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By Rajneesh Singh
The Common Law Admission Test of 2016 has been conducted very well by RGNUL Patiala, so far. After last year’s fiasco, this has been a big relief. The 2016 paper was good overall, but a more difficult section of legal and logic would have been even better.
As a pleasant surprise, the CLAT Committee announced the provision of raising objections by the students and acceptance of errors if any. And RGNUL deserves much more than thanks. This year, RGNUL also ensured that there are no glitches by taking demos themselves before the exam. I am sure the result and the admission process will go well as they have been preparing well for the same as per my knowledge.
There is also an update from CLAT about the procedure to post the doubts related to CLAT Answers key. Here is the procedure:
1. Log in to your account of CLAT
2. Open the response sheet
3. You will find a tab to raise your objections (will get activated from 13th May and will be there till 15th)
4. Fill up your answer
5. Post the reasons in less than 1500 words
6. You may attach, if required the relevant documents
Note: Correct and detailed reasoning is a must. The process is online and automated. Do not mail them, as that will be of no use. Also do not post any doubts about a question if you are not sure about it.
To have a quality discussion join this Facebook group where many have already begun the discussion.
My admission guidelines and predicted cut-offs are likely to get published on 14th May. The rank cut-offs will hold lots of importance as there is almost no possibility of that going wrong. Also read the admission guidelines well; the admission procedure is not so simple. This takes a lot of my time, but then it benefits lots of people in planning and decreasing their anxiety level.
In 2009, 2010 and 2013 my predicted cut-offs were almost correct. In 2011, there were 12 answers underlined, and hence, these many marks were added. In 2014 and 2015 errors were reported and I failed to predict. In these years, I failed.
Often, I do not feel like doing this, but when I see my inbox full with cut-off queries, I am forced to do this.
For CLAT 2017 & 2018
Before I discuss about any lessons for future CLAT aspirants, RGNUL has already provided lots of learning to the other NLUs. They have been very structured and also very prompt and have maintained the deadlines brilliantly. In fact yesterday they announced the results before time.
1. CLAT’s pattern is no pattern
This is a big lesson. Never ever be prepared for a tough or only medium or only easy level of paper. Some mocks may be very dangerous as they may be designed by taking average number of questions coming in last years of CLAT paper on each topic. This will the worst mocks for you. This is because you will certainly be shocked to see a different paper.
Therefore, it is better to take different kind of mocks. Candidates must also practice for tougher tests. They must develop patience and learn how to gradually slow down when required. On the other hand there are a few who cannot generate speed even after lots of practice. These people need to work on speed by taking small section tests under time constraints. These are all attitudinal changes and hence can take some time.
2. Maths can become the deciding factor
Most of you keep avoiding maths till the end and such candidates should be ready to pay for it. Trust me, maths has been always the easiest section in most of the years. These 20 marks make a huge difference when it comes to getting top 3 and this year it is going to have the biggest impact.
3. GK is the fastest way to score
This year those who lost in GK will be out of the race. GK was very well set and was a very well balanced section. A well prepared candidate would have not only scored 40 plus but also would have done that in 4 to 5 minutes. GK becomes more vital in a tough paper, since this time saved can be used to solve a few more questions.
4. Mock tests are a must
Those who took lots of mock tests in a real exam environment and did a rigorous post mock analysis will win the race this time. These people had enough time left for maths since they could generate good speed.
5. Past years’ papers
Solving past years’ papers helps a lot. This year also it help a lot to save time. An exposure to large variety of questions help a lot in generating good speed.
Rajneesh Singh is the founder and CEO of CLAT Essentials. He is also the founder and Chief Mentor at clatgk.com and mentor at The Do-Zen. He recently authored the book CLAT Essentials.