The result of CLAT 2017, one of the most competitive law entrance exams of India, was announced on May 29. Jaipur’s Rajat Maloo achieved the top position in CLAT 2017 by scoring 154.25 marks out of 196. Rajat, with his confidence and determination, beat around 48,000 test takers across the country to attain the first rank.

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CLAT 2017 Topper Interview: Strategise preparation to overcome challenge of accuracy with speed, says Rajat Maloo, AIR 1

 

A science student, Rajat had no interest in following the conventional career option of Engineering. He knew he had the skill set and interest to stand up for people's rights and fight for changes that common citizens wish to see in the Indian judiciary and Constitution. With this passion in mind, he took a year off to prepare hard for the test and successfully secured AIR 1. According to Rajat, the key to success in CLAT is overcome challenge of balancing speed with accuracy. His advice for future test takers is to practice questions regularly and take as many mock tests as they can while remembering to keep themselves active and rejuvenated by indulging in physical activities rather than wasting time on social media. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, he shares his thoughts and various insights on CLAT preparation and D-Day time management strategies followed by him.

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Careers360: Congratulations on your Rank 1! How are you celebrating your success?
Rajat: Thank you for your wishes. I feel like I am on cloud nine! This now takes me closer to my dream of becoming a lawyer and that too from NLSIU Bengaluru. I never thought my drop year would pay off so well! I am glad I have made my family proud of me.

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Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law as a career option?
Rajat: I never believed in the conventional education system followed by most students in our country. Students forget their skills and just follow the herd. I knew what my skills were and what I wanted to do with them. I had an interest in the legal domain and wanted to represent people and work on the changes they demand from our Indian constitution. This made me prepare for CLAT religiously and hence the results.

 

Careers360: What strategy did you evolve for section-wise preparation?
Rajat: The foremost key or strategy is to be confident about yourself and your preparations. My maths has always been strong, so I did not have to follow any strategy there as such. For GK, I made sure I followed all national and international events including sports. I read newspapers, magazines and online articles, not only as a way of improving my GK but also to hone my language skills. For legal aptitude, I feel one must prepare from the available books, online materials and by reading the latest case orders, or by simply focussing on reading the Indian constitution in detail.

 

Also, the most vital strategy is to take as many mock tests as possible without fail. You must do a minimum of two in a day. Mock tests help you in identifying your mistakes and improve on your preparations accordingly. One must never avoid taking mock tests.

 

Careers360: A year-long preparation and a huge success. How did you keep yourself rejuvenated during your preparation days?
Rajat: I never believed in being active on social media or in watching movies to take time off studies. I think they take too much of your attention and are a waste of time. The best way to keep your brain active is to get involved in any kind of physical activity. I played badminton, played the guitar, read classic novels etc. One must save themselves from distractions to achieve what they want.

 

Careers360: What was your time strategy for the test day?
Rajat: You should remember to manage your time well in each section. Do the sections which are easy for you. I gave:

1. GK - 5-10 minutes

2. Legal Aptitude - 25-30 minutes

3. English - 20 minutes, excluding RCs which I did at the end as they are time-consuming

4. Maths - 15-20 minutes

5. Logical Reasoning - 25 minutes

 

Careers360: Any success mantra for future test takers?
Rajat: My success mantra is to be confident, avoid distractions, focus on your weaker sections and always practise mock tests. Also, make sure you take out time for some physical activities as all work and no play can seriously make anyone dull!

 

CLAT is the annual common law admission test conducted by NLUs. CLAT 2017 was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU) Patna on behalf of all 18 NLUs on May 14. Known for its frequent controversies, CLAT hit the headlines this year as well. In CLAT 2017, there were claims by students and experts alike about as many as 13 questions being wrong in the paper. As per the officials, however, there were only nine mistakes in total leading to four questions being scrapped and marks being adjusted accordingly

 

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can I have online free classes for preparation of clat?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020
Shwetha,
CLAT syllabus has been changed and the to give you a gist of the changed syllabus,
The no.of questions asked will be reduced from 200 to 150 but the time duration will be the same
English: There will be no more direct vocabulary questions
GK: Static GK will be removed and only your knowledge on current affairs will be tested
Mathematics: Only DI based questions.
Logical Reasoning: More emphasis on critical reasoning questions
Legal Aptitude: No Legal GK questions but the reasoning questions will remain.
While we cannot authenticate any online videos, we have a list of books that you can prepare from:
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clat exam is easy or hard for admission how the student have to score

Rehan Alam Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020
Dear Aspirant

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 Easyis 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.

Here are some links for you:-

https://law.careers360.com/exams/clat https://law.careers360.com/articles/how-attempt-clat-legal-aptitude-section https://law.careers360.com/articles/best-books-for-clat

Thank you.

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question papers of previous clat exams

Shareef 8th Apr, 2020
Hello,
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Go through the below link for getting previous years question papers with answer sheets. You will even find sample papers for practice purpose.
https://law.careers360.com/download/clat-sample-papers-previous-years
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Mam Sir parnam. I DEEPAK.I prepare clat exam. But I think any time .When I complete clat exam .What is the syllabus clat. Please explain me.

Prakarsh Kaushik 8th Apr, 2020

Hello,

CLAT is an entrance exam for admission into 23 National Law Universities and some of the Private Law Colleges.

Syllabus for CLAT inlucude -

  • English ( Comprehension, Correcting the Sentence etc.)
  • General Knowledge and Current Affairs
  • Basic Maths ( Percentage, Average, Profit Loss etc)
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Legal Aptitude ( Criminal, Contract, Constitutional, Law, Act of Tort etc)

Click at this link to know more about CLAT - https://law.careers360.com/exams/clat

Hope this was helpful.

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history come in clat examination

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Hello,
Common Law Admission Test is conducted every year for admission to LLB course in NLUs throughout the country.
The question paper will be based on the English language, Quantitative Techniques, Current Affairs including General Knowledge, Legal Reasoning and Logical Reasoning.
General Knowledge here includes important events in contemporary world. So, history is not asked in CLAT paper. Only important events of recent past are included.

Follow this link for previous year papers and mock tests:
https://law.careers360.com/exams/clat

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