CLAT 2015: Toppers’ tips to crack CLAT
Updated on Apr 2, 2015 - 9:15 a.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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With CLAT 2015 scheduled for May 10, 2015; Careers360 brings you CLAT Toppers sharing their success mantra for cracking CLAT and grabbing a coveted seat in one of the participating NLUs.

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In these crucial preparatory days, it becomes important for an aspirant to follow a strategic study plan, regularly appear for mock tests to overcome weaknesses and improve time-management skills to crack CLAT. Toppers’ tips to crack CLAT will guide you in following the approaches developed by 2014 toppers. Read this exclusive Preparation Guide of Toppers’ Tips on ‘How to crack CLAT 2015’.

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Nikita-GargNikita Garg, CLAT 2014, AIR 1

Nikita Garg, outsmarting around 30,000 candidates bagged AIR 1 in CLAT 2014 and grabbed the coveted seat in NLSIU Bangalore. 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. She is currently pursuing BA LLB from NLSIU Bangalore. In an interview with Careers360, Nikita shares her success mantra including pre-planning and effective execution of her CLAT preparation days.

Nikita's success mantra


Preparation Strategy: 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 sections. I went through all sections individually by following the study materials offered by exam experts followed by solving mock tests and previous years’ papers. I did my section wise SWOT (Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat) analysis to decide my approach to each section and focused on making the weak areas stronger and making the comfortable areas better. I used to take regular mock tests to assess my progress.

Overcome Weaknesses: I was comfortable with most of 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. Moreover, appearing for regular mock tests are very important at each stage of your preparation level.


Advice: I would like to suggest them not to take much stress related to the exam. CLAT is neither too difficult nor everyone’s cup of tea but can be cracked, if you are determined to do so. Prepare well for the GK section. Take regular mock tests and identify your weaknesses and prepare accordingly. All the best!


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Kosheel-GuptaKosheel Gupta, CLAT 2014, AIR 3

Calm, Composed and a guitarist by hobby, Kosheel Gupta followed one simple strategy and achieved All India Rank 3 in CLAT 2014. In an interview with Careers360, Kosheel Gupta unveils the secret to top in the most coveted law entrance exam, CLAT.He shares that walking along in his father’s office; a lawyerinspired him to become a lawyer too. Watching television shows that teach him all the tact’s and tricks of ‘how to be a successful lawyer’, Kosheel bagged AIR 3 in CLAT 2014 with a score of 170.25 out of 200.

Kosheel's success mantra -


Preparation Strategy: The only strategy I adopted was to stay relaxed, go easy, be confident and manage the time well in the exam. I believed in my hard work and had confidence in my preparation.There was no time planning as such. I just planned my sessions and topics. I took some hours in the beginning to plan strategically regarding what to study and stick to my plan until I finished it.I just focused on finishing topics as per my plan rather than sticking to time. Covering each topic is important, compared to just stick to strict time schedule.


Balance Studies and Recreational Activities: Well, it was easy. I love playing guitar. Music helped me a lot to keep my calm. I was also equally active on social sites including FB. I usually played badminton. Other extra activities are equally important. You can’t just sit in a room and lock yourself in a room aloof from the world. Sometimes with the world, you start learning.


Advice: I would like to share the three basic points, be confident, relax and believe in your hard work. Also, I would ask them to abstain from any last minute preparations, as it is very much important to stay calm and relaxed just before the examination. My good wishes are with all CLAT 2015 aspirants. Be what you are. Please always believe that you have practiced well and shall do justice to your preparation.


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Tarini-MaheshwariTarini Maheshwari, CLAT 2014, AIR 15

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, SreshthaVihar. She scored 10 CGPA in CBSE Class X board exam and 96.6% in Class XII from Commerce stream.


Tarini's success mantra -


Preparation Strategy: 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.


Recreational Activities: 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. 


Advices: 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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Akshi-RastogiAkshi Rastogi, CLAT 2013, AIR 6

Currently pursuing BA LLB programme from NLSIU Bangalore, Akshi bagged AIR 6 in CLAT 2013 and made her journey straight towards the one of the prestigious NLUs.


Akshi's success mantra -


Preparation Strategy: My basic strategy was to go along with what was taught in class, as it was a new field and something I was not used to, so I took time settling in. Building up on GK, getting used to new subjects was at first what I concentrated on.


After that I practiced Maths, Logical Reasoning and Legal Reasoning to increase my speed. Maths was aninteresting subject, so to manage my time I practiced it again and again. Moreover I used to read newspapers and novels and everything I could get my hands on.

A few hours every day were enough in the starting, also I had mock-tests every week and they were a good judge of how my work was and where I need to focus more.

In the last month, I was practicing everything I could get my hands on. In Maths I think I had solved every question I had at least 8-10 times. Since, GK is a very wide field;I used to spent some time on the section everyday.


All my focus was on decreasing the time per question. I used to set goals on solving the paper as quickly as I could. From 45 seconds per question in the middle months, it was deceased to 30 seconds per legal question in the end. In the last month I spent around 10 hours daily on studying. I gave mocks regularly and solved all previous years’ question papers.


Books: I used R.S Aggarwal for initial logical reasoning problems and then a book on Logical reasoning by Arihant Publications. For English my only strategy was to read anything and everything I could get my hands in.For GK especially current affairs I used PratiyogitaDarpan and read The Hindu daily.

Legal Reasoning Section: Legal Reasoning was a challenge initially because I had neither familiarity with the kind of questions nor was at ease with them. Time management proved to be an even greater challenge for in the initial mocks I had no time left to attempt all questions as I was taking too much time in legal questions. But as time progressed, I got familiar with certain concepts, my time strategy started working out, and then legal reasoning became an enjoyable section for me. I started from 45 seconds per question and took it to 30 seconds or less. The time strategy worked out beautifully in the end and I was fortunately able to attempt the complete paper in time.


Advices: Developing your own strategy is essential. Develop the habit of time management every time you attempt questions of any sort. Keep refining your strategy. Remember to keep revising and consolidating your preparation.


While everything above will definitely help, but this is not some strict code or a guarantee, develop your strategy, study, prepare but do not forget to take proper sleep and do not take too much stress over it. Also, no matter how much you prepare, performing on the exam day is what matters. So if you take too much stress it will only be detrimental. Keeping calm and giving your best is what you can do. I wish that every aspirant does really well.


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Nidhi-ModaniNidhi Modani, CLAT 2009, AIR 1

Nidhidid her BA LLB from NLSIU Bangalore, which she considers to be the “best institute”. Nidhi was a commerce student at Apeejay School, Noida, where debating was a regular pursuit and arguing, much to the despair of her teachers, was a passion!

Nidhi's success mantra -


Preparation Strategy: My real preparation began in April 2009.  Since I did not push myself for the exam all year through, I had to do it for the last two months. I studied for more than 12 hours a day. I gave the entire series of mock exams from LST.

My performance wasn’t too great. But I wasn’t too worried because I knew I hadn’t really prepared myself at that time. So it was just about giving the exam and knowing what kind of questions to expect and how to prepare for them and developing an understanding of what you really had to do.


During Class 12, I gave myself the entire year to understand what exactly to study. So, by the end of the academic year, I was very clear about which books to refer to, what not to study etc. It really helps if you have a clear idea of what exactly you have to do in those two months. I wasn’t at all confused as to what to do in those two months.


Recommended Books/Materials: I referred to the LST Study Material, Competition Success Review and the Universal Guide, which helped me a lot and also read the newspapers regularly which helped a lot. I think any newspaper would help you as long as you really read it properly and daily.


Advices: My mantra for success: Focus and work hard.

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is one month preparations enough to secure a good rank in clat

TANUJ JAIN 17th Feb, 2020

Hi Meenakshy,

Preparing for CLAT exam in a month could be attainable provided you have proper time-table and study plan ready for the whole month.

5-6 hours a day is enough to crack the exam.

For Maths:

solve and practice different types of sums.

For English:

Solve Reading Comprehensions.Learn new synonyms for words.Try strong arming your grammer.

For Logical Reasoning:

Solve puzzles.Study Syllogisms.

For Legal Reasoning and GK:

Solve past year question papers.

and stay updated with the GK and current affairs.

Hope this helps!

All the very best.


hello iam preparing for clat 2020 I have a doubt that someone is said to me that national law institute university (NLIU) has not offering state obc domicile reservations this year if someone has know this please tell

Sanjanaleekha 18th Feb, 2020

Hi there,

NLUI, Bhopal takes admission to its 5 year BA.LLB course on the basis of CLAT scores and it has its own seat matrix and seats reserved for students having domicile of Madhya Pradesh i.e. state domicile students.

To answer your question, as per the latest admission brochure which is uploaded by the university, it is offering a total of 07 seats out of a total of 122 seats in its BA.LLB course to MP State OBC students so it is not true that the university is not offering reservation to state domicile OBC students.

You can access the detailed brochure on the provided link for your reference,


what is the procedure of getting admission after clat ranking

Sanjanaleekha 18th Feb, 2020

Hi there,

After you get your CLAT scores, you will be given an All India Rank based on that scores, after you get the rank you will need to take p-art in counselling round where all the participating National Law Universities will declare their individual cut off list and based on this cut off list you will be allotted a college after this you will have to either lock in the college you have been allotted or continue to take part in the counselling process. If you decide to lock in the seat then you will have to pay the required admission fees to that particular NLU and get your required documents physically verified. For more details about the counselling process please visit,

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