CLAT 2016 Topper Interview: Taking mock tests is imperative, says Sreeja Pal, AIR 9
Updated on May 24, 2016 - 7:37 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Sreeja Pal cracked Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 with an All India Rank (AIR) 9. From an AIR of 1111 last year, this 18 year old Kolkata girl has escalated to this year in the law entrance exam. With sheer determination and perseverance, her dream of pursuing law from the top law college-NLSIU Bangalore has come true. According to Sreeja, consistent preparation of General Knowledge and Current Affairs played a vital role in her success.

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In her interview with Careers360, the young champion shares her wish to explore different fields in law programmes. Her heart yearns to help those in distress with her legal knowledge. Read on to know more about the success journey of Sreeja Pal, the CLAT 2016 Topper.

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Careers360: Congratulations! How are you celebrating your success?
Sreeja Pal: Thank you so much for your wishes. The feeling is yet to sink in, as the result is beyond my expectations. I am celebrating the success with my family.

Careers360: What was your CLAT 2016 score? Was it your first attempt?
Sreeja Pal: I scored 170.25 marks in CLAT 2016.
This was my second attempt. Though with AIR 1111 in CLAT last year I was allotted a seat at NLU-O, but couldn’t continue my studies at the institute due to severe health issues. During that time, I was very disheartened but my family supported me and I thought of giving it another try this year.

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Careers360: What preparation strategy did you devise for cracking CLAT 2016?
Sreeja Pal: My preparation strategy was based on conceptual clarity. I focussed on clarifying the basic concepts of different sections including Legal Knowledge and Legal Reasoning.
Since I had appeared in CLAT last year too, it was an added advantage. I began my preparation with General Knowledge & Current Affairs sections, which were my weak areas.
I also went through different monthly magazines, online GK sites and revised static GK from Pearson’s Manual. I would also follow newspapers like The Hindu and The Indian Express to keep myself abreast with the recent updates.
To practise numerical ability questions, I went back to NCERT text books of class 9th and 10th. Since my basic grammar portion for English section was good, I concentrated more on solving questions from the past years’ GMAT and LSAT question papers.

For Legal Aptitude section, I practiced previous years’ question papers of law entrance exams, while mastering my basics of legal knowledge by working on constitutional rights, general Indian Penal Codes (IPCs), etc.
My preparation strategy would revolve around revision and taking mock tests regularly.
I would also like to attribute my sucess to Rajneesh Singh, the CLAT mentor (Founder Do-Zen and CLAT Essentials), who guided me all through the year for CLAT preparation.

Careers360: In your view, are mock tests helpful in cracking law exams?
Sreeja Pal: In last 3 months, from January 2016 onwards, I have taken as many as 50-60 mock tests. In my understanding, mock tests are very helpful as they are the real evaluative tools for analysing your preparation level. You need to take a variety of mock tests on a regular basis, beginning from mini-tests to assessment and sectional tests to full length mocks. Moreover, one needs to take mock tests based on different paper patterns including GMAT, LSAT-India, CLAT and AILET, since CLAT is pretty unpredictable.
It’s imperative that a law aspirant analyses his/her mock tests score and work towards improvement of the weak areas.

Careers360: Would you like to share about your hobbies with us and how did you de-stress yourself during the hectic preparation schedule?
Sreeja Pal: My hobbies include listening Rabindra Sangeet, playing different musical tunes on keyboard and reading a variety of books. After continuous study of 6-8 hours, I would de-stress myself by watching English TV series – Supernatural and Suits.

Careers360: Are you a movie buff? Have you seen any movie in the recent past?
Sreeja Pal: Just a week before my CLAT 2016 paper, I went to see ‘Jungle Book’ with my family. It was an interesting movie and I enjoyed it.

Careers360: Any suggestions for CLAT 2017 aspirants? What books would you refer to the candidates?
Sreeja Pal: I would just share some basic tips–

  1. Be confident; there will be times when you feel dubious, listen to your inner-self and carry on your thorough preparation

  2. Always remember that there is no shortcut to success

  3. Prepare analytically and analyse every mistake of yours

  4. Practice with different set of question papers like GMAT and LSAT

  5. Analyse your preparation level through mock tests and take them seriously

I would like to refer the following books to law aspirants–

  1. Legal Aptitude – Practice previous years’ papers of different exams

  2. Legal Reasoning – CLAT Essentials by Rajneesh Singh

  3. Logical Reasoning – Logical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey

  4. Critical Reasoning – LSAT and GMAT question papers

  5. English – Wren and Martin and Word power made easy

  6. Mathematics – NCERT text books (9th and 10th)

  7. General Knowledge and Current Affairs – The Hindu and the Indian Express, Jagran josh website, any monthly magazine

CLAT is Common Law Admission Test conducted by the NLUs. This year RGNUL Patiala conducted the law exam for admissions to as many as 2252 five-year integrated law programmes. As many as 37,176 candidates had appeared in CLAT out of a total of 39,415 registered for the law exam.

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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

Now coming to specific areas:

GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

Hope this helps.


is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

For more information about CLAT2020 and the eligibility criteria, refer this link

Hope this helps.


is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

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