CLAT 2016 Topper Interview: Learn time-management skill for cracking exam, says Atharv Gupta, AIR 7
Atharv Gupta cracked Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2016 with an All India Rank (AIR) 7. Careers360 interviews the 18-year old Delhite, who ascended to AIR 7 in CLAT 2016 from AIR 873 that of last year. Atharv, who is already pursuing his 5-year integrated law programme from Amity Law School, now feels happy as he is about to join his dream law school– NLSIU Bangalore. While sharing his success story, the CLAT topper says that GK is his favourite subject which he enjoyed preparing the most.
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Atharv who loves reading newspapers daily attributes his success to consistent preparation of General Knowledge and Current Affairs sections despite maintaining a regular attendance in his current law school.
He says that he has learnt patience from the cricket legend Rahul Dravid and is impressed with politicians like Arun Jaitley and Kapil Sibbal who are the bigwigs of the law profession. The CLAT topper also shares that he visits law.careers360.com regularly to keep himself updated on the domain and to get the expert tips on preparation. Read more on different aspects of his preparation journey in this full interview below.
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Careers360: Congratulations on securing AIR 7! How are you celebrating your success?
Atharv Gupta: Thank you for your wishes. The feeling is quite pleasant which can’t be expressed in words. I am celebrating my CLAT success with family and friends.
Careers360: What is your CLAT 2016 score? Is this your first attempt?
Atharv Gupta: No, this is my second attempt as last year too, I took CLAT. This year I have scored 170.5 marks in CLAT, which is almost double as compared to last year’s score of 91 (AIR 873).
Careers360: Share your success mantra behind the ‘doubled CLAT score’?
Atharv Gupta: Since I took CLAT last year too therefore I already knew the online test pattern and had completed most of the CLAT syllabus. Beginning with my stronger sections like English, Mathematics and Legal Aptitude, I would practice with the last years’ question papers of different law exams.
My next strategy was to stay updated with current affairs and revise General Knowledge section, which I assume to be imperative for cracking the common law admission test. Moreover, I would also study the different ‘legal jargons’ for Legal Knowledge section besides keeping an eye on the recent updates on the various court cases of national importance.
Along with all these revisions and updates, I used to take regular mock tests and analyse my mistakes.
Besides, I would also like to express my gratitude to Rajneesh Singh, the CLAT mentor (DO-Zen and CLAT Essentials Founder) who guided me while I was preparing for the law exam and suggested me to take a number of mock tests.
Careers360: How is mock test beneficial for cracking law exams like CLAT?
Atharv Gupta: I believe mock tests are indispensable when you are appearing for coveted law exams like CLAT. In 4 months-time from January, I took a total of 80 mock tests before appearing for the Common Law Admission Test. I would have taken a number of assessment tests and mini tests too on a regular basis.
Taking online mock tests from different resources boosted my confidence. With each mock test, an aspirant can analyse the preparation level and know improvement areas. After taking so many mock tests, I could complete my CLAT paper 40 minutes prior to the schedule time.
Careers360: You are already pursuing BA LL.B from a law school. How did you continue your preparation despite hectic class schedules?
Atharv Gupta: I would say it was a hectic preparation as I had to manage my time schedule for CLAT preparation along with the daily routine at Amity Law School, Delhi. I would return home after attending my law classes at 3:30 pm and after an hour or so, would sit down for revising and practicing questions for the next 5-6 hours.
As I would get time on weekends, I utilized them to study for 10-12 hours, taking short breaks in between. Also, being a law school student, I knew how to study and attempt questions. While Legal Aptitude section remains a challenging area for most of the test takers, I had definitely an edge in this section.
Careers360: With such a jam-packed schedule, how did you distress yourself?
Atharv Gupta: At times when I felt stressed, I would listen to rock music to distress myself. Sometimes on weekends, I would play tennis and basketball, which is a good exercise and helps me in relaxing.
Careers360: What would you suggest to CLAT 2017 aspirants?
Atharv Gupta: I would like to share the following suggestions to CLAT 2017 aspirants–
Be honest while preparing; if you can study for 3 hours at a stretch, adhere to it
There are a number of books in the market; you need to choose the appropriate one
Master the basics of subjects
Learn time-management skill
Take mock tests sincerely and analytically
Have patience and put your best
CLAT is the common law admission test conducted by NLUs. CLAT 2016 was conducted by RGNUL Patiala, on behalf of all 17 NLUs, for a total of 2252 seats. As many as 37,176 candidates took CLAT 2016 out of a total 39,415 registered candidates for the law admission test.
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Questions related to CLAT
is it good to go out another city for clat preparation, because the place where I live has no facility but after I clear this exam , again I have to somewhere else for law. what to do? which city is best for clat preparation.
Well preparing for clat is also possible without coaching but it do require extra work as you will have to collect all the required materials such as notes and books by yourself, where in a coaching centre you are provided all the required materials.
However it isn't necessary to go to a different city to prepare untill and unless you are not ready. You have made a very good point here that for law college you will eventually have to go to a different city. Well if you are ready and comfortable than go for it. I will recommend you to go for delhi, as it has some of the best coaching centres and crowd is also good.
However if you are not ready to go to a different city you can also try online coaching programs. In offline coaching centres you get to interact with competitive crowd which pushes you up further to work hard however in online classes it isn't possible.
Anyways I hope you will make best decision for yourself. Hope you find it helpful.
If i have appear for CLAT after 12 but dont get success can i apper again in CLAT after BA.if yes is any difference in value of degree.Please reply.
Yes you can appear for CLAT even after completing your Graduation in BA. After completing BA programme you can apply for CLAT Entrance exam. CLAT is the national level exam for the admission to Five year integrated programme & Post Graduate law ( LLM) programme and if you have already completed your Graduation programme then you can also go for 3 Years law programme.
If you want to go for five years Integrated law programme then to apply for CLAT you should have minimum 45% in your 10+2
I am in class 11th and i have opted for humanities. i want to clear clat first and then compete the upsc exam , please tell me the right path
If you wish to give CLAT then you can take BA/LLB or BBA/LLB then after graduation you can appear for upsc . UPSC basic criteria includes graduation degree in any discipline from any recognized University. Candidate must be more than 21 years of age and the upper age limit is 32 years for general candidates. Therefore as per your interest you can do graduation in law and then give upsc after completing your graduation.
CLAT की exam के बाद BA.LLB के कोर्स क्या है CLAT का फॉर्म कब तक भर सकते हैं
Hello student ,
First of all as you know this is a national level entrance exam for admission of candidates who want to pursue in under graduation and post graduation law course in national law universities or in other universities .
Further , the students who want to make career in law and in legal area . They have to pursue Bachelor of arts - bachelor of legislative (BA LLB ) course and for this they have to give common law admission test and you can start filling form for this exam from January - July .
Hope it will help you !
the CLAT exams are postponed and here in career360 said the application portal will open again till August 15, but I cant find the application form in the official website. please let me know about it.
Yes CLAT Consortium has yet again postponed CLAT 2020 exam, which was last scheduled to be conducted in online mode on August 22. Also, the CLAT application form is open again, the last date to submit the application form is August 15. The portal may not be opened yet check the official website tomorrow or day after tomorrow you might find the application form if not then you can contact the CLAT officials and find out when they will release the application form. Please check the official website tomorrow. Please click the below link to know more.