CLAT 2018 Topper Interview - Jaipur boy, Devansh Kaushik who bagged AIR 2 with a score of 157.5 in CLAT 2018 shares his success story in an exclusive interview with Careers360. Devansh advised the next year candidates to focus on the CLAT mock tests and analysing it thereafter. As he believes that along with practice, analysing your mistakes, strengths and weakness is what gives you an extra edge.
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What motivated him to study law was his interest to get in Civil Services to serve the nation. The student of Cambridge Court High School, Jaipur, Devansh has also topped AILET with AIR 1. Son of academic professionals, he is all set to follow the footsteps of her elder sister, who is a student of NLSIU Bangalore.Related PostCLAT 2019CLAT Application Form 2019CLAT Admit Card 2019
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Careers360: You have been on the Top 10 in both the exams, CLAT 2018 and AILET 2018. How are you feeling?
Devansh: It feels great to have secured such a high rank in a national level Law entrance exam. I am happy that I finally got the result of my hard work.
Careers360: We would like to know something about yourself and your family.
Devansh: I was a student of Cambridge Court High School from where I completed my 10th and 12th class. My father is a principal and my mother is a lecturer in a Government educational sector. My elder sister is a law student of NLSIU Bangalore.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law?
Devansh: My main aim is to join Civil Services and law is the path where I can enhance my knowledge towards my dream. Law gives you an opportunity to get exposure to many disciplines under one umbrella. Therefore, law has always interested me from the beginning.
Careers360: Apart from CLAT 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? How was your performance in those exams?
Devansh: Apart from CLAT, I also appeared in AILET 2018 where I secured AIR 1. I will not comment on my performance as it is transparent to everyone but I will definitely comment on my hard work that showed results.
Careers360: When did you decided to start preparing for the law entrance exam?
Devansh: I started preparing for CLAT from March 2017 onward. I had the confidence of qualifying boards in six months, while my CLAT preparation was on priority. There were subjects like Legal Aptitude and Legal Knoweldge which were new to me. A good grip in these sections and topics would fetch me good marks in CLAT.
Careers360: Which were your strong and weak sections and how did you prepare for them?
Devansh: Initially my strengths were English, GK, Legal and Critical Reasoning. While my Maths and Analytical Reasoning were not up to the mark. But I was able to cover a lot of ground through extra practice in these areas before the actual exam.
Careers360: What was your exam day experience? What strategy did you follow?
Devansh: My exam day experience was overall smooth, except for two power cuts mid exam. I first attempted General Knowledge then English, followed by Legal, Reasoning and Maths. To be safe I was cautious while attempting the paper due to negative marking, I attempted 190 questions left 10 questions.
Careers360: How did you manage your board exam preparations with CLAT and AILET that you appeared for?
Devansh: I balanced my board and law entrance preparation by allotting time between them, focusing more on the latter.
I hardly studied for my quarterly exams but did so for my half yearly and pre-board exams. Throughout the year I focused on CLAT as I wanted to get a good rank instead of good percentage in boards. I did my boards preparation in the last six weeks.
Careers360: Did you take up any coaching? If yes, did the coaching help you in your preparation and how?
Devansh: Yes, I joined the classroom programme of CLAT Prep Education in Jaipur. It’s faculty and resources proved to be very important contributor to my success. They helped me with all my doubts that came just before the examination. Preparing with the study material provided by the coaching really prove helpful as they know the pattern and questions to come. Therefore, they ask to prepare those parts which are important and will definitely come in the law exam.
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?
Devansh: I began to take mock tests in the month of May 2017 itself. I took about a total 90 mocks before the actual exam. Mock tests serve a best form of practice and prepared me to tackle all the issues that may appear in the examination. After practising mock tests I used to discuss it with my mates so that I could compare the mistakes I committed and also the ones committed by them. Analysing of mock tests is very important. Just practising and not analysing will be just null.
Careers360: Tell us something about your hobbies. Did you get time for them during the preparation phase?
Devansh: I like to read books that help to improve my grammar and vocabulary. Learning is an unending process and when you try to learn through your hobbies, it’s wonderful. I was able to pursue my hobby during the preparation phase too as it was related to my exams only.
Careers360: Any suggestions and tips for CLAT aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Devansh: I would advise them to take mocks seriously and be prepared for any kind of test in any kind of situation. Because every year there are problems complementary with CLAT exams. So students should be prepared for that. Moreover, focus on consistency and clarity in concepts is what is important.
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Get focused from today itself... Stay honest with yourself I'll say that is Quality matters over Quantity. So know what and how are you studying and follow the schedule and timetable that you make.
For the books I will tell you to go with Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis and a book of English and Grammar by Wren and Martin for English subject. Coming to the next subject which is Logical Reasoning, go for RS AGGARWAL boook. A modern approach to logical reasoning by MK Pandey is also another good book. For Maths, again go with RS AGGARWAL. And for the Legal Aptitude, go with Pearson and AP Bharadwaj.
For the last subject that is GK and current affairs, read Pearson and Lucent for GK and for current affairs, stay updated by all the ways you can that is by seeing news, reading newspapers, or reading blogs and articles.
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The Common Law Admission Test is held every year for admissions to the 21 National Law Universities in India and is starkly different from the Joint Entrance Examination, which is an annual exam for admissions to various Engineering, Architecture and Pharmacy colleges of India.
Firstly, CLAT is much easier to crack as compared to JEE as the difficulty level and competition in JEE is much higher.
JEE-Mains consists of 90 MCQ-type questions ( 30 each from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) based on 12th standard syllabus. 4 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for a wrong answer. The exam is out of 360 Marks.
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Yes I'll enlist down some of the top books that will help you in the CLAT preparation. For improving your English and Grammar you can go with High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin, you can take help of Word Power made Easy by Norman Lewis as well. For Analytical and Logical reasoning, go with RS AGGARWAL AND MK PANDEY books. For Legal Aptitude, AK Bharadwaj is quite famous. For mathematics, use RS AGGARWAL and for GK and Current affairs, use Pearson GK Today and read newspapers and blogs regularly to keep yourself updated.
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current affair is a section which you need to revise every day. other wise there is chances for forgetting it. so I would suggest you to daily follow any one of the news paper or you may follow bankers adda magazine. every day spend 1 hr for studying. you will surely get success.
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