Valentine’s Day is over. Hug day, kiss day, chocolate day and all the other useless days are also over. What begins today is a 90-day period which will culminate in you writing the most important exam of your life.
The key right now is to stop focusing on anything other than your studies. It really doesn’t matter how much money Trump will spend on building the wall or how a certain Turkish chef sprinkles his steak with salt. It’s time to get over the travesty that was the latest Sherlock episode (Or that Adele broke her Grammy). We are all very happy that #OscarsSoWhite is not trending this year. Your favourite Pakistani Aunty might say that gormint bik gayi hai. But, please let it go. All that matters right now is how you utilise these 90 days – starting from today.
It is needless to say that this is the most crucial period of your preparation and any laxity now will invariably hurt your chances of making it into an NLU. Even if you believe that you haven’t prepared as well as you should have, there is no need to be disheartened. Start working right now. You will not get this time back. You cannot turn back the clock to relive these hours and study. It is time to wake up from your slumber. I cannot emphasise how important it is to stop procrastinating now. On the other hand, if you have been working diligently, you shouldn’t consider slacking off even a little bit. If you have been doing well for a long time, you should strive to further improve your performance. Your dream law college is (almost) within your grasp.
Speaking of performance, the best way to judge where you stand is to solve mock tests. This should be your priority right now. Solve as many mock tests as you possibly can. I think it wouldn’t be unfair to ask you to solve mocks on alternate days. That means you will have solved 45 such tests by the time D-Day arrives. But this not a hard and fast rule. Some of you may have your board exams as well. Others are droppers. You, therefore, accordingly need to set your own targets. My point is very simple: the more tests you solve, the better. Solving and analysing mock tests will give you a huge advantage over other candidates. The reason behind the emphasis on analysis is that merely solving mocks does not lead you anywhere. Say you score 120 on a mock. Don’t just stop there. Go one step ahead and try to find out where you lost the remaining 80 marks. Doing so will improve your score in future mocks. A good score in mock tests has a direct correlation with a good rank in CLAT. Do not forget that CLAT is a computer-based exam and therefore you should be adept at solving these question papers on a computer. At the same time, keep yourself familiar with solving pen and paper tests for the sake of other important exams like AILET. A strict work regime and discipline are of essence at this very crucial point in your life.
So get down to business. All the best!
AIR 36, CLAT 2016
P.S. 1 – Here is an article posted on the website a few days ago which will give you even more information regarding the pattern of the exams and the weightage of different sections.
P.S. 2 – Here is a link to a video which will motivate you and give you cancer at the same time. Viewer discretion is advised.
P.S. 3: The website has an article on how to analyse your mock tests. Do refer to it. More than the quantity of mocks, it’s the quality of your analysis that matters. Here is the link to the article.
This article is second in a series of articles called “Bust CLAT”. You can find the first article “Bust CLAT: Start from the basics” by Harsh Srivastava, AIR 26, CLAT’16 here. Keep following LawKey for CLAT for more updates on and strategies for CLAT’17.