CLAT 2021 Analysis

Updated By Samiksha Rautela on 24 Nov, 2020 15:47

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CLAT 2021 Exam Analysis

CLAT 2021 is likely to be held in the second week of May 2021. Through the national level entrance exam of law, candidates are offered admission to the UG and PG level law courses. The CLAT 2020 exam was reported to be of moderate level. In order to get a gist of the section-wise difficulty level of the exam and find out the question paper analysis of CLAT click on the CLAT Exam and Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key and Solutions.

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CLAT 2020 Section-Wise Exam Analysis

As per the feedback of the experts and the students, CLAT 2020 was a moderate exam. Due to the changed exam pattern of CLAT 2020, the questions were more passage-based and candidates found them too lengthy and very time-consuming. 

Besides it, every section in CLAT 2020 had a different level of difficulty. Go through the detailed section-wise analysis of CLAT 2020 below to understand the gist of the national-level law exam.

Analysis of CLAT 2020 English Section

  • The questions in the CLAT 2020 English section were Moderate on the difficulty level.

  • There were 30 questions under 6 passages. The passages were reported to be a bit long but the questions were not difficult to answer.

  • Students had to answer the questions based on word- meanings, synonyms etc.

  • Passages were story-based and few of them were on Bois Locker Room Controversy, Virtual Reality and Climate Change. 

Analysis of CLAT 2020 Current Affairs & General Knowledge

  • The Current Affairs & General Knowledge section of the CLAT 2020 was different than the usual CLAT exam.

  • 36 Questions popped up from 7 passages.

  • Most of the questions and passages were based on recent events and happenings.

  • The difficulty level for the CLAT 2020 Current Affairs & General Knowledge section has been recorded between Moderate to Difficult.

  • Students complained that the questions required factors and reasons affecting the event. They were not straightforward.

  • Like many other sections, Current Affairs & General Knowledge was reported to as time-consuming.

Analysis of CLAT 2020  Legal Reasoning

  • The Legal Reasoning section of CLAT 2020 had a total of 39 Questions. 
  • Candidates had to go through 8 passages and as per the experts they were more basic than knowledge-based.
  • Passages touched topics such as the issue of obscenity, Vizag gas leak, the principle of Natural Justice, impact of COVID 19, Article 20 (1): Ex post facto laws, the lynching of Palghar District, Arnab Goswami vs Union of India and Common intention.
  • This section was also considered as Moderate to Difficult.

Analysis of CLAT 2020 Logical Reasoning

  • The Logical Reasoning section of CLAT 2020 saw a total of 30 questions.
  • Only 2 questions were from Analytical Reasoning while the rest 25+3 came from critical reasoning.
  • Issues such as social journalism, the anti-alcohol movement, work from home during corona pandemic, coding-decoding, matrix puzzle etc. were touched in this section.
  • Questions were easy to attempt but consumed the time of the law aspirants.

Analysis of CLAT 2020 Quantitative Techniques

  • Minimum questions arose from the CLAT 2020 Quantitative Techniques section.

  • 15 questions were asked under 3 sets. Each set carried 5 questions.

  • One set was reported to be incorrect by the experts while the rest 2 sets were easy to solve.

Overall Analysis of CLAT 2020

All in all, the changed exam pattern of CLAT 2020 played a vital role in the exam. Due to long passages, students faced the issue of time and found the overall CLAT 2020 paper as quite lengthy. Besides it, the topics covered in the passages were generally basic and did not require in-depth study. Students with basic legal knowledge, apt reasoning skills and a good time-management would be able to qualify the cut off of CLAT 2020.

CLAT Previous Year Paper Analysis

The CLAT previous year paper analysis will help the CLAT 2020 aspirants by filling them up with important details from the previous year CLAT exam paper. It will also hint at the types of questions that are most likely to be asked in this year’s CLAT exam. Hence, the previous year exam analysis of CLAT paper becomes a very important tool for those who want to start preparing for CLAT 2020 entrance exam. 

Also, it is equally important to glance through the section-wise analysis and overall analysis of previous year CLAT exam. All the CLAT aspirants are suggested to carefully go through all the details mentioned in the sections given below.

Section-Wise Analysis of Previous Year CLAT Paper

Check out the section-wise analysis of the previous year CLAT paper:

Analysis of CLAT 2019 General Knowledge Section

  • The CLAT 2019 GK section had 50 questions

  • Most of the questions in this section were from current affairs

  • Recent developments in the fields of Economics, Science & Technology, Literature etc were in the focus

  • Those who attempted around 35 questions were able to secure the qualifying marks in this section

Conclusion: Strong knowledge regarding current affairs is important to clear this section

Analysis of CLAT 2019 English Section

  • This section consisted of 40 questions

  • The easiest section in the CLAT 2019 paper

  • Topics such as sentence correction, reading comprehension had the maximum number of questions based on them

  • Other topics in this section were vocabulary, para jumbles, synonyms & antonyms, misspelt words, foreign words, idioms & phrases etc

  • Those who attempted 30 to 35 questions were able to score decent marks in the CLAT 2019 English section

Conclusion: A strong grammar and reading skill is required to ace this section

Analysis of CLAT 2019 Reasoning Section

  • This section comprised of 40 questions

  • The questions asked in this section were intended to test the analytical reasoning skills of the test-takers

  • The topics which were in focus were blood relations, directions, seating arrangements, puzzle, coding-decoding, syllogisms etc

  • Any score above 30 was considered a good attempt

Conclusion: The aspirants must focus to develop both the critical reasoning and analytical reasoning skills to succeed in this section

Analysis of CLAT 2019 Mathematics Section

  • This section had 20 questions in total

  • Questions were based on some important topics such as calendars, clocks, arithmetic, profit & loss etc

  • The CLAT 2019 mathematics section, however, had one wrong question

  • Anything above 15 attempts fetched good score to the candidates

Conclusion: Focus on all the important topics and never commit the mistake of leaving out a topic 

Analysis of CLAT 2019 Legal Aptitude Section

  • This section had a total of 50 questions

  • The most important and favourite section in the CLAT 2019 paper for the test-takers

  • Questions were based on principles & direct facts and legal reasoning 

  • No questions were asked from legal gk

  • Those who attempted more than 40 questions could easily score good marks 

Conclusion: It is the most un-predictable section of the entire CLAT paper and the test-takers must prepare themselves for this section in all the possible manners

Overall Analysis of CLAT 2019 Paper

To sum up, the CLAT 2019 paper was very easy, compared to the previous year CLAT papers. It was one of the reason, that the CLAT 2019 cutoff scores saw a huge surge. Out of all the sections in the CLAT paper, the general knowledge section decided the fate of the students who appeared in the CLAT 2019 entrance exam.

CLAT 2019 Exam Analysis

National Law University, Odisha successfully conducted the CLAT 2019 exam on 26th May 2019 in a single slot from 3 PM to 5 PM. CLAT is a national-level Law Entrance Exam for admission into LLB and LLM programmes offered by 19 National Law Universities (NLUs) across India. CLAT 2019 entrance exam was conducted in offline mode where candidates were provided with an Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) sheet to mark the right answer by filling in the bubble. Last year, CLAT was held in a computer-based format. Candidates will be awarded 1 mark for each correct answer and 0.25 marks will be deducted if the candidate answers a question incorrectly.

The CLAT 2019 exam is conducted for admission into both Undergraduate and Postgraduate Law programmes at various NLUs across the country. CLAT question paper for UG programmes is segregated into five sections while the PG CLAT question paper is divided into three sections. The question paper for UG programmes consists of 200 questions in MCQ format and each question carries 1 mark. The PG programme question paper carries a total of 150 questions in MCQ format and similar to the UG paper, each question carries 1 mark.

CLAT 2019 question paper for UG programmes assessed the candidate’s Legal Aptitude, English proficiency, Logical Reasoning, GK & Current Affairs and Elementary Mathematics & Numerical Ability of the candidates. Similarly, the CLAT 2019 PG question paper consisted of questions from Torts, Contracts, International Law, Constitutional Law and similarly other related areas. The candidates were given a maximum of 120 minutes (2 hours) to try and attempt all the questions asked in the CLAT 2019 exam.

Overall, CLAT 2019 was easier as compared to CLAT 2018 and CLAT 2017. It was apparently on the expected lines and the paper pattern was quite similar to the last year's exam. 

Break-up of CLAT 2019 Question Paper

Section

Number of Questions

Number of Good Attempts

Good Score

Difficulty Level

English

40

35-36

32-34

Easy

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

50

40-42

32-34

Easy to Medium

Elementary Mathematics

20

12-15

8-10

Easy to Medium

Logical Reasoning

40

34-36

32-34

Easy

Legal Aptitude

50

40-42

36-38

Easy to Medium

Total

200

170-175

153-155

Easy

Section-wise Analysis of CLAT 2019

English

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Reading Comprehension

10

Easy

Foreign Words

5

Medium

Idioms

5

Easy

Mis-spelt Words

5

Easy to Medium

Para Jumbles

5

Easy

Sentence Correction

10

Easy

General Knowledge & Current Affairs

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

National

7

Easy

International

7

Easy to Medium

Science and Technology

7

Easy to Medium

Economic Development

7

Easy to Medium

Sports

2

Easy

Awards and Honours

6

Easy

Science & Technology

2

Easy to Medium

Misc. GK

4

Easy to Medium

Books and Authors

3

Easy

Polity

2

Easy

History

1

Easy

Geographical Indicators

2

Easy

Total

50

Easy

Elementary Mathematics

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

SI/CI

2

Easy

Percentages, Profit & Loss

3

Easy to Medium

Ratio, Mixtures, Allegations

2

Easy to Medium

TSD, Time & Work

5

Easy to Medium

Algebra

2

Easy

Number System

1

Easy

Mensuration

1

Easy

Clocks

1

Medium

Calendars

2

Easy to Medium

Venn Diagrams

1

Easy

Total

20

Easy

Logical Reasoning

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Arrangements

14

Easy

Blood Relations

1

Easy

Coding-Decoding

2

Easy

Number Series

4

Easy

Alpha-numeric series

2

Series

Alphabet series

1

Series

Directions

1

Easy

Odd one Out

4

Easy

Analogies

3

Easy

Syllogisms

5

Easy

Connectives

3

Easy

Total

40

Easy

Legal Aptitude

Topic

Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Contracts

18

Easy to Medium

Criminal Law

11

Easy to Medium

Torts

12

Easy to Medium

Miscellaneous

9

Easy to Medium

Total

50

Easy to Medium

The expected cut-off for the top 3 NLUs could be around 155-157.

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The candidates can also refer to the CLAT 2018 exam analysis provided below to see how was this year's CLAT different from the previous year in terms of exam pattern, marking scheme, etc.

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CLAT 2018 Paper Analysis

The Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) 2018 was conducted on 13th May, 2018 (between 3 PM to 5 PM) for admission in law courses offered at the National Law Universities (NLUs). The National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS) Kochi is the conducting body of CLAT 2018.

Paper Pattern of CLAT 2018

Sections

No.of Questions

Marks/question

Negative Marking

Total Marks

Time Duration

Test Timings

Verbal Ability

40

1

0.25

40

120 minutes

3 pm to 5 pm

Quantitative Aptitude

20

1

0.25

20

Logical Reasoning

40

1

0.25

40

General Awareness

50

1

0.25

50

Legal Aptitude

50

1

0.25

50

Total

200

1

0.25

200

 

 

Section-wise Analysis of CLAT 2018

Legal Aptitude

Out of the 5 sections this year, the Legal Aptitude section was of easy to moderate difficulty level. This section required a good understanding of legal terms as well as good logical skills for getting the correct answer. The principle given for solving the legal reasoning questions were lengthy and confusing. But overall this section was simpler if compared with last year.

An attempt of 40 to 42 at an accuracy of 85 to 90% is a good attempt for scoring in this section.

General Awareness

It was tricky and there were many indirect questions from current affairs, which required in-depth knowledge of both national as well as international news. However, close to 30 to 35% questions in this section were there form static GK.

A decent number of attempts in this section would be 39 to 41.

Verbal Section

Verbal Ability section had many vocabulary-based questions and 1 Reading Comprehension passage comprising of 10 questions.

The RC passage had a mix of both factual as well as inferential questions. The only difficult portion of Verbal Ability section this year was CLOZE test.

There were close to 34 to 35 doable questions in this section.

Quantitative Aptitude

This was the toughest section in this year's CLAT exam. Out of the total of 20 questions, 10 of them were from arithmetic viz.. percentages, profit and loss, and discount, averages, simple and compound interest, time speed and distance, but nevertheless this year there were also questions from other topics of QA like Geometry, mensuration, algebra, simplification, higher maths.

There were questions even from probability and permutation.

There were many speed-breaking questions, which were supposed to be left in the exam.

Logical Reasoning

This year, the level of difficulty of Logical Reasoning questions was of moderate level except 5 to 6 tricky questions.

For NLU Bangalore, the cut-off would be close to 150 plus. For NALSAR Hyderabad, it will go down to 135.

For admission into top 5 National Law Universities, a score of 125 is required.

 

Level of Difficulty

 

 

 

Sections

Easy

Moderate

Difficult

Good Attempts

Accuracy

Good Marks

Verbal Ability

22

12

6

35

85-90%

30

Quantitative Aptitude

10

5

5

8

85-90%

6

Logical Reasoning

25

10

5

32

85-90%

28

General Awareness

18

15

17

40

85-90%

32

Legal Aptitude

20

15

15

42

85-90%

30

Total

95

57

48

157

85-90%

126

CLAT 2017 Exam Analysis

CLAT 2017 was conducted by Chanakya National Law University (CNLU), Patna. Although most of the students reported that the exam was moderately difficult, experts said otherwise. Many of the law entrance exam experts stated that the CLAT 2017 paper was relatively tougher than the 2016 exam.

CLAT 2017 was taken by around 45,000 law aspirants for admission in either of the NLUs across the country. The exam comprised five sections and a total of 200 questions. Check out the detailed analysis of CLAT 2017 exam below.

Section-wise Analysis of CLAT 2017:

SectionDifficulty LevelGood AttemptNew Elements
EnglishEasy31 to 32 questions in this section will be considered a good attempt.There was a slight variation in the pattern of this section.
General KnowledgeSlightly difficultAttempting up to 30 questions in this section will prove to be enough.Questions were asked from events as close as two weeks prior to the exam. Most of the questions asked were from current affairs. No more than 4 questions were asked from static general knowledge
MathematicsDifficult as compared to CLAT 2016.Well-prepared students will be able to score 15 to 16 marks in this section.Many of the questions in this sections had a printing error due to which many of the questions has no option with a correct answer. This confused the students. Maximum questions were asked from arithmetic.
Legal ReasoningEasyA score of 39 to 40 will be considered excellent in this section.A new development in this section was that up to 15 questions were asked from legal maxims.
Logical ReasoningSlightly difficult as compared to previous year.A score up to 40 is easily achievable in this section for a well-prepared student.Most of the questions were basic and matched the standard of elementary mathematics.

CLAT 2016 Exam Analysis

Common Law Admission Test 2016 was conducted by Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab (Patiala) on May 8, 2016 admission in 17 National Law Universities (NLUs) and 12 affiliated law schools. The test was conducted for admission to the five year integrated Law courses at their various campuses. More than 30000 students took the CLAT 2016 exam to get admission in top law colleges. 

The pattern of the paper did not witness any change in terms of variety and genre as compared to CLAT 2015 and CLAT 2014.

Section-wise Analysis of CLAT 2016

Section

No. of Questions

Good Attempts

Level of Difficulty

English

40

35-40

Easy

G.K./Current Affairs

50

40-42

Moderate

Elementary Mathematics

20

12-15

Moderate

Legal Aptitude

50

40-42

Easy-Moderate

Logical Reasoning

40

32-35

Easy

Total

200

170+

Easy

English including Comprehension

The English section was aimed at testing the candidates' proficiency in English based on comprehension of passages and grammar in the comprehension section. Candidates were tested on their understanding of the passage and its central theme, meanings of words used therein etc. The grammar section required correction of incorrect grammatical sentences, filling of blanks in sentences with appropriate words, etc.

The types of questions in the English Section:

  • One Passage with 10 Questions.
  • Fill in the blanks with “Grammatically” correct options
  • Questions of Idioms, Spellings, Migratory Words
  • Vocab Based Questions

General Knowledge and Currents Affairs

The General Knowledge questions aimed to test a student on the general awareness including static general knowledge. Current affairs questions were there to test candidates on their knowledge of national and international issues. There were 35 questions of Current Events and 15 Questions of General Awareness that were of the Static type. The test asked a question on an event that happened in 2016.

Mathematics

This section was to test candidate’s knowledge on elementary mathematics, taught at 9th and 10th Standard. This section was the surprise of the pack in terms of the level of difficulty. The section had 20 questions of which a few questions that were “tricky” and might have tempted the students to choose wrong answers.

Legal Aptitude

This section was to test candidate’s interest towards the study of law, research aptitude and problem-solving ability. Questions included legal propositions (described in the paper), and a set of facts to which the said proposition, which may not be true in the real life, had to be applied. The candidates were required to assume the “truth” of these propositions and answer the questions accordingly. 15 easy type questions of Legal Knowledge were there. The rest were Legal Reasoning questions which had a good mix of Torts, Contracts, and other types of Law questions.

Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning section tested the candidate’s ability to identify patterns, logical links and identify gap in the arguments. It included a variety of logical reasoning questions such as syllogisms, logical sequences, analogies, etc. No visual reasoning question was there. Some Analytical Reasoning questions like series, seating arrangement were there.

Disclaimer: The analysis is made based on the information available in the public domain. We do not take responsibility for any decision that might be taken based on this information.

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FAQs about CLAT Exam Analysis

Which is the most asked topic of Logical Reasoning in CLAT?

In the Logical Reasoning section of CLAT, most of the questions asked are on arrangements followed by number series.

How many sentence corrections questions are asked in CLAT?

About 10 of the total questions asked in the English Language section of CLAT are of sentence correction.

How many questions should I get right in the CLAT GK section to get a good score?

There are a total of 50 questions asked in the General Knowledge & Current Affairs section of CLAT. If you manage to get 40-42 out of these questions right, you will be able to get a good CLAT score provided you score well in the other sections as well.

Which is the easiest section of CLAT?

The difficulty level of each section of CLAT depends upon the candidate. Some students can find Quantitative Techniques to be tough while for some GK can be a difficult area. Overall, it is said that the section of English Language is deemed the easiest among all sections of CLAT.

How many questions were asked in the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT 2019?

The total questions asked in the Legal Aptitude section of CLAT 2019 was 50.

How difficult was CLAT 2019?

The CLAT 2019 exam was fairly easy, thus giving a huge surge to the cut off scores. Of all the sections, Quantitative Techniques and GK were said to be the toughest.

How does the difficulty level of CLAT determine the cut off scores?

If the difficulty level of CLAT is higher, the cut-off score of that year is kept relatively lower than other years. On the contrary, for an easy exam of CLAT, the cut-off marks are higher.

Is the CLAT difficulty level same every year?

No, the difficulty level of CLAT is not the same every year. As the paper and its questions are different for every year, the level of difficulty also varies.

Is it difficult to crack CLAT?

You can crack CLAT with the correct preparation strategy and study material. The exam is not extremely difficult therefore candidates have to perform exceedingly well so as to clear the competition.

What is the difficulty level of CLAT?

The difficulty level of CLAT varies from year to year. Usually, it ranges between easy to moderate.

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