CLAT 2014 Topper Interview - How Nikita Garg Rank 1 achieved the success
Updated on Jan 17, 2015 - 2:29 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Nikita Garg, who obtained Rank 1 in the Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2014 outsmarted about 30,000 candidates by her performance. CLAT 2014, conducted by Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) is a highly competitive test of national level. Cracking the exam opens the gateway for admission in the National Law Universities (NLUs) in India. How much was the hard work behind this success? To know the mantras of success, Careers360 spoke to Nikita Garg, CLAT 2014 topper. Read the exclusive interview of CLAT 2014 topper Nikita Garg to know more about her success strategy and a glimpse of her interest apart from studies.

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A trained Kathak dancer, for whom dance is not just a hobby but passion and recreation as well, Nikita hails from Noida. A pass out from Delhi Public School (DPS) RK Puram, Delhi, Nikita scored 10 CGPA in her Class X board exams and over 96% in Class XII from Commerce stream. Being the only sister of 2 elder brothers, Nikita dotes on her family and owes her success largely to them. 


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Excerpts from the interview:

Careers360: Congrats on your success at CLAT 2014! Were you expecting it?

Nikita Garg: Thank you! Of course it is not possible to expect in advance that I would top the exam. However, I was sure that I would obtain a high rank as I performed really well in the exam. It’s quite an unbelievable feat for me and the feeling is amazing.

Careers360: What are the factors which attributed to your success?

Nikita Garg: There are a number of factors which played a crucial role for me in my success in CLAT 2014. A rigorous study, family, teachers from coaching institutes and my school are few factors which I can attribute for my success. My elder brothers, both pass outs from IITs have helped me a lot in guiding me about tackling entrance exams in objective and multiple choice question pattern.

Careers360: Did you take any other Law entrance exam?

Nikita Garg: Yes, apart from CLAT, I appeared for AILET and IPU CET Law entrance exams. My score in AILET was 102.

Careers360: How and why did you decide to take up law as a career?

Nikita Garg: Since I am from Commerce background, law seemed to be the most appropriate career path for me.  I decided to take the law entrance exams in Class XI and started preparation from Class XII by joining coaching institute.

Careers360: What was your preparation strategy?

Nikita Garg: I followed a step by step preparation methodology for CLAT. The first step was to join a coaching institute so that I could get proper direction. I started with initial preparation of the sections. I went through all the sections separately by following the study materials offered by my coaching institute followed by solving mock tests and past years’ papers. I did my section wise SWOT (Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat) analysis to decide the section wise approach and focused on making the weak areas stronger and making the comfortable areas better. I took regular mock tests to assess my progress.

Careers360: Which sections were your strengths and which areas gave you a tough time?

Nikita Garg: More or less I was comfortable with the sections. Since I had Mathematics and English in 10+2 level, they were relatively easy to prepare. Reasoning sections were new to me but with practice I found them convenient and easy to solve. GK is one section which you can never be sure of. I managed the section by regular reading of newspaper.

Careers360: Apart from studies, is there any recreational activity you indulge yourself to?

Nikita Garg: I love dance! I am a trained Kathak dancer. I have taken up this dance form since 11 years. Dance is not only a hobby but my passion and recreation as well.

Careers360: Which is your dream law college?

Nikita Garg: My dream institute is National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore. From the very beginning I have been aiming this Law School and it’s really wonderful to feel your dream come true.

Careers360: After completing your Law School, where do you want to see yourself after 5 years?

Nikita Garg: I think it would not be justified to make a career plan prior to getting proper domain knowledge on law which I think I would acquire after 2 years. Still, I would like make a career in the area of Litigation.


Careers360: What is your message to the aspirants who are planning to take CLAT next year?

Nikita Garg: I would like to suggest them not to take much stress related to the exam. It is not a very difficult paper and you can easily crack it if you are determined to do so. Prepare well for the GK section. Take regular mock test and identify your weaknesses and prepare accordingly. All the best!

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Hello Utkarsh,

After clearing CLAT, one can get admission in NLUs and other goverment and good private colleges for pursuing law courses.

CLAT is a exam which conduct by NLU.

There are so many career opportunities available in this field. One may become judge, advocates,work in law firms etc.

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Snehlata Sinha Student Expert 20th Jan, 2020


The sort of readiness that CLAT requests is dynamic and requires smart work with proper analysis. An aggregate of the five areas are shrouded in the different decision question that incorporates Aptitude, English, Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge / Current Affairs, and Elementary Mathematics - Numerical Ability.

Distinctively the CLAT test is directed for two hundred marks so you have to get ready for expanding most extraordinary scorekeeping as a main priority the last objective to get the spot from driving law college.

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GK and Current Affairs: Aspirant should be regularly in touch with the reading of newspapers, recollecting key identities, occasions, and honors is a helpful strategy in planning this segment. This part basically keeps an eye on the competitors learning in the current undertaking. The due importance is given to the current affairs and hence a candidate needs to read, listen, and watch NEWS on daily basis to stay updated with the latest in NEWS. Take up this area in a putting out fires mode. . In any case, prioritise to the most recent months (1st Half of the year).

Legal Aptitude: The applicant ought to likewise have an intensive reading of the constitution and an unmistakable comprehension of the Indian Penal Code. Here, it requires a deep understanding of the different sections used in the court of law.

Here start with the topic: Constitutional Law. Understand the basics and then solve questions.

Next, move on to the topics: Law of Contracts, Law of Torts, List of legal terms and maxims.

Finally come to Criminal Law

Elementary Mathematics: Practise has always been the key in MathYou need to make sure that topics like Ratio and Proportion, Percentages, Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance (Problems on Boats and Streams, Trains), Averages, Problems on Ages, Profit, Loss and Discount should be done. These are easy compared to topics like number system and algebra. So, complete these first.

Logical Reasoning: Logical reasoning test is to discover law hopeful’s capacity to distinguish designs, consistent connections, and amend strange contentions. Topics like Blood Relations, Analogy, Directions and Distance, Logical Sequence, Syllogisms, Odd one out, Statements & Arguments/Statements & Conclusions. These are easy when compared to topics like puzzles.

English: Aspirants need to require the fundamental perception of the language. The knowledge required in this area can be improved easily by a general newspaper, magazines, and books from good writers. The more you read the more you add up to your knowledge bank. Make it a habit to study regularly the different types of the English sources.

Reading comprehension is the key in this section.

Regular practice from online sites can easily help you master it and increase accuracy.

Then do the topics like spot the errors, fill in the blanks with appropriate words, close test.Some general practices

Take frequent mock tests so that you can analyze your performance + it also acts as a learning tool. Wherever you go wrong, make sure you spend some time in analyzing those areas.

Try to identify your areas of strength and weakness. Decide now itself the sequence of sections while attempting the paper.

Time management is also important.

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is there is any need to take maths in class 11 for to preparation of clat on new syllabus?

Yashu Shrivastava 19th Jan, 2020

Hello Shantanu

It is not mandatory to take Mathematics in 11th class to appear for 12th exam.But it will help you a lot if you have Mathematics in your +2.Because in new syllabus there are many topics of Mathematics which is related to 11th and 12th syllabus.

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do clat nlu merits will be based on my board marks or only clat marks

ayush mishra 19th Jan, 2020

Hey Ayushman!

In order for you to appear for the Common Law Admission Test, you would have to clear the eligibility criteria of the exam. One of the points in the eligibility criteria states that a candidate should have passed in 10+2 or an equivalent exam from a recognized board and general category students should have secured 45% in the qualifying exam while for SC and ST candidates, 40% in qualifying exam is necessary.

As long as you clear this and also the other eligibility criteria, it isn't any problem. Clat NLU results or merits are decided only on the basis of your CLAT Scores and your board marks would not have a say in it. However, it is advised to not take boards lightly as poor academic records would surely affect you in the longer run.

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Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

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