CLAT as an exam is all about maintaining your composure while you are writing the paper.
There might be a point during the exam when you would blank out, completely.
It is a very common symptom of such an exam, simply because you have prepared for this exam for months together and have put in both a lot of physical as well as mental effort into it and, most importantly, you cannot accept a failure here and let all your hard work and effort go down the drain.
Do not succumb to such a situation!
Remember, you have worked very hard for this exam. It is not that people around you are smarter than you. If the paper is difficult for you, it is difficult for everyone uniformly.
One of our faculty had such an experience while she was writing CLAT, a few years ago. She did flounder. But she sensed that she had worked very hard for this exam. No way is it possible for someone else to be extraordinarily better than her.
After this story flashed in her head, and two minutes after she blanked out, she re-gained complete control of the situation. She started solving the questions, instantly. Had she not wasted those two minutes, she could have been in NALSAR and not in NUJS, although she now believes she is fortunate to be in NUJS.
So, the moral of the story is to stay composed and solve the paper.
Secondly, focus is an indispensable requirement to successfully complete the paper. When you read a question, or a comprehension passage, read it once and for all. Do not re-read it. Remember, you cannot afford to re-read it. Re-reading even 1/4th of the paper is going to consume good enough a chunk of those 120 minutes to leave you stranded way behind everyone else.
Read each question once. Read it properly. Solve the question. And the only way to do it is through focus. Be focused.
Do not think of the previous five questions that you have solved. Do not think if they are right or wrong. Do not think of the questions that you are yet to solve. Focus on what you are working on. That will remove a lot of weight from your head.
Thirdly, have a proper strategy in place. Start with General Knowledge. We, here in CLATapult, did that when we took our respective CLATs. Finish it in 10 minutes. At most 12. Then go to English. Finish it in 20 minutes. At most, 22. Then solve Legal and Logic, in an order you are comfortable with. 30 minutes each.
We would like you to note here that never should you stick to a particular question for a long time. And never must you stick to a section for a longer time than what we have prescribed here.
There is a reason why we say this. Every section is an amalgamation of easy as well as difficult questions. The smart way out is to work on the easy questions of one section rather than working overtime on the difficult ones from another.
For instance, if you spend five to seven minutes on one difficult Logical Reasoning/Maths question, you will be deprived of the affordability of 3-5 English questions or 15-20 GK questions.
At times, you should simply let the question prevail over you and not always the other way round. Come on! The question also has the right to feel smart about itself. 😉
Jokes apart, you have to ensure that you finish these two sections in an hour. Not more than 60 minutes. You should at least have 20 minutes for Maths.
Maths is mark-fetching. That could be a game-changer. People appearing CLAT traditionally have been Maths-phobic. This is where you can beat them.
This is a strategy, as a clarification, we followed when we had appeared our respective CLATs. We have come across people who solve the paper as per their own comfort. You, obviously, have the freedom to solve it in a manner you are most efficient with.
Best of Luck for all the mocks that you are appearing now and CLAT.