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The CLAT 2021 results were declared on July 29. Over 53,000 candidates fought for around 2622 seats in CLAT UG. Only a few hard-working candidates were able to clear the exam with a high rank. Mayank Kumar is one such candidate, who is from a humble background and have secured AIR 97 in CLAT 2021. With his hard work and dedication, Mayank has secured a seat for himself in NALSAR Hyderabad’s 5-year LLB programme. But, what factors contributed to his success? Careers360 had a detailed discussion with Mayank to know about the secrets of his success. He gave some elaborate answers to our questions. Read the complete interview below.
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Careers360 - Congratulations on your performance in CLAT 2021. What was your initial reaction upon knowing your rank?
Ans - Thank you so much. Actually, I was not surprised. I was expected my CLAT result in the top 100.
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.
Ans - My name is Mayank Kumar and I am from a small village Ushraha, in Bihar. I completed my higher secondary (Class 10) from New Holy Ganges Public School, Khagaria and intermediate from +2 SR High School, Khagaria.
Careers360 - What are your rank, overall and sectional scores in CLAT 2021?
Ans - I got AIR 97. My total score was 102.5 out of 150.
Carees360 - Were you expecting the results, or was it a surprise?
Ans - No, it was not surprising for me. I was as per my expectations.
Careers360 - How and when did you start preparing for the CLAT 2021 exam?
Ans - I started preparing in the month of September. I prepared from my home, in online mode. But my preparation got affected due to some health issues. Somehow, I managed to continue my preparation and completed all the necessary
Careers360 - Did you follow any specific routine and study hours?
Ans - Yes, I had compartmentalized my study plan. For the first three to four months, I focussed on clearing concepts and worked on weak areas intensively. Then, in the next phase, I revised the topics I covered in the half phase with a mild practice session. In the third phase, I focussed on revision and practising the mock tests.
Careers360 - What are the subject-wise books you used for CLAT exam preparation? Any specific reason for selecting these books?
Ans - I used my coaching material for CLAT preparation. There are some other books that are really good for CLAT preparation. These include -
RS Aggarwal for QT and logical reasoning.
English is easy by Mr Chetanand Singh of BSC Publication
Careers360 - Tell us last month’s exam preparation tips?
Ans - Last month was the most crucial phase. At this stage, you should have a clear understanding of what to do and what to avoid. You should have faith in your year-long preparation.
I also practised a lot of mocks to understand my usual mistakes. So, I will advise CLAT aspirants to practice as much as they can without getting demotivated.
Careers360 - Did you solve sample papers and take mock tests? What is the correct frequency for these exercises?
Ans - Yes, I solved the previous year paper of CLAT and official sample papers multiple times. Solving the sample papers gave me an idea about the examiner’s mindset and what skills they want to test in CLAT. Solving sample papers is the best way to understand CLAT.
In addition to solving sample papers, I practised around 80 mock tests on the CLAT pattern. One should solve at least 50 mocks in CLAT starting from the month of December. The frequency of solving mocks in a week should be increased in the last two months.
Careers360 - Many students make a mess of their preparation in the law for a few days, as exam pressure reaches the pinnacle. How to handle this tricky phase?
Ans - Yes, I agree with this, even I also did the same. I got panicked in the last 20 days and started thinking negatively. This affected my performance in mock tests negatively and I started getting low scores.
To handle this, I took a break of two days and analysed my performance. I found myself in a good position and gained some positivity. This helped me going through those last few days.
Careers360 - How can one improve accuracy and speed?
Ans - I improved my speed by reading a lot of study material. I use to read fast to increase my speed. Initially, I could not comprehend the passages I was reading to increase my speed. But, after the practice of one and half months, I was able to comprehend the paragraphs more easily. I would advise CLAT aspirants to read from various resources.
Careers360 - Is there any particular order for attempting the CLAT question paper? How should one go about attempting the test?
Ans - There should be a particular order of attempting the test. I would suggest the candidates try attempting the mocks with multiple approaches and strategies and find the best way suitable for them.
In my case, I started the test by solving English sections followed by logical, general knowledge, legal aptitude and quantitative techniques.
Careers360 - Which law discipline do you want to study in your undergraduate?
Ans - I find Corporate law, International law, Criminal law and Human Rights interesting. But mostly in Corporate.
Careers360 - Also, do you have any NLU preferences?
Careers360 - Having secured NALSAR Hyderabad, many students would now look up to you. Do you have any messages for these future law aspirants?
Ans - Yes, I did some mistakes, so out of that, some tips I would like to share with law aspirants.
Start your preparation early.
Don’t fall sick, stay healthy
Work on your weak areas. It will give you an edge over other candidates,
Revise current affairs regularly and do not wait for last month.
Practice as much as you can. Practising is as necessary as reading concepts. It helps you learn quickly
Make a weekly or fortnightly schedule and a daily schedule before going to bed. It will help you in managing your time.
Compared to other sections, the quantitative aptitude has been given lower weightage in CLAT. But, the CLAT aspirants should not ignore it. It will be a deciding factor in getting higher marks.
Don’t feel dejected. Take some time to do whatever lightens up your mood.
Mock scores are not your actual CLAT scores. It’s just a practice test. So, do not feel demoralised if you get a low score in CLAT mock tests.
Follow the principle of 2H and P = Hard Work with Honesty and Perseverance.
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It depends upon the college/university in which you are seeking admission in Tamil Nadu. This is because different institutions usually follows various processes for admission into the Law. On a general perspective, government institutions rely mostly on scores obtained in CLAT while private institutions wither conducts their own entrance exam or admission can be made via merit list. However, this cannot be applied in all the cases as this procedure could be reversed also. To be more specific, you can mention the name of the college/university in the comment section below.
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The below-mentioned resource pools the host relevant preparatory content to crack the CLAT examination.
1.LegalEdge - TopRankers
2. Success Mantra
3. LawPrep Tutorial
4. CLAT Possible
6. Law Entrance CL-LST
8. Study IQ
9. Abhyaas Law Prep
10. Delhi Law Academy
Candidates will be asked questions in this section based on texts that are up to 450 words long each. The passages will draw from non-fiction writing, journalism, and other news sources. The questions are designed to evaluate the candidate's understanding of legal concepts or concepts linked to the passing. Candidates should be aware that there won't be any questions posed beyond the passage provided. Each of these chapters will include a series of questions that will test your general knowledge and awareness of relevant current events. The following topics have been included in this area by the Consortium of NLUs:
Important recent happenings in India and around the globe
Culture and the Arts
the world's affairs
Historical occurrences that are still important today
A few pointers for preparing for the CLAT in current affairs
1.Take a look at the test from last year.
Understanding the structure of the general knowledge section of the CLAT is crucial after learning about it. 40–50 multiple-choice questions are present in this section. Verify the CLAT test questions from previous years to get a sense of the questions that were asked. Start practising using the available offline and online CLAT sample questions from previous years after you have a general idea of the format. You can get better grades by answering questions correctly and by being aware of the trend.
2. Keep yourself updated and practise regularly
Success in anything requires practise and consistency. If you want to ace all the general knowledge questions, be sure to stay up to date on current affairs and keep your knowledge current. By studying the topic for a few days, you cannot successfully answer general knowledge questions. The knowledge must be acquired gradually (at least for a year). Along with responding and practising questions, make sure you stay up to date with global current events. Keep up with the news and read the newspaper daily to keep current.
3. Take CLAT practise exams
Do you wish to understand how the CLAT test actually feels? Utilize practise tests! Attending practise exams will increase your accuracy and entrance preparation while also boosting your confidence in your ability to pass the test.
Many centres provide test series. Numerous internet platforms offer practise examinations. Choose a mode that is convenient for you. Take practise tests for each subject so you can determine your general knowledge subject strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, try to deliver at least ten full mock exams to get a feel for the actual exam.
4.Select your study materials carefully.
One of the factors that will have the biggest impact on your CLAT score is the study material you choose. There is a tonne of study material available, both online and offline. By selecting the greatest and most precise study materials, you can have an idea of how the entrance exam will be. Numerous offline and online study resources make the claim to be able to assist you in passing the CLAT, but in reality they are full of inaccurate material and questions. Choose reading material that closely follows the format of the current exam and is appropriate for your level of comprehension.
5. Eliminate speculative thinking
The answer out of the four options would be something you would be reasonably certain of if you had done a decent job of studying for the general knowledge test. If you don't know the solution to a question, don't base your decision on conjecture. For each question you successfully respond to, you will receive one mark; if you don't, you will receive 0.25 marks less. You won't receive a point deduction for providing a negative response. Pick the correct response if you are certain. If not, your best option is to ignore the question about which you are confused.
6.Limit Your Sources
Attempt to limit the amount of current affairs information you consume. Candidate mistakes usually involve spending time by reading multiple newspapers. Make a choice, then utilise the internet sensibly. Use a top book for the CLAT Current Affairs section.
7.Pay attention to the curriculum
Always bear in mind to concentrate on the topics covered in the CLAT UG curriculum when attempting to completely cover this section. After all, more passages should be expected for these subjects.
8.Build your own notes
The focus of current affairs is one-liners or, at best, three to four lines. Make your notes as simple to understand and retain the information as you can. All the important notes should be underlined using a distinct colour of ink. It is crucial to take your own notes because it has been established that writing is one of the finest ways to retain information. Remember that it would be impossible to memorise everything as well.
9. Use online examinations or practise exams.
Practice questions on current events and general knowledge are the greatest way to ace this section. This will also provide you a general sense of the questions that will be asked, helping you to assess your level of preparation or monitor your progress. But you shouldn't try this until you've made a few preparations.
10.Use the Internet responsibly.
There is enough material on the internet to cover anything, but how do you decide which link to click? A collection of General Knowledge pdfs that will certainly help you with your preparation for this subject is the most significant thing you will find. Before beginning to study something, it is always advisable to confirm its credibility.
11. Review what you've read.
Daily review and reading of current events are crucial because their volume increases daily. The notes will be helpful for review and for keeping in mind current affairs or recent news.
I hope these suggestions prove to be helpful to you.
CLAT - Common Law Aptitude Test is a national level entrance test for admissions to twenty two National Law Universities (NLU) in India.
This law entrance exam is of two hours duration. The CLAT question paper consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. There are five sections in CLAT exam paper which are:-
English including Comprehension
Current affairs including General Knowledge
Quantitative Techniques (Math)
All the questions will be paragraph-based starting from CLAT 2020. One paragraph will be followed by 5-6 questions.
Best Coaching Institutes for CLAT in India-:
These are some of the best coaching institutes that provide both online and offline coachings and organizes their miocks on weekly or monthly basis.
I hope this helps you.