Boards or CLAT? Both important, both time consuming – what and how much of it to study? Yes, it is that daunting time of CLAT preparation when your prep routine is falling apart, your focus is divided and you don’t know from where, when, why and WHAT to study – for Boards or for CLAT? It’s okay, relax, many of us have been there, done that, and successfully pulled off both Boards and CLAT. It needs a bit more hard work and dedication, but is definitely doable. And trust us, if we can do it, you can too!
First of all, don’t just brush off Boards and give up on studying for them at all. You would anyway waste a lot of time speculating whether you are taking the right decision of not studying for them and listening to a variety of lectures about the importance of Boards. So, it’s better to utilize that time in actually studying for them. Also, admit it or not, your Board percentage actually matters a lot to you, your parents, your school, rishtedaars, neighbourhood aunties and so on. Further, for many CLAT aspirants, doing simple graduation and then going for 3 year law if they don’t get a good college through CLAT is a great back-up option. A decent Board percentage becomes important for this too. Lastly, they are pretty easy (at least CBSE) and you can expect a good score with decent effort.
Now, let’s get to balancing them with CLAT prep. Droppers have an edge over current year aspirants, because not only do they solely prepare for CLAT the entire year, but also have an extra (and very valuable) month March for preparation. So, current years need find a way-ahead in order to remain in competition.
To remain in touch with CLAT while simultaneously giving boards, some routines must be followed. You can do them in the painfully long preparation leaves before every Board. For example, if you have leave for 5 days, take out 4-5 hours for CLAT in first two days to catch up with whatever is piled up from earlier, and the rest three days for Boards’ prep.
Going ahead with an ideal schedule first, try to stay updated with current affairs. This is important for two reasons:
1) Generally, the GK section has a lot of current affairs, mostly November-April. Thus, March’s current affairs are important.
2) If you leave a month’s affairs, it becomes very difficult later to cover them. Even if you do, you won’t be able to do them as nicely as you should, and would otherwise.
If reading the newspaper becomes too time consuming, just read The Hindu’s editorial-opinion section online (to practice reading long passages on a screen for the Reading Comprehension section), read daily news capsules from good websites like and do their current affairs’ quizzes.
Secondly, keep brushing up your vocabulary. Needless to say, it is important and needs frequent revision for retaining the gazillion words out there. Apart from revising any list of words you have been maintaining or working upon, do as many vocab quizzes and tests as possible. Highlight the words which you usually forget and keep coming back to them. It won’t take too long, just do 10-20 words at a time.
Thirdly, keep reading random static facts and doing quizzes about them for General Knowledge and Legal GK sections whenever you are bored of Boards prep. Even half an hour would be very helpful for later. Thus, the central point is that don’t lose touch with CLAT completely in March.
For all the other sections, I think April is the make-or-break month. Make sure that you brush up all concepts and do as many mocks as possible in that period. Revise all the material that you have collected thoroughly and mug-up all the facts you have been reading up.
Lastly, keep calm and have faith in your preparation. Please, PLEASE believe that you can get into your dream college. Keep working hard sincerely and you’ll be able to nail both Boards and CLAT for sure.
Looking forward to giving you tips on how to handle first trimester blues at NLS 🙂
All the best!
AIR 49, CLAT 2016
This article is part of a series called ‘Bust CLAT’ which has been written by students who have aced CLAT’16 to get into NLSIU. Read other articles from the series here, here, here, here, here, here. For expert CLAT guidance that might increase your chances of getting into NLSIU, click here.