CLAT 2016 Topper Interview: ‘Go for authentic information source and stay updated’ says Kashish Makkar, AIR 4
Apratim Chatterjee, 23 May 2016, #CLAT
Applications Open Now
UPES - Integrated LLB Programs

Kashish Makkar has cracked CLAT 2016 with an All India Rank (AIR) 4. Kashish, who is already pursuing his 5-year BA LLB from RGNUL Patiala, now wishes to join his dream law college -NLU Bangalore.  In this interview with Careers360, the 18-year old Rajasthan boy who aspires to be a corporate lawyer attributes his success to his consistent preparation of General Knowledge and Current Affairs sections despite attending to the first year classes in his current law school.

Related Post
CLAT 2019
CLAT Application Form 2019
CLAT Admit Card 2019

Latest: Download Free Sample Paper for CLAT - Download Now

The CLAT Exam topper who loves to read non-fictional novels shares that work culture and life style of the lawyers fascinates him. Read more on different aspects of his preparation journey in this full interview below.

[Click here to know which NLU / law college you will get based on your CLAT 2016 Rank or Call 011-40360360]

CLAT Sample Paper

Download Free Sample Paper for CLAT

Download Now

Careers360: Congratulations! How are you celebrating your success?
Kashish Makkar: Thank you for your wishes. I am on cloud nine! This now takes me closer to my dream law college. I am already pursuing my LLB from NLU- Patiala, but now I am keen to join NLISU Bangalore.

Careers360: What is your score this year as compared to last year CLAT?
Kashish Makkar: This year I almost doubled by CLAT score as compared to last year. I scored 171.5 marks in CLAT 2016. Last year, my score was just 90 and I was ranked AIR 945.

Careers360: What made you to choose law as a career option?
Kashish Makkar: During my 12th Board Exams last year, I was in dilemma whether to opt for a law programmes or Economics (Hons.). I had passed 12th Board Exams with 96 % marks in Commerce. I took admission for Economics (Hons.) at Hindu College, Delhi University. But, the work culture and life style of corporate lawyers still fascinated me. Thus, I decided to quit my graduation and decided to go for a good law college.

Careers360: You are already pursuing BA LLB from an NLU. How did you continue your preparation despite hectic class schedules?
Kashish Makkar: I utilised my internship breaks to continue my preparation for CLAT. I also continued appearing in mock tests and revising basic concepts. Though it was a little tough, but I knew that it is taking me closer to my dream college.

Also, being a RGNUL Patiala student I knew what to study and how to solve the questions. While Legal Aptitude section remains a challenging area for most of the applicants, I had definitely an edge in this section.

Careers360: How mock tests are helpful during preparation?
Kashish Makkar: I took as many as 100 mock tests before appearing for the common law admission test. I would have taken a number of assessment tests, mini tests comprising 10-20 questions on a regular basis.

Taking online mock tests from various resources actually boosts confidence. With each mock test, one can analyse preparation level and know improvement areas. I also learnt from my mock test mistakes and tried not to repeat them.

Careers360: What is your success mantra?
Kashish Makkar: My success mantra was to get complete hold in General Knowledge and Legal Aptitude sections. I concentrated more on GK and Current Affairs sections. I would never leave a day without revising my GK and reading newspapers.

Moreover, I took Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning including Legal Knowledge sections quite seriously. I regularly went through Supreme Court proceedings on national cases, which also helped me a lot. I used to solve previous years’ question papers of Legal Aptitude sections.
I would also like to credit my success to Rajneesh Singh, CLAT mentor (Founder of Do-Zen and CLAT Essentials), who offered me the support, while I was preparing for the common law admission test. It was he, who suggested me to take CLAT and made me believe that I would crack the law exam with good rank.

Careers360: You simultaneously engaged in your classes at NLU and preparations for CLAT. How would you de-stress yourself?

Kashish Makkar: Though I never felt bored or tired, sometimes I would go for walk with my friends inside the university campus.  I also enjoy swimming and it refreshes my body and mind.

Careers360: Would you like to share your hobbies?
Kashish Makkar: I love swimming, playing badminton and volleyball, listening to music and reading non-fictional books. I also like to watch thriller movies.

Careers360: What is your advice to CLAT 2017 aspirants?
Kashish Makkar: I would advise the following to law aspirants who are appearing for CLAT 2017 –

  • Go for authentic information source and keep your-self as much updated as possible
  • Always carry a dictionary when you use a newspaper, as it would help you in enriching your vocabulary.
  • Don’t get distracted while studying; try to avoid things which may break your concentration.
  • Try to follow just one book and solve as many previous years’ paper as you can
  • Regularly analyse your mock tests and try not to repeat mistakes

CLAT is the common law admission test conducted by NLUs. CLAT 2016 was conducted by RGNUL Patiala, on behalf of all 17 NLUs, for a total of 2252 seats. As many as 37,176 candidates took CLAT 2016 out of a total 39,415 registered candidates for the law admission test.

Also Read -
CLAT 2016 Cutoff
CLAT 2016 Counselling


Stay tuned to for more news and feature articles on CLAT Toppers

Applications Open Now

UPES - Integrated LLB Programs
UPES - Integrated LLB Programs
View All Application Forms

More like CLAT

Questions related to CLAT

Showing 6151 out of 6151 Questions

How to prepare for clat 2020? Which books and study material is the best for clat examination? Please suggest me.

Mayank Chowdhary 15th Nov, 2019

Get focused from today itself... Stay honest with yourself I'll say that is Quality matters over Quantity. So know what and how are you studying and follow the schedule and timetable that you make.

For the books I will tell you to go with Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis and a book of English and Grammar by Wren and Martin for English subject. Coming to the next subject which is Logical Reasoning, go for RS AGGARWAL boook. A modern approach to logical reasoning by MK Pandey is also another good book.  For Maths, again go with RS AGGARWAL. And for the Legal Aptitude, go with Pearson and AP Bharadwaj.

For the last subject that is GK and current affairs, read Pearson and Lucent for GK and for current affairs, stay updated by all the ways you can that is by seeing news, reading newspapers, or reading blogs and articles.

To get more preparation tips in detail refer to our website...

And to know about the books needed in detail for the CLAT exam, refer to the link below.

Best wishes. Thank-you.


There is no age limit for CLAT as per the rule..But is there any upper age limit in NLUs ??

Sanjanaleekha 13th Nov, 2019

Hi there,

As per the recent notification for CLAT 2020 there is no upper age limit to appear for CLAT at UG and PG level, although NLU's have there separate eligibility criteria in regard upper age limit like NLSIU has upper age limit of 20 in case of general category for admission in UG programme, so I would suggest you to visit the website of the NLU for which you are aiming and check the eligibility criteria of the same, other necessary details in regard eligibility is given in the link below,


Is the preparation for clat just like preparation course for jee?

Arya 13th Nov, 2019

The Common Law Admission Test is held every year for admissions to the  21 National Law Universities in India and is starkly different from the Joint Entrance Examination, which is an annual exam for admissions to various Engineering, Architecture and Pharmacy colleges of India.

Firstly, CLAT is much easier to crack as compared to JEE as the difficulty level and competition in JEE is much higher.

JEE-Mains consists of 90 MCQ-type questions ( 30 each from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) based on 12th standard syllabus. 4 marks are awarded for a correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for a wrong answer. The exam is out of 360 Marks.

CLAT has 200 MCQ-type questions ( 40 each from English Comprehension and Logical Reasoning, 20 from Elementary Mathematics and 50 each from Legal Aptitude and Current & World Affairs). 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 marks are deducted for every wrong answer. The exam is out of 200 marks.


which books are best for clat preparation

Mayank Chowdhary 11th Nov, 2019

Yes I'll enlist down some of the top books that will help you in the CLAT preparation. For improving your English and Grammar you can go with High School English Grammar by Wren and Martin, you can take help of Word Power made Easy by Norman Lewis as well. For Analytical and Logical reasoning, go with RS AGGARWAL AND MK PANDEY books. For Legal Aptitude, AK Bharadwaj is quite famous. For mathematics, use RS AGGARWAL and for GK and Current affairs, use Pearson GK Today and read newspapers and blogs regularly to keep yourself updated.

Kindly refer to our website to get a detailed information...

Best wishes. Thank you.


i started the clat 2020 preparation yet so when i should start current affairs section ? what in the ideal time to start it?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 10th Nov, 2019


current affair is a section which you need to revise every day. other wise there is chances for forgetting it. so I would suggest you to daily follow any one of the news paper or you may follow bankers adda magazine. every day spend 1 hr for studying. you will surely get success.

The question have been saved in answer later, you can access it from your profile anytime. Access now

Download the Careers360 App on your Android phone

Regular exam updates, QnA, Predictors, College Applications & E-books now on your Mobile

Careers360 App
150M+ Students
24,000+ Colleges
500+ Exams
1500+ E-books