CLAT 2018 Topper Interview - For Kunal Badesra, CLAT 2018 AIR 18, the biggest motivation to pursue law as a career is that an individual gets to make a long list of contributions to the community as a lawyer. Not only has he succeeded in CLAT 2018 by being among the top 20, he has also topped AILET 2018 by securing AIR 18.
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Kunal wishes to join NLSIU Bangalore for pursuing his degree in law. In this interview with Careers360, Kunal shares with us his dual happiness of being among the toppers for the country’s top Law Entrance Tests, preparation strategy and tips for aspirants.Related PostCLAT 2019CLAT Application Form 2019CLAT Admit Card 2019
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Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying CLAT 2018 with such good scores! How do you feel being among the toppers of the country?
Kunal:I didn’t expect myself to be in top 20 but I knew I would crack CLAT. It is an amazing feeling being in the top 20 of the biggest national level law 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. Then, I shifted to Jaipur at my Maternal grandmother’s place and got admitted into Jayshree Periwal High School. I consider myself determined and self motivated. I get 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 CLAT 2018, which other Law entrance exams did you take? Howe was your performance in those exams?
Kunal: I appeared for MHCET, SLAT and AILET apart from CLAT. I scored 123, for MHCET, 122 for SLAT and 79.50 for AILET.
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 11th 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 judgements
Logical Reasoning – Preparation for NTSE in class tenth helped me preparing for LR section and for CR solving inferential RCs 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 two months and then rummaging over those in the last two to three 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 strategy did you follow for the exam day?
Kunal: I had an accident on the 1st of May and CLAT exam was on the 13th. 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 maintained composure on the D-day and kept myself calm and later on it paid off.
Careers360: How did you balance the board exam preparations with CLAT 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 month, I started preparing for my boards from the scratch and I got ample 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 many mock tests did you take before taking the exam?
Kunal: I started taking mocks in August 2017. I took 75-80 mocks before CLAT and AILET.
Careers360: How did mock test help you in law exams?
Kunal: It really helped in time management and assessing my virtual All India Ranks before the main exam. Analysing 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: 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 CLAT aspirants who will appear for the test next year?
Kunal: Don’t expect anything from CLAT as there is no fixed pattern, solve mocks at least thrice a week once you are through with your syllabus and concepts.
One must not be carried away by Past Year Papers in CLAT and not stick to any pattern as you will get bouncers in the exam.
Don’t get stressed by your low mock scores. Bounce back harder, No matter what happens comeback stronger and harder as you are master of your own seas.
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The actual number of applicants for the Common Law Admission Test differ every year and is usually experiencing a 8-10 % increase every year. Although the official records have many caveats attached to it but previous three year participants statistics is as follows:-
CLAT 2017:- 50,676
CLAT 2018:- close to 55000
CLAT 2019:- 60,000 approximately
So, approximately 55000 to 60000 students apply for the Clat examination every year. This number is the sum of total applicants for UG courses and the PG course. So, if you want to know about the UG course, approximately 50,000 people fill the exam every year and this year too you can expect the same trend.
However, it has to be said that many of those applicants fill the exam just to have an experience of a competitive examination after class 12 and hence if you are serious enough and have prepared well for the exam then your real competition is with probably 15000- 20000 people. Now, that is not any small number to compete against but given the stature of the examination, you will have to face such competition in order to fetch a seat in the top NLUs.
these are some of the best colleges you have through clat in Maharashtra -
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Mumbai
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Nagpur
Maharashtra National Law University (MNLU), Aurangabad
Kirit P Mehta School of Law, Mumbai
Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
Hope this helps.
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.
Hope it helps :)
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).
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
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 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.
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.
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
Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!
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