LSAT-India 2020 topper interview: “Key was to prepare regularly,” says Shailja Beria
The result of Law School Admission Test (LSAT) India 2020 was declared on August 13. This time a Kolkata girl, Shailja Beria, has secured AIR-1 rank. The topper also grabbed a scholarship worth Rs. 4 Lakh. Shailja scored 480 marks in LSAT-India, which is the highest score achievable. Rajneesh Singh, her teacher and mentor, hailed the topper and called it a memorable achievement. Shailja started preparing for CLAT and other law entrance tests in 11th grade. Her interest in reading and learning about current events led her to pursue law after school education. She finds LSAT-India 2020 an extremely interesting examination which not merely test rote-learning but tests various analytical and logical abilities comprehensively. Careers360 conducted an exclusive interview with the LSAT India topper 2020 to get an insight into her journey to LSAT India which would be a guiding lamp for future law aspirants. Read the complete interview below.
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Question - Give us a brief introduction: your name, address, college, etc.
Answer - I am Shailja Beria from Kolkata, West Bengal. I completed my schooling from Sushila Birla Girls’ School.
Question - Congratulations on scoring maximum percentile in LSAT India 2020 exam. How does it feel to be the topper?
Shailja Beria - It has been quite overwhelming with wishes pouring in from all quarters.
Question - Tell us about your college and course preferences after scoring such a high percentile?
Shailja Beria - I would like to pursue a BBA LLB degree. I am yet to give my CLAT examination, after which I will be deciding on my college. At present, the Jindal Global Law School is an attractive option.
Question - What legal specialization do you want to pursue in future? Tell us why you want to pursue a particular specialization?
Shailja Beria -I would like to pursue international law to expand my horizons and better understand the nuances of international relations and diplomacy. I also have a keen interest in human rights as well as constitutional law.
Question - Tell us about your LSAT India 2020 experience. Why did you choose LSAT India?
Shailja Beria - LSAT India is an exam which does not merely test rote-learning. Instead, it is a comprehensive test of various analytical and logical abilities. LSAT-India opens up several opportunities in terms of colleges besides being an extremely interesting examination. As a law aspirant, it felt like a must to take LSAT India and it was an overall enriching experience.
Question - COVID-19 was a testing time, how did you manage your preparation during this period?
Shailja Beria - In the face of lack of clarity regarding major examinations, as well as the general uncertainty due to COVID-19 it was extremely easy to lose focus and motivation. However, the constant support of my family and friends and guidance of my mentor, Rajneesh sir, helped me to keep up my preparation during this period. The key was to prepare regularly rather than rigorously to sustain me through the frequent postponements in the face of the unprecedented situation.
Question - LSAT focuses very much on assessing reading and critical thinking skills, how did you prepare yourself for reading comprehension.
Shailja Beria - I think the best way to prepare for reading comprehension is to read and try to understand even difficult and challenging material. Reading newspaper editorials regularly helped me hone my abilities.
Question - There are two sections of Logical reasoning. What was your strategy for LR sections 1 and 2 and how does one differentiate LR1 from LR2?
Shailja Beria -My strategy for LR was the same for both sections 1 and 2. While attempting each section I aimed at attempting all questions in the stipulated time and with confidence in the answers I had marked. In case of any confusion, using elimination helps to arrive at the correct answer. I did not feel the need to differentiate between the two sections as they both required application of logic using the same strategy.
Question - What kind of questions are asked in the Analytical reasoning section and how should one prepare?
Shailja Beria - Most aspirants find Analytical reasoning to be the most challenging section. The questions mostly consist of arrangement and condition-based puzzles. Extensive practice is the best way to prepare for this section.
Question - The changes to the exam pattern such as removal of variable section and shifting to online RPT was unexpected to many candidates. Did these developments affect your preparation? How did you adjust with these developments?
Shailja Beria - Although unexpected, the changes to the exam pattern did not affect my preparation to a large extent. I shifted from pen-paper mock tests to online ones. This helped me adapt my strategy to the changes and develop a familiarity with the interface that would be used on the final day.
Question - Did you solve the mock tests or sample papers? Tell us about your experience with mock tests, is it really important to solve mock tests before the exam?
Shailja Beria - Yes, I solved a couple of LSAT India mock tests and material made available by LSAC. Solving mocks before the exam makes one familiar with the pattern as well as the areas that require improvement for each individual. Analysis of the mocks helps one make corrections and aim for a perfect score.
Question - There is a dearth of LSAT related study material and even coachings. Tell us about how one should prepare for LSAT-India, what book list did you refer.
Shailja Beria - LSAT being a very standardized test, studying from the material available on the LSAT India official website (discoverlaw.in) is sufficient to familiarize oneself and do well. Most of this material is easily accessible and solving these were a key part of my preparation.
Question - You said you have also applied for CLAT. How did you manage LSAT and CLAT preparation simultaneously? Did you take coaching?
Shailja Beria - While LSAT and CLAT have many differences, certain abilities such as reasoning and logic are tested by both examinations. Thus preparation for CLAT automatically enhanced my LSAT preparation. Yes, I was a part of the Do-Zen, a batch of twelve students mentored by Rajneesh sir. I would like to thank sir for his constant guidance in my preparation.
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Questions related to LSAT India
I have done B.Com(H) and then MBA. Because I have interest in law, I would like to persure LLB. Please help me know if this is a good decision? And would this be fruitful in future?
However, if you just want to be a professional with an additional qualification, an LLB is a very good addition to the MBA degree. After MBA Finance, you could look at doing LLB in Mergers & acquisitions, corporate law, corporate finance, etc.
44.80% Marks hai mere graduation mai kya mai lset exam de skta hu
LSAT India 2021 will be conducted by The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) on June 14th, 2021 for admission to BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB, BSc LLB, and three-year LLB offered by around 12 affiliated colleges. Now coming to the eligibility criteria of LSAT 2021 so there is no any specific eligibility criteria prescribed by LSAC instead the eligibility criteria will be different for different colleges and if you want to appear for LSAT 2021 the you should satisfy the basic eligibility criteria for LSAT 2021 which is described below :-
Candidates appearing in LSAT India 2021 seeking admission into five-year integrated law program should have qualified 12th board examination under 10+2 education system scoring minimum 45% marks.
So if you satisfy the above eligibility criteria then you can appear for LSAT India 2021 irrespective of your percentage in graduation.
For complete details about LSAT India 2021 eligibility criteria kindly check out the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
can any one pls tell me the last date for laat actually there are two last date coming which I am not getting
The application process for LSAT India 2021 was started on November 10, 2020. Candidates who will complete application process by February 5 will be given an early bird prize wherein they need to pay Rs 3,499 for the application fee.
Aspirants who submit their application form for LSAT India 2021 between February 5 and June 4, need to pay Rs 3,799 for the application fee.
Candidates have to fill the application form latest by June 4, 2021.
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I am Law Undergraduate please advise whether LSAT exam is fir me and beneficial to me.
There are over 52 associate or participating institutes of LSAT India 2021 that will use LSAT India 2021 scores for admission; courses on offer include BA LLB, BBA LLB, BCom LLB, BSc LLB, three-year LLB and LLM. Interestingly, the role of LSAC is limited to conduct of LSAT India 2021 entrance exam and sharing of exam scores with participating institutes. The candidate will have to apply separately to these colleges, who will use LSAT India scores to shortlist candidates. They will prepare merit lists for counselling and seat allotment considering marks scored by the candidates in the remote proctored exam.
While LSAC is responsible for the conduct of LSAT India 2021 entrance exam, it doesn’t specify any eligibility criteria for the exam. It is because its role is limited to conduct of the exam declaration of results and sharing of exam scores with participating institutes. It is the LSAT India participating institutes 2021 that will release institute-specific eligibility criteria for admission.
LSAT India 2021 - Eligibility criteria
3-year LLB program: The candidate should have completed graduation degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
5-year integrated law program: Candidates must have completed class 12 from a recognized board or institution.
LLM program: The candidates should have completed graduation degree in law.
For more information use the link
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colleges under lsat india exam
Here is the list of colleges in India accepting LSAT exam
- Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat
- School of Law, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
- Indore Institute of Law, Indore
- Lovely Professional University (LPU)
- Alliance School of Law, Bangalore
- Presidency University, Bangalore
- Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University, Pune
- IFIM Law College, Bangalore
- VIT Law School, Chennai
- KLE Society's Law College, Bangalore
- PES University, Bangalore
- SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat
- Bennett University, Greater Noida
- Bennett University, Greater Noida
Please click the below link for the list of colleges