As we all know the Common Law Admission Test popularly known as CLAT is a national-level entrance exam for Undergraduates (UG) and Postgraduates ( PG) law programmes provided by the 22 National Law Universities ( NLUs) in India. This is a 5-year course where only the best students are enrolled.
CLAT is one of the toughest entrance examinations in India, and only the best students get an opportunity to study at one of the best National Law Universities. Being one of the hardest entrance examinations in India, it requires a lot of dedication, and hard work, but most importantly they need to have strategies which can give them an upper hand over the candidates who are giving the examination.
The new CLAT format focuses on evaluating the comprehension and reasoning skills of the candidates. Nonetheless, it ultimately tests the aptitude and reasoning skills to the limit that would be extremely necessary which will be required for legal education.
This article by CLAT Gurukul talks about the time management aspect of the examination, continue reading the article to know reduce your anxiety, and boost your morale, but most importantly solve lengthy passages quicker as compared to other candidates. Because we believe that smart work is better than hard work.
Why is Time Management Important in CLAT examination?
The competition for the CLAT examination is increasing drastically, and one must put his/ her maximum effort to prepare for the examination and come out with flying colours so that they can enrol themselves in one of the top National Law Universities. Effective time management plays a major role in bagging great grades in the CLAT examination.
What Should Your Strategy Be For The CLAT Examination 2023?
The CLAT examination will be a passage-based examination comprising of different sections such as English, Legal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Methods, and Current Affairs. Performing well in individual sections is a great thing, however, when you try to solve every section in one sitting, that is, the CLAT question paper, things tend to turn ugly as you fail to reach the desired expectation. This is simply because the paper is pretty lengthy and time-consuming, and spending more time in one section would lead to having less time in other sections.
Here is a breakdown of the CLAT question paper to get a better understanding of time management:
Why Do Applicants Feel Overwhelmed During CLAT Examination?
It is natural to feel stressed while giving an examination, and considering the stakes are so high, it is no shock that a majority of the applicants would feel overstressed. It is good to feel stressed, but getting overwhelmed with stress is a devastating problem because it would only hinder in the way of logical thoughts, and we all know how crucial it is to think logically.
According to our teachers, here are some useful advice to shun stress during CLAT examination:
3) Take a Break From Social Media Platforms Before The Examination: We all know how distracting social media platforms can be, and while scrolling through your feed you would get lost in it and by the time you get a hold of it you would realise that you have wasted an hour or two. Before a week or two of the CLAT examination step away from social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and even Whatsapp, if possible. Taking a break from these platforms would help you concentrate better, and it will be a great help to relieve you from unwanted stress.
4) Exercise On A Regular Basis: It is important to exercise daily, as it has been proven that exercising on a regular basis is a great method of stress buster. Exercising daily reduces stress hormones, and stimulates your body by producing endomorphins which are a natural painkiller, and it helps to boost your self-esteem which is important to answer each answer confidently.
The Best Technique to Solve Comprehension-based questions in CLAT 2023
The question pattern of CLAT was changed in 2020, and in the new format, every question is passage-based, which can be a piece of cake for some applicants but for some applicants it can be a tough row to hoe. As stated earlier, start the question paper with easy sections so that you can work through them quickly and save enough time for difficult sections.
You can be more confident in your stronger sections of the question paper by solving as many sample papers as possible. To help the candidates, CLAT Gurukul provides sample CLAT papers for free on its website. While solving the question paper make sure to time yourself for every question. At first, you would have a little more time than required but if you stay consistent and regularly solve mock and sample CLAT question papers, you can improve your timing.
Here is a useful tip: While solving the question set a timer for 1 hour 30 minutes, since the examination will be for 2 hours you can try to solve the paper within the set time limit and for the remaining 30 minutes you can attempt to solve the skipped questions and revise your answer sheet.
Time Management Tips for CLAT 2023
Here are some useful tips provided by our faculty members and alumnus to help you in the CLAT examination. They are as follows:
2) Set Aside Time for Every Section: The first step and most important step while attempting the CLAT paper is to effectively distribute time for each section. Make sure to divide the carefully by looking into your strengths and weaknesses, and try to attempt all the easy questions first and then attempt the tricky questions which will consume more time. Since you will not be any extra time limit, therefore make sure to complete the question paper in the allotted time, and have revised the paper at least once.
5) Be Present For Mock Tests: Mock Tests are the best way to use these tips and being present in a number of these tests would reinforce your preparation. While attempting the mock test make sure to personally time yourself to see for yourself if you can solve the question paper on time or not. Moreover, practising mock papers also aids you in understanding the level, difficulty of the problems, and the form of questions present in the examination. Being consistent in the mock test would help you develop an idea of your strong and weak sections of the CLAT, and you can prepare accordingly.
While attempting the problem, do not guess, comprehend the question, and then answer it. If you are unable to answer it accurately mark it and move on to the next question. Do not spend too much time on one question, keep the flow going by solving more and more questions, or else it will affect your morale. Attempt your strong sections first, then move on to the weaker sections, do not jump into different sections while solving a section because it will create confusion. And lastly, remember that you have worked hard for the CLAT examination, and everything will fall into place. Be optimistic.
Originally published January 15, 2023