CLAT Topper Interview: In conversation with Anand – AIR 5 CLAT 2020
With the announcement of CLAT 2021 exam date, CLAT 2021 is to be held on 23rd July , there is a lot of worry and tension among students. In this tense situation. we got a chance to Interview CLAT Topper Anand who got AIR 5 in CLAT 2020. In this interview Anand discusses his examination strategies and some important books with the mock test attempts that the students can follow who are preparing for CLAT examination .
Here are the excerpts from the Interview :
Harshita: Congratulations Anand on achieving this feat, What was your reaction after becoming All India Rank (AIR) 5?
Anand: I never thought of this achievement. I was hoping to get any top 5 NLUs but when I saw my result, it was jaw-dropping.
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?
Anand: : Yes, this was my first attempt. I started my preparation in the month of July 2019. Since my English was weak, I started working on it from the initial stage of my preparation even though the pattern was not changed. I habituated myself with newspaper reading. When the pattern was changed, I increased my English consumption by reading various news websites like the wire, the print, the scroll and the guardian. This helped me in both G.K. section as well as English section. To improve my vocabulary, I complete relied on Legalight’s Vocabulary booster book and the best part was that, all the questions of vocabulary asked in CLAT 2020 were directly from that book. I developed a habit of consuming more and more English by reading English newspaper like The Hindu and Indian Express. All my mentors advised me at the beginning itself for reading and understanding the editorial pages of The Hindu and it helped me in building my comprehending skills for tackling English section. And, it helped me in current affairs too because most of the significant topics were covered therein and my mentor provided with 250 important topics of current affairs in pdf form with a little detail and links for further research and it helped a lot. For legal reasoning section, I totally relied on my teacher and the study materials, which he used to provide to us. He covered every principle and current legal topics necessary for Clat through passages, sectional tests and mock tests. And at least, I practiced 200 + passages in legal reasoning section which covered all the static law like constitutional law, criminal law, law of torts and contract law and current legal issues like Force Manjure Clause, CAA and all. For quant section I practiced every possible caselets and graphs provided by Legalight. For logical reasoning, our teacher made us practice each type of questions like strengthening, weakening, and so on. I practiced a lot of passages.
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?
Anand: Honestly, I never touched any other book for my preparation except materials from legalight, because nothing was specific as syllabus and pattern changed. There were no book for clat preparation but if anyone want then can see R.S Agrawal for basic maths, for current affairs news papers, magazines and websites like gk today and drishti IAS and for CR one can see GMAT papers.
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.
Anand: Look, in these tough times when u have to attend online classes and then postponement of exam frustrates the person but to keep the streak on run one have to cop up with these challenges. Whenever I felt low, I talked to my mentor and that really helped a lot.
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?
Anand: There is no ideal time for starting mock test because I started giving mocks from the second week of my preparation. I gave 28 Mocks on New Pattern. It was helpful in multiple aspects. Legalight’s mock helped me to discover loopholes in my CLAT preparation and subsequently I was able to work upon that. Through mock test, I was able to improve my accuracy and time management. And this new pattern indeed requires mock test practice.
Harshita: What are some of the most important things a student should keep in mind on Exam Day?
Anand: First thing first, take a nice sleep before exam, though in my case, I was awake whole night before exam. Don't be overconfident and don't be anxiety, keep calm and start attempting the section which is strong for you. That's all.
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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