SRIRAM LAW ACADEMY interacted with SUSHMITA SOM 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?
Thank you. Honestly, I feel more relieved than anything else. Though scores are the culmination of one's hard work and preparation, this year's paper was especially challenging and I wasn't sure that I would clear it successfully. This has given me confidence and the motivation to work even harder as this is just the precursor to my journey in law school.
The books that I've read throughout childhood created a positive association with lawyers in my mind. In real life, I have always admired human rights lawyers for their service to peace and mankind. Fortunately, my family encouraged me to pursue a course I'd feel passionate about. I assessed my strengths, abilities, interests and found the study of law to be a suitable medium. My family was not too receptive to the idea at first due to the much maligned profession, but fortunately their faith in me superseded it. Their support enabled me to achieve my dreams.
3. Describe the role played by Sriram Law Academy in your success.
Sriram Law Academy came highly recommended to me by my seniors, so I joined the TargetEdge program in 12th. The material was comprehensive yet printed in a manner that didn't tire me. Static GK which requires the most effort was made easy as the potential answers were always made bold. The weekly exercises of 20 minutes helped me keep in touch with CLAT prep when busy with school. The coverage of topics was very well planned and the questions were very unique. I was very grateful for the answer key to past university papers of NLSIU
4. How did you manage to tackle "negative marking" in CLAT?
Negative marking shouldn't be feared if you are adequately prepared, and/or take the effort to fully read a question before solving it. If a question was entirely foreign and I had no clue of it, I skipped it. GK and critical reasoning is tricky. If I could narrow the answer down between two options, I attempted it. Sometimes you have a gut-feeling or hunch about the answer, which could be because you know the answer at the back of your mind. I risked solving such questions.
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?
Truly, General Knowledge and Current Affairs took me more time than the rest of the subjects combined. I started to memorize some Static GK in my 11th but it was a wasted effort because I couldn't remember it a year later.
So I began learning lists now and then in my spare time, and revising them every couple of months. I could commence with serious studying only after my boards, in April. In the week before CLAT I was solving at least 500 MCQs of static GK/day. I started preparing the Current Affairs bit in 2014 itself and revised it before every mock, to familiarize myself with the points.
CLAT is unpredictable and requires your Perspiration, Patience and Perseverance. It is essential that you try to cover all your basics and not just focus on your strengths. Solve mocks. Increase your speed. Analyze those mocks. Diversify your sources. Do not lose hope. You can very well manage both your 12th studies and CLAT by prioritizing the right material at the right time. And most importantly - stay cool in those 120 minutes that decide your score. Thank you!
Sushmita Som hails from Thane [Maharashtra]. She was a student of SRIRAM TARGETEDGE 2015. She secured AIR 23 in CLAT 2015.