The morning of 12th May changed my life. A score of 169.5 flashed on the screen. I was not too excited about the score as it had been a very easy paper. But as the day passed, the excitement kept growing as I realized that it was, indeed, a really good score. The thought of getting into my dream law school constantly crossed my mind. This was the moment for which I had prepared diligently for two years and all the hard work had paid off at last. And believe me, your hard work always pays.
Looking back on that two-year long journey that started from my room, I decided to take up law as my career after due deliberation with my elder brother. It was a choice that suited me as my interest sprung from wanting to give back to the society and law, as a career, had a lot of scope.
A coaching institute provided me with the required discipline and regularity that is needed for CLAT (although it is totally fine if you are yourself disciplined enough and can manage by yourself).
The most important thing about CLAT that everybody agrees with is that CLAT is totally unpredictable. In 2014, the CLAT Committee set a comparatively easy paper. In 2015, the level shot up drastically with some claiming it to be on par with CAT. And in 2016, it has been touted as one of the easiest papers till date. The only remedy of this unpredictability that I can think of is to cover up everything, right from the basics to the hardest part and not leave out anything, by thinking that questions of such kind might not come in CLAT. This kind of coverage will act as your much-needed confidence booster.
Coming to the nitty-gritty of the exam, the section that needs the most diligent and honest preparation is General Knowledge. It requires a daily reading of the newspapers. Do not consider the newspaper to be a useless tool by resorting to reading the news on the net. For efficient and quick revision, make sure you have the CLATGyan Compendiums saved on your computer.
Legal Reasoning is another subject that requires careful consideration with regard to reading the principles carefully and practicing as many questions as possible. In case of Logical Reasoning, do practice Critical Reasoning questions along with Analytical Reasoning and do not ignore them just because they do not appear frequently.
English would not prove to be difficult if you are thorough with the basic grammar rules and are regular in improving your vocabulary. Your speed in Reading Comprehension will depend on how much you read throughout the year. A reading habit is always useful.
Mathematics may give nightmares to some of you but with sheer practicing of different patterns of questions that can appear in the examination, you will find it to be the easiest section of the lot. You will have to practice this section no matter how averse you are to the idea of working out numbers. There is no substitute to it.
Although the guidelines may sound clichéd, these are the fundamentals that cannot be compromised with.
An integral part of one’s preparations are the mock tests you subscribe to. Mocks will acquaint you with the pattern and will help you in enhancing the much-needed speed. Try to give as many mocks as possible and do analyze them thoroughly. Do not get bogged down by mock scores and ranks as they do not remain constant and keep on fluctuating.
During the last month, try to get as much practice as possible and do not learn anything new.
That being said, it is definitely a bumpy journey. You will feel depressed and dejected at some point of your preparation and some of you may also think of quitting the preparation. But the thing that I kept in my mind when I came across obstacles was that obstacles always give you an opportunity to rise. These obstacles are a part of your journey which you will have to clear in order to reach your dream law school. Never think that it cannot be cleared in the first attempt. Put your heart and soul into it and enjoy the preparation. Once you get through, you will feel that this so called journey of CLAT was worth living.
P.S – Any doubts can be posted in the comments section. I will be happy to answer them.