This article has been written specially keeping in mind those aspirants who are giving CLAT along with board examinations and have been preparing for almost a year.For aspirants who have dropped a year, a batchmate of mine has already written a piece which can be accessed here. For general advice (can be accessed here) and keeping yourself motivated (can be accessed here), follow the given links.
So let’s begin with the mental state. You might be anxious at one moment and brimming with confidence at the other, along with episodes of frustration about a mock which didn’t go well or feel overwhelmed for trying to juggle between the boards and CLAT. Here’s the deal as someone once told me, “CLAT is a test of nerves”. Keeping your composure in these last 90 days is as important as a penalty which is given in the 90th minute of a cup final. If you score, you will surely lift the trophy.
At this moment, consistency is the most important aspect with regard to mocks. You could do this in two ways, either by aiming for a particular score slot (which at this time at minimum should be around 120 or more), or by looking at your rank in the list. Trust me, keeping yourself stable at this point is a better strategy rather than going out of your way to learn something extra,considering board examination preparations can prove to be strenous.Keeping yourself light headed by playing a sport or any other hobby on weekends and eating appropirately is of utmost importance. Getting sick in these times is a strict no-no policy.
With regards to board examinations,I am sure most of you would be experiencing discomfort and feeling a little sense of unjustness, but accrording to me, it is nothing to worry about. You have done the same as droppers did (which is proved when some of you even end up getting better ranks than them!) and there is nothing in the coming month which is of such novel importance that will make a difference of huge magnitude. This is the method (I had humanities as my preferred stream) which I followed and would suggest you to follow.
By the time this would be published, I hope that all of you would be preparing or going through your pre-boards preparations. Now, as a CLAT aspirant, you should work smartly at this point and acknowledge the fact that pre-boards doesn’t affect anything. But this doesn’t mean that you should not touch your CBSE books! On the contrary I would suggest that you should start reading your books cause I know most of you CLAT fanatics (me being a former member too) never touched these books. (I failed my mid sems! Tsk tsk ). I suggest you to read those subjects which you find particularly tricky to deal with. Start xeroxing your nerdy classmate’s notes and flagging those parts which you find baffling. Read textbooks and highlight the parts which you find important. By following this approach, you will be ready for the board examinations with all the material (that too shortened to a great extent) which is necessary to get good marks, if not outstanding. Limit yourself to 3 chapters daily per subject at max level. I would suggest you to make such a schedule in which, on the morning of the end of pre-boards, you would have gone through the entire syllabus and marked it properly.(DISCLAIMER- MARKED IT, NOT LEARNT IT)
With regards to CLAT, I would tell you two absolute daily requirements which you must fulfil daily-
- The newspaper (Not TOI) –It serves dual purposes-
- It will give you your daily dose of GK and
- Going through the editorials would help you in your English section
- Solving reasoning (50 questions) and Maths problems (20 questions) – It will help you in keeping in touch with these areas that are of utmost importance and help in retaining your speed.
Other than these, if you still have time, you can look at some online sites, such as GKtoday, which have daily quizzes, or revise your notes and word lists. With regards to legal, I don’t think it is important to solve them as the number of problems are limited and repeats. If you have previously completed an exercise book for legal problems along with solving mocks on a consistent basis, it would be more than enough.
When boards arrive, you will already be having a shortened down version of the whole syllabus (Yay!), and probably just have to revise in some cases because some subjects are natural to you. Also don’t forget the two essentials I mentioned earlier in this article, they must be followed in this period also! After the boards, if you are lucky you might have over a month’s time which is more than sufficient to revise all the stuff. Just make sure you are consistent! At last, making a schedule is of utmost importance and following it to the last commitment more. Keep yourself calm and do not get hyper over a bad mock. Eat good and stay healthy!
Give it your best!Week in! Week out! Most of all, have faith in your abilities. I am sure you will achieve success! Also, have a little fun along the process and it might be you who’s writing this piece next year! 🙂
All the Best!
This article is part of the series called Bust CLAT written by students who aced CLAT’16 and managed to get into NLSIU. The other articles in the series can be found here, here and here. For a better CLAT Prep that increases your chances of getting into NLSIU, click here.