This post is for those who find themselves down in the dumps – with a cloud of despondence & gloom – already casted their verdict that they won’t make it through the CLAT tomorrow. Your preparation is inadequate and you don’t seem to believe you’ll get through. This is a strategy I hope you may never need (and circumstances that I pray that you don’t find yourself in).
But if you do, here is what you need to do.
Firstly, don’t get neurotic – no one has ever solved a problem being under an anxiety attack. Agree, you are in a difficult spot and have no hope. But there is always hope. In fact the brighter side (and there is always a silver lining even to the darkest of clouds) is that things can’t get worse than this – when you are at your rock bottom, you can’t fall further :).
Two, go out there and give your best shot – it doesn’t matter if it isn’t good enough to crack the CLAT, but the most you can ensure is that you give your 100% and that’s what you need to do.
It’s like you have been given 300 runs to chase in 20 overs – no one has ever done it, the chances of anyone doing it are minimal but heck who said it’s impossible – it’s technically possible and that’s what you need to remember IT IS STILL TECHNICALLY POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO CRACK THE CLAT TOMORROW. So what do you need is to forget the conventional route and look at things from a new perspective. The best thing is go out there & have fun (try out the weird shots, the scoops & play around with the bowlers’ mind).
Do whatever questions you can to the best of your abilities – now here’s the secret most people who have prepared hard, will be defensive in their approach – meaning they’ll only attempt the questions they are sure about because they are scared of the negative marking. Not you! You don’t have anything to lose (what’s the worst you’ll get one less mark). You need to ensure that you need to get maximum attempts – your best chance to still crack the test is to attempt as many questions (possibly all). The beauty of the CLAT is that the answer is right in front of you and even if you don’t have a clue of the answers, the is still a 1/4 (25%) chance you will get it right. So assuming you knew only 110 Q’s (which I’m very sure anyone will in 2 hrs), and you took a guess in the remaining 90 Q’s, you’ll get atleast 22 right and even after accounting for the negative (17), you can still get 115 marks – enough to get you a national law school. And if luck favours you (especially if you are smart about it ) there are chances you’ll get more.
Another desperate measure is if 10 mins away from the finish line you realise you are left with a lot of Q’s (more than 60—70), suggest you quickly assess how confident you are about getting most or all of the right and if you aren’t pick anyone alphabet (a, b, c or d) and then mark all the Q’s that alphabet – even if you take the negative marking, all you need is 12—15 rights out of the 70 (very probable) you’ll still be in a positive.
Remember, all of this is a last resort strategy and if you already have managed 150—160 Q’s on your own then going for blind guesses isn’t a good ploy.
All I want you to remember is no matter how badly stuck you are, there’s always hope & if you are smart (and understand what the best course of action in those circumstances is) you will have always a shot at cracking this (or any other problematic situation in life). Never give up, and definitely not until the final bell goes off.
Now go out there and make the most of this opportunity – this isn’t the end of your dream, in fact it’s just the beginning. And while you are at it, have fun!
And remember, there are 2 people who know you still can crack the CLAT – you and I. Now go and prove both of us right!
P.S. – sorry for any typos, I am writing this from my phone. I know there are a lot of you on the verge of giving up and I wanted to get this out to you before it was too late.
Quick clarification (update to the post) :
This post, as the name suggests, outlines a desperate or worst case strategy not the best case strategy – you need to weigh the benefits and the costs while writing this test based on how you feel what you chances are – be objective, don’t take an emotional or paranoid decision. Ask yourself if without attempting all the questions you are left with (and you won’t be able to attempt), would you be able to crack the test. If the answer is yes, don’t go for the blind guesses. If the answer is NO. GO FOR IT!
Also, if you are blind guessing, don’t make a pattern (abcdabdc…), instead stick to one alphabet – any one and Mark all of them the same option. Logic – there is an equal probability of each alphabet – when examiners set the exam paper, they try to put the right answers equally across the 4 options (they won’t put all right answers in a’s or b’s). If you mark any one alphabet – there’s a safer chance that you’ll atleast get 1/4th of the flukes.
Again, caveat this is a strategy you need to decide,, it’s your call at the end of it, depending on how the test is going! Warning – if you have attempted – 170± questions on your ability, without much guessing, don’t get greedy.
Lastly, this strategy works best when you have a bunch of questions left together (eg 170 to 200) and not when questions are spread across (eg Q 29, 59, 95, 120, 145…you get the drift).
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