The two of the biggest law entrance examinations (CLAT and AILET) have been done and dusted for the year 2018 along with the smaller but no less important law examinations including LSAT, SLET, MHCET, IPU-CET among others. This year will also see thousands of law aspirants, some trying again and putting their complete effort in towards achieving the law school of their dreams while others will be new perhaps having never attempted a competitive examination of the nature of CLAT or AILET before. This post is intended for those will give their shot in 2019 while some of it will be helpful for those who are attempting the exams again.
CLAT and AILET as well as the other exams will require your dedication as well as focused determined effort. The examinations are highly competitive and you should aim to score the highest possible. These examinations are also not, unlike what you might have heard, unfair or unreasonably tough. There might be tough papers but it will not be unreasonably tough merely to you. If you have prepared the necessary minimum required with the expected and right effort you will score well enough for a good NLU – the difficult paper will be difficult for everyone while the easy paper will be easy for everyone. You must understand your strengths and weaknesses but neither should you just focus on one and neglect the other.
- Start Early (in other words NOW)
– The most important thing that must be kept in mind for those who plan to write the entrance examinations in 2019 is to start early. If CLAT or AILET is something you have in your mind to write then start today itself. Do not wait till after you have registered for your examinations, do not wait because you think its too early and need to chill, do not wait thinking that you will take up the entrance examinations after you figure out how you will manage classes. Everyday is important and everyday will help you improve. This is reflected in the marks of every single person who came in the first thousand be it AIR 1 or AIR 1000.
- Read Newspapers
– Make a habit of reading newspaper and work on reinforcing the habit if you are already reading newspapers. While it is true that you can use compendiums and you will learn a lot of current affairs through compendiums, reading newspapers has many ancillary benefits in your language skills and gives you a comprehensive and connected understanding of all the current developments, and most importantly manage your reading speed as well as comprehension abilities. Especially if your English language abilities weak.
- Familiarise With Past Papers
– Read all the past year papers for the examinations you intend to take early rather than late. It is a good idea to examine other papers for questions as well – LSAT for instance. The question format in many of the examinations are similar to one another while also preparing you for any unusual surprises that might come up in papers.
- Do Mocks
– You will have seen lots of interviews (all interviews basically) saying that X did 50 mocks, 60 mocks, 70 mocks or a 150 mocks. While the numbers are not that relevant (and simply doing a hundred mocks wont give you a real edge) doing mocks is very important. You must do mocks and do it regularly even if the first, second, third, fourth and fifth one scored less than you wanted. If you score lower than you wanted in the first one and even in the tenth one do not feel discouraged. A lot of toppers scored in the thirties and fifties in the first one and even in the tenth one. If you keep doing you will definitely see a major improvement between the first mock and the day of the exam. There are good mock series being offered by clat coaching institutes and student online centres both. If you opt for a paid series that is good, if you opt for a free series that is good too (as the next step is more important). What is important is to do a diverse set of mocks instead of restricting to just one. There are 51 weeks starting from today till May and even with an averaging of two mock tests a week a hundred mocks can be done without investing disproportionate time. This is not to say that you have to do a hundred mocks but merely to show that doing a hundred mocks is neither a matter for surprise nor of awe, it is a question of scheduling your priorities.
- Analyse and revise the mocks
– Doing mocks by alone is insufficient but what is more important is that you take the time to analyse them. Analyse the questions and the time you took in each section, the number of right and wrong answers, the number of attempts, your speed per section. The different types of questions you saw must be noted and practice the weaker/new areas. Understand differently structured papers and the surprises that can be thrown at you. A person with sixty but who has analysed thoroughly and practiced weaknesses to dull them down while honing strengths to the maximum can do better than a person who did a 130 mocks but has not taken time to look at his/her own mistakes or how it took place.
- Do not neglect Maths/English (or any of the subject that you feel is not doable/easy/is your weakness)
– if you want to do well in CLAT/AILET then all areas matter equally. You can make a strategic choice to drop questions depending on the difficulty of the paper. It is but foolish however to neglect maths in its entirety because you are not comfortable with it and then delay preparing for it for so long as to not be able to study anything properly. Class tenth maths doesnt require mathematical genius and even a person with nominal preparedness can aim for and get atleast a ten on twenty.
- Have friends/mentors who have done CLAT/AILET
– This is especially important as a law schoolite has already been through the examination and thus can offer good advice, guidance and support during preparation. Having a mentor is especially helpful for those preparing from home as you will be supported in scheduling mocks and in dealing with your strengths and weaknesses. They will also encourage you in your preparation and help answer the queries you might have about law school life. Having gone through a lot of the troubles you are going to now themselves, they will be best positioned in listening to you and giving advice as well. A mentor is also helpful when you are attending a centre as a mentor can engage with overall strategies and approaches in a way a specialised faculty from an institute cannot engage with by examining your environment at home and how you prepare.
If you preparing for Law Entrance Examinations in 2019 then good luck on behalf of Team Clatshree, check the other posts in the blog for additional tips and guidance. We will be coming with more posts and programmes soon to help you realise your full potential.
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(Post by Atheeth Sajeevan, a student of National Law School of India University, Bengaluru)