Dear CLAT 2017 takers,
You must be counting the last few days of the CLAT 2017 countdown & wondering what exactly you should do in the remaining days to nail the CLAT. You may have solved hundreds of questions and tens of mocks, so there is no point in discussing the subject part of your preparation. You have reached a certain level of concept preparedness & let’s face it, you can’t improve it much in next 4 days. Instead, here are some last minute tips until CLAT 2017.
1. Don’t solve too many mocks now: Taking four mock tests over the next four days will be really bad strategy. You will only get the mental satisfaction of having solved a few more tests than those you’ve taken so far. It will only give you mental satisfaction without incremental benefits, since you wouldn’t have learnt from mistakes. In fact, if for any reason you don’t do well, it might leave you demotivated right before the CLAT, and that’s definitely a bad idea.
2. Revise questions and concepts: Revisit good questions from the mock tests you have taken so far to recall concepts. Reading all unsolved questions (For whatever reason) once & their explanatory answers will give you a psychological boost.
3. Don’t go by other test experiences: Like all past years, CLAT too offers its set of good, bad or ugly experiences of SET (Law) & AILET (IPU Law in some cases). Leave those experiences behind. Do not let them create doubts about your level of preparedness in any section or question type. For instance, AILET 2017 asked an unusually large number of Legal GK questions, and SET (Law) 2017 asked a lot of static GK questions. But that doesn’t mean you’ll start reading Static GK frantically! This will only lead to more confusion and information overload.
4. Don’t make any predictions based on past CLATs: While past CLAT papers are some indicators of future pattern, the CLAT is also known to throw surprises once every 3 to 4 years. So, don’t draw a picture of CLAT 2017 in your mind by extrapolating from past papers. Remember, such knowledge is only a guiding principle, nothing more.
5. Don’t compare mocks, it’s a waste of time: Since two major law exams are over, don’t start comparing mock tests from one source to mock tests from another to check for similarity & differences. Since you would already have given the exams, comparing mocks will, again, either excite or demotivate you. And let’s face it, this comparison doesn’t really matter anymore at this stage.
6. No mock tests on the day before: On Saturday 13 May, DON’T take any mock tests! Visit a nearby park or garden or a nearby mall, take your dog for a walk or watch your favourite movie. Stay away from social media groups that discuss too much about test prep. You may only panic and do something silly and completely unwarranted at this stage.
7. Select questions smartly: Time and again, successful CLAT students have followed a simple approach. They were quite judicious in their selection of questions. Those you followed this approach in AILET 2017 will also see a different result over others.
If you are a firm believer in IMS’s A-B-C approach of question selection & marking, follow it religiosly during the test. As you know, this approach says that you should classify all questions in the A-B-C categories: A is Abhi Karo, B is Baad mein karo, and C is Chhod do. If you follow this approach, you’ll see that in the first 20-30 minutes, you will have attempted a significant number of questions, and most of them will be correct. These questions can be from across sections, that doesn’t matter. This will boost your morale to attempt remaining questions.
8. Time your question attempts: The CLAT is not a platform to test your ego. A clock will keep ticking on your computer screen. And a similar clock should be ticking in your mind. A time-bound approach to attempt every question is a MUST to maximise serious attempts without leaving ‘sitters’. And CLAT throws enough sitters, you just need to locate and attempt them. On this note, remember, RC passages and LR arrangement questions are typical time-waster traps, so attempt them with this in mind.
9. Give every question its due: Rate each question as per the merit of that topic independently. The moment you read a question, don’t tag it to your ‘comfort’ or ‘discomfort’ zone and attempt or leave it. Read the question and then give it a due merit. You never know, the question might be from your discomfort zone, but actually a sitter that you could have easily solved!
10. Time check: Your serious attempts must get over by the end of 110-115 minutes. Keep 5-10 minutes to glance through the test to check if you missed out on any low hanging fruits. Depending on your number of serious attempts, only at this juncture will it be the time to take calculated risks and boost your attempts.
May you reach the peak of your potential in CLAT 2017. All the best! And remember to come back to us here for CLAT 2017 analysis.