The Symbiosis conducts SLAT or Symbiosis Law Admission Test for admission to its undergraduate law courses at Pune, Hyderabad, Noida and Nagpur campuses. There are two integrated courses offered.
- BA LLB
- BBA LLB
The SLAT is a bit different than CLAT as it does not test the quantitative aptitude. The complete exam pattern along with preparation strategy is explained below.
The SLAT consists of questions from 5 sections:
- Logical reasoning
- Legal reasoning
- Analytical reasoning
- Reading comprehension
- General knowledge
Earlier the test was for 150 minutes with 30 questions in each section. This year the test is for 120 minutes whereby you would get 90 minutes for the MCQ followed by 30 minutes for WAT or Writing Ability Test. In MCQ there is no negative marking. The WAT includes essay type subjective questions. The marking scheme and number of questions are as follows.
|Section||Number of questions||Total marks|
Overall preparation strategy
The SLAT and WAT are conducted together following which you would be called for the PI round. Following are some of the general strategies that you can do to do well in the test.
1. Focus on reading and writing abilities
The SLAT tests your comprehension and writing skills in WAT. So you have to make sure that you devote atleast 2-3 hours daily to improve your vocabulary, reading and writing skills. You must have knowledge regarding any current issues on legal matters or just any topic that you come across in newspapers or magazines. Also work on writing good quality essays for the WAT section.
2. Prepare well the basics of reasoning
There are three areas of reasoning based questions that are legal, analytical and logical. It is imperative to prepare and practice these types of questions well. You must first understand the basics of reasoning type questions and also any type of shortcuts. Practicing sample papers daily will be more than enough for preparing this portion.
3. Give more time to newspaper reading and contemporary topics
The WAT and the general knowledge sections will have questions from contemporary topics. So it is advisable to read good newspapers and magazines to have a knowledge of any current events. Also make sure that you know the basics of any events. For example, if you are reading about the scrapping of Article 370, make sure you know the legal bindings and the historical backdrop of the event.
Section wise preparation strategy
1. Logical Reasoning
This section has 18 questions that are of moderate level. This section will have basic logical questions such as syllogisms, analogy,blood relations, along with critical reasoning questions and data interpretation questions.
- Focus on practicing more questions so that your accuracy and speed in solving questions improve.
- You can make your own shortcuts and tricks to solve questions quickly.
- While attempting make sure to read the questions properly before answering.
Logical reasoning by RS Aggarwal
Objective logical reasoning by S Chand
2. Legal Reasoning
This section has questions from Indian Constitution, legal awareness, polity, any legal general knowledge or factual questions. You can practice questions of this section as this section is quite scoring. However the difficulty level is moderate to high.
- Focus on getting your basics right from the 11th and 12th books of political science. Study fundamental rights, duties and legal information well.
- For any question involving the usage of principles and rules, read the question well, analyse it and then answer accordingly. There is no negative marking so attempt all that you can do.
- Read newspapers and current affairs to stay up to date for any legal news and information. Focus on any bills passed, new amendments and new laws.
Legal awareness by Pearson
Legal aptitude by AP Bhardwaj
Legal GK by Universal
3. Analytical Reasoning
This section consists of 18 questions of moderate level testing your analytical skills that is most essential for pursuing a degree in law. You can be asked questions based on statements or you may have to deduce answers.
- Practice more questions from the analytical section to clear your basics and improve the speed.
- Do more puzzle based questions, deduction based questions and analysis. You may have questions from profit loss, algebra or percentages but all these will be of 10th standard level.
Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey
Logical and analytical reasoning by AK Gupta
Verbal and non-verbal reasoning by RS Aggarwal
4. Reading comprehension
This section usually consists of passages based questions that tests your vocabulary, understanding and comprehension of the passage.
- Focus on improving your vocabulary as many new words can be asked in this section. Make a notebook where you can write any new word, their synonyms and antonyms.
- For attempting this type of question, first skim through the passage, then look at the questions asked and then deep read the passage to answer. Practice a comprehension passage everyday.
- If you do not find an answer to the question asked, skip it and solve it later on. Do not waste your time on one question.
- Increase your reading speed by reading more books, articles and newspapers. Read the editorials and opinions column. Also make yourself familiar with legal based passages.
Word power made easy by Norman Lewis
Wren and Martin
Quick learning objective General English by RS Aggarwal or SP Bakshi
5. General Knowledge
This section has questions about static GK as well as any current affairs and contemporary world issues.
- Make the practice of reading the newspaper daily. Read good newspapers like The Hindu, The Statesman, Indian Express and Economics Times. Read the editorials properly and make notes of it.
- Focus on spending 1-2 hours daily reading any current events of India and the world. Make sure to revise the notes properly.
- Study any legal general awareness issues and also memorise static GK.
- While attempting answers, quickly do the easy questions and then later after solving all the sections, attempt the untouched questions.
Newspapers and magazines
Current affairs magazines
Along with preparing for the test on the aforementioned strategies, do not forget to brush up your writing skills and be confident while giving the PI. Make sure that you know the ‘why’ for choosing a course like law. I hope all this is helpful for you!
All the best!