CLAT 2019 Topper Interview - The day starts with a happy smile on the faces of those who realize that the dream they had in their eyes for years, is finally going to come true. One such lad is the CLAT 2019 topper, Anurag Tiwari. Securing a rank 3 in the Common Law Admission Test, Anurag Tiwari left behind nearly 60,000 law aspirants. The examination was held on May 26 and the result of CLAT 2019 was declared on June 14. Anurag Tiwari has secured a seat for himself in the NLSIU Bangalore, an institute which is considered one of the best law schools in India. In an exclusive CLAT 2019 topper interview with Careers360, Anurag shares his preparation tips and gives some valuable advice for the future CLAT aspirants. He believes in a motto - 'No matter how you start it, end it like Dhoni!'. What made him a CLAT 2019 topper; read in the CLAT 2019 topper interview with Anurag!
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Careers360: Congratulations on qualifying CLAT 2019 with such good scores! How do you feel being among the top 10?
Anurag Tiwari: It's an indescribable feeling for me. I never expected a rank 3 in CLAT! I was expecting that I might get the NLSIU Bangalore but was not expecting this rank. It came as a pleasant surprise.
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Careers360: How are you celebrating your success?
Anurag Tiwari: I am celebrating this day with my family and friends.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family.
Anurag Tiwari: We are a family of three. My father works in the State Warehousing Corporation and my mother is a housewife. I completed my school education from a small town named Khurai. I opted for PCM in class XII and scored 93.4%.
Careers360: What role has your family played in your success?
Anurag Tiwari: They have helped me a lot. They never judged me and always encouraged me to do better.
Careers360: What motivated you to make a career in law?
Anurag Tiwari: I have a relative from NLU Jodhpur, he inspired me. I think this profession would suit my personality.
Careers360: Was this your first attempt at CLAT?
Anurag Tiwari: No, this is my second attempt. I had appeared for CLAT 2018, but I was not well prepared. I was ranked 3000 that year.
Careers360: Along with CLAT 2019, which other Law entrance exams did you take? How was your performance in those exams?
Anurag Tiwari: Yes, I had written AILET 2019 and MH CET Law 2019. I got an AIR 44 in AILET and AIR 33 in MH CET Law.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams?
Anurag Tiwari: I started preparing for CLAT 2019 after completing my class XII. I took a drop year.
Careers360: Can you share with us your section wise preparation strategy for English?
Anurag Tiwari: My weakest link was English amongst all the five sections, so I devoted most of my time to English. In the initial six months of my preparation, English was my main focus. I read newspapers, The Hindu and the Times of India. Apart from this, I read around 40-50 novels that year. Reading made a base for me, after which I started practicing questions on English grammar from ‘Objective General English’ by Arihant. For vocabulary, I used ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. And for para jumbles and reading comprehensions, I used my coaching material.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the General Knowledge section?
Anurag Tiwari: It consists of two parts - static and current affairs. I mainly devoted my time to the current affairs section as the weightage of this section in CLAT is very high. I used to read daily current affairs from GK Today and Affairs cloud. And I also revised the monthly compendiums and my coaching material. I made notes from newspapers for current affairs. For static general knowledge, I used a book from Lucent publications and my coaching material.
Careers360: How did you deal with Mathematics?
Anurag Tiwari: I was a PCM student till class XII, so my mathematics was fairly strong. I just practiced this section from the mock tests and my coaching material.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the Legal Reasoning section?
Anurag Tiwari: Legal Reasoning was quite new for us. I stuck to my coaching material for it. I also solved previous years question papers for this section. Many questions in this section are repeated over the years in CLAT and AILET. I also practiced this section via mock tests.
Careers360: What about the Logical reasoning section?
Anurag Tiwari: It consists of two parts - analytical and critical. My analytical section was strong so I just practiced a little from R.S. Agrawal for this section. The critical reasoning section was new to me and thus I found it difficult. I practiced it from various sources, R.S. Agrawal, M.K.Pandey, and my coaching material.
Careers360: Did you join any coaching? How important was coaching for you?
Anurag Tiwari: Yes, I joined LegalEdge Tutorial, Bhopal. Coaching helps us in many ways because many concepts are new to us and we cannot understand them by ourselves. They make understanding these concepts easier for us, plus they have years of experience of these examinations. So their guidance and the mock tests are very helpful. But they cannot do everything for you, in the end, your hard work only matters.
Careers360: What role have mock tests played in your success?
Anurag Tiwari: Mock tests have played a very important role in my success. I have appeared for around 80 mock tests in that year. They are very helpful, they are imperative if you want to score a good rank or marks in CLAT. Through mock tests, you get an examination-like feeling. You can analyze your mistakes, for example, I made a mistake while filling the OMR sheet of one of the mocks which cost me 15 marks. This experience helped me on my D-day.
Careers360: What is the ideal time to start taking mock tests?
Anurag Tiwari: You should not wait for taking mock tests. I started giving mock tests from the month of July 2018. You should appear from them alongside your preparation. During the initial months of preparation, you can appear for them once in two weeks, but you should take them every day during the later stages of preparation.
Careers360: Tell us something about your hobbies.
Anurag Tiwari: My hobbies include playing chess, watching cricket and reading novels.
Careers360: What is your take on social media?
Anurag Tiwari: I was not active on social media as I don’t like these platforms.
Careers360: What did you do to stay motivated?
Anurag Tiwari: I used to do meditation or watch some motivational videos on Youtube.
Careers360: What advice would you like to give the future CLAT aspirants?
Anurag Tiwari: The key to crack CLAT is practice, practice, and practice. Practice a lot and across all the five sections. Work hard and devote time to the sections that you are weak in. You cannot have a weak section if you want to score well in CLAT or AILET. So you should work on improving those sections.
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