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With less than a week to go for MAH Law CET, you must be wondering what ‘more’ to do in order to make it to the best law schools in Maharashtra for a 3-year programme. Since the exam is just a year old, not much can be extrapolated from the earlier test pattern. This leaves some scope for a surprise element. At the same time, it also provides equal opportunity for everyone to perform, since no one has an unfair advantage in terms of historical knowledge. Hence, your score will be directly proportional to the efforts you put in. Here are the ten things you should know if you are a serious MAH Law CET taker –

  1. More than 22,000 students took MAH Law CET 2016 – 3-year exam. After the third round of Centralised Admission Process (CAP), students happened to prefer a few colleges over others as per the table below. These top 10 colleges offered a total of 1300+ seats (All categories).

As evident from the above table, last year’s general category cut-offs for top colleges in Maharashtra through the MAH Law CET:

No College Location Intake 1st round cut off for Open – MS- Gen. 2nd round cut off for Open – MS- Gen 3rd round cut off for Open – MS- Gen.

 

Opening Score Closing Score Opening Score Closing Score Opening Score Closing Score
Mumbai
1 Government Law College Mumbai 300 122 104 112 102 111 106
2 VPM’s Thane Muncipal Corporation’s Law College Thane 80 108 86 94 81 94 80
3 PES’ B.R. Ambedkar Dadar 80 106 86 90 83 88 82
4 Pune’s New Law College Mahim 80 105 93 93 85 93 86
5 KC Law College Mumbai 160 105 97 100 99 100 98
6 Rizvi Law College Mumbai 40 103 95 97 90 96 90
7 Jitendra Chauhan Law College Mumbai 240 101 93 98 92 97 92
8 Gopaldas Jamatmal Advani Law College Mumbai 120 100 92 96 92 96 92
Pune
9 Indian Legal Society’s Law College Pune 160 105 92 97 90 95 90
10 Firodia Law College Pune 80 105 83 89 83 88 82

As evident from the above table, last year’s general category cut-offs for top colleges in Maharashtra after Round 3 were in the range of 85-95, which is pretty much achievable in 120 minutes. It is a 150-mark test with no negative marking.

For more details, you can read our exam analysis of MAH Law CET 2016 here.

  1. MAH Law CET 2017 will have same number of questions, sections, allotted time and marking scheme as 2016. There will be more serious takers this year as compared to 2016 for reasons mentioned below.

a. Due to increased awareness about MAH Law CET & sheer number of colleges it accepts, there will be good number of serious aspirants this year.

MAH b. Law CET has been announced for the second consecutive year. Thus, it is more likely to stay in the coming years as the sole entry point to law schools affiliated to Maharashtra government, rubbishing rumours that its introduction in 2016 was just an ‘one-off’ event.

  1. The intent of making the above point is just a reality check and not to increase anxiety levels. Serious preparation will always pay off. Over the next few days, one can’t make drastic improvement in knowledge levels. One should now shift focus to classifying exam topics into strong and weak areas in your opinion. This list will differ from individual to individual. Focus on your strong areas and make a passing reference to your areas. Revise good questions from your study materials and mock tests, which belong to your strong areas. You must not spend disproportionate hours on your weaker areas. It will only demoralise you.
  1. Those taking online test for the first time should get enough practice of this pattern of test-taking over the next few days. Get comfortable in moving from one question to another and making use of ‘mark’ or ‘flag’ option to revisit certain questions later. Take a few mock tests from locations other than your residence to get used to unfamiliar test environment. Since one can’t ‘shuffle’ questions as easily as one can in print format, eye span is limited to one question at a time and not multiple ones. Get used to this phenomenon.
  1. Don’t start comparing mock tests from one source to mock tests from other source to check for similarity and differences. It doesn’t matter at this stage.
  1. Some of you could be repeat-takers. Do not let your 2016 performance create doubts about your level of preparedness in any section or question type. Your level of seriousness and extent of preparation will be at a different level this time. On the other hand, use last year’s test-taking experience to your advantage by being smart and agile in marking questions for later attempt of switching quickly between questions.
  1. Time and again, successful students have followed a simple approach. They were quite judicious in selection of questions. If you are a firm believer in IMS’ ABC approach of question selection which stands for A (Abhi karo), B (Baadmein karo), C (Chhod do), religiously follow it during the test. During first 20-30 minutes, you would have attempted a significant number of questions and most of them would be right. These questions could be from across the sections. This will boost your morale to attempt the remaining questions.
  1. An aptitude exam is not an ego-testing platform. A clock will keep ticking on your computer screen. A similar clock should be ticking in your mind. Time bound approach to attempt every question is a MUST to maximise serious attempts without leaving ‘sitters’ (And exam throws enough sitters, you just need to locate and attempt them. You would have realised this during mock tests). RC passages and LR arrangement questions are typical time-waster traps.
  1. Rate each question as per the merit of that independent topic. The moment you read a question, do not tag it to your ‘comfort’ or ‘discomfort’ zone and attempt or leave it. Read the question and then give it the due merit.
  1. Your serious attempts should get over by the end of 105-110 minutes. Keep 5-10 minutes to glance through the test to check if you missed out on any low hanging fruits. With each and every unattempted question, try taking calculated risks. Eliminate two options with a sound logic and increase your chances of getting a right answer from 25% to 50%. The test does not have negative marking. Hence, not attempting all 150 questions within the given 120 minutes is often considered criminal!

May you reach the peak of your potential during MAH Law CET 2017! All the best.

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