Don’t Stop Believin’


“You win some, you lose some.” The starter pack that every competitive examination on the face of the earth comes with. CLAT 2017 was nothing different and all the anger you hurled at the botch up (rightly so, if I may add) did result in the CLAT Committee issuing a revised answer key. Again, a win-some, lose-some situation.

Until last night, your individual scores were all you were aware of and what remained was the yearning for digits that will serve as your ticket to a law school in the country. Your marks, along with the hard work you put in, will be reduced to these digits. Factors like negative marking, your score in Legal Aptitude and your age matter more than ever as you try to compete with aspirants who have scored similarly. At the end of the day, CLAT is nothing but a gamble. But isn’t everything else?

I do not intend to discourage you from embarking on anything that resembles a leap in the dark because where’s the thrill if you do not. I understand that career ka sawaal hai but your career comes with risks that you have to take at the very start of it. You might not be able to control the outcome of this risk but you can surely decide how you let it affect you.

To those of you who have made it, congratulations! Go read this article or find the relevant student-run page of the NLU that you have secured a place at, to bombard them with questions. Here is the archive page, if you are too lazy.

If you haven’t cracked the exam, all I can say to you, to make you feel better, is that there is something out there that is waiting for you. It might even be better than the “law school dream” and is worth giving another shot.

You cannot let yourself be reduced to a rank; you are so much more than just numbers. You cannot even be bogged down by the “survival of the fittest” funda because a competitive exam is nowhere close to deciding how well you fit in this world, let alone an exam like CLAT that gets moody with each passing year.

Maybe, this is your chance of getting out of the rat race and doing something you truly love. Have you ever considered how happier you would be if you had made a different career choice but just for the sake of peer pressure, you ended up choosing the road to CLAT? For a moment, pause. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself if law is really your calling. If no, then what are you waiting for? (Tip: Watch the masterpiece Tamasha to grasp what I am talking about)

If you still feel law is your calling and you really have that raging fire in you to make it to a law school, you have another chance, a year from now. Give your everything this year and I can tell you from experience (I dropped a year myself), it will pay off. Just ensure you don’t lag or procrastinate. And follow CLATGyan regularly.

I understand that there is the situation of this attempt having been the last attempt that you could make. There are hundreds of people still making it big in whatever capacity by their contributions and they do not belong to any of the so-called “prestigious” law universities in the country. You could be one of them! Additionally, there is always the option for you to excel wherever you are in whatever you do, that reminds me of The Merry Wives of Windsor, a play by William Shakespeare:

Why, then the world’s mine oyster / Which I with sword will open.

It has been the 7th year that CLATGyan has helped thousands of CLAT aspirants all over India in their CLAT preparation. We shall be sharing their stories on our website and would love to further inspire you! Please feel free to write to us at with any law school related query or dilemmas that you might be facing. We’ll do our best to help you. 🙂




  1. Hi! Great post. I got a decent rank this year which can get me into NUJS. I also cleared AILET. So, its NUJS Vs NLUD all over again. Please give me the pros and cons of both. A little more info – NLUD is closer to my hometown and this is why my family favours it. I have not yet decided what I want to practice litigation or corporate. I guess this is something that I will figure out during these 5yrs. I have heard that NLUD has a very competitive and stressful atmosphere and focuses on academics whereas NUJS offers a comparatively chilled life and focuses more on honing skills and that NLUD is best for practice and offers smaller packages whereas NUJS is best for corporates and offers great packages. Please help me. I can’t decide which one to choose.

    • I will suggest you Nlu d. I, myself have got NALSAR and NLU D. I will be going to going to NLU D because of its perk of being a progressive and rapidly growing institute. Delhi is also the law capital of India. It is also considered to have one of best faculties and campus. Ofcourse, the choice is completely personal. If you do your best and stay on the top of your college then there would certainly be no difference among the top 5 colleges.

  2. My AIR in AILET is 7X (I missed the cut for NLUD by 3 damn marks). I’ve checked out the 2016 records and people with ranks as low as 94 have made it to NLUD through the spot counseling. Also the girl who got an AIR 7X in AILET 2016 (i.e. the same rank as mine in AILET’17) made it to NLUD.
    What are my odds of making it through spot counseling ?

  3. I just wanted to thank you for that movie streaming website that you’ve linked.
    Now I can watch this Documentary that I wanted to for such a long time.

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