Even when the Allahabad high court was hearing a petition on conducting a re-exam for the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) on Monday 28th May, celebrations had begun for many, with the organizing committee declaring the results in the morning. While the North bagged a major share of the pie in the CLAT top 10, it was Ashwij Suresh Ramaiah from Davanagere who stole the limelight in the South.
Anhad Singh Miglani from Chandigarh bagged rank one with 159 marks. The interest in law was inculcated in me from childhood. Im sure Perry Mason and John Grisham have played a role in my career decision! All the features tested in CLAT are of my interest. Even when I was a child, I liked watching news and kept myself updated on current events. So when it was time for a career decision, I thought why not, he said. A student of Vivek High School, he scored 91% in the Commerce stream.
While Anhad’s father is an IAS officer, rank two Pallavi Panigrahis is an IPS officer. Ashwij, a commerce student of Sri Vyshnavi Chetana Science and Commerce College, Davanagere, shared the same marks as Pallavi. Aiming for civil service, Ashwij believes law could be a good foundation. I have the qualities that a law graduate requires, in terms of oratory skills, debating and writing, and I'm interested in political analysis, said this son of a civil engineer.
Pallavi, from Odisha, secured 157 marks in CLAT and 93.4% in Commerce stream in CBSE Class 12 exam. Says Pallavi: I wanted to take up a career for which I had the right aptitude and skills. Throughout my school days, I was good at debating and essay writing. I love reading. All these match the requirements of a career in law. Moreover, it’s an upcoming field and is lucrative, she said. The obvious choice of all toppers was NLSIU, Bangalore. Boys and girls shared the laurels, with equal representation of both genders in the top 50. In the top 10, it was six boys against four girls. Twelve students from Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra scored more than 150.
The Q Paper Hitch:
CLAT 2012 came under a cloud after students alleged that the questions were not from the syllabus. According to them, the CLAT website clearly stated that in the general knowledge section, students would be tested on their knowledge of current affairs (broadly defined as matters featuring in the mainstream media between March 2011 and March 2012). For legal reasoning, candidates will not be tested on any prior knowledge of law or legal concepts. If a technical/legal term is used in the question, that term will be explained in the question itself, it stated. However, at least 15 questions were static GK and 5-8 questions required some knowledge of law, which the pre law students claimed was unfair. CLAT was taken by over 28,000 students across the country and holds the key to the 14 law schools of the country.
The Davanagere young man in the top three in the nationwide law entrance test is more confirmation of the theory that it is in the small towns that the hunger for success is much more. In recent times, this has gained wider currency, with young persons in cricket, films and many other fields proving time and time again that given the right break, they can do as well if not better than their urban counterparts. It is up to the system to encourage and mould this raw talent.
Courtesy: Times of India