1. When did you start your CLAT preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine?
I was in the year long droppers’ batch 2016-17 at LegalEdge Bhopal. Being a dropper, the biggest challenge for me was staying in the "flow", because when you do not have any compulsory daily homework or school stuff to do, it is very easy to become lethargic & lazy at the same time.
The only solution to deal with this problem is to start doing something that interests you. For me, studying my favorite was one way out. Studying in a proper schedule gets you in the groove and then your progress to the subjects which are the least likely by you gradually grab your interest.
To be honest, I am a habitual procrastinator and so it is impossible for me to stick to a routine. So, my day-to-day aim was to just try to study as much as I could. The ‘Pomodoro’ technique surely helped a lot here. It is generally the case that students make a detailed schedule/routine and just don't follow the routine because merely making the routine gives some sense of contentment which robs you of your will to work, my suggestion to people who can't stick to a routine would be to just keep a very rough idea of your weak points and the syllabus of the next test in mind and sit down to study and adlib the fine details.
2. How extensively did you practice mock tests?
I completed each mock once and then moved on to analysis, which is the most important part and without it giving the mock is useless, because I think giving the mock again would give me an inflated score that would be utterly useless.
3. Are there any special books that you feel helped you in your preparation?
Just the LE material, its top notch!
4. Did you face any problems during the CLAT examination?
Only the questions with the errors were a little bug. Rest the result of the examination depends on how good you have prepared for it.
5. At LegalEdge, we are taught that it is better to know both: what part of the syllabus is to be covered and what should be left (smart work). What do you believe in: hard work or smart work?
I am a firm believer of smart work, we initially join LE for a very narrow aim either to ace CLAT, AILET or similar exams or get into a good college. Hence, knowing the "what" is at least as important as knowing the "how". Even though CLAT and AILET are unpredictable in their own way, prioritizing on topics is the most important activity
6. What do you think are the key factors behind your success?
More than having the best material, the best and most varied mocks, the highly appreciated support from the faculties was the best factor one could ever imagine. Other than that, having the right attitude is obviously very important.
7. Preparing for an exam is a tiring process. How did you de-stress yourself during your studies?
In my opinion, the trick is not to get stressed to begin with.
8. You are now an inspiration for many young students across the country. What is your message for future CLAT aspirants and LEtians?
My message would be "listen to the teachers and do what they say" because in my opinion they are definitely more experienced and know much more about the competitive exams than you or I or your peers ever will ever know. There isn't really an alternative to this unless you are really inclined to give the exams again next year.