CLAT 2016 Topper Interview: ‘Go for authentic information source and stay updated’ says Kashish Makkar, AIR 4
Updated on May 23, 2016 - 7:40 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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after 12 can i get admission in PU or there is any exam like CLAT for admission

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Punjab university conducts its own entrance examination for admission in law courses. That is for BA LLB or BCOM LLB. One will have to apply for application of the college and will have to appear for the entrance examination conducted by Punjab university for admission.
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Hello Aspirant,

No there is no notification came out regarding to submit EWS certificate with the CLAT 2020 form. I suggest you to go the link before filling the form.


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No, IPU or GGSIPU conducts its own exam for entrance in its various courses.

The exam for law courses to get admission in IP university is IPU CET Law.

The Last date of Application submission for the exam is 1st week of May 2020 .

The Date of exam  and Result date would be 3rd  week of May 2020  and 4th week of May 2020  respectively.

The application fees is 1000 Rs for all category students. The exam is of 600 marks and has 150 questions in total to attempt in 150 minutes.

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I am 28 now. Can i get admission in basis of CLAT ot LSAT Score

Sourandhi Saha Student Expert 23rd Jan, 2020
There is no age limit for appearing in CLAT 2020 for UG program as well as in CLAT PG exam. So if you are able to fetch decent score, then you can get admission on the basis of that score. There is also no upper age limit for appearing in LSAT India Examination. But you can check the age limit specified by individual colleges wherein you want to seek admission.
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