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With 10 days 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. Since this exam is just one year old, not much can be extrapolated from past test pattern. This leaves some scope for surprise element. At the same time, it also provides equal opportunity for everyone to perform, since no one has unfair advantage in terms of historical knowledge. Hence, your score will be directly proportionate to the efforts you put in.

Here are 10 tips and things you should know if you are serious MAH Law CET taker:

1. 14000+ students took MAH Law CET 2016 – 5 yr exam. After the third round of the Centralized Admission Process (CAP), students happened to prefer a few colleges over others. Have a look at the table below for more details on this. These top 10 colleges offered a total of 900 seats (All categories).

 

No College 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 240 119 100 111 100 111 99
2 University Of Mumbai Law Academy (UMLA) 40 99 94 93 87
3 University Of Mumbai’s School Of Law 60 95 85 85 78 78 75
4 PES’ Adv. Balasaheb Apte College Of Law 60 94 75 73 80
5 Ramrao Adik Education Society’s Dr.D.Y.Patil College Of Law 80 92 75 83 71 80 78
6 Rizvi Education Society’s Rizvi Law College 40 92 87 90 90 89 88
Pune
7 Indian Law Society’s Law College 80 100 94 100 91 98 90
8 Deccan Education Socienty’s Shri Navalmal Firodia Law College 80 89 85 85 84 83 81
9 Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidya Pratisthan Society’s Law College 80 82 51 73 46 51 43
Nagpur
10 Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Law College 80 87 67 64 58 54 53

 

As evident from above table, last year’s general category cut-offs for top colleges in Maharashtra after Round 3 were in the range of 88-99, which is pretty much achievable in a 120 Min, 150 marks test with no negative marking.

For more details, read MAH Law CET 2016 analysis blog here.

2. MAH Law CET 2017 will have the same number of questions, sections, total time & marking scheme as 2016. There will be more serious takers this year as compared to 2016 for many reasons.

  • 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 Law CET has been announced for the second consecutive year. Thus, it is more likely to stay in coming years as the sole entry point to Maharashtra government affiliated law schools and its introduction in 2016 was not a ‘one-off’ event.
  • CLAT 2016 was one of the easiest CLAT exams ever. Hence a lot of good scorers did not get into their dream law school (NLUs in particular). A lot of them may re-take CLAT 2017 & keep other exam options open.

3. The intent of making the above point is just a reality check & not to increase anxiety levels. Serious preparation will always pay off. In the next 10 days, one can’t make drastic improvement in knowledge levels. One should now shift focus to classifying exam topics into strong & weak areas in your opinion. This list will differ from individual to individual. Focus on your strengths and make a passing reference to weaker areas. Revise good questions from your study material & mock tests, which belong to your strengths. You must not spend disproportionate time on your weak areas. It will only demoralize you.

4. Those taking online test for the first time should get enough practice of online test taking over next few days. Get comfortable in moving from one question to other 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.

5. Some of you may have appeared for a few law exams like SET (Law), AILET & CLAT 2017 this season. Don’t start comparing mock tests from one source to mock tests from other source to check for similarity & differences. It doesn’t matter at this stage.

6. Leave past exam experiences behind. Do not let them create doubts about your level of preparedness in any section or question type. e.g. Just because one exam asked unusually large number of Legal GK questions or another one asked significant number of static GK questions, don’t frantically start reading either. It will lead to more confusion & information overload. Follow a balanced preparation approach as usual.

7. 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’s 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 significant number of questions & most of them would be right. These questions could be from across sections, don’t matter. This will boost your morale to attempt remaining questions.

8. 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 maximize serious attempts without leaving ‘sitters’ (And exam throws enough sitters, you just need to locate & attempt them. You would have realized this during mock tests). RC passages & LR arrangement questions are typical time-waster traps.

9. 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 & then give it a due merit.

10. 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 unattempted questions, try taking calculated risks. Eliminate two options with a sound logic and increase your chances of getting a right answer from 25% to 50%. Anyways, the test does not have negative marking. Hence, not attempting all 150 questions within given 120 minutes is criminal!!

So go ahead and give the MAH Law CET your best shot. All the best!

 

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