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Rajasthan is fast turning into the national hub for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). The state manged the rare feat of securing the first four positions—Aman Garg (AIR-1), Devansh Kaushik (AIR-2), Anmol Gupta (AIR-3) and Gunjan Jadeja (AIR-4)—in the exam taken by 63,000 students from across the country.

Of the top four, the top three are from Jaipur and the fourth rank holder from Jodhpur. While the state secured five ranks in the top 10, Jaipur managed 20 in the top 100. This is the second consecutive time that a Jaipur boy has bagged the first position. Rajat Maloo of the city secured first in CLAT 2017.

The three toppers studied together in the same batch and shared the same commerce stream and are now set to study together for five years at the National Law University in Bangalore. While their institute remains the same, their career paths are different. Garg aspires to become a politician while Kaushik wants to be a successful judicial officer (judge) and Gupta a successful argumentative Indian (lawyer).

“My parents and teachers encouraged me to take up law as they find my arguments on every topic logical and rational. I thank them for guiding me to a career which suits my aptitude,” said Garg, who feels that the lack of legal knowledge is a threat for democracy.

For Kaushik, it is the second big success in less than a week. He stood first in the separate entrance exam for the National Law University in Delhi last week. He wants to expand the role of judiciary in every aspect of life. “Judiciary is clearing the mess around. They are the real torchbearers who have safeguarded the ethos of our constitution from time to time by sometimes taking Suo Moto cognizance or timely action on the PILs,” said Kaushik.

This year around 63,000 students appeared in the exam for 21,000 seats in 19 national law schools. Over the past five years, students from Jaipur are regularly making their presence in the top 20 ranks in the CLAT exam. “Rising awareness together with specialised coaching facilities have contributed to scripting this success,” said a CLAT expert, adding that the city would emerge as Kota as a coaching centre for national-level exams.

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