CLAT COACHING IN LUCKNOW: AT ATHENA COACHING ACADEMY

Athena Coaching Academy provides individually customized coaching for CLAT and all other Law Entrance Exams held for admission to the 5 year combined courses in the National Law Universities, as also for many other central and state universities through their own respective law entrance examination.

Simultaneously, coaching is given for the LLM (Post Graduate) exam held as part of CLAT for admission to LLM Courses in the very same National Law universities.

In addition, similar individualized coaching is given for admission to the 3 year Law courses conducted by Delhi University, BHU and many other Central and State universities across the country.

The coaching for CLAT (5 year combined course) is given mainly to students of class XII, who would appear for CLAT after completion of their respective Board examinations.

It is equally useful for the All India Law Entrance Test (AILET) conducted by the National Law University, Delhi which is not part of the NLU Consortium. AILET is held on the first Sunday of May

CLAT is held on the second Sunday of May. It is organized by the CLAT Consortium comprising of 22 National Law Universities.

Most of the aspirants in class XII seek admission to prestigious National Law Universities through AILET and CLAT.

In 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic spread, resulting in extensive lockdowns, both AILET and CLAT were repeatedly postponed and finally held in September. Since the Pandemic spread curve appears to be flattening out, it appears likely that in 2021 both AILET and CLAT would be held during the summer months.

At this stage, it would be necessary to give certain details about the National Law Universities so that candidates could exercise their options with requisite care since they would be able to choose their priorities as per their needs.

THE NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES

There are 22 National Law Universities at present. Although these are called National Law Universities, the governments of the state in which these are located have considerable say in deciding on matters like reservations quotas, overall management of the institution etc.

It has been the endeavour of the central government that every state must have at least one National Law Universities. At present Maharashtra has three National Law Universities (Mumbai, Nagpur and Aurangabad), Madhya Pradesh has two (Bhopal and Jabalpur). Uttar Pradesh will also have two (Lucknow and Praygraj) when the new National Law Universities starts functioning at Praygraj within the next two years.

The names of the 22 National Law Universities functioning at present, the state in which they are located and the year they started functioning are giving in table form below :

S.no Name of the NLUs State Year of establishment
1 NLSIU Bangalore Karnataka 1986
2 NALSAR Hyderabad Telangana 1998
3 NLIU Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 1997
4 WBNUJS Kolkata West Bengal 1998
5 NlU Jodhpur Rajasthan 2001
6 HNLU Raipur Chatisgarh 2003
7 GNLU Gandhinagar Gujrat 2003
8 RMLNLU Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 2005
9 RGNUL Patiala Punjab 2006
10 CNLU Patna Bihar 2006
11 NUALS Kochi Kerala 2005
12 NLU Cuttack Odisha 2006
13 NLSRU Ranchi Jharkhand 2010
14 NLUJA Guwahati Assam 2009
15 DSNLU Vizag. Andhra Pradesh 2008
16 TNNLU Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu 2012
17 NNLU Mumbai Maharashtra 2014
18 MNLU Nagpur Maharashtra 2014
19 MNLU Aurangabad Maharashtra 2017
20 HINLU Simla Himachal Pradesh 2016
21 DNLU Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 2018
22 DBRALUU Sonepat Haryana 2012

TOTAL NUMBER OF SEATS

These 22 National Law Universities together offer seats as shown below:

5 Year U.G. Law course for LLB      2,596 seats
2 Year/1 Year Law course for LLM      783 seats

Normally, it takes any newly set up National Law University about ten years to build up its brand value in terms of campus ambience and experienced faculty which would attract the meritorious students and also bring law firms of repute for campus placements. Therefore, candidates should opt for those NLUs which have been in existence for longer periods.

CLAT EXAM PATTERN

The CLAT pattern has remained unchanged for a considerable time. In 2020, the number of questions was reduced because of the pandemic related difficulties experienced in holding this examination. The general pattern is as given below:

Name of the section Number of questions Marks allotted to each section Duration
English Language 28-32 Every question is of 1 mark each.
Negative marking is done with 0.25 marks
per question.
2 hours (1 20 min)
Quantitative Techniques 13-17
Current Affairs & General Awareness 35-39
Logical Reasoning 28-32
Legal Reasoning 35-39
Total 150

The number of marks for each segment as shown above is purely indicative and may vary at the discretion of the NLU Consortium. It is also not very clear whether CLAT 2021 would have 200 questions or 150 questions as was the case for CLAT 2020.

ANALYSIS OF CLAT 2020 RESULT

More than 72,000 students had registered for CLAT (5 year U.G.) 2020. Perhaps due to pandemic related fears, only 52,353 candidates actually appeared for the exams.

This exam was held for filling up 2,596 seats offered by all the 22 National Law Universities put together.

The frequency distribution curve given below indicated the very disappointing performance of a majority of candidates.

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The analysis shows that out of a total of 53,226 candidates who appeared:

  1. The topper got 127.50 points out of 147.
  2. The 2nd and 3rd position holders were locked at 120.25 points.
  3. 90% of the candidates could not cross beyond 59.5 points.
  4. Only 1% of the candidates (about 5,300 students) managed to reach beyond 80 points out of 147 points !!!
  5. About 40,000 candidates scored less than 30% of the total of 147 points.
  6. Out of these, nearly 14,000 candidates scored less than 13% of the total of 147 Points.

Marks were awarded out of 147, instead of 150, because 3 questions were declared controversial and were deleted.

What this analysis brings out is that many coaching centres create a massive hype about their so called success rate, and, instead of focusing on the unique learning needs of individual candidates, try to create guesswork about the likely pattern of questions. This kind of learning by rote is disastrous even for student of above average ability because they are not able to reach the right conclusion about the correct choice, among the multiple choices available, through a logical thinking process. The NLU Consortium is aware of such hype created by commercially oriented coaching centers and deliberately changes the pattern ever so often to stress the fact that only candidates possessing genuine knowledge would succeed.

THE TEACHING MODEL FOR CLAT AT ATHENA COACHING ACADEMY

At Athena Coaching Academy, candidates are accepted on individual basis as per their own needs and convenience and are given individual slots for attending coaching classes 5 days a week. Coaching starts first with Legal Aptitude, General Awareness and attention to English in the first stage.

Legal Aptitude has two components – Legal Knowledge and Legal Reasoning.

Legal Knowledge as a subject is taught in a conventional manner by introducing the candidates to the Constitution of India and to many other important bare acts. The candidates are given an overall view of the judicial system in a holistic manner.

Legal Reasoning is taught with suitable illustrations because the concepts introduced here do create some problems for student accustomed to learning by rote up to class XII level.

Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Techniques are introduced after about two months because these subjects have well defined parameters and can be easily grasped by the candidates as compared to Legal Reasoning.

After about two months of coaching, mock tests are introduced on a weekly basis. Previous years’ question papers are repeatedly gone through to create awareness of different types of questions which are asked in each segment. Maximum time is given to all the candidates on individual basis to meet their specific learning requirements.

FEES STRUCTURE FOR CLAT 2021

The fees for 6 months coaching from November to May for CLAT 2021 is Rs.45,000/- which can be paid in three equal instalments at the time of joining, and then at two monthly intervals.

If the event of AILET & CLAT being postponed due to any reason by up to two months, no additional fees will charged and course revision will continue as per the stipulated timetable.

Athena Coaching Academy does not believe in teaching through very large batches because it invariable results in the quality and standard of teaching coming down.

Athena Coaching Academy welcomes serious minded students to join on individual basis so that they could be given coaching in very small tutorial groups for getting best results.

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