- Tell us about yourself.
At the onset, I would like to congratulate everyone who scored top ranks in this year’s CLAT PG examination and pass on my wishes to those who weren’t able to clear the examination. As far as introductions go, I am Manvendra Singh Jadon, a law graduate of the 2019 batch with specialization in IPR and Business Laws from National Law University, Assam. Law as a career was never my calling and it happened to me only by a chance during my journey through unsuccessful attempts at clearing IIT-JEE in Kota. So failures were always there, but it all boils down to nothing once we take the last shot with both hands and give our best. I did the same and the last five years in law school was all about that fighting spirit.
- Share your views on this Year’s CLAT PG Paper.
The pattern of the CLAT PG examination has always been dynamic in nature and this year’s examination is no exception. With the last year’s debacle and the subsequent formation of the CLAT Consortium in 2018, the nature of the paper was expected to be much more organized, systemized and relevant and it didn’t failed to deliver.
Similar to the past four years, the total weightage of the paper was 150 Marks with 100 Marks Objective containing Constitutional Law (40Marks), Jurisprudence alongwith Other subjects (60 Marks) and lastly 50 Marks Subjective.
Coming back to the 2019 Paper, it can be deduced that the Paper was partially on expected lines.
- The Constitutional Law section can be rated Very Easy to Easy with a few tricky questions of Legal GK up the belt, which I found to be completely unwarranted.
- The Other Laws section consisting of Jurisprudence, Torts Law, Contract Law etc. also sprung up a surprise with a heavy chunk of IPR and International Law questions. I sailed through it, given my specialization subjects in UG and course curriculum. It was overall a Moderate section.
- Finally, I found the Subjective Part to be pretty easy, given the hype that was created around it. It contained generic questions pertaining to relevant contemporary issues such as the General Elections and Generic Drugs.
In toto, the paper can be rated as Easy to Moderate in my opinion.
- What is your strategy for the exam?
My advice to all the aspirants is that they must peruse through the past year papers in order to get a fair idea of the important topics which are repeated year by year. This past year paper analysis would also be helpful to the aspirants in creating an action plan through which priority based study can be done. On a personal basis, I followed a simple traditional strategy of preparing a time table and dividing subjects according to the expected marks breakup. The MCQ’s are the most important aspect of the prep, hence my suggestion to the aspirants is that they must solve as much as MCQ’s they can after getting through each subjects and revising them. Don’t worry if you offshoot the time table. There will always be time to catch up. But be head bent over what you want to achieve.
- According to you, when is the perfect time for a final year student to start the preparation for CLAT PG?
I was a late bloomer given that I started the preparation only in the month of January. Though ideally, the best way to get the top ranks and secure a call up for PSU is to plan at least six months before the examination. As a late bloomer, my advice to the aspirants is to prepare their best in the winter holidays after the IXth semester as you will get ample amount of time to study all the subjects’ at least at once and therefore one will face less number of hassles in the final semester
- How did you prepare for Constitution?
Constitution has always been the most scoring subject in the CLAT PG examination. This year paper is a credible evidence for the same. As a UG student, I never liked Constitution but if one treats Constitution not as a law subject but as a non-fiction novel, it can be easily understood and memorized. Getting through Bare Act in and out, is of course a must but one can sail through the nitties and gritties of the Constitution by reading books penned by authors such as A.G Noorani, Marc Galanter, Granville Austin, O. Chinappa Reddy and even Granville Austin. For this, the aspirant must give himself/herself time. If time available is short, one can avoid or skip such descriptive study.
As stated above, the Bare Act is the starting and end point of study to secure the maximum number of marks. In excess to the Bare Act, one can refer to books by V.N. Shukla or J.N. Pandey to get a sound knowledge about the landmark case laws as they are being asked in the paper on a regular basis. Finally for the latest case laws, amendments and contemporary issues, one can follow blogs such as Live Law and Leaflet etc.
- How have you dealt with the Subjective Part? How did Subjective answer guide videos offered by Jurisedge help in your Subjective part preparation?
The subjective section was Catch 22 for CLAT PG takers this year. As subjective questions were not being asked for several years in the CLAT PG paper, the students were mostly in dilemma about the nature and pattern of the questions that were to be asked in this section. I was in a flux too but credit goes to Jurisedge without an iota of doubt for preparing me in the best manner possible for this section. Firstly, the videos uploaded on the portal were not only informative but also practical. The videos were quite helpful for me especially in determining the right structure, construction and art of writing the answers to secure maximum marks in this section. Please be cautious to not follow general subjective answer guides available on the internet as the subject area and the concerned competition to which the guide pertains can have different requirements. Hence try to seek aid and advice from experts/faculties in writing appropriate answers or you can always get in touch with Jurisedge for the best guidance.
Furthermore, one must remember that anything can be asked in this section that is of contemporary relevance so one must be updated about all the current issues of importance and relevance.
As the art of writing answers differs from person to person, it is advisable to form one’s own strategy for the same. As for me, I followed the basic strategy of writing a well natured Introduction followed by a Historical Purview of the issue, the Existing Position of the issue, the Recent Changes that might or should have been brought in and lastly concluding with a brief/reflective Conclusion. One is open to develop an answer writing structure of their own but keep up with the basics always.
- How have you prepared for Other Law Subjects?
Historically, the CLAT PG Other Laws section has mostly been vague and uncertain. This year however in a turn of events, Jurisprudence was added to this section and the word etc. was not used in stating the syllabus for this section. This move paid huge dividends for me and others alike with the assurance that a fixed set of laws would only be asked and Jurisprudence would be marginalized from a separate section of 50 Marks to a cumulative section of 60 Marks alongwith other subjects.
There is no hard and fast rule for this section. One can follow the strategy given below for this section.
- Jurisprudence: Lexis Nexis Quick Reference Guide or N.V. Paranjape.
- Contract Law: A.K. Jain LLM Guide + Bare Act (Section 1-75 should be the main focus)
- Tort Law: Universal Short Introduction on Tort Law or A.K. Jain LLM Guide
- International Law: S.K. Kapoor (Nutshell Edition) + Jurisedge Material
- IPR: Bare Acts (Only Important Provisions) + Solving MCQ’s + Jurisedge Material
- Is the information provided by Jurisedge Portal & YouTube Channel helpful for LLM exam aspirants?
Revision on a regular basis is the key to maximize the marks in the CLAT PG examination and the Jurisedge Portal is one of the best place to accentuate those efforts. The subject material offered on the portal was crisp, systemized and to the point. Moreover, the Mocks and Subject Tests were evenly categorized and organized alongwith the scores of the other test takers, which gave me an overall outlook of my position among other aspirants. Jurisedge was also pivotal in my prep for Latest Case Laws as the portal contain monthly summaries of recent judgments of importance in a chronological order.
On the other hand, the YouTube Channel helped me in keeping myself updated with latest notifications and important news associated with CLAT PG and other LLM examinations. This is a must follow channel for any aspirant as Jurisedge provides up to date news, pattern, syllabus, preparation guides and revision modules for various LLM examinations including CLAT PG.
- How has All India LLM course offered by Jurisedge helped in your CLAT PG 2019 preparation? Would you recommend Jurisedge to CLAT PG 2020 aspirants?
The All India LLM Course offered by Jurisedge was one stop solution for all my CLAT PG worries. It helped me in revision especially for Jurisprudence and Other Laws subjects as they form a major bone of contention in the run up to the exam. With the subjective guide, personal review, preparation guidance and regular 24×7 assistance from Jurisedge in excess to the subject materials, I was able to secure almost 34 Marks in my subjective section. When I started my preparation, I never thought that I would secure a decent position (Let alone a Top 100 rank), given the fact that I started late but a cool/calm approach, systematic study and Jurisedge support definitely helped me to achieve the best. Therefore, I would love to recommend Jurisedge to CLAT PG 2020 aspirants and wish the best to the candidates preparing for the exam. I hope that you all have a great day ahead.