CLAT 2014 Topper AIR 3 Kosheel Gupta shares his success story
Updated on Jan 17, 2015 - 2:30 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Calm, Composed and a guitarist by hobby, Kosheel Gupta followed one simple strategy and achieved All India Rank 3 in CLAT 2014. In an interview with Urvashi Dalal of Careers360, Kosheel Gupta unveils the secret to top in the most coveted law entrance exam, CLAT.

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He shares that walking along in his father’s office, a lawyerinspired him to become a lawyer too. Watching television shows that teach him all the tact’s and tricks of ‘how to be a successful lawyer’, Kosheel bagged AIR 3 in CLAT 2014 with a score of 170.25 out of 200.


In his interview with Careers360, Kosheel mentioned that ‘going easy’ is the best way to crack any examination. If a student is confident about his hard work and preparation, he can achieve anything they want.

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Careers360 interviewed the CLAT 2014 Topper and brings the insights that can guide you on how to crack CLAT. Read below the excerpt of candid interview of CLAT 2014 AIR 3 Kosheel Gupta –

Careers360: Congratulations Kosheel on achieving 3rd rank in CLAT.
Kosheel:  Thank you. Yes it’s great. It’s an amazing feeling, it was unexpected. But when I saw the CLAT 2014 official Answer Key, I thought that I might score good.


Careers360: You must be getting applauds from your relatives and friends. You fulfilled their expectations well.
Kosheel: My family, relatives and friends are way too happy. My father, who is a lawyer was my inspiration and yes they all supported me throughout my preparation.

Careers360: What were your overall vis-à-vis subject wise scores?
Kosheel: My overall score is 170.25. I scored 37.5 out of 40 in English, 36/50 in General Knowledge, 18.75/20 in Mathematics, 45 in Legal Aptitude out of 50 and 33 in Logical reasoning out of 40.


Careers360: That is a great score. How did you prepare for the examination? What was your preparation strategy?
Kosheel: The only strategy I adopted was to stay relaxed, go easy, be confident and manage the time well in the exam. I believed in my hard work and had confidence in my preparation.

Careers360: Confidence really helps you to achieve any mile stone. But you might have divided your study hours, how much time you devoted towards your study?
Kosheel: There was no time planning as such. I just planned my sessions and topics. I took some hours in the beginning to plan strategically regarding what to study and stick to my plan until I finished it.

Careers360: Really, just planning topics helped you?
Kosheel: Yes, indeed, I just focused on finishing topics as per my plan rather than sticking to time. Covering each topic is important, compared to just stick to strict time schedule.

Careers360: How did you balance your studies and other activities?
Kosheel: Well, it was easy. I love playing guitar. Music helped me a lot to keep my calm. I was also equally active on social sites including FB. I usually played badminton. Other extra activities are equally important. You can’t just sit in a room and lock yourself in a room aloof from the world. Sometimes with the world, you start learning.

Careers360: Now you have begged AIR 3 in CLAT 2014. What now?
Kosheel: I have aimed for National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore. After having my degree from there, I would be able to plan further, what I choose to be.


Careers360: Kosheel as future aspirants for CLAT would require guidance from toppers like you. Share some of your insights with them.
Kosheel: I would like to share the three basic points, be confident, relax and believe in your hard work. Also, I would ask them to abstain from any last minute preparations, as it is very much important to stay calm and relaxed just before the examination. My good wishes are with all CLAT 2015 aspirants. Be what you are. Please always believe that you have practiced well and shall do justice to your preparation.

Careers360: It is so great to have this conversation with you, your thoughts and insights would be valuable to CLAT 2014 aspirants. We wish you good luck for your future endeavors.
Kosheel: Thank you so much! It has been an opportunity for me.

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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,

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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.

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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

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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.

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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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