CLAT 2020 Topper Interview: “Solved more than 50 mocks throughout,” says Shailja Beria, AIR 6
The CLAT 2020 result was declared on October 5. Shailja Beria, the LSAT India 2020 topper has secure AIR 6 rank in CLAT this year. The Kolkata girl has also cracked another major law entrance exam, All India Law Entrance Test of National Law University Delhi by grabbing AIR 28 rank. After cracking 3 major law entrance exams this year, Shailja says “It is really satisfying to have my hard work paying off”. She has scored 110.50 marks out of 150 in CLAT 2020 and now wants to study the integrated BA LLB course from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (WB NUJS) Kolkata. On the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on her CLAT preparation, she says, The key was to prepare regularly rather than rigorously to sustain on the face of the unprecedented situation. Read the complete interview of her below.
CLAT 2020 - Toppers interview
Question - Give us a brief introduction; your name, address, college, etc.
Answer - I am Shailja Beria, from Kolkata, West Bengal. I completed my schooling from Sushila Birla Girls’ School.
Question - Congratulations on getting AIR 6th rank. You also secured AIR 1 rank in LSAT and AIR 28 in AILET. How does it feel like having cracked CLAT, AILET and LSAT India in such a manner?
Answer - It feels extremely satisfying to have my hard work pay off. I’m grateful to my mentor, Rajneesh sir, for his constant guidance and support.
Question - What are your NLU and course preferences through CLAT? Any particular reason for the choices?
Answer - I will opt for the B.A. LLB(Hons.) course at NUJS, Kolkata. NUJS is among India’s leading law schools and it is in my hometown which gives me an added benefit.
Question - You appeared in LSAT India, AILET and CLAT. What was the easiest exam for you, and what makes these exams different from each other?
Answer - I think the easiest exam for me was LSAT India, while CLAT 2020 and AILET 2020 required prior preparation, a couple of mock tests are sufficient for LSAT. I think the current affairs section marks the major difference with LSAT not having one and CLAT and AILET having a considerable weightage for it.
Question - What was your strategy for AILET? CLAT and AILET were conducted almost together, how did you balance both the exams?
Answer - My focus was on CLAT, therefore AILET 2020 served as a sort of preparatory test before CLAT. The key was to prepare section-wise for each exam and solve previous years papers as well as mock tests.
Question - Tell us about your CLAT preparation amid COVID pandemic. How did you manage your study during the lockdown?
Answer - Due to COVID-19 it was extremely easy to lose focus and motivation. However, the constant support of my family and friends and guidance of my mentor, Rajneesh sir, helped me to keep up my preparation during this period. The key was to prepare regularly rather than rigorously so as to sustain myself through the frequent postponements in the face of the unprecedented situation.
Question - What was your preparation strategy for CLAT legal aptitude? How did the change in exam pattern affect your approach toward the various subject?
Answer - Reading legal news was a key part of my strategy for the CLAT legal aptitude section. I also took a number of mocks and section tests making sure to analyse my mistakes after each test. With the change in pattern, the major change in approach was reduced dependence on prior knowledge. Instead, I started making more effort to read the question thoroughly and draw inferences based on what was stated rather than outside knowledge of legal principles.
Question - This year, the consortium focussed on testing the candidates’ reading and analytical ability. How did you develop reading and analytical abilities?
Answer - A regular newspaper reading habit helped me develop reading and analytical ability.
Question - What was your study routine for CLAT, How many hours did you study for CLAT preparation?
Answer - For CLAT, my study routine consisted of preparing mainly for the GK Section and practising other sections through mock tests and section tests. I studied six to eight hours for CLAT preparation.
Question - Tell us about your preparation strategy for Logical reasoning and maths subjects.
Answer - Practice is key for Logical Reasoning and Maths subjects. I solved a number of different types of questions so that I could be familiar with all types.
Question - How many mocks and sample papers did you solve throughout the CLAT preparation? What was your approach to solving the mocks and how many marks you used to score in mocks?
Answer - I solved more than 50 mocks and CLAT sample papers throughout the preparation. I used to start with English and allocate a specific amount of time for each section. Once I had solved most questions in each section I would go back to questions that were unattempted in the last twenty minutes. I used to score between 100 and 120 in CLAT mocks on an average.
Question - This year, the current affairs section was also paragraph based, what was your strategy for this section?
Answer - I read the newspaper daily which gave me a surface level understanding of current affairs. I also prepared notes on topics of national and international importance. Once the topics felt familiar the CLAT current affairs section became easy to attempt. Reading, re-reading and adding new points to my notes was important.
Question - Did you do self-study or relied on coaching?
Answer - I balanced self-study and coaching under Rajneesh sir’s guidance who helped me hone my strengths and correct my weaknesses.
Question - Tell us about the booklist that you followed for each subject; English, Current affairs, Maths, Legal aptitude and Logical reasoning.
Answer - I used Clat Essentials and Clat Mock app for each subject. In addition, I also took tests from the Legal Edge and Career Launcher test series.
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Questions related to CLAT
Are 6 months enough to crack CLAT 2021 with a good rank ??
Hello there, hope you are doing good!
I would like to tell you that 6 months of time is well enough to achieve a good score in CLAT. As CLAT is an aptitude test designed to test your various abilities, if you put yourself into the preparation everyday with maximum dedication and efforts and with giving enough time along with focus you will surely be able to crack CLAT 2021 with a great rank. I would suggest you create a time table for yourself that suits you best and put as much dedication as you possibly can.
Hope you found this answer helpful.
Good luck for your future!
How is the ranking process done in nujs? Whats the rank range for all the three rounds and how much you have to score in clat and boards to get admission In NUJS ?
WBNUJS or NUJS, Kolkata is one of the first tier law schools in India. They offer admission through CLAT for which they have around 75 seats.
As I mentioned, to get admission into NUJS you will have to appear for CLAT and 12th boards performance does not matter in that regard. Just like any other competitive exam CLAT is a national law entrance test which you will have to clear and based on your merit ranking you will be allotted NLUs (one of which is NUJS) you will have to get an All India rank under 200 to be safely admitted into NUJS.
in 2019, for general category students, cut off for NUJS (rank wise) was:
Round 1 - opening rank 82/closing rank 203
Round 2 - opening rank 207/closing 226
Round 3 - opening 227/closing 227
I am attaching a link to more past cut offs (2018,17...)
apart from general merit based seats, NUJS offers some NRI/foreign national quota seats (the details of which you will find on their official website)
Hope it helped, if you are thinking of preparing for CLAT then best of luck. Drop any queries any time. Good day!
what is fees for clat and ailet exam?
The application fees for CLAT and AILET exam for different categories are as follows:
- General/Other Backward Class (OBC)/ Persons with Disability (PwD)/ Non-Resident Indians (NRI)/ Persons of Indian Origin (PIO)/ Overseas citizens (OCI)/ Kashmiri Migrant
CLAT FEES - Rs 4,000 AILET FEES - Rs 3,050
- Scheduled Class (SC)/ Scheduled Tribe (ST)
CLAT FEES - Rs 3,500 AILET FEES - Rs 1,050
- Below Poverty Line (BPL)
CLAT FEES - Rs 3,500 AILET FEES - No fees
Is there any age limit for doing LLB from NLU s?Is there any number of attempts which I can make in CLAT?
Clat number of attempt allowed:
There is no age limit for clat exam so a person can sit for any number of times. The supreme court has given a free hand to all the candidate in this regard.
Age limit for doing llb from nlu:
As per the clause 28 upper limi for admission in llb three year course was 30 and for llb five year course was 20 year.
My CLAT 2020 rank is 16784, Can i get into IP colleges like VIPs and MAIT. I am from delhi and general category
Judging from last year's cut off trends, Yes, it is very possible for you to get into VIPS and MAIT, if not in the first list then surely in the subsequent 2nd or 3rd lists (keep in mind they usually have spot counselling at the end as well so that is another chance)
I am attaching a link to last year's cut of lists for different universities, hope it helps (since IPU started accepting CLAT scores and scrapped their own exams only since last year)
Best wishes for your admissions ahead.