CLAT Topper Interview 2021: Nidhi Agarwal - AIR 2

# Oct 14, 2021 by Harshita Nandal

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CLAT Topper Interview 2021: Nidhi Agarwal - AIR 2


CLAT  2021  was held on 23rd July 2021 , & was conducted in 66 cities (approx) across India in 128 exam centres & result was declared on 28th July 2021. 53574 Candidates appeared in this examination among them Nidhi Agarwal was the one who secured top position – AIR 2

In this interview she discusses her examination strategies, Mock test and some important books, that the students can follow who are preparing for CLAT examination.


Here are the excerpts from the Interview :

Harshita: Congratulations Nidhi on achieving this feat, During the preparation did CLAT AIR 2 ever came across your mind ?

Nidhi: Absolutely not. I didn’t even think that I would make it to NLS in the first place. I would be super underconfident an judge myself throughout the prep. It helped me push myself to a level where I could maximise my efficiency.

Harshita: There are different fields after 12th, what motivated you to make a career in law?

Nidhi: I basically charted out all the careers that would suit my skills and capabilities and the best one was Law, coupled with the opportunity to help others, I think it suits my personality.

Harshita: Was this your first attempt at CLAT? When did you start preparing for the law entrance exams and what strategies you used in particular for your preparation?

Nidhi: This was my first attempt. I started preparing this January. The strategies were mostly just solving mock papers and finding out my weaknesses and working on them. I don’t think you can follow a rigid syllabus for CLAT and get done, its more about improving yourself along the way.

Harshita: Choosing the right Books and Preparation material have always been a concern for many students preparing for CLAT.  So according to you which are some of the best books for preparation that you recommend for CLAT 2021 for each of the 5 sections and overall preparation?

Nidhi: I think there really aren’t any ideal books one can use for CLAT prep. The prep should include going through the past year papers, mocks of any coaching and then finding out what are the concepts they are not comfortable with. Then those concepts should be worked on using any material available online ideally.

Harshita: What advice would you like to give the future CLAT aspirants & share with us the strategies you used to stay motivated in your exam days.

Nidhi: The only way to sustain yourself throughout the prep is take care of your mental health and while you can push your limits and study more, you realise that productivity falls if you don’t eat right or sleep on time. So, for an exam like CLAT, the only funda to keep in mind is that it’s a marathon and not a race. You all will have to take small steps and not jump the entire track in a month. Moreover, taking a well-informed view of your career choices is important.

Harshita: What is the ideal time to start taking mock Tests & What role do  mock tests play in CLAT Preparation? What was your strategies in particular towards mock tests?

Nidhi: They should start those in the first week of the prep itself. Give the mock, make an excel sheet and find out which questions trouble you. Solve those questions from different sources and you’re set. The best way to find out your mistakes is to discuss it with your peers. So, if you can find people who are also giving CLAT, try to discuss your mistakes with them and gather their opinions on questions. This should reflect in the next mock you take.


CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 : The CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 is important to read for every student who wishes to appear for it.

The CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 gives a clear idea to the student about the type of questions, exam duration exam language and various other important details about the examination.

The CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 also helps in the planning of preparation for the examination and successfully clearing the same.

The CLAT Exam Pattern 2022 in brief:



Mode of Examination


Exam Duration

2 hours


  • English Language
  • Current Affairs, including General Knowledge
  • Legal Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Techniques

Type of Question


Total No. of Questions


Total Marks

150 marks

Negative Marking

0.25 for each wrong answer

Language of Paper

English only


CLAT 2022 Subject Wise Weightage:


No. of Questions


English Language

28-32 questions


Current Affairs, including General Knowledge

35-39 questions


Legal Reasoning

35-39 questions


Logical Reasoning

28-32 questions


Quantitative Techniques

13-17 questions



CLAT 2022 Marking Criteria:

Marking Criteria

Correct Answer


Incorrect Answer






CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: The CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 is necessary for students to read before doing registration for the examination.

The Eligibility Criteria is important for any examination because even if a candidate does not fulfil a single criterion of the eligibility criteria declared for the examination then the candidate is not allowed to appear for the examination or even after appearing for the examination and clearing the same the admission through the examination stands cancelled or void.

Students who are appearing or have passed class 12th or its equivalent in any subject stream (Science, Arts or Commerce) are eligible for CLAT if they fulfil all the other required eligibility criteria.


The CLAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 in detail are as follows: 


Age Limit

  • There is no age limit for CLAT 2022

Number of Attempts

  • Candidate can apply many times, there is no limit for no. of attempts

Minimum Marks Requirement

  • For General / OBC / PWD / NRI / PIO / OCI categories, candidate should have secured at least 45% in their 12th class.


  •  For SC/ST categories, candidate should have secured at least 40% in their 12th class.



  • Any candidate who have passed 12th or equivalent examination from any recognized board in any year can apply for CLAT.

Tie Breaker for Same Marks

In case of equal marks, the break of tie shall be by the following procedure and order as under:

  • Higher marks in the component / section on legal aptitude in the CLAT 2022 exam;
  • Higher age;
  • Computerized draw of lots.






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Harshita Nandal
Harshita Nandal

Harshita Nandal has worked as a Creative head in Mitrakshar, University of Delhi. She has done her Graduation from the University of Delhi in English Honours. In her free time, she prefers to play the guitar, take short walks in between work and loves to watch Korean dramas. Currently, she is an author at Educere India to fulfil the desire of her passion for writing.