Kartikey Sanjeev Bhalotia is 3rd Year Law Student at National Law University Odisha and attempted CS foundation in the year 2018 where he bagged AIR 16. The following interview with Law Informants describes his journey.
1. In Which year of Law school did you start the preparation?
Ans. In my 1st Year (2018)
2. What was your approach from Day 1?
Ans. Being from a commerce background I never worried much about the Foundation examinations. I read whenever I had free time.
3. How did you manage the Law subjects along with this study?
Ans. Like I said, I kept my law subjects on a priority. I even participated in almost all extra-curriculars (moots, debates, research papers etc.). CS was always an additional badge I thought could help me in my professional career.
4. How did you comprehend the course material effectively? Any tips?
Ans. I found the course material to be very explanatory and comprehensive. I usually underlined and highlighted important parts of sentences/paras as and when I read.
5. What were the major challenges that you faced while Preparing?
Ans. There were no challenges as such. Foundation Level examinations are a type of a revisional exercise for the students who come from the commerce background. Having my basics clear and performing well in my 12th really helped me sail through.
6. What part of the preparation did you like the most and why?
Ans. Appearing for mocks. ICSI provides couple of mock tests on their platform. I found that part to be the most interesting. This was mainly because it filled me with the confidence I needed for the examination and also allowed me make a mind frame to be prepared for the type of questions that were to be asked in the real examinations.
7. What is the role of a mentor? Do we need someone?
Ans. I don’t think so. More than a mentor a friend who is also preparing for the exams may help. It gives you a scope to discuss your progress and get insights. Helps to keep the preparations on track.
8. What’s the biggest lesson and take away you would say?
Ans. I would say if you believe and back yourself you can achieve great heights. Well an AIR 16 in a CS Foundation may not be “great height” per se, however, what I mean is backing yourself is the prerequisite for any feat. I had the aim and faith that I could get an AIR in the exams, and finding the name on the list really made me jump.
9. Any three most important tips you would like to give the aspirants?
Ans. Three tips:
1. Prepare throughout, not necessarily everyday/ or in great amount. Never get off touch of the course.
2. Mark/underline/highlight/take notes of whatever you read. It really does not make sense to read the study material more than once.
3. Attempt practice questions/mocks. The question format is not like any subjective paper. This is especially necessary for practical subjects such as accounts.