time management tips for CLAT

CLAT stands for Common Law Admission Test and is conducted by the Consortium of NLUs every year to enroll students for undergraduate and postgraduate law courses in various National Law Universities in India. Every year, the number of students participating in this exam is increasing exponentially, thereby increasing the competition. Thus, the students must put their best foot forward in the exam to deal with the competition and come out with flying colors. To do so, they must effectively manage their time while attempting the paper so that they can optimize the time to yield the best results. This article will furnish you with some exclusive tips and tricks for Time Management in the CLAT 2021 exam. 

Divide time for each section

This is the first step towards effectively optimizing your time for the CLAT exam. The students must know that the CLAT paper consists of five sections: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, and Legal Aptitude. The students must fixate each section’s time duration as per their preference and stick to it during the exam. 

Set a fixed time for each question

After setting the time for each section, the next step is to decide the time you will give to each question of that section. It will ensure that you get time to attempt all the questions and nothing gets left behind. This will also give you an idea about the chronology of the questions to be attempted; you can try the easier ones first to have extra time left for the difficult ones.

Don’t get stuck on the questions you don’t know

Do not keep thinking about the answers to the questions you cannot recall. This will waste your precious time, and you will have no time left even for the questions you know. Don’t squander your time on any questions. Just read the paper; if you know the answer, mark it, and if you don’t, move ahead to the next one. Remember, every second count in the examination.


Try to comprehend the paper in the first reading

During the exam, you will not have enough time to repeatedly read the question paper; therefore, you must understand it in the first reading. When you are going through the paper, read it with full concentration, and be mentally present while reading it. Mindlessly going through the paper will simply waste your time; soak in clearly what is written in the paper in the very first go.

Do not get distracted

It is very easy to get distracted in the exam hall, but not doing so will be the best for you. An observant eye that never misses out on anything interesting can be a problematic issue in the exams. The distraction could be anything – from the candidate sitting next to you, the invigilator in the room, or the window near your desk. Try to focus on nothing but your paper during the exam. Looking here and there 

Practice Mock Tests

Mock tests help you get an idea about the paper and be mentally prepared for the same. It will also give you an idea about how much time do you need to attempt each section. It mimics the same pressure that you will go through during your CLAT exam. This way, you will know which section consumes most of your time so that you can practice more for it and perform well in the exam. Mock tests also give you an idea about the type of questions that can be formed in the paper. 

Do SWOT analysis

SWOT analysis stands for the study of your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. When you attempt mock tests, make a report of your performance and notes down all the aspects mentioned above. This analysis will expose you to your strengths, which you need to emphasize and take advantage of, and the weaknesses you need to work on harder.