CLAT 2014 Topper Interview - How Nikita Garg Rank 1 achieved the success
Apratim Chatterjee, 17 Jan 2015, #CLAT
Applications Open Now
UPES - Integrated LLB Programs

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.

Click here to Enroll All India Law target Pack 2015 for All India Law Entrances Preparation, Counselling and College selection.


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. 


To know which colleges you can get according to your CLAT 2014 marks - Click here

To know Top Law Colleges in India - Click here

Click here to read more on what GNLU clarified on CLAT 2014 result issue.


For any queries and doubts, call CLAT 2014 Counselling Helpline @ 011-40360360

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!

Also Read:



Stay tuned to for more CLAT 2014 topper interviews.

Applications Open Now

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

More like CLAT

Questions related to CLAT

Showing 6163 out of 6163 Questions

Is CLAT entrance exam is sufficient to get seat in LLB banglore university?

Alok Mishra 19th Nov, 2019


If your query is related with doing 5-year BALLB program being offered at University Law College (ULC) I must say no. Because it has its own admission process. Basically, CLAT is an entrance exam for taking admission in NLUs. Eligibility Criteria for ULC's BALLB can be checked by following the link given:

I hope it helps!


kya 6 month me clat crack ho jayega? please answer

Shareef 19th Nov, 2019
It really depends on your Own Interest. If you focus on the things for best happening, you can definitely  crack CLAT examination.
Let me suggest you few tips,
  • Firstly make a timetable according to your comforts
  • Make a daily goals. It says you should complete this much of syllabus till this time
  • Go for weekend Tests
If you know the syllabus then that's fine. If not please refer the link mentioned here, it will help you out with the best books for preparation.

clat ki study ke liye kitne month ka time sufficient hai...? please answer

Aman Raj Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019

Hello Bablu

Every other person has a different brain which works in different frequencies.

What I can study in 10 hours, maybe you can study in 2.

So this is really irrelevant.

But still to answer your question, according to some statistics, a good amount of 4–5 hours a day can help you get into a tier 1 college, but those hours should be with complete dedication and for 5-6 months.


how much Marks should candidate score to clear clat for NLU jodhpur?

Aman Raj Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019

Hello Tanvi

It depends upon the Reservation Category and all. Considering General, you must need a rank of 120-140 for the admission. These were the last year cutoffs.

For more information on Cutoffs and all :


I score 56% in BA graduation degree and i am in general category. Now i am able to give CLAT exam and get admission in NLU?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 18th Nov, 2019

CLAT is for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes. For CLAT PG, you should possess a Bachelor's degree in Law. But because your highest qualification is BA and that is not a law degree, you are not eligible for CLAT PG. But now talking about CLAT UG, you need to have completed your 10+2 with a minimum aggregate of 45%. It is 45% for General Category and 40% for Reserved Categories. As there is no upper age limit for CLAT, you can appear for CLAT UG. Not based on your BA qualification but based on your 12th qualification. For more information, please visit our page at:

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