This one is to tell you what you should be doing before CLAT.
I like to believe that, more than the preparation it’s the right attitude that matters. Like my Property Law exam, it was a wonderful disaster. Our exams start at 2 PM, so I was studying really hard till the last minute, the last minute being 2:01 and then in a hurry I ran to the examination hall. As I pulled out my pen from the pocket…..there was no pen! There was a toothbrush. And then, when I pulled out my hall ticket, horror of horrors, it was yesterday’s Economics question paper. And then I somehow managed to procure a pen and convince the invigilator that I am a bona-fide student. I began to write, but I was so hungry and sleepy throughout the paper that I, for some weird reason kept thinking of this movie that I had watched long back. Terrible.
That is a short story on the list of things you shouldn’t be doing before the exam:
1. Last minute studies. They have never helped anyone.
2. Going hungry to the exam. Thinking of steak while solving that long legal question isn’t very helpful.
3. Not carrying a pencil, an extra one. Because one of them could be a toothbrush.
4. Not to forget that erases. Make sure it’s good pals with your pencil.
5. Starting something new – unless you have a long term plan. You know, CLAT 2017 and all that.
6. Starting something scary – If Math scared you till last week, and that fear made you not touch it. Stay with the fear, because something uglier’s waiting for you on the other side.
7. Panicking. Don’t. Period. Helps no one. Listen to good music, a better use of time.
8. Committing suicide. Not a good choice, besides pre-CLAT worry doesn’t deserve death. Results? No-way!
9. Watch Ekta Kapoor serials – you will learn something, but not Family Law for sure!
10. Debate on reservations/homosexuality/Number of OBL’s wives. Waste of time, seriously. Sleep if you want to, don’t do this, please.
11. Eat cheap roadside stuff. Unless you have an immune system that is awesome. Don’t try this. The examination centres usually have dirty bathrooms, and they don’t allow you to complete the paper inside the bathrooms.
12. Cry. Wait till the results, now is not the time, child.
13. Not revise something that you’re okay with. This can have far-reaching ramifications, India might lose out on an ISHTUD, the Legal world might lose a future jurist, OR simply put, you’ll lose marks in CLAT.
14. Console friends. Oh? X broke up? Y’s step-grandma died? B’s ex-boyfriend’s little brother’s now going out? Not now. The world’s sadness can wait. CLAT can’t.
15. There is also that nervousness that a lot of you seem to complain about. I don’t get it. If you’ve actually worked hard, you shouldn’t be nervous. If you didn’t work hard throughout, then why are you nervous now, if it wasn’t important throughout the year, it is not important now.
16. Curse the world. It’s not their mistake. Curse the ones who made the paper, that is still understandable.
17. Write stupid emails to CG that make no sense. CG shall track you down and subject you to torture that’d put Guantanamo to shame.
18. The night before NLU-Delhi, I sat on the terrace of my apartment and thought of questions that bothered me immensely. Why am I worrying about this exam? Why should I worry about such worldly trivia? Is this the best way to work for people’s rights? I realized that the choice was between being Batman and writing that test. NLU-D, cracked. And I am still looking for that cape. This is no time to answer existential questions. Just ignore that bullshit.
18 is a good number. Now take this free mock test and gain some confidence!