How do the Mock Tests help? – Pallavi Panigrahi Answers! (Rank 2 – CLAT 2012)


So it’s that time of the year when those preparing for CLAT 2017 and the paraphernalia of other entrance law exams will be wondering what they ought to do to get an added advantage over their competitors. It’s been months since the preparations have begun (Hasn’t it?) and now it’s time to give the much needed push! So what should you do to get that edge over the thousands others who are vying for a seat in the top law colleges of the country? What will help you ascertain whether you are preparing in the right direction? What will help you determine your preparedness to attempt an actual entrance paper? The answer to all these questions is one – MOCK TESTS!

So what exactly are mock tests?testform-gif-28046-bytes-a07H8X-clipart

Well, they are supposed to be simulations of the original entrance exams and consist of questions according to the pattern of the said exam. The questions are set to a particular time limit and are meant to be solved within that time limit.

Why should you appear for mock exams?

From the time you start preparing for CLAT and the other entrance exams, the focus is on how much you can learn in a given time period. However, it is important to realize that learning and remembering things serves no purpose if you don’t practice enough! And the best way to practice is solve as many papers as possible. Solving question papers within the stipulated time limit gives you an idea about what to expect in the actual exam. It also gives you the much needed feedback about the efficacy of your preparations. Thus, frequent mocks (one in a week or in two weeks depending on your level of preparation) are a must in this stage of the preparation.

How should you approach the mock exams?

There are two kinds of mocks that you can appear for- Online and Manual. Though practicality favors online tests considering the constraints of time and space, I would strongly recommend you to appear for as many manual mocks (the kind that CLATGyan provides you with) as possible. These provide you with near perfect practice as the conditions for appearing for these mocks and the original exams are the same. Basically, in the manual mocks, you will be provided with the question paper and an OMR sheet. The OMR sheet will have four or five bubbles per question, one for each option. You have to color the bubble which you think corresponds to the right option. One of the most common mistakes committed during marking the OMR sheets is that people tend to mark the answers in the question paper with the intention to color the bubbles at the last. However, this strategy has the potential of going horribly wrong if you run out of time! Hence, the best and most effective strategy to answer these tests is to color the bubbles as you solve the questions.

That said, there are certain other important aspects of mock tests that need to be kept in mind while appearing for them.

Various coaching institutes have their own versions of mock tests. Along with the tests, they also claim to provide a list of your national ranking. These rankings, however fancy they sound, don’t deserve any importance. No, not even for self-evaluation. I have come across people who used to score brilliantly in these mock tests and who didn’t do well in the main exam. Conversely, there are people who were not even close to the desired level in the mocks and yet got through the best law colleges in the country. It has to be kept in mind that the primary utility of the mock exams is to test your knowledge and to figure out the sections that need more work so that you can pay special emphasis to these sections in order to improve your score.

So study hard, study smart and do appear for the mock tests! As they say, if 20 % of your preparation is what you know, 80 % is what you have practiced!

Happy Mocking! 😛



  1. Pallavi didi, sometimes the rank lists are scary. I mean, I know you told us to chill, but all these people keep scoring incredibly high marks and topping, all the time. I don’t like them. What shall I do, didi? 

    • Online in the sense that they’ll be sent to you to your email address. Pallavi is talking about solving those mocks on the OMR sheet we send. (Hence, manual)

  2. Hi Pallavi
    you are really an inspiration. 🙂
    what I wanted to know was whether doing just manual mocks will suffice or is it important to take online mocks too? And I was wondering if you could give me pointers on how to tackle math and legal aptitude?

  3. Maam, I gave CLAT 2012 and my score was 110, which I know is very low. I have decided that I would be preparing and giving CLAT 2013 too. But di this year  i dnt take admission  in any coaching. some time i am feel very nervous beause i am think can i do this without any coaching?? plz di help me .. tell me this that it is possible CRACK CLAT WITHOUT ANY COACHING

  4. pallavi di i dropped 1 year to prepare for CLAT but after joining LST i feel that CLAT is not my cup of tea…My mock scores hover around 80-100..There r students who score 198-200 but I’am way behind them.With almost 2 months of time I don’t know what 2 study or what to prepare for..My parents have lot of expectations from me.They think that I’ll crack NLSIU or NALSAR but I know where I stand…I don’t know what to do I feel like committing suicide….Plz HELP……

    • Hey Ravi 🙂

      I’m a student at NLSIU, and having been through all the CLAT drama, I can empathize with what you’re going through. These months, especially, are extremely difficult and overwhelming, and it seems nearly impossible to see a way out.
      However, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
      First and foremost, CLAT is NOT the most important thing in your life. Not even close. Whatever your parents, friends, random relatives and strangers tell you, there are far more important things in life. CLAT is just one minuscule part of it, and, arbitrary as it is, does not relfect anything about you or your intellignce. I personally know people far more intelligent than I who got royally screwed over by it.
      This is just one tiny segment of your life. I know it’s easier said than done, but don’t let it get to you so much. 🙂
      With regard to what to study and what to do, speak to the CG guys or your LST teachers, or even Pallavi! They’ll all be more than willing to help you out, I’m sure. At least with Pallavi, I can guarantee it 🙂

      Second, a lot of the people who get 198-200 on LST mocks are cheating (looking at the answer sheet provided by the centre, then remarking the answers online). Don’t stress yourself out about them.

      Third, parental expectations can be…overwhelming. If possible, have an honest conversation with your parents. If you think CLAT/law is not for you, then tell them. I’m sure there is something you’re good at-you just have to find it. Your parents may be angry, but you’re their child, and more important than anything else.

      Fourth, and most importantly, please don’t ever think of committing suicide over something as silly as an exam (or anything else for that matter). It isn’t worth it. CLAT is not your life. Don’t even CONSIDER giving up something so very precious over it.

  5. Hello sir or madam,
         I’m a student of class 12 and have started the preparations for CLAT 2015. I got enrolled into Career Launcher last year and wasted a year without doing any preparations.Now i’ve started the preparations for CLAT. Please help me in my preparations.. and guide me throughout this year.I’m going to write my boards in 2015.. and i’m a commerce student..Plz reply as soon as possible

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