[We have had Padmini Baruah (Rank 1 – CLAT 2011) & Pallavi Panigrahi (Rank 2 – CLAT 2012) give out their valuable words of motivation and wisdom for the CLAT that followed theirs. Following suit, we requested Dhruva Gandhi to do the honours this year. Apart from being a dear CG kid who made us happy about all our work with the mock tests, compendiums etc., Dhruva has put his name on the top of the CLAT 2013 Ranklist, by virtue of which he made it to the Batch of 2018 at National Law School of India University, Bangalore.]
It was around this time of the year last year that the board examinations were out of the way and the day for CLAT was drawing closer. Mocks, newspapers and doubt solving sessions would usually consume the entire day. The month of April breezed by and towards the end of the month I was appearing for AILET. The paper was tough and my spirits were a little low that evening. An IPL match, a good dinner with family……and thus began the countdown for CLAT.
Most of you reading this article will go through a similar sort of drill. (Some may not give the AILET and some may also give the SET). While there may not be a fixed way to go about this drill, a few words of advice may be of some assistance.
First, follow your own method of studying and stick to it religiously. Discipline can go a long way in helping one crack the exam.
Second, get adequate rest and do not panic. Stress does not do any good before a crucial exam and a clear mind is essential for all the analytical and critical thinking that shall be required of you over the next month and a half. A good night’s sleep, regular intervals while studying and constant re-invigoration of one’s spirits are necessary. It is pertinent to mention at this point that there is no fixed amount of time that needs to be devoted to preparing for the exam. Assess where you stand in terms of your strengths and weaknesses and plan accordingly. Set targets for yourself for the mocks you take and constantly revise general knowledge. Do not fall out of touch with any particular section, though. Solving a few problems of reasoning, maths and legal analysis everyday can be a good practice to have.
Now that the advice regarding the preparation is out of the way, it is noteworthy to speak briefly about the attitude that one may want to have. Do not be complacent and think you have done enough if your preparation is on course. Do not think you are doomed if the same is scattered all over. Many of those who have made it to law school have started their preparations at this time of the year. It can be done. It can also be undone. Many who have worked diligently throughout the year have managed to throw it all away towards the fag end. Be patient. Do not get anxious. CLAT is neither the end of the world nor is it the gateway to any sort of paradise. Equanimity and a stable mind are highly called for.
Enjoy the process, work regularly, stay positive and you can do just fine. All the Best.
P.S. Asad asked me to write this article because some aspirants were sending him panic mails. For those who sent these mails, the most important piece of advice is here: DO NOT PANIC. It does no good, whatsoever. While some may that it is easier said than done, the fact remains that it can be done without getting nervous and have panic attacks. Use the comments’ section below if you have any specific queries or questions for me. I’ll try to reply to them as and when possible. Once again, All the best!