CLAT is India’s most anticipated examination. Thousands of students from all over the country take part in it each year but many aspiring law students are clueless about how to pass this test. This blog gives an easy-to-follow 5-step guide on how to crack CLAT exam and get a stellar score.
The goal for everyone who is taking the CLAT exam is to pass it on the first attempt. There are some common problems associated with students appearing for this exam but failing to pass it on their first attempt.
But since we’re all humans and not robots, making mistakes is the fundamental nature of being humans. Therefore, we will follow the saying of Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” So that we can avoid the common mistakes that occur during the preparation process.
Here’s the list of mistakes that a lot of students make while preparing for CLAT.
1. Lack of Mock Tests
8. Not evaluating the mocks after attempting them
It has been seen that a lot of those students who avoided committing these mistakes were able to crack the CLAT exam on the first attempt.
We can solve these problems in five simple steps and make them our guiding principles the entire way through this preparation.
Step 1: Be familiar with the CLAT syllabus:
This is one cardinal step to be kept in mind and to be followed. Spend as much time as you need, but familiarize yourself with the syllabus and develop a thorough understanding of it. More than half of the points listed above as mistakes are in the aftermath of not reading and understanding the syllabus of CLAT properly. By not taking the words written or included in the syllabus seriously, students end up studying a lot of irrelevant topics which CLAT never asks, and then complain that they did not see the questions related to the topics they studied and that the question paper was very off-beat and random. The majority of these minute, yet significant mistakes can be avoided by simply reading the syllabus once with a calm mind.
Step 2: Plan Your CLAT Preparation:
After understanding the syllabus, a student should plan their preparation. The goal should be to crack CLAT at the first attempt and plan accordingly. They should have sub plans and they should be achievable. Success is nothing but the implementation of sub-plans precisely the way you’ve made it. Unrealistic sub-plans lead to low self-confidence and lack of motivation. This will cause backlogs in your preparation if even just one or two details of your sub plans are included without considering your capacity. So, while making sub-plans, keep them realistic and achievable.
Step 3: Understanding the concepts, keeping in touch with CLAT current affairs:
CLAT checks the mental ability of a person which is not the case with most exams since they check the memory of a person. In the latter, concepts can be compromised and factual data will suffice to get you good marks. For CLAT, one needs to have both conceptual and factual knowledge. The ability to develop a balance between concepts and currents needs to be developed. Reading the newspaper for a week consistently and then not reading it even one day will drastically reduce your chances of cracking CLAT in the first attempt. Students must follow the Core-Concept-Current strategy. Create a stronghold on the Core and Concepts and relate them to the Current. Reading the newspaper will further enhance skills to solve long comprehensions.
Step 4: Plan Mocks:
Planning preparations around mocks is a given. Nevertheless, he should have a very clear idea of the month in which he will complete the revision and begin the mock. It is imperative to keep in mind that “quality” is all it matters when choosing the mocks, rather than quantity. Your mocks should be aligned with the current exam pattern of CLAT. A lot of coaching institutes deliberately make the test series tough just to instill the idea in the mind of the student that he/she is not studying enough. This is so that he/she can get expert advice to crack the CLAT exam, thus making the student their prospecting customer. It is critical not to let them temper your mind and even two quality mock tests will do the trick.
Step 5: Evaluating Mocks:
A lot of students don’t evaluate the mocks after attempting them. It is always advisable to do that. Evaluation always shows you the mirror in terms of where your preparation stands. It is a concept of management but one can easily apply it to test series as well. This concept is called SWOT Analysis.
Identify your Strengths – questions that will ensure your success. Realize your Weakness- and work on it, by practicing those questions and topics more and more. Look for the Opportunity in question – those that are applied and a bit tricky, and you can turn them into your strengths by being present and concentrating.
After practicing a question or a topic multiple times and it is not giving you results/marks but is taking up a great deal of your time, mark it as a Threat.
In order to crack the CLAT exam on the first attempt, it is imperative that you go through the syllabus properly, make realistic and achievable sub-plans, and take mocks that carry the quality. A chunk of quantity and no quality mocks will result in no good and will drain the time which can be dreadful for your preparation. Stay motivated and motivation is going to come from reachable targets. Evaluate your mocks with complete honesty and work on areas that require focus.