AILET 2018 Topper Interview: Time management and prioritizing sections helped me in achieving success, says Devansh Kaushik, AIR 1
AILET 2018 Topper Interview: The Jaipur boy, Devansh Kaushik achieved the badge of AIR 1 by scoring 98.25 in AILET 2018. Hailing from an education-oriented family, Devansh feels lucky that his parents supported him when he wanted to walk on his sister’s footstep, who currently is an NLSIU Bangalore student. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, the AILET 2018 AIR 1 shares his success mantra for cracking the All India Law Entrance Test.
Read this interview of AILET 2018 Topper, where the AIR 1 talks about his exam day strategy which helped him in maintaining the pressure on the exam day, thus helping him to achieve the goal.
Devansh, an aspiring lawyer shares that he loves to play chess as the game aids him with the ability to think and take fast decisions. The AILET 2018 topper also speaks on how to balance the law entrance exam and board preparations.
Excerpts of Interview
Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying AILET 2018 with flying colours! Were you expecting this?
Devansh: Thank you so much! I was expecting a good score but AIR 1 was not in my mind, ever. I can now relax until I join the NLU. I can’t relate this feeling in words.
Careers360: Tell me something about your parents?
Devansh: My father is a Principal and my mother a Lecturer in a Government School. My parents have always supported in my decision to pursue law. Since my sister already pursuing her law programme from NLSIU Bangalore, it had helped me a lot during my law exam preparation.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Devansh: As I told earlier that my sister is a student of NLSIU Bangalore, she played a major source of motivation. Moreover, I wanted to join Indian Judiciary and Indian Administrative Services, therefore I think pursuing a law degree will help me in this long run.
Careers360: Apart from AILET 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? Howe was your performance in those exams?
Devansh: Beside AILET, I appeared for CLAT only. The Common Law Admission Test went very well and I am expecting a score of 155.25 according to the provisional answer key of CLAT.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what was your section wise strategy?
Devansh: I started my AILET 2018 preparation as soon as I entered class 12th. The main strategy which I followed was prioritizing my work as I had less time.
My General knowledge and English were already strong even as I consistently worked upon these sections for next two years. Once I was done with Static GK, I would work on Current Affairs and Legal Aptitude sections.
Careers360: I think being a topper you were not afraid of any subject.
Devansh: No, I was afraid of Mathematics paper. However, I referred RS Aggarwal and NCERT, while preparing for the law entrance exam. The only think which I did was practice, and practice from lots and lots of question papers and practice books.
Careers360: What was your exam day experience?
Devansh: My experience was very different as compared to others. The paper level was comparatively high if compared to this year’s AILET. Initially, I realized that it would not be possible for me to attempt complete paper. Thence, I decided to leave almost 10 questions due to shortage of time and difficulty level of the paper.
However, within the time-frame, I prioritized my sections and attempted only those sections of which I was completely sure. I was able to cover all questions of GK and Legal sections.
Careers360: This was the first time AILET introduced negative marking. Were you aware of this? How did you tackle the paper?
Devansh: Yes, I was aware about this. Frankly, it was good news for me. Negative marking means that candidates will not attempt questions which they are not sure of. So that was again good decision which also increased my confidence level in the exam.
Careers360: How did you balance the board exam preparations with the law entrance tests?
Devansh: I prioritized law preparation and kept board preparation on the back-foot as my main target was to achieve higher rank than a higher percentage in boards.
However, in the month of January and February, I divided my time and prepared for board. Apart from that, throughout the year I kept my focus on law entrance preparation and as soon as board got over, I was on to the final preparation.
Careers360: It might have been very hectic for you. How did you de-stress yourself during this preparation phase?
Devansh: I love reading books and playing chess. While, reading good books help in improving my vocabulary and grammar, the chess helps me in taking right decisions and act fast. I de-stressed myself with reading books and playing chess.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? How important is coaching qualifying a law entrance?
Devansh: Yes, I took coaching from CLATPrep. The coaching guidance helped me a lot. Yes, I believe that, in order to achieve a good rank, coaching is very important. Especially when you have doubt in certain areas like Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning, you need a right guidance. The coaching guidance helps you in focusing on the relevant topics.
Having said this, I would also like to say that ultimately a candidate has to work upon different aspects to achieve the goal.
Careers360: How many mock tests did you take before the law exam? How helpful are these tests?
Devansh: I started taking mock tests from the month of June, after I was done with my basic preparation. Moreover, I attempted most of the mock test in the months of November and December and later in April. I took up over 90 mock tests in total.
The mock tests help a candidate in analysing the self-preparation. When one attempts a mock test, the SWOT analysis can be done, which helps in further improvement. Moreover, the mock tests also help in giving an overall idea of the exam, which eases your exam pressure.
Careers360: What are your suggestions for the next AILET aspirants?
Devansh: I would like suggest them to work on Legal Knowledge and events related to current legal scenerio. These are two important topics that can get you good score and get a higher rank. Rest, believe in your hard work and make a consistent preparation, towards achieving your goal.
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what is the new date of AILET exam 2020?
As per your question NLU Delhi has announced that AILET 2020 will now be conducted on August 18, in
remote proctored test mode. The admit card for appearing in AILET 2020 are going to be issued on July
27. the web form of AILET 2020 has been extended till July 7.
AILET is conducted once during a year for admissions to 5-year integrated (BA LLB) and LLM law
programmes offered by the institute. The BA LLB program features a seat intake capacity of 70 seats
which will be filled supported AILET 2020 scores. Further, there are 10 additional seats reserved for
Foreign Nationals which will be offered through direct admission supported merit.
Foreign nationals are exempt fro appearing in AILET 2020. The LLM program has 70 seats which will be
filled supported AILET 2020 scores, and 10 seats for foreign nationals.
AILET 2020 exam are going to be conducted in offline mode and include 150 MCQs. Candidates who
qualify the examination are further involved the counselling and admission procedure conducted by NLU
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AILET is held once a year for admissions to the 5-year comprehensive (BA LLB) and LLM legal programs offered by the university. The BA LLB plan has a seat intake capacity of 70 seats to be filled on the basis of the AILET 2020 ranking. In fact, there are 10 extra seats reserved for foreign nationals to be provided through preferential entry on the basis of merit.
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What are the overall maths topics in CLAT, AILET and HSEE ?
For CLAT, Mathematics comes under Quantitative Techniques section. And this section includes short set of facts or prepositions, graphs, or other textual, pictorial or diagrammatic representations of numerical information followed by a series of questions. You need to apply 10th standard mathematical operations on ratios and proportions, basic algebra, mensuration and statistical estimation.
For AILET, There will be 10 questions from Mathematics Section.
- Mensuration: Areas and Volumes
- Commercial Mathematics: Interest, Profit, Loss and Discounts, Percentage, Partnership
- Modern Mathematics: Permutation and Combination Probability, Clocks and Calendars
- Data Interpretation: Graphs and Charts
- Arithmetic: Number Syaytem, H.C.F and L.C.M, Logarithms and Functions, Fractions and Decimals, Rots and Indices, Simplification, Ration and proportions, Time and Work, Average.
For HSEE, you need to prepare on topics like Numbers, Algebra, High Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple, Calendar, Basic Statistics, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Simple and Compound Interest, Work and time, Discount, Age, Sums, Linear Equations, Elementary Trigonometry, Data Interpretation, Analytical Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Brain-teasers and patterns.