The late night announcement of CLAT result on May 29, brought a lot of happiness to Radhika Sarda. Ms. Sarda scored 148.5 in CLAT 2017 and secured All India Rank 3. She attempted around 180 questions in the test. Radhika is from Degana, Rajasthan, who passed her Class 12 in Commerce from the Central Academy, Jodhpur. For Radhika Sarda, English and Mathematics section were the easiest while she struggled preparing for the General Knowledge section. Entrance Corner had a telephonic Interview with Radhika, who wants to join National Law University, Bangalore and become a corporate lawyer. Read the full interview from the page below.
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Entrance Corner: Tell us something about yourself and your hobbies.
Radhika Sarda: I am from Degana town of Rajasthan. During my Class 12, my interest for CLAT grew. I dropped a year and started taking coaching classes to prepare for the test. I love to read books, listening to music, singing and apart from them I play badminton.
Entrance Corner: Where have you done your schooling? What is your Class 12 percentage?
Radhika Sarda: I’ve studied up to Class 10 from Rana International School in Degana and Class 11 & 12 from Central Academy Jodhpur in Rajasthan. I scored 90.20 percentage in Class 12.
Entrance Corner: What inspired you to go for CLAT 2017?
Radhika Sarda: To be honest, earlier I had no interest in pursuing law as a career. But in Class 12, my teachers guided me and introduced me to Law. They are the ones who inspired me to apply for CLAT and to become a lawyer.
Entrance Corner: When and how did you start studying for the test? Tell us about your section wise preparation strategy?
Radhika Sarda: Frankly speaking, I started to study for CLAT from July 2016. I studied daily for 2 to 3 hours for the test. Then, I started dedicating more time for the test from December, where I studied daily for 10 to 11 hours. In the last few months, I studied for 13 to 14 hours daily.
For me, the English and Mathematics were quite easy since they covered the Class 10 syllabus. Vocabulary and tenses are my strength, so preparing for the English section was quite easy and stress-free. Since I am from a commerce background, preparing for Mathematics section was not a tough job. The questions in the Mathematics section were easy for me since they were basic Mathematics.
My weak point was the General Knowledge topics. I spend most of the time preparing for GK. I followed a lot of newspapers, books, magazines, to catch up with the current affairs.
Entrance Corner: What books did you refer to and did you go for coaching classes?
Radhika Sarda: I studied a lot from the Internet. Wikipedia helped me a lot in preparing for CLAT 2017.
To prepare for CLAT 2017, I took coaching classes in Career Launcher, Jaipur. The coaching classes provided a lot of books and other study materials. Also, there were a lot of mock tests that helped me to prepare for the test.
Entrance Corner: Any tips for CLAT preparation?
Radhika Sarda: My advice for the upcoming CLAT aspirants is that study hard for the General Knowledge section.
For the English and Mathematics, focus on the basic concepts. Even for the Reasoning and Aptitude sections, candidates must have their concepts cleared. All they need is a clarity on basic concepts and practice a lot for them.
Entrance Corner: Any mistakes that you have done while preparing for CLAT 2017 and coming aspirants must avoid?
Radhika Sarda: My speed in answering questions is really good. But, the problem is I attempted a lot of questions in CLAT. Around 180 questions I’ve attempted, which is too much. Therefore, my advice would be not to be in a haste while answering the questions as there is negative marking. And go through the answers before final submission.
Entrance Corner: Share your Success Mantra for the benefit of CLAT aspirants.
Radhika Sarda: My CLAT success mantra is to work regularly and avoid taking too much of stress. Start preparing early to avoid last minute stress. Also, avoid going through complicated books because they will just confuse them. Therefore, go for the Class 10 books to clear the concept. Once the basics of English and Mathematics are clear, then they can easily prepare for CLAT 2017.
Entrance Corner: Which NLU are you aiming for and what are your future plans?
Radhika Sarda: I am aiming for NLU Bangalore. After completing my studies I want to become a corporate lawyer and work for a company. However, the picture about my future is still not clear and my plans regarding the same will develop with time.
CLAT 2017 was held on May 14, 2017 for admission to the LLB and LLM programmes of the NLUs and other law schools. For this particular session, the Honourable Supreme Court of India scrapped the age-limit criteria. Also, this year, the Maharashtra National Law University, Nagpur becomes the eighteenth NLU to accept CLAT Score 2017. The result was announced on May 29 and the CLAT counselling rounds will start from June 06, 2017.