Understanding CLAT Through A Candidate's Mind
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a simple aptitude test in theory. It tests the candidate on basic their reading speed, critical reasoning, legal understanding, Current Affairs and data interpretation. An ideal candidate with a good habit of reading the news and being moderately fluent in English can ace the exam, no doubt. But with the ferocious competition and just 2 hours to decide the fate of the applicant and unfavorable ratio of candidates to seats available, there are a lot of dos and don't that one must keep in mind. Starting with keeping a cool mind and not getting anxious and nervous about the exam beforehand.
The first thing to keep in mind is to not search for the same information from multiple sources. Be it exam related "Syllabus"or silly doubts that comes to ones minds. The best thing to do is to ask a peer, because it's very likely that the same question came to their minds too; if not a peer then a faculty or any adult who is mentoring you is best equipped to answer you.
Secondly, stay as focused as the day you started to prepare, and never lose the determination. It is very easy to become wayward from the goal and lose hope, but with planning and more importantly executing and achieving more short term aims it becomes an easier journey, rather than a roller coaster ride.
Lastly, find your own way and a list of what to do and what not to do, because at the end of the day it's going to be your paper and your future. A lot of strategies are suggested but trial and error and experimenting will allow you to find and understand what works for you. Taking different suggestions and analysing past mistakes will make a huge impact by the end of it.
CLAT is just another exam and by being sincere and true to one's self, one's can ace it, or at least give their honest 100 percent to it. At the end of it all it's a stepping stone towards a greater goal. The key is to not dwell into the negative and demotivating aspects. One is able to function effectively and productively only when one is in the right head space.