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    CLAT 2021 Topper Nidhi Agarwal, AIR 2, says, “Identify areas of improvement and target your efforts"

    Edited By Mahima Bahl | Updated on Aug 12, 2021 08:08 AM IST | #CLAT

    CLAT 2021 Topper Interview: The Consortium of NLUs declared the results of CLAT 2021 on July 29. Along with the results, the list of toppers was also released. Nidhi Agarwal, who comes from Rourkela, Odisha, has bagged AIR 2 by securing an overall score of 117 out of 150. Nidhi credits her success in CLAT 2021 exams to her dedicated zeal of not giving up and following a planned schedule. Since the CLAT exam was delayed, she tried to view the delays in a positive light and focused on improving the less prepared sections. “Dedication, pre-planning and hard work helped me in achieving the desired results,” she said. Let’s have a sneak peek into the exclusive interview of CLAT 2021 Topper, Nidhi Agarwal with Careers360.

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    CLAT 2021 Topper Nidhi Agarwal, AIR 2, says, “Identify areas of improvement and target your efforts"
    CLAT 2021 Topper Nidhi Agarwal, AIR 2, says, “Identify areas of improvement and target your efforts"

    CLAT 2021 exam was conducted on July 23, 2021 at various test centres across the country following strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

    CLAT 2021 Topper Interview with Nidhi Agarwal, AIR 2

    Careers360- Congratulations on your performance in CLAT 2021. What was your initial reaction upon knowing your rank?

    Nidhi- Thank you. I really didn’t expect to get such a good rank, so I was naturally elated when I got the results and celebrated with my family and friends.

    Careers360- Tell us something about yourself - the board you studied under, the name of the school, the place you belong to, and a bit about your family.

    Nidhi- I studied under the CBSE board, my stream was Commerce ( with Math and Legal Studies ) and I studied in Delhi Public School ( DPS ), Rourkela. I was born and brought up in Rourkela, Odisha. My father is a businessman, my mother is a homemaker and my brother is in his 5th year of law at Christ University, Bangalore.

    Careers360- What are your overall and sectional scores in CLAT 2021?

    Nidhi- My overall score was 117/150, and my sectional scores were as follows :

    • Reading Comprehension/English : 26.25

    • General Knowledge and Current Affairs : 23.75

    • Legal Reasoning : 31

    • Logical Reasoning : 25

    • Quantitative Aptitude (QA) : 11

    Careers360- Were you expecting the results, or was it a surprise?

    Nidhi - The results were definitely a big surprise. After I calculated my score based on the answer key I was expecting a rank that would get me into the Top 3 NLUs, however getting AIR 2 was an incredible, pleasant surprise.

    Careers360- How and when did you start preparing for the CLAT 2021 exam?

    Nidhi - I started preparing with full dedication from January 2021, although I had briefly prepared for a month during September 2020 and had taken a hiatus till January 2021 subsequently. For preparation I focused on the mocks, their analysis with a large focus on Current Affairs (CA).

    I also identified weak areas in my preparation, and targeted my efforts towards those specific areas. Another critical aspect of my preparation was a regular reading of newspapers, which helped my reading speed as well as command over Current Affairs. With time, my current affairs scores started improving and the specifically targeted efforts reduced the lacunae in my overall preparation.

    Careers360- Did you follow any specific routine and study hours?

    Nidhi - I did not have a specific study schedule till April 2021, till then I had a very erratic schedule where I would focus on whichever topic seemed important at that time. The only consistent aspects then were giving mocks and reading the newspaper.

    Closer to the exam, I came up with a regular schedule where I would do the important Current Affairs topics in the morning from 8 to 12, then I would take a break for a couple of hours and give a mock from 2 to 4. After the mock I would analyse it, and take a break,

    Finally, I revised ancillary current affairs topics and practiced a little bit of Quantitative Aptitude before sleeping. However I would like to emphasise that this whole schedule was interspersed with breaks for rest and recreation, which are important for one’s mental health.

    Careers360- What are the subject-wise books you used for CLAT exam preparation? Any specific reason for selecting these books?

    Nidhi - I did not refer to many books per se, I focused on the material given by coachings as well as websites. I did refer to certain online compendiums for CA, which include Manthans, CLAT Post, GK Today etc.

    Careers360- Tell us last month’s exam preparation tips?

    Nidhi - I would advise students who wish to take CLAT in the future, to focus on targeted revision in the last month, along with an emphasis on revision of the most important current affairs topics. Besides that, a regular practice of DI (Data Interpretation) Sets is important to ensure improved speed and familiarity with the QA section.

    One important thing to remember in the last month is not to take too much stress, and ensure that one goes at a sustainable and manageable pace.

    Careers360- Did you solve sample papers and take mock tests? What is the correct frequency for these exercises?

    Nidhi - Yes, I solved around 100 CLAT mocks before I took the exam. I don’t think there is any one correct frequency for taking mock tests, as every student will have their own level of preparation and pace, which must be respected. I personally took around 4-5 mocks a week in the month preceding CLAT 2021, however I would advise CLAT 2022 takers to decide their own ideal pace of taking mocks which gives them sufficient time to analyse the mocks properly, and prepare for other sections as well.

    Careers360- Many students make a mess of their preparation in the last few days, as exam pressure reaches the pinnacle. How to handle this tricky phase?

    Nidhi - It is very important to take frequent breaks, as well as stay in touch with family and friends during this phase to handle exam pressure. Forming a study group, with other people who are also preparing for the exam can help in handling the pre-exam jitters.

    Careers360- How can one improve accuracy and speed?

    Nidhi - Giving frequent mocks, and their proper analysis is essential for improving one’s speed and accuracy. A proper analysis can allow one to find the common trope of errors one makes while attempting the mocks, which tends to improve accuracy. Moreover for speed, I would recommend a focus on reading as much as possible, to improve one’s reading speed without compromising on comprehension.

    Careers360- Is there any particular order for attempting the CLAT question paper? How should one go about attempting the test?

    Nidhi - There is no particular order for attempting sections, different orders suit people with different strengths and weaknesses. One must find the ideal order to attempt the sections based on one’s own preferences. Giving mocks provides an excellent opportunity to test through trial, and find the best order customised for oneself.

    Careers360- Did the prolonged delay and multiple postponements affect your exam preparation? How did you manage to stay on track?

    Nidhi- The prolonged delay was definitely unexpected, and at times frustrating. However in a way it may have helped me since it gave me more time to focus on my weak areas and buttress my current affairs preparation. I tried to view the delays with a positive mindset, focusing on the extra time I was getting to ameliorate my less prepared sections.

    Careers360- Did you face any difficulty during the exam considering there were strict COVID-19 guidelines in place?

    Nidhi - No, my experience while giving the exam was pretty smooth, and social distancing protocols were by and large followed. I had already practised for it by giving mocks while wearing a mask, so that allowed me to get used to it.

    Careers360- Which law discipline do you want to study in your undergraduate?

    Nidhi - I haven’t decided about that as of yet, I think that is something that I ll explore in my 5 years of law school.

    Careers360- Also, do you have any NLU preferences?

    Nidhi - Yes, my first preference was NLSIU National Law School of India University), Bangalore, where I have taken admission.

    Careers360- Being a topper, many students would now look up to you. Do you have any messages for these future law aspirants?

    Nidhi - I strongly advise students to prioritise their mental health and avoid stressing too much over CLAT and even the mock scores. It is important to understand that everyone has their own pace, and their own unique way to do something. Hence straitjackets in the form of ‘ideal mock scores’ or ‘ideal way to prepare’ must be ignored and the focus should be on finding one’s own customised way to prepare for CLAT that suits oneself.

    Careers360- How did you proceed with your preparation amidst the pandemic? What sources did you consider?

    Nidhi - My preparation sources were almost entirely websites and soft copy documents, so pandemic didn’t disrupt that in any major way. Some of the sources I used were :

    • Mocks from multiple sources

    • Coaching Class Sheets

    • Drishti IAS Compendia

    • GK Today Compendia

    • Manthans

    • CLAT Posts

    • Newscanvass

    • ThinkManav GK classes

    Careers360- How did an online mentor help you? Can you share an instance where you felt demotivated and he/she encouraged you?

    Nidhi - I didn’t have a mentor, I think I found my mentor in my friends especially my friend Sukarm Sharma, he got AIR 5.

    Questions related to CLAT

    Have a question related to CLAT ?


    It depends upon the college/university in which you are seeking admission in Tamil Nadu. This is because different institutions usually follows various processes for admission into the Law. On a general perspective, government institutions rely mostly on scores obtained in CLAT while private institutions wither conducts their own entrance exam or admission can be made via merit list. However, this cannot be applied in all the cases as this procedure could be reversed also. To be more specific, you can mention the name of the college/university in the comment section below.

    Moreover, you can get to know the Law colleges accepting CLAT in Tamil Nadu along with the fee structure and other details over this link:

    Hello Vanshika,
    Hope you are doing good.
    So, generally there is no such thing called syllabus for the CLAT. However, for the purpose of general knowledge section, you will have to study, Constitution, Current affairs,   Static GK, History and Geography as well.
    So it's not about topics, just read everything barely and get to know the gist of the subject. That's it. For this you remember certain important articles like articles related to fundamental rights, fundamental duties, appointment and impeachment of judges, president, etc. Appointment of election commissioners, their powers and all. Just have in your mind the articles related to them and the powers entrusted with such articles.
    Good luck!!

    Hey aspirant,

    The below-mentioned resource pools the host relevant preparatory content to crack the CLAT examination.

    1.LegalEdge - TopRankers

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    3. LawPrep Tutorial

    4. CLAT Possible

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    6. Law Entrance CL-LST

    7. Time

    8. Study IQ

    9. Abhyaas Law Prep

    10. Delhi Law Academy

    Good luck!

    Hello aspirant,

    Candidates will be asked questions in this section based on texts that are up to 450 words long each. The passages will draw from non-fiction writing, journalism, and other news sources. The questions are designed to evaluate the candidate's understanding of legal concepts or concepts linked to the passing. Candidates should be aware that there won't be any questions posed beyond the passage provided. Each of these chapters will include a series of questions that will test your general knowledge and awareness of relevant current events. The following topics have been included in this area by the Consortium of NLUs:

    Important recent happenings in India and around the globe

    Culture and the Arts

    the world's affairs

    Historical occurrences that are still important today

    A few pointers for preparing for the CLAT in current affairs

    1.Take a look at the test from last year.

    Understanding the structure of the general knowledge section of the CLAT is crucial after learning about it. 40–50 multiple-choice questions are present in this section. Verify the CLAT test questions from previous years to get a sense of the questions that were asked. Start practising using the available offline and online CLAT sample questions from previous years after you have a general idea of the format. You can get better grades by answering questions correctly and by being aware of the trend.

    2. Keep yourself updated and practise regularly

    Success in anything requires practise and consistency. If you want to ace all the general knowledge questions, be sure to stay up to date on current affairs and keep your knowledge current. By studying the topic for a few days, you cannot successfully answer general knowledge questions. The knowledge must be acquired gradually (at least for a year). Along with responding and practising questions, make sure you stay up to date with global current events. Keep up with the news and read the newspaper daily to keep current.

    3. Take CLAT practise exams

    Do you wish to understand how the CLAT test actually feels? Utilize practise tests! Attending practise exams will increase your accuracy and entrance preparation while also boosting your confidence in your ability to pass the test.

    Many centres provide test series. Numerous internet platforms offer practise examinations. Choose a mode that is convenient for you. Take practise tests for each subject so you can determine your general knowledge subject strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, try to deliver at least ten full mock exams to get a feel for the actual exam.

    4.Select your study materials carefully.

    One of the factors that will have the biggest impact on your CLAT score is the study material you choose. There is a tonne of study material available, both online and offline. By selecting the greatest and most precise study materials, you can have an idea of how the entrance exam will be. Numerous offline and online study resources make the claim to be able to assist you in passing the CLAT, but in reality they are full of inaccurate material and questions. Choose reading material that closely follows the format of the current exam and is appropriate for your level of comprehension.

    5. Eliminate speculative thinking

    The answer out of the four options would be something you would be reasonably certain of if you had done a decent job of studying for the general knowledge test. If you don't know the solution to a question, don't base your decision on conjecture. For each question you successfully respond to, you will receive one mark; if you don't, you will receive 0.25 marks less. You won't receive a point deduction for providing a negative response. Pick the correct response if you are certain. If not, your best option is to ignore the question about which you are confused.

    6.Limit Your Sources

    Attempt to limit the amount of current affairs information you consume. Candidate mistakes usually involve spending time by reading multiple newspapers. Make a choice, then utilise the internet sensibly. Use a top book for the CLAT  Current Affairs section.

    7.Pay attention to the curriculum

    Always bear in mind to concentrate on the topics covered in the CLAT UG curriculum when attempting to completely cover this section. After all, more passages should be expected for these subjects.

    8.Build your own notes

    The focus of current affairs is one-liners or, at best, three to four lines. Make your notes as simple to understand and retain the information as you can. All the important notes should be underlined using a distinct colour of ink. It is crucial to take your own notes because it has been established that writing is one of the finest ways to retain information. Remember that it would be impossible to memorise everything as well.

    9. Use online examinations or practise exams.

    Practice questions on current events and general knowledge are the greatest way to ace this section. This will also provide you a general sense of the questions that will be asked, helping you to assess your level of preparation or monitor your progress. But you shouldn't try this until you've made a few preparations.

    10.Use the Internet responsibly.

    There is enough material on the internet to cover anything, but how do you decide which link to click? A collection of General Knowledge pdfs that will certainly help you with your preparation for this subject is the most significant thing you will find. Before beginning to study something, it is always advisable to confirm its credibility.

    11. Review what you've read.

    Daily review and reading of current events are crucial because their volume increases daily. The notes will be helpful for review and for keeping in mind current affairs or recent news.

    I hope these suggestions prove to be helpful to you.

    Hello Student,

    CLAT - Common Law Aptitude Test is  a national level entrance test for admissions to twenty two National Law Universities (NLU) in India.

    This law entrance exam is of two hours duration. The CLAT question paper consists of 150 multiple-choice questions. There are five sections in CLAT exam paper which are:-

    English including Comprehension

    Current affairs including General Knowledge

    Legal Reasoning

    Logical Reasoning

    Quantitative Techniques (Math)

    All the questions will be paragraph-based starting from CLAT 2020. One paragraph will be followed by 5-6 questions.

    Best Coaching Institutes for CLAT in India-:

    1. Career Launcher (LST)
    2. CLAT Possible
    3. Sriram Law Academy.
    4. LegalEdge
    5. TopRankers

    These are some of the best coaching institutes that provide both online and offline coachings and organizes their miocks on weekly or monthly basis.

    I hope this helps you.

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