It must be noted that there is a remarkable difference between board examinations and the entrance examinations for admission to various colleges and universities. With the increasing competition among students, entrance examinations have become a transparent and a credible means to admit the creme de la creme of the lot. Thanks to these entrance examinations, the future of students does not solely rely on marks obtained in the board examination, but on other factors including, aptitude, logic and reasoning, and most importantly, the good old common sense.
With law becoming one of the most favoured options in the recent years for students passed out of the intermediate classes, it is important to prepare well and in advance to ace the examinations and have an edge over the others. In the months before the examinations, resources for preparing include but are not limited to, the Universal Guide to the LL.B entrance by Universal Law Publishing Co., Pearson’s General Knowledge and current affairs, Competition Success Reviews and national newspapers.
Preparing for the law entrance examinations and the board examinations together, could become a bit of a juggle for students, and therefore, an effective mentoring holds the key to success. This is where joining a good test preparation institute comes into play. Your time and effort are effectively channelized to prepare you for the entrance examinations.
Although there is no substitute for hard work, a test prep institute with considerable experience can help you identify your weak areas, make you practice regularly, consistently monitor your progress, and help solve doubts when you get stuck. The material they provide would save a lot of time and hence impart a focus to the preparations.
In addition and in respect of students who are confused about which colleges to apply to, the guidance at the test prep institutes is very handy. The faculty, peer network, students who have already appeared for the various entrance examinations and a team of expert counsellors will all help you decide which entrance examinations are right for you.
The entrance examinations mode requires a drastic change in strategy and orientation for students compared to the board or other examinations. Most of them are objective type. This necessitates a bit of reorientation in the testtaking approach. Cracking entrance examinations is all about dedicated practice on test types that are relevant, followed by revision tests and feedback. You may follow certain tips that will put you in good stead, no matter which entrance exam you are appearing for.
Start thinking about a ‘strategy’. You need to play to your strengths, and learn to skip questions. You have to identify the areas you are not so comfortable with, and it is advisable to experiment in your practice tests.
Most often than not, students stick to the ‘board way’ of taking a test and therefore end up attempting fewer questions than they actually can. Learn to master multiple choice questions (MCQ). They provide for a lot of intelligent guesswork. Once you get a hang of this approach, you would see the attempts in tests increasing manifold. Time management holds the key in a majority of entrance examinations. The core value of effective time management is focusing on the right things. Remember the ’80:20 Rule’.
Usually 80 per cent of unfocussed efforts generate merely 20 per cent of results meaning the rest of the 80 per cent results are attained with 20 per cent efforts only. Revise all the fundamental concepts and identify and attempt as many types of questions as possible in a given topic. This helps build focus and understand the concepts of each section in detail.
Appearing for entrance examinations, right after the boards might be stressful for students. So saving the best tip for the end, students need not take too much of pressure on the D-Day!
One of the critical hinges as in any other test is to maintain one’s cool while taking the test. Remember there are many questions that you can attempt. Do not get stuck at questions that take inordinately long time. The best attempts are made by those who manage to read through the entire paper.
The selection procedure for a law college these days is simple, there is a common law admission test (CLAT) that includes the top 14 government national law universities while there are separate examinations for private universities. These tests are very general and based on general awareness. They mainly involve questions on general knowledge, simple mathematics (like percentage, ratio proportion etc.), legal aptitude and reasoning (simple civics and basics of the Constitution of India)
If a student is not taking tuitions for the preparation of law entrance then he can order the last ten year question papers from the different universities (like NLSIU Bangalore, NALSAR Hyderabad, etc.) and/or refer to the Universal-Guide, which has sample question papers for the entrance. So to crack a law entrance students must brush their general awareness and strengthen basic concepts.