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I’m Himanshu Gupta. I was CLAT rank 6 last year. I hail from Sehore a beautiful district in M.P. My entire school life was spent in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Sehore. I took an active part in different extra-curriculars during my schooldays, such as quizzing, acting, debating, sports, scouts and guides, drawing and learnt a lot from them. I have a keen interest in hindi-urdushayaris and poems.
No, there is no lawyer in the family. I think the ways in which law could be used for the benefit of society has inspired me a lot.
With respect to static GK, I can claim that my interest in trivia since my early school life did contribute heavily to my knowledge base. However, for current GK, I read ‘The Hindu’ whole year, and apart from it, I used Competition In Focus and Pratiyogitadarpan for current affairs. I used jagranjosh.com and gktoday for regular gk notes. Towards the end, I relied over my own GK notes more.
I think G.K. comes from your daily observations. Therefore, be aware about what is going on in country and world. A strategy I would recommend while one is preparing GK is to solve questions on whatever topic one reads. It helps in retention as well as increasing your knowledge.
I belong to a pure Hindi family and environment. My school did not have an “English” culture, and my inclinations being towards Hindi and Urdu poetry, I was not exposed to an atmosphere centred around English. So, for me, when I started preparing for CLAT, English was the biggest obstacle in the path of success. Initially I scored very less but then regular practice and self-analysis helped me to score well enough in CLAT.
I think logic and grasping power are two key factors which contribute to improving your English. So I would suggest that aspirants should practice more and more questions on English, and to make a habit of reading either novels or newspapers. Solving one or two English passages daily can even help in improving your critical reasoning and legal reasoning scores.
As it was a long year so I had a lot of time. Since you are asking about the books I would go subject wise. For English Tata McGraw Hills objective English and R.S. Agrawal objective English. For logical reasoning m.k.pandey, r.s.agrawal and arihant publications logical reasoning.For legal reasoning LexisNexis and Universal Publication and any question that I can get.For maths r.s.agrawal. I have already told you about GK.
Yes, I joined Success Ahead Coaching Classes in Bhopal. That was their first year and the team worked a lot with me and all the students. I think the biggest advantage of Coaching Classes is that it makes you regular and you can analyse yourself by comparsion with the preparation of other students.
I took mocks of probably every coaching institute in Bhopal. I would borrow mock papers from my friends or friend’s friends, photocopy them and then use them. I joined a mock test series of Mentors United coaching classes. So overall I gave around 60 mocks this way. I think it helps you for self-analysis as your coaching mocks aren’t sufficient enough to provide you with proper feedback.
· How did you manage to cope with the stress during preparation?
I don’t think I was in so much stress for CLAT during preparation because it was always fun to solve CLAT mocks. I had good friends in coaching and we did enjoy our preparation a lot. I was regular in my studies and I scored quite fine whole year therefore I think I never had any stress on me.
That’s a different question to answer looking into the opportunities in the college as my priorities will change much in these five years. There is a lot to learn and there is lot to do so I think whatever will be my interest that time I will follow my heart.
My experience in NLS is really very good. The whole year is like a period of transition for me. In the beginning I was a little terrified of this place when I was faced with its workaholic culture. By and by, I found that you need to find time for your own little pieces of joy from the hectic workschedule. Moreover, the seniors are very good and supportive, and you can follow your interest by being a part of their work. Sports, debates, theatres, quad parties, NYP, conferences, poem reciting meetings and everything has left on me a nice impression.
Gradually, I started loving NLS which is a world in itself.
I believe that CLAT is a simple test. Anyone can crack it , anyone can achieve a very high rank but it all requires passion, self-confidence and smart work. I want to say that don’t take stress because it is not going help, and you never give up. Life doesn’t end here; it starts from here. For all those who are taking CLAT this year, I wish you all the best. Acquire seat in the college where you want to with your favourite rank. And if someone needs any help you can contact me. Thanks.
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