AILET 2018 Topper Interview - Aditya Krishna, the Bihar boy who bagged AIR 47 with a score of 71.5 in AILET 2018, was pleasantly surprised when he saw his AILET result since he had found the paper to be quite difficult. Aditya had taken a drop year to prepare for the law entrance exam and, apart from studying, had utilized the time by pursuing his hobbies and learning Urdu. Hailing from a Humanities background, he considered Maths and Logical Reasoning to be his weak areas and English and GK to be his strengths. A strong believer in the merits of regular practice, Aditya shares here his journey from being an ordinary law aspirant to becoming an AILET 2018 topper.
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Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying AILET 2018 with flying colours! Were you expecting this?Aditya: Thank you! It came as a surprise to me as the paper did not go well due to its difficulty level and lengthiness. This exam was such that it was difficult to even read and attempt all 150 questions in one and a half hours. I could solve around 104 out of 150 questions and I was disappointed. Thus, when I came out of the examination hall, the first thought was that I would not be able to crack AILET 2018 and it would be better to start preparing for CLAT. But now, when I saw the result, AIR 1 scored 98.25 marks and AIR 2 scored 84 out of 150 marks. So securing 71.5 marks and the AIR 47 is a good feeling. Because in the end, the paper was very difficult and the increased difficulty ensured I achieved a relatively good score.
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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family. How did your family support you?
Aditya: I come from a middle-class family settled in Darbhanga district of Bihar. My father is a business man and my mother is a home-maker. I was here in Bhopal for the last one year preparing for AILET and CLAT. My parents supported me in everything and the result of that is what I have achieved today.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Aditya: There are a lot of factors. Firstly, I was not good in Maths so Engineering was not an option for me and secondly, I was very interested in Humanities. When I was in Class 12, I wanted to join DU but the gap between my scores and the cutoff for DU proved to be a bit too far and I ended up missing the cutoff by a mere five marks. I had prepared for CLAT without taking it seriously. So my parents suggested that I drop a year. That turned out to be very logical and I ended up getting what I wanted.
Careers360: Apart from AILET 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you appear for? How was your performance in those exams?
Aditya: I appeared for SLAT (Symbiosis Law Admission Test) and I got 130 out of 150 as the paper was surprisingly easy. As I treated it like a standard paper and not one in which I wanted to merely pass, I got well above the cutoff. In CLAT, I managed to score 135.25 in the initial marks put up. I suppose there will be an increase of two marks as there have been errors in a few questions. But given the way the CLAT paper was conducted, in terms of the amount of discrepancies that were there, I don’t think I can celebrate my marks as the experience of the exam was not good.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what was your section-wise strategy?
Aditya: I started preparing for the law entrance exams a year ago by taking a drop. As far as the sections are concerned, being a Humanities student, my biggest nemesis was Maths, followed by the Logical section as it requires a lot of mathematical thinking. These two papers were challenging. General Knowledge was not so interesting but I managed to prepare well for it. English was good and Legal reasoning was also interesting. For Maths I worked hard. I tried to solve as many questions as I could. I went through all the chapters and also the previous years’ question papers and then solved questions from there.
Coming to my strong subjects, it is English. I adopted the policy of divide and rule while studying. I divided the subjects into sub-sub sections and prepared in the manner that I found easy. The Legal Reasoning questions are generally same every year. So I got an idea of the questions that came.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? How important is coaching for qualifying a law entrance?
Aditya: Yes, I took coaching from LegalEdge Bhopal. I would say it is important to have a good coaching though instead of coaching with inexperienced people.
Coaching institutes help in you in every way as they know the pattern every year and they can tell you the strategies of attempting the paper, managing time and other tips. They give you an opportunity to see where you stand. You have teachers who can tell you many useful points about the paper which you will find difficult to discover on your own.
Careers360: How many mock tests did you take before the law exam? How helpful are these tests?
Aditya: My coaching had mock tests right from the beginning. I started with mock tests from the very first month of my coaching. There were 25 CLAT mocks and 10 for AILET. So we used to practice tests throughout the year. Mock tests are very important as they help you in time management. They let you know how to attempt the paper and how not to, and also let you know where you stand right before the exam. You are told to analyze the mock after attempting the same. And analyzing is important otherwise the efforts go to vain.
Careers360: Tell us something about your hobbies. During the preparation phase, did you get time for your hobbies?
Aditya: I have many hobbies. I am into linguistics, politics, poetry, history, literature and debate. Yes, I made sure I spared time for my hobbies as they helps in keeping one calm. In my drop year I even learned Urdu.
Careers360: What are your suggestions for AILET aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Aditya: For AILET aspirants, the amount of hours you put in to study is very important. When compared to CLAT, AILET requires more strategies to study well. Knowing your weaknesses and strengths is very important.
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Hello dear aspirant.
As of now you will be facing a great problem at the time of admission because they can't allow a failed candidate. Yes in eligibility criteria you will find that only +2 passed is required. But it will be not sufficient when you go for admission.
Hope you get it.
Dear Sonu, Candidates with PWD can opt for Scribes. Scribes are those who assist PWD Candidates in writing the exam. The scribe will read out the question for the Candidate and the Candidate will give the answer and the scribe has to mention that as the answer. These scribes are used for visually imparied, Candidates with cerebral palsy, with locomotor disabilities and whose speed or writing or using a mouse is affected. And there is a compensatory time of 20 minutes allotted in additional for every 1 hour of exam duration. So for CLAT, there is 40 minutes of additional time that is allotted.
AILET is an entrance test for admission to National Law University, Delhi. Admission to all other NLUs in India is done through CLAT exam. The syllabus and level for both exams is quite similar. And hence so is the preparation required. There are various coaching institutea that provide coaching for CLAT and AILET. Now it also depends on the city in which you are looking for as the faculty etc would differ. But a few top institutes are-
Best of luck
Some tips which can help you to prepare for your LLB entrance
1. You can solve the mock tests provided in this link, they are very benificial as they help you to practice and increases your knowledge as well. You can solve them when you are not willing to study or learn anything, by this way you can easily test your knowledge
2. You can refer to exam expert on Legal aptitude published by Wiley Publications, this will be helpful.
3. You must go through History, Geography, Economy and General Science from any national level publication such as Arihant, Pearson or Universal.
4. Go through newspapers such as The Hindu, especially its Editorial and National pages. Plus, online portals such as GK Today, TCY and Cloud Affairs are of much help.
5. For English, You should regularly practice it and while answeing questions you should read the passage properly
6. For quantitative aptitude, you can refer to Tenth standard R.S. Aggarwal or R.D. Sharma, it will be more than sufficient.
7. For Logical reasoning, you may refer to Books by M.K. Pandey and R.S. Aggarwal .
Some tips for DU LLB entrance exam
1. Make a daily schedule and make sure that you stick to it as you have very less time being in 3rd year of graduation. Keep some leisure time as well.
2. Start managing your time according to your subjects. Start making short term goals.
3. You can take help of a good coaching institute. They can easily help you with clearing of doubts, tests etc.
4. you can go for online mock tests available on the internet. Link ;
All the best
Thankyou, I hope it helps, Feel free to approach for further queries
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