Posted by: LST Team | May 27, 2009

Interviews with CLAT’08 toppers:

Nidhisha Annam – CLAT’08 topper, rank 1


1. How many months did you prepare for CLAT 2008?
I did not take months. I studied for 5 days. But that was because that was all the time i had after my second semester at NLU Jodhpur before the CLAT.

2. What kind of a strategy did you follow for your preparation?
I tried to do as much GK as possible. Revised math and logic. Legal reasoning, knowledge and english- i relied on what i learnt in NLU.
3. Did you take any preparatory course. If yes from where and how was your experience there?
I did LST- the one year course the year before and i also went for couple of classes to Anila Battara in April 2007.
4. Why did you chose law as a career?
It seemed interesting enough and i was looking to do anything other than engineering. Now i know that i made a good decision.
5. What did you do on the day of CLAT
Revise in the morning. I stopped reading 2 hours before the exam.
6. Share your views on last year’s paper.
It was very simple compared to the papers i had done before (in 2007). Infact it was too simple for an entrance exam.
7. What is your secret to success in CLAT?
I cant answer this

8. Where are you studying now and how is life there?
NLSIU. Life is good. Not as easy as i expected it to be. Im doing way more work here than Jodhpur. I think LST must also train students to cope up with the stress that they are bound up to be caught up in national law schools especially NLS (not bragging or anything but i know the difference)
Hope i’ve been able to help.

Harini Viswanathan – CLAT’08 topper, rank 2

1. How many months did you prepare for CLAT 2008?
I prepared for around a year generally and intensively in the month following the board exams.

2. What kind of a strategy did you follow for your preparation?
The strategy was simple. I focussed on GK, Legal Reasoning and Math. The vocabulary section was pretty easy and we had done enough of logical reasoning in the LST classes.

3. Did you take any preparatory course? If yes from where and how was your experience there?
I took the one year LST course and it was a very good experience, the material was well researched and compact.

4. Why did you chose law as a career?
I choose law pretty much on a lark. Don’t have any lawyers in the family so it was attractive as a different career path.

5. What did you do on the day of CLAT?
On the day of the CLAT I went through some lat minute notes, had a leisurely breakfast and went for a long walk with my dad.

6. Share your views on last year’s paper.
I thought the paper was very easy. the general knowledge section was fun, the math was basic, logical reasoning was a little tricky and the legal reasoning was a piece of cake.

7. What is your secret to success in CLAT?
There is no secret, its just hard work and a lot of luck 🙂

8. Where are you studying now and how is life there?
Studying at NLS. life is very hectic. There’s a lot of activities going on all the time. still getting used to it, but the place is growing on me.

Radhika ChitkaraCLAT’08 topper, rank 3

1. How many months did you prepare for CLAT 2008?
Sporadically, throughout the year, but the month before the exam and after the Boards was the time when preparation was in full swing.

2. What kind of a strategy did you follow for your preparation?

GK was my Achilles’ Heel, so that’s where my attention was focused. Strategy involved staying abreast with current affairs through the year, going through Pearson, attempting questions wherever I could find them, good source or bad. LST modules were quite helpful for practice. Also, the Universal’s Question Bank, though not a reliable source for information, was quite exhaustive. Unreliable, since the answer keys were very often quite erroneous.


3. Did you take any preparatory course. If yes from where and how was your experience there?
(Flatter yourself) (Brackets are off the record) I took a one year preparatory course with LST, Career Launcher. That helped me with strategising and comparing myself with other competitors. I identified my weak areas, and the modules helped me overcome the shortcomings.


4. Why did you chose law as a career?

I can’t ascertain for sure when the idea was seeded in my brain, but have always known myself to have wanted to do law. Reasons still unknown.

5. What did you do on the day of CLAT?

Apart from taking the exam, I didn’t do much apart from travelling all the way across town to the centre. The time for preparation is before the exam, not the day of the exam. That will only freak one out. Not a good strategy to pursue.

6. Share your views on last year’s paper?
Tricky in unexpected places, but regular practice and diligence facilitated  ease with the paper.

7. What is your secret to success in CLAT?

Ermmm…almonds? (I really don’t have one definite answer to this question.)


8. Where are you studying now and how is life there?
National Law School of India University. LG- Life’s Good.
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Responses

  1. luck is like lift hard work is like stairs ……lift may fail sometime but stairs always take u to the top……. n really dey r really winners…..they proved they r ddiiffeerreenntt

  2. I am a OBC candidate appeared for clat-2009.My name is appearing in BC/OBC list but it is missing in WBC list.Please advice.

    • even i ve the same problem…..

  3. even i have the same problem….do you have any solutions

  4. i found this interview a informative source. It has filled enthusiam in me to appear for the 2011 CLAT exam. And i’ll work hard and smart and get into NLS with a top rank.


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