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CLAT 2021 Topper Interview: The national-level CLAT exam is the gateway to the NLUs, which are among the top law colleges in the country. So, anyone who appears in the exam most likely has one eye on getting a top rank, because that is what you need for admission to an institute like NLSIU Bangalore, which is ranked #1 as per NIRF Rankings. Shristy Chhaparia did just that; she secured the AIR 57 and has now been offered a seat at NLSIU Bangalore. Shristy was expecting a good rank, but the 2-digit rank came as a pleasant surprise. It did one thing more: it catapulted and put her right into the elite group of CLAT 2021 toppers.
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Careers360 got in touch with the girl from Muzaffarpur, Bihar, to chart her journey and learn from her the secret recipe to succeed in an exam like CLAT, which has proved to be such a heartbreaker for so many law aspirants over the years.
Read the CLAT 2021 topper interview of Shristy Chhaparia to learn how an ordinary girl one day can become an inspiration for many in the next!
Careers360: Congratulations on your performance in CLAT 2021. What was your initial reaction upon knowing your rank?
Shristy: I was expecting a good result but not a 2-digit rank, so the result has been a very pleasant surprise and I am really grateful for it.
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.
Shristy: I am from Muzaffarpur, Bihar (born and bred), though I belong to Rajasthan. I have been under the CBSE board all my life and initially, I studied in Delhi Public School till 10th standard and then shifted to Sunshine P/H School. I live in a joint family with my grandparents, my uncle, aunt, parents, and cousins.
Careers360: What are your overall and sectional scores in CLAT 2021?
Shristy: Overall, I scored 105.5, while I don’t remember my sectional scores.
Careers360: Were you expecting the results, or it was a surprise?
Shristy: I was expecting a good result, based on how my paper went and after calculating my score but not this rank.
Careers360: How and when did you start preparing for CLAT 2021 exam?
Shristy: I gave CLAT in 2020, though the results were not what I expected so I took up a college (RGNUL), and then I restarted my preparation from Nov 2020. I took up different test series and started with current affairs, and also analyzed my mistakes from last time.
Careers360: Did you follow any specific routine and study hours?
Shristy: I tried to follow a routine, but it is very difficult for me to stick to one routine. So it constantly changed, although I made targets for myself which I tried to achieve throughout the day.
Careers360: What are the subject-wise books you used for CLAT exam preparation? Any specific reason for selecting these books?
Shristy: The only specific book I used was RS Agarwal’s quantitative aptitude for keeping in touch with the tricks of quant. Apart from them, I just gave mocks and prepared GK.
Careers360: Tell us last month’s exam preparation tips?
Shristy: During my last month of preparation, I had my end-semester exams for the college I was enrolled in along with CLAT, so I just focused on the most important aspects of my preparation. So I made it my target to give four mocks a week and analyze them properly and cover as much GK as I could.
Careers360: Did you solve sample papers and take mock tests? What is the correct frequency for these exercises?
Shristy: I gave mock tests of various coaching institutes. The frequency actually depends on person to person, but for me, I just wanted to maintain my momentum, and since mocks were my only medium of revising subjects like legal, English, etc. I tried giving 4 mocks per week at 2 pm.
Careers360: Many students make a mess of their preparation in the law few days, as exam pressure reaches the pinnacle. How to handle this tricky phase?
Shristy: Yes, last few days all of us are inclined to do everything. But it is not possible. First of all, one should be a realist, and truly assess where one stands, and then from there, it should be one’s own decision about what is most important for them to cover from exam’s point of view. Personally, for me it was reading GK, the list of topics I had made from my gk notes, I tried reading about those topics as much as I could.
Careers360: How can one improve accuracy and speed?
Shristy: The most cliché yet an honest answer to this is practice and proper analysis. The combination of speed and accuracy both are important in this sort of exam.
Careers360: Is there any particular order for attempting the CLAT question paper? How should one go about attempting the test?
Shristy: I think that is an individual choice, and the best way of finding out the answer to the question is to try different combinations initially, and see what works best for you. Then maintain that combination and if you feel like many any change, you can do it as per your need as you go on giving mocks. Also, one should not be very rigid with their sequence, which was a mistake I did in many mocks and also my first attempt. The sequence can be altered according to the paper.
Careers360: Did the prolonged delay and multiple postponements affect your exam preparation? How did you manage to stay on track?
Shristy: Since I gave the exam in 2020 too, I was kind of expecting it w.r.t. the ongoing covid situation, and also the previous experience had taught me to just be okay with it because there is nothing one could do and the panic will only lead to messing up with our preparation and mind, no matter how good and organized it had been.
Careers360: Did you face any difficulty during the exam considering there were strict COVID-19 guidelines in place?
Shristy: No, I did not face any specific issue but I would suggest just have a practice of reading with a mask on for 2 hours because it might get suffocating at times.
Careers360: Which law discipline do you want to study in your undergraduate?
Shristy: I am not very sure right now; I just want to experience things as and when they come for now.
Careers360: Also, do you have any NLU preferences?
Shristy: I do not have a specific preference, just a good place because I don’t want to label anything in my mind and go to any place with a pre-biased attitude. This is a new start, where I want a clean slate.
Careers360: Being a topper, many students would now look up to you. Do you have any messages for these future law aspirants?
Shristy: I have been a law aspirant, and I know it is tough at times. There are loads of self-doubts and mixed feelings, comparison with others, expectations, etc. but just hang in there, and try to give your best, which should not be in comparison to anyone else. And also, the two most important things that I realized were: - don’t judge anybody ever, and learn the art of ignorance. Thank you!
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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.
Moreover, you can get to know the Law colleges accepting CLAT in Tamil Nadu along with the fee structure and other details over this link: https://law.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-law-colleges-in-tamil-nadu-accepting-clat
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.