Viraj Ananth of Bengaluru has topped the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT), results for which were declared on Sunday. He obtained 174.5 marks in his first attempt.
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The examination is held for admissions to under-graduate and post-graduate law degree programmes (LLB and LLM).
“It was a dream come true. I’m just delighted. I was expecting good marks but never thought I would top in CLAT,” said the 18-year-old, who has also set up a startup called Intermind Global with his friends.
The results were to be declared on Monday but candidates received the statement of their marks a day earlier.
“The paper was very easy this time. It was more driven on current affairs and there was less of vocabulary in English paper,” Viraj said.
Viraj is a swimmer and loves to play football to beat stress. His father, Ananth Ramaswamy, is a senior executive in a Canadian company.
Delhi’s Vansh Aggarwal came in second in the exam with 172.75 marks. He is eager to join National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU).
This year, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab conducted the test. A total of 39,495 candidates registered for the undergraduate course and 37,175 appeared in the exam. For the postgraduate law entrance test, 5,580 students registered and 5,042 took the test. In all, 42,217 candidates appeared in the competition.
Harsh Srivastava of Lucknow has secured 26th rank in the exam with 165.25 marks and is confident of getting a seat in the National Law School of India University, Bangalore (NLSIU). This was Harsh’s second attempt. Srivastava, who passed Class 12 from La Martiniere College, had no plans to study BA-LLB. “I always wanted to join the armed forces. But a few days before the NDA exam, I fractured my wrist and could not appear in the exam. There was no point in wasting a year. So I decided to prepare for CLAT. I’m glad that I cracked it this year,” said the 19-year-old.
Harsh is the son of Justice Rakesh Srivastava of Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court.
Another student from Lucknow, Kishlay Dwivedi, has obtained 28th rank and scored 165 marks. A pass out of City International School, Lucknow, Kishlay said that this year’s paper was easier than the past few years.
Gorakhpur’s Anubhati scored 161 marks and secured 62nd rank. “I want to study in Bangalore but I’m keeping my fingers crossed at this point of time,” she said.
Aakash Jain of Madhya Pradesh had topped the examination last year with 141.25 marks.