How to Utilize The Last Six Months of Your CLAT Preparation?
Competitive exams in India are a big deal. Lakhs of students across the country compete for the few seats. The competition is brutal, and most of the exams are quite difficult. To swim above the competition and to crack any competitive exam, a student must put tremendous effort and time.
CLAT is one such competitive exam in India which is conducted for law aspirants. Common law admission entrance test is conducted once in a year, and students can get admitted into law colleges through the CLAT score.
Thousands of students sit for the CLAT exam. The difficulty of the exam and cut-throat competition makes it one of the most challenging law entrance tests. The final six months are crucial for a law aspirant. The student must focus on the exam, create a proper study time-table, study all the subjects, and revise as much as possible.
Here is an outline of how a student can utilize his (or her) final six months before the CLAT exam productively.
What is The CLAT Exam?
CLAT exam is conducted in the English language across the country for students who want to get into law colleges. Around 21 national universities, two public sector universities, and 43 educational institutes accept the CLAT score.
The Common law admission test is conducted over 120 minutes (two hours), and the student’s English proficiency, lateral thinking, and numerical ability are tested. The exam fee is 4000 INR. The exam is conducted for an under-graduation degree, and a person can sit for this exam after 12th boards.
The test has 200 questions and the time limit is only 120 minutes. This means that a question must be answered within 30 seconds. To cultivate speed and accuracy, make sure to utilize the last six months before your exam carefully.
Get to Know The Subjects and Topics
One of the essential things, before you start planning your schedule, is to analyze the subjects asked in the exam. It is essential to know all the topics from which the questions might be asked. The CLAT exam is divided into five subjects, English, math, logical reasoning, legal aptitude, and general knowledge.
Here is the list of the subjects and the topics from which the questions shall be asked in the CLAT exam:
1. English: The English section consists of reading comprehension, synonyms, para jumbles, prepositions, idioms and phrases, and spellings. This section tests the English proficiency of the candidate.
2. Math: Basic numerical questions are asked based on topics like percentage, profit and loss, time and work, SI and CI, ratio and proportion, and probability.
3. Legal aptitude: Questions about the constitution, fundamental rights, criminal laws, and contract laws.
4. Logical reasoning: Number series, blood relations, Venn diagrams, the odd one out, date and time calendar, arrangements, statements and assumptions, logical deductions and relationships, statements, and conclusions.
5. General Knowledge: The general knowledge section comprises of questions from topics like current affairs, constitution, Indian policies, geography, history, and current legal affairs.
Curate a Study Time-Table
Once you have made a list of all the subjects and topics, take a mock test. A CLAT mock test will help you understand clearly about the subjects that you find difficult and easy. After giving the mock test, analyze the result report, it will provide you with an insight on how and where to focus your time more.
After knowing about all the topics and how well you know each topic, start making a study chart.
The main points that a student must consider while making a study plan, six months before the exam include:
1. Make sure to devote at least eight hours a day for CLAT preparation.
2. Since there are only six months left for the CLAT exam, you can choose two ways to distribute the subjects:
a) There are five subjects, allot one month for each subject and keep the last month for revision.
b) Study all the subjects (for 1-1.5hour) every day and keep the last three weeks for revision and give mock tests.
3. Giving a mock test before the exam will provide you with an idea about which subjects you are comfortable with and which topics need to be practiced more. Give more time to practice the topics which you find difficult.
4. Once you have practiced all the topics, make sure to give ample mock tests so that you can face the actual CLAT exam confidently. Make sure to fabricate your time-table, keeping in mind the mock tests and revisions.
Making a study table is important to utilize your time efficiently. It will give you clarity about how well you have prepared and how to improve further. Following the time-table exactly is mandatory. Make sure not to procrastinate so that you don’t get burdened with all the subjects and practice work at the last moment.
The Practice is The Key
There are 200 questions and only two hours to answer them. It means that, for a question, a student gets approximately half a minute. To achieve speed, students must practice at least 100 questions for each topic.
For math, keep solving the problems continuously. Learn new shortcuts and try a variety of questions. Get acquainted with all the formulas and keep on solving problems from aptitude books till you gain speed, accuracy, and confidence.
To ace, the English section, read newspapers, books, and practice comprehension paragraphs. Increase your reading speed and learn new words every day to improve your vocabulary.
For legal aptitude, read about the topics in great detail.
For general knowledge, upgrade your geography and history knowledge, and stay in the loop with the current affairs, by reading the newspaper and updating yourself on world news.
For logical reasoning, solve several questions to get the idea of how to go around a question and to get correct answers.
There are numerous books available in the market or online, where you can solve tons of questions for practice. Also, make sure to prepare notes while practicing questions. These notes can be used for future reference. Make flashcards for vocabulary, formula chart for math, and tips and tricks page for solving logical reasoning.
Mock Tests to Rescue
Practicing is an integral part of any competitive exam preparation. But the most important key to ace the actual test confidently is by giving mock tests.
The reason why CLAT high-scorers, teachers, and experts stress the students to give mock tests is that:
1. Giving individual subject mock tests will help the students understand how well they know the subject and individual topics.
2. Giving an entire mock test will help you understand the pattern of the exam.
3. Make sure to give at least five full-length mock tests to gain confidence.
4. Giving mock tests will help in increasing speed and accuracy.
5. No surprises (or shocks) during in the examination hall.
6. Timely completion of the actual test.
Make sure to spend the last two weeks before the actual CLAT exam by giving mock tests.
Get to know the exam pattern.
Utilize the last six months wisely, to get into a great law school. To into the best law school, you need to obtain a high CLAT score. Get to know the pattern of the examination and plan your time accordingly.
Some of the main things that you need to know about the exam include:
1. The exam consists of negative marking. For every correct answer, the student would be awarded one mark, but for every wrong answer, 0.25 mark would be reduced. So, answer only those questions whose answer you confidently know. Do not indulge in guesswork.
2. The exam comprises of five sections, and each section has a different time limit.
3. The English section comprises 40 questions, which need to attempt within 25 minutes.
4. The logical reasoning section has 40 questions, which need to be solved within half an hour.
5. The general knowledge part has 50 questions, and 8 minutes to complete this section.
6. The math section must be answered in 20 minutes.
7. The legal aptitude section has a time limit of 35 minutes, and 50 questions need to answer.
There are 200 questions in total, make sure to at least answer 100-110, within two hours, to crack the test.
Plan Well ahead of Time
DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. The six months before your exam is a life-changing period. Make sure to adhere to the time-table and not waste your time. Plan ahead of time and start preparing honestly. Make sure to stay in the loop about the examination date, hall tickets, admission process, etc.
With thousands of students competing for a few seats and colleges, CLAT is one of the most difficult law entrance exams. To crack the exam and survive the competition, one must start his (or her) preparation at least six months before the actual exam. Curate a study time table and follow it properly. Devote all the time and energy in those six months to achieve success. Make sure to keep at least the last four weeks before the CLAT exam as a revision period. Revise all the subjects in these four weeks and give as many mock tests as you can. Face the exam confidently and clear it with a high score. ALL THE BEST!