CLAT 2021 Topper Shwetha Ramachandran, AIR 4, says, “Speed increases with practice and accuracy with analysis.
CLAT 2021 Topper Interview: The Common Law Admission Test or CLAT is easily one of the most difficult and prestigious law entrance exams in the country. There is a reason for that: some of the best law colleges are member institutes of the CLAT consortium, including NLSIU Bangalore, which is the #1 ranked law college in the country as per NIRF rankings. So, when you top the CLAT 2021 exam, it has a nice ring to it. And if you succeed in CLAT in your second attempt, the success tastes that much sweeter.
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It is exactly what happened with Shwetha Ramachandran, who hails from the coastal city of Kannur, Kerala. She had appeared in the CLAT 2020 exam, but her preparation was all over the place and she came up shorts. But instead of giving up, soon after the declaration of CLAT 2020 results, she organized herself and this time around hit the ground running with laser-like precision and focus.
The results of her efforts are now there for everyone to see. In the recently declared CLAT 2021 results, she exceeded even her own expectations and secured a stunning AIR 4 Rank. The icing on the cake: she can now get admission to her dream law school - NLSIU Bangalore.
Careers360 got hold of the young achiever for a quick CLAT 2021 Topper Interview. The interview covered topics related to CLAT 2021 exam preparation, books she used as reference material, the right way to attempt the CLAT test paper, and much more.
Shwetha also has a beautiful success mantra for up-and-coming law aspirants. Keep reading the CLAT 2021 Topper Interview to discover what it is!
Interview of CLAT 2021 Topper Shwetha Ramachandran, AIR 4
Careers360: Congratulations on your performance in CLAT 2021. What was your initial reaction upon knowing your rank?
Shwetha: Thank you very much. I was really nervous about the results. But once I saw my results, I was on cloud nine. I was extremely happy.
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.
Shwetha: My name is Shwetha Ramachandran. I am from Kannur, Kerala. My father, Ramachandran is an Engineering Contractor. My mother, Sasikala is a housewife. My sister, Shilpa is studying in 12th. I completed my 12th from Sreepuram English Medium High School and Junior College, Kannur. I did PCM in my 12th (ISC Board).
Careers360: What are your overall and sectional scores in CLAT 2021?
Shwetha: My overall score is 115.5
Careers360: Were you expecting the results, or it was a surprise?
Shwetha: I wasn't expecting this result at all. I wanted to get a rank below 400 so that I get into any of the top 5 colleges. But getting a single-digit rank was a huge surprise.
Careers360: How and when did you start preparing for CLAT 2021 exam?
Shwetha: I prepared for CLAT 2020 also. But it wasn't properly planned. I was doing random materials. But my proper structured preparation started after CLAT 2020 Results came out. So I started my preparation by devoting a lot of time to newspapers. In the beginning, I took nearly 2.5 hours to complete the newspaper. But then towards the end, I could do it within 1.5 hours. I did a lot of mocks, analyzed them, and prepared extensive notes for GK.
Careers360: Did you follow any specific routine and study hours?
Shwetha: Not always. But a normal day would start with the newspaper, then some RCs, analyze pending mocks (if any), and work on the mistakes in my previous mocks.
I tried to do mocks during the actual exam time ie 2-4 pm so that I get into that habit.
Careers360: What are the subject-wise books you used for CLAT exam preparation? Any specific reason for selecting these books?
Shwetha: For English, I practiced RCs from various sources. I took sectional and topic tests from various websites. For vocab, I did Word Power Made Easy and I had a vocabulary notebook where I noted down the new words I came across.
For GK, I identified important topics from the newspaper, did some research, and prepared notes. I used UPSC websites like Drishti IAS because they give you notes with the historical background, maps, flow charts, etc which makes studying them more interesting.
For Legal, I went through the basic concepts once and practiced a lot of old pattern Fact-Principle questions. I think that helped me a lot because they taught me how to approach these questions.
Logical Reasoning has two parts. For Analytical Reasoning, in the last three-four months, I did one chapter per week and covered the important chapters.
Critical Reasoning was one of my weak points so I practiced a lot of GMAT and LSAT questions. I did 20 questions per day and analyzed them thoroughly. I believe proper learning happens when you analyze these questions properly.
QT was one of my strongest sections. I analyzed my mistakes in mocks and focused on those specific topics. In the last four months, I did one chapter per week and covered the important topics. I did the Level 1 questions from the QT book for CAT by Arun Sharma.
Careers360: Tell us your last month’s exam preparation tips?
In the last month, I made an extensive revision plan. I revised my vocabulary notebook, my GK notes, I tried to go through some compendiums and focused on the revision of old mocks. I had a mock analysis book where I noted down my mistakes. I went through them.
I did some new mocks too and focused on their analysis.
Careers360: Did you solve sample papers and take mock tests? What is the correct frequency for these exercises?
Shwetha: Yes, I did. I solved the CLAT 2020 paper thrice and sample papers once. About mocks, I did approximately one every week in the first few months. Then I increased the frequency. There was a time when I did one mock every alternate day. But towards the end again I reduced the frequency to once every 3 or 4 days.
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?
Shwetha: It is obvious that you will be stressed. Talk to your mentors, parents, and friends. They will motivate you. Also, I used to remind myself that if I panic and end up not studying it is going to worsen my state. So I tried my best to focus on my studies.
Careers360: How can one improve accuracy and speed?
Shwetha: Speed increases with practice and accuracy with analysis.
Read your newspaper, books, periodicals, or anything you want. And analyze each and every question you practice. Convince yourself why you went wrong and why that specific option is the answer.
Careers360: Is there any particular order for attempting the CLAT question paper? How should one go about attempting the test?
Shwetha: So this depends on the test taker. I took time to warm up during the test. So I started with GK and then did QT. I try to complete these two sections in the first 20 minutes and I devote the remaining 100 minutes to the reading sections. But if the QT section is tough, I do GK, then the reading sections, and finally QT.
So, understand how you are as a test taker, talk to your mentors and devise your strategy. But again, you should be flexible enough to rebuild the entire strategy if there are surprises in the paper.
Careers360: Did the prolonged delay and multiple postponements affect your exam preparation? How did you manage to stay on track?
Shwetha: No. When the exam was scheduled to happen in June and the 12th boards’ schedule was out, the dates were clashing. So I was expecting the exam to get postponed. But suddenly the boards got postponed and then canceled. That made me very nervous. So I was working very hard during the last weeks of April and the first few weeks of May. When I knew the CLAT was getting postponed, it gave me a breather. I took a break for 2 days, planned, and then restarted the preparation.
Careers360: Did you face any difficulty during the exam considering there were strict COVID-19 guidelines in place?
Shwetha: Yes I did. The first months were okay but towards January and February, I was fed up with these online classes and preparation. Again I gave myself one day break, went out with my mother and sister, had some ice cream and I was good to go from the next day.
Careers360: Which law discipline do you want to study in your undergraduate?
Shwetha: I haven't decided that yet. But I find Humanitarian law and International law interesting. I haven't done any extensive research about it yet. I think I should try things out in my law school and then decide.
Careers360: Also, do you have any NLU preferences?
Shwetha: Yes, NLSIU has been the dream college from my school days.
Careers360: What you be your final word of advice to upcoming young law students?
Shwetha: Just prepare honestly. Be true to yourself. Listen to your mentors. They know what is best for you. Just trust them.
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Questions related to CLAT
Can a student studying in 12th std 2021 can fill the CLAT form in January 2022
The eligibility criteria to appear for CLAT UG is passed 10+2 from a recognized board securing 45% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, and yes, those who are appearing in 12th standard in March/April can also provisionally apply they just need to show the proof of their qualifying examination at the time of CLAT counselling and admission process, there is no upper age limit when it comes to appearing for CLAT, explore more detailed information regarding this by visiting our page at https://law.careers360.com/articles/clat-eligibility-criteria
CLAT is conducted for two hours carrying 150 MCQs, each question is for one mark, and 0.25 mark is deducted for each incorrect attempt. It consists of sections such as comprehension-based questions from English Language/Current Affairs including General Knowledge/Legal Reasoning/Logical Reasoning/ Quantitative Techniques
llb what hai and sir clat what
LLB means Bachelor of legislative law which is a three years degree course. Students can take admission in this course after his graduation with at least 50% marks in graduation of any subject of candidates choice like humanities arts, science and commerce.
ClAT is a National level entrance test which is taken for 3 years LLB course in 22 National law Universities and 2 years post graduation law LLM course admission. The total marks of CLAT is 150. Time duration 2 hours. Question is set in multiple choice. Subjects are English language, legal aptitude test, mathematics, logical reasoning, general knowledge and current affairs. Eligibility of the student is 10 +2 exam at least 50% marks for general and 40% for reserved category .student. after exam which is held for 22 national Law universities and other 103 number of constituent colleges for 2225 llb seats and 1628 llm seats. The clat exam conducting authority is consortium of NLUs with the vice principal of 22 NLUs. After the exam the counselling is done in 4 round . Then the final list of the successful candidate is list off with notification and it is known from the official website of NLUs https://consortiumofnlus.ac.in
I want to know full detailed information about CLAT exam
Your profile suggests that your qualification is 12th. So, guessing that you are asking about CTA UG.
--------------) WHAT IS CLAT UG?
CLAT UG is the entrance examination through which admission in 5 year llb like BA LLB, BSc LLB etc is provided.
--------------) Eligibility criteria
CLAT UG eligibility criteria for 5-year integrated llb is given below :-
------) You must be either appearing for your 12th board examination or should have passed it
------) You must pass your 12th board exam with at least 45% marks while SC and ST category students need only 40% marks.
------) There is no age limit for CLAT UG
For more and detailed information you can visit our page the link for the same is given below
--------------) TOP colleges accepting CLAT
Some of the top colleges accepting CLAT is provided below
>>>>> NLSIU Bangalore - National Law School of India University
>>>>> NLU Hyderabad - NALSAR University of Law
>>>>> GNLU Gandhinagar - Gujarat National Law University
>>>>> RGNUL Patiala - Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law
>>>>> NUJS Kolkata - The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences
>>>>> NLU Jodhpur - National Law University
To get the complete list go through
--------------) Examination pattern
Here's a brief of your clat UG examination pattern :-
* total number of questions :- 150 questions
* type of questions asked :- mcqs/objective. Basically, your clat question paper will contain several passages of around 300 to 450 words and those passages will be followed by series of mcqs.
* medium of the question paper :- English
* mode of the examination :- it will be conducted in offline mode / pen paper based examination
* total marks :- the examination will be conducted for a total of 150 marks
*Duration of the examination :- 2 hours
*marking scheme :-
. -) you get one mark for each correct answer .
. -) here is penalty of 0.25 Mark for each wrong answer
Subject wise number of questions in your clat 2021 examination is provided below:-
*english language :- 28 - 32 questions
*quantitative techniques :- 13-17questions
*Legal Reasoning :- 35-39 questions
*current affairs including gk :- 35-39 questions
*Logical Reasoning :- 28-32 questions
For more details regarding clat examination pattern you can visit our page for which link is provided is provided below
how to start to prepare clat from starting
If you wish to crack CLAT Your priority should be Boards.
Once you are done with boards you will have ample of time to prepare for CLAT.
2. If you are dropping this year.
Then you need to give 6 hours at least every day.
Do GK daily. Follow Gktoday.in.
For legal complete your coaching material first. Then do as much papers you can.
Read The Hindu daily.
what are the dates for Maharashtra Pune 3 year LLB clat examinations ?
Registrations for the examination will open on 1st January 2021 and close on 15 June 2021. The exam will be conducted on 23rd July, from 2 PM to 4 PM.
The education minister of Maharashtra has announced that State CET Cell will conduct MH CET law 2021 for 5-year LLB on October 3. The MH CET law 2021 for 3-year LLB will be held from October 4 to October 5, in online mode. The exam will be held in 226 exam centres.
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