AILET 2018 Topper Interview - AILET 2018 AIR 8 Kunal Badesra shares his journey of securing his place among top 10 rankers of AILET 2018. A humanities student, Kunal started preparing for law entrance tests from Class 11. “The main thing that gave me an edge was, I didn’t freak out on the D-day and kept myself calm and later on it paid off”, says Kunal.
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Kunal’s family was supportive during the preparation period and moved from their hometown so that he can get better training. Through his board exam preparation he made it a point to solve a minimum of 75- 80 mocks which help him cope with the examination. Kunal owes his success to his family who constantly supported him through his dream. Apart from AILET, Kunal also attended MHCET Law, SLAT and CLAT. A fan of science fiction movies and stand up comedy shows, he shares his preparation strategy and success mantras with Career360.
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Excerpts from the interview
Careers360: Congratulations on bagging AIR 8 in AILET! How do you feel being among the top 10?
Kunal: I didn’t expect myself to be in top 10 but I knew I would crack AILET. It is an amazing feeling being in the top 10 of a national level exam. I feel humbled yet honoured being among the toppers of this country. I would like to express my gratitude to all those who helped me attain this level and those who supported me throughout my two years of preparation.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family.
Kunal: I belong to a family of four. My father is a Lecturer in History. He has always supported me in following my pursuits. Although, I had to leave my hometown as my family and I recognised the need for a better coaching that my dream result will surely ask for, yet, my family was always there for whatever I needed, be it support or constant guidance. I consider myself determined and self motivated. I am constantly inspired by my parents, especially by my father. The love and understanding from my mother is always a big help.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Kunal: I want to pursue law as a profession as I consider it to be a very giving field when it comes to financial considerations. Intellectually as well as in terms of opportunities, an individual gets to make a long list of contributions to the community.
Careers360: Apart from AILET 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? Howe was your performance in those exams?
Kunal: I appeared for MH-CET, SLAT and CLAT apart from AILET. My scores were MHCET-123, SLAT-122 and CLAT-140.50
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what was your section wise strategy?
Kunal: I started preparing for law entrance exams in eleventh standard itself. I had humanities so there was less burden from the CBSE side.
Section Wise Strategy -GK- Consistency is the key. It was a combination of newspaper, current GK websites , and static GK books. In the later phase of preparation sound revision is the key. I kept myself updated with current case laws and judgments.
Logical Reasoning - Preparation for NTSE in class tenth helped me preparing for LR section and for CR solving inferential RC’s and LSAT papers helped me a lot.
Maths- Maths was not a hurdle for me and eliminating options helped a lot.
English- English was my weakest section in the early phase of preparation but thereafter i worked hard on the topic , solved as many question as I could, after a rigorous practice , I eventually gained confidence and started scoring well.
Legal- By solving past years papers and coaching material, I managed to have a good command over the legal section.
Careers360: Which were your strong and weak sections and how did you prepare for them?
Kunal: My weakness was English so, as I have mentioned above constant practice for 2 months and then rummaging over those in the last 2-3 months really helped me a lot in increasing marks in CLAT and AILET. My Strengths were GK and LR, so that really gave me an advantage over others in mock tests.
Careers360: What was your exam day experience? What strategy did you follow?
Kunal: I had an accident on the 1st of May and AILET was on 6th, it was really a tough job to sit there and concentrate over the CR and the Legal Reasoning questions but somehow I managed to complete the paper on time. The main thing that gave me an edge was, I didn’t freakout on the D-day and kept myself calm and later on it paid off.
Careers360: This was the first time AILET introduced negative marking. Were you aware of this? How did you tackle the paper?
Kunal: I always had a tendency to attempt each and every question in CLAT where there was already negative marking. So, the introduction of negative marking didn’t really affect me.
Careers360: How did you balance the board exam preparations with AILET and other law entrance tests?
Kunal: I was a Humanities student and I didn’t have much pressure from CBSE side as subjects were easier in comparison to other streams. In the penultimate week of February, I started preparing for my boards and I got ample of gap between two exams that I covered the entire syllabus in time.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? How important was coaching for you?
Kunal: Yes, I took coaching from CLAT PREP, Jaipur.It indeed, was important for me as it gave me a competitive environment and regular mocks provided, helped me gaining confidence over my prep. I discussed my weaknesses with my faculty and worked upon that and eventually gained confidence over those topics.
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?
Kunal: I started giving mocks in August, 2017.I gave 75-80 mocks before CLAT and AILET.It really helped in time management and assessing my virtual All India Ranks before the main exam. Analyzing mocks made sure that I won’t miss out on the topics that are weak or consuming a lot of time and next mock scoring good in same section/topic helped me overcome my fears.
Careers360: Tell us something about your hobbies. Did you get time for them during the preparation phase?
Kunal: As I mentioned before, I am a big fan of Sci-fi movies, Stand-up comedy and T.V. Shows but during the preparation phase, it was tough to get time for all that but I managed to simultaneously watch all that so that I don’t feel stressed out and get refreshed during the prep phase.
Careers360: What are your suggestions for AILET aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Kunal: For AILET, keep a note on current issues and case laws/current judgment, as it has a lot of weightage in AILET. One must not be carried away by Past Year Papers in AILET and not stick to any pattern as you’ll get bouncers in the exam. Don’t get stressed by your low mock scores.
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Previous year cut-off for AILET has been as follows;
The Syllabus consists for five sections such as General Knowledge, Reasoning, Legal Aptitude, Mathematics and English.
You can go through the following books;
For English, Wren and Martin is the best grammar books to build the basic concepts, for Vocabulary there's Norman Lewis Word Power Made Easy, you can also practice through Objective General English by SP Bakshi, this book is great for evaluating your progress.
For GK, go through newspaper such as The Hindu or The Indian Express for dynamic part, you can also go through monthly magazines such as Pratiyogita Darpan and static part you may refer Lucent's GK or there are sites such as Jagran Josh, GKToday which you can use.
For Reasoning, you can use Analytical Reasoning by MK Pandey or Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning by RK Agarwal.
For Legal Aptitude, you can use a book named Legal Aptitude for CLAT and other exxaminations by AP Bharadwaj.
For Mathematics, you can go through NCERT books for foundation, and any of the among RK Agarwal's Quantitative Aptitude, M Tyra's Magical Maths.
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There are total 123 seats in AILET, you can see the detailed distribution at https://nludelhi.ac.in/adm-ba.aspx
The CLAT exam syllabus has changed this year and shift to more aptitude side then remembering things.The no.of questions reduced from 200 to 120/125 but the time duration will be the same that is 2 hours.
Here are few tips for preparation you must follow to get a good score without coaching:-
English: Vocabulary questions will be asked. Word Power Made Easy is the book you can use to improve your vocabulary.
High School Grammar and Composition ( by Wren and Martin)It is a book to improve the grammar skills.
GK: Question on current affairs will be asked. Read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist. You can also use some other apps like Inshorts etc for current affairs.Mathematics: Only Data based questions will be asked. Like you have some information and questions on basis of that information.Logical Reasoning: Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis. These are some of the topics on which you can expect questions.
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AILET has extended the window to fill the registration forms from 15th May 2020 to 30th June 2020 and the exam will be conducted in August.
To prepare for the exam, you must follow some tips such as
Prepare short notes of topics and revise them regularly.
Practice sample papers, mock tests and previous year papers.
Regularly read newspapers to cover the current topics.
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NLU Delhi has notified that is waiving off the requirement to upload scanned copy of category/caste certificate at the time of submission of AILET 2020 application form. The candidate will instead have to produce the category/caste certificate in original along with a self-attested copy at the tie of reporting for admission. Please click the below link to know more.
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