Common Law Admission Test, one of the competitive law entrance exams took place on 14 May’17 with nearly 48000 candidates competing for 2342 seats all over India. The results of CLAT’17 were declared on 29 May. Jaipur’s Rajat Maloo has bagged the first position in CLAT 2017 by scoring 154.27 marks out of 196. He has achieved All India Rank 1. Rajat ‘s confidence and determination helped him to leave behind 48000 test takers from across the country to attain the first rank.
Let us go through the excerpts from his interview-
Question: Hello Rajat! Tell us something about yourself
Rajat: I am Rajat. I am basically from Jaipur. I am a science student but I had no interest in the career options of Engineering. I scored just 74% in 12th standard.
Question: You were from Science background, so how come you had an interest in Law?
Rajat: I am from a science background and like every science student I attempted JEE Mains last year but could not succeed. I had passion and interest in fighting for rights of people and getting them justice. This motivated me to choose Law.
Question: Did you drop a year after +2 for CLAT preparations?
Rajat: Yes, I dropped a year in order to fulfill my dreams. This drop in a year proved to be fruitful for me. I was not just able to clear the examination but also scored AIR1.
Question: What strategy did you evolve for section-wise preparation?
Rajat: I was confident about myself and my preparation. I am good in Maths, so I didn't have to follow any strategy there as such.
For GK, I made it a routine to follow all the national & international events including sports. I read newspapers, magazines and online articles which not only helped me to improve my GK but also enhance my language skills.
For Legal Aptitude, the best way is to prepare from the available books, online study material and focusing on reading latest case orders, or by simply focusing on reading the Indian Constitution in detail.
It is very important to take as many mock tests as possible. They will help you to identify your mistakes and improve on your preparations accordingly.
Question: How did you keep yourself rejuvenated during your preparation days?
Rajat: I never believed in being active on social media or watching movies to take time off studies. In my opinion, social media and movies are a waste of time & they just take too much of attention.
I involved myself in physical activities to keep my brain active. I used to play badminton, guitar, read classic novels etc. In order to achieve something, the best way is to keep yourself away from distractions.
Question: What was your time strategy for test day?
Rajat: Time management is very important to give your best in any exam. One should be able to manage time well in each section.
I used the following time strategy for each section:
20 minutes (I did reading comprehension in the end as they are time-consuming)
Question: Any Advice for future test takers?
Rajat: Be confident, avoid distractions, focus o your weaker sections and practice as many mock tests as you can. Do take out time for physical activities.
Thank you, Rajat for sharing such valuable inputs with our readers.