All those still in class 11th or 12th and aspiring to become future lawyers and judges, are surely applying for CLAT 2016-17. If you are looking for advice from those who have actually juggled CLAT preparation along with Class 12th Boards, coaching classes and peer pressure, this interview of PrepLadder team with Aashna will help:
Hello Aashna. Please tell us something about yourself.
Hello. My name is Aashna Jain and I’m from Chandigarh. I’m a third year student of National law University, Jodhpur. I completed my schooling from Sacred Heart Convent School, Chandigarh. I had taken up Commerce Stream after class 10th.
My hobbies are participating in adventure sports, listening to music and writing poems. I also like road tripping and trying out good food.
After taking up commerce after Class 10th, when did you decide to prepare for Law Entrance?
I decided to prepare in 11th standard but my formal preparation started when I was in Class 12th.
Which all Law Entrance Exams did you apply for and qualify?
I applied for 2: CLAT and AILET. I qualified CLAT with All India Rank 135 and got into NLU, Jodhpur. I did not apply for any regional law colleges, though I would not advice others to do so.
How did you manage to synchronize your CLAT preparation with Commerce Studies; especially the boards?
I did most of the base work way ahead of the boards, i.e. by December. This included:
- Covering the syllabus of Logical Reasoning, Elementary Mathematics, English and Legal Reasoning
- How to answer the question
- What is the pattern on which I need to work
- The method of answering the questions as in the sequence in which the questions are to be answered and
- How much time is to be devoted to which section
The later part of (memorising) GK and attempting mock test papers was left for the time period of April and half month of May.
I had to give exclusive three months for boards (Jan, Feb, March).
During my Boards preparation whenever i got bored of my course syllabus, I attempted one mock or flipped through the pages of the magazines such as CSR (Competition Success Review) and India Today.
Now that the test is online, how important do you feel is online preparation of CLAT?
I feel it forms a major chunk of the success strategy that one should follow religiously. Attempting more no. of mocks is not necessary. The method of attempting is more important.
The conventional way of attempting a test on sheet is way different from online test and hence one should be adept in answering the test on the mode on which it is to be done on the final exam day (in this case online).
A piece of advice you wish you had received on time while preparing.
1. Do not panic if you do not get time to read through the newspapers. Managing 12th and CLAT simultaneously is not an easy job (I know that). Concentrate on magazines such as PD (Pratiyogita Darpan), CSR, etc.
2. Take your study material whatever you have, seriously. Don't keep anything pending. Finish that thing/ test/ assignment on that very day. Trust me, you will never get time to re-read the material.
3. Don't panic by seeing the no. of students that appear for the exam or the no. of students who appeared for the same in the past.
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