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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sir if i got bck in last semester in llb then i am eligible for clat exam or not

Shudhanshu Gupta Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020
It is not mentioned anywhere that you can be eligible for CLAT exam with having backlog in LLB if you are asking for CLAT PG for 1 year LLM course, then as it is mentioned that to be eligible you need to have minimum 50% in graduation but this percent should be without backlog in any subject you will have to clear that backlog and then you can fill the application form of CLAT.
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sir if i got bck in last semester then i will be eligible for clat exam or not bcoz i have to give the special bck ppr

Shareef 23rd Feb, 2020



You are eligible for CLAT PG because you will be considered as final year student. But you have to pass in all subjects atleast by the time of counselling. You should have all your documents by the time of counselling. Or else your admission will be cancelled.


What are the new llm clat subjects?

Manisha Gupta Expert 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

If You want to check the syllabus of CLAT PG then I would suggest you to go through with the given below link.

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how many marks requird for CLAT 12 and 10

Shubham Dhane 22nd Feb, 2020


The eligibility criteria for CLAT 2020 is that candidates who have passed their Senior Secondary School Examination/ 12th Board Examination can apply and the minimum marks for 12th is  45% marks in the qualifying degree is required to appear in CLAT 2020. SC and ST candidates need only 40% marks. Please click the below link to know more


which subject should I choose in class 11th of i am going to do Clat in 2022

Srishti jha 22nd Feb, 2020

Hello aspiration! I hope you are doing good.

According to me, you can take the following subjects , if you willing to prepare CLAT exam:-

  • Economics (important)
  • Political science(important)
  • History
  • English(important)
  • Legal studies

And Yes for General category, 45%marks should be scored in 12th class .

For obc/sc/St 40 % marks intheir 12th class .

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