An interview with Divya Kumar Garg
A.I.R. 60 (CLAT 2016);
A.I.R. 19 (AILET 2016)
Q. What are the most important points to take care of in each section?
Ans. To generate some common bullet points to stick in front of the study table is always tough. The quantum of importance will fluctuate from individual to individual based on his own strengths and weaknesses. I shall still try to enlist some bare minimums:
English- Finish the LE module to get the basic idea about the section in the CLAT. Complete every assignment diligently. Work from the perspective of improving your overall language skills. Interact with the faculty; he will surely make the entire experience fun.
GK- Study Current Affairs daily. And start from Day 1. Follow a good website. When you get the MonthLE for the month, check if you missed out on anything and do read on things that you have missed. Try quizzing your friends on the MonthLE if possible.
For Static GK, follow the classes and do the questions that you are provided. Google the questions that you don’t know! There’s so much that you shouldn’t read in the subject. Ask the faculty before starting a topic. Follow the golden advice - The more you interact with the teacher, the higher you score.
Maths- Always remember- LEtians never fear Maths. Try to solve as many questions as you can. Everyone does mistakes here, but the chances of repeating mistakes are very low. So by practicing more and more questions, just reduce your chances to commit the same mistakes in the actual paper.
Legal Aptitude- Develop an attitude of abiding by the principal. Solve as many questions as you can. Never hesitate to ask your teacher if you think an answer or an explanation doesn’t satisfy you. And never do a reasoning question if its answer is not accompanied with an explanation.
For legal knowledge, finish some 1000 questions from any regular source. That will suffice.
Logical Reasoning- There’s a limited number of questions to this section. Every new question that you see will just be a slightly different version of those questions. Make sure to solve each sheet and reference material you are asked to do in the class. Take a break if you find a question unsolvable and start afresh. Improve your skills by doing some challenging problems (provided in the class). And keep on solving a question until you’re able to satisfactorily solve it. Don’t worry if you haven’t done logical reasoning before, anyone can ace because there are no concepts involved.
Q. How many hours did you put in to CLAT studies, especially with 10 months to go for CLAT?
Ans. I was a fresher so I had my school studies to manage too. I put 3 hours to CLAT daily without a holiday. On weekends, I gave Mocks and used the extra time in revising current affairs and mock and mock analysis.
Q. In an event of a low score in Mock, how did you keep yourself motivated?
Ans. I was fortunate to have been told this very early at the coaching that there are no low scores to a mock. If you are scoring a crashing 50 after 110 in a mock, you get to know the 150 questions which you could have missed on in CLAT.
Things apart, when I really felt demotivated by a Mock score or otherwise- I would walk inside any of the cabins at LE and come out with rejuvenated determination. I sometimes used to blog to unfrustrate myself.
Q. During preparation, how did you allocate time to all subjects for an efficient preparation of all of them? Please share your strategy of acing the English and GK sections of CLAT.
Ans. I had around 18 hours a week on weekdays. They generally went this way- 4-5 for current affairs, 5-6 for Static GK, 3 for English, 2 for Legal Aptitude, 2 for Logic and 1 for Math. One important caveat- the allocation of time depended upon my individual preferences and varied a lot over the year. I was weak with GK and strong in Logical Reasoning and Mathematics and hence the above schedule. Identify your strengths and weaknesses at the start and prepare schedule a plan accordingly. All the best!
- What are your tips for CLAT 2017/18 aspirants?
Ans. For CLAT 2017/18 aspirants, I would recommend that they make a study plan and follow it well. Revising Current Affairs is crucial. And what is more crucial is to not to overlook any section. They should also develop a habit of analyzing every mock that they give.