LPT: Congratulations on cracking your dream college and performing so well.
Rohit: Thank you so much!
LPT: When did you decide that you want to appear for CLAT?
Rohit: In class 11th, when we had to choose our stream that is when I decided that I want to opt for Humanities and appear for CLAT.
LPT: Do you have anyone from the legal field in your family?
Rohit: No, I don’t have anybody from the legal field in my family.
LPT: What was your subject-wise strategy during your preparation?
For Reading Comprehension
With Grammar, I didn’t put a great emphasis on grammar as such, but while taking mocks, I noticed areas where I needed to improve, and I focused on that.
For Vocab, I have never had a very good vocabulary, but I have a decent vocab. But I can recommend the book ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis. I completed half of it, and it was quite helpful.
I practiced a lot of mocks and sectional tests. And I also used to read books that had comprehension passages which helped me with my RC section.
For Legal Reasoning
For this section also, I practiced a lot.
For General Knowledge
For GK, I didn’t look at too many sources. Because with GK, there’s an infinite amount of information available, and you cannot cover all. I tried to focus on sticking to my sources and being okay with the fact that I didn’t know everything. Use limited resources but revise them on a regular basis.
For Quantitative Technique
It was my weakest section from the start, but I focused on practicing and getting used to numbers and graphs. I practiced topics such as Mensuration, Profit and Loss, Percentages, Ratios, Arithmetic calculation, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Work and Speed, Distance, Time.
For Logical Reasoning
I liked the Analytical Reasoning part, like puzzles and everything, so I used to practice it while taking mocks as there were a sufficient number of questions in the mock.
For Critical Reasoning, I don’t know why they have separate sections for Critical and English because they are pretty much the same. So only reading and reading more can help you to clear CLAT with good grades.
My main source for critical reasoning was mock tests and analyzing the mocks to know the mistakes and learn from them.
LPT: How did you analyze the mocks?
Rohit: I spent around an hour on the analysis, depending on how many questions I got wrong or how lengthy the test was.
I used to go through the mistakes I made and tried to figure out the parts in GK that I could have done but gave up on. So figuring out the questions that were left unattempted and working on them is very important.
LPT: What do you want to advise the students who feel under confident in taking difficult mocks?
Rohit: Facing lengthy passages and difficult sections in mock prepares you for the worst. It might not increase your confidence in the immediate turn, but eventually, it will. If you keep taking difficult mocks, you’ll get used to that difficulty level which will help you in the actual exam.
LPT: Can someone crack CLAT if they are starting their preparation late?
Rohit: It depends on the person and how much they want it to happen, how much they are willing to push themselves, and how much they can handle themselves in a pressured condition because a large part is about the mental stability during the preparation. So you need to have the right mindset because if you give up early or are overconfident, that might work against you.
LPT: How was your GK section in CLAT 2021?
Rohit: The GK section was very random and mundane. The questions were not so direct. Some of them were static, but some of them you won’t expect people to know.
I did not expect a lot of questions in the exam, even though I studied a lot of GK towards the end of preparation and devoted 2-3 hours to GK every day.
LPT: Did you always think that you’ll get such a good rank?
Rohit: No, not a chance. But I always wanted to get into NUJS however possible, so that’s what my focus was on. And when I saw my rank 35, it was a little bit of disbelief because I did not think I belonged in that bracket.
LPT: What are your future plans?
Rohit: For me, it’s an open canvas. In these 5 years of law school, I want to experience what different opportunities and fields law offers. I’ll look where I find both talent and interest.