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Ahoy CLAT! – by Padmini Baruah (Rank 1 – CLAT 2011)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:00

[Padmini Baruah, the ‘CG kid’ who made our shoulders raise high, is back with another piece! Listen to her religiously and make use of this opportunity of interacting directly with CLAT 2011’s topper. – The CG Team]

Padmini Baruah

Hello Folks.

So, it’s that time of the year. The world seems to be a big haze of newspapers (“The Hindu, man, so much better than The Times of India” as so many will tell you), mock tests (“Oh God, what’s the answer to question 121?”), supplements, articles, legal principles, and what-have-you. CLAT 2013 stands a mere four months away, and, as someone who has been through the entire process, I can fully appreciate what state of mind you all are in at the moment. Which is why the moment Asad issued his orders, I sat down on a hot Bangalore evening to type this out.

The first thing that must be understood is that there is no perfect formula to cracking any exam. Many people I know slogged the year through, but didn’t make it to any of the law schools, and at the other end of the spectrum, people who only prepared for a month at the most made it. CLAT, like all other competitive examinations, depends to quite an extent on your luck on D-Day. However, this in no way means that it does not require substantial amounts of hard work, and more importantly, smart work.

Asad asked me to share my experience of preparing for CLAT with you, and the most important bit of advice that I can give you is to enjoy every bit of the process of preparing. Instead of viewing CLAT as a cumbersome task for which you have to slog and toil and invest blood, sweat and tears in, consider it as an experience which will never repeat itself again. Figure out ways of making preparation fun, and more than half your burden will lighten.

Then again, I can never overemphasise the importance of taking productive breaks. After a few hours of serious studying, take time out to do something you really like. I myself staged a play and interned with a slum school in March, April and the first week of May, and the experience has been invaluable. No exam is big enough to make you lose out on all perspective in life entirely.

Also, time management is going to get you more returns than mindlessly slogging. While there is no magic formula, a timetable that allows you to at least touch the basic concepts of each subject every day (especially G.K.,  of course, because that keeps multiplying every single day) will work wonders. If possible, create a study group which can help in covering a broader range of the syllabus. Further, in the final two weeks, it is ideal that you take one mock test every day at the very least, to evaluate where you stand.

And finally, reward yourself at every stage. If you meet your daily target or your ideal mock test score, don’t hesitate in treating yourself in the best possible way. No exam should become all pervasive; give in your best effort, write the best paper you can, and then leave the results in His hands.

Good luck!

Padmini Baruah

P.S.: Feel free to get back to me in case you need any help, academic or otherwise.  (Use the comments’ section below)

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447 Responses to “Ahoy CLAT! – by Padmini Baruah (Rank 1 – CLAT 2011)”

  1. ashish kumar said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:31

    Thanks, At this stage we fell lots of pressure as well as enjoying the moment, but we sure we going to make it.

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  2. Vidya said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:37

    Thank you Padmini for those inspiring words!
    Hoping all goes well! :)

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  3. ashish kumar said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:37

    plz give me some tips and tricks on time managment during exam hour and tricks to solve critical reasoning type questions!

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    Padmini Reply:

    The solution to both is – practice!
     Take as many timed tests as you can. And for reasoning, R.S. Aggarwal has a great book called Logical Reasoning. Go through that if you have the time.

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    Gopika Reply:

    Hey, Sorry to butt in. But a lot of the answers in the critical reasoning  section of R.S. Aggarwal are either wrong or not well-explained and that can be very frustrating a month before your exam. I honestly think M.K. Pandey is a much better book for last minute prep! :) Have fun….

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    Sumbul khare Reply:

    i went through both the books and most of the questions are same………..i think for critical reasoning past year papers are a better solution.

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    Padmini Reply:

    agreed with Gopika. M.K. Pandey is much better. 
    (I can see that you, lady, are done with projects for sure)

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    Gopika Reply:

    Oh Yeah! :)

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    Oh, Gopika’s here too. Wonderful, wonderful.

    And like a loyal CG kid, she suggests (with good reason), MK Pandey.

    =D

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    ashish kumar Reply:

    ya right ,for critical reasoning ,the article of hindu is enough ,because they check your ability to understanding of passage,and the main theam of passage it;s just check your thinking of decision making as soon as possible . i will attempt the paper ….first gk, than legal reasoning,logical reasoning,english,maths,and last english passage. 15 minutes for gk,30minutes for legal reasoning,30minutes for logical reasoning,35minutes for english,and last 10 minutes for maths.

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    ashish kumar Reply:

    my id is ashishrockdelhi1992@gmail.com,if anyone wanted to share their experience about clat and preparation tips tricks ,i welcome!

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    Pratheek Reply:

    hi ashish. it would be a pleasure to share my preparation tips and tricks with you. i just want to know where i stand with 130 marks in my hand?!!!!

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    harsh Reply:

    padmini…….can u tell me how many hours u used to study while preparing clat…………..

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  4. suraj kumar said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:39

    i m preparing for clat from last yr ,,,but i have not studied seriously but i want to crack it and i can give my 100% in this last moment according to u what u think if i gives my 100% in this last moment could i will be able to get into any of top 2 national law schools………..

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    Padmini Reply:

    of course. Good luck!

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  5. siddharth sharma said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:43

    Hey Thanks for sharing your insight(specially on a hot summer day as u say it),….there are still a few things that i dont get…some questions from the books such as r s agrawal are same in my CL compendiums ..cant decide whom to trust ..specially after all that wannabe english in CL compendiums..plz help me out here..kindda losing my faith in CL books..

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    Soham roy Reply:

    I have kept myself abreast with current affairs throughout the year but I have concentrated more on important things like regime changes,Arab spring,latest commissions set up to monitor cases but I can’t answer questions on some state govt. schemes,some not so popular awards like hansraj memorial etc are these things important,also list some important sources for improving upon . Also there is so much in gk how to differentiate between what to study and what not to

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    Padmini Reply:

    There can never be a ‘not to study’ in G.K. Just cover as much as you can. And even if you do so, there will always be at least ONE question you have no clue about. 
    Keep reading up as much as you can.

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    AKASH GHSOH Reply:

    hi guys,could any of u pleasssssssssssssssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee tell me from where you got the list of commisions that have been set up from march 2011-12 and padmini each year there are just so many books which are published and clat asks quite a number of questions on books and their authors so how did you zero in on what to study for “books and their authors” ?

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    Padmini Reply:

    This is a tricky question. I’d suggest you look at the CL books to get an idea of the probable format. But don’t block out other books and other sources of information.

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    Jimisha Dalal Reply:

    hii !! did you study for your CLAT last moment or throughout the year ? am asking since i just started :$ and idk why i cant get seriousness though am very determined to clear CLAT and get in either of the top 3 law colleges. can you recommend or suggest something ?

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    Padmini Reply:

    I started around July 2010. 
    Umm…seriousness has to be inculcated I guess? I really don’t know. I wasn’t so very serious myself. :) I just liked the idea of Law School… i wanted to be here, and so I worked. 

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  6. Vini said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 21:49

    Thanks for that.:)
    Im not good at maths and that worries me.
    Anything you might wanna say about that?

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    Padmini Reply:

    first, the maths in CLAT is not mind blowing stuff like differential calculus. So, first get a grasp of the basic concepts. Then keep practising. I’d recommend R.S. Aggarwal’s Artihmetic for competitive exams. Great book.

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  7. Mukesh Rawat said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 22:47

    can you please suggest something for handling the reading section (comprehension) in time. it takes time to solve for me.

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    Padmini Reply:

    the mantra is to P-R-A-C-T-I-C-E as much as you can!

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  8. Smriti Tripathi said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 22:58

    Nice read and, a stress reliever, must admit! :D
    I was wondering as to how many mocks(+past year papers) one should attempt prior to CLAT?

    Keep up the great work.
    Cheers!

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    Padmini Reply:

    Try to get at least 20 under your belt, if you can.

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  9. Rishi said on Thursday, April 12, 2012, 23:11

    Thanks padmini for your inspiration.
    I would like to know whether is it possible for someone to make it to any of the top 3 law schools if he starts to prepare NOW ??
    Do reply.

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    Padmini Reply:

    There’s nothing that is impossible. Just put in all your efforts to the same. :)

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    Haw. So motivating. How Un-CGish.

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  10. Ishan said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:07

    How important is Mathematics in CLAT? I know everything is important in the end but then, how much importance should I give it relatively?

    GK – Reading the Compendiums and the PD Yearbook Volume 1, and the Hindu Diary of Events. Will that suffice?

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    Ishan Reply:

    In addition to my comment above, yeah, I haven’t done any GK all year because I only started preparing. So. 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Your G.K. plan seems absolutely fine. I’d recommend you lasso in one of your parents or siblings to quiz you on random things from your sources. Always helps. Good luck!

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    sharangrav lakhe Reply:

    hey i seem that the list of awards is unending, the list seems to be increasing in every new issue of csr, pd and how to remember those awards do you have any specific trick for it please do guide me. the next problem is that when i come across a question in Gk that i have read earlier i fail to remember it properly like i think one of the two is definitely correct but i am facing problem in zeroing  in on to a single option……. and most importantly which order did you followed in CLAT 2011 and what was the time you allotted to each section to complete the paper????  

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    Padmini Reply:

    As to awards, just keep revising them every single day. There can be no way that you won’t remember. The other problem, well, I faced that too. You just need to leave some things to Lady Luck, as it is IMPOSSIBLE to remember every single thing. 

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    sharangrav lakhe Reply:

    hey padmini you didn’t answered the important point what was the order that you followed in YOUR CLAT EXAM and how much time you allotted to EACH SECTION ??????????????? please do reply

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    Padmini Reply:

    i did, you need to scroll down below and read my comment. ;)
    I did G.K., then english, then legal, then logic, then maths. 
    G.K. approx 15 min, english around 35, legal around 20, logic around 35, maths around 10. Left me around 5 minutes to revise.

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    Urvashi Reply:

    woah! how can one finish legal aptitude section of CLAT2011 paper in 20 minutes? That is not likely to be possible for anyone but the TOP ranker. Is there any trick you followed (like not reading the facts and ticking only the option that has anything similar to the principle)? or any other method that you would like to share with us?

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    Padmini Reply:

    No trick at all. :) Just read fast, and mark super fast.

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    Urvashi Reply:

    That actually shoes how brilliant you are ;)
    It takes me around 40-45 minutes to solve legal aptitude and I end up marking all C in maths, time just runs out!
    Is there anything I can do in the remaining 17 days to increase my speed? I am already solving a mock in every 3 days but, I am never able to finish the whole paper in time :(

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  11. Shivani said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:10

    Thank you for that motivating read.
    How does one assimilate and consolidate one’s vocabulary and legal knowledge ?
    Also, For G.k. does writing help or a mere reading will suffice?

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    Writing helps.
    It makes you remember.

    I don’t know if Padmini agrees though…

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    Padmini Reply:

    Hmpf. Stop taking my case, Aymen!
    Writing always helps. At the risk of sounding like a serious nerd, I’ll admit that I had month by month G.K. notes. 

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    I am just insecure about my job here. 

    And you’re too sweet to these kids, you’ll spoil them.

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  12. ankush said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 9:21

    according to you what is the ideal score i mock test and how much u were scoring in the mmock test 
    iam scoring abt 140 in the test hw cn i improve?????
    nd thnx fr d article really it inspires all of us

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    Asad Reply:

    Depends on the standard of the mock test. Not a question which has a specific answer.

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    Stop answering questions!

    They’re asking Padmini.

    Attention seeking, this “CG founder” is.

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    Asad Reply:

    Look who’s talking about seeking attention. Duhuhuhde! :P

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  13. Ananya said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:00

    Hey!
    Thank you so much! :)
    I just wanted to ask you how we should go about attempting the paper, as in which section should we attempt first and last etc?
    One of my teachers advised that we should start with logical reasoning, and end with gk.
    We can attempt the other 3 in any manner we want to.
    Is it a good idea?

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    shilpa Reply:

    ananya i think gk don’t require much time and it is very important section too so my teacher suggested to attempt gk first n then maths , legal…..as legal plays very important role in deciding rank…

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    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    “Teacher”: You are doing it right.

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  14. SHRUTHI said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:09

    Hey thanks a lot for the article :)

    I was wondering if you could suggest ways to prepare for critical reasoning- statement assumptions, statement conclusions, etc?

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  15. Deekshitha said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:02

    Mock tests always end with me struggling to finish even a decent portion of the Math section, which I leave for the end because I find it it the most time consuming. 
    Any tips for getting the Math section done quickly? 
    Thanks :)

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  16. Raji said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 12:37

    Padmini,thanks a million for writing that bit. Really helps.
    There’s exactly a month now,for CLAT 2012 and im not sure if i can get enough practice.
    Of course,I have worked through the year,but all that seems to have washed off,after these 3 months of preparation for the board exams. I can never finish a mock,I leave about 5-6 questions marked randomly and score about 125 on an average.

    Any tips for time management? What sections must i attempt first,and which ones last? Also,what would be an ideal time limit for each section?

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  17. mohini said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 13:00

    4 an irregular student like me ur article is the most motivating..want to go top3 law collages.plz give me some advice for English section.

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    Padmini Reply:

    Practice tests as much as you can. Also, if you like reading, read as much fiction as you can. :) REALLY helps in speeding up.

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    Urvashi Reply:

    what books on fictions do you suggest??.. :P

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  18. subhashini said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 13:23

    was waiting throughout 2011 for another article by you padmini!

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  19. Tanvi said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 13:44

    Thanks so much Padmini! Really needed some pep talk! Would you mind telling me in what order you attempted each section, and is there was any particular reason for doing so. Right now I have my own order but would be great to know a  CLAT topper’s method :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    :) i’ve said so already. G.K., english, Legal, logic and maths. left me with 5 minutes of revision time. But you should stick to what you’re comfortable with.

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    Amit Reply:

    You revised in that paper?!!!!! :-O

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    Padmini Reply:

    well. Yes. I already said so!

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  20. Gladwin Issac said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 14:23

    Thanks Miss Padmini. It was indeed inspirational. Just wanted to know whether any legal knowledge is tested in CLAT or not. I mean do they question us about any legal concepts and latin terms other than questions on Indian Constitution. Will solving NLS, B’lore papers from ’98 to ’07, CLAT papers and NLUJ papers suffice?

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    Padmini Reply:

    I’d suggest stick to recent formats. The pattern of 98 and 2012 are completely different.

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  21. Padmini said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 15:17

    Since many of you have asked me about the order – I did G.K. first, followed by English, then Legal reasoning, then logic, and finally maths. But there’s no ideal formula, as I keep reiterating.

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    Ananya Reply:

    Teachers have “warned” us not to attempt gk first, as it may kinda screw us up, and then we wouldn’t be able to do the rest of the paper that well :/

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    Padmini Reply:

    Honestly, do what you yourself are most comfortable with. I did G.K. first because I saw that the paper was lengthy, and it was easy to put a solid 50 marks away in 15 minutes. It’s just time management…
    But of course, you may have your own idea, and if that is what you’re comfortable with, stick to it by all means. :)

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  22. Sarada Mahesh said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 15:29

    I had three doubts:
    1) Is it Legal APTITUDE or Legal REASONING? What’s the difference?
    2) Do we need to know only Torts etc. for the above?
    3) How do we go about preparing for vocabulary?

    PS: I’m writing CLAT next year!

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    Asad Reply:

    Go through this –> http://www.clatgyan.com/clat-legal-aptitude/introduction-legal-reasoning-finally/

    And there’s no vocabulary this year.

    Please send in such queries here –> www.clatgyan.com/ask-us/

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    Riya Reply:

    No vocab this year? Are you sure?! 

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    Padmini Reply:

    usually the vocab part is never direct. I don’t know about this year, but in my CLAT year, they had vocab from the comprehension passages (synonyms and such like)

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  23. Utkarsh Malviya said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 17:14

    Thank you so much Padmini for the valuable tips :)
    May you please specifically tell me what were the sources of GK you stuck to?

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    Padmini Reply:

    Yeah sure. ClatGyan compendiums, LST supplements, The Hindu and Frontline mag.

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    Utkarsh Malviya Reply:

    Thank you so much! :)

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  24. R.Himapriya said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 17:21

    Actually I find a great difficulty in solving math problems..Iam practising them bt one should be able do it accurately and within the tima frame which Iam not able to .please help me out wid this.And what should be the minimal score that one has to get in math??

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    Padmini Reply:

    There is no such minimal score, but try to keep it above 10. 
    Taking timed tests is the best way to enhance speed. Good luck!

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  25. shirin said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 19:05

    hey,
    now u’v rilly inspired me to work hard for d ‘d’ day!!!! i wntd 2 ask u dat i ws solving dese online mocks and i had a very bad score 118….how much more should i work 4 cracking clat…specially logical reasoning 2 b more precise critical reasoning.

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    Padmini Reply:

    keep solving more papers. It gets better. My first score was 108 or something. :) It’s ok, relax. 

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    shilpa Reply:

    hey padmini   
     i am also worried… because of the same problem because my first cover was around 70 and is still 70……..and i am able to attempt only 130 question .so i decided to devote 3 hr to reading everyday….please tell me is that a good idea or you have some other idea 
    ????and if you were a cl student then you must be aware of the gk updates on SIS …as i haven’t read newspapers so i decided to do gk from there ….so tell me plz is that ok or that will be wastage of time because i have to select what to read n learn and what to leave…..

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    shirin Reply:

    hey thanx a ton… nw i feel rilly motivated!!!

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  26. Nike said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 19:45

    If I don’t get to be in either NLSIU/NALSAR , is NUJS or SLS any good? I’m in a fix.

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    Gopika Reply:

    NUJS is, I have heard a brilliant place to study in. Some of my friends are there presently and they are having the best of times. I dont know much about SLS.

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  27. vikas said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 20:11

    thanks a lot,,,,generally we tend to forget the real essence of learning things, in this world of competition…u have reminded us to study by enjoying it …………..

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  28. Sumbul khare said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 20:16

    Hey, Padmini thanx for the relief……….just wanted to know is it of any use to practice from the past years NLSIU papers. :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    Not really, because the patterns have changed.

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    Sumbul khare Reply:

    humm thx……was getting tensed seeing such a thick book

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  29. Shruti said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 20:36

    On an unrelated note.
    So pretty she is, no? :D
    just saying.

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    Tanvi Reply:

    Yeah! Beauty with brains :D

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    Deekshitha Reply:

    I was thinking the same thing. :P

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    subhashini Reply:

    i agree.

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    Ankita Reply:

    I second /third that observation. :D

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  30. Shruti said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 21:42

    This article was so inspiring. Especially on a bad day, like today (talk about Friday the 13th. Terrible mock result.)

    So thankyou, so much, Padmini :)

    You’re amazing. :)

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  31. Aparajita Agnihotri said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 23:38

    Thanx a lot for this rejuvenating article, Padmini.

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  32. Romika Sharma said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 23:45

    Hey,
    I have been trying to work hard on Current Affairs because this is the section I am lagging behind in. I was not so regular with the newspapers. In every mock I am giving, I am not able to score more than 24 in the GK section and that too, because I mark all answers as ‘b’. Please tell me how I should prepare my Current Affairs. I want atleast a 40+ at any cost. What’s the key to crack this section.

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    Padmini Reply:

    honestly?
    mugging up as much as you can from as many reliable sources as you can.

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    Romika Sharma Reply:

    honestly, what? and thankyou padmini :-)

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    Urvashi Reply:

    LOL, she definitely means you should follow this http://www.clatgyan.com/clat-general-knowledge/gk-month/

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    Romika Sharma Reply:

    thanyou Urvashi.. i am really grateful to you :)

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    meenal Reply:

    and the same is my condition. now i am worried about gk section, i am like fine woth other sections, but gk kills…:X

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  33. bindiya said on Friday, April 13, 2012, 23:56

    thnk u so much,ur words are really silver lining for me….i just hope i m able to enjoy it coz.as its a career option it bcums really next to impossible to take it in recreational manner….but thanks a lot..hv many dreams n hv only one option dats CLAT…..jst hope i give my best….:)tnks a lot…ur words really mean a lot for every clat aspirants…:)

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  34. Sumbul khare said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 0:29

    Is Manorma year book worth giving time.

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    Padmini Reply:

    it’s not a bad yearbook, but it won’t cover all the relevant portions. 
    Read the CG-compendiums, they’re very comprehensive.

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  35. cheshta said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 10:09

    thanks for your valuable advice :D 
    I needed to ask , for law entrance exam, do we need to go into details like learning the articles (for ex. article 17 abolishes untouchability article 18 abolishes titles and like that)???? 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nope, not at all. 
    It’s all application of legal principles. That section is quite enjoyable, really. 

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    cheshta Reply:

    And important law cases and stuff like that?
     (all this is given in universal guides and taking a toll on me :'( 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nope. Not required. As far as I know

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  36. Sabika said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 11:07

    Just how important is it to solve past years NLS, NALSAR, NUJS papers? (for one, i don’t have them in the first place :( as yet)

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    Padmini Reply:

    Not so very important, because the format has changed. Try and get hold of the four CLAT papers, if possible

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  37. Shivam Garg said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 11:12

    your insight was booster . i had remain consistent throughout the year in career launchers mock around 120. i am unable to score higher .its not that i am unable to complete paper .my efficiency is lagging . around 30 in legal, 17 in maths , 26 in eng 26 in logical .. arnd 22 in gk… i am trying to grasp as much current affairs as are possible but still in mocks i cudn par the barrier i find new question every time.. i am practicisng alot but still efficiency is not improving. hope if u can help.. is there any thing wrng in my way of studying?

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    Sumbul khare Reply:

    i m also on the same pace……..:(

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    Padmini Reply:

    I wonder if you’ve jotted down things that you repeatedly forget? 
    That always helps. In these last few weeks, I’d recommend that you focus on those sections which are giving you the most difficulty.

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  38. Deeksha Singh said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 14:08

    Thank you for the brilliant article :)

    I was wondering-is there any use in doing 2011 GK if one is giving CLAT 2013?

    My GK is simply deplorable, I’m thinking of just reading CSR yearbook 2012 and attempting the mocks for CLAT 2012 and doing 2012 current affairs seriously. But I want to know whether it will be useful reading up GK 2011 seriously? or just focus on 2012? I’m just worried that they might, last minute , change the pattern. What do you recommend I do – do CSR and focus on 2012 or focus on both?

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nope, 2011 G.K. will be useless. 
    You need to know the current affairs from April 2011-May-2012. 
    Read the CG compendiums and the LST supplements, if nothing else.

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    Urvashi Reply:

    doesn’t the brochure say from March2011-March2012 ?????

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    Padmini Reply:

    oh I apolosige. I haven’t been through the brochure, and was making a guesstimate. whatever the brochure says then :)

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  39. Anithasree said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 16:33

    I am appearing for the CLAT this year yet I’ve begun my preparation only a week ago. I feel intimidated by the fact that time constraint might affect the degree of my preparation. Please help me with some smart work guidelines. Please suggest some tips on Current affairs preparation.

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    Padmini Reply:

    It’s absolutely fine, one of my closest friends made it to NLS studying just that way.
    If you’re in an LST crash course, just make sure you ask them for enough practice material.
    For G.K. Lst supplements, and CG compendiums. More than enough.
    And keep taking mock tests as much as you can.

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    Anithasree Reply:

    Thank you so much! I am doing my crash course at the SRI RAMs, Chennai. Help me with some smart work guidelines  to make it to NLS!

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  40. Ajita Nadkarni said on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 17:09

    Hi Padmini!! Thanks a ton 4 d bolstering article… I feel further motivated:) There is 1 confusing situation … Its like I m takng Sriram mocks along with my coaching mocks… So in d former my score went upto 148 but in coaching I m just not able to cross 120… So wht do u say? Plus on seeing big reading questions like RC n CR question I get a little perturbed…Plz advice..

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    Padmini Reply:

    first, big reading questions are usually easy. Attempt them first with a cool head.
    Honestly, mock performances are not always adequate reflections of what your performance in CLAT is going to be. Use mock tests to find out what specific AREAS you have problems in, and improve those. 
    Keep practising, as i say.

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  41. Tanvi said on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 11:05

    Padmini, you got an amazing 38 on 45 in Legal Aptitude. Would LST Legal material and mocks suffice or did you do anything else? Sometimes LST questions are really ambiguous so I was wondering if I should do anything else? Previous years questions of NLS didnt help much as the pattern has changed a lot. 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nope, I never did anything else apart from LST questions, and CG ones. 

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  42. Devika Mehra said on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 17:10

    heyy, 
    thnx a lot for this, this ws definitely a booster for all of us, just one question, reading The Hindu is important or the other newspapers are also good? cause i get TOI n HT at my place, n am watching news of on the TV n reading the newspaper daily….

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    Padmini Reply:

    Personally, I’m biased towards the Hindu, and really think the TOI is a lot of yellow journalism. But I’ve never really read the HT. I’m sure it must be good. 
    Ultimately, facts are the same all over. It’s just that The Hindu presents it really well. 
    Let it be for now, but switch papers when you get to college, i recommend.

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  43. Ankush said on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 20:07

    hey padmini…hii …this is my 1st post…i studied all the above post …they were much informative and inspiring too……. but my case is diffrent ….m scoring 80-90 in my LST mocks….. i scored just 100 in CG 2nd mock ( sample) and just able to cross 100 2 times in all my mocks……. i studied whole year… reading TOI + PD but at this stage unable to score much in LST mocks…….
    JUST WANT TO KNOW IN 1 WORD…. IS IT POSSIBLE TO CRACK CLAT AND GET THROUGH IN TOP LAW SCHOOLS RITE NOW FOR ME ……….?? I F YES THEN I WILL MAKE SURE I WILL … I WANT TO BE VERY PRACTICAL…. PADMINI PLEASE ANSWER….. AND I SALUTE U FOR UR EFFORTS FOR CLAT 2011… :-)

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nothing’s impossible, especially in an exam like clat, where so much depends on your luck. 
    Relax. You’ll be fine. just keep at it.

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  44. Sugandha said on Sunday, April 15, 2012, 23:27

    Hey, i need serious help with time management. Have given many mock test but still at the end i have to just circle atleast 30 questions without reading. Can you please tell me how you divided your 120 mins? i will be highly grateful :) 

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    Padmini Reply:

    yes, sure. I took 15 min for G.K., 35 for english, 20 for legal, 35 for logic, 10 for maths, 5 for revision. 

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    Riya Reply:

    20 minutes for Legal! o-m-g! that is wow!
    Can you guide me about how to go ahead with LA? i mean the speed part. i generally take around 55 mins to solve the 50 LA questions!! :( 
    And is the LST module enough for practice? Plz reply!     

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    Padmini Reply:

    See, LST is all I studied from for LA. And speed, well. after a point the principles became very familiar. so I didn;t waste much time reading the paper, to tell you the truth, because i knew what principle the question was looking for.
    keep practising, you’ll do great.

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    Sugandha Reply:

    20 mins to Legal shock me ! you sure abt tht?  its nearly impossible to do 50  ques in 20 mins. :\  rest i have noted, thnx :)

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    i try 2 complete legal in 25 min frm 3 days bt i fail to do so it takes nt less than 32 to 35 mins bt i complete maths in 10 mins :)

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  45. Padmini said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 0:54

    But you know, honestly, as one of my best friends here told me, Rank 1 is, over and above hard work, also about luck. :)  I was blessedly lucky, I think.

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  46. Arpit Sharma said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 1:29

    Hey Padmini!! 
    Well written piece….
    RC is bothersome but carries marks, CANT IGNORE IT.Even though I read a lot, I hate RC’s as they are very time consuming. What to do ? 
    GK/CA,Logic are manageable. Maths will be inky-pinky-ponky only.

    How to prepare for Legal in these final few days and also is it really correct to sacrifice Speed for Accuracy??  

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    Padmini Reply:

    No, go for accuracy by all means, but since there’s no negative marking, don’t commit the fallacy of leaving anything behind.
    Ah, RCs used to be my favourite part of the paper. keep practising, and try to decrease your time allotted with each test.

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    Arpit Sharma Reply:

    Thank You!! :)

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    Vidya Reply:

    Hey Padmini!
    From where should we practice RCs?

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    Padmini Reply:

    From any possible source. From mock tests, from kaplan’s SAT prep, from class 12 sample papers…anywhere you can

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  47. Axay said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 6:43

    Hey there, I must say, the article served as a rather effective stress buster. I have a few queries regarding the methodologies one must adopt while approaching the CLAT. I’d be delighted if you could answer them:

    1.  For a rank in the top 10 – top 20 throughout India, how much should one approximately score in the CLAT out of 200? Any rough estimate will do :) 

    2.  What is the cut-off rank (again, approximate) for NLSIU or NALSAR? By the way, which university did you choose? And why?

    3.  I have the same problem with the GK section as do most of the students – current affairs – since I have not been as meticulous (keeping monthly notes :P) – I have only one alternative – to read Manorama Yearbook 2012 – or are any other guides available? Is my plan feasible? I’ve been told that only events from March 2011-March 2012 are within the scope of the test.

    4.  I have access to a large no. of mock tests – and might be able to cover 20 or more, as you have recommended – but would you suggest that I do the mocks even before completing the “syllabus” – or after completion? Furthermore, how many tests do you think would be feasible to complete per day, given I allocate around 10 days for practice and revision?

    5.  Do you still have your monthly notes for GK – if so, could you please be so kind as to upload it on Scribd or some other file sharing site? Also, could you perhaps guide me on a way to easily remember history dates?? (Since I was a student of science upto Class 12 – I never did inculcate much of an interest in History lol :) )

    Once again, you have my profound thanks for your assistance – through your article as well as your personal replies. 

    Sincerely,
    Axay

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    Padmini Reply:

    See, the score depends on your relative performance. Target around 160 to be on the safe side, depending on past trends, but then, it depends.
    Cut off for NLS this year was 63, NALSAR stopped at around 130 i think. 
    I picked NLS, and I’ll give my reasons on a non-NALSAR forum. ;) 
    Year books are great, but utiilise the wonderful compendiums that these people churn out. They’re great, i relied on them through and through.
    My monthly notes for G.K. would be completely useless, given that they’re past year current affairs. History dates are, to the best of my knowledge, never a part of the question paper. 
    Keep taking mocks simultaneously with preparation, you should do just fine.

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    Axay Reply:

    Hey! Yeah I know your GK notes wouldn’t help per se. But I wanted them, not to use them directly but rather to get some insight on how to prepare notes myself. Btw… do people tend to lose marks more in the GK section though? Just curious about that 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Just keep jotting down stuff monthwise. notes aren’t fancy.

    That depends. I can’t really come up with statistics on that one. ;)

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    Axay Reply:

    Hey! I did 3 mocks and my scores were 149, 152, 156 – I’m getting really worried :( I scored better in NLU-D entrance (past 4 years) though! Any tips?? How much did YOU score in your initial mocks? Secondly, would you pick NLU-D or NLSIU? I know you’re an alumnus of NLSIU but is there anything particularly special about it? (aside the ranking and selectivity ;) ) and yeah I like NLU-D’s infrastructure better as well – so decided to check with the expert ;) :P :P

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    Padmini Reply:

    156 is a perfectly good score.
    NLSIU is a better college any day, thanks to the alumni network we’ve built up, the rigorous pace of work, the exposure.
    But yeah, given that NLU-D is located in the judicial capital of the country, it has that bit of advantage.
    Take your own call on this. :)
    But let me tell you that last year’s NLU-D topper is one of my best buddies – at NLS. :P

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    Axay Reply:

    156 is good enough to get me into NLS I know – but I’m still messing up GK & logical reasoning – GK – I really can’t do much because I suck at random memorization since I’m from a science background – but is there anyway to improve my LR? I’m using only 2 books – Sriram Module and Prime Tutor Module on LR – is there any other “standard” textbook – and more importantly would it be worth buying and solving now?

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    Padmini Reply:

    I used to solve r.s. aggarwal and M.K. Pandey. Get them if you feel you aren’t getting enough practice. Those books are worth a buy. 
    And btw, LR is the LAST section where mugging up is necessary.

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    Axay Reply:

    Cheers! I’ll buy the MK Pandey one – seems to have better reviews :) I am aware of the negligible role memorizing plays in LR – but my GK is still deplorable! I tried going through the compendiums “churned out” by ClatGyan! Suffice to say, they are indubitably exemplary but I’m finding it a mammoth task to cram! I guess GK is going to be my Achille’s heel :( I’m averaging just about 20-25 in GK section (not to mention, many of which are flukes ;)

    Is there any topic in GK (e.g. like awards, appointments) specific topics which are more likely to show up ? Because if I manage just 30 in GK I’ll cross 160 – I managed 158 in my 4th mock but 160 is eluding me. And 170 – well, I’m not a pessimist, but I’m not there – nope!

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  48. Sanjana said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 11:02

    Thanks for your inspiring words :) 
    GK is a little overwhelming though, SO much has happened over the last one year. -.-

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  49. Ankush said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 13:23

    thankyou padmini…… mam :P i am on my way to DO it…. thankyou again for ur time for me…FOR us sorry :-)

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  50. chetan joshi said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 17:32

    Hi Didi, I am from Tezpur(assam) and started prep only from Ist April. I am relyimg only on the study material for Legal aptitude and logic section. Are these sufficient. If not,Which books for these I should prefer. Time is also short. How is ILS Law school. Advice me in detail.

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    Padmini Reply:

    If you’re doing LST material, supplement that with CG ones.
    I really have no idea about ILs pune, but i think it’s not a bad college.
    Books: M.K. Pandey Analytical reasoning, R.S. Aggarwal, Arithmetic for competitive exams.

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  51. Vanika said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 17:36

    I would like to know which all university’s previous years’ papers you attempted for practice?
    Also, what were your other sources for mocks and tests?

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    Padmini Reply:

    none at all. relied on LST and CG.

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  52. darshika said on Monday, April 16, 2012, 19:39

    hi padmini 
    thanks for your supporting and encouraging words. i really want to get into the top law schools and dont have any back up plan as on now. i am not able to score much in my mocks exams. i would like to know from you how to manage this last few days effectively. i am trying my level best yet not able to score marks . how could i remember those current affairs i keep forgetting them. please answer these few queries of mine
    1. what are the main sources for solving more legal reasoning questions
    2.i have a problem with legal and gk sections please suggest some use references for cracking these two sections
    3.what is the best way to solve those 20 math problems in 10 mins
    4.studying the year books for gk  is sufficient or does it require more intense preparations
    5. i have read the earlier posts that u took just 20 mins for legal my god!!!!!!!!!!!!! i take nearly 45 – 50 mins for that please do tell me how to do that
    waiting for your reply
     aspiring law aspirant
    darshika

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    Padmini Reply:

    Legal reasoning, mock tests are your best sources.
    G.K., read the LST supplements and the CG compendiums thoroughly, and get someone to ask you questions on them.
    20 maths problems in ten minutes needs nothing but tons of practice, and some intelligent guesswork.
    I can’t really dish out a magic formula for solving legal reasoning fast. My reading speed is reasonably fast, and I had practised similar questions, so I could handle them. Ideally, it’s ok to take around 40 minutes over legal

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  53. prakhar said on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 9:11

    Hi, what do i do to level scores with you, or atleast be somewhere AROUND your score in the logical reasoning section? I’ve heard a handful of people scored above 40 in Logical Reasoning last time, which seems huge to me. I attempted CLAT 2011 as a mock and scored only 32-33 in reasoning, although my coaching’s mock results have always made me believe that I ain’t that bad at reasoning. Rest is all fine, but reasoning (also RCs to an extent) would have landed me up in NUJS instead of NLSIU had i taken CLAT 11. I seriously feel that my approach towards attempting inferential reasoning (passages) is missing something very vital. I always complete my mocks in time, hence, i feel i DO have a good reading speed. But there is generally a lack of accuracy to a significant extent always. Can’t figure out why. Please help me by suggesting some ways about bringing ACCURACY to my reasonig. I would be grateful to you. :)

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  54. prakhar said on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:11

    How to score abnormally high in reasoning, something like 42 on 45, or 43 on 45 ? You had a huge score in reasoning section too. I mean, i don’t want a magic potion or something, but I ain’t that bad at reasoning. I am quiet good at it rather, going by my mock results. But after I attempted the reasoning section of CLAT 2011 in a recent mock, I could manage something around 31 or 32 only on 45, that too with my best potential. Since there were questions of different types, with a majority of passages, I thought it was probably a decent score. But then, a friend told me that most of the NLS selections last year had above 40 in reasoning. Later on I came to know that to an extent, he WAS right. Quiet a handful of people had scored above 40 last year. I am unable to comprehend how can I attain such flawless Accuracy now with just One month left to culmination of my efforts. I seriously feel that I am missing something very vital in my approach, in ref to logical reasoning. Any help, please? I’d be grateful :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    I guess the deal with logic is to emphasise on speed AND accuracy at them same time. Figure out the type of questions you’re making errors in, and work on those. 
    Also, the difficulty level will differ year to year. So I really can;t tell you how to score, er, ‘abnormally high’, ‘somewhere on my level’ and all of that. :) It depends!

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    prakhar Reply:

    I still am able to manage upto 70-80 % accuracy in this section. If you say, i’ll try making speed and accuracy go hand in hand. AND ofcourse work more on passages. Thank You so much for the help :)

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  55. sneha said on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:54

    Hello padmini,
    great inspirational words said. I’m writing CLAT in 2013 . I have taken science and I decided to do law only after i finished 11th , that is 2 months back. Everyone around me seems to discourage saying that arts was the best option. Sometimes, my confidence dies out. But, I am a strong aspirant. I would like to ask you about how to go about preparing for CA. To be honest, I am not a fan of the newspaper. Any sugggestions?
    Hoping a positive reply.

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    Padmini Reply:

    First, relax about the stream already. :)
    I think around 50% of my batch consists of Science students, 40% of commerce students, and only 10% (including me) is Arts.
    Since you have time, you can take it easy for now, actually. Focus on your school curriculum, which will get exponentially more difficult. 
    And please do inculcate a newspaper habit; it can’t be substituted by anything. Get a good daily (The Hindu, I firmly stand by) and start reading. 
    Rest apart, start coaching from next year, I’d recommend.
    Good luck!

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  56. Deekshitha said on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:48

    What was your average score on Mock tests, towards the end of April? :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    In all honesty, I can’t really remember. But I think my ranks ranged between 7 to 23.

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  57. poorvi said on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 11:53

    who  has inspired you for clat

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    Padmini Reply:

    Nobody, really. I just decided to sit for the exam randomly one sunny May morning. :)

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    Mini Reply:

    hey .. caN u Pllzzz teLl me what are the topics i need to cover in logical reasoning section ??

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  58. amit said on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 20:49

    okkk. regarding legal aptitude…. What was ur strategy. I mean the way you solved problems. I mean principle first or facts and also, did you take any of Sriram tests or CG tests.

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    Padmini Reply:

    I took two CG tests and two Sriram tests…mostly it was LST stuff. The way you solve problems is apply the principle to the fact situation, and the answer is almost always quite obvious after that.

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  59. swadesh said on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 22:30

    hey …padmini …see i have exact 25 days left for clat ie if i devote 15 hrs a day then at th most 375 hours ….i seriously need ur help in gk section …plz telme the exact books for current affairs.is monthly book of pratiyogita darpan  alryt….please reply as soon as possible…if possible plz mail on my email id ….thnkx…

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    Padmini Reply:

    Wow, fifteen hours a day! I don’t think I’ve ever studied that much in my entire life. :) good going.
    Ok, the PD is quite good, then read the CG compendiums. They are singularly comprehensive. Good luck. 

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    swadesh Reply:

    actually earlier my form ws not considered due to some reason n then vallah on 15th april they cold me up n cleard my form ….ARE 1 MORE THNG SHOULD I GO DEEPER INTO MONTHLY PRATIYOGITA DARPANS OR JUST A OVERLOOK WILL DO .

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    Padmini Reply:

    But on a serious note, you’re studying too much. Take breaks in between, let the grey matter rest. 
    Ideally you should be reading in depth, but to clear CLAT, just remembering facts will do.
    Another thing. once you’re in Law School, you’ll realise that they want well balanced people who can think. :)
    So relax.

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    swadesh Reply:

    nd during those precious mins i crashed ,…gave too much tym to legal reasoning…gk ws excellent got 47 bang on ….but ultimately 35 qstns left unanswrd….. whole hardwork went into vain ….may be th case wud hav been diffrnt if jodhpur wud hav allowed me 3 months ago …bt that tym they told me tht i am ovraged….i fought wth my dad for doing BALLB , although just gave my final yr b.com exams …now hav to compromise wth 3 yr llb at faculty f law , DU … but now th nxt target is IAS-2013 … thnx fr ur lil tips … one tip frm my syd …. lyf is lyk a stopwatch …th tym z running …set ur targets n achieve them asap…. ths z wat i hv learnt during my 17-19 hrs f sittings… god bless u … thoda jyada paka diya …bt frustration z all ovr my head …n then u seem to be a gr8 listener so feeling a bit relaxd aftr sharing it wth u … it was a pleasure toking wth u …. tc !!!

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  60. sameera said on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 11:18

    I have a question(even though at this moment, it hardly matters)…
    Were you a dropper,padmini?
    N yea, hw many ppl in ur batch r droppers? 

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    Padmini Reply:

    No, I got lucky the first time. 
    I don’t have such a good idea about that…maybe 8-9?

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  61. rudransh vashistha said on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 13:37

    hey i want to know hw to comlete paper in 200 minutes hw mch time for each section i required and wat i have 2 do for getting full accuracy in reasoning thanxx 

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    also hw can one complete legal in 20 min i try after reading ur coment today bt fails to do so

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    Padmini Reply:

    that depends on the paper. Entirely. 
    I did G.K. first, then english because english is one of my stronger points and i knew leaving that section till the end would be a silly thing to do. Then i did legal because it carries extra weightage. Then logic because I could solve it fast. Then maths because it was the easiest section.

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    a silly question from me hw cn i make english as my strongest point i know 24 days r not less to do smthng 

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    Padmini Reply:

    Well, you could start by using full stops. ;) just kidding.

    Keep doing as much reading comprehension as you can. 

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    haahah,
    ok thanks,
    now i jsst need ur well wishes,
    hope we will meet in nls MAM. :) 
    THANK YOU 

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    FOR YOUR GUIDE LINES ON ENTIRE WEB PAGE .
    IS 10 HOUR A DAY IS SUFFICIENT OR I NEED 2 INCREASE ?

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    HEY PADMINI I DNT SCORE MORE THAN 25 IN LR WHAT I HAVE TO DO I GOT FULL IN AR BT IN CR :(

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    Padmini Reply:

    10 HOURS??
    You’re studying way too much. Your brain needs to rest as well for optimum performance.

    For logic, just keep practising. I know it’s getting repetitive, but I swear, that’s the mantra.  

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    thanks you. so now we will meet in july .

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  62. Rishabh said on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 17:44

    hey, 
    firstly congrats and thank you for such an insight into CLAT.
    What i really wanted to know is that if it possible for you to give a section wise breakup of your clat marks because that would help everyone on this forum to understand where they stand and it would be much easier for us to work on those segments where we lagging. Also it would give us a comprehensive benchmark to compare our performance (and hopefully tell us if we have reached the required level in any segment).
    I have to say this that its an incredible opportunity to talk to a topper.
    Thank you so much.

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    Padmini Reply:

    Toppers are ordinary human beings, Rishabh. ;)
    I actually don’t remember my own section wise break up. 
    Logic was 43, i think. G.K. was 38. uhh…Maths 16 I think.  I can’t remember at all…if i do, I’ll let you know

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    rudransh vashistha Reply:

    bt i remeber
    english 38 
    logical : 41
    legal:38 
    gk :38
    maths 18 
    em greatly inspired frm u 

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    Rishabh Reply:

    Hey
    Thanks

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  63. anchit said on Friday, April 20, 2012, 7:07

    hey padmini i want to ask that u might be knowing the level of mocks that 1 gets @LST…i score on an average of 100-105 but if my luck doesn’t work i get to 98 or 99…securing these much of marks in mocks…can i think of a decent law school…?? i’m a bit confused and nervous also…what do you say?? can i hope for something at least??

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    Padmini Reply:

    As I keep reiterating, mock scores don’t reflect what your performance in CLAT will be like. 
    But try at hit at least 130 if possible.

    As to your law school. That will depend on CLAT-day and CLAT day alone.

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  64. anu said on Friday, April 20, 2012, 17:56

    hey,i just wanted to ask what is preferable?
    marking the answers on the omr sheet directly or first marking it on the paper and then omr? 

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    Padmini Reply:

    I marked the answers directly on the OMR as I solved the questions. 

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  65. Jayanth said on Sunday, April 22, 2012, 15:43

    Clearly, doing as many mocks will be key, LST isn’t going to give me 20 mocks, i think there are maximum 5 to 6 mocks left that they give, so where do you think i can get more mocks? CG has a test series but i haven’t heard back from them yet.

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    Padmini Reply:

    @Asad: See, send this dude his mocks. ;) 

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    priya Reply:

    me too plzzz i m trying for past 2 days nd i m worried as only 10 days to go i need them fast nyone???

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  66. Tanvi said on Sunday, April 22, 2012, 23:38

    Hey Padmini, I think some answers in M.K.Pandey are wrong and even a teacher at LST agrees. There are hardly 2 weeks left and I’m scared to death cause i really want to perfect CR as much as possible but now I’m scared if I’ll get confused and forget whatever method I know! :(
    What to do? Should I continue using it? Did u find some answers to be wrong or debatable? Strong and weak arguments for example.

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    Tanvi Reply:

    Also, for syllogism, did you use the venn diagram or the Proposition method (AEIO one) and was there any particular reason for doing so? :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    I used the venn diagram for syllogism. It makes things so much simpler.

    MK Pandey does have wrong answers. The point is, the exact same questions would never be repeated. That book just gives you a lot of practice.

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    Tanvi Reply:

    Alright! Thanks so much :)

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  67. Ajita Nadkarni said on Monday, April 23, 2012, 0:37

    Hey Padmini! Thanks 4 ur advice:)1 more thing… Firstly I m able 2 solve d whole paper except 35 questions which r 15 of legal and all 20 questions of Maths in the stipulated time. I m really worried bout this aspect cos if I increase my speed of legal the accuracy decreases . Secondly in legal there is always a clos call between 2 options… So plz advise

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    Sudhanshu Kumar Reply:

    I am also facing the same problem….please help!!!

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    Padmini Reply:

    Among the two options, there’s always one which is more detailed. USUALLy, that’s the accurate one. But don’t hold this as a thumb rule.
    Speed can only come if you increase the speed at which you read the questions. Just keep practising, you’ll get there. 

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  68. Gaurav Mishra said on Monday, April 23, 2012, 1:13

    Feeling Charged Up all again! Thanks a lot Padmini Baruah and Congratulations for AIR-1. :P
    For Gk i guess i have done enough ( PD,Hindu,Competition in Focus and around 20 more different supplements). But still in the LST mock tests am not able to score outstandingly. Around 30 is what i score on an average. Trying loads and loads to expand the ambit of my GK. Lets see what happens on may 13th. Keeping fingers crossed! Hope to be your Junior at NLSIU. Acha tell me, I am not so quick with maths, so should I keep the maths section for last?

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    Padmini Reply:

    30 is pretty decent for an LST mock test. :)
    I kept maths for the end because I could calculate fast, and it was 20 marks guaranteed. 
    but if you’re not quick, keep it for the end only. Attempt as many questions as you can, and don’tt bother finishing detailed calculation. make rough estimates. 

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    Gaurav Mishra Reply:

    thanks for the advice. Another issue with me is Concentration. What would you suggest for that??

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    Padmini Reply:

    Yogic Meditation everyday at 4.34 a.m.
    kidding. 
    Just block out distractions when you’re studying.. shut off the TV, close the doors and windows, make your room very silent. 

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    Gaurav Mishra Reply:

    4.34 am( was it random? :P )
    I’ve tried this meditation thingy…..but..you knw. :P
    Well, Thanks a tonne for all that guidance. Thanks to the CG team for their commendable efforts. This post has really been helpful( i’ll be reaching a 130 mark in the recent LST mock. :P). Wish us luck for CLAT 2012. :)

    Reply

  69. amit said on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:22

    hello Padmini, 
    Just wanted to know, How much should we rely on lst rankings? I know that it depends on your clat day but just to judge where we stand as of now…!!!

    And yaa Did you practice LSAT questions for logic.? While Practicing, my accuracy rate is 17-18 out say 25 questions in logic as well as reading passages.. Is that good according to CLAT standard or should i practice more???

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    17 is pretty good, but Of course you should practice more, till the day of CLAT.
    See, if you’re anywhere between 1-80 in LST, your CLAT future should be rosy.

    Reply

    Aymen Mohammed Reply:

    Padmini Di, I am failing Eco tomorrow. Please give some guidance?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Erm, chill, read Dylan Thomas Poems, and listen to poets of the fall. Life’s problems will be solved. 

    Reply

    Shruti Reply:

    ^ LOVE. :D

    Reply

  70. amit said on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 12:24

    *out of say

    Reply

  71. saksham kathuria said on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 20:10

    its nearly 15 days lft..
    nd i knw nthn about g.k.
    plz..can u suggest me any book or magazine or anythng i can prepare frm..
    plz reply….!!!!

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    From the CG compendiums. Great source.

    Reply

  72. aishwarya said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 0:55

    is it really very important to do maths????like is maths very complicated in paper???

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    maths is easy. but important. Don’t miss out on a guaranteed 15 at least.

    Reply

  73. Mritunjay said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:03

    Thanx padmini for such motivation at this so crucial time as only a fortnight is left before we face clat 2012.
    Actually i wanted to ask you is is possible for somebody as me who has started  a month before and and pretty control over legal and mathematics section to crack clat 2012. what scares me at this moment is that people has been preparing for this exam round the clock and with every page of the calender so is that possible just by preparing on oneself with just a book and some other stuff to crack clat. and please suggest me with tips and strategy for the moment with the different sections. also help me with with the mock test papers and where to get them from.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Don’t think of everyone else at this stage. Won’t help.
    Do your own thing. Tips, I’ve given more than enough in all the comments. Just go through, if you have anything else, ask. 
    Mock tests, ask these CG guys. They’ll send you some.

    Reply

  74. Ram said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7:24

    I would like to thank Padmini on behalf of all of us for answering almost every query . Thanks a ton, Padmini :) . Seriously, we have pestered you enough and you have never snubbed at anyone. I salute this quality of altruism. :D

    Reply

    Tanvi Reply:

    I totally agree! You’ve answered EVERY single query, no matter how silly or irrelevant it might have seemed! Thank you so very much! :D
    And thanks especially to CG for providing such a wonderful platform to interact with Padmini! All coaching centers go all out trying to lure students into enrolling in their institute by saying the CLAT topper took their mocks or  used their materials, but never even once think that they should maybe give us a chance to interact with the topper and get invaluable advice. Thanks so much guys! :D

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    It’s not altruism, I assure you. :) I’m having loads of fun. 

    Reply

  75. Caroline said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 8:42

    right now my scores in my LST mock tests are about 100-110.I feel my main problem is that i panic a lot and so the Logical and Maths sections get screwed up. What do I do?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    relax and put on calm soothing music while solving the mocks. 
    You’re panicking because you’re scared of not performing. just, forgive the cliche, be in the moment and focus on solving.

    Reply

  76. Caroline said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 8:44

    at home I face no such problem :D

    Reply

    Shruti Reply:

    exact same problem.

    Reply

    Caroline Reply:

    i’ve gained some confidence now though after SET

    Reply

  77. shatakshi shekhar said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 20:18

    Thank You….Padmini Di for refilling all the aspirants {2012} with your message
    i hv been a student of lst……….and presently i am scoring somewhere around 110……..
    though i have put in a lot of labour in maths it seems to be  futile effort as i do not get more than 5 in the mock tests………
    critical reasoning is another area where i find myself to be stuck between 2 options……..plz advice……….

    also could you help me as to how i should divide the 2 hours to score well……….

    aspiring to become your junior 
    Shatakshi Shekhar :)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    the division of time thing is entirely your own call to take; i’ve already mentioned above about my own way of doing it. :)
    Maths just needs basic practice. Focus on doing that, it’ll all be fine.

    Reply

  78. anubhuti gupta said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 22:54

    dear padmini di,
    thanks a lot for your wonderful advice. i was a science maths faculty student. however after giving boards i realized that eng. is not sth. that i ever wanted to pursue in life…. however till that time i had already filled  the eng. enterance exam forms of a few reputed colleges…after the boards  i also realized that clat is where my real love lies…. bt now i dont think i wud b able to crack clat in such a small time with hundreds of others ahead of me… everything in life seems to b at stake… kindly help me out so that i can give my best shot in clat ….thanx!!!!
     

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    It’s good that you’ve discovered what you want to do at least. With the amount of time you have, start taking mocks right away. Figure out your weak areas, and work on those. Don’t worry, you’ll be great.

    Reply

  79. anubhuti gupta said on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 23:12

    and hey also congratulations to u and my heartiest wishes for AIR-1 rank!!!!!!!!!! u r an ideal for every NLU aspirant !!!!!!!!!!may u get similar success in life ALWAYS!!!!!!! 

    Reply

  80. shilpa said on Friday, April 27, 2012, 4:12

    hey padmini   
     i am also worried… because of the same problem because my first cover was around 70 and is 91 till now…..and i am able to attempt only 150 question .so i decided to devote 3 hr to reading everyday….please tell me is that a good idea or you have some other idea 
    ????and if you were a cl student then you must be aware of the gk updates on SIS …as i haven’t read newspapers so i decided to do gk from there ….so tell me plz is that ok or that will be wastage of time because i have to select what to read n learn and what to leave…..

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No, the LST modules are good. Also read the CG ones if you have time, for G.K. 
    Relax, and don’t panic. :)

    Reply

  81. devi said on Friday, April 27, 2012, 13:41

    please mention the books that you had referred to in addition to lst materials for each section.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Just R.S. Aggarwal (Arithmetic for competitive exams) and M.K. Pandey (Analytical Reasoning.) Also R.S. Aggarwal, logical reasoning. 

    Reply

    devi Reply:

    thanks a lot.

    Reply

  82. devi said on Friday, April 27, 2012, 14:06

    Hi Padmini,
    Kindly suggest the best books for each section.

    Greetings.

    Reply

  83. NAMAN JAIN said on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 8:59

    Hey, can u suggest some ways to provide fillip for legal reasoning and english section…also supplement for legal and tips to do reading comprehension.I have been reading the hindu for a while but is not getting accuracy….lst modules r almost defunct for legal rasoning…

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Practice directly from papers. I understand your problem with LST. I used to find them inadequate for LA too. 
    Get the CG test series, I’d suggest. usually have good questions. 
    Reading comprehension, try to understand what’s being asked and then focus on finding the answer fast. just keep practicing as much as you can. 

    Reply

    Naman Jain Reply:

    You mean,first we should got through questions and then proceed or vice versa???

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    In reading comprehension, yes, read question first and then proceed. saves time.

    Reply

  84. yadhu said on Saturday, April 28, 2012, 11:14

    hi didi,
    were you a student of lst plus or lst beacon?.Does that make any difference?.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    LST plus, as far as I know, not much of a difference because most of my core studying was done at home itself.

    Reply

  85. priya said on Sunday, April 29, 2012, 6:48

    hey padmini 
    u really inspiration for me its been a year since i wanted my name to be der in air 1st rank holder  nd get into nls bangalore…hope i do nd meet u soon…nyways i needed a help i want to enroll for cg’s test series i mailed them but i got no respone plzz help me wid it as a dun have much days left(just hardly 2 weeks) i really need them…nd i did postal course from sriram nd their mocks nd nw trying to get cg’s do u think ders nything else i should be doing???

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Nope, your quantum of mocks is  fine. Keep buzzing CG till they send you the mocks. I’m sure it’ll be a postal snag or something of the sort. 

    Reply

    priya Reply:

    yes i ve buzzed them almost 10 times  but still got no reply days are justing going by nd i dun have the mocks yet

    Reply

  86. devi said on Sunday, April 29, 2012, 14:33

    Padmini didi,
    You really are an inspiration for the student fraternity.You teach everyone to chase their passions and come out with flying colours.May the almighty shower heaps of blessings on you.

    Greetings.

    Reply

  87. Deeksha Singh said on Monday, April 30, 2012, 21:22

    I have one whole year left, if I’m aiming for NLUIS or NALSAR, how many hours  do you recommend I study per day?
    All scenarios considered??

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Hours? 
    Well, that’s a question I’m probably not the best person to answer, because for CLAT i just used to study an hour a day for the year, and then 4 hours in the last two months.

    Depends on how regular you’ve been through the year. If very regular, then don’t study too much.
    if not, then study enough to cover all the subjects every day. Don’t look at quantity, focus on the quality of studying a bit.

    Reply

    Deeksha Singh Reply:

    I’ m a  science with computers student and live outside India, so I don’t really know how much or what to study.
    I’m currently in  LST beacon (postal course)…..
    So, I rely heavily on CG.

    Thank you, for all your help and your time. Despite your exhausting schedule, you have taken the  time and effort to ensure that no one is without an answer.
    :)

    Reply

  88. Anithasree said on Thursday, May 3, 2012, 0:42

    Hey! I’m scoring 120 at an average in my mocks. My weakest areas are maths and GK. I’m totally confused since CLAT is just two weeks away and I’m not pushing myself up the ladder. I know that the race is tough and if I don’t run, I’ll be thrown under the bus. So please help me with my LAST MINUTE PREPARATION! 
    My approximate scores in the various sections are as follows:
    English- 25/40
    GK- 15/50
    Maths- 10/20
    Logical reasoning- 35/40
    Legal reasoning- 35/50
    P. S. I believe that I’m not panicking!!!

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Okay, so you need to focus on maths and G.K. big time.
    In G.K. pull out all stops. Do every single supplement very very thoroughly, and make sure you know the facts inside out. 
    Don’t panic, it won’t help. Keep taking as many mocks as possible.

    Reply

    Anithasree Reply:

    Thanks a lot! I’m sure that I’ll do that :)

    Reply

  89. Padmini said on Saturday, May 5, 2012, 14:03

    Okay, so you need to focus on maths and G.K. big time.
    In G.K. pull out all stops. Do every single supplement very very thoroughly, and make sure you know the facts inside out. 
    Don’t panic, it won’t help. Keep taking as many mocks as possible.

    Reply

  90. ADITYA PANDEY said on Saturday, May 5, 2012, 14:40

    firstly thanks, i felt very
    relaxed and now i can clear it. really THANKS .

    Reply

  91. Anirud said on Monday, May 7, 2012, 19:16

    Padmini! I just wanted to know what it means to have scored 92+ percentile score in Online mocks that I’ve taken so far! :) It would be great if you could give me a fair idea as to whether I can make it to NALSAR! :)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I don’t exactly know the percentile-college relation very well, I’m afraid. Tell me the score?

    Reply

    Anirud Reply:

    I average 125-ish in CL and about 140 in Sriram! :)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    See, the college you get into depends on your relative performance.
    If the topper gets 125, you may be the topper.
    But say, everyone gets 160, you wouldn’t know….
    Try being in the top 5 percentile that way…

    Reply

  92. Pranav said on Monday, May 7, 2012, 20:14

    Hey…I want to prepare for CLAT 2013…NLSIU is my aim….should I go for a coaching class or study on my own??

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Get material from correspondence and then study on your own, i’d recommend. Then attend the last month session

    Reply

    Pranav Reply:

    thanx a lot…!! :)

    Reply

    sanhita chauriha Reply:

    hey padmini…thankx for inspiring…i have my CLAT exam on sunday…anD am not comfortable wiith maths…bcoz of maths m nt able 2 complete ny mocks so far..i knw its too late now…den olso ny advice?????

    Reply

  93. lishaka said on Friday, May 11, 2012, 0:36

    hey i know v dunno each othr but nw we are at a forum where unknown ppl act like close frends…luk i wannet ur opinion as to , i m least prepared and i dunno wot m gonna do…its day after tomorrow …is der anythn u wud say to make my situation a little better…?? :o
    n bdw my second option is mass comm…so plzz reply
    n yah my name is lishaka gulati
    forgot to mention dat earlier…!!
    tc

    Reply

  94. Kushank Garg said on Friday, May 11, 2012, 16:13

    Are there any hot girls in your college…n is donation accepted in your college…???
    plz reply fast as it’s the question of my future….your help will be highly appreciated…thnx.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I’m sorry. I refuse to participate in objectifying any of the women in my class.
    I suggest you learn how to perceive women in general before you make it to law school first.
    Also, NLS is an institution that prides itself on upholding merit. So, no, donations are thankfully not accepted. Stay out.

    Reply

  95. Pratheek said on Saturday, May 12, 2012, 19:43

    inspired CLATGyaners a lot padmini. thanks for that.

    i just finished my first year of intermediate and im attempting clat tommorrow. will a score of 125 lead me to any of the lawschools? please reply fast……..!!!!!!

    Reply

  96. rashi said on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 15:56

    hey padmini di,
    i m preparing for clat 2013…..
    will u plz refer me a perfect book for improving my legal section………
    waiting for ur reply

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    there’s no book as such that I know of. 
    I used to practice LST material

    Reply

  97. rishi said on Saturday, May 19, 2012, 20:08

    padmini didi,
    please mention the subjects you had studied at 10+2 level in humanities stream.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Ok, I was a humanities student, so I had Eco, history, Pol Sci, English and Maths. 
    but these things don’t really matter all that much. more than half my batch comprises of science students

    Reply

  98. RAASHI said on Monday, May 21, 2012, 12:12

    hey! first of all congo for the top spot! i m in class 11 (commerce) i just want to ask 2 ques.!
    first: Is CL good for CLAT prep!?? i have just joined it for 2 year classroom program!
    second: did you also join SRIRAM Law Academy? i m planning to join that too (online mocks).
    if yes! is it good?
    w8ing fr ur reply! :)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    See, I mostly studied from home.
    Didn’t find sriram that great personally, but LST mocks were good.

    Reply

  99. devi said on Thursday, May 24, 2012, 14:14

    Padmini didi,
    Frontline or Outlook ? Which one do you consider the best ?
    Also,did you refer the LSAT official guide?

    Greetings.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    i read frontline, so I’m biased.
    LSAT, no

    Reply

  100. RAASHI said on Friday, May 25, 2012, 12:04

    Thanks! :)
    Yeah! I totally agree with you! Self study is THE best study! But I had to join CL for the guidance and to get a fair idea of the kind of competition that i will be facing! As for SRIRAM; i have already registered! But never mind, you never know what good it might do (Knowledge never goes waste)!
    P.S : I may bother you for further help! (just in case) :p

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    yeah sure, feel free
    Though i think there’s a new CLAT rank 1 now. :)

    Reply

    RAASHI Reply:

    I am flattered!! :D
    Thanks, actually that’s the plan!
    But then, everyone is preparing so hard….
    And as you said,” It all depends on our LUCK on the D-Day!!”
    Though, I would love to be your Junior in NLSIU!

    Reply

    RAASHI Reply:

    P.S. – I found no source to contact the new Rank 1 !

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Let the poor guy be. :) He’ll soon be sucked into the relentless law school routine.

    Reply

    RAASHI Reply:

    Yeah! I guess you are right!
    Remember. Toppers are also humans! ;)
    (Oh! i forgot whom i was talking to :p)
    Truly speaking, it’s our own hard work and ideas that actually help in the end!
    But, i must say your guidance has been really helpful :)

    Reply

  101. rishi+yadhu said on Friday, May 25, 2012, 22:01

    Ma’m,
    What kind of co-curricular activities do they undertake at law schools apart from mooting?Also,what is their frequency?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Ma’am? Really?
    Okay, apart from moots.
    You have debates, quizzes,  theatre, music, dance, art, sports.
    Also negotiations, client counselling if you’re looking at academic stuff.
    You can also volunteer with legal services clinic.
    practically everything under the sun is done here.

    Reply

    Pt. Vishwajeet Dubey Reply:

    padminiji today the only dream i see is 2 be ur junior in 2013 in first year this year i got an opportunity to study in lucknow’s nlu bt i rejected the offer n wud try next year 2 make it to NLSIU BANGALORE please say GOD BLESS ME

    Reply

  102. abc said on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 23:02

    Hi Padmini. My score in CLAT 2012 is 100. And I’m very sure I will not make it anywhere. This was my second attempt. Do you think a third attempt is worth it? I have already completed my 1st year at a local law college.

    Reply

    abc Reply:

    Please reply……………………….

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I really can’t advise you there…it’s your call to make, entirely. Do exactly what you feel is right, in the long run, and I’m sure you’ll be great at it.

    Reply

  103. Neha said on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 15:05

    Hii Padmini…Glad to hear so much from u..2 more ques for u please! For current affairs, which one do u prefer?? Competition Success Review OR Pratiyogita Darpan?? And one more thing! According to u, how many hours do we need to devote for the preparation?? Waiting for the reply…

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I read both…and regularly? Around an hour everyday is perfectly fine

    Reply

  104. devi said on Saturday, June 9, 2012, 15:42

    Padmini didi,
    Is Jindal law school a great place to be at?

    Greetings.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No idea.! I have never been there

    Reply

  105. adwiteeya said on Thursday, June 14, 2012, 22:11

    di i am a science student who prepared hard for iit-jee for last 2 years(11$ 12 std) but was not able to crack it, and in aieee too its just 24000 ,(through which i can get some nits and gud private colleges), but i am not fully satisfied. And few days before i met gnlu and nlu patiala students and after knowing their experiences at nlu, i just searched regarding clat and i m thnkng to prepare for it……………………………..i just want 2 know from u that whether getting gud rank in clat is very difficult or its not as hard as getting into iits……………….plz di reply soon :i hv to take  my decision in upcoming 3-4 days only…….. thanks(anticipatory)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Okay…so, CLAT is not as hard as JEE, but it does require regular work…I feel you shouldn’t make it a fall back option. Only if you’re prepared to STUDY law, go for it!

    Reply

  106. adwiteeya said on Thursday, June 14, 2012, 22:15

    di from which institute and books do u prepared for clat. 

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    LST, Manorama yearbook, Arithmetic for Competitive exams and Logical reasoning by R.S. Agarwal, and Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey

    Reply

  107. Pt. Vishwajeet Dubey said on Friday, June 22, 2012, 19:45

    padminiji i find helpless 2 make it 2 ur college , for a average above student like me always in a range of 70’s . please say GOD BLESS U vishu , this wud be the biggest motivation from ur side fro n till my entire life . i brought 82% in 12 this year i m doing 1st year from a local college bt next year i wud try out my best 2 become ur junior. Di plz bless me. meet u soon in moot courts next year. if there is any way for u 2 bless me plz do it for ur bro di.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    okay…
    good luck ahead

    Reply

    pt. Vishwajeet dubey Reply:

    padminiji plz tell that if somebody attains law degree outside govt.institutes then is it possible 2 get a gud package bcoz if a lawyer z sourceless then it is futile of fighting a case. As u r done wid educational period wat wud be ur way of earning money i mean being sourceful or trying a pull the truth out in courts. If u hve anythng aside thz then plz tell me

    Reply

  108. Shriya Kushwaha said on Thursday, June 28, 2012, 23:57

    padmini di it wud be very kind of you if you help me out a bit in this CLAT stuff..i am doing corrospondence course from sriramlawacademy..but i’m not very sure regarding the effect.i have also enrolled for sriram mock tests but i’m not very sure whether it would help coz i saw LST as the top choice of toppers in many of the interviews held with them.could you plz help and sugest me sumthng..????

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I personally wasn’t very happy with Sriram mocks…I’d say go for LST. They’re quite good. But it’s only my opinion of course.

    Reply

  109. ramsha jain said on Friday, July 6, 2012, 13:52

    n I really need ur advice on dis – m an engrn 1st yr student n m preparin for law 2013 n dis is my 1st n last chnc as I missed or CLAT 2012 due d d clash f engrn entrances wid d law ones so as I m managing both things side by side I denote 3 to 4 hrs/day at d most for law preprtn so juz wanted to ask it it sufficient much to get a gud score ? please I really need ur help on dis 1 

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Everyone has their own pattern of figuring things out.
    I’d suggest you take a few mocks, and then see where you stand, and then prepare accordingly.

    Reply

  110. ramsha jain said on Friday, July 6, 2012, 14:30

    Also is it really necessary to watch a news channel daily?

    Reply

  111. pt. Vishwajeet dubey said on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 13:48

    padminiji plz tell me r u interested in making heaps of money or u want 2 bring a unique change in society if yes then plz tell me wat z ur way of being professional

    Reply

  112. Clair said on Saturday, July 21, 2012, 16:18

    Hello Padmini di,
                                       I am currently at LST doing LST PLUS.I was wondering whether I should sit for the crash program or study from home during that very precious last month.What did you do?  

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Took classes, but mostly studied at home. do what suits you best!

    Reply

  113. sonu said on Sunday, August 5, 2012, 17:03

    hello padmini di . Its really good that you are actively replying to our queries :) it’d be great if you could help me . my problem is though i took up science and even joined a coaching for it, i find law more interesting and want to clear clat-2013 . can you give any advice for clat prep. along with 12 cbse ?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Yeah, just keep taking mocks, and go about preparing everyday. Figure out which areas you’re weak at and work on them

    Reply

  114. Rajshree said on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12:58

    can u pls suggest few books for clat preparation .for all subjects.plss

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I’ve already mentioned that in previous comments i guesS?
    Analytical Reasoning, M.K. Pandey, Mathematics for competitive exams, R.S. Aggarwal. Pretty much covers it. REst, read newspapers and coaching class material

    Reply

    rajshree Reply:

    thanku so much di..:)……..can u plsss tell how it feels after entering into the top law university…..and hows the life of NLU?………..

    Reply

  115. Madhavi said on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 23:33

    Hello padmini, honestly you’ve inspired me. Im basically a science student, but recently ive had this intense drive to give my shot at clat. What books for current affairs, static GK, legal knowledge and legal aptitude and for logical reasoning did you prepare from? Ive currently enrolled myself with Sriram’s correspondance course. Are their mocks and tests effective? Could you suggest anything?
    Hoping for an honest opinion :)
    Regards Madhavi.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Hi, 
    Just take a few mock tests. 
    Figure where you stand, and then work on your weak areas.

    Reply

  116. ganesh khanna said on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 23:56

    hello di..I am preparing for clat 2013 and wanted to ask you if my preparations are alright.
    first for current affairs i m doin CG compendiums,PD,TOI and my coaching supplements
    for reasoning mk pandey,rs aggarwaal and arihant
    i have not yet started legal reasoning practice but will take it up december….and english and maths are not a great concern for me…
    i want to score a 35 out of 40 in logic is the prepAration  suffice for my score…..and in gk 40+ 
    do i need to add more or it will do…and i know its somewhat silly…but how many hours hours should i study to get RANK 1…hope to see your mesmerizing smile at NlSIU “live ” and be a junior….plzz reply

    Reply

  117. hriday said on Saturday, September 29, 2012, 21:46

    Hi! Currently im in inter 1yr CEC. one thing that worries me is how is the maths for clat exam. Bcoz i din take maths in inter and another thing is that should i take coaching 4m 2nd yr. Plz reply m really woried abt maths. Plz give few suggestions

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  118. Hriday said on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 20:45

    Hi Padmini Didi! I’m Hriday , a inter Iyr Student currently doing CEC. Can u explain me howz the math for CLAT . Is it A high level math coz i’m really worried abt math . ANother thing is wether i should start taking coaching in I yr or II yr and what is the minimum marks to get admission in reputed colleges like NALSAR n others in DELHI , PUNE , Bihar etc.

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    Padmini Reply:

    no maths is really easy. Minimum marks depends on how well the rest of your competitors have performed. Coach from 2nd year onward only I’d suggest

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  119. neha said on Sunday, October 28, 2012, 12:54

    can anyone tell me any website which has free mock test papers for clat of any book which has lots and lots of  question papers for clat prepration???

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  120. kaushik said on Sunday, October 28, 2012, 16:53

    i just started my preparation for clat 2013 now , is it enough time to get in into nls ? or should should i aim much lower ?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Why would you aim lower?
    Go for it. Good luck.

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  121. shubhi agarwal said on Sunday, October 28, 2012, 17:17

    hey..
    Can u please tell me that which book shall i refer for legal reasoning..??

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No book, just practice sample papers.

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  122. Avisha said on Monday, October 29, 2012, 0:13

    Hey!
    I just finished reading all the comments. Phew***
    The journey of yours, from Padmini to Padmini di, ji and ma’am :P
    I won’t ask for advice, heaps of that here.  Hows college? Life? Mooting?
    Can I have your email id or something. You wouldn’t disclose the reasons of choosing Banglore over Hyderabad on a NALSAR driven site I assume…  ;)
    See you in 2013.

    P.S : Cute picture :D

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    Padmini Reply:

    Simple enough reason. Bangalore had relatives who lived fairly close by, Hyderabad didn’t. 

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  123. Nirja said on Monday, October 29, 2012, 9:08

    How much did you get in clat padmini? 

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    Padmini Reply:

    173, if I remember right.

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  124. Anusha said on Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:36

    Hi Padmini :)
    Could you please suggest me ways to learn Gk,I mean there is so much!

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Just ask your mom to ask you bits everyday. :)  No, seriously, just keep reading as much.

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  125. Arushi said on Monday, October 29, 2012, 15:34

    Hi Padmini! :D

    thanks for that piece of information!

    All i want to know is, how do I go about CLAT prep during my exams..Precisely pre-boards!!?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No need to CLAT prepare pre-boards. Plenty of time after.

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  126. Kartikay Singh said on Monday, October 29, 2012, 21:09

    i dont want to join a clat coaching because i dont get enough time which i could spend on those coaching. Kindly tell me how to prepare for clat without any coaching, i have also purchased a book for clat entrance , will that be enough ..??

    Kindly clear my queries .
    Thank You.

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Follow CLATGyan, read newspapers. Solve loads of sample papers.

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  127. Jeet said on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 0:28

    Salutations.
    CLAT 2013 will be my second attempt and I intend to clear it this time.
    Maths pesters me a lot. As I started preparing for the 2012 exam a month before,I didn’t really cared about maths. Now I’m rather worried. How much time I should give for maths?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Practice everyday, I’d suggest, an hour maybe.

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  128. Anand said on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 12:20

    can u plz tell us some must learn legal maxims, which has really high probablity appearing in CLAT 2013 .

    PLEASE

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Legal maxims.
    Hmm. There are certain basic ones that you’d find while preparing for torts or contracts. Like Res Ipsa Loquitor, or Caveat Emptor.
    I think LST has a list of those in its material. Try and check?

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  129. ashish kumar said on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 0:15

    hiiiii padmini!

    plz tell me some strategy for nlu delhi paper ,specially for legal knowledge and tell me how i can improve my vocabularey and what is importance of reading newspaper how it can help in our prepration and plz tell me also how deal with such questions like 4 friend sitting in a row they like different coloure red green blue and white ,they have different car……give me some trick and tips regarding these type of question as i always face diffculty while solving these question……….thanku

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    Padmini Reply:

    Never wrote NLU-D, I’m afraid. CLAT was the only thing I attempted.
    Those particular questions you’re talking about:
    1. Create columns
    2. SEparate out the bits of information. The numbers, the colours, etc.
    3. Then try and see what the question is looking for.
    Write it down and take your time.

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  130. Sarbojit Roy said on Friday, November 2, 2012, 2:20

    Hello Padmini,

    I am a student studying software engineering (1st year) in one of the top 15 engineering colleges in the country. It’s something which I never really wanted to do but somehow family pressure and my own desire to have an easy way out in life prompted me to take this up. Even though I never really liked science, I still stuck to it because of the fact that I used to get the marks. Weirdly I didn’t even have computers in class 11 and 12. Yet I took software, thinking that it was the thing tailor made for me. 4 months in, I really am not able to adjust to the course and the fact that my career and in the process, my life will be connected to this field all through. So the point really had come for me to take a decision and do something else. Law right now somehow is looking to be that thing which I want to do. The reason being that my GK was always a strong point in my life ( won quite a few inter-school quizzes in the past) and also because of the fact that I really like debating. Ambition is to become someone relevant in society. Now my family thinks, I will have the same problem again because law too happens to be a subject which I haven’t ever studied and haven’t been exposed to. Do you think preparing for law would be a good idea for someone like me? Is there any way in whch I will be able to find out whether law suits me or not? Haven’t started yet. Also I will be losing a year which would be highly painful. The CLAT is next may. So I have around 7 months. Is that enough time to prepare?

    Thank you so much!

    Reply

    Sarbojit Roy Reply:

    Bit too big a message ( probably the largest yet posted in this forum) ,  but it happens to be to be for the CLAT topper! So I couldn’t resist.

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    Avisha Khatri Reply:

    How do you make a like icon on this site?
    Same story for me. Just that I didn’t go to any engg. college and decided upon what I wanted in time. There is nothing like wasting, if you believe in what you want, its just investing.
    Apologies to reply, but it was SO tempting! Good-luck with whatever you decide to do Sarbojit. :)

    -Another kid like you.

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    Avisha Reply:

    There is nothing like wasting, if you want something and believe in it, there is just investing.
    Couldn’t resist writing this… :)
    All the best with whatever you plan Sarbojit.

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    Avisha Reply:

    I have a pretty similar story.

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    Padmini Reply:

    okay, first, there is no way I know of which will tell you whether law is the perfect career for you. I have been here for two years and I still can’t answer for myself!
    No one is exposed to law before law school so your parents should not stress out about that. 
    Debating and G.K. being your strong points is commendable, but law school isn’t exactly that way. You need to have a lot of patience in this place more than anything else. 
    7 months is more than enough time. So figure it out and get going.
    Goood luck

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  131. Subham Sibasish said on Friday, November 2, 2012, 16:11

    Hey Padmini Di,  
                                       The article was simply awesome :) btw, i am now in class XI and have started following CG recently..so can u please tell me which book u had followed for speed reading ?? and how much time did it take to master the art of speed reading ??  and what do u think the required reading speed should be for scoring well in clat ?? thanks a lot for helping clat aspirants like us :) 

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    I didn’t learn speed reading from a book. I just read fast, because I’ve been reading since a very young age. 
    I suggest read a lot of things and time yourself.

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  132. ashish kumar said on Friday, November 2, 2012, 23:25

    hiiiii padmini!

    plz tell me some strategy for nlu delhi paper ,specially for legal knowledge and tell me how i can improve my vocabularey and what is importance of reading newspaper how it can help in our prepration and plz tell me also how deal with such questions like 4 friend sitting in a row they like different coloure red green blue and white ,they have different car……give me some trick and tips regarding these type of question as i always face diffculty while solving these question……….thanku

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  133. madhav anand said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 11:29

    hey Di.
                I am studying in class 12th right now and pre boards are just on head. will you suggest me how to prepare for CLAT  in last 2 months?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Almost every third person in my college has prepared in the last 2 months. Not a big deal. Just keep practising and solving as many papers as you can and really WORK on learning the G.K. bits.

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  134. madhav anand said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 11:36

    Di ,also suggest whether we should focus more on current affairs or on static g.k .

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No clue. Depends on which university is setting your CLAT

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  135. Akanksha said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 13:10

    Thanks a lot padmini…u took away weights from my stressed out part..Well, I am going to appear for clat in 2014.Can you please tell me How do I manage my time?I am in11th and I’ve opted commerce so that science doesn’t trouble me and i prepare for clat being relatively less tensed about the physics and chemistry cumbersome numericals.But when i practice questions of legal reasoning or comprehension, most of the time i score just 50% and that depresses me.Please tell me what to do?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Relax already. You’re starting waaaay early and perhaps at this stage what you first need to figure out is whether you want to do law at all in the first place.
    If so, then read papers, and keep practising samples. It’s ok. My first ever mock test, I scored some 100/200 and my rank in it was some 500 or something. Relax!

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  136. jyoti said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 13:17

    Hi Padmini,

    Can u please clear on the non verbal analogy tedious questions. which follows different patterns and hard to solve out in a short while.

    Please give some tric to solve it lesser time.

    Thanks

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Give a sample here, I’ll try and see how to solve it

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  137. Alina said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 18:55

    I have started my preparations from this year’s october and 6 months are left for Clat.I am working hard.Do u think I can do well or I have started my preparations late????

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    No October is fine. Relax! It’s not the time, it’s the quality that counts.

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  138. ashish kumar said on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 20:12

    ashish kumar said on Friday, November 2, 2012, 23:25

    hiiiii padmini!

    plz tell me some strategy for nlu delhi paper ,specially for legal knowledge and tell me how i can improve my vocabularey and what is importance of reading newspaper how it can help in our prepration and plz tell me also how deal with such questions like 4 friend sitting in a row they like different coloure red green blue and white ,they have different car……give me some trick and tips regarding these type of question as i always face diffculty while solving these question……….thanku

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    Padmini Reply:

    I never gave NLU delhi. You had better get in touch with Ashwij Ramaiah. :P

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  139. RICHA said on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 16:33

    thank you for this very interesting post!
    i will be giving CLAT 13 and i am very tensed since i have barely started. also i am not very confident about GK…but the tips are useful if i can really put into use….
    how do i manage between my boards and CLAT? i am weak in GK and maths. also my reading is not very fast….please reply, i need help!

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    i think I’ve answered all that earlier but ok.
    1. Read the compendiums that this wonderful site has. I did, and it helped.!
    2. Study for boards for now I’d say, but keep reading the papers.
    3. Maths, set aside around an hour everyday and practice practice practice
    4. Reading, well. Practice. TIme yourself.

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  140. Vaibhav said on Sunday, November 25, 2012, 8:44

    hi Padmini, great article i hope I can top the CLAT  like you did  I have a few  questions
     
    1.How do you suggest I should study for logical reasoning and legal reasoning(as in which books to refer)
    2.i tend to bomb exams like these, any ideas on time management, both before and during the exam
    3.Are ICSE books enough for the maths section?
    4.apart from pratiogita darpan and TOI, should I refer to some other magazines/newspapers.
    5. could you please give your study patterns and methods.
    thank you

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    Padmini Reply:

    Scroll up! I’ve answered all of this. :)
    Good luck ahead.

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  141. lawyered said on Monday, November 26, 2012, 22:48

    Hey. I’m currently in 11th. I have decided to take it easy this year but I want to inculcate in myself the habit of reading newspapers. My biggest problem is that I’m more than lazy and newspapers seem super boring. So i just wanted to know if you started reading newspapers after you decided to go for CLAT or you were a regular reader.
    I love reading novels, anything i can get my hands on from Jane Austen to Sophie Kinsella but as the CL people told me i’m not an active reader i.e i just skip difficult words. So how did you strengthen your vocabulary? Thank you. :)

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    Padmini Reply:

    Just read and relate and discuss the news. the news is an ever changing, mutating alive thing. It’s fun to see how it evolves 
    Vocab, well. Stop skipping the difficult words for one, I’d say. Just keep reading and making intelligent guesses

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  142. veer said on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 13:18

    hii..i’m in 11th currently and i am totally confused about what to do and how much to do for gk and current affairs..?? and is it essential to go through current affairs right from now ??

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    G.K. Yes. Current affairs, not really Just try get into the habit of reading papers.

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  143. Raghuveer said on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 23:56

    Hi, 
         Sarvapratham hum aapse yeh punchenge ki kripa kerke humein yeh bataye ki Rashtriya Vidhi Vishwavidhyalaya, Bangalore mein kaise Pahunche. Aur bataiye aapki Padhai kaisi chal rahi hai??? Aur haan aap humse kab milengi???
    RaGhUvEeR MeEnA

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    Padmini Reply:

    hahahahha. Meena ji, yeh sab aap juris ke class me puchiye!

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  144. Alina said on Friday, November 30, 2012, 23:18

    Hi di!
    I want to ask how did u use to remember the news from newspapers and gk websites apart from magazines??I face lot of difficulty while remembering so many things from newspapers.How will I remember the news from newspapers?? Did u use to read the newspapers or wrote the the points from newspapers and then memorized??Please help!

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  145. Shubhi said on Monday, December 3, 2012, 0:52

    Hi
    I took clat 2012 ,scored 122 and landed in nirma , and left it after a week without any substantial reason. And now that i have to go through the same pain again am just wondering how big a fool i am !
    i really need to know if this was a mistake, not that i can do anything about it and also it i totally out of scope but it’l make me feel better :)

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    If you’re fully dedicated to making it as a lawyer, CLAT is not going to stop you.

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  146. ankit said on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 21:33

    DO THEY ASK SECTIONS OF CONSTITUTION IN THE EXAM?

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    Padmini Reply:

    Not in my year. No clue about your pattern. Usually they restrict themselves to reasoning, but to be on the safe side, know stuff like fundamental rights and emergency.

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  147. uday said on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 22:13

    hii,padmini ! 1st of all congrats for the grand success!! :) i am in 11th now in ravenshaw.. i also have a aim 2 crack clat and make my career in law! but d only problem is that i wasn’t so much concerned about preparing for clat from d beginning of d year!! and i haven’t joined any coaching institutes..and nxt year it will be very difficult 2 cope up both at a tym preparing for clat as well as boards!! so plz suggest some advise,so that i can prepare well for clat one year in hand!! thnx!!

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  148. ankit said on Thursday, December 6, 2012, 23:13

    hi
    i want to know how did you control sleep during late night study?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    By not studying late. :P I just don’t have that gene in me, even now in law school

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  149. ashwij said on Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:23

    @subhi
    i’m no one to butt in..but i could nt resist replying i dunn know why….see if  u  do d same nd be not so sincere in your preparations den u will surely be commiting a BLUNDER..!!
    but u cn make it d otherway by making ur drop out a grand  accomplishment…ponder upon it..its who we make a success or failure…destiny is just a defence of failures..!!
    good luck…:-)

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  150. aryan mehta said on Saturday, December 8, 2012, 23:11

    hey padmini..
    i wud lik to qote ur lines over here…
    “The first thing that must be understood is that there is no perfect formula to cracking any exam. Many people I know slogged the year through, but didn’t make it to any of the law schools, and at the other end of the spectrum, people who only prepared for a month at the most made it. CLAT, like all other competitive examinations, depends to quite an extent on your luck on D-Day. However, this in no way means that it does not require substantial amounts of hard work, and more importantly, smart work.”
    DER DEFINITELY IS A FORMULA TO CRACK AN EXAM IRONICALLY DER IS A FORMULA TO TOP ANY EXAM….d people whom u know slogged through years were definitely nt sincere in their efforts….!!
    nd nothin depends on d “D day” it depends how we perceive things….if ur efforts r sincere nd u have moulded ur efforts rather smartly nd intelligently…Believe me guys U CN TOP ANY EXAM…clat is just an epitome of it….WE MAKE OUR OWN DESTINY REMEMBER DIS WORK TO UR BEST…SUCCESS WILL KISS UR FEETS..!!
    GULLUCK!!

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    Padmini Reply:

    Er. Ok.

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  151. hitha m said on Friday, December 14, 2012, 16:34

    hey!!!…am litreally in shock after seeing ur marks in clat exams..i hav enrolled in lst span and getting around 100-105,but i badly want to get into clat ..and am preety bad in my english section especially the dictionary maening ones ..its very tough for me ,how do i go about cracking it n could you tell me how did u prepare for these questions….??

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    Padmini Reply:

    I had a reading habit. The more you read, the easier it gets with words I’ve realised.
    Try and make those words part of daily use? That way the meanings stay intact.

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  152. monty shekhawat said on Friday, December 21, 2012, 18:31

    Hi, padmini i’m b.com 2year student  and i’m fight ca exa.next year so plz  You good advice for good scorring for in the ca exam = me number- +919887183829. 
      thankyou .

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  153. saad said on Saturday, December 22, 2012, 22:17

    hey padmini,im in 11th now…i took the science stream..but my main aim is to crack clat..
    the problem is that i do not understand how to crack the gk section of clat…can u pls help me out?!?!?!?!?

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    a.p.s.chauhan Reply:

    hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
    me abhi 12th ke exam ki tayari kar raha hu mene clat ki is saal self study ki he lekin me last 3 month se 12 me laga hu ab mere pass keval 1 month he to kya me usme acchi tayari karke select ho sakta hu. mujhe preparation ki kuch tips do plz…….

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  154. Devi Mohan said on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 9:07

    Padmini di,
    What was the order of preference that you gave for Clat Universities?Please suggest…
    Thank you.

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    Padmini Reply:

    I gave NLS, NALSAR, NUJS.
    Convenience of location made me choose Bangalore first. That, and the fact that it was reputedly the ‘best’ etc.

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  155. Padmini said on Thursday, January 17, 2013, 19:43

    Law School, NALSAR, NUJS. 
    Convenience reasons mainly. :)

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  156. Devi Mohan said on Friday, January 25, 2013, 12:20

    Padmini di,
    How to prepare for General Mental Ability?

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  157. Siddhant said on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 10:18

    Hello. I started reading the newspapers since april but from december , I had a half yearly exam and two pre boards and since I am from the science stream, I couldn’t read the newspapers. Could you please tell me how to make up for it???

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  158. ASHUTOSH PANDEY said on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 17:55

    Hi padmihi please tell how to prepare the vocab section coz every1 tells Norman Lewis and i don’t think .ki usse clat me substantially aata hai , and which sources of gk did u refer to prepare for CLAT

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    Padmini Reply:

    Er, forgive me, but what’s Norman Lewis?
    I just used to read a lot. Try and go through Hindu editorials, half the world’s complex vocab is utilised there in itself.

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  159. Amit Bhardwaj said on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 18:42

    i started my preprations now, can i do it to the NLU , as i hv to go for both static GK n current affairs can u drop some more light on the prepration of this topic pls…and how to opt section bcz u know its 120 mins only and 200 questions , lengthy ones too pls suggest.

    n NLU Delhi contains question of legal section how to handle,suggest.

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    Padmini Reply:

    G.K. just needs time and slogging. Sit with compendiums and slog through, you’ll be fine.
    NLU-Delhi? No clue. Never wrote it, like I keep saying.

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  160. Rhythm said on Saturday, February 2, 2013, 14:52

    Hello mam
    I am studying in class 11th my real ambition is to become a lawyer nd for that m trying i want yor suggestion that how can i prepare for the GK section
    Please revert me back soon

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Start with the newspapers right from the beginning of 12th. We didn’t have static in my year, but I’ve been told that Yearbooks are a good option

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  161. rahul sibbal said on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 1:03

    hello padmani i would like you to answer the following

    1)exactly how many months per the clat exam DID YOU START PREPARING??
    2)APART from the material u mentioned should i also refer to tata mcgrew and lexis- nexis
    3)im currently a fyjc student IN THE nm college and would like to know that if started clat preparation from today would i be behind of my competitors of the 2014 clat exam or not??
    4) from ur experience which course of LST is best crash course correspondence or LST PLUS
    5)did u start studying for clat from 11th or 12th

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    rahul sibbal Reply:

    i meant how many months before and (not per )the clat exam did u start studying

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    Padmini Reply:

    1. started in July 2010
    2. I have no clue. I didn’t myself. Solve it if you think it’s useful.
    3. Lots of people drop a year in college, it’s only as big a deal as you make of it.
    4. I did the one year LST course, that helps
    5. 12th.

    Hope it helps, and my spelling is Padmini not Padmani! :P

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  162. niharaka tripathi said on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 13:26

    i have taken admission for graduation to save my year but due to assignments test and semester exam i got distracted from preparation n nw m getting tensed about my preparation plz plz guide me as ths in the last chance for me

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Relax. Prioritise. Manage your time well. Decide what you want to focus on more, and then go for it!

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  163. harsh gupta said on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 22:15

    i m in confusion about what is important and and what is not in static g.k…..and suggest me about…that how to increase…my speed in doing….questions on logical reasoning……please..help me….

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    With static one can never actually be sure. Just prepare what you have in your hand well.
    Speed? Practice. Practice. And then practice some more.

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  164. Vignesh Raj said on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 22:11

    dear padmini mam,
    i have read and made notes of the the hindu from august onwards. also i have the read and made notes of the PD’s from april onwards( june PD onwards as Pd issue covers events that happened 2 months ago).

    i am studying in a law college right now, so still doing the newspaper is a pain as i need to finish eng and logic. should i continue reading and making notes of the hindu. i plan on doing a monthly magazine of feb, march and april. will that be okay as the paper and notes take too much time and with static coming, thats the only thing i dont have.

    PS when did u stop reading the paper and making notes.

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    Padmini Reply:

    Not Ma’am! Please.

    Okay, for G.K., the compendiums are pretty good if making notes is being a pain. Just read them well. Kudos CLATGyan for those!

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  165. rahul said on Thursday, February 7, 2013, 22:55

    can u please answer my question

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  166. akash ghosh said on Saturday, February 16, 2013, 11:20

    hi padmini,
    how did you approach comprehension because reading a standard passage is taking up a lot of my time and when i am attempting the questions i am unable to retain everything hence i need to refer back to the passage again,this eats up my time.any suggestions?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Read the questions first and then go back to the passage. Focus on finding the answer. Saves time.

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    Sahil Kejriwal Reply:

    But my english teacher at Career Launcher, Ghy is very much averse to the idea of reading questions first. What should I do!

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  167. sunanda kulshrestha said on Thursday, February 21, 2013, 20:54

    padmini mam….

    pls suggest sumthing so dat v can save our over utilised times in understanding a good and standard passage in english section….

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  168. Padmini said on Sunday, March 3, 2013, 20:55

    Read comment above!

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  169. rahul said on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 16:01

    best book for legal aptitude???
    should i learn legal terms and maxims like amicus curiae

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  170. Siddhant Khetawat said on Friday, March 8, 2013, 10:42

    Hello. I am from Nagaon, Assam. Could you please tell me whether lst ghy is good for the 1 month crash course or should i look for some other lst centre? My board exams end on 22nd and i have to make a quick decision. Thnx for helping!

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Hey,
    Guwahati is the best you’ll get. Personally, not that great, but the material is good. Perhaps it’s improved now, but I have no clue.

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  171. Darshan said on Monday, March 11, 2013, 15:11

    Hey, I just wanted to know, if I take PEBA in pre uni, am I still eligible to take the exam? I know that CLAT has 20 marks for Math, but is it enough if I just go to a coaching center?

    Reply

    Padmini Reply:

    Yeah, I think so. Contact the conducting university for these kinda details?
    It’s enough, and more. Study a lot more on your own, I’d recommend.

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  172. Rahulsibbal said on Friday, April 5, 2013, 0:09

    Hey padmini I got a doubt in logical reasoning I hope u can answer it
    It’s like this -there are several methods to solve logical reasoning one is the AEIO AND THE other one is through laws of proposition
    In case. Of RS agarwals logical reasoning book it is
    Given that if the two premises are particular (that is usage of quantified some)
    Then conclusion cannot follow .this is a law .
    But today I was solving a logical reasoning question which was like this
    “some wagons are cars and some cars are cabs”
    The given conclusions were some wagons are cabs and some cabs are wagons
    The answer was that both follows but I don’t know how as according to Rs agarwal if both premises are particular then conclusion cannot follow.help confused

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    Padmini Reply:

    Use venn diagrams. At once. It’ll become easy.
    The theory of these things can be tricky.

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    Padmini Reply:

    Also keep in mind that these books print wrong answers sometimes.

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  173. harsh said on Saturday, April 13, 2013, 23:43

    I specially want to know about…that wt u did in the last month before the CLAT…..and gimme some tips on how to solve legal reasoning which is based on analytical skill…like wt we can say about the question which is based on 2 principles……help me….and definitely..i m not promisin’ u…i m doin’ commitment right now….that i ‘ll be in nlsiu this year….this my bet…have fun:-)…..i m making my night hell for nlsiu…right now….

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  174. Rahulsibbal said on Sunday, April 14, 2013, 2:48

    Ok thanks but can u please solve and tell me. The answer of the above question

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  175. Riya said on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 14:22

    Hi pad mini. I don’t think you recognise me. I met you a couple of times in ghy. I’ll be appearing for clat this year and since I had given my boards this year I didn’t devote much time for my preparation for clat. Ie been preparing for one month. What I wanted to ask you was:
    1. I am extremely scared for the current affairs section. I’m doing a bit of lexis nexis, manorama, and gk compendiums and I had taken a mock test yesterday for the first time I didn’t score well at all. I’m very scared and I don’t even have much time left.

    2. I’ve focused a lot on legal reasoning than legal aptitude. and I forget the important articles of the constitution. I’m getting panic attacks now. I really need your advice. Thank you.

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  176. Riya said on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 14:23

    My iPad auto dictionary messed up your spelling. Sorry for that.

    Padmini

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  177. Sahil Kejriwal said on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 17:38

    Nice article. My boards got over just on the 12th of April and now it seems there is little time and energy left in me to devote to clat. Also, the whole year, maximum efforts went to the boards. What should I do? Please suggest. And also did u take a year off or topped clat the same year you gave your boards?

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    Sahil Kejriwal Reply:

    Also, I am totally lost on how to go about legal aptitude? Legal reasoning seems tackle-able.

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  178. varna said on Saturday, May 4, 2013, 6:28

    padmini di , i want ti appear for clat 2015.so, do you think it is necessary for me to prepare for gk now itself? or is it enough if i start seriously preparing for gk from march 2014 to may 2015? pls reply…

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    kanishk Reply:

    Waiting for the answer :)

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    Pranav Mehta Reply:

    Varna,
    What i feel is its too early to start the prep for G.K itself today!
    Chill out kiddo… Its gonna be pounding hard in 12th…Relax a little… If you feel and can put time for studying CLAT, prepare static G.K. now, like history or geography… that would be of immense help as there is no end to G.K.!

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  179. simran said on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 12:05

    Hi padmini,
    Well I m gonna give clat 2014. I at the first instance am unable 2 write wat I wanna ask u ..bt I feel there is a chaos out here…..evryday b4 I sleep I promise myself that frm the next day I m gonna give it a fresh start …bt I am unable 2 do so…. I took a mock 2 days ago and got a 134. I jst feel pathetic at tyms….so could u plss help me out ????

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    Padmini Reply:

    My dear, you have a LOT of time. So stop panicking!
    Just take time out, and you’ll be fine. My first mock, I got 119 or something. Why so worried? You’ll do good. You need a positive attitude more than any help academically. It’ll all fall into place. Hang in there.

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  180. kshitij said on Friday, July 5, 2013, 0:34

    hi,
    i need your advice on:

    1.how to prepare english for clat and which books to refer?
    2. how to prepare static g.k and which books to refer to?

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    Padmini Reply:

    Look above! Have answered all this, two years ago!

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  181. kartikey said on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 21:01

    which book I should prefer for gk section for clat plz help topper

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  182. Tara said on Saturday, September 28, 2013, 13:25

    Hey!does joining a coaching centres really help?I am sceptical about joining one,but I dont want to leave any stone unturned for my preparation for CLAT 2014.

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    Padmini Baruah Reply:

    Hmmm. In terms of access to material, yes. Apart from that, honestly? Not really that much

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  183. Niharika .s said on Sunday, November 3, 2013, 13:56

    i;m so confused already! how am i supposed to give my time to both boards and CLAT?? I feel like i won’t be able to prepare properly in the last 2 months if i concentrate on boards right now :'(

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    Padmini Baruah Reply:

    Really, focus on Boards for now. Just make sure you’re reading the newspapers everyday. That’s going to help for sure.

    Chill. Lots of time after boards.

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  184. Anuraag Mathias said on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 15:32

    An inspiring read. I will appear in May 2014, and I think I can make it along-with doing good in my Boards.
    However, I guess one just can’t ever be completely prepared for such an exam. I sure hope to see you Bangalore, if, or when, I get there. :)

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  185. siddhant said on Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:15

    well….
    its my promise to u that we ll meet someday :)

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  186. Saubhagya said on Friday, March 28, 2014, 18:54

    I am currently in a law school in Bangalore (which is not a NLU) but the experience here is not that great… I want to get into GNLU for various reasons…. and I have applied for CLAT …But i have just made up my mind for this examination and i haven’t prepared anything…..I don’t know from where to start ??? Do suggest me from where to start and how I can make it up to GNLU

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  187. VIVEK said on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 20:41

    hi padmini . . can u pls tell me frm wen did u started the preparation for CLAT !?! 

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  188. Ali said on Sunday, May 4, 2014, 15:27

    Rigktnow i am pursuing Bsc.. i have just written my 1st year paper….I haven’t filled the form this year due to some reason ..
    so should i fill it next year..?? or should i focus on bsc only…??
    please rply….

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  189. dhruv agrawal said on Sunday, September 28, 2014, 11:36

    how can i make a right schedule for crack clat 2015 and take rank under 100

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  190. Srikari said on Saturday, December 6, 2014, 23:21

    I would like to ask you the sequence in which you used to attempt your papers? DO you suggest legal in the beginning or at the end?

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