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Elementary Mathematics for CLAT | Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation

CLAT – Elementary Mathematics

CLAT comes with a challenging yet scoring section of Elementary Mathematics. This particular section is considered as the turning point despite the fact it comes with the least amount of weightage attached to it. It includes 20 objective type multiple choice questions; 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer while 0.25 is deducted when you fill an incorrect answer.

Sections Topics 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Mathematics Number system 2 3 3 2
Simplification 3 1
Simple interest/ Compound interest 1 2
Time, Work and Distance 2 7 1 2 3
Geometry 1 2 3
Ratio and Proportion 3 2 1 1 3
Percentage 5 1
Algebra 1 4 5 1 5
Modern Maths 2 2 1 3 2
Area/ Volume 1 2 2
Miscellaneous 1 1 2 9 1
Total 20 20 20 20 20

AILET - Elementary Mathematics

All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) is conducted by NLU, Delhi and its Elementary Mathematics section consists of 10 questions of 1 mark each while 0.25 is deducted for every wrong answer.

Sections Topics 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
Mathematics Average 1 1 3 1
Simple interest/ Compound interest 1 1
Time, Work and Distance 2 3 3 1
Ratio and Proportion 3 2 3
Probability 1 1
Area/Volume 2 1 1 3
Partnership 1
Geometry 1
Algebra 1 2 2 3
Percentage 1
Miscellaneous 1 1 1 1 1
Total 10 10 10 10 10

Candidates who wish to pursue B.A. LL.B from 21 coveted National law universities across India must make efficiency and effectiveness their best friend. Like to all other sections, ample of time must be devoted to this section during preparation time. Eventually, candidates must aim to answer 17-18 questions of this section correctly to achieve a good CLAT score and 6-7 questions in AILET. In both these exams, this section plays an important role if you are seeking a good rank. The worst part is that most of the students relate with this section as per their attachment with school level mathematics. In case they have grown up hating school mathematics they might treat this section with the preconceived notion that this section is impossible to crack.

Mathematics in law entrance exams can be an extremely good scoring section if the student prepares for it with focussed strategy. Therefore, even if you have hated mathematics in general, give this section a new shot. Don’t keep tagging this section as difficult.

Points to remember while preparing:

  • Start early and reap benefits: Make sure you take a thoroughly planned decision and then just dig yourself into the preparation spree.
  • Always Plan subjectively: Ideally, everyone should make a plan but not everyone should follow one rigid plan. After some self-evaluation, candidates must make a plan which is best suited to their situation. Factors like strengths, weaknesses, time left, desired score must be taken into account. A well thought plan is the only resort to maximise your score in this section. Try identifying the topics which are the most relevant by going through the past years papers.
  • Learn formulae: This section tests your basic knowledge of mathematics, thus entire focus must be on formulae because they do not expect you to show elaborate working. The questions are not very difficult as they usually cover topics already studied by any student till standard 10th. Understanding fundamentals will help you in dealing with all kinds of questions with the right approach..
  • Proceed step by step: Make sure you start from the scratch and ensure a learning graph that is ever rising with each passing day during your preparation period. Learn the basics stepwise as jumping steps in between would not help in the long term.
  • Commit to Speed and Accuracy: Finding the correct answer does not suffice as you need to find it as quickly as possible. Be committed to speed and accuracy throughout the attempt to make it count. As mentioned earlier, this section being the shortest of all must not utilise a lot of your time. That is when strong fundamentals will come in handy. Don’t spend relatively extra time on this section because other sections carry more weightage.
  • Identify when less is more: In case you can’t prepare all the topics, make sure that you are aware of your level of preparation, mark what questions you are comfortable at and what questions should be left depending on time constraints and negative marking. This section will be instrumental in forming your rank when you are getting stuck in the range of 120 to 125 (for CLAT) marks.

The idea that is conveyed here is simple – toiling with the questions during CLAT attempt is a nightmare and to avoid such a nightmare all you need to do is pull up your socks in advance and juggle with questions during your preparation time. One will easily steer clear this section with regular practice that is aimed at strengthening their basics. Solving sample papers and mock tests must be a part of your routine.


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