Mathematics-the word is enough to put many people off track their preparations and lose concentration. However, this phobia of Mathematics is based only on a reluctance to actually get down to solving problems and can be easily eliminated with a bit of dedicated practice. Since a significant portion of law aspirants have had a two-year break from Mathematics after high school, this is one section which tends to get ignored owing to its relatively less weightage in CLAT. Although this section carries only 20 marks, it is arguably the most crucial part of the entire paper and can be the difference between you going to a top notch NLU or settling for a lower one. This is a section which can give you an edge over your fellow exam-takers.
By strategically approaching Mathematics with the correct temperament, one can easily maximize his/her chances of getting a decent rank in CLAT. The way to approach this section primarily depends on the individual’s grip over the subject. For a person who is comfortable with the subject, attempting it at the very outset of the examination may be a good idea. This provides one the opportunity to secure maximum marks in Maths because there is no chance of the answers being ambiguous as can be the case with the likes of English or Legal Reasoning. On the contrary, for a person who is scared of Maths and feels under-confident while solving Mathematics, the section should be kept for the latter part of the exam. This is because it can get exhausting if you are struggling with calculations and are unsure of your answer. If you are scared of Mathematics, attempting the section in the beginning would lower your morale. You don’t want this to happen in a two-hour examination.
As for the time to be allocated to Mathematics, the ideal time limit should be around 16-17 minutes. It can vary a bit from person to person. However, in no case shall it be given more than 20 minutes as that would considerably reduce the amount of time that could be given to other sections. Attempting around 18-20 questions with an accuracy of 95% should be sufficient and would be a great score if the level of the questions is quite high (as was the case in CLAT 2015).
While practicing, focus on the various ways of approaching a problem and finding the most efficient way to solve it. Rather than practicing a whole lot of similar questions, one can cut down on the number of questions but attempt the same question in more than one way to find out which way suits one the best. With practice, it is quite easy to identify the questions which would take less time in solving and would be the ones to watch out for while taking the examination.
So, just get rid of the dampening fear of Mathematics, practice diligently and intelligently, and get ready to ace this section in CLAT. ALL THE BEST!