- Tell us about yourself.
I’m Kanchan Yadav, AIR 86, CLAT PG 2018, a graduate from South Calcutta Law College, affiliated under Calcutta University. I am working as an academic writer at various online platforms. In spite of my non-Bengali lineage, I’ve been born and brought up in Kolkata and am forever in love with the city and the language. I’m a voracious reader and never think that I have enough books (even though I’m running out of space).
A procrastinator and a perfectionist, I give myself panic attacks pretty often.
- Share your views on this Year’s CLAT LLM Paper.
This year’s paper took me, like many other students, extremely off guard. It was significantly different than the previous years’ papers.
For me, I found the Jurisprudence section to be quite easy. However, the Constitution section was off-beat as most questions were asked from recent cases and there were rarely any article or concept based questions.
In any case, the hardest part was the Other Law Subjects section. This year’s syllabus mentioned ‘Public International Law, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Law of Torts, IPR, etc.’ to be within the syllabus. Usually most, if not all, questions are provided from the mentioned law subjects. But this year, most of the questions were asked from the ‘etc.’ portion, particularly from Family Law, Company Law, and Transfer of Property Act.
So, overall, the difficulty level of the paper was quite high.
- What is your strategy For the Exam?
For Constitution and Other Law Subjects, I did not rely much on bare acts or textbooks. Instead, I concentrated on solving as many MCQs as there could possibly be. I bought four LLM guide books and MCQ books for different subjects separately and kept repeating them.
I had some knowledge of Jurisprudence from my CLAT preparation back in 2017. I appeared for the exam just as a practice; I knew that even if I got a good rank, my graduation wouldn’t be complete in time for the counselling process. The Jurisprudence section is mostly quotes based, so I created a word file with all the quotes I could find and later converted them into flashcards on an app. The flashcard based technique really helped me in Jurisprudence. For this year, I just brushed up those flashcards.
When there was one month left before the exam, I started doing mock tests on top of my usual study schedule. I bought mocks from various websites and used to do about 6-7 per day. After each mock was done, I’d put all the questions I got wrong in a word file and revised the file regularly.
- According to you, when is the perfect time for a final year student to start the preparation for CLAT LLM?
This is an incredibly tough question as every student has a separate strategy and capacity. As for myself, I’m a procrastinator at heart. I started preparing about two months before the exam, but during that time, I spent 13-14 hours studying every single day. I also didn’t have any other responsibilities as my graduation was over, and that certainly helped. In general, starting six months before the exam should work.
- Do you think that one month is enough for preparing CLAT LLM?
That completely depends on the candidate’s goals and his or her existing knowledge about the subjects. While it’s possible to get an NLU by one month’s preparation, one would probably not rank within 100.
- Is the information provided by Jurisedge Portal helpful for LLM exam aspirants?
The interview of Kumar Raghuvanshi, one of previous year’s toppers, was very helpful to me indeed. Additionally, I used to keep an eye on the portal for the subject wise tips. I found both the Jurisedge portal and the mocks to be pretty useful.