CLAT repeat takers typically start their practice around this time of the year. It goes without saying that this time they will try and leave no stones unturned and try and put in their best efforts. Here are a few tips for them to prepare for CLAT 2017 and make sure they emerge with flying colours.

TIP 1. Many of you are in the first year of graduation and at the same time, preparing for your CLAT exam simultaneously. Well, at this crucial juncture of your life, you cannot help but be good at time management and convince yourselves that CLAT preparation does not require 4 – 5 hours of daily studies. Ask any CLAT ranker and he/she will tell you that it is exactly like a systematic investment plan of any mutual fund. Experts also feel 2 – 3 hours of daily preparation should be your way ahead over next 4 – 5 months. However, 7 – 8 hours every weekend or 4 – 5 hours every alternate day will not help. Preparing for CLAT is a daily routine. Meticulous time management will help you in balancing college and CLAT studies

TIP 2. Those who have decided to drop a year and are only preparing for CLAT 2017, must have got many words of  advice from people telling you that this year is your now or never moment. However, don’t let these unreasonable expectations pressurise you in any way. The intent of repeat attempt is to reach the peak of YOUR potential, which will be different from SOMEONE ELSE’s potential. So, set a realistic goal as to how much will you score in CLAT. It is advisable to also prepare for other law entrances like AILET, SET, MAH Law CET along with CLAT to keep your options open. Towards the end of 2017 law exam season, you should be able to convince yourself that dropping one year was simply worth it.

TIP 3. You did not score enough to get into your dream law school for whatever reason last year. Let bygones be bygones. Forget about the reasons and start afresh. Only take 2 – 3 key learnings and walk ahead.

TIP 4. There are certain gaps that lead students score low during exams. Know them from before so that you can avoid them.

(a) Knowledge Gap –
(1) Leads to low attempts. High accuracy of attempted questions alone does not help you get a good score. Go back to the basics and brush up your concepts. Consciously spend more time on weaker areas. If you keep practising things that you know well and and score high on them, it will lead to a ‘feel-good’ mindset. However, it will not boost your scores, in the long run.
(2) Solving all past CLAT and AILET papers are a must. They are publicly available and are “closest to CLAT”. Practise with these papers and you are all set for the big day. Once you attempt 1800 questions from past 9 CLATs and 1350 questions from previous 9 AILETs, do you really expect to get questions very different from those that you practised on, to appear in CLAT 2017 and AILET 2017?
(3) CLAT 2017 may still throw some surprises. Hence, join a good test series programme and develop a habit to come across surprises and handle them as well. By now, you should have taken 3 – 4 mock CLATs and analysed your performance. Revisiting every question and going through its respective answers will help you prepare best for similar questions in future.

(b) Efficiency Gap –
Leads to low accuracy. Attempts are typically high, but accuracy is not. Negative marking scheme leads to low score. This can be treated in many ways.
(1) Follow time bound approach for every question and section. While there is no sectional time limit in CLAT, one has to have an internal clock ticking. You should have assigned certain time to section level, which will trickle down to question level time allotment. You should not deviate too much from section level time allotment; else you could end up spending too less time on a relatively easy section. This has direct impact on accuracy.
(2) Select right questions – High scorers are good at sensing the right questions. They are good at skimming through the paper to identify sitters, followed by simpler but little time consuming questions. Such questions could be anywhere, towards the end of the section or paper as well.
(3) Don’t typecast any topic as per your comfort level – In CLAT paper, you may come across difficult questions from topics of your high comfort level. You may also come across absolute sitters from topics of low comfort level. Hence, judge every question by its worth and don’t typecast any topics as per your previously perceived comfort level.
(4) Finally, use option elimination as a smart technique to reduce the attempt time per question. This will increase overall attempts and accuracy.

CLAT repeat takers have an obvious edge over first timers, only if they get the above acts right. Watch this space for more tips on CLAT 2017 preparation.


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