CLAT Topper Interview 2021: Manhar Bansal AIR 1
Manhar Bansal scored 125.5 marks out of 149 and secured AIR I in CLAT 2021. Besides CLAT, He scored 99.82 percentile in LSAT India 2021 and secured AIR 2 in AILET 2021.
CLAT 2021 was held on 23rd July 2021 & result was declared on 28th July 2021. 53502 Candidates appeared in this examination.
In this interview Manhar discusses his examination strategies, Mock test and some important books, that the students can follow who are preparing for CLAT examination.
Here are the excerpts from the Interview:
Harshita :Congratulations Manhar on achieving this feat, During the preparation did CLAT AIR 1 ever came across your mind?
Manhar: I will be honest and say that deep within me, I had a desire to top the examination and wanted to give it my best shot. However, my preparation was not aimed at securing a rank; that’s just not possible. I simply put in my sincerest effort.
Harshita: There are different fields after 12th, what motivated you to make a career in law?
Manhar :Since my childhood, I was interested in the social sciences. I also wanted to do “something different” which to me meant not becoming another doctor in a family of doctors. The apathetic attitude of people towards the system pushed me to be a part of the system in some capacity and contribute in some manner. Considering all of this, I opted for Humanities in Class 11-12 and prepared for a legal education at a National Law University.
Harshita: Was this your first attempt at CLAT? When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what strategies you used in particular for your preparation?
Manhar :Yes, I took the CLAT just after passing out of Class 12. I had enrolled myself in a coaching institute in Class 11 itself and got myself acquainted with the paper pattern etc. However, the bulk of my preparation took place in Class 12. As far as “strategies” are concerned, I attended all classes and solved the material provided by the institute, identified specific tasks for each section and attempted mock tests regularly followed by analysis (sometimes with the help of a mentor). In addition, I had a couple of friends with whom I used to discuss GK on a daily basis.
Harshita: Choosing the right Books and Preparation material have always been a concern for many students preparing for CLAT. So according to you which are some of the best books for preparation that you recommend for CLAT 2021 for each of the 5 sections and overall preparation?
Manhar: Law entrances and specifically CLAT are not conventional exams. Thus, there are no special books that are required for its preparation. Good quality topic, sectional and mock tests are a must for practice and improvement in sections such as English, Logical, Legal and Quantitative Techniques. I also used Khan Academy’s free LSAT prep to strengthen my conceptual grasp in reading comprehension and logical reasoning. In case of specific doubts, I would use online resources like YouTube videos. For General Knowledge, I read The Hindu, used my coaching’s resources, found some online compilations for revision, referred to UPSC websites such as BYJUS etc. Along with my friends, I used to research for specific important issues and then discuss it.
Harshita: What advice would you like to give the future CLAT aspirants & share with us the strategies you used to stay motivated in your exam days.
Manhar: I would say: don’t stress, just give your best. You need to continue pursuing your hobbies, cultivating your interests and talents, spending time with friends, doing what you love. CLAT is not an exam that requires you to sacrifice everything else. I would just request everyone to keep reading – fiction, non-fiction, newspaper, anything you like. It will serve you well in the exam and also in law school.
Harshita: What is the ideal time to start taking mock Tests & What role do mock tests play in CLAT Preparation? What was your strategies in particular towards mock tests?
Manhar: The ideal time to start taking a mock test is NOW. Please do not wait for any fictitious “syllabus” to get over. Except GK, the entire paper is based on practice. Mock Tests are the singular, most important tool in your prep journey. The strategy is simple: attempt a mock test within the given time frame, go over the analysis seeing why you chose the wrong answers in the questions you did, discuss it with your friends and teachers, take down general learnings and REPEAT. You can experiment with the order in which you wish to attempt the paper a few times and then settle on the one which maximizes your efficiency. After that, it is a continuous process of trying to maximize attempts and getting as many questions correct as possible.
Harshita Nandal has worked as a Creative head in Mitrakshar, University of Delhi. She has done her Graduation from the University of Delhi in English Honours. In her free time, she prefers to play the guitar, take short walks in between work and loves to watch Korean dramas. Currently, she is an author at Educere India to fulfil the desire of her passion for writing.
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