Siddharth P Chokkalingam
AIR 15 CLAT 2015

SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY interacted with SIDDARTH P CHOKKALINGAM a brilliant student who came with a top rank in CLAT 2015.

Here’s the interview:

1. You have achieved a top rank in CLAT 2015.  How does it feel?
To tell you the truth it was completely unexpected. I knew I wrote my CLAT well but an AIR 15 was  beyond my wildest dreams. I'm not your typical academically inclined teenager for who an All India Rank is child's play. Yes I study but I also have other interests such as music, basketball and of course talking non stop with friends. So I had to do a balancing act and in the getting a good rank was the icing on the cake. Unlike many others, I'm not going to tell you I studied for so many hours a day because most of us can't study that long. All I'm going to say is that when I prepped for the CLAT I did it with my heart and soul and with the strong feeling that law is the only thing that I ever wanted to do. I loved everything that I studied for CLAT as well. I found it challenging and far cry from the monotonous life of textbooks and syllabus bound exams that you lead in twelfth grade. Love and passion can get you far!

2. What / Who inspired you to consider law as a career option?
I love talking. I love debating. I love books. I love research, innovation and just learning random new things.I found that studying law had a close connect with everything I loved.

So law was my natural choice. No one in my family is a lawyer so I didn't have any particular inspirations and was in open territory. If I finish this section without saying I was inspired by Suits or Boston Legal to some extent then I would be lying. But as you will realize once you get into law school, American TV shows are the worst inspirations to have. A small warning: Do not intend on doing law just because of some movie or show you watched. In reality it's way different.

3. Describe the role played by Sriram Law Academy in your success.
My time at Sriram was a fantastic experience! Over the two years I spent at Sriram, my love for the law increased manifold and now I'm extremely glad to be at NLSIU or as they call it - The Mecca of Law or the Harvard of the east. The Sriram material complemented the fantastic teaching and helped us in our preparation at home. I especially found the legal reasoning modules extremely useful with the questions closely resembling the CLAT pattern. Moreover the time spent at class was truly an enlightening way to spend my Sundays with some of the best faculty and brightest students. Both the classroom and online mocks were useful, but in my opinion I found the online mocks all the more productive. This was probably because I was more well prepared and also because I got to compare my performance with students all over the country.
4. How did you manage to tackle "negative marking" in CLAT?

The key to negative marking is to not get intimidated by it. Don't think of negative marking a lot and scare yourself to death. Just focus on your prep, study well and results will follow, negative markings or not.

5. GK is a vast area.  Given that you had to work on both Current Affairs and Static GK, how did you go about it?
I'm a newspaper addict. So current affairs wasn't much of an issue. I actually enjoyed current affairs and as you progress in your prep you will realize that current affairs is the section you can score most in and one of the easiest. It requires very less thinking. For static GK I depended entirely on the Sriram GK module and I also went through all the static GK questions in the model papers. 

6. Would you like to share some tips with our students who are gearing up for the 2015 examination?
My advice is quite simple. Love and dream. Do law only if you love what you propose to do and dream of becoming a lawyer. Law school is a killer and you will have to work around 18 to 20  hours a day from day 1. It may seem that once you get into a top notch law school, all is done. But no. Your journey starts there. Unless you have a true passion for the law, law school will literally eat you up. A law degree in reality is more difficult than an engineering or a medicine degree. But if you are up for the challenge, then law school will be a truly blissful experience as it will open the doors to so many opportunities you wouldn't have ever dreamed of!

Siddharth P Chokkalingam hails from Chennai. He was a student of SRIRAM EXPERT 2015. He secured AIR 15 in CLAT 2015.