CLAT 2021 Topper Devanshi Shukla, AIR 27 says, “Practising mocks can help relieve anxiety”
CLAT 2021 result was declared by the Consortium of NLUs on July 29, 2021. By securing an overall score of 108.75, Devanshi Shukla managed to secure AIR 27 amongst thousands of candidates. Hailing from Raipur, Devanshi will be the first to become a lawyer in her family of four. With little preparation last year, she had secured the 665th rank. So, she decided to give another try with little extra effort to get the best law college.
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She believes solving CLAT mock tests can definitely add to one’s preparation and help achieve the expected CLAT results. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, CLAT 2021 Topper Devanshi Shukla shares her experience of being a topper and getting admission into one of the best law colleges. She believes, “practicing meditation can be a stress buster during preparatory days.”
Careers360- Congratulations on your performance in CLAT 2021. What was your initial reaction upon knowing your rank?
Devanshi- Thank you so much. It was extremely overwhelming, so much so that I started crying. It was a dream come true.
Careers360- Tell us something about yourself - the board you studied under, the name of the school, the place you belong to, and a bit about your family.
Devanshi- So I was a student at Delhi Public School, Raipur. We are a family of four, my parents and my brother. I would be a first generation lawyer, my dad is a businessman and my brother is currently pursuing his masters in automotive engineering.
Careers360- What are your overall scores in CLAT 2021?
Devanshi- My overall score was 108.75.
Careers360- Were you expecting the results, or was it a surprise?
Devanshi- We were provided with the CLAT answer key on the day of clat itself, so I had calculated my score. But I was very nervous about which college I would get, so it definitely was a pleasant surprise.
Careers360- How and when did you start preparing for the CLAT 2021 exam?
Devanshi- Last year in CLAT 2020, I got a rank of 665 after a little preparation. So I started preparing rigorously from October 2020 to secure a good rank in CLAT 2021.
Careers360- Did you follow any specific routine and study hours?
Devanshi- No fixed study hours. I personally believe that it gets monotonous if one fixes the exact time of study hours. Rather I used to make a checklist of all the things I have to study on that day and finish all the chores before sleeping.
Careers360- What are the subject-wise books you used for CLAT exam preparation? Any specific reason for selecting these books?
Devanshi- Since the new exam pattern of CLAT is almost entirely reading comprehension based, I solved a lot of RCs and critical reasoning questions. I did this from previous GRE/ GMAT papers. These are the zenith for reading comprehension and it helps with 3 sections - English, Legal and Logical. Whereas for maths, I solved RS aggrawal.
Careers360- Tell us last month’s exam preparation tips?
Devanshi- In the last month I solved around 30 CLAT mock test papers. This helped me overcome my fear of taking CLAT 2021. Apart from that I guess just keeping calm is very important.
Careers360- Did you solve sample papers and take mock tests? What is the correct frequency for these exercises?
Devanshi- Yes, I took quite a few mock tests. Since CLAT is an aptitude based paper, taking mocks helps one prepare in the most holistic way. But apart from taking mocks it is very important one analyses those mock tests properly.
Careers360- Many students make a mess of their preparation in the last few days, as exam pressure reaches the pinnacle. How to handle this tricky phase?
Devanshi- It is very important to manage one's anxiety. I did it by solving a lot of mock tests and meditating. It also helps to engage in activities not related to CLAT exam such as sports, cooking or just going for a walk.
Careers360- How can one improve accuracy and speed?
Devanshi- One can improve accuracy and speed by solving a number of questions on a timer. Apart from this, analysing every question which you solved incorrectly is equally important.
Careers360- Is there any particular order for attempting the CLAT question paper? How should one go about attempting the test?
Devanshi- I don't think there is one particular way of attempting the paper but I attempted it in the order- English, General Knowledge, Logical Reasoning, Maths, Legal.
Careers360- Did the prolonged delay and multiple postponements affect your exam preparation? How did you manage to stay on track?
Devanshi- Yes it did add to my anxiety, but what helped me was to interact with my peers and pick up a hobby which keeps you going.
Careers360- Did you face any difficulty during the exam considering there were strict COVID-19 guidelines in place?
Devanshi- No I think the process was quite smooth, although the mask makes it slightly uncomfortable but apart from that it was okay. But we weren’t given extra time to fill in the OMR details which made me lose around 5 minutes.
Careers360- Which law discipline do you want to study in your undergraduate?
Devanshi- I wish to explore all aspects in law school. But I have a special interest in cyber law.
Careers360- Do you have any NLU preferences?
Devanshi- Yes I wish to take admission at NLSIU Bangalore.
Careers360- Being a topper, many students would now look up to you. Do you have any messages for these future law aspirants?
Devanshi- I would just say that use this prep to become a better version of yourself. This is because these skills which you build right now would help you further in law school and eventually in life.
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Questions related to CLAT
if my 12th completing in 2022 then can i apply for clat?
Yes. You can apply for CLAT after completion of Class 12th.General category candidates need a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying exam, while SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks. There is no upper age limit for appearing in CLAT 2022.
The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national-level law entrance exam for admission to 22 national law universities and more than 70 affiliated colleges. The exam is conducted by the Consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) in offline, pen and paper format. Candidates who pass the examination will be eligible for admission to 5-year integrated LLB and LLM programmes offered by the National Law Universities.
BBA + LLB does this require CLAT exam?
BBA+LLB is a five year dual degree integrated program.Minimum eligibility is that student should have passed 10+2 with an aggregate of 50-60% which varies in different colleges. The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) is a national-level law entrance exam for admission to 22 national law universities and more than 70 affiliated colleges. There are also state level entrance exam. Also there are some colleges which donot need clat score for admission.
To take admission in Law college which exam a student need to give after 12th, MHT-CET or CLAT ?
If you wish you can give both the examination. See there is a saying in law entrance preparation that if anyone prepare well for CLAT then he/she can crack any law entrances. So prepare for CLAT and you can apply for most of the entrances.
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What is the difference between CLAT and MHT-CET Law ?
MH CET LAW- In 2016, the Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education launched a uniform entrance test for candidates seeking admission to the state government's law institutions. Directorate of Technical Education administers administers the online exam to select candidates for the five year integrated Law Program following class 12th and the three year law program following graduation.
CLAT- CLAT is a National level admission test organised by 21 NLUs on the basis of rotation. It is held for admission to Law Courses at 21 NLUs as well as numerous private universities and colleges. The test grants admission to 3 and 5 year integrated LLM and LLB courses on the basis of CLAT scores.
Is without clat exam doing ba llb is useless??
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It is not useless to have ba llb without clat. Clat entrance exam is a gateway to many top colleges and national universities. There are institutes which accept admission without entrance exam. You can join that.If you want to get into those universities you can appear for clat. If not you can get admission in other institutes. Ba llb from those colleges are also valid.