Baby Steps to CLAT 2020
- July 30, 2019
- Posted by: Team CP
- Category: CLAT 2020
You landing on this page is definitely not due to unexplained reasons. In fact, they are pretty clear. You are considering law as a probable career choice and are looking for any source on the Internet that can help you make that decision. God bless the Internet, for being such a treasure trove of information! But your scouting isn’t alleviating the minutest and tiniest fraction of a worry that you have, buried deep down. “How will I ever make it?”
Soon, that worry will have the capability of taking over your mind and making the smartest, most hard working and focused lot among us fumble and crack under pressure. How you handle that thought is what could take you to the top of the race, a.k.a. the competitive examinations. And there’s good news for you.
What once seemed like an absolutely-impossible-to-cross obstacle and one that you’re getting past, whilst reading this article, is this: you’re attempting to make an effort. The fact that you are on a website that caters to your preparation needs and guides you in the right direction is at least ten-percent of the work that you’re covering up. It means that you are considering getting serious for a competitive examination that is months away and that, my friend, is progress.
You might be reeling from the aftermath of CLAT 2019 and despite having your spirits low initially, you’ve picked yourself up and have vowed to come back with vengeance. Well, a go-getter attitude will get you far but swerve too fast, and you might derail. Try analysing what went wrong with this year’s CLAT. You could save time if your sole problem was that you couldn’t attempt a few questions because you didn’t know how to solve them and if you had, you’d get those extra marks and make it to either NLSIU or NALSAR.
But what if, your problem was the fact that it was an astoundingly easy paper and everyone (including you) was good at everything that was asked but somehow, a few hundred took the cake? That somehow could have been anything – sheer luck, ability to stay zen under pressure, time management, dodging the silver bullet called “negative marking”, focusing on right attempts, etc.
All these are the most basic reasons why someone gets ahead of you in these competitive examinations. Luck is the only factor that is not under your control but the rest? Of course, you can direct things to fall into place the way you like them and the best part is that you have time. 9 months. That might sound an awful lot. But at the cost of sounding clichéd, “slow and steady wins the race”.
If it’s your drop year, you have a slight advantage over your peers because you, technically, have way more time than them because you don’t have boards to prepare for or school to attend. But it’s a fallacy if you believe that this extra time is going to work miraculously for you, without any efforts from your end. A drop year might seem like endless misery but there are ways to tackle this demotivated phase of your life. Your day needs to be compartmentalised, where you give CLAT topmost priority but along with that, you take up some activities that keep you engaged and active like picking up a sport or an art form. Binge watching Netflix series is not a healthy option to pursue; it’s just going to make you recalcitrant and bestow no sense of direction upon you.
Tackling CLAT preparation while having to face board examinations is quite the juggling act. However, lest we forget – there have been plenty of aspirants in the previous years who have made it through to the top law schools and performed fairly well in their boards. Again, the key to making it lies with how best you allot your time. At the moment, you’re in a comfortable place where giving both CLAT prep and school work equal importance is possible. How? Pretty simple. When you’re at school, you are bound to find absolutely no time for CLAT. But what about on the way to and fro? Go through current affairs at that time on a daily basis and watch your awareness of the happenings around the world soar high. After you’re done with homework or revising for a test, spend time on something in the CLAT syllabus that you consider your weakness. Alternate that with a strength the next day. Take your time with conquering your weaknesses because rushing through it will only confuse you and make you abhor it further. And once pre-boards hit you, CLAT will have to take a backseat and sometimes, post board blues could dampen your plans to work on CLAT with the same fervour that you possibly could right now. Therefore, don’t rely on the “I’ll deal with it after my boards, yaar!” promise – it’s mostly humbug.
In both the aforementioned cases, time is of essence. And fortunately, it is aplenty at the moment. Whoever you are, in whatever situation you are, you must be on your way (after you finish reading this article) to a piece of paper, where you jot down the reasons why CLAT 2020 seems unachievable to conquer at the moment. What are your fears? What is pulling you down? What must you come across in the paper to get you going? Once you’re done filling up that paper, you start working towards wrestling those fears away but remember, one fear – one day at a time.
You could procrastinate your days away and watch them turn into weeks and months. Or you could make the best possible use of every day and add to that mock score that seems painstakingly low. In other words, may the best (wo)man win!