CLAT Exam Analysis 2018

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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:

Section Difficulty Level Good Attempt New Elements
English Easy 31 to 32 questions in this section will be considered a good attempt. There was a slight variation in the pattern of this section.
General Knowledge Slightly difficult Attempting 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
Mathematics Difficult 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 Reasoning Easy A 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 Reasoning Slightly 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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