CLAT 2014 Topper Interview - Tarini Maheshwari AIR 15
Updated on Jan 17, 2015 - 2:30 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Continuing with the series of CLAT 2014 Topper Interview, Careers360 brings you the success tale of Tarini Maheshwari, AIR 15 in CLAT 2014. Shy and composed Tarini wants to make a mark for herself by following a different path. Tarini also shares her plan to start an NGO for the underprivileged children.

An avid reader and music lover, Tarini did her schooling from DAV Public School, Sreshtha Vihar. She scored 10 CGPA in CBSE Class X board exam and 96.6% in Class XII from Commerce stream. Tarini shares her preparation strategy, dreams and advice for cracking CLAT.

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Read below the excerpts of the interview

Careers360: Congratulations on obtaining 15th rank in CLAT 2014! How did you make it happen?
Tarini Maheshwari: Thank you! I think my systematic approach towards the exam, regular practice and the help and support of my teachers and family members have led to the success in CLAT 2014.

Careers360: Did you take any other Law Entrance Exam as well apart from CLAT 2014? What was your score there?
Tarini Maheshwari: Apart from CLAT 2014, I took AILET 2014 conducted by National Law University, Delhi. I scored 99 in AILET 2014.

Careers360: What motivated you to pursue law as a career?
Tarini Maheshwari: I always wanted to do something different. In my family, my father is a Senior Accountant, my mother is a doctor and my brother is pursuing engineering from BITS Pilani. I wanted to tread a different path. I am thankful to my family for encouraging my decision and supporting me in every possible way. I decided to pursue law when I was in Class IX. From Class XII onwards I started full-fledged preparation.

Careers360: What was your preparation strategy? How did you balance between studying for board exam and CLAT?
Tarini Maheshwari: Frankly speaking, I started preparing for the law entrance exams after my board exam got over. I did not feel that a rigorous study regime was required since I had already taken the board exam. I made it a point to read newspaper every day, even during my boards for strengthening the GK section. Apart from that I practiced and solved past years CLAT and AILET papers provided by my coaching institute. I spent around 6 to 7 hours a day for the CLAT preparation which I believe was enough. The sections like English and Mathematics were already in my grip owing to the board exam and the Logical and Legal Reasoning sections got strengthened with regular solving of test papers.  

Careers360: Apart from studies, what else do you do to unwind yourself?
Tarini Maheshwari: I like reading a lot. J K Rowling’s Harry Potter is my favourite series. Apart from that, reading newspaper every day in detail is another hobby too. Also, I don’t mind tuning myself to some good music. 


Careers360: What are your dream Law institutes where you will prefer to get admission in?
Tarini Maheshwari: The institutes which I aim to join are either National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore or NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad.


Careers360: What are your career aspirations which you would like to pursue after 5 years?
Tarini Maheshwari: I would like to join a law firm after obtaining my degree in Law. In future I aspire to open an NGO for underprivileged children and help them by fighting for their rights with the legal knowledge that I would acquire in next 5 years.

Careers360: What message would you like to share with the aspirants who would take CLAT next year?
Tarini Maheshwari
: Regular and systematic approach to the exam will help the aspirants in cracking CLAT. I suggest them to make it a habit to read newspapers daily. Taking mock tests and solving past years papers will help you prepare for the exams.

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what do we get after clearing CLAT exam?

Shubhangi sinha 20th Jan, 2020

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.

Good luck,

Hope it helps :)


what are the subjects in which we should have commond to crack CLAT

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.

Now coming to specific areas:

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.

Hope this helps.


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.

I Hope this Helps

Best Of Luck For The Exam !!!


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.

For more information about CLAT2020 and the eligibility criteria, refer this link

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is there still in 2020 one and only clat the way to get addmision in ipu??reply must please

Harshita Gupta 19th Jan, 2020

If you want to take admission in Law courses, then CLAT is the only entrance examination.
For other courses, you have to give other entrance examinations.

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