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Last Updated - September 14, 2016

Shivam appeared for CLAT 2015 and secured 93.25 percentile score. He took admission in Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala. We interviewed him and he shares his journey of getting admission in his dream institute. He shares about his strategies and gives some preparation tips to the aspirants of CLAT. He preferred many books for his reference and joined a class to excel in CLAT. The given below is the questionnaire that we had with him.

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Ques. The Institutes that offered you Admission?      

Ans. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala was my first preference in the preference list so I was allotted RGNUL in the first cut off list. But as my rank was 729, had it been in my preference, I could have easily got 'Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow' and 'Hidyatullah National Law University, Raipur' in the subsequent lists. Else, every university below RGNUL would have given me admission based on my rank. These universities are-

  • CNLU, Patna
  • NUALS, Kochi
  • NLUO, Cuttack
  • NUSRL, Ranchi
  • NLUJAA, Guwahati
  • DSNLU, Vishakhapatnam
  • TNNLS, Thiruchirappalli
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Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

Coaching ClassesOnline Study MaterialCoaching Study MaterialMock & Sample Test PapersStudy GroupsSelf Study
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Ques.  Name the Coaching Institute you joined and its role in your story?  

Ans. "I choose CLAT Possible (CP) as their way of teaching is really impeccable. All the teaching faculties of CP are themselves NLU graduates. Not just this, there is no separate teaching staff for different teachers. In terms of the quality of teaching, there is no differentiation for the Delhi, Varansai, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Kolkata or any other centre of CP.

Now when it comes to the role in my success, CP has been like a wonder to me. No boring classes first of all. All the classes at CP were very interactive with PPTs and stuff. The classroom teaching is amazing. All the teachers were available 24Hours. In the classroom and after the class, on calls and even on WhatsApp. Also, there were special on demand doubt clearing sessions organised on request of the students.

In very short, I can say that CP and its faculties left no stone unturned in preparing the students, and perhaps that's why CP came to be the BEST LAW PREP INSTITUTE of INDIA with the best results in the industry."

Ques. Rate the Role of you Coaching Institute (Classroom or Online) in cracking CLAT?         

Ans.  10

Parth qualified CLAT 2010 with 89 percentile marks. He has a helping hand of his Father and Grandfather during his preparation as they are also in the same profession. He preferred self-studies as there were not enough institutes providing coaching classes as CLAT started from 2008.Know More
Efaf Ali appeared for CLAT in 2011. He got admission into MATS School of Law. He says to score good marks, students should come out of the comfort zone and practice hard. He also focused on working hard on the weak areas to make them as strength.Know More

Ques. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?

Ans. I always had a phobia to History which was helped in overcoming by the best ever GK teacher in India Mr. Sanjay Singh (GK Faculty at CP). This man has the best tricks to learn History. His tricks came very handy in History. I even use them today in my college History syllabus. Apart from his tricks, a book named Lucent's General Knowledge Manual is what I referred to. This book helped in each and every topic of the GK for CLAT.

Apart from GK, I had a very weak vocabulary. For that I love a man named Mr. Amit Chaturvedi. We have a group named 'Men in Black' on Facebook on which Amit sir every day posts a Vocab Story. Anyone can join that group and mark my words, your vocabulary will become vast, vast and vast. Also, Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Easy came very handy in metros while travelling. A 10 minutes look at the book made me learn 5 new words which I can never forget.

I had a strong Logical Reasoning, Legal Reasoning and Maths. To make it stronger, I brushed it up by spending half an hour each on these subject whenever I used to feel sleepy in the late night studies. All my CP books were more than sufficient for a routine exercise of my mind.

Ques. What is your Five Point Rule to excel CLAT 2016?

Ans. 1) Read newspapers regularly

2) Make a register for Vocabulary Words

3) Keep a track record of general knowledge

4) Never stop practicing the strong subject. (This is the most common mistake people do. This exam is all about speed and accuracy which can only be attained by regular practice of all the subject)

5) Make a proper revision timetable 

Ques. What Mock Papers did you take?     

Ans. I only gave CP Mocks which were excellent. They had an excellent mock test team. As soon as the announcement came for the conduction of the test online, a brand new online mock portal was ready. CP was also the first one in the industry to do it. After every mock, we had a detailed analysis of the paper which was divided in easy, moderate, difficult on the basis of question difficulty. It even had a detailed analysis of on how many seconds we spent on one question. It clearly told us which section needs to be improved.

Ques. Websites you followed regularly for practicing sample papers and get updates?  

Ans. www.gktoday.in (must), www.leadthecompetition.in (Static GK) and www.indiabix.com (Practice Tests)

All these websites are indispensable element of one's CLAT preparation. A regular visit to these websites keeps one updated about GK. The questions have been seen to be directly copy pasted from these in CLAT. Also these questions are updated on regular basis. So one needs to be a staunch visitor and a strict follower of this website.

Ques. English & Comprehension: Strategy and Books Followed for this Section

Ans. There is no instant tricks to make this section strong. To make it perfect, one needs to be an avid reader. I regularly read the newspaper from tip to toe. I also read online articles which I randomly searched online. I also downloaded a speed reading software on my laptop. As the paper was conducted online, it was must to practice to read faster on screen. This software performed its job perfectly. A lot of applications same can be found.

Vocabulary- Word Power Made Easy

This book has a total of 42 sessions. Each session is connected to the previous and the next session. If one follows the correct method of studying this book, one can't fail in vocabulary of CLAT. Also it's been observed that CLAT picks vocabulary words directly from this book.

For Grammar- Raymond Murphy' Essential English Grammar by Cambridge publication is sufficient. But, to make it even surer, I even read the advanced edition of this book named Advanced English Grammar by Cambridge Publications.

Ques. General Knowledge and Current Affairs: Strategy and Books you followed

Ans. For General Knowledge, I referred to Lucent, Pearson, Pratiyogita Darpan, Axiom Tits Bits, a year book in the end and the websites discussed above. Apart from these, CP had a monthly compendium of current GK. They even posted static GK updates regularly. Monthly Tests were also organised for GK which were impeccable.

Ques. Numerical Ability: Strategy and Books Followed      

Ans. Quant comes till elementary level in CLAT. For this, I followed the tricks told by my teachers. I applied them on the study materials which I got from my institute and also referred to some other books. Not just learning the tricks will work, but a successful application is necessary. To master this, I picked up any topic and solved 10 questions of that topic every night which kept this subject polished.

I studied from RS Aggarwal's Quantitative Aptitude. This book covers all the topics of the CLAT exam. This is by far the best book for the competitive exam preparations. And for CLAT, it works like wonders. Just strictly follow it."

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Ques. Legal Aptitude: Strategy and Books Followed

Ans. For legal aptitude, I solved previous year question papers from NLS Bangalore individual papers to CLAT 2014. 80% Questions are repeated every year. So, doing these questions is must.

I also picked up AP Bhardwaj's Legal Reasoning and Aptitude. All the questions are chapter wise here and is very comprehensive for CLAT study.

Ques. Logical Reasoning: Strategy and Books Followed    

Ans. This portion is very scoring. So there is no point in wasting these marks. The questions usually come easy in this section. Only accuracy is the key to crack this subject. Certain tricks need to be followed for quick solving. All these tricks can be found in books.

I studied from my coaching material. Apart from that, I referred to Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by RS Aggarwal. The verbal portion of this books covers all the topics which needs to be covered for CLAT. Each and every topic is to be thoroughly studied.

Ques. Share your thoughts on the Strategy for the aspirant who is starting 3 months before the exam. 

Ans. A Yearbook should be studied as CLAT covers GK of total one year period. Norman Lewis's Word Power Made Easy is the most probable book from where the Paper Setter picks questions. This has been observed continuously in the history of CLAT. For last 3 months preps, this book only takes 42 days by the calendar to be completed. Only 20 minutes a day for 42 days isn't a big deal for 5 marks and an NLU.  

  • For quant and Logical Reasoning, RS Aggarwal's chapters should be covered very easily in 2 months.
  • A special mention for the book named 'Axiom Tits Bits' for Current GK preparations. This book is magic.
  • For legal portion, AP Bhardwaj author must be followed strictly.
  • Also past years’ papers need to be solved. The questions from legal and static GK portions are repeated every year.

Just keep your notes handy with you for last minute revision and don't be panic. Keep calm during exam and don't get stuck on one question. This exam has 120 minutes and 200 questions. On an average 36 seconds for each question. For the GK questions, 36 second for each question is too much and for maths and other portions, 36 seconds is too less. So manage your time well. Make a strategy on the basis of your performance of the mock tests. Implement it in the examination hall and see yourself winning.

Happy CLATting :)

Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. I wish I could go back to the year 2013, when I was preparing for CLAT 2014. I couldn't crack CLAT 2014. It had a setback to my mind. But then I made my mind to crack it. Although people around me see it to be a year wasted, I see it as a year invested. I learnt new things, met new people. That's more than a fortune.

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