After sharing important insights about CLAT preparation by CLAT 2015 topper - Rohit Sharma, we are here with a fresh interview by Prabhanjan Singh. Prabhanjan was a young CLAT aspirant just like you who worked hard and secured AIR 80 in CLAT 2015. PrepLadder team asked him about his power mantra and he narrated his success strategy:
Hello Prabhanjan. Please tell us something about yourself.
I am currently pursuing law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and I am in my first year. I did my schooling from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Vidyashram, Jaipur. I majorly draw my inspiration for law from my grandfather and the impact that law has on creating a balanced and just society. With rise in corporate world, law is indispensable and thus corporate law is an attractive career option. Shifting from the academic part, I like playing cricket and I never missed out on an opportunity to play even while I was preparing for CLAT.
When did you start preparing for Law Entrance? Which exams did you apply for?
By the end of class 10th, I was sure that law suited my interests and skills the most. The actual prep started from class 12th. More than knowing what to study, I believe knowing what not to study is crucial. An analysis of past year papers and my strengths and weaknesses in mocks guided the direction I had to start preparing in. I applied for CLAT, AILET and SET.
Could you please share a rough study plan for aspirants who will begin CLAT preparations from December?
Trust me, even if an aspirant very sincerely starts his preparation from December, all is not lost.
1. First things first, analyze your previous mock performances and highlight you strengths are weaknesses. It is a good time now to work on your weak areas.
2. I know GK will be a problem, thus giving GK the time it deserve is important. Do not take static GK lightly and be regular in current affairs.
3. For maths and reasoning, practice questions giving yourself a time limit and know all the concepts and the types of questions CLAT has asked in past few years.
4. Legal reasoning should not be a problem if you go through past year questions of CLAT, NLSIU, NALSAR and NLU Delhi. Universal's Guide for CLAT, A.P Bharadwaj and Lexis Nexis may be some books one may refer to for legal section.
5. Doing a lot of mocks and timing yourself accordingly so that you are at least able to read all the questions once is important and do mocks for CLAT only with a computer mouse. Have a grip over current affairs.
While preparing for CLAT, which 2 subjects did you find most challenging?
The most dreaded section would easily be GK. This section is the one that requires a lot of effort and this is the weakest section of most of the aspirants, thus making it a section that gives you a "cutting-edge" if you are well prepared. Thus, treating it as a make or break section would not be incorrect as it has turned out to be one nightmare section for most of the other equally competent aspirants. For current GK, a daily reading of The Hindu and monthly magazines, coupled with online GK websites should do the trick. Coming onto the static part of GK, completing the course as soon as possible and constant revision hold the key. Because static GK has a lot of abstract data, re-revision is important. It is equally important to not to go helter-skelter collecting multiple books for static GK. Sticking to not more than 2 books for static GK is what I had aimed for. Lucent's GK and Tarun Goyal combined together would be more than enough.
The other challenging section for me was that of Logical Reasoning. A daily practice made this section a strength for me and I believe getting the timing right is crucial here. Thus, a lot of time-based tests in LR did help me.
Which books would you recommend as per your experience?
Maths- RS Aggarwal
Reasoning- MK Pandey
Legal- Universal's, Lexis Nexis, AP Bharadwaj, past year papers
English- Objective English by S. Chand, English is easy, Word power made easy
GK-Tarun goyal, lucent's GK
Is time management difficult in CLAT? How did you handle it?
Time plays a vital role in preparation. You can keep garnering all the knowledge in the world; if you are not even able to read the questions, it is all a waste. Do mocks very seriously and make a section wise time breakup chart and stick to that. Section wise time based practice is also recommended. Try finishing the mocks at least 5 minutes before and thus have an effective reading speed.
Also Read: How to effectively manage time in CLAT 2017?
What problems do aspirants face because CLAT is conducted online now? Do 'Online Mock Tests' help?
The problems faced could be unfamiliarity with the whole exam medium and which could ruin the chances of doing well in the exam. Indeed, doing a lot of online mocks helps you get familiar with the actual exam day setting and also increases your speed and chances to complete the paper in time.
Thank you Prabhanjan for sharing your inputs and interesting insights with CLAT aspirants!
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