CLAT 2021 top ranker Mayank Kumar, AIR 97, says, “Solved over 80 mocks to understand CLAT”
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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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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I hope this helps.
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.