Patna: Rajat Maloo, topper in Common Law Entrance Test (CLAT) 2017 (for undergraduate programmes in law), has a message for thousands of students who have been disappointed by their Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 Board results, declared recently. And his advice comes from the heart, based on his own experiences. Pranav Tripathi, CLAT (postgraduate programme) topper, too, has lessons for youngsters, thanks to repeated efforts to improve his CLAT performance.
“Don’t feel let down by one result. Have faith in your abilities, reassess your strengths and work accordingly,” says Maloo from Jaipur, who aggregated 154.25 in CLAT.
“Last year, I performed below my own expectations in Class 12 board with just 74.8% marks. I was concerned, and so were my parents. It was then that I decided to work hard for CLAT, which is an entirely different ball game. It is a competition, having little to do with what I did in Plus Two,” he says.
Fond of reading classic novels, Maloo still does not have any fixed career goals, which he feels will gradually evolve in the college. “I thought law would suit me, as I have good oratory and writing skills. It is the right identification of skills that hold the key. I laid a lot of emphasis on general knowledge during the last one year,” he adds.
The support one gets is critical too. Maloo’s parents Santosh and Ramesh “supported me a lot and always said I had the qualities to excel. Perhaps I have got the confidence with this important break and that is what should be a lesson for many others. Opportunities do come in a myriad ways,” he says
Pranav Tripathi, who topped CLAT for postgraduate courses, on the other hand, worked hard to improve his own performance. Though he topped the five-year LL.B from Lucknow University last year with a gold medal, cracked CLAT with rank 27 and joined the postgraduation course at the National Law School, Bangalore, he was not satisfied.
Tripathi took the CLAT again this year. “I wanted to improve my rank as the top 10 get good openings of legal advisor in top public sector undertakings like ONGC, NTPC etc. I will complete my LLM this year and the top rank will help,” he said during a phone call from Bangalore.
Son of Vibha and Narendra Tripathi, a retired bank employee settled in Kanpur (UP), Tripathi said that he had been the top performer at NLU too. “I will complete my course this year. What is important is to keep raising one’s benchmark. I think as a legal advisor I will be able to significantly contribute to the company as well as the society, which is facing a lot of labour-related issues,” he said.