section of a mock.

4. Reasoning based questions – Both logical reasoning & legal reasoning section tests you on your reasoning skills.

images (3)While, everyone has an in-built ability to reason & rationalise, however, the daily rhetoric & prejudiced debates on TV (what the nation wants to know), prejudices of our peers/parents often colour our thinking and impair this ability to think clearly. This requires us to make a conscious and deliberate effort to eliminate our bias/prejudice while evaluating arguments (you can do so while reading the newspaper or next time you watch the news – ask yourself – Do I really need to shout out Bharat Mata ki Jai? Do you? Just ask!).

Again, the good thing is once you spot the errors you are making in the process of arriving at the conclusions, you’ll realise it’s fairly easy to fix. Remember to read the answer explanations very carefully for legal & logical reasoning questions to understand why your answer is wrong & what the correct answer is. Often, students are able to eliminate 2 wrong options, but then get stuck with two options and mark the wrong one. Understand the flaws in your reasoning, and it won’t just help you crack the CLAT but become a better lawyer (in fact a smarter human being).

5. NEED FOR SPEED – A lot of you will realise that finishing 200 questions in 120 minutes is very difficult. This is one skill which you will only gain with time & by taking more and more tests (you should aim to do at least 10 tests before you write the CLAT). This is also usually the difference between those who crack the CLAT and the ones who don’t. Cut-offs in the CLAT are 140+ – there is no way you are scoring 140 marks, if you have attempted 130 questions. We’ll talk about negative marking separately, but for now push yourself hard when you are writing the test and aim to get to Question number 200. Don’t make the mistake of taking too much time on certain questions (especially in Legal Aptitude, Math or Reading Comprehensions). Remember, each question is one mark, whether you spend 2 minutes on it or 30 seconds, you’ll only get 1 mark. Thumb rule- if you can’t solve it in 1 minute, let it go (i.e. mark one of the options that seem best at that moment). Don’t waste time. Not getting a question right is bad, wasting 3 minutes on it is suicidal. If you feel nervous leaving a question because one hand is better than 2 in the bush – remember, until you get to question number 200, you won’t know what kind of question the paper has. Maybe there are far more easier questions in the test than the one you are racking your brains on (there’s no point crying over a question, when there are 199 more you can utilise your time on).
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Simple rule – Your aim in the CLAT is to get to Question number 200. 
If your attempts continue to be low (anything less than 180) figure out whether it is because you didn’t know the remaining questions or because you were short of time or you were scared of the negative marking? If it is the first, then you need to work on the topics you are missing out on. If time is the constraint then read the above point again & make it your mantra. If you are scared of negative marking, remember it’s the positives that help you get past the cut-off, if you don’t attempt enough questions you won’t make it.
Now the fun part – do this simple exercise:
Attempt the mock test. Calculate your section-wise score (rights, wrongs & not attempted in each section) as well as your total score (accounting for the negative marking). Read through the explanations closely for the questions you got wrong. See where you went wrong and try to review the concept and do your best to learn from it (especially if it is a GK question). Set aside all the questions you didn’t attempt and don’t go through the answers or explanation for these questions. Now re-attempt these questions in a timed scenario i.e. if you didn’t attempt 50 questions, attempt them again in 30 minutes (calculate at 36 sec per question). Calculate your score for these 25 questions.
Assuming you got 100 correct and 50 wrong in the original attempt, your score would be 87.5 marks. Let’s assume you got 25 correct & 25 wrong in the second set. Now, imagine instead of the 50 you got wrong (you would have at least spent 30 minutes on these 50), you attempted just the 25 from the second set (which you left unattempted in your original attempt) your score would have been 100 (from the original attempt) PLUS 25 (from your second attempt) – i.e. 125. That’s an improvement of 37.5 marks (or 42%). This is assuming all things remaining the same (no changes in your preparedness, whatever knowledge you had with you before you wrote this test).
If you recall my post – https://clat.mylaw.net/2016/03/25/score-over-your-toughest-competitors-in-the-clat/ (with the Calvin & Hobbes Image), this is your SERENITY PRAYER. Attempt the questions you know, leave the ones you don’t and develop the sense to instinctively know the difference.

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CLAT: Super six guidelines for writing a Mock Test!

Now that we have started the Mock Tests; in this post I want to explain the importance of mock tests & how to use them correctly.

There are two parts to a mock test – the test itself (i.e. writing the test) and the analysis. I usually put more emphasis on the analysis for the first few mocks that you write. The test itself is only important insofar that the more tests you write, the more likely you are to develop muscle memory for this test taking process.

I’ll leave the actual test taking process for a later post and put down some guidelines that you must follow while writing the test:

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1 – Respect the Mock, which essentially means treat the Mock test like an actual test. Sit down in a quiet place, keep all distractions away (phone, facebook, parents, friends, more than friends). Imagine yourself at the test venue.

2. You can’t take breaks or write the test in parts (i.e. write half the test in one go & the other in another).Remember, what I said earlier the mock is greater than the sum of its parts. Don’t treat the mock as merely a combination of practice exercises/questions on 5 subjects/sections.

3. Take the test on your computer (but mute or close all other windows such as Facebook, Google etc.) so that you develop the habit of reading on a computer screen & not using too much paper to do the calculation etc. Mark/capture your answers on an excel sheet (use this if you’d like. Downwload this file – BlankAnswerSheet). For this reason all our mocks will be in PDF format that you can download and take on your computer (don’t print them).

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4. Time yourself – keep a wrist watch/stopwatch next to you. Don’t even look at your phone. Abide by the prescribed timing very seriously (2 hours means two hours & not even two hours 15 seconds). You won’t get any extra time in the actual test so get used to it.

5. Don’t cheat – you’d be pretty stupid to cheat on a mock test. Firstly, other than a false sense of achievement, you don’t get anything. In fact it probably causes you more harm than anything else – there is no surer way of succumbing to a disease than misdiagnosing it and cheating on the mock test makes you misdiagnose your preparedness.

6. Don’t try flukes & blind guesses in the mock – for the same reasons as above. It makes you misdiagnose. Remember, I am not stopping you from taking intelligent guesses. If for e.g. you can eliminate two options and want to take a chance on any of the remaining options – do it. That’s smart! In fact that’s one of the most important skill to develop in the next few weeks & there is no better way to develop it than practice it. But, blind guessing – well let’s leave that for the last moment ( I’ll dedicate an entire post in the week before the CLAT on the art of blind guessing – but trust me you don’t need to practice it at this moment).

If you haven’t already – here’s the link to get our free CLAT mock test – clat.mylaw.net/2016/04/01/take-your-first-mock-test-free/

Tomorrow, I’ll write about the second part of the mock test process – the more important part i.e. analysing the mock. The secret to a great player like Virat Kohli (and the reason for some of the other players in the team doing so well) isn’t just the hours of practice they put it (even cricketers from the previous generation spent hours in the nets) but it’s the analysis of that practice (how they got out, where are they scoring runs, which types of balls are troubling them etc.) that’s probably the single biggest reason why the current generation of cricketers across the world have taken the game to the next level. It’s this analysis that can help you crack the CLAT in the next 40 days (nothing else will improve your score as much as this). More on it tomorrow!

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Take your First Mock Test – Free

Did you hear the breaking news? The West Indian team has pulled out of the World Cup finals because of a conflict with their cricket board and now India will be playing the world cup finals against England. Yay!

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Nah! Just kidding (after all it’s April Fool’s day – sorry for the crude joke). But here is something to make you smile (or I’m hoping you smile). A free mock test! A lot of you wrote back to us saying you didn’t have access to a mock test – so here you go. Fill up this form & we will email you a CLAT Mock Test asap.

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Before you jump at it, here is what you need to do:

First, read this post if you haven’t already – https://clat.mylaw.net/2016/03/28/personalised-plan/

Second, fill the form above & we’ll email you the test & a blank answer sheet. Send us your answer sheet back and we will give your scores as well as a chance to get a personalised plan for the next 40 days.

 

There is a whole host of surprises and useful stuff that we’ll be posting on this blog starting today (I promise fewer gyan/pop-psychology stuff & more actual things to do) so make sure you are following the blog & have subscribed for email updates (look on the left column).

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You keep your part & we will keep ours to ensure you give your best shot for the CLAT. It’s a deal!

Let’s shake hands on it.

Cheers,

Kunal from the myLaw.net Team

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Get a CLAT prep plan that is personalised for you!

We are now down to 6 weeks. I realize my earlier posts may have been a little cryptic on what really you need to focus on to be able to do well in the CLAT.

I firmly believe that the most important preparatory tool for a standardized test such as the CLAT is the Mock test and it isn’t just writing the test that is important but the analysis of it that’s probably more important.

Firstly, mock tests help you get a real sense on how you perform under a timed conditions. The pressure of a ticking clock, teaches you short cuts & approaches no book can teach you (both very important from a test point of view) and on the flip side forces unnecessary silly mistakes out of you (some thing that can destroy your scores).

Secondly, mock tests give you a good idea of what it means to navigate through 5 different sections together. It’s a very different experience to do Math, English, Reasoning, GK questions back to back instead of sitting down and doing 100 practice questions of just one subject. The variety can sometimes be overwhelming for some. Also, usually the test is well balanced, which means if the test has a particularly difficult legal aptitude section, it may have an easier than usual logic or GK section to offset that. A mock test is greater than the sum of its part – it’s more than just a compilation of 5 practice exercise on each section.

Thirdly, mock tests allow you to try out test taking strategies, for example which section should you start with. It makes a whole lot of difference, especially if you start with a section you are not very comfortable with and you can’t solve the first few questions – it puts a lot of pressure on you and can cause an irreparable dent on your confidence. Similarly, how do you balance your weakness in a particular section by your strength in another – after all there are no section-wise cut-offs/minimum scores. Technically, you can leave an entire section and still crack the CLAT.

 

Lastly, mocks also help you get used to the 2 hour – 200 questions regimen. By the time you write the CLAT, this 200Q – 2 hr routine should become muscle memory to the extent that you shouldn’t even need to look at the watch to know where you should be (ok, that’s an exaggeration but you get the idea). You need to practice exactly how much time you need for each section in order to get through the paper in 2 hours.

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By know you may be growing a little tired of all advice & no play (actual practice questions). But trust me on this – just to give you a little background, I have successfully cracked all the possible competitive exams in the country, Law entrance tests, MBA entrance tests (CAT/GMAT), UPSC CSAT et al without ever having to prepare for more than 4-6 weeks and all I did was write mock tests, analyse thoroughly and repeat.

This week make sure you write a full length CLAT test or mock test. It’s ok, if you feel underprepared or you haven’t started your preparation – just write it. If you don’t have access to a test, go to the CLAT website and write the test available on the CLAT website.

Here’s your task for today:

Sit in a quiet place, keep 2 hours aside with no distractions/break/mobile phones (just like you would in an actual test). Keep a watch next to you and time yourself. Go to the CLAT website and write the mock test. Remember, 2 hours by the watch.

Send me the score in each section in this format:

Section 1 – English – Total attempts (i.e. no. of questions you attempted); Total Correct; Total Wrong
Similarly for the remaining 4 sections and the Total score out of 200.

You can email me your scores at kunal@rainmaker.co.in and I’ll write back to you with a personalised analysis & preparation plan for you.

Update – some of you wrote back saying you don’t have access to mock tests. Please visit to view past year papers (only for those who have applied for the CLAT. You may have to pay Rs 250 for past year papers).

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For those of you who can’t access the above link or have already taken the test, we are creating a fresh mock test, which will be available in the next 2 days.

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Here’s the most accurate & scientifically derived prediction for CLAT 2016 cut-offs.

You must be recovering from the CLAT and we don’t want to burden you any more advice etc.

However, we see that a lot of students are concerned with cut-offs (and a bunch of test prep companies are ever so eager to play Nostradamus). Here’s the truth, no one & I mean no one can accurately predict a cut-off.

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Let’s understand how cut-offs are calculated – first, the scores of all the CLAT takers calculated(reports say about 39,000 registered for the test & about 35000 people took the test). These students are then segregated based on categories (General, SC, ST, PH, Domicile). Next, they calculate the rank list for each category i.e. in descending order of score, create a list of students. Since, all NLU’s put together have about 2252 seats – identify the top 2252 (separated for different categories).

Look at the preference for these top rankers and allot each student their highest possible preference, if the student’s score doesn’t qualify him/her for their preference 1, then look at preference 2, and so on.

This is how each college fills up its designated no. of seats. The score of the last rank eligible for admission in a particular college becomes that college’s cut-off. So for e.g. if rank 48 (no. of general seats in NLSIU) scores 145, then 145 is the cut-off for NLSIU.

 

Now, pray explain how can anyone accurately know the scores of any student, especially even before the official answer key is out. Two, even when the answer key has been released, I’m quite sure no student will be able to remember the answer they marked for each of those 200 Qs – remember even one error and that can change your marks by 1.25 marks (+ or -) which in the CLAT is a very large margin of error. Three, even if students do remember their scores, there is no way to know the scores of all the 36-37k students who took the CLAT to be able to accurately predict scores for each of the 2270 ranks.

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In the absence of this data, most people resort to what they call educated guesses based on:

  1. Last few years’ pattern – not scientific, because the test paper was different, the people writing the test were different. You can’t predict ‘x”s performance in test ‘A’ by looking at ‘Y’ ‘s performance in test ‘B’. (Yes! Now you know how stupid this is.)
  2. Feedback of a few students that they have spoken to – Statistically speaking that’s how a lot of market research is done, or election results are predicted. The problem is that the sample size in our case is very small (an individual may have spoken to at best a hundred odd CLAT takers) and hence the prediction has a very large margin of error (oh, remember even psephologist – people who predict election results – go wrong, often!). Lastly, unlike elections, predictions here require precision & not a general understanding of trends.
  3.  Their analysis of the difficulty level of the test paper (given that some of them write the test themselves) and what is an achievable score – This is probably seems the vaguest but may actually be relatively more accurate than the above two. However, the operative word here is ‘RELATIVE’.

Of course a lot people will be up in arms (especially the ones who make these predictions) and may claim that their predictions are fairly accurate – my only response to that is that in a test like CLAT – unless your predictions (for each college) is accurate to the 2nd decimal place, it isn’t accurate. Astrologers have for ages relied on Confirmation Bias.

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All predictions are no more than a hunch –  I’ve been on the other side to know how non-scientific this process is, and to be honest the biggest reason we would issue these ‘guesses masked as predictions’ was to calm down over-anxious kids, because it’s tougher to explain what I have in this post to an anxious 18 yr old (and hundreds & thousands of you) and easier to just throw a number at them – after all who’ll remember if you were right or wrong. The ones who get through would be too busy celebrating & the ones who don’t, too morose to!

I can go on about this – here’s what you need to know, it doesn’t matter what the cut-offs may be, because what is done is done. Most importantly, you cannot influence the results or the outcome (you had your chance until the last minute of that 2 hours), so why worry about something (or second guess with even 80% accuracy) which you will know with 100% certainty in less than 2 weeks.

So chill! Enjoy the next 2 weeks – and if you have other tests to write, then keep at it – give your best shot at your preparation, learn from the mistakes you made with your CLAT prep (or what you did right) – nothing like getting through both CLAT and your back-up plan (engineering, medical, BBA or whatever else), and then decide which one to pursue.

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My advice for CLAT (& life per se) – As, Unsaintly St. Balotelli once said – “Sometimes in football you deserve to win but lose. Other times you deserve to lose or draw but you win. That is the game, and it’s why I’ve always said you should never try to predict anything in football”. 

Just replace Football with life and you have a tenet for life.

Cheers!

P.S. – And just to justify the headline for this post – here’s my prediction for the CLAT cut-off – it’ll be between 0 & 200 (there is still a .000000001 chance that I may be proven wrong, but I’ll take my chances:). Wanna bet?

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CLAT: Are 7 weeks enough to prepare?

Now that we have gone past the pleasantries and the introductions, let’s get down to actual work. You have 7 weeks to prepare for CLAT 2016. Even though time is limited, I don’t want you to rush in to your preparation. It’s important for you to fully understand the softer aspects of this preparation – your true assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, your fears, what or whom you are up against, your competition and what the CLAT expects out of YOU.

One of the most common reasons/excuses that aspirants joining the race at this stage (i.e. a month before the actual test) use to make themselves believe that they can’t crack the CLAT is:

7 weeks (or for that matter 4 weeks) aren’t enough to prepare for the CLAT, so what’s the point, or, I really don’t have a shot at getting to a NLS, so why give a 100% and waste time & effort.

Now, there is no such thing as enough when it comes to preparation, and the funny thing about your level of preparedness is that it’s mostly in your head – and usually that’s where the battle is lost.

 

There are people who have been preparing for 12 months and you see them cramming till the last minute standing outside the test centre – clearly not a sign that they are prepared. And then there are those blessed with the curse called over-confidence, who behave as if they are already in National Law School B’lore. To each to his/her own.

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The bottom line is you have 49 days to go – if you make them count, 49 days are enough (there I said it) to crack the CLAT. Remember, you are preparing for the CLAT, not an Olympic track & field event that you need years to prepare.

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Here’s why:

– The CLAT is a 2-hour test where the answers are already given to you (you just have to choose the right one). How difficult can that be?

30% of the questions in the test (English + Math) deal with concepts that everyone has been taught in school.

45% of the questions in the test (Logic + Legal Aptitude) deal with concepts that no one has been taught in school. In fact reasoning & critical thinking are the core skills tested through these questions – which to be honest is nothing but thinking about things in certain ways so as to arrive at the best possible solution in the circumstances that the thinker is aware of (for more clarity, read this – http://www.skillsyouneed.com/learn/critical-thinking.html).

25% of the questions in the test (the GK section), no one can ever be completely prepared for. Of course, people claim to guess/estimate the kind of questions you can be asked, but then they are still guesses at the end of the day. GK/Current Affairs can mean anything under the sun and it usually does, which is why you have students (usually the ones who fall for the guesses) complaining at the end of the test that these questions were out of the syllabus.

The CLAT has no syllabus (of course there are broad contours, represented by each section), which makes CLAT (or any other standardized test) the perfect level playing field (I realize there are some exceptions to the ‘level-playing field’ statement, but let’s leave that for later, perhaps when you get into a law school).

Of course you can’t just sit on your backside for the next 7 weeks and think you’ll crack the test. The key to success in the CLAT is deliberate practice. 

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5 things about the CLAT you probably didn’t know!

If you are a law school aspirant, then you’ve probably already come across at least a dozen websites, coaching classes, books, test series and what have you, claiming to prepare you for the CLAT & other law entrance tests. Almost all of them claim to be either India’s best, India’s number 1 (or some other version of that superlative) or a ‘One-stop shop for all your CLAT needs’. We aren’t any of those! But before we go ahead and tell you who we are, here’s what you need to understand about the CLAT (and we’ll use the term ‘CLAT’ loosely to represent all law entrance tests, mostly because it is the ‘big daddy of all law entrance test’).

5-Things-Image-01First and foremost, the CLAT is not the be-all-and-end-all of your Life. No matter how important it is for you to get to the NLS, it ain’t a matter of life and death. No, sir/ma’am, it isn’t! Of course, it is an important event in your life but don’t make it a very big deal.

Secondly, the CLAT isn’t a test of either your intellect or your knowledge. Don’t believe it, eh? We have 50 days to change your opinion. It’s definitely a test of ‘something’, otherwise why else would they call it a test, but it isn’t of your knowledge. It’s this ‘something’ that we’ll talk about for the next 50 days.

Thirdly, cracking the CLAT doesn’t require you to slog your ‘derrière’ for 12 hours a day, especially the way you did (or still are) for your class XII board examinations – that doesn’t mean, you don’t have to work hard (or work smart). You’ll need to do both.

Fourthly, the CLAT is not the end but a means to an end. Use the next 50 days to expand your horizons, to widen your perspective on things & not merely mug up time-distance-speed formulae, or archaic facts. If you don’t enjoy this journey, we can assure you won’t be motivated to put in your heart (or mind into it). CLAT is a great way to start looking forward to & visualising your life in law school (and maybe even after).

 

Lastly and most importantly, YOU CAN CRACK THE CLAT. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are. Whether you have been preparing for CLAT for 12 months or just found out about it yesterday. YOU CAN CRACK THE CLAT – and so can any of the many thousands writing the CLAT on May 14, 2017. But today, you have an equal chance as anyone else. The next 50 days will determine, how those odds & chances change. Repeat after me “I CAN CRACK THE CLAT“. Say it. Louder. I know, it sounds stupid, but do it. Trust me. In fact, repeat this 20 times daily (preferably when you are alone, else people will think you’ve gone nuts). Upload your audio file or add a comment in the comments section below – I’m serious, I want to hear you say it.

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Coming back to us – does it even matter? You probably want to know, whether you can trust our advice and this isn’t just an experiment and you aren’t a subject/lab rat.

myLaw.net is a online learning platform focussed on the law. The people behind myLaw.net are mostly graduates from India’s top law schools (NLSIU mostly), who probably know a thing or two about cracking law entrance exams (and some none-NLS guys who have cracked every standardised test you can imagine). We have worked with law schools & law students across the country on re-imagining how legal education is delivered. It is this re-imagination that we want to bring to the CLAT aspirants. We believe that it’s time that you reframe the problem statement that the CLAT is and change your perspective (and the methods too).

Finally, how is this blog different? It’s different because it isn’t striving to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for anything. It is different because we aren’t going to overload you with thousands of practice questions and generalised learning materials. We realise that most of you already have access to a ton of preparatory materials, but what you probably lack is the strategy, the planning and the non-tangible aspects of this preparation. And that’s what we’ll work with you on.

So are you game? Keep an eye out for this blog for the next 57 days (only if you find it useful, else we don’t want to contribute to the chaos in your head) and let’s have some fun on the way.

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You know you can!

With less than a month to go for the CLAT, you may be experiencing a sense of nervousness and excitement (hopefully!) I’m writing to you just so that you know that there are individuals here at MyLaw.net who understand (and have experienced) how you might be feeling right now. At the same time, our team is also working heads-on so that you get the best coaching tips, mocks and potential questions that you might find yourself actually solving at CLAT/AILET this time around.

In my previous post, I talked about the necessary things that one ought to do/begin with so as to ensure a basic footing into the world of preparation for the law entrances. However, it is essential that you keep your cool and believe in yourself – You know you can! It goes without saying how important it is to work hard on all subjects/sections and give enough time/effort to every aspect of the examination; but what we tend to forget/not focus upon is our own self-confidence.

I want to stress on the importance of being positive and optimistic about everything. Exams? Yes. This particular entrance? Yes. Life? Yes. It is only when you lift your head up and walk with confidence and positive energy that good things happen to you! Even the worst of situations for an optimist comes up with a lot of learning; and the best ones do not make an optimist high on arrogance/ego.

Many such short posts to boost your confidence coming up in the next few days, keep checking this space! Keep smiling 😀

Current Affairs: December 2016

Current Affairs: December 2016

1. Supreme Court decision: National Anthem to be played in theatres before screening movies.

  • TO INSTILL “committed patriotism and nationalism”, the Supreme Court Wednesday ordered that “all the cinema halls in India shall play the national anthem before the feature film starts and all present in the hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem” as a part of their “sacred obligation”. Discarding notions of “any different notion or the perception of individual rights”, a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy added that the movie screen shall have the image of the national flag when the anthem is being played and that doors of the halls will remain shut during the anthem so that no disturbance is caused.
  • The bench said people must show respect to the national anthem and the national flag and called it “imperative” to show them honour and respect.
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/national-anthem-in-theatre-supreme-court-national-flag-4414157/

2. GDP growth

 3. Cyclone Nada

  • Cyclone Nada weakened into a depression in the Bay of Bengal and made landfall in Puducherry’s Karaikal, close to Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu.

 4. Union Government approves Rs.2000 crore development package for refugees from PoK

  • The refugees from West Pakistan, mostly from PoK, settled in different areas of Jammu, Kathua and Rajouri districts.
  • The Modi government had in January 2015 approved certain concessions for the refugees from West Pakistan settled in Jammu and Kashmir after considering the problems being faced by them. The concessions include special recruitment drives for induction into paramilitary forces, equal employment opportunities in the state, admission for the children of refugees in Kendriya Vidyalayas, among others.

5. India and US sign a deal for 145 M777 lightweight howitzer artillery guns for Indian Army

6. OPEC meet in Vienna

  • The price of oil has risen sharply after Opec members meeting in Vienna said they were on the verge of agreeing a deal to cut production.
  • Brent crude was up by more than 7% at $49.80 a barrel on Wednesday following comments from some of the world’s leading oil producers, who have gathered to discuss possible action to rein in the oversupply of oil and halt the fall in prices.
  • Falih saidOpec was focused on capping production at 32.5m barrels a day, or cutting output by more than 1m barrels a day. He said he hoped Russia and other non-Opec members would also contribute by cutting production by 600,000 barrels a day.
  • Opec accounts for one-third of global oil production and in September, members agreed to limit output to between 32.5m and 33m barrels a day, from the current 33.64m, to prop up prices. The ambition for Wednesday’s meeting is to agree individual production targets for each country.
  • However, concerns remain that reducing output will lead to non-Opec oil producers taking a greater share of the market.

7. Army in West Bengal

  • In a hurriedly convened press conference Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has alleged that Central government has “deployed army in various parts of the State.”
  • “The State government has not been informed about this deployment by the Center. This is clearly a violation of the rules and understanding [between the Centre and the State] when army is deployed without informing a democratically elected government,” Ms. Banerjee said.
  • She said that at least in two points — in Dankuni [in Hooghly district] and Palsit [in Bardhaman] — both in south Bengal army was checking civilian vehicles.
  • “All vehicles were checked and I was told that people had to stand in long queues.”
  • “It seems that the central government is trying to create a civil war like situation in the country,” Ms. Banerjee said.
  • Earlier in the day this correspondent had witnessed at least half a dozen vehicles marked ‘Military Police’ at the toll tax counter on Vidyasagar Setu [bridge] connecting Kolkata to Howrah. The vehicles were parked on the left hand side of the bridge, as one enters Kolkata from Howrah side.
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/mamata-banerjee-army-exercise-west-bengal-4406514/

8. F1 champion Nico Rosberg retires.

9. Heart of Asia summit held in Amritsar on December 3 and 4

  • The sixth Heart of Asia conference is expected to see attendance of leaders from around 30 countries including US, Russia, China and Iran. The theme will be connectivity and increasing security in and around the Afghan region. The discussions will revolve primarily on peace, cooperation and economic growth in Afghanistan and neighbouring regions. India is the co-chair and host this time and Afghanistan is the permanent chair of the conference. Finance MinisterArun Jaitley will lead the Indian delegation in the summit.
  • There are 14 member countries of HoA.

10. John Key to resign as New Zealand Prime Minister

  • John Key, the New Zealand prime minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by surprise.
  • Key said he would vote for his deputy prime minister, Bill English, if he put his name forward.
  • Key is widely regarded as one of the most popular prime ministers in New Zealand’s history. He was first elected in 2008, and recently marked his 10-year anniversary as leader of the National party.

 11. Justice JS Khehar will be the next Chief Justice

  • Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar, 64, has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January this year.
  • Recommended as the 44th CJI

12. Donald Trump becomes Times Person of the Year for 2016

13. Italy referendum

  • Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned on Wednesday after a bruising referendum loss at the weekend, with most parliamentary factions pushing for an early election in a few months’ time.
  • Mr Renzi tendered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, who said he would consult with the political parties to decide the next steps. He asked Mr Renzi to carry on in a caretaker capacity until a solution is found.
  • What was the Italy referendum about?
  • Mr Renzi wanted to introduce sweeping reforms to the country’s notoriously slow and costly government.
  • Italy has a “perfect” bicameral system – meaning its two chambers have exactly the same powers as each other, which often results in political gridlock.
  • The proposed reforms would have reduced the Senate’s powers and transformed it from a chamber of 315 directly elected politicians and six lifetime appointees to smaller “Senate of Regions”.
  • The new chamber would have had just 100 seats – 74 regional councillors, 21 mayors and five presidential nominees – with the latter serving for seven years rather than for life.
  • Mr Renzi’s reform would have tipped the balance of power towards the Chamber of Deputies – Italy’s equivalent of the House of Commons.
  • The Senate would have retained its veto on constitutional matters, but the Deputies would have had the final say on everyday bills. The Senate would also have been able to examine bills if a third of its members wished to do so, although its suggestions would not have been binding.
  • Both chambers voted in favour of the the changes earlier this year, but the measures did not reach the required two-thirds majority to force the legislation through, resulting in a referendum being called.
  • http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21711216-after-losing-20-points-prime-minister-will-resign-italian-voters-have-rejected-matteo
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italian-prime-minister-matteo-renzi-resigns-after-referendum-loss-a7461941.html

14. Handicapped people exempted from standing up for the National Anthem: SC

  • The order was passed by Justice Dipak Misra
  • The court, however, said that physically disabled must show “some such gesture” to express their respect for anthem.It also clarified that doors of theatres need not be bolted when the National Anthem is played

15. Cyclone Vardah hits Chennai

16. Bill English confirmed as New Zealand’s new Prime Minister after John Keys exit

17. Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres sworn in as UN Secretary-General

  • Building on his promise to ensure gender parity and geographical diversity at the UN, Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres has appointed three women from Nigeria, Brazil and South Korea for top positions at the world body. Guterres announced he will be appointing Amina Mohammed of Nigeria as the UN Deputy Secretary-General on his assumption of office as the 9th chief of the United Nations in January 2017.
  • He appointed Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil as his Chef de Cabinet and said he intends to create the position of Special Advisor on Policy, and to appoint Kyung-wha Kang of South Korea to this new role.
  • Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as secretary-general of the United Nations, becoming the ninth UN chief in the body’s 71-year history
  • After being sworn in by General Assembly President Peter Thomson, Guterres addressed the 193 member nations, saying the UN must work to simplify, decentralize and make more flexible its sprawling bureaucracy.

18. Arunachal Pradesh hydro project :

  • Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju; his cousin, a contractor in Arunachal Pradesh, Goboi Rijiju; and several top officials of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), including its Chairman and Managing Director, have been named in a 129-page report by the PSU’s Chief Vigilance Officer that alleges corruption in the construction of two dams for 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project, one of the biggest hydro-electric projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Verma, a Gujarat IPS officer, was pulled up by NEEPCO for “unauthorised absence,” and transferred to the CRPF in Tripura soon after his report. He attributes the “absence” to his investigation.
  • At the heart of the conspiracy, Verma’s report says, are several fake and inflated bills by contractors to allegedly siphon off money in the name of transporting rocks needed for the dam construction.
  • Not only was the transportation cost decided arbitrarily, the report says, but many transport challans and records provided by the contractor, Patel Engineering Limited (PEL), were found to be fake.
  • MoS Kiren Rijiju wrote a letter to Ministry of Power to release funds to the contractor and his cousin Goboi Rijiju went to meet Verma. Goboi Rijiju is one of the sub-contractors in the project. Verma’s report also has the audio CD of a purported conversation he had with Goboi Rijiju on December 29, 2015, in which the latter is heard pushing the officer to clear the payments and offering “any help you need from Bhaiya (the Minister).”
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/vigilance-probe-red-flags-fraud-and-corruption-in-arunachal-hydro-project-kiren-rijiju-4424240/

19. Donald Trump announces Exxon Mobil chief Rex Tillerson as his choice for secretary of state

20. Shareholders unanimously pass resolution to remove Cyrus Mistry as director.

21. BCCI chief might face contempt charges says Supreme Court

  • The Supreme Court on Thursday said BCCI president Anurag Thakur was prima facie liable for perjury and contempt for seeking a letter from the International Cricket Council and then denying it.
  • The court said he could be sent to jail for perjury if he does not apologise for seeking a letter that the Lodha Committee recommendations on cricket reforms amounted to governmental interference.
  • The court indicated that Thakur as well as BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke would face strong action for not coming clean and making an attempt to sidestep implementation of the panel’s recommendations on age cap and fixing the number of terms for BCCI office-bearers, among others
  • “We are prima facie of the view that you (BCCI) are obstructing (the implementation of the Lodha panel reforms),” the bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and A M Khanwilkar, further told Sibal. After the Supreme Court’s July 18 judgement approving the recommendations, the board is not entitled to say ‘no’ to it, the bench said.
  • Sibal pointed out to the court that neither the BCCI president nor its secretary had any voting right and both asked the state associations to adopt the Lodha panel recommendations, but they did not do so.

21. India beat Australia 4-2 on penalties in Junior Hockey World Cup semi-final; to meet Belgium in final.

22. PV Sindhu beats Carolina Marin in straight games at BWF World Super Series Final held in Dubai.

23. Supreme Court bans liquor shops on highways from 1 April

  • Supreme Court directs liquor stores to be relocated outside 500 metres of state and national highways
  • The ruling came after a plea filed by Tamil Nadu challenging the constitutional validity of a circular issued by the Central government on 22 April asking state governments to shut liquor shops along highways
  • “Relocate existing stores and remove all advertisement of such stores,” a bench comprising Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, justices D.Y. Chandrachud and L. Nageswara Rao said while delivering the verdict.

24. SC rejects HC ruling : No sovereignty for Jammu and Kashmir outside Constitution of India

25. Augusta Westland Case

26. Gen Bipin Rawat named the next army chief, Air Marshal B.S. Dhanoa to be the new chief of Air Staff

  • The government had announced Saturday that Lt General Rawat would replace General Dalbir Singh, who retires on December 31. Deviating from the practice of selecting the senior-most eligible officer, the government superseded Eastern Army Commander, Lt General Praveen Bakshi, and Southern Army Commander, Lt General PM Hariz. This is the first time since 1983 that the senior-most Army commander has not been chosen as the chief.
  • Lt General Rawat is from the infantry, the Gorkha regiment like General Dalbir Singh
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/indian-army-chief-bipin-rawat-appointment-modi-govt-on-anti-terror-experience-4434378/
  • Air Marshal BS Dhanoa will succeed Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha who will retire on December 31, 2016.

27. India wins the Junior Hockey World Cup defeating Belgium

28. Atletico de Kolkata beat Kerala Blasters to win ISL 2016 — owner captain coach place where played last year winner

  • The 2016 edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), the football league, saw Atletico de Kolkata lift their second ISL crown, beating Kerala Blasters at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi on December 18
  • The 2016 Indian Super League season is the third season of the Indian Super League, the football league, since its establishment in 2013
  • Final played in Kochi

29. Christine Lagarde convicted in arbitration case

30. Sasikala succeeds Jayalalithaa as AIADMK chief

  • The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general council on Dec 29,2016 adopted a resolution to work under the leadership of V.K. Sasikala—a close aide and confidante of late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.
  • Jayalalithaa had held the post of the general secretary of the AIADMK since 1989.
  • Jayalalithaa passed away on 5 December and O. Panneerselvam was handed the chief minister’s post after her death.
  • As per the AIADMK’s rule 20 section 2, until the appointment of the general secretary, Sasikala will hold the post of the general secretary.
  • Technically speaking, she is appointed as the general secretary as an interim arrangement, until the AIADMK conducts elections as per the rules.

31. Pranab Mukherjee appoints Anil Baijal as Lt. Governor of Delhi

  • Baijal was appointed after Najeeb Jung resigned from the post
  • Mukherjee had accepted the resignation of Mr. Jung.
  • Baijal, a 1969 batch IAS officer of U.T cadre, served as Home Secretary in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government. He is currently associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation

32. Abhay Singh Chautala ready to relinquish IOA life president’s role

  • Abhay Singh Chautala and Suresh Kalmadi were unanimously elected for the role at IOA’s AGM in Chennai
  • Former Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Abhay Singh Chautala has offered to let go of the life president’s role conferred to him by the national Olympic body if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has any reservations over it. This comes just a day after Suresh Kalmadi, also inducted with the honorary role, declined the position.
  • Chautala reportedly thanked the IOA for the role but has opted to decline the role ‘in larger interest of Indian sport’ amid controversy over his selection. He, alongside Kalmadi, is facing charges of corruption during their tenure as president of the IOA.
  • The government had issued the IOA a showcause notice over the selection and Sports Minister Vijay Goel had said there would be no ties with the IOA until both weren’t removed.
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/sport-others/abhay-singh-chautala-relinquish-ioa-life-president-role-4450441/

33. UNC blockade: Manipur journalists seek Centre’s intervention

34. Tata Sons asks Cyrus Mistry to return confidential documents

35. India successfully test-fires most lethal missile Agni-V

  • India’s strategic capabilities today took a leap forward as it successfully test-fired Agni-V, the country’s most lethal nuclear-capable inter-continental ballistic missile with a range of over 5,000 kms that covers entire China.
  • This was the fourth test of Agni-V missile and the second one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the four missions have been successful.
  • Among the missiles of Agni series, the latest Agni-V is the most advanced having some new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine, the sources said.
  • http://www.deccanherald.com/content/588367/india-successfully-test-fires-most.html/

36. Russian plane crash: 13 bodies reportedly recovered in Black Sea

  • A massive search and rescue operation is under way in the Black Sea after aRussian military plane crashed Sunday with 92 on board. Thirteen bodies have so far been recovered, as well as more than 150 pieces of debris, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, quoting a source in security agencies.
  • The Tupolev Tu-154 plane carrying 84 passengers and eight crew crashed in the Black Sea near Sochi after disappearing from radar Sunday morning local time, state-run Ria Novosti news agency reported.
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/26/europe/russian-military-jet-crash/

37. Supreme Court bans use of religion in Elections says cannot be used to influence voters and buy votes:

38. Bomb blasts in Istanbul: Two Indians dead

39. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on New Years Eve.

  • Big push for housing for rural and urban poor –
  • To make it easier for the poor to buy their own homes, PM launched two new housing schemes for the urban poor.
  • Under Pradhan Mantri Aawaz Yojana (PMAY), the poor and middle class in cities will get 4 percent exemption on interest for home loans up to Rs 9 lakh.
  • And, 3 percent exemption for home loans up to Rs 12 lakh.
  • Under PMAY, 33 percent more houses will be built in villages.
  • Also, home loans up to Rs 2 lakh will get 3 percent exemptions for not just building a new house but also for renovation in villages. The grass is greener for the farmers
  • 3 crore Kisan credit cards will be converted into RuPay cards in 3 months.
  • Government will bear 60 days interest on select farm loans.
  • Last month, NABARD created a fund of Rs 21000 crore. Modi today announced that the government is adding Rs 20,000 crore more to this. The loss that NABARD will suffer by giving loans to cooperative banks and societies at low interest rate shall be borne by the government.
  • Happy new year for MSMEs – Credit guarantee for small businesses doubled to Rs 2 crore. – Banks have been asked to raise cash credit limit for small business to 25 percent from 20 percent. – Banks have also been asked to increase working capital loans from 20 percent of turnover to 30 percent for enterprises that transact digitally.
  • Pregnant women to get Rs 6,000 in bank accounts to reduce child, woman mortality.
  • Guarantee of 8 percent rate on deposits for senior citizens up to Rs 7.5 lakh.
  • Restrictions on the withdrawal of money from banks and ATMs are likely to continue.
  • Read more at: http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/economy/key-announcementspm-modis-new-years-eve-speech_8190601.html?utm_source=ref_article
  • http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/pm-narendra-modis-new-year-eve-address-on-demonetisation-highlights-1643814
  • http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/key-announcements-of-pm-narendra-modis-new-year-eves-speech/articleshow/56274762.cms

40. Supreme Court removes Anurag Thakur as BCCI president

  • In the hearing that will effectively decide the future of cricket administration in the country, India’s Supreme Court has removed Anurag Thakur as president of the BCCI with a showcause notice issued in regards to charges of perjury and contempt of court. Anurag Thakur has until January 19 to reply to the Supreme Court’s charges, as does Ajay Shirke , the BCCI secretary.
  • The bench, led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, had in the previous hearing on December 15 threatened to initiate perjury charges against Anurag Thakur for allegedly lying about asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to term the Lodha reforms as governmental interference.
  • http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/news/supreme-court-removes-anurag-thakur-as-bcci-president/articleshow/56288777.cms

41. President signs the note ban Ordinance:

  • The ordinance to extinguish the Reserve Bank of India’s liability in respect of cancelled Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes will come into force from December 31, prescribing penalty for anyone found to be holding and or dealing in these notes beyond a threshold.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Specified Bank Notes (Cessation of Liabilities) Ordinance, 2016 on Friday 29th
  • The ordinance also provides an opportunity to those persons who were unable to deposit demonetised notes within time provided to deposit the same with the RBI.
  • Indian citizens who were outside India from November 9 to December 30 can tender cancelled notes at the specified offices of RBI till March 31, 2017. For those citizens of India who are not resident in India, this facility would be available till June 30, 2017 in order to allow them adequate time to plan a visit as per their convenience.
  • This facility is subject to the Foreign Exchange Management (Export and Import of Currency) Regulations, 2015, which puts Rs 25,000/- per person limit on anyone bringing money into India.
  • The main objectives of the Ordinance are
    • (i) to provide clarity and finality to the liability of the Reserve Bank of India and the Government of India for the SBNs;
    • (ii) to provide an opportunity to those persons who were unable to deposit the SBNs within the time provided; and
    • (iii) to declare holding, transferring or receiving SBNs as illegal, with provisions for penalty for contravention of any of the provisions of the Ordinance.
  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/policy/presidential-assent-to-note-ban-ordinance/article9451741.ece

42. The Sports Ministry has suspended the Indian Olympics Association for making Suresh Kalmadi and Abhay Singh Chuatala its life time presidents:

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News Compendium: September 2016

News Compendium: September 2016

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September 2016:

  1. Nico Rosberg won the Italian Grand Prix held in Monza.
  2. India’s Mariyappan Thangavelu created history on Saturday morning by winning a gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event at the Rio Paralympics. His compatriot Varun Singh Bhati clinched the bronze medal in the same event (being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016).
  3. Reliance launched JIO.
  4. Quikr acquires Stepni.
  5. BSE first Stock Exchange to issue an IPO.
  6. GST bill passed, President signs the bill.
  7. Urjit singh sworn in as the 25th RBI Governor on 5th September 2016.
  8. Navjot Singh Sindhu enlists new party “Avaaz E Punjab”.
  9. Mother Teresa: Pope Francis canonised her at a ceremony on 4 September 2016 in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. In India, a special Mass was celebrated at the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta.
  10. Dell buys EMC Corporation $67 billion.
  11. US OPEN
    • The US Open is the last tournament in the Grand Slams [Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open]
    • Played in the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City.
    • 136th edition : August 29 – September 11
    • Total prize-money compensation for the 2016 US Open will be $46.3 million.
    • $1,000,000 was given to the Winners.
    • MENS SINGLES RESULT: Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) defeated Novak Djokovic (Serbia).
    • WOMENS SINGLES RESULT: Angelique Kerber (Germany) defeated Karolína Plíšková (Czech Republic)
  12. PARALYMPICS 2016: RIO [7 September to 18 September]
    • The fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games.
    • Deepa Mallick – 1st Woman Paralympic won Silver in Shot Put.
  13. SNAPDEAL LUNCHED NEW LOGO
  14. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhova removed as Arunachal Pradesh Governor
  15. PayU BUYS  CITRUS  PAY FOR $130 MILLION
  16. QUIKR BUYS  STAYGLAD   FOR  UNDISCLOSED   AMOUNT
    • Listings website Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has acquired on-demand home beauty services provider StayGlad for an undisclosed sum after the start-up failed to attract new investors and ran out of cash, two people aware of the development said.
    • This is Quikr’s third acquisition in the on-demand home beauty services space. In May, Quikr acquired Gurgaon-based home beauty services provider Salosa for an undisclosed amount to bolster its presence in the segment. In July, Quikr rebranded Salosa as AtHomeDiva and launched a separate home beauty service under the QuikrServices vertical. In August, the company acquired another home beauty service provider
    • http://www.livemint.com/Companies/OKMzpi6nwVtv3eR7Vq0AEK/Quikr-acquires-Stayglad-for-undisclosed-amount.html
  17. VIJAY MALLYA’S GOA MANSION PUT UP FOR AUCTION:
    • State Bank of India CAP Trustee Company Limited has set Rs 85 crore as the minimum cost for the auction of Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Villa in Goa.
    • The e-auction will take place for 60 mins between 11 am to 12 noon on October 19.
    • The property has been put on block under Section 13(4) of the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act, 2002.
  18. JUSTICE CHELLAMESHWAR  UNHAPPY  WITH  THE  COLLEGIUM SYSTEM
  19. RELIANCE BUYS AIRCEL, THIRD LARGEST DEAL IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS
  20. Jallikattu back in Tamil Nadu
    • Jallikattu, the bull taming sport, was conducted in several districts in Tamil Nadu on Sunday amid protests in various places. Protesters continued to swell in numbers across the state, including Chennai’s Marina Beach, the epicentre of the stir for the last six days.
    • Alanganallur is the only place where Jallikattu is held as an official function of the government. The protesters raised slogans that ordinance was only a temporary measure and demanded a permanent solution for holding the sport, besides a ban on animal rights group PETA
    • Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court anticipating challenge to its ordinance allowing Jallikattu in the state. Following unrelenting protests, DMK and other Opposition parties urged the Centre to take steps for conducting the sport annually without any hindrance.
    • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jallikattu-back-in-tamil-nadu-here-is-everything-that-happened-today-4486647/
  21. Uttar Pradesh elections: Samajwadi Party, Congress announce alliance
  22. Donald Trump begins presidency with fiery vow to unseat establishment
    • Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US, delivering a fiery attack on the Washington establishment in which he vowed to return power to the American public and deliver on pledges he made in his campaign.
    • Trump, 70, who has not previously held elected office, took the oath of office at about noon from Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol.
    • Trump pledged that US interests would be at the center of his presidency, even at the expense of longstanding foreign relationships.
    • http://www.livemint.com/Politics/MFi6DhJozyBcCGnOfa6qcJ/Donald-Trump-begins-presidency-with-fiery-vow-to-unseat-esta.html
  23. Fit-again; Saina lifts Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold
  24. Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out
    • Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh must cede power by noon on Friday or he will be dislodged by a regional force that has already moved into the country, West African officials said.
    • Barrow, who won Gambia’s presidential election in December, was sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, where he is for his safety.
    • Jammeh started negotiations with ECOWAS on Thursday and agreed to step down but demanded an amnesty for any crimes that he may have committed during his 22 years in power and that he be permitted to stay in Gambia, at his home village of Kanilai
    • http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/Gambian-leader-told-to-cede-power-or-be-forced-out/article17067886.ece
  25. Tata Sons’ new chairman has twin obstacles—a family and conglomerate
  26. Cauvery Issue:
    • Karnataka said that it cannot release 6,000 cusecs of water daily for a week, as ordered on September 20 by the Supreme Court. With its cities in danger of running out of drinking water, Karnataka argued, it can next spare water for its neighbour only in December.  But  judges have ordered that for the next three days, Karnataka must comply with its order while they consider its arguments.
    • The Karnataka government on Tuesday imposed section 144 in Bengaluru till September 30 midnight, in wake of protests over Cauvery issue.
    • Mandya Zilla Raitha Hitharakshana Samiti (MZRHS), at the forefront of Cauvery agitation, said there was no change in its stand that water should not be released to Tamil Nadu.
    • http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/all-party-meeting-on-cauvery-begins/article9157774.ece
  27. Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 26th September in the  71st session at the UN headquarters.
    • Swaraj asked the world community to hold countries that “nurture, peddle and export” terrorism to account, taking forward India’s campaign to diplomatically isolate Pakistan. A unified global strategy can defeat terrorism, “and if any nation refuses to join this global strategy, then we must isolate it,” she said, speaking in Hindi
    • She also said Pakistan should forget about Kashmir, which belongs to India and shall always be a part of the country. “Abandon this dream… Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” she said, mincing no words.
    • Mentioned Pakistan’s approach towards Baluchistan
  28. GST exemption limit set at 20 lakhs:
  29. Launches by ISRO:
  30. Indus Water Treaty:
  31. Presidential Debate 2016 held in New York city:
  32. SAARC Summit 2016:
  33. Lodha Committee recommendations:
    • If the Supreme Court accepts the R.M. Lodha Committee’s request of superseding all the office-bearers of the BCCI and “appoint in their place a Panel of Administrators”, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be in danger of being suspended by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
    • On Wednesday, the Supreme Court said it would make the BCCI “fall in line” and “not allow them to defy orders any more”, after the court-appointed Lodha panel requested it to replace the Board’s management with independent administrators in view of the cricketing body’s resistance to reforms.
    • Chief Justice of India T S Thakur pulled up the BCCI, saying that the Board must remember it is neither a “law unto itself” nor “the lord”. Thakur also called for an explanation by October 6 on all instances of non-compliance reported by the Lodha panel. Justice Thakur heads the special bench that has passed a string of directives in the past to usher in reforms in the cricketing body after the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal broke out.
  34. Ratification of the Paris Treaty by the Cabinet:

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HOW AILET IS NOT CLAT!

With less than 5 weeks left for CLAT 2017, I can only imagine the steamed up preparation tactics you guys must have indulged yourself in. Most aspirants who appear for the CLAT invariably appear for the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) conducted by National Law University Delhi. If you happen to be one of them, please continue reading.

Firstly, congratulations for making the right choice by deciding to appear for the AILET. It is a good way to loosen yourself a little before the BIG DAY. What most aspirants fail to gauge is the different approach required to crack the AILET. But at this stage, none of you can afford to deviate from your routine CLAT prep of attempting the ‘120 minutes with 200 question’ mocks. Nevertheless, there are some things I want you guys to think and re-think and condition yourself before you appear for the AILET.

HOW AILET IS NOT CLAT

  1. MODE OF EXAMINATION

For the inner technophobic in you, the sight of a paper and pen/ pencil must be a relief! Moreover, incidents of systems crashing in the middle of the exam and half a dozen other technical glitches are not unheard of. So believe me when I say that this, old school mode of examination is a blessing in disguise.

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  1. NO NEGATIVE MARKINGS

Yes, you heard it right. No negative markings, which means attempt all 150 questions regardless of whether you know it or don’t, whether you read them or not. Your scores might vary by a mark for all that you know but at the end of the day, that one mark might push you above cut-off.

  1. WEIGHTAGE GIVEN TO MATH

Math might or might not be your forte, but the weightage that the AILET gives for your mathematical capabilities is much less than the CLAT.

  1. PATTERN PREDICTABILITY

Unlike the CLAT, AILET offers aspirants some sort of predictability in the lines of level of difficulty, types of questions (especially the legal reasoning section), etc. Do solve all the previous years question papers and the past NLS papers, it will be time well spent.

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Score over your toughest competitors in the CLAT!

Score over your toughest competitors in the CLAT!

We think one of the most important preparation before a battle/competition is to size up your competitor/opponent. But, before you really go there, it is important to understand your competition in the CLAT! Last year, close to 35,000 students wrote the CLAT – and the number only seems to be increasing. So, how do you size up 35000 people? You don’t. Because, they are not your competition or your opponents – in fact those 35000 (or more) people shouldn’t matter to you. They have no consequence or bearing to your score. The CLAT is not a Zero-Sum Game (admissions to the NLS though is), what that means is that if you score a mark that doesn’t mean somebody else loses that mark or vice-versa. You must be thinking, if other test takers aren’t my competitors, then who is?

It’s YOU! Yes, you are your own opponent in this test. Wondering how? The CLAT isn’t a test of your knowledge, it is a test of your skill to work out 200 questions to the best of your ability in 2 hours. The catch phrase here is ‘best of your ability’. Your best ability is usually hampered by these 5 opponents:

Opponent 1 – The part of your brain that tells you that you need to be a Grammar Nazi, Math Whiz, GK geek, Logic & Legal prodigy to crack the CLAT and that you don’t know enough to crack the CLAT (I can assure you that you are 75% there already and in the next 7 weeks you only need 25% on this front).

In fact you just need to be street smart. Assuming last few years’ CLAT results, a 140-150 gets you through the top (or at least the top 3) law schools. I can assure you that 90% of you reading this will know 140-150 questions – the difference is that it isn’t those 140-150 questions that you usually will give you most attention.

Opponent 2 – Your indecisiveness. What’s that you ask? Your inability to choose which questions to attempt (or rather give complete attention to) and which ones to ignore (or take a guess on). You have to be judicious and decisive with everything, from how you use your time (watch a movie/tv show, bum around or study – mind you all are equally important), to what to study (practice legal reasoning because it seems interesting, or English because it’s easy or GK/Math because you suck at it). In fact you need to be decisive all the way to the CLAT, where you need to decide which questions to focus your attention on – unlike your board exams you don’t even have the luxury to go through all the questions before you start and to make things worse, all questions are of equal weightage – 1 mark.

 

Opponent 3 – Your obsession with studying blindly & focussing on the wrong things – such as how do I learn vedic math in 20 days, how do I cram 5000 GK facts in these next few weeks, how do I solve hundreds of legal reasoning questions.

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Not required! In fact it might just lead to fatigue and inculcating the wrong habits. It isn’t the number of questions, but your approach to questions that is more important. It isn’t the number of hours you study but the quality of your input that matters more. It’s the feedback from each question you solve and the analysis of where you went wrong that you need to focus on. Since deliberate practice is categorically hard, it can’t be done for 12 hours a day. You need to have the following routines surrounding deliberate practice:
– Practice continuously for not more than an hour at a stretch (or 2, when you are writing a mock test).
– Practice when your mind is fresh and not for the sake of it or to earn brownie points with your parents or yourself.
– Practice the same amount every day, including on weekends (no break for the next 7 weeks).- Only have four to five hours of deliberate practice a day, with breaks in between.

– Work with no more than 40-50 questions every day on 2 to 3 subjects each day, with breaks in between. Spend more time on analysing your attempt, focusing on each question you were unsure of & the method.

Opponent 4 – Your obsession with volume & quantity. More is not better. Don’t practice with whatever material you get your hands on. Don’t run after questions/mocks/learning materials from every preparatory/coaching classes or book you know off. Don’t make the mistake of scrmpering for notes & materials so that you can practice more. I’ve noticed most materials available aren’t worth practicing with (it’s like Virat Kohli preparing for the WT20, by practicing with some gully cricketers, surely there might an odd difficult ball, but the rest would just be a waste of time for him). Compare the various resources you have, and see which seem closest to the past year papers or which of those push you out of your comfort zone (questions that are neither complete blinders nor sitters but tricky enough to make you think or with a trap to force a silly mistake).

Opponent 5 – Time. Yes, you read it right, time is not on your side, because 200 questions in 120 minutes is approximately 36 seconds per question. Sounds incredibly hard, especially if you compare your Class XII exams where you got almost 5-10 minutes a question. You have to develop the skill to crack a question in limited time (45s to 1 min for Math, English, Legal & Logical reasoning and 15-20 seconds for GK) and to leave the ones you can’t. It isn’t easy, in fact this is probably the most difficult to skill master – taking a crack at the questions you know, leaving the ones you don’t and the instinct to know the difference (it’s almost like the serenity prayer). Remember, there is no bigger error than wasting 2-3 mins or more on a question, even if you get it correct.calvin

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