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The CLAThacker Interview Series XI - Debaranjan Goswami from NLU Delhi on overcoming problems in logic, cracking the exams without coaching and the importance of mock tests.

  • Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, I am Debaranjan Goswami currently pursuing BALLB Hons at the NLUD. I was a student of St. James’ School Kolkata.

·         What were the entrance exams you took?

AILET and CLAT.

·         When did you start preparing for CLAT & AILET?

Well that is tough question considering the fact that my initial preparation was mainly focussed around exploring the subject. I was really convinced of pursuing this career only in the twelfth grade. So you could say that my actual preparation started only in the August of 2014.

  • Legal Reasoning and GK were your strengths. These two account for half the marks in CLAT and AILET.  How did you go about these sections? Please guide our readers.

 

I personally believe the GK mainly tests the awareness of the aspirants as the profession demands people to be well briefed about the developments taking place in the world. I had a general fascination towards reading the newspaper so that was never a problem. Sometimes I referred to Pratiyogita Darpan and Competition Success for the current affairs. For static Gk I would recommend Lucent General Knowledge.

 

Legal reasoning is all about applying the appropriate principle to the facts. I generally read the facts followed by the principle to appreciate the facts better. Never take an answer for granted and always try to question the same.

 

  • Logic was your weakness. Please tell our readers how you tackled your problems. How did you go about it? What materials did you use?

 

As I had not enrolled in any law test coaching, logic was a bit of a problem for me.

 

I still managed to find my way through with practice. One also has to be quick in this section as it often takes up a lot of time.

 

  • Did you go to any coaching centre? What is your opinion on coaching centres?

 

Well, I wasn’t a part of any of the classroom programmes but I did enrol in the Test Series of Career Launcher and Clat Possible.

·         Tell us about the mock tests you took? How often did you take a mock test?

Mock test formed an integral part of my entrance test preparation. The last one month was completely devoted to solving mock test papers. Needlessly to say it helps you to gauge your strengths and weaknesses more effectively and improves your speed.

·         In your opinion what are the top five skills required to ace these entrance tests?

 

o    Keeping one’s eyes and ears open to the developments taking place around the world.

o    Ability to apply the principle(s) to the situation.

o    Hardwork.

o    Intuition.

o    Logical coherency.

 

  • How did you manage to cope with the stress during preparation?

 

Since I had a keen interest in the subject I was never really worried of the outcome and prepared when I felt like preparing. I did occasionally engage in reading journals and magazines to beat the stress. This added to my knowledge and also helped me unwind.

 

  • What is your message to our readers?

 

I would just say that focus is the primary tool to success. Also I would recommend law aspirants to find a suitable study partner as it helps immensely in preparation especially in a subject like law where there is a need for discussion. Well I found my study partner in Rishav Ambastha( currently studying in NLS) and I owe a lot to him in terms of my prep.

 

Hope I haven’t bored you with my ‘sermons’ and my personal experience comes in handy. Here’s wishing you all the best for your law entrance examination.

(Editor's Note: He doesn't look half as scary in real life as he does in the photo!)

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