CLAT and boards start in class 12

The best time to start preparing for CLAT is when you are in Class 12. The ten months period gives you ample time to prepare for both boards and CLAT exam. Granted that these 10 months are one of the most interesting and stressful period for a teenager, but a proper time management strategy would help maintain a balance between prep time and living the last year of teenage-hood to the fullest.

Considering CLAT is a test of one’s aptitude and reasoning, an extensive preparation like that of IITs and NEET is not required. With proper planning and a pinch of consistent approach, you can taste success in – CLAT and boards.

Do Not Procrastinate. Start Now!

To know about your ambitions is a privilege, to formulate your goals is smartness, and to plan accordingly is a task which you need to start early without delay. If you know that your goal is to get into one of the top NLU, like NLSIU, NALSAR, and NUJS etc., you must not wait for vacations to arrive. Make sure that you start as soon as your curriculum for class XII commences which is usually in the month of March-April. This would give a head start in your prep for not just the boards but also law prep. Early start will give you enough time during summer vacations to get ahead and complete the syllabus by August-October.

Stay on the track

Once you start, it is important to stay focused on the goal all throughout and not lose track. At some point, you may think that you have enough time in your hands and that it’s okay to Netflix for a bit or to just hangout. And while it is okay to relax for a while, there should always be a time limit to it.

One year is a long time to be easily side-tracked. Therefore, it is important to not let distraction affect your studies. Continue to enjoy, don't let monotony creep in but ensure it doesn't cost you your plans.

Plan! Plan! And Plan!

Once you have finalized your goal to crack CLAT without any interference to your boards prep, the next step is to finalize a plan for the preparation. While every student makes study plans, but very few of them can follow it to the core. Make simple plan involving weekly goals. A sample plan to help you make one of your own-

MONTH

PARTICULARS

TIME ALLOTMENT
(in hrs.)

Weekdays (CLAT)

Weekend (CLAT)

Weekdays (Boards)

Weekend (Boards)

April

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Maths and Logical Reasoning – Study and Notes Prep
  • English Grammar – Study and Notes Prep
  • Static GK Notes Prep

7.5

6

20

8

May

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Maths and Logical Reasoning – Study and Notes Prep
  • English Grammar – Study and Notes Prep
  • Static GK Notes Prep

15

10

20

8

June

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Maths and Logical Reasoning – Study and Notes Prep
  • English Grammar – Study and Notes Prep
  • Static GK Notes Prep
  • Legal Aptitude Study and Notes Prep

7.5

6

20

8

July

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Legal Aptitude Study and Notes Prep
  • Revision and Practice Test – Maths, Logical Reasoning and English

7.5

6

20

8

August

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Legal Aptitude Study and Notes Prep
  • Revision and Practice Test – Maths, Logical Reasoning and English

7.5

6

20

8

September

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Legal Aptitude Study and Notes Prep
  • Revision and Practice Test – Maths and Logical Reasoning

7.5

10

20

8

October

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Legal Aptitude Study and Notes Prep
  • Revision and Practice Test – Maths and Logical Reasoning

10

10

20

8

November

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • CLAT Revision
  • CLAT Practice Tests

10

10

20

8

December

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • CLAT Revision
  • CLAT Practice Tests
  • Current Affairs Notes Prep

10

10

20

8

January

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • Current Affairs Notes Prep
  • CLAT Mock Tests

10

10

20

8

February

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • CLAT Mock Tests
  • Current Affairs Prep

10

10

20

8

March

  • Class 12th syllabus preparation
  • CLAT Mock Tests
  • Current Affairs Prep

5

4

25

14

April

  • CLAT Mock Tests
  • Revision of all CLAT materials

30

10

-

-

*The plan assumes you put more hours during summer vacations in May

This plan is not sacrosanct; this is just to give you the basic tips so that you can prepare your own plan based on your requirement. You can use the above plan to make your own subject-wise plan, but you must stick to it. CLAT is a test of how fast you can comprehend the data and do mental calculations. Regular practice will enable you to master the art.

Study Notes Preparation

As stated above, preparation of study notes is one of the most important part of CLAT preparation. It is the easiest way to remember what you have studied and comes in quite handy during revisions.

Apart from this, it is also important to dedicate 1 hour each day on reading up on current affairs. While newspapers are the best and most basic way of being updated with current affairs, social articles and magazines are also equally important.

Mock Schedules

Being attentive to your mock test schedules is imperative to CLAT prep. Mock test not only helps you to master the concepts, it also helps in self-evaluation and gives you a preliminary idea of where you stand in your preparations. Do not miss out on mock test schedules.

Join a Coaching Centre

If you feel that you cannot tackle the paper on your own, joining a coaching is the way to go. It helps in learning the tips and tricks required to crack CLAT. Coaching also helps in effective time management strategies. Never forget, CLAT loves to throw surprises and in such scenarios, coaching can help you get that extra edge over others.

Patience, Focus, and Practice are the three pillars for cracking CLAT. Maintain these three and you can achieve your NLU dream.

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