Manasi Gandhi, a high level environmental activist and a IInd semester student of NALSAR, is here with her first article. You must have noticed that a few of your queries since a few days are being answered by her. If you have any sort of problem with non-academic part of CLAT like confidence building, time management etc., do mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll always love reading her replies!
Mock tests have started and I receive a lot of emails everyday from panicky kids who can’t seem to finish their paper on time. So this article is especially dedicated to those who seem to think two hours is a very short time limit to finish the paper.
First, it’s ok to not finish your first mock paper; it’s ok to not get a rank below 100 in your first couple of mocks. This is what mocks are for- to teach you, to help you learn. So, for your next mock, take a deep breath and relax. Give the paper because you enjoy the subjects and not because you have to get a 56 rank. If you don’t have fun while giving these mocks, you will not like law school. Trust me on this because I talk from experience. I Love law school simply because I loved logic and legal reasoning. Have fun, enjoy the tests.
As to time management, the mock tests are supposed to be harder than the average CLAT paper just so that you are prepared for the worst. They will be lengthy and at times it’s ok to curse the person who set such an annoying paper. (Inside story, I once gave a mock where the legal reasoning question was an unbelievably twisted episode from FRIENDS. It was hellishly long!) So, just deal with it.
I’d suggest you divide the two hours and allocate time to each subject. Pick your strong points and do them first. Leave the hardest for the last because if you don’t know it and you don’t answer it, the chances of you losing marks on it are lower because you might have answered it wrong in any case. (I personally did that with Math. I hated it.)
This is the ideal time for each section :
Maths in 15 minutes.
Logic in 35 minutes.
Legal Reasoning in 35 minutes.
English in 25 minutes.
General Knowledge in 15 minutes.
You won’t be able to think properly when you’re running out of time. So, the section which doesn’t need much thinking should go at the end. Generally, it’s GK where you don’t have to put your mind to use much. So, I suggest you to end with GK. And start with something which needs a lot of mind work. And generally, it’s Maths. The above sequence is what most of use followed. Make your own if you aren’t comfortable with this one.
One more thing I found useful was that whenever I got my results, I would see the percentage I got in each subject. That tells you what you are good at and what you are bad at. Analyse and scrutinize your results.
I hope you do well.