AILET 2018 Topper Interview: Jabalpur girl Harshita Gupta aced AILET 2018 by securing AIR 2 and scoring 84 out of 150. An aspiring lawyer aiming to join NLU Delhi, Harshita had decided to pursue legal studies in Class 10 itself. She credits regular mock tests and sectional preparation from the right books for her success.
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According to Harshita, having confidence and motivation is of utmost importance along with the right preparation strategy. To the AILET aspirants, she suggests that taking the test with the belief that is is your day and you aregoing to ace that, will definitely lead them to success. Careers360 brings the exclusive interview of AILET 2018 AIR 2 Harshita Gupta.
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Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying AILET 2018 with such good scores! How do you feel being among the top 10?
Harshita: Thank you so much!The feeling is yet to sync. I never expected this rank, especially in AILET.I am pleasantly surprised.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family. How did your family support you?
Harshita: I hail from Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. My father is a businessman and mother is a home maker. After class 10th results, I had this pressure to take up Physics Chemistry and Maths (PCM) but I had figured out my fascination for law as a careeroption in Class 10 itself.My parents were very supportive and never pressurised me for taking up PCM.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Harshita: I've a great interest in social sciences.The curriculum of law school is just perfect as we can study a widerange of subjects in those 5 years. And since I want to prepare for UPSC, law will be of great help.
Careers360: Apart from AILET 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? Howe was your performance in those exams?
Harshita: Apart from AILET,I took CLAT and SET Law. I scored 144 and 123 in them respectively.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what was your section wise strategy?
Harshita: I started preparing after my Class 10 board exam itself but I was not focused in Class 11. I started preparing seriously from Class 12.
In terms of sections, English was my weakest point. I referred to ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis and did some grammar rules from different books. For Reading Comprehension, I prepared through mock tests. I also prepared Maths section through mock tests. ForLogical Reasoning, I referred to MK Pandey for Critical Reasoning.I was good at analytical so again, mocks sufficed. GK was another weak area so I referred to various compendiums. For Legal GK I referred to Lucent, Universal, Lexis Nexis, Career Launcher material and mock tests.Careers360: What was your exam day experience?
Harshita: To be honest, it was not a pleasant experience owing to the hot weather. Also, there were various other disturbances like loud noise etc. which made it difficult to focus. However, I maintained composure and focused on the test itself which made all the difference.
Careers360: This was the first time AILET introduced negative marking. Were you aware of this? How did you tackle the paper?
Harshita: Since we were used to taking mocks in CLAT pattern, negative marking was not a big problem. But I will admit that in AILET the questions are so tough that we can never be 100 percent sure about an answer so I tried to keep my attempts high, as in AILET it's do or die situation. Either you're in top 100 or nothing (NLU Delhi or nothing). So taking educated guesses is a must.
Careers360: How did you balance the board exam preparations with AILET and other law entrance tests?
Harshita: I was not too confident about my Boards preparation and was feeling nervous in the month of March. However, I managed to get a good score. I would suggest aspirants not to take Board exams lightly as it would be necessary to get a good score in Board exam if you would like to apply for LLM or CAT in future.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? How important was coaching for you?
Harshita: I took two years classroom coaching at Skolars, Jabalpur.I feel that if your concepts are not clear then you will definitelyneed a teacher and for legal section, a mentor is essential.
Careers360: When did you begin taking mock tests? How may mock tests did you take before taking the exam? How did mock test help you in law exams?
Harshita: Ibegan taking mocks in my 11th class itself. I think the best part about my preparation was taking mock tests.I took 87 mocks in my 12th classand 100+ in 2 yearscombined.But for AILET, I took only three mocks as I was running short of time. I could really benefit from the mock test in terms of devising test taking strategy like time management, choosing right questions etc.
Careers360: What are your suggestions for AILET aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Harshita: Have confidence that you have given your best andany rank or result cannot justify your preparation.Don’t worry if you are not able to complete the full syllabus. Take the exam with this belief that is is your day and you aregoing to ace that.Be very calm and take all your mocks without AC or cooler at hometo be prepared for any situation at the centre.
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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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